MECH ENG 4108 - Aircraft Design
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code MECH ENG 4108 Course Aircraft Design Coordinating Unit School of Mechanical Engineering Term Semester 2 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 4100 Assumed Knowledge MECH ENG 3101, MECH ENG 3100 Course Description Aircraft design methodology, Technical task preparation, team working, Aircraft design organisation, Aircraft weight calculation, mission fuel weight, Sensitivity analysis, Standard requirements, First estimation of aircraft design parameters, Sizing, Drag polar estimation at low speed, Matching diagram, Aircraft three view and drawings, Overall configuration design, Fuselage design, Propulsion system selection and integration, Wing design considerations, Empennage design considerations, Landing gear design and integration, Weight and balance analysis, Stability and control analysis.
Course Coordinator: Dr Maziar Arjomandi
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Complete conceptual design of different types of aircraft; 2 Choose the required decisions during the total design cycle of an aircraft including conceptual, preliminary and detail design; 3 Discuss performance and stability analysis of different types of aircraft; 4 Explain the hierarchical models in aircraft design as a multi-disciplinary design objective and utilise a system approach to design and operational performance; 5 Discuss the design phases of an aircraft; 6 Explain the method of preparation design tasks and technical reports; 7 Calculate total weight and weight fractures of an aircraft; 8 Evaluate sensitivity analysis of design parameters; 9 Perform and understand sizing of an aircraft; 10 Explain layout design of different aircraft;
The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6
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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-10 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1-10 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
1-10 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
Course notes – these are essential and required.
J. Roskam, Airplane Design I & II, 2nd Edition, 1989
Jan Roskam, Airplane Design , part III-VIII, 2002
John Anderson, Aircraft Performance and Design, 1999
Darrol Stinton, The Design of the Aeroplane, 2003
Daniel Raymer, Aircraft Design (a conceptual approach),1999
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
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The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
As per university recommendations, 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 and Review – 5%1.1. Course organization and policies1.2. Review of “Aeronautical Engineering I” course1.3. Course and design project topics
2. Weight Estimation – 20%2.1. Weight equation2.2. Aircraft mission diagram2.3. Determination of payload weight
2.4. Determination of mission fuel weight
2.5. Empty weight estimation
3. Sensitivity studies – 10%3.1. Sensitivity of takeoff weight to payload weight3.2. Sensitivity of takeoff weight to empty weight3.3. Sensitivity of takeoff weight to performance parameters
4. Sizing – 30%4.1. Drag polar estimation4.2. Sizing to stall speed requirements4.3. Sizing to takeoff distance requirements
4.4. Sizing to landing distance requirements
4.5. Sizing to climb requirements
4.6. Sizing to manoeuvring requirements
4.7. Matching of all sizing requirements
5. Configuration Design – 35%5.1. Selection of the overall configuration5.2. Method of choosing overall configuration5.3. Design of cockpit and fuselage layout
5.4. Selection and integration of the propulsion system
5.5. Wing planform design
5.6. Empennage sizing
5.7. Control surface sizing
5.8. Landing gear sizing and disposition
5.9. Weight and balance analysis
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Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative Due (week)* Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes Laboratory (Flight Simulator Laboratory) 10 Individual Summative Weeks 2-12 attendance 1. 6. 8. 9. 10. Project 30 Group Summative Week 12 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Assignments 20 Individual Summative Weeks 2-12 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Two online quizzes 40 Individual Summative Week 8 and Week 12 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Total 100
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Assessment Related RequirementsNONE
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 group project will be marked based on 50% group mark and 50% individual contribution using a peer assessment method. The project assessment rubric is presented below:
Section/Criteria Mark (total 100) 1- External design /10 2- Weight calculation /5 3- Matching diagram /10 4- Configuration design /15 5- Drawings /20 6- Format and clarity /15 7- Research activities /10 8- Completeness /15
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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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