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Course Name Hypersonic Flow Theory
Course Code 19AEE344
Program B. Tech. in Aerospace Engineering
Year Taught 2019


Unit 1

Introduction – Basic Considerations and Definitions – Videos of Atmospheric Re-Entry – Thin Shock Layer – Entropy Layer – Viscous Interaction – Low Density Flows – High Temperature Effects – Visual Presentation of Damages Due to High Temperature Effects – Hypersonic Flight Paths.

Unit 2

Inviscid Hypersonic Flow Theory: Shock Expansion Method, Surface Inclination Methods – Small Disturbance Equations and Approximate Methods – Similarity Laws.

Unit 3

Exact Methods – Method of Characteristics Review – Unit Processes for Method of Characteristics: Planar, Axisymmetric and 3-D Flows – Blunt Body Problem and Shock Interaction Types – Modern Computational Methods – Introduction to Viscous Hypersonic Flows.

Objectives and Outcomes

Course Objectives

  • To appreciate the difference and commonalities between supersonic and hypersonic flows.
  • To understand the basic physics of hypersonic flow and their applications in space shuttles, atmospheric re-entry, scramjet engines and other practical situations.
  • To understand and apply approximate and exact methods in hypersonic flow theory.

Course Outcomes

  • CO1: Identify the critical flow physics phenomenon influencing hypersonic and planetary re-entry flows.
  • CO2: Explain the recent developments in hypersonic flow theory with application to Aerospace Systems.
  • CO3: Utilize Shock-Expansion theory, Surface inclination method, and Newtonian theory for the estimation of pressure distribution of simple shapes.
  • CO4: Formulate and solve the problems involving invicid hypersonic flow over blunt bodies.
  • CO5: Interpret the influence of viscous effects in the hypersonic flow over simple shapes.

CO – PO Mapping



CO1 3 3 2 1 1 3
CO2 2 2 3 3 1 3 1
CO3 2 3 3 3 3 2 1
CO4 2 3 3 3 2 3 2 2
CO5 1 2 3 3 1 2 3 2

Textbook / References


  • John D. Anderson, “Hypersonic and High Temperature Gas Dynamics,” McGraw Hill, 2002.


  • Wallace D. Hayes and Ronald F. Probstein, “Hypersonic Flow Theory,” 2nd edition, Academic Press, 1959.

Evaluation Pattern

Assessment Internal External
Periodical 1 (P1) 15
Periodical 2 (P2) 15
*Continuous Assessment (CA) 20
End Semester 50
*CA – Can be Quizzes, Assignment, Projects, and Reports.

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