Module code: ENG3167

Module provider

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Module Leader

ROBINS AG Prof (Mech Eng Sci)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 6

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 106

Lecture Hours: 36

Tutorial Hours: 12

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination EXAMINATION (2 HRS) 80%
School-timetabled exam/test IN-SEMESTER TEST (40 MINS) 20%

Alternative Assessment

Coursework to replace test.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Completion of the progress requirements of Level HE2, Aerospace Engineering

Module overview

Third year module in Aerospace Engineering.

The module is lecture and tutorial based and continues to develop the understanding of aircraft aerodynamics started in ENG2089 and ENG2091 by concentrating on the prediction of lift in both incompressible flow, compressible subsonic flow and supersonic flow.

Module aims

To provide an understanding of methods for predicting lift in incompressible flow and in supersonic flow, including the effects of finite aspect ratio.

To provide a general appreciation of the aerodynamics of transonic flow and understanding of means of estimating the extent of the transonic regime for any particular streamlined body.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Understand and be able to apply theories for predicting lift on finite aspect ratio wings in incompressible flow and fully supersonic flow (SM1b/m, SM2b/m, EA1b/m) KC
Understand and be able to predict induced drag in incompressible flow and wave drag in compressible flow (SM1b/m, SM2b/m, EA3b/m) KC
Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the underlying theoretical basis of the methods used (SM1b/m) K
Be aware of the general features of wing aerodynamics in the transonic regime (EA2, D1) K
Be able to predict the extent of the transonic regime for a streamlined body (SM2b/m, EA1b/m, EA3b/m) KC

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Incompressible wing theory (14 hrs) - Stream function, velocity potential, source, sink, vortex and doublet flows; thin airfoil theory, the Kutta condition, classical theory for symmetrical and cambered aerofoils; Prandtl's lifting-line theory, finite aspect ratio wing theory, downwash and drag.

Compressible flow wing theory (14 hrs) - Plane and oblique shock waves; expansion waves; shock-expansion theory applied to an airfoil; subsonic and supersonic similarity; critical Mach number and transonic flight

Experimental facilities (2 hrs) 

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Develop subject knowledge through theory, applications and worked examples. The module content is delivered  through lectures and tutorial classes

The learning and teaching methods include:

Three hours of lectures per week for ten weeks and one of tutorials for eleven weeks.
SIx hours of revision classes
50 contact hours, 100 hours independent study, total 150 hours learning time

Provision of related material on SurreyLearn

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate understanding of scientific principles, the ability to adapt and apply those principles to specific calculations and the ability to describe aspects of aerodynamic phenomena and experimental methods. The class test demonstrates the ability to perform a specific calculation and interpret its results.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Examination (Learning outcomes 1-5)                2 hours     (80%)
In-semester test (Learning outcome 1)              40 mins     (20%)      Week 6
Coursework as an alternative to the class test for summer reassessment       (20%)

Formative assessment and feedback

Verbal feedback and discussion is provided during tutorial classes

Written feedback is provided on the class test

Feedback is also provided via material on SurreyLearn

Reading list

Reading list for AERODYNAMICS :

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.