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Unit information: Advanced Techniques in Multi-Disciplinary Design in 2021/22

Unit name Advanced Techniques in Multi-Disciplinary Design
Unit code AENGM2005
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Poole
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This Unit instructs students in numerical optimisation methods and architectures for executing automated multi-disciplinary sizing of aerospace vehicles. The unit is segmented into four areas of instruction:

1. The design process and requirements for numerical synthesis;

2. Design search and optimisation methods;

3. Advanced multi-disciplinary sub-space simulation and architectures;

4. Design space sensitivities and synthesised solution robustness.

A series of practical examples in conjunction with well-documented case studies will complement the presented material. The coursework emphasises a hands-on approach comprising assignments and a group project.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Unit the student will:

  • summarise optimisation methods, including single and multi-objective methods, gradient-based, constraint handling and global methods, and explain the implications of different approaches
  • recall definitions of optimisation terminology and explain the conditions for optimality
  • select different optimisation approaches for specific problems and defend those choices through appropriate presentation of arguments and data
  • develop judicious multi-disciplinary optimisation architectures for solving complex engineering optimisation problems and interpret results through analysis
  • present technical data and arguments effectively

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Information

100% coursework


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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