SPC 307 - Aerodyamics

Spring 2017

Prepared By

Ahmed Mohamed Nagib Elmekawy, Ph.D., P.E.

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Alexandria University

Course Description

This course extends fluid mechanic concepts from Unified Engineering to the aerodynamic performance of wings and bodies in sub/supersonic regimes. This course has four components: subsonic potential flows, including source/vortex panel methods; viscous flows, including laminar and turbulent boundary layers; aerodynamics of airfoils and wings, including thin airfoil theory, lifting line theory, and panel method/interacting boundary layer methods; and supersonic and hypersonic airfoil theory. Course material varies each year depending upon the focus of the design problem.           

Reference Books

Bertin, “Aerodynamics for Engineers”, 6th Edition, published by Pearson


Ahmed Mohamed Nagib Elmekawy

Office:  Adjunct Professor Office



Introduction to Aerodynamics

Review on the fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics

Dynamics of an Incompressible and Inviscid flow field

Viscous Boundary Layers.

Characteristic parameters for airfoil and wing aerodynamics.

Incompressible flows around airfoils of infinite span

Incompressible flows around airfoils of infinite span

Aerodynamic design considerations

Introduction to compressible flows

A brief introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics.


Homework Assignments: 5%

Fluent Assignments:10%

Quizzes:10% (4 Quizzes)

Surveys:5% ( 5 Surveys)

Midterms: 20% (2 Midterms)

Project: 20%

Final Exam: 30% (Have to score at least 50% in final to pass)


The project should include the simulation of a subsonic flow around airfoils and wings. The simulation results should be compared with experimental result. The team should include 4 students.

Teaching Assistants: 

Ahmed Sabry

Office Hours: 

Sunday: 12:00 - 1:00 PM, other times by appointment