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AE 6401 AERODYNAMICS I Two Marks Questions.

1. Define momentum principle.
Net force acting on a mass of fluid is equal to rate of change momentum of
flow in that direction.
2. Define moment of a momentum principle with reference to a turbo
he torque acting on a rotating fluid is equal to the rate of change of
3. What is equation of continuity in one3 dimensional compressible flow
UA = cons
4. State equation of continuity in 1D incompressible flow
5. What is Newton 2nd law?
Rate of change of momentum is directly proportional to applied force acting on
me direction
6. Types of applied force

A: load, gravitational force

B: shear force, viscous force, pressure force
7. Define circulation.
It is a flow means that the flow system could be resolved into a uniform
irrotational portion and a circulating portion and if circulation is present in a
fluid motion vorticity must be present even though it is restricted to a space.
8. What is aerodynamics?
It is the study of flow of gases around the solid bodies.
9. Diff control volume and control surface?
Control volume has a fixed boundary, mass, momentum and energy are
allowed to cross the boundary. The boundary of the control volume is referred
to as control surface.
10. Define system?
It is defined as fixed mass with a boundary however with time the boundary of
a system change but the mass may remain the same.
11. Differentiate compressible and Incompressible flow.
In a compressible flow, Density of a flow density will not be change from point
to point in a fluid flow, for incompressible flow density will not be change from
point to point in a fluid flow.

12. What are the forces can be experienced by the flowing of fluid on a
1. Body forces like gravity , electromagnetic forces(or)any other forces which
act at a distance on a fluid inside volume.
2. Surface forces like pressure and shear stress acting on the control surface
13. What is the principle of conservation of mass?
Mass can be neither created nor destroyed. This is the basic principle for
continuity equation.
14. Differentiate steady & unsteady flow.
In a steady flow fluid characteristics is velocity, pressure , Density etc at a
point do not change with time but for unsteady flow these characteristics will
with repeat to time.

15. Define source flow?
The flow will radialy outwards towards a fixed point.
the strength of the source flow is q/2r
16. Define sink flow?
The flow will be radialy inwards towards a fixed point.
The source of the sink flow q/2r
17. Define free vortex?
A flow field with circular steam lines with absolute value of velocity varying
inversely with the distance from centre. The flow is irrotational at every point
except at the centre.
18. Define force vortex?
A flow in which each fluid particle moves in a circular path with speed varying
directly as the distance from the axis of rotation.
19. Define doublet flow?
The combination of sink and source flow is called doublet flow.
20. Define vorticity?

It is defined as the value twice of he rotation and hence it is given as 2w

21. Define vortex flow?
It is defined as the flow of a fluid along a circular path or the flow of a rotating
mass of fluid is known as vortex flow.
There are two types 1) free vortex 2)force vortex
22. Define stream fn and its eqn?
Flow per unit time across the line joining two stream lines is called stram fn of
stream line.
The unit of stream fn is m2/sec
Per unit dimension perpendicular to the plane of stream line stream fn gives
volume rate of flow. It is a scalar fn.
23. Define potential fn and its eqn?
It is a scalar fn. It is a positive derivative with respective positive direction. it
satisfies Laplace eqn.
24. What is dalemberts paradox?
For a stationary cylinder kept with the axis perpendicular to the flow of an ideal
fluid, no lift or drag force is felt.

25. Define Magnus effect?

For a spinning cylinder kept with its axis perpendicular to the flow of an ideal
fluid there is force only in one direction which is lift force this is called magnus
effect Magnus effect is independent of the cylinder size.

1. When will conformal transformation break down?
If aerodynamic design to involve only 2D flows at low speeds the design
method based on conformal transformation theory would be best choice this
technique can extended to three dimensional.
2. When will joukowski transformation breakdown?
For finite angle trailing of an aerofoil the trailing edge becomes stagnation
For cusped trailing edge trailing edge of aerofoil no longer becomes
stagnation point.
By method joukowski transformation the trailing edge becomes cusped and so
the kutta condition is not satisfied. This is the draw back of joukowski
3. What is kutta trailing edge condition?
A; for finite trailing edge angle V1 = V2 = 0 strength of vortex at a a=

B; cusped trailing edge angle V1=V2
4 .state importance of Kelvins circulation
Circulation and hence cortex strength does not vary with time if (i) the fluid is
non viscous (ii) the density is either constant or a function of pressure only (iii)
body forces such as gravity or magnetic force such as gravity or magnetic
force are single valued potential
5. State the importance of blasius theorem in aerodynamics.
For an assumed complex potential of a two dimensional flow past a body of
given shape and orientation the aerodynamic forces per span length and
moments per span length of the body are obtained in terms of complex
variables of the flow .
6. What is barotropic fluid?
a fluid having density either constant or a function of its pressure is said to be
a barometric fluid .
7. Explain the roll of the starting vortex (cast of vortex) in establishing
the lift on an
The starting vortex builds and grows up to just the right strength such that
equal and opposite clockwise circulation around the airfoil leads to smooth
flow from trailing edge (at this situation kutta condition is successfully
satisfied)when the point is reached the vorticity shed from the L.e becomes

zero, the starting vortex no longer grows in strength and steady circulation
exists around the airfoil.
8. Show that as per kutta condition the strength of vortex at trailing edge
I zero (or)
what is kutta trailing edge condition
1)for finite t.e angle v1=v2=0 therefore strength of vortex at a = (t.e=0)
2)for cusped t.e v1=v20 but as v1=v2 strength of vortex at a= (t.e 0 ) Kutta
condition makes the the strength of vortex at t.e must be equal to zero.
9.state importance of kelvin circulation.
Circulation around a curve is un altered is transformation.
10. what is joukowski hypothesis ?
In order that the velocity at the t.e of airfoil is zero or stagnation point of the t.e
, the circulation is increased to the flow past the airfoil to such a magnitude
that a st.point coincides with the t.e .this method of specifying the magnitude
of circulation is known as joukowski hypothesis
11. When a transformation is called conformal?
Transformation is conformal if small elements of area are unaltered in shape
but altered in size position and orientation.
12. What is transformation?

It is a mathematical process by which a figure or network may be disorted or

altered in size it is effected by means of an algebraic relationship between the
orginal co rdinates (x,y)
And coordinates of each new position (,)

1. Assumption of thin airfoil theory
A; airfoil is assumed infinitely thin so that it may be represented by cambered
B; camber is assumed to small also angle of incidence also small.
2.State analogical electromagnetic theory to Biot- Savart law
The vortex filament is visualized as a wire carrying current I then the
field strength dB induced at a point P by a segment of wire dl with current in
the direction of wire is
dB = I d l x r
3. Why Karman treftz equation is used?
The joukowski profile is suffer an important practical defect in that the trailing
edge are

always cusped and hence this equation is used.

4. Define Helmholtz theorem
(i) Strength of vortex filament is constant along its length.
(ii) A vortex filament cannot end in a fluid .it must extend to the boundary of
the fluid a form a closed path
5. Define prandtl lifting line theory
The flow past a finite wing if assumed to represent a vortex configuration as a
filament of strength which somehow bound to a fixed location in a flow
6. Define aerodynamic center
It means the moment around the center is zero
7. Define centre of pressure
It means the moment is constant around its centre
8. Define potential flow of fluid
The irrotational motion of an incompressible fluid is called potential flows
9. Relate vorticity and circulation
Vorticity is the circulation around an element divided by its area

10. Assumption of horse shoe vortex

The wing is replaced by a single bond span wise vortex of constant strength
which turn at
right angle at each end to trailing vortices which extend to infinity behind the
wing these two trailing vortices i) each of which must provide the same total lift
ii) Each must have same magnitude of circulation and same circulation at mid
11. State Limitation of lifting line theory.
A straight narrow wing with smooth pressure distribution theory agrees well.
Theory gives correct value of down wash along the centre of pressure of any
distribution of left i.e.; symmetrical ahead and behind a straight line at right
angles to the direction.
For curved or yawed lifting line of law aspect ratio theory is not adequate.
12. Define slender body of revolution
The radius of body is very small then length is knows as slender body

1. What is meant by boundary layer?
A narrow belt or layer of relatively slow moving fluid next to the surface of the
body moving in the fluid is called boundary layer. There is a continuous
change of velocity
through the layer from zero at surface to free stream value of outer edge of
boundary value.
2. Define Boundary layer thickness?
That is distance in y character from boundary surface at which local velocity
where U is the stream velocity outside boundary layer.
3. Define Displacement thickness?
It is the distance by which boundary surface would have to be displaced
outwards so that total actual discharge of fluid would be same as that of ideal
fluid past the displaced boundary.
4. Define Momentum thickness?
It is defined as the distance along y direction from the boundary surface such
that the momentum flux corresponding to the main stream. It is defined as the
distance measure perpendicular to the boundary of the solid body by which
the boundary should be displaced to compensate for the reduction in
momentum of the flowing fluid on account of boundary layer formation

5. Define Energy thickness?

It is defined as the distance measured perpendicular to the solid body by
which the boundary should be displaced to compensate for the reduction in
kinetic energy of the flowing fluid on account of boundary layer formation.