Industrial Aerodynamics 4 ENG4079

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course applies the principles of aerodynamics to industrial areas other than aerospace. Examples include the action of atmospheric wind on buildings and structures, including static, dynamic and aeroelastic effects, and the basic aerodynamic features of road vehicles. These examples increase students' awareness of wider applications of aerodynamics in engineering.


2x1 hour lectures per week

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements


Recommended Entry Requirements


Excluded Courses





100% Written Exam

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade D3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to provide an introduction to atmospheric wind, and associated measurement techniques;
facilitate an understanding of the main flow features which produce static and dynamic wind loads on buildings and structures; provide an appreciation of typical forms of aeroelastic phenomena which affect buildings and structures; introduce the basic aerodynamic features of passenger cars and trucks. More broadly, it aims to increase students' awareness of wider applications
aerodynamics in engineering.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ describe and explain the significance of wind patterns and pressure distributions on buildings and structures;

■ explain important aspects of wind measurement: devices employed and data analysis;

■ illustrate and describe flow patterns around cars and trucks;

■ assess wind conditions using hydrodynamic wind equations;

■ perform static and dynamic design calculations on structures subject to wind loading.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must attend the degree examination and submit at least 75% by weight of the other components of the course's summative assessment.


Students should attend at least 75% of the timetabled classes of the course.


Note that these are minimum requirements: good students will achieve far higher participation/submission rates.  Any student who misses an assessment or a significant number of classes because of illness or other good cause should report this by completing a MyCampus absence report..