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Aerodynamics of High Performance Cars (-)

Module MW0997

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 WS 2011/2

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

MW0997 is a semester module in German language at Bachelor’s level and Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.

This module description is valid from WS 2008/9 to SS 2018.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
90 h 20 h 3 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


After an overview over the types of high performance vehicles and racing series the most important aerodynamic basics for the efficiency of a vehicle are presented. The interrelationship with the driving performances is explained. Furthermore the most important methods for the aerodynamic development of high performance vehicles in the industrial practice are presented. An overview of the existing operating lever at a vehicle for the optimization of the aerodynamic performance are given in the following vehicle areas.:
Airfoil elements, vehicle front, vehicle back, under body, diffusor, motor fresh air, engine radiator, brake cooling, air vanes, wheel, wheel arch

Learning Outcome

After having participated at the module courses the student is able to choose the operating lever for the optimization of the aerodynamic performance of a vehicle. Target conflicts of the vehicle characteristics are known and can be validated. Furthermore the relevant physical phenomena for a target-oriented optimisation can be identified. The students are furthermore able to answer the occurring question statements by making a pre-choice of methods for aerodynamic development in the industrial practice.


Fluidmechanics I, Aerodynamic of ground vehicles is advantageous but not obligatory prescribed.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 2 Aerodynamics of High Performance Cars Wed, 17:30–19:00, MW 1050

Learning and Teaching Methods

Lecture, presenting teaching procedure


Lecture, powerpoint presentation and supplementing board drawing


Lecture Slides

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

The exam performance consists of a written exam in multiple choice procedure. By answering the questions the main focus lays on the basic understanding of physical procedures and the context between these and the aerodynamic characteristics of high performance cars.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

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