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Development of an advanced experimental aerodynamics course for undergraduates

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Aerospace Teaching and Learning I

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22.484.1 - 22.484.9



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Lance W. Traub Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

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Lance Traub is an associate professor in the Aerospace and Mechanical engineering department at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott AZ. He teaches topics in theoretical and experimental aerodynamics as well as wind energy.

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ABSTRACTThe development of an undergraduate advanced experimental aerodynamics course is discussedin this article. The aim of the course is to allow an easier transition to graduate level researchthrough development of problem solving skills as well as exposure to the research process. Thecourse comprises a mixture of applied theoretical and hands on project based learning. Thetheory component is modular, with coverage of topics supportive of the assigned projects. Use ofnumerical tools for airfoil and aircraft analysis is required, as is proficiency in LabView for dataacquisition. Projects are performed in groups. Students generally conduct two projects. One isequipment based, where students become proficient in a particular technique or may developequipment and software that may support their research or be stand alone. Examples includedesign and manufacture of a water tunnel as well as a 3-component platform balance withassociated LabView software. Research topics are typically assigned, but may be studentinitiated if of manageable scope. Projects have been broad in scope, ranging from transitioncontrol to morphable aircraft geometries. This article describes the approach, its successes aswell as pitfalls.

Traub, L. W. (2011, June), Development of an advanced experimental aerodynamics course for undergraduates Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17765

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