16.13 Aerodynamics of Viscous Fluids

Fall 2003

3-D turbulent flow created by a wake vortex.
Three-dimensional turbulent flow created by a wake vortex from a cropdusting aircraft. (Image is taken from NASA's Web site: http://www.nasa.gov.)

Course Highlights

This course site features a complete set of lectures and class assignments.

Course Description

The major focus of 16.13 is on boundary layers, and boundary layer theory subject to various flow assumptions, such as compressibility, turbulence, dimensionality, and heat transfer. Parameters influencing aerodynamic flows and transition and influence of boundary layers on outer potential flow are presented, along with associated stall and drag mechanisms. Numerical solution techniques and exercises are included.
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Staff

Instructors:
Dr. Ali Merchant
Prof. Mark Drela

Course Meeting Times

Lectures:
Three sessions / week
1 hour / session

Level

Graduate