AAE 33400


Credits:     3

Contact hours:     3 hours, lecture per week

Instructor:     Professor Sullivan

Text:     Anderson, John D., Fundamentals of Aerodynamics, McGraw-Hill, 5th edition. ISBN 978-0073398105.

Course Description:     Thin airfoil theory, lifting line theory, compressible flow fundamentals, steady normal shock waves, steady oblique shock waves, Prandtl-Meyer expansion, shock-expansion theory for loads on airfoils, wave drag, compressible nozzle flow, linearized compressible subsonic flow, linearized supersonic flow. Design applications.

Offered:    Fall and Spring

Pre-requisite:    AAE 33300, AAE 33301, ME 20000 or ME 35000

Co-requisite:    None

Required:    Yes

Student Learning Outcomes:
On completing this course the student shall be able to:

  1. Calculate thin airfoil performance parameters for incompressible flow
  2. Calculate general wing loading by lifting line theory and compare to elliptic loading case.
  3. Compute isentropic stagnation conditions and apply in problem solving.
  4. Compute jumps in properties across steady shocks and expansions
  5. Determine supersonic airfoil performance by shock-expansion method
  6. Determine supersonic airfoil performance by linearized supersonic theory
  7. Apply subsonic compressibility corrections to incompressible results
  8. Determine critical Mach number for sub-sonic flight
  9. Determine supply or back pressures for supersonic nozzle operating conditions

Relationship of Course to Program Outcomes

    Program Learning Outcomes Included?
a An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering Yes
b An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data No
c An ability to design an aerospace system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health, and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability No
d An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams Yes
e An ability to identify, formulate, and solve aerospace engineering problems Yes
f An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility No
g An ability to communicate effectively Yes
h An understanding of the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context No
i A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning Yes
j A knowledge of contemporary issues in aerospace engineering Yes
k An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for aerospace engineering practice Yes


  1. Thin Airfoil Theory (8 lectures)
  2. Lifting Line Theory (8 lectures)
  3. Isentropic Flow (4 lectures)
  4. Shocks and Expansions (12 lectures)
  5. Compressible Nozzle Flow (6 lectures)
  6. Linearized Compressible Flow (5 lectures)
  7. With 2 class sessions for mid-term examinations.

Revision History:
Prepared by: Marc H. Williams, Gregory Blaisdell
Date: February 23, 2006
Updated Pre-Requisites on March 3, 2011
Format Updated: September 2011