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This course introduces the fundamentals of aerodynamics, aircraft performance and stability. Students will be introduced to basic aeronautical concepts such as parts of the aircraft, properties of the atmosphere, altimetry and airspeed, lift and drag. Starting from the equations of continuity, momentum and energy, fluid flow equations for subsonic and supersonic flow will be derived and applied to aviation problems. Basic aerodynamic topics such as boundary layers, laminar and turbulent flow will be explained. Dynamic similitude and modelling of aircraft will be developed including flow in subsonic and supersonic wind tunnels. This course will explore aircraft performance in various equilibrium flight conditions such as level flight, climbing, turning and gliding. The concepts of aircraft stability will be introduced including derivation of the contribution of various aircraft components to overall stability.


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Semester 2



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