Free Online Course on Hypersonics – from Shock Waves to Scramjets

The University of Queensland is offering free online course on Hypersonics – from Shock Waves to Scramjets. This is an open course and anyone can choose to participate and learn about hypersonics.

In this four week course, applicants will understand flight at speeds greater than Mach 5 and discover how to analyze the performance of a scramjet. This course will start on January 23, 2018.

Course At A Glance 

Length: 4 weeks
Effort: 4-8 hours pw
Subject: Engineering
Institution: The University of Queensland and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $99
Session: Course Starts on January 23, 2018

Providers’ Details

The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, is one of the world’s premier teaching and research institutions. Striving for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge UQ ranks in the top 50 Universities as measured by the QS World University Rankings. UQ is one of only three Australian members of the global Universities 21 and a founding member of the Group of Eight (Go8) universities.

About This Course

A flow is called hypersonic if the Mach number is greater than 5. This means that the flow speed is more than five times the speed of sound. In air at room temperature, the speed of sound is around 340 m / s, so a Mach 5 flow would have a flow speed of 1.7 km / s or just over 6,000 km / h. When a rocket launches to satellite into earth orbit, when a probe enters the atmosphere of another planet or when an aircraft is propelled by a supersonic combustion ramjet engine (a scramjet), hypersonic flows are encountered.

Why Take This Course?

Hypersonics – from Shock Waves to Scramjets introduces the basic concepts associated with flight at speeds greater than Mach 5 and takes students to the stage where they can analyze the performance of a scramjet engine that might be used in a future access-to-space system.

Learning Outcomes

  • When compressible flow occurs, how it behaves and when a flow becomes hypersonic
  • How to model 1D compressible flows
  • The nature of shock waves
  • The effects on a flow when the flow is hypersonic
  • How scramjet propulsion fits within context of aerospace propulsion
  • How to model the performance of a simple 2D scramjet engine

Instructors

Professor David J. Mee
School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering
The University of Queensland

Professor Richard G. Morgan
School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering
The University of Queensland

Professor Michael Smart
School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering
The University of Queensland

Dr Vincent Wheatley
School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering
The University of Queensland

Dr Anand Veeraragavan
School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering
The University of Queensland

Requirements

This is an open course and anyone can choose to participate and learn about hypersonics. If, however, you want to delve into the field deeply, it is recommended that you have a good understanding of introductory concepts in Calculus, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics. These will enable you to fully participate in the course, particularly the assessment tasks. The following online courses could be useful for you before you start to get yourself up to speed:

  • Differential Equations (MIT Open course): Unit 1: Basic DE’s, Linear ODE’s, Integrating Factors
  • Calculus with Applications (MIT Open course): Any calculus related math required for our course
  • Thermodynamics and Kinetics (MIT Open course): Look up lecture notes to cover basic introductory thermodynamics

How To Join This Course

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