Course Overview

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

Anderson, "Fundamental of Aerodynamics”, 6th Edition

Doug McLean, Understanding Aerodynamics: Arguing from the Real Physics, 1st Edition

Munson, “Fundamental of Fluid Mechanics”, 7th Edition


Ahmed Mohamed Nagib Elmekawy

Office:  Adjunct Professor Office



Introduction to Aerodynamics

Review on the Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics

Euler and Navier-Stokes Equations

Flow over bodies (lift and drag)

Viscous Boundary Layer

Potential Flow (Incompressible and Inviscid flow field)

Characteristic parameters for airfoil and wing aerodynamics.

Incompressible flows around airfoils of infinite span (Thin Airfoil Theory)

Incompressible flows around wings of finite span (Lifting Line Theory, Panel Method, Vortix Lattice Method)

Aerodynamic design considerations

A brief Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics.


Matlab Assignments:10%

Quizzes:10% (10 Quizzes)


Fluent Assignments: 5%

Midterms: 20% (2 Midterms)

Project: 20%

Final Exam: 30% (Have to attend and achieve at least 35% in final exam to pass)


The project should include

1.Potential Flow codes around Airfoils

2.Xfoil program to calculate pressure distribution and lift and drag on different airfoils

3.Panel Code

4. The simulation results should be compared with experimental result.

Teaching Assistants: 

Ahmed Sabry

Office Hours: 

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