Course Title: Advanced Aerodynamics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Aerodynamics

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Alex Fisher

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6144

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora East Campus: Building 251, Level 3

Course Coordinator Availability: TBA

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

AERO2356 Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics

Course Description

This course builds on first and second year studies in fluid mechanics, aerodynamics and flight mechanics. The course enables you to model aircraft behaviour and performance through a study of wing theory, blade element and propeller theory, longitudinal and lateral stability and control and stability derivatives. Applications are also considered in supersonic and transonic flow.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information. (;ID=eyj5c0mo77631)

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes (PLOs):
• In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
• Application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

Upon successful completion of the course, you should be able to:

1. Apply fundamental concepts related to the longitudinal stability and control of aircraft, and the lateral stability and control of aircraft.
2. Analyse the aerodynamic behaviour of real three-dimensional aircraft wings using both mathematical theory and numerical analysis.
3. Analyse the fundamental thermodynamic and fluid mechanics concepts associated with compressible flow, such as adiabatic and isentropic flows and flows containing shock-waves and expansion fans. 
4. Apply theoretical compressible flow concepts to the analysis of two-dimensional supersonic (a) internal flows, such as the flow through convergent-divergent nozzles, with application to rocket engines, and (b) external flow over aircraft, resulting in increased drag.
5. Predict characteristics associated with transonic flow over real-world transport aircraft, including basic design work-arounds, such as fuselage contouring and the area-rule, and problems, such as shock wave boundary layer interactions, and transonic wind tunnel testing.
6. Apply Prandtl’s Lifting Line Theory to compute the lift and induced drag coefficient of a finite wing with a spanwise variation in planform, section properties and twist.
7. Predict propeller performance using momentum and blade element theories and performance charts.
8. Understand and predict the performance of a helicopter in hovering flight.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include lectures, assignments, tutorials, laboratory experiments and a final exam. The laboratory experiments will help you learn how to set up practical problems and how to interpret and interrogate data for the analysis process. Online learning, and directed problem-solving activities will be achieved through the assignment tasks.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on the course Blackboard site, which is accessed through myRMIT. This material can include lecture material, course notes, sample problem sheets and solutions, details related to the laboratory experiments and references.

Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.
☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).


Assessment item:  Assignment 1 (individual)
Weighting of final grade:  15% 
Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 3
Description:  Longitudinal Stability & Control

Assessment item:  Assignment 2 (individual)
Weighting of final grade:  15% 
Related course learning outcomes:  3, 4
Description:  Compressible Flow

Assessment item:  Assignment 3 (individual)
Weighting of final grade:  10% 
Related course learning outcomes:  2, 6, 7, 8
Description:  Lifting Line Theory, Propeller Theory and Helicopter Aerodynamics

Assessment item:  Laboratory Demonstration (group)
Weighting of final grade:  10%  
Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2
Description:  Longitudinal Stability Derivatives Laboratory Demonstration

Assessment item:  Laboratory Demonstration (group)
Weighting of final grade:  5% 
Related course learning outcomes:  3, 4
Description:  Compressible Flow Laboratory Demonstration

Assessment item:  Final Exam (individual)
Weighting of final grade:  45% 
Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Description:  Two-hour duration closed-book examination.