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Unit information: AVDASI 1: Fundamentals of Aerospace Engineering in 2022/23

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Unit name AVDASI 1: Fundamentals of Aerospace Engineering
Unit code AENG10004
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Rendall
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This unit introduces students to the basic concepts of aircraft aerodynamics, flight performance theory and practice as well as seeking to foster a working understanding of specialised information, power, environmental, mass transfer, structural and control systems utilised on contemporary aerospace vehicles and fluid-dynamic equipment.

The unit aims to develop the ability to solve problems by introducing the fundamental concepts and demonstrating how these are applied to specific problems, as well as an appreciation of the concepts of aircraft flight and the ability to perform calculations on aircraft performance. The unit comprises a general lecture series, example classes and a design/build/test project.

Intended learning outcomes

1. Explain important aspects of flight, in particular basic aerodynamic characteristics and the conventional performance of fixed-wing aircraft fluid-dynamic machinery
2. Calculate and analyse performance of aircraft and fluid-dynamic machinery
3. Describe the systems that make up modern aerospace vehicles
4. Explain design processes that are employed in the aerospace industry 5. Explain the environmental impact of aerospace operations.

Teaching details

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

Assessment Details

100% Summer timed assessment.

Reading and References

• JD Anderson, “Introduction to Flight”
• Moir and Seabridge. “Civil Avionics Systems”, 2002, Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN:1 86058 342 3
• Moir and Seabridge. “Military Avionics Systems”, 2006, 1st ed., Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN:0 470 01632 9
• E.H.J. Pallett. “Aircraft Electrical Systems”. 1988, 3rd ed., Longman. ISBN:0582988195
• Jenkinson, L.R., Simpkin, P., Rhodes, D., “Civil Jet Aircraft Design”, 2000, AIAA. ISBN:156347350X
• Roskam, J., “Airplane Design”, Part I through VIII, 1989, Design Analysis & Research. ISBN:1884885071
• Raymer, D.P., “Aircraft Design: A Conceptual Approach”, 2006, 4th ed., AIAA. ISBN:1563478293
• Howe, D., “Aircraft Conceptual Design Synthesis”, 2005, Wiley & Sons. ISBN:1860583016
• Newman, S., “Foundations of Helicopter Flight”, 1994, Butterworth-Heinemann. ISBN:0340587024