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Unformatted text preview: THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
ASE 120K Low Speed Aerodynamics Laboratory
Unique Number: 13205 Instructor: Prof. Charles E. Tinney
email@example.com Time: Lecture: W 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Laboratory: to be determined in class. Location: Lecture: WRW-113.
Laboratory: WRW 002 (Subsonic Wind Tunnel) and WRW 010 (Water Tunnel) Teaching Assistant: Woutijn Baars, firstname.lastname@example.org, James Stephenson, email@example.com Web Page: http://www.ae.utexas.edu/aerospaceUndergrad/ASE120K.html Catalog Description:
Physical and quantitative observations of some elementary behaviors found in fluid mechanics:
aerodynamics of airfoils and wings, blunt body flows and boundary layers.
Course Objectives: To become independent problem solvers through a fundamental learning of fluid mechanics. Prerequisites:
Credit with a grade of at least C or registration for Aerospace Engineering 320 and 333T (or another
approved engineering communication course), and Mathematics 427L with grade of at least C.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Students Should Have Before Entering This Course:
Strong knowledge of differential and integral calculus, basic engineering physics, basic programming (e.g. Matlab, Excel,
Mathematica, etc.), plotting and graphics, and word processing.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Students Gain from this Course (Learning Outcomes):
Students will gain intuition about fundamental behaviors of fluid flows, an understanding of basic experimental methods and the
aerodynamics of aircraft. Students are expected to gain a better understanding how to construct a quality technical report and work in
a team oriented setting.
Impact On Subsequent Courses In Curriculum:
Material is presented as co-requisite with that of ASE 320 and is most important for subsequent courses in viscous and compressible
flows, propulsion, flight mechanics, aircraft design. Relationship of Course to Program Outcomes:
This course contributes to the following ABET Criterion 3 outcomes and those specific to the EAC accredited program.
a. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics,
science, and engineering
b. An ability to design and conduct experiments,
as well as to analyze and interpret data
c. An ability to design a system, component, or
process to meet desired needs within realistic
constraints such as economic, environmental,
social, political, ethical, health and safety,
manufacturability, and sustainability.
d. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary
e. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve
engineering problems √
g. An ability to communicate effectively √ h. The broad education necessary to understand the
impact of engineering solutions in a global,
economic, environmental, and societal context.
i. A recognition of the need for and an ability to
engage in life-long learning √
√ j. A knowledge of contemporary issues
√ k. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and
modern engineering tools necessary for engineering
practice √ f. An understanding of professional and ethical
ABET Program Criteria Achieved:
B. Aerospace Materials
E. Flight Mechanics
F. Stability and Control √
√ G. Orbital Mechanics
H. Space Environment
I. Attitude Determination and
√ K. Space Structures
L. Rocket Propulsion √ √
M. Preliminary/Conceptual Design
N. Other Design Content
P. Computer Usage √ Topics:
The course emphasizes a laboratory based learning of the fundamental behaviors of fluid flows through
an examination of the flows around airfoils. Flows about spheres are considered in detail as a prototypical flow about a blunt body in
which the state of the boundary layer is of great significance. Group projects will emphasize different aspects of fluid mechanics,
which will be chosen and designed by the members of a particular group. Students will also become familiar with several common
flow measurement techniques: (1) Laser Doppler Anemometry (LDA), (2) Pitot-Static tube, (3) Constant Temperature Anemometry
(CTA), (4) Flow-Visualization, and (4) wind and water tunnel operation. Safety is discussed although none of the equipment is
especially hazardous. Specific lecture topics are highlighted in the Expected Schedule.
There are several aspects of this course that relate to engineering professionalism. In particular, the
student’s ability to clearly communicate their findings from each laboratory is weighted heavily in the grading. Also, in the third lab
study, students will execute their experiments as part of a group effort. Thus, teamwork will be essential for this component of the
course and grades will be weighted based on participation of the individuals in their respective groups.
Depending on the projects chosen by each group, there may or may not be a design component. If a
group chooses to build and instrument its own model, then design work will be involved. Students interested in a specific project
should discuss their ideas with me early in the semester.
The laboratory assignment will comprise three technical reports, each of which will be due to the
Professor subsequent to performing the laboratory.
Students will use a computer to prepare all written reports. Students may use a computer to download
electronic video or still images for analysis in any software package of their choice (e.g., Photoshop). Students may also prepare
contour plots of field data using software of their choice (e.g., Tecplot, Matlab, Excel or Mathematica).
Text: ASE 320 Textbook
Course Packet on the Web: http://www.ae.utexas.edu/aerospaceUndergrad/ASE120K.html
Fluid Mechanics Measurements, ed. R. Goldstein (reserve)
2 Theory and Design for Mechanical Measurements, Figliola &Beasley, (latest edition) Wiley Publ.
Other texts are on reserve in the Engineering Library
Laboratory tests will be conducted in groups of about five or six students. Each group is allowed two
hours for the first two laboratories. This is fully adequate provided you understand the assignment before you come to the lab.
Formal individual lab reports are due two weeks after the end of your lab period and must be printed on a word processor and
submitted in both hard copy to me and electronic format to the TA (e-mail, text only). Report format, grammar, and spelling will help
determine your report grade. The large group project lab time will be scheduled later in the semester.
Lab Test Schedule
(1) Airfoil Study Feb 8-12
(2) Drag on a sphere Mar 8-12
(3) Group Project Proposals / Presentations / Reports Due April 7+ (Schedule lab time with TA)
Grading: Laboratory #1
Laboratory #3 or Group Project 25%
40% Homework Policy:
There will be no homework assignments, although students are expected to read assigned material
before showing up to the laboratory.
Examinations: There will be no examinations. Grades are based on performance of laboratory reports. Attendance: Regular attendance in Lecture is expected. Regular attendance in laboratory is mandatory! NOTE: Missed labs MUST be made up during the scheduled week of the test because a new set-up will be installed at the end of the
week. You MUST attend the lab to get a grade for the lab. Failure to turn in reports will result in an F for the class. Copying or
paraphrasing the work of another without proper attribution is plagiarism subject to the University policy on cheating. You may utilize
ONLY the old lab reports that I provide directly to you.
Office Hours: To be announced. For now: WTH in WRW-301A, 4:00 – 5:00pm. Scheduled appointments or walkins are always welcome.
Expected Spring Schedule – 2010
(Subject to Change) see: http://registrar.utexas.edu/calendars/08-09/index.html for a complete listing.
Jan 20: 1 Syllabus and Course Overview
Lab section assignments Last day of official Add/Drop period January 22.
Jan 27: 2 Report Writing Guidelines
3 Flow Variables & Sources of Error Feb 3: 4 Flow Measurement Devices I
5 Wake Surveys of a NACA 0012 Airfoil (airfoil lab handout) Airfoil laboratory study performed during the week of February 8.
Feb 10: 6 Digital Signal Processing Feb 17:
A current fluids related study in ASE + Video (vidcas 3546) "Fundamentals of Boundary Layers"
Airfoil laboratory reports due during the week of February 22 (two weeks from date of lab study by 5pm!) 3 Feb 24: 7 Flow Measurement Devices II Mar 3: 8 Fluid Dynamic Drag on a Sphere (sphere lab handout) Sphere laboratory study performed during the week of March 8.
Mar 10: Video (vidcas 3537) "Boundary Layer Control" Spring break: March 15 – March 20.
Mar 24: A current fluids related study in ASE Sphere laboratory reports due during the week of March 23 (two weeks from date of lab study by 5pm!)
Mar 31: 9 Group Project and Proposal Writing Apr 7: Group Proposal Presentations (proposals due in class) Apr 14: 10 The Delta Wing Apr 21: A current fluids related study in ASE Apr 28: A current fluids related study in ASE May 5: Group Project Final Presentations (reports officially due that Friday by 5pm) Last Day of Class May 7.
Students who violate University rules on scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure
in the course and dismissal from the University. Since dishonesty harms the individual, fellow students, and the integrity of the
University, policies on scholastic dishonesty will be strictly enforced.
The University of Texas at Austin provides upon request appropriate academic adjustments for qualified students with disabilities. For
more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 471-6259, 471-4641 TDD or the College of Engineering Director of
Students with Disabilities at 471-4321.
Note that the Measurement and Evaluation Center forms for the College of Engineering will be used during the last week of class to
evaluate the course and the instructor.
Prepared by: Prof. Charles E. Tinney Date: January 10, 2010 4 ...
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