Postgraduate taught 

Aerospace Engineering & Management MSc

Industrial Aerodynamics M ENG5048

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course applies the principles of aerodynamics to industrial areas other than aerospace. Examples include wind turbine aerodynamics, 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

Excluded Courses





80% Written Exam

20% Moodle Quiz

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims to provide an introduction to wind engineering, and associated measurement techniques; introduce basic concepts of wind turbine aerodynamics and wind turbine placement; 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. More broadly, it aims to increase students' awareness of wider applications of 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;

■ assess local wind conditions;

■ analyse aerodynamic behaviour of horizontal axis wind turbine blades;

■ 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.