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Spacecraft Aerodynamics - Re-entry Aerodynamics (Re-Entry Aerodynamics)

Module MW0143

This Module is offered by Chair of Aerodynamics and Fluid mechanics (Prof. Adams).

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of SS 2012 (current)

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
SS 2012WS 2011/2

Basic Information

MW0143 is a semester module in German language at Bachelor’s level and Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Catalogue of non-physics elective courses
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
90 h 30 h 3 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


Based on the preknowledge of Fluidmechanics I/II the gheneral contexts of the fluidmechanics re-entry-able spacecrafts are explained. On the basis of resulting speeds and forces we can elaborate rules of thumbs for the airforces at the reentry. In addition we discuss also the status of the atmosphere in high altitudes. Then we present alto the detailled fluidmechanical and chemical processen in hot highspeed streams. The following subjects from the subject area re-entry-aerodynamics are treated:
- Elementary treatment of the re-entry procedere
- Some basics of gaskinetics and fluents with relaxation
- Procedre to calculate inviscid hypersound streaming around slim and bluff bodies: Newtonsche Theory, Newton-Busemannsche Theory, hypersonic similitude theory
- Structure of hypersonic streaming fields
- Configuration of re-entry missiles
- Aerodynamic heating and ablation
- Heat protection systems
- Hypersound test procedures

Learning Outcome

The students knows the following after the successfull passing of the Modul Reentry-Aerodynamics: (1) Knowledge of the basic context at the reentry, (2) Methods (Rule of thumbs) by means of them the aerothermodynamic strain on a re-entry body can be estimated. (3) the ability to describe the chemical phenomenas of the hot gas fluids in the near of missile surfaces, (4) to describe the different reentrykonfigurations with regard to fluid phenomena, (5) the ability, to estimate the heat transfer in the reentryarea quantitatively, (6) the knowledge of test procedures for high speed streams.


Fluidmechanics I and II, Thermodynamics, eventually heat- und mass transport would be good but not forcely prescribed.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

Lectures: teacher-centered lecture supported through slides and a script.


Lectures: teacher-centered lecture supported through slides and a script.


Lecture script, Lecture Slides, Anderson "Hypersonic and high-temperature gas dynamics", AIAA education series 2nd edition ISBN: 978-1563477805

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

The examination performances consist of an oral exam where the context of the teaching material should be presented in a conversation-like setting. Derivations of formulae will not be asked for but the students shall be capable to cite the fundamental formulae and explain the context and consequenses the mathematicl relations can show.

Exam Repetition

The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester.

Current exam dates

Currently TUMonline lists the following exam dates. In addition to the general information above please refer to the current information given during the course.

Spacecraft Aerodynamics - Re-entry Aerodynamics
For the exact exam's appointment, please contact Prof. Stemmer directly.
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