AAE 52000: Experimental Aerodynamics

Theory and application of experimental techniques and instrumentation for aerodynamics and fluid mechanics. Computer data acquisition, wind tunnels, force balances, flow visualization, pressure probes, hot wire anemometry, laser Doppler velocimetry, and turbulence measurements.

Format: 2 hr lecture per week, 3 hr lab

Credit hours: 3

Status: Elective, Aerodynamics

Offered: Spring

Pre-requisite: AAE 334 or equivalent

Co-requisite: None

Course Instructor: Professor Schneider

URL: http://cartoon.ecn.purdue.edu/~aae520/

Text: Reference texts: Fluid Mechanic Measurements, Goldstein, R.J.;

Low-Speed Wind Tunnel Testing, Rae, W. and Pope, A.

Assessment Method: Laboratory Exercises and ½ semester experimental project.

Course Objective:

Necessary Background:

Topics (number of Lectures):

Introduction to Experimental Methods

Wind Tunnels

Force Measurements

Balance Systems

Flow Measurements

Pressure -  Electrical Transducers

Velocity-Pitot Probes, Hot Wires, LDV


Flow Visualization

Dye, Oil Flow, Schlieren

Turbulence Measurements

LDV, Hot Wire, Mean, RMS, Spectrum

Scheduled Experiments

1. Wake Measurement with Hot Wires

2. LDV and Flow Visualization in Water Tunnel

3. Shock/Boundary Layer Interaction at Mach 2.5

Relationship of course to program objectives:

AAE 520 contributes to the following program objectives:

1) Acquire the essential technical components of aerospace engineering.

2) Develop basic engineering skills:

a) An ability to formulate and solve problems, including experimental, open-ended and design problems

b) An ability to work in teams

c) The ability to communicate their work to others, in writing, orally, and graphically

d) A habit of professional conduct.

3) Have opportunities for research, independent study

Prepared by: Steven Schneider

Date: February 3, 2010