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Unit information: Applied Numerical Methods for Aerodynamics in 2020/21

Unit name Applied Numerical Methods for Aerodynamics
Unit code AENGM0026
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Allen
Open unit status Not open

Completion of Year 3



School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This unit focuses on the implementation of various techniques used to extract useful information from computational fluid dynamics simulations.

The aim is to present the application of various levels of state-of-the-art numerical analysis techniques with particular focus on aerospace engineering.


The aim of this unit is to equip the student with:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the various mathematical formulations used
  • in CFD codes, and where each is applicable;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the fundamental mathematical techniques
  • used in data modelling, surrogate modelling, and data space interpolation;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the techniques used in optimisation and
  • design;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the techniques in coupled fluid-structure
  • problems;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the mathematical techniques used in
  • reduced order modelling, particularly related to aero aeroelastic design.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course the students will be able to understand, implement and assess numerical techniques for:

  • Construction of surrogate and interpolation models of a desired accuracy from a computational fluid dynamics process;
  • Aerodynamic shape optimisation;
  • Coupling aerodynamic simulation codes with a range of structural models;
  • Construction of reduced order models.

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, which may include lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Details

75% examination, 25% coursework

Reading and References

As recommended by unit director