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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)J Soria


This unit develops further the students' physical understanding and analytical skills by including compressibility effects and the viscous nature of aerodynamic flows and translates that into the ability to formulate, analyse and solve very general aerodynamic problems. It covers control volume analysis of steady, one-dimensional, linear and nonlinear compressible flows. Nozzle flows. Steady, supersonic, two-dimensional linear and nonlinear flows. Linearized compressible subsonic and supersonic flow. Introduction to transonic and hypersonic flow. Control volume analysis of viscous incompressible flow, boundary layer flow and free shear flows like jets and wakes, including momentum integral analysis, similarity analysis and similarity solutions of these equations as they pertain to wall bounded and free shear flows. Application of this knowledge to simple design problems.


  1. To be able to develop and recognize the governing equations for compressible and viscous aerodynamic flows and have a good understanding of their application to the analysis and calculation of: forces and moments on airfoils and wings in incompressible and compressible subsonic and supersonic flight; oblique shock and expansion waves and viscous wall-bounded and free shear flows.
  2. To be able to use control volume analysis with the principles of conservation of mass, momentum and energy to predict compressible and viscous aerodynamic behaviour.
  3. Use dimensional analysis of the governing equations with similarity analysis and similarity solutions to calculate aerodynamic flows and analyse aerodynamic data.
  4. To be able to solve problems by defining the problem using the discipline theory taught and applying mathematical and other methods taught throughout the curriculum.


Continuous assessment comprising problem sets, assignments and laboratory reports worth 30%, Examination worth 70%.

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (problem sets, assignments and laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 44% in the unit.

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Mark Thompson

Contact hours

36 lectures, 24 hours of problem solving classes and laboratory sessions.


ENG2091, ENG2092 and MAE2404