Singapore University of Social Sciences

Basic Aerodynamics

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Language: English

Duration: 6 months

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Area of Interest: Science & Technology

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Students are provided with an opportunity to explore incompressible flow airfoil theory and wing theory. Topics centre on: calculation of stall speed, drag and basic performance criteria, configuration changes, high and low speed conditions, special flight conditions and an introduction to compressible flow.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.


  • Introduction
  • Physical Laws
  • Atmospheric Properties
  • Air Speed Measurement
  • Airfoils & Aerodynamic Forces
  • Lift and Boundary Layer Theory
  • Drag
  • Jet Aircraft Performance
  • Propeller-Driven Aircraft Performance
  • Takeoff and Landing Performance
  • Slow Flight Characteristics
  • Maneuvering Performance
  • High Speed Flight and Compressibility Effects
  • Longitudinal Stability and Control
  • Lateral-Directional Stability and Control

Learning Outcome

  • Using British Gravitational System of measurement, solve aeronautical flight mechanic problems involving laws of motion, forces, and energy.
  • Identify standard atmospheric variables and their sea level values. Compute atmospheric conditions using the universal gas laws.
  • State the relationships between indicated, calibrated, equivalent and true airspeeds and how they change with altitude and temperature.
  • Describe lift, drag and pitching moment curves vs. angle of attack with differing wing shapes and high lift coefficient devices. Explain characteristics of boundary layer composition caused by changes in friction and wing airfoil shape.
  • Examine the effects of velocity, density, area, and lift coefficient on lift and drag. Compute stall speed and changes to stall speed due to variables such as weight load factor, altitude and lift coefficient.
  • Discuss how wing planform characteristics, i.e. wing area, wing span, mean aerodynamic chord, taper ratio, aspect ratio, affect lift affect drag and aircraft performance.
  • Determine maximum range, endurance speeds and rate of climb airspeeds from plots of power, thrust and drag versus airspeed and understand wind and fuel flow effects.
  • Diagram wing stall patterns. Explain the aerodynamic characteristics of spins and spin recovery
  • Discuss the effects of wake turbulence, ground effect and induced drag on aircraft performance and flying qualities.
  • Explain factors affecting maneuvering envelope. Solve problems involving the turn equations. Diagram skids, slips, and normal turns.
  • Explain the cause and effects of compressibility and how the effects can be minimized. Describe aerodynamic design features for high-speed transonic and supersonic flight.
  • Define types of stability and control with respect to axis, static, or dynamic, and the primary contributors to each type. Explain cross-coupling.
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