Aerodynamics and its Applications

Here you will find a collection of articles dedicated to aerodynamics and its applications.

The aerodynamics basics page will explain the brief development of aerodynamics and the fundamental forces which are implied in the flight calculation: lift, drag, thrust and weight. The history of aerodynamics explains widely how aerodynamics became what is today, starting with the legends of Icarus, up to the supersonic flight barrier.

The branches of aerodynamics explains which are the speed steps which separate the subsonic, transonic, supersonic and hypersonic flight levels.

The automotive aerodynamics further develops the drag variable and its application into maintaining the downforce in the production and performance vehicle class.

The aerospace engineering is split into aircraft and spacecraft. The spacecraft or rocket science emerged after 1950s, once with the launch of the Sputnik satellite and the first manned space mission of Project Mercury, Apollo and the lunar landing.

Aerospace engineering challenges further the process of manufacturing rockets and dealing with the challenges it brings to engineers.

Aircraft design regulations reveal the set of international and national regulations which stand behind the release of each vehicle. The aircraft design process will take you to an imaginary trip on the making of the airplanes. These start with conceptual design, which dictate the disposal of the main elements in the most accurate fashion of the brief, the preliminary design phase, which improves the process and corrects the aerodynamic and fluid dynamics, while the detail design phase copes with the entire fabrication process and flight simulations.