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

Unit name Applied Numerical and Simulation Methods for Aerodynamics
Unit code AENGM0065
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

Successful completion of Year 3



School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This unit focuses on various techniques used to extract useful information from numerical and simulation tools. The focus is on how to use numerical simulation tools effectively in design and optimisation, and will concentrate on state-of-the-art numerical analysis techniques required to: couple fluid simulation tools with structural dynamics tools to allow fluid-structural interaction: build efficient surrogate and interpolation models for data space exploration; perform effective aerodynamic shape optimisation. Particular focus is on aerospace engineering applications.

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, particularly density-based and pressure-based solvers, and how turbulence models work;
  • 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 shape optimisation and design;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the techniques in coupled fluid-structure problems.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • Simulating low- and high-speed flows, with and without turbulence;
  • 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;

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

100% Summer timed assessment

Reading and References

As recommended by unit director