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Chan July 11, 2003 03:17

Aerodynamic Optimization

I'm a beginner to the area of aerodynamic design optimization. Would anyone know of good textbooks or references that are suitable for beginners?

Are there any commercially available software?


Jonas Larsson July 11, 2003 04:59

Re: Aerodynamic Optimization
Antony Jameson (a legend in the CFD world) has worked a lot on aerodynamic shape optimization of wings in the last 10 years. You can download many of his papers, including a review paper on aerodynamic design and optimization, from here:

Praveen July 11, 2003 07:53

Re: Aerodynamic Optimization
There are some more links here

Chan July 13, 2003 21:00

Re: Aerodynamic Optimization
Hi Jonas and Praveen,

Thanks for the info.

Are there books suitable for beginners in aerodynamic design?

Aerodynamics books like the one by J.D. Anderson are good at analysis of flows, but do not touch much on design.


Praveen July 14, 2003 09:04

Re: Aerodynamic Optimization
Check out

Mohammadi, B.; Pironneau, O.: Applied Shape Optimisation for Fluids, Oxford Science Publications, Clarendon Press, 2001 (Start with this though it is not very easy since most of the theory is only briefly mentioned)


O. Pironneau. Optimal Shape Design for Elliptic Systems


JP ZolÚsio, Introduction to Shape Optimization, Springer-Verlag, New York 1992

There is also a VKI lecture notes but I dont have the reference now.

Peter July 16, 2003 13:46

Re: Aerodynamic Optimization
To learn more about aerodynamic design in compressors you can read:

N. A. Cumpsty. "Compressor Aerodynamics". Longman. 1989

To learn more about optimisation techniques you can download the main algorithms with explanations from

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