Research Seminar in Aerodynamics, Natural and Technological Risks

Academic year
Subject Area
Aerodynamics Natural and Technological Risks
Language of Instruction
Other Languages of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
3rd Cycle Studies

Recommended Prerequisites

It is necessary that the students have good knowledge on Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Heat and Mass Transfer; it is recommended that the students have advances knowledge in Fluid Mechanics, and good knowledge in Aerodynamics, Turbomachines, Alternative Machines and Electrical Machines.

Teaching Methods

The organization of the curricular unit is a function of the profile of the students who attend it, in each academic year, and must be determined according to the objectives defined by the teachers. This organization determines the weight of each components of the syllabus, in each academic year. The following complementary activities will be developed:

1- Participation in lectures.

2- Master classes.

3- Presentation and discussion of scientific articles/research topics by students.

4- Preparation of a monograph and/or project, with presentation and discussion in a workshop.

Learning Outcomes

Students should be able to:

• Demonstrate a comprehensive view of the state-of-the art and the main research challenges of the scientific area of Aerodynamics, Natural and Technological Risks;

• Demonstrate fundamental knowledge about the syllabus of the curricular unit, namely through its application in the critical analysis of scientific works, including those that take place in the DEM research groups in the area of Aerodynamics, Natural and Technological Risks;

• Demonstrate autonomous learning, synthesis and scientific writing skills, in particular through their application in written reports and manuscripts;

• Demonstrate verbal communication skills, including proactive participation in lectures.

Work Placement(s)



1. Modelling physical problems using applied mathematics: i) approach method; Ii) model construction; and iii) resolution.

2. Territorial Risk Management. Notion of natural or technological risk. Risk factors and their modelling. Study of natural and technological risks.

3. Evaluation and Management of Fire risk. Factors affecting risk. Forest fuels and their management. Risk prediction and mapping. Fire safety.

4. Shock waves: equations of state; reflection, refraction and impact. Experimental techniques. Chemistry of explosives. Detonation. Explosive-matter interaction.

5. Explosions of gas and particles in industrial processes. Ignition and explosiveness of substances. Ignition Control. Inertization. Containment, suppression and relief of explosions.

6. Propulsion Systems. Power requirements. Piston and propeller motor. Gas turbines. Turboprop. Turbofan. Turbojet. Stator reactor. Rocket and hybrid engines. Electric and solar propulsion.

Head Lecturer(s)

Miguel Rosa Oliveira Panão

Assessment Methods

Synthesis work: 50.0%
Report of a seminar or field trip: 50.0%


Para cada tópico abordado na unidade curricular será fornecida aos alunos uma lista actualizada de referências bibliográficas relevantes e adequadas ao perfil do aluno.

An Introduction to Aerodynamics – J. Anderson Jr. , Mc Graw Hill

Compressible Fluid Mechanics – A. SHAPIRO, Oxford Press. 

Mecânica dos Fluidos - Oliveira, LA e AM G. Lopes. Lidel Editora

C. PFLEIDERER e H. PETERMANN - Máquinas de Fluxo, Mc. Graw Hill.