Flight Vehicle Aerodynamics | MITx on edX | Course About Video
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Flight Vehicle Aerodynamics | MITx on edX | Course About Video


I’m Alejandra Uranga, research
engineer at MIT. And I am Mark Drela, a professor
at MIT, and we’ll be giving the 16.110x Flight
Vehicle Aerodynamics course. This is based on a course which
has been taught at the MIT Department of
Aeronautics and Astronautics for some time. It’s targeted primarily towards
first year graduate students, however, advanced
undergraduates have taken the course as well. The online version will also
target commercial engineers who wish to brush up on
their aeronautics expertise and knowledge. This is not a course in
handbook aerodynamics. It assumes that you already have
some knowledge of basic aerodynamics, and if you’re
comfortable talking about Mach number, Reynolds number,
then this course is probably for you. What we will give you is the
tools you’ll need to think about aerodynamic problems
in a sound way. And we hope to give you an
intuitive feel for aerodynamic flows and how they behave
in real applications. The focus is on aerodynamic
modeling. The modeling concepts,
the methods, and the mathematical tools. What you will gain will be the
ability to better understand computational and experimental
results, and also rational means to estimate lift, drag,
and aerodynamic interference. You’ll also gain an
understanding of how boundary layers limits aerodynamic
performance, in general. We will cover many topics in
this course, including concepts related to potential
flows, effects of boundary layers on potential flows,
force analysis, drag breakdown, and related
concepts. And we also delve into
compressible flows, including transonic and supersonic flows,
and we’ll also cover unsteady flows. Along the way we’ll discuss some
techniques used in wind tunnel testing. Finally, we’ll discuss
aerodynamic models used in flight dynamics. And in fact this course will
serve as a good introduction to flight dynamics if
you’ve never been exposed to that before. So hopefully you now have some
idea about what this course is all about. And we hope you’ll join us.

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