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Unit information: Aeronautics and Mechanics in 2016/17

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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 Dr. Schenk
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


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 details

Lectures, flight project during weeks 4-8

Assessment Details

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

Reading and References

Meriam & Kraige, Engineering Mechanics Vol 1, Statics ISBN:1118164997

Meriam & Kraige, Engineering Mechanics Vol 2, Dynamics ISBN:1118083458

Houghton, E.L. Carpenter, P.W., “Aerodynamics for Engineering Students”, ISBN:0750651113

Anderson, An Introduction to Flight ISBN:0071086056

McCormick, B.W., “Aerodynamics, Aeronautics and Flight Mechanics”, ISBN:0471575062