MECH ENG 7066 - Aeronautical Engineering

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

Aircraft types, Historical Overview of Aeronautical Engineering, Atmosphere Properties, Coordinate Systems, Aircraft Geometries, Forces and Moments, Introduction to Low Mach Number Aerodynamics, Flight Performance, Stability and Control, Thrust, Aircraft Loads, Helicopter Aerodynamics,Vertical and Short takeoff and Landing Aircraft, Airframe Structural Design.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MECH ENG 7066
    Course Aeronautical Engineering
    Coordinating Unit School of Mechanical Engineering
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge MECH ENG 2021, MECH ENG 2002
    Assessment Assignments (20%), Laboratory Reports (20%), Final Exam (60%)
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Maziar Arjomandi

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 Demonstrate the skills neede to understand and analyse the design and performance of modern aircraft;
    2 Explain soundly-based vehicle design and flight systems;
    3 Explain aircraft systems such as engines, V/STOL technology, control systems;
    4 Discuss basic theories in Aeronautical Engineering, such as propeller momentum theory, vortex line theory etc;
    5 Describe structural analysis through the application of the fundamental knowledge in aerospace structures;
    6 Apply problem based learning principles in the tutorial;
    7 Define and describe Aeronautical Engineering;
    8 Recognise current best practice in the area of Aeronautical Engineering;
    9 Explain environmental issues associated with the area of Aeronautics, such as energy conservation, pollution etc; and
    10 Use problem solving skills i.e. identify main issues in aeronautical problems, simplify the problem and solve it using standard tools.

    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   3.2   3.4   

    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)
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    • Course notes – these are essential and required.
    Recommended Resources
    • 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 Overview
    1.2 Nomenclature
    1.3 Aircraft Parts
    1.4 Atmosphere
    1.5 Coordinate Systems
    1.6 Aircraft Geometry

    2. Flight Mechanics and Aircraft Performance (25%)

    2.1 Forces and Moments, Free Body Diagram
    2.2 Aircraft Equation of Motion
    2.3 Takeoff Roll and Takeoff Distance
    2.4 Climb, Rate of Climb and Ceiling
    2.5 Cruise: Breguet Equation
    2.6 Descent and Glide
    2.7 Landing Distance
    2.8 Energy Equation and Flight Envelope

    3. Stability and Control (20%)

    3.1 Static and Dynamic Stability
    3.2 Longitudinal Stability and Static Margin
    3.3 Lateral Stability
    3.4 Directional Stability
    3.5 Aircraft Controllability and Control Surfaces

    4. Low Mach Number Aerodynamics (10%)

    4.1 Lift and Drag Generation
    4.2 Lift Curve
    4.3 Boundary Layer Theories
    4.4 Aircraft Drag Components
    4.5 Aircraft Lift Distribution
    4.6 Drag Polar

    5. Thrust (10%)

    5.1 Aerospace Propulsion Types
    5.2 Piston Engines
    5.3 Propellers
    5.4 Jet Engines
    5.5 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 Vehicles
    7.2 Helicopter Flight Principles
    7.3 Momentum Theory
    7.4 V/STOL Aircraft
    Specific Course Requirements


  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    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

    Assignment  x 4 20
    Laboratory report 10
    Laboratory report 10
    Final Exam 60 Exam period 1-10
    Assessment Related Requirements


    Assessment Detail

    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.

    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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