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Unit information: Aerospace Vehicle Design and Systems Integration 2 in 2015/16

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Unit name Aerospace Vehicle Design and Systems Integration 2
Unit code AENG20002
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Farrow
Open unit status Not open

AENG11600 - Design & Computing, AENG11200 - Structures and Materials 1, AENG11301 Aeronautics and Mechanics


AENG21100 - Aerodynamics, AENG21200 - Structures and Materials 2

School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This unit provides practical hands-on experience of the design, build and test of a mechanised wing, including aerodynamics, structures, mechanisms and control, with written and oral communication of technical design, build and test information to enable students to cope with team working, the complexity of multidisciplinary tasks and to readily apply programme core unit methods for design.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the unit the students will be able to: • carry out the design, build and test of a functioning aircraft wing structure accounting for aerodynamic, structural and mechanism aspects and using a range of analysis methods. • cope with the freedoms and constraints of a real complex design problem spanning several disciplines. • understand the basic approach to group/team co-ordination and management and scheduling to meet target dates. • select and analyse aerofoils to achieve specific flight performances in take-off, cruise and landing configurations. • perform initial sizing and refined checks of a lightweight semi-monocoque structure for stiffness, strength and stability at part, section, element and detail levels. • understand the function of various types of mechanisms within mechanical and aeronautical systems and be able to apply analytical and graphical methods to kinematics of planar mechanisms and calculate idealised load transfers across complex mechanisms, including aircraft control systems using the principle of virtual work. • clearly document and present technical design, build and test information.

Teaching details

Lectures, design, build and test labs

Assessment Details

100% coursework including: 25% Team work based on wing performance and portfolio of documents; 25% group work based on executive summaries and presentations; 50% individual assessment based on individual tests on aerodynamics, structures and mechanisms.

Reading and References

Unit notes are self contained. Further background reading references are updated by Unit Lecturers each year.