MECH ENG 7066 - Aeronautical Engineering
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022
General Course Information
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 Course Description This is an introductory course to Aeronautical Engineering. In this course you will learn about Aircraft types, Atmosphere Properties, Aircraft Geometries, Forces and Moments, Aerodynamics, Flight Performance, Stability and Control, Thrust, Aircraft Loads, and Helicopter Aerodynamics. The assumed knowledge for this course includes fluid mechanics and thermodynamics in particular understanding of laminar and turbulent flow, control volume analysis, different types of engines, and different types of thermodynamic cycles. The material is presented in a combination of lectures, tutorials and hands-on laboratory sessions.
Course Coordinator: Professor 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 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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
- 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
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Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative Due (week)* Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes Assignments x 4 20 summative 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Laboratory Reports x 2 20 summative Final exam 60 summative 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Total 100
This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
All assignments are due by 4pm on the due date.
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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