MECH ENG 4106 - Aerospace Propulsion
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code MECH ENG 4106 Course Aerospace Propulsion 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 Incompatible MECH ENG 4036 or MECH ENG 4037 Assumed Knowledge 6 units of Level II Applied Maths, MECH ENG 3100, MECH ENG 3104 Course Description Introduction to air-breathing (gas turbines, ramjets, ducted rockets, scramjets) jet propulsion systems. Prediction of thrust, combustion reactions, specific fuel consumption and operating performance. Aerothermodynamics of inlets, combustors, nozzles, compressors, turbines. Review of chemical and electric space propulsion systems. Introduction to alternative future space propulsion systems. Chemical rocket and jet engine combustion including thermochemistry, chemical kinetics and the combustion chamber and instabilities. Jet engine noise and emissions. Overview of jet engine systems such as thrust reversal, internal air, starting and ignition, controls and instrumentation, power plant testing and installation, maintenance.
Course Coordinator: Dr Min Kwan Kim
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Gain knowledge of propulsion systems (turbojets, turbofans, ramjets, ducted rockets, scramjets, chemical and electrical space propulsion (review) and non-traditional space propulsion systems) and their application to aerospace vehicles. 2 Develop the knowledge and skills to analytically and numerically solve problems related to aerospace propulsion systems both on paper and using numerical methods. 3 Develop skills in working independently with minimal supervision. 4 Develop skills in critical evaluation of scientific literature. 5 Develop skills in working as a team member. 6 Develop skills in planning and presentation of scientific talks and reports.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-2 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1,2,4,6 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1,2,3,5 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 5,6 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2,4,6 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-6 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-6
1) Course notes
2) Textbook: Hill, P., and Peterson, C., Mechanics and Thermodynamics of Propulsion, Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., 1992,
3) Any online material will be available at MyUni.
4) Digital recordings of lectures (e.g., taping lectures, wireless network, pod-casts) may not be made available to students who are absent.
1) Sutton, G. P., and Biblarz, O., Rocket Propulsion Elements, 8th Ed, Wiley-interscience, 2010
2) Bathie, W. W., Fundamentals of Gas Turbines, 2nd Ed, John Wiley & Sons, 1992.
3) Goebel, D. M, and Katz, I., Fundamentals of Electric Propulsion, John Wiley & Sons, 2008.
4) Turns, S. R., An Introduction to Combustion, 2nd Ed, McGraw-Hill, 2000.
Copies of assignments and any paper material distributed during class will also be posted on My-Uni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
Lectures supported by problem-solving tutorials, group seminars, and a practical laboratory developing material covered in lectures.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Formal Contact: Lectures and tutorials: 41 hours, Seminars: 4 hours, Practical: 5 hours, Exam: 3 hours.
Suggested personal workload (will vary between students): Reading and revising course material: 30-50 hours, Completion of assignments and practical report: 30-50 hours, Exam preparation: 30-50 hours.
Learning Activities Summary
The numbers quoted here are approximations and will vary if some activities take longer or less time than anticipated:
I. Review of thermodynamics and Introduction of Propulsion – 10 lectures
- Mixtures of gases
- Thermodynamic cycles
- Combustion thermodynamics
II. Chemical Propulsion – 24 lectures
Air-Breathing Propulsion Systems
- turbojet systems
- turbofan systems
- turboprops/propfans systems
- ramjet systems
- scramjet systems
- PDE’s and other advanced concepts
Air-Breathing Propulsion System Components
- subsonic inlets and diffusers
- supersonic inlets and diffusers
- axial and radial (centrifugal) compressors
- axial turbines
- propellors and fans
Air-Breathing Propulsion System Integration
Rocket Propulsion Systems
- thrust analysis
- vertical trajectory analyses
- staging performance
- basic orbital dynamics
Liquid propellant rocket systems
- thrust chambers
Solid propellant rocket systems
III. Electric Propulsion – 5 lectures
- Physics of electromagnetic fields
- Plasmas and magnetohydrodynamics
- One-dimensional steady flow of a plasma
- Magnetic Reynolds number
- Practical electric propulsion devices
IV. Alternative space propulsion systems (student Seminars) – 5 lectures
V. Review of course material – 2 lectures
Specific Course Requirements
Students will be required to adhere to laboratory conduct safety guidelines for the practical component of this course.
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- 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 is summative.
- Final Exam: 50%
- 5 Individual Assignments: 25%
- Group Assignment/Project: 15%
- Laboratory (Turbine engine performance): 10%
Assessment Task Weighting % Description Due date Learning objectives Individual Assignment 1 5
Written individual assignment covering class material
Tuesday week 3 1-3 Individual Assignment 2 5 Written individual assignment covering class material Tuesday week 5 1-3 Individual Assignment 3 5 Written individual assignment covering class material Tuesday week 7 1-3 Individual Assignment 4 5 Written individual assignment covering class material Tuesday week 9 1-3 Individual Assignment 5 5 Written individual assignment covering class material Tuesday week 11 1-3 Group Assignment/Project 15 Oral and written group assignment on alternative methods of space propulsion Slides due Monday week 12, Presentations Week 12, written component due Thursday Week 12 1 and 3-6 Laboratory 10 Turbine engine performance laboratory 2 weeks after lab class 1-3 and 5-6 Final Exam 50 Open-book exam covering all material covered in course Exam period 1-3
While every effort has been made to ensure that this information reflects an accurate plan, the coordinator reserves the right to make changes that ensure the continual improvement of the course. Any such changes will be made clear via MyUni.
Assessment Related Requirements
In order to pass this course, students must achieve a pass grade for the turbine engine performance laboratory.
Final exam is a 3-hour long open book exam, to be conducted during the formal university examination period.
There will be 4 assignments in total. Three of these are individual assignments (no collaboration) and the other is a group assignment/project. These will be distributed during class and also placed on MyUni. Due dates for these assignments may be subject to change; any changes will be announced in-class, written on the assignment, and posted on MyUni at the time the assignment is first distributed.
The turbine engine performance laboratory is run as part of the formal Level IV laboratories.
Unless otherwise specified, submission of assignments and laboratory reports will be made through the hand-in boxes located next to the school office on Level 2 of Engineering South. Cover-sheets should be attached to all submissions (cover-sheets located next to the submission boxes).
Late submissions will be penalized at 50% per day late. Submissions are due at 1pm. Extensions for assignments will only be given in exceptional circumstances and a case for this with supporting documentation must be made either in writing after a lecture, submitted in hard copy to the front office (to be passed on to the lecturer), or emailed to the lecturer directly.
Assignments will be assessed and returned within 4 weeks from submission (usually significantly less). Assignments that are marked prior to the last class will be brought to class for students to collect. Any assignments not collected in-class will be left in the assignment collection boxes next to the elevator on level 2 of Engineering South. There will be no opportunities for re-submission of work of unacceptable standard. Due to the large class size, 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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