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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 22/07/2022 12:30:59

Title of Module: Fluids and Aerodynamics

Code: ENGG08028 SCQF Level: 8
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Stephanie  Docherty

Summary of Module

This module is designed to provide students with a detailed understanding of the principles of fluid dynamics and aerodynamics and to show the importance of aerodynamics in the design and performance of aircraft.

Outcome 1 is intended to develop the student’s understanding of key concepts in fluid mechanics. Students will gain understanding of key fluid properties, as well as types of flows such as laminar/turbulent and incompressible/incompressible. Students will apply their understanding to analyse problems in fluid statics and dynamics that have relevance to aircraft systems; examples include fluid flow in pipes and bounded channels.

Outcome 2 is intended to provide the student with an understanding of experimental fluid dynamics and aerodynamics. Students will conduct fluid dynamics experiments. Wind tunnel theory and operation will be discussed, and practical wind tunnel testing will be carried out. 

Outcome 3 is intended to develop the student’s understanding of aerodynamic lift and drag. Airfoil characteristics will be studied in further detail, leading to vortex flow, thin airfoil theory, and lifting line theory. Pressure drag and skin friction drag will be discussed, followed by analysis of the drag polar. Variation of lift and drag with Reynolds number and Mach number will also be analysed.

Outcome 4 is intended to develop the student’s understanding of key aircraft wing characteristics, such as taper ratio and sweep, as well as their understanding of key features such as winglets and high-lift devices.

  • Students will have the opportunity to develop their UWS Graduate Attributes ( including critical thinking, problem solving, effective communication, autonomy and creativity.

  • This module has been reviewed and updated, taking cognisance of the University’s Curriculum Framework principles. Examples of this are found within the module such as active and engaging laboratory and tutorial activity, weekly formative tutorial groups scaffolding towards end of module summative assessment, recorded lecture content supporting students to organise their own study time, and the use of integrated group activities supporting learning communities.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Analyse fluid mechanics problems relevant to aircraft systems, including critical analysis of experimental data.

L2. Conduct experimental fluid dynamics/aerodynamics tests, and interpret and critically evaluate the experimental data.

L3. Analyse aircraft lift and drag and the impact they have on aerodynamic performance and aircraft design.

L4. Examine wing geometry and characteristics, and demonstrate an understanding of the role they play in aerodynamic performance and aircraft design.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 8.

Demonstrating a broad and integrated knowledge and understanding of the key areas in fluid flows, experimental aerodynamics, aircraft lift and drag, and wing geometry.
Demonstrating a critical understanding of a selection of principal theories, principles, concepts and terminology.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 8.

Use a selection of the principal skills, techniques, practices and/or materials associated with engineering tasks.
Demonstrate practical laboratory and workshop skills to investigate complex problems.
Select and apply appropriate computational and analytical techniques to model complex problems, discussing the limitations of the techniques employed.
Select and critically evaluate technical literature and other sources of information to solve complex problems.
Demonstrate the application of an integrated or systems approach to the solution of complex fluids/aerodynamics problems.
Evaluate the environmental and societal impact of solutions to complex problems (to include the entire life-cycle of a product or process) and minimise adverse impacts.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 8.

Be able to compare suggested solutions with expected values.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 8.

The ability to report in writing and orally on experimental findings.
Use a range of IT applications to facilitate calculations and provision of report and presentations.
Interpret and evaluate numerical and graphical data and use it to design and analyse equipment and systems.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 8.

Take some responsibility for use of appropriate data resources.
Practice in ways which take account of own role and responsibilities.
Work under guidance with qualified practitioners.
Communicate effectively on complex engineering matters with technical and non-technical audiences, evaluating the effectiveness of the methods used.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Aircraft Aerodynamics, Structures and Systems
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The learning and teaching activity for this module include lectures, tutorials and problem based learning.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery18
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity18
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop12
Independent Study152
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Access to fluids labs and wind tunnel facilities.

Course notes and presentations will be provided.


Douglas, J F, Fluid Mechanics, 6th edition, Prentice Hall, 2011

White, F M, Fluid Mechanics, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 7th edition, 2011

Anderson, J.D. (2010) Fundamentals of Aerodynamics. 5th ed. McGraw-Hill

Barnard, R.H and Philpott, D.R. (2009) Aircraft Flight: A Description of the Physical Principles of Aircraft Flight. 4th ed. Prentice-Hall

Houghton, E.L. (2003) Aerodynamics for Engineering Students. 5th ed. Butterworth-Heinemann

Kuethe, A. and Chow, C (1997) Foundations of Aerodynamics. John Wiley & Sons

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardEngineering
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelEngineering
ModeratorBassam Rakhshani
External ExaminerE Tingas
Accreditation DetailsIMechE
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Formative assessment will be provided in the form of class quizzes and example problems, during tutorial sessions, during laboratory sessions, and as part of preparation for written submissions.

Assessment Category 1:
Unseen open book examination, Weight – 50%
Assessment Category 2:
Practical laboratories with reports worth 40% of the final mark, and multiple choice class test worth 10% of the final mark.
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Laboratory/ Clinical/ Field notebookcheck markcheck mark  404
Combined Total For All Components100% 7 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
This module is suitable for any student with appropriate engineering background, however it should be noted that in order for you to complete this module the laboratory element of coursework will require to be undertaken, special support can be provided where necessary, consequently, if special support is needed to complete this part of the module, then the University’s Health and Safety Officer should be consulted to make sure that safety in the laboratory is not compromised.
Current University Policy on Equality and Diversity applies.

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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