Archived Versions

16.100 Aerodynamics

As taught in: Fall 2005

Sketch of a blended-wing-body aircraft in flight.
Sketch of a blended-wing-body aircraft. (Image courtesy of NASA.)

Level:

Undergraduate

Instructors:

Prof. David Darmofal

Course Features

Course Description

This course extends fluid mechanic concepts from Unified Engineering to the aerodynamic performance of wings and bodies in sub/supersonic regimes. 16.100 generally has four components: subsonic potential flows, including source/vortex panel methods; viscous flows, including laminar and turbulent boundary layers; aerodynamics of airfoils and wings, including thin airfoil theory, lifting line theory, and panel method/interacting boundary layer methods; and supersonic and hypersonic airfoil theory. Course material varies each year depending upon the focus of the design problem.