MECH ENG 3100 - Aeronautical Engineering
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016
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General Course Information
Course Code MECH ENG 3100 Course Aeronautical Engineering Coordinating Unit School of Mechanical Engineering Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Incompatible MECH ENG 3101, MECH ENG 4108 Assumed Knowledge MECH ENG 2021, MECH ENG 2002 Restrictions BE(Mechanical & Aerospace) and associated double degree students only Course Description Aircraft types, Historical Overview of Aeronautical Engineering, Atmosphere Properties,
Coordinate Systems, Aircraft Geometries, Forces and Moments, Introduction to Low Mach Number Aerodynamics, Requirements for Flight Segments, Stability and Control, Thrust, Aircraft Loads, Bending of Beams, Shear of Beams, Torsion of Beams, Open and Closed Section Beams, Structural Idealization, Wing Spars and Box Beams, Fuselages, Wings, Fuselage Frames and Wing Ribs, Helicopter Aerodynamics,Vertical and Short takeoff and Landing Aircraft.
Course Coordinator: Dr Maziar Arjomandi
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 To equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to understand and analyse the design and performance of modern aircraft. 2 To enable students to develop soundly-based vehicle design and flight systems. 3 To develop in students an understanding of aircraft systems such as engines, V/STOL technology, control systems. 4 To introduce the students to basic theories in Aeronautical Engineering, such as propeller momentum theory, vortex line theory etc. 5 To reinforce the acquired knowledge in structural analysis through the application of the fundamental knowledge in aerospace structures. 6 To apply problem based learning principles in the tutorials 7 To develop a deeper understanding for the area of Aeronautical Engineering. 8 To ensure students are familiar with current best practice in the area of Aeronautical Engineering. 9 To appreciate environmental issues associated with the area of Aeronautics, such as energy conservation, pollution etc. 10 To develop problem solving skills i.e. identify main issues in aeronautical problems, simplify the problem and solve it using standard tools.
University Graduate Attributes
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- Course notes – these are essential and required.
- Introduction to aeronautics: a design perspective; Steven Brandt
- Aircraft structures for engineering students; T Megson
- Aircraft performance and design; John Anderson
- Introduction to flight; John Anderson
- Aircraft flight; R Barnard
- Aerodynamics, aeronautics and flight mechanics; B McCormick
- An introduction to general aeronautics; C Van Deventer
- Aeroplane design, vol I-VIII; John Roskam
- Aircraft design: a conceptual approach; Daniel Raymer
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
Lectures supported by problem-solving tutorials developing material covered in lectures
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
As per university recommendation, it is expected that students spend 48hrs/week during teaching periods, and that a 3 unit course has a minimum workload of 156 hours regardless of the length of the course. Additional time may need to be spent acquiring assumed knowledge, working on assessment during non-teaching periods, and preparing for and attending examinations.
Learning Activities Summary
1. Introduction (5%)1.1 Historical Overview1.2 Nomenclature1.3 Aircraft Parts1.4 Atmosphere1.5 Coordinate Systems1.6 Aircraft Geometry
2. Flight Mechanics and Aircraft Performance (25%)2.1 Forces and Moments, Free Body Diagram2.2 Aircraft Equation of Motion2.3 Takeoff Roll and Takeoff Distance2.4 Climb, Rate of Climb and Ceiling2.5 Cruise: Breguet Equation2.6 Descent and Glide2.7 Landing Distance2.8 Energy Equation and Flight Envelope
3. Stability and Control (20%)3.1 Static and Dynamic Stability3.2 Longitudinal Stability and Static Margin3.3 Lateral Stability3.4 Directional Stability3.5 Aircraft Controllability and Control Surfaces
4. Low Mach Number Aerodynamics (10%)4.1 Lift and Drag Generation4.2 Lift Curve4.3 Boundary Layer Theories4.4 Aircraft Drag Components4.5 Aircraft Lift Distribution4.6 Drag Polar
5. Thrust (10%)5.1 Aerospace Propulsion Types5.2 Piston Engines5.3 Propellers5.4 Jet Engines5.5 Introduction to the Velocity Triangles
6. Airframe Structural Design (10%)
6.1 Airframe Structural Design (Wing)
6.2 Airframe Structural Design (Fuselage)
6.3 Airframe Structural Design (Engine Mounts and Control Surfaces)
7. V/STOL Flight Vehicles (20%)7.1 History of Helicopter V/STOL Flight Vehicles7.2 Helicopter Flight Principles7.3 Momentum Theory7.4 V/STOL Aircraft
Specific Course Requirements
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
All assessment tasks are summative. There are 4 assignments, all together worth 20% of the assessment, two laboratory reports worth 20% of the assessment each, and a combined open+closed book exam worth 60%. All assignments are due by 4pm on the due date. Details of each task are tabulated below.
Assessment task Weighting % Description Due date Learning objectives
(See 2.1 above)
Assignment 1 5 Atmosphere properties, forces and moments
1-5 Assignment 2 5 Forces and moments, lift and drag 1-5 Assignment 3 5 Aircraft stability and control 1-5 Assignment 4 5 Aircraft loads and structure analysis 1-5 Laboratory report 10 Structural analysis laboratory Ref. to
Laboratory report 10 Flight simulator laboratory Ref. to
Final Exam 60 Exam on all parts of the course Exam period 1-10
Assessment Related Requirements
All the assignments are problem type questions. The solutions to the assignments will be reviewed and marked by the course tutor/s according to the marking rubric. The solutions will be available to the students on MyUni after the submission date.
The hard copy of all assignments and laboratory report must be submitted in the labelled box on level 2, Engineering South Building. Any assignments submitted as a hard copy must be accompanied by an assessment cover sheet available from front office S116 or near assignment submission area. Late assignments will be penalised 10% per day. Extensions for all assignments will only be given in exceptional circumstances and a case for this with supporting documentation can be made in writing after a lecture or via email to the lecturer who set the assignment. Hard copy assignments will be assessed and returned in 2 weeks of the due date. There will be no opportunities for re-submission of work of unacceptable standard. Due to the large size of the class feedback on assignments will be limited to in-class discussion resulting from questions from students.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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