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Aeronotics compressors - 5EMS5MFC

  • Number of hours

    • Lectures 16.0


    ECTS 1.5


The course aims at providing the students with the key concepts useful for designing compressors in the context of aerospace propulsion. After a general presentation of turbomachinery and their main tools of analysis, the course focuses on a detailed study of axial machines. The course relies on previous knowledge (acquired during the first year of studies at ENSE3 with a second-year graduate specialization in Mechanics & Energetics) regarding the basics of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. Tools for global analysis of compressor performance are presented during the lectures and applied during a laboratory session devoted to the optimal design of an axial compressor.

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  • Mono-dimensional thermodynamical analysis
  • Flow analysis in the circumferential plane
  • Simplified radial equilibrium equation
  • Application test-case (studied in-depth during the laboratory (BE) session) : design of a stage of axial compressor

  • Fluid mechanics courses given in the 1st year of "Mechanics and Energetics" graduate specialization, in particular the course "Compressible flows"
  • Second-year course "Thermodynamics of machines" (given in "Mechanics and Energetics" graduate specialization)


Assessment is based on a 2-hour final exam, without course notes, including : a problem (with a summary of useful equations and relationships provided with the subject) and a list of questions on key points presented during the course.

Additional Information

Course list
Curriculum->ME->Semester 5


  • Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics of Turbomachinery, S.L. Dixon, 4ème édition, 1998, Butterworth Heinemann
  • Compressor aerodynamics, N.A. Cumpsy, 1989, Longman
  • Aircraft engines and gas turbines, J.L. Kerrebrock, 2ème édition, 1992, MIT Press
  • Fundamentals of Jet Propulsion with Applications, R.R. Flack, 2005, Cambridge University Press