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Unit information: Aerospace Vehicle Design and Systems Integration - Project in 2015/16

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Unit name Aerospace Vehicle Design and Systems Integration - Project
Unit code AENGM2023
Credit points 30
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Mr. Sandy Mitchell
Open unit status Not open

Successful completion of 2nd year Aeronautical Engineering



School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

A group design project that will enable the student to exercise and consolidate the design, aeronautical engineering and management skills in the context of a complete aerospace vehicle design study.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the project the student will be able to:-

  • apply design skills which integrate those gained from individual technical units of the curriculum
  • use specific analytical or technical tools in consort to satisfy much broader criteria
  • bring innovation and creativity into the design process
  • understand the need for compromise, i.e. the ability to recognise conflicting technical objectives and to find constructive compromises accordingly
  • apply teamwork skills for collaborative efforts to satisfy complex specifications with the appreciation of the contributions of other team members.
  • communicate clearly through oral and written presentation within a group to facilitate the design process and to assist the group in publicising its findings.
  • use computers to aid the design process
  • understand the management of large group projects

Teaching Information

Introductory lectures and seminars on the key aspects of an aerospace vehicle design. Additional support lectures/tutorials are given as required. 35 hours of attendance at group progress meetings and tutorials + 5 hours of attendance at specialist tutorials. 2 Sessions comprising presentations/assessments: the Design Reviews.

Assessment Information

An individual's mark has two components: one owing to the efforts of the group as a whole (thus emphasising the need for collaborative work) and the other due to an individual’s efforts. The group component takes into consideration the overall response to the design task and depends considerably on the group report as jointly assessed by the industry and university staff. In addition, a panel of senior staff from industry and the university assess the presentations at the Preliminary and Final Design Reviews. The personal component is based on the contribution made by the individual as assessed by the advisor (based upon observation and a log, which a student keeps of his activities in support of the group) and by the rest of the group (based upon peer review). A comprehensive marking algorithm is consistently applied to control weightings of all components.

Reading and References

  • Aircraft Design: A Conceptual Approach Fourth Edition (AIAA Education Series) by Daniel P. Raymer
  • Civil Aircraft Design (AIAA Education Series) by Jenkinson, Simkin and Rhodes
  • Foundations of Helicopter Flight (Butterworth-Heinemann) by S.Newman
  • Principles of Helicopter Aerodynamics(Cambridge Aerospace Series) by J. Gordon Leishman
  • Spacecraft Systems Engineering by Peter Fortescue and John Stark, 3rd edition Wiley
  • Spacecraft Mission Analysis and Design by Wertz and Larson 3rd edition, Springer