MAE4409 - Wing design - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Professor Hugh Blackburn

Not offered in 2017


This unit covers a more advanced study of the aerodynamics of aircraft wings and aerofoil sections than introduced in previous units. Topics are covered in sufficient depth that students will understand the essential aerodynamic principles applied to aircraft wing design. The notable features of wing and airfoil aerodynamics are outlined, including transition and the analysis of viscous flows. Methods for the analysis and prediction of airfoil and finite wing aerodynamics are covered, together with an introduction to procedures for quantitative design.


At the successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Analyse 2D viscous flow past an airfoil using a viscous-inviscid method.
  2. Analyse 3D flow over a wing using a vortex-lattice method.
  3. Analyse the effect of wing geometric variations on spanload.


Design projects: 30% + Final examination (3 hours): 70%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

3 hours lectures, 2 hours practice sessions or laboratories and 7 hours of private study per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


(MAE1041 or MAE2405) and MAE3401