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Unit information: Aeronautics and Mechanics in 2014/15

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Unit name Aeronautics and Mechanics
Unit code AENG11301
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Scarpa
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This unit introduces a wide range of backgrounds to the basic concepts of aircraft aerodynamics, flight performance theory and practice, and the principles of mechanics. The unit provides a basic introduction to the use of MATLAB in aerospace engineering. The unit also includes a general lecture programme, example classes and a practical design/build/fly project to encourage them to take a wider view of aeronautics.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will have an understanding of the fundamental concepts of statics and dynamics, and an ability to analyse and solve related problems in mechanics;

show an appreciation of some of the important aspects of flight, in particular the basic aerodynamic characteristics and the conventional performance of fixed-wing aircraft, with the ability to calculate and analyse aspects of aircraft performance; be able to apply the MATLAB software package to the solution of basic problems in aerospace engineering

Teaching Information

Lectures, flight project during weeks 4-8

Assessment Information

70% 3-hour Examination in May/June 15% MATLAB project 10% In-class assessment 5% Flight Project

Reading and References

Meriam, J.L., Kraige, L.G., “Engineering Mechanics Vol 1, Statics”, ISBN 0471406465 Meriam, J.L., Kraige, L.G., “Engineering Mechanics Vol 2, Dynamics”, ISBN 0471406457 Houghton, E.L. Carpenter, P.W., “Aerodynamics for Engineering Students”, ISBN 0750651113 Anderson, J.D., “Fundamentals of Aerodynamics”, ISBN 0072950463 McCormick, B.W., “Aerodynamics, Aeronautics and Flight Mechanics”, ISBN 0471575062