Gas Dynamics for Propulsion

Instructor: Dr. Milt Davis

Textbook: Fundamentals of Gas Dynamics; Robert Zucker; John Wiley and Sons, Inc.; Second Edition;
ISBN #: 0-471-05967-6

  • Course Content: In this course, the student will be introduced to the fundamentals of gas dynamics. Specific topics in the
    course will cover varying area flow, normal and oblique shocks, expansions, duct friction and heat
    transfer. A wide variety of practical engineering problems can be solved with these concepts and many of
    these problems will be highlighted in the course. Examples of these types of problems are: off-design
    operation of supersonic nozzles, supersonic windtunnels, blast waves, supersonic inlets, some methods of
    flow measurements and choking from friction or thermal effects. The course will culminate in the study
    of propulsion systems since many gas dynamics issues are inherent in these types of applications.

Topics Covered

  • Isentropic flow
  • Varying area flow
  • Nozzles
  • Normal shocks
  • Oblique shocks
  • Prandtl-Meyer expansion
  • Fanno flow
  • Rayleigh flow
  • Introduction to gas turbine engines

You can view a sample video of the course below. You must purchase the course to unlock all of the lecture sessions.