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Unit information: AVDASI 4 - Group Design Project in 2020/21

Unit name AVDASI 4 - Group Design Project
Unit code AENGM0060
Credit points 40
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Scarpa
Open unit status Not open

Successful completion of Year 3



School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


AVDASI 4 - Aerospace Vehicle Design and Systems Integration - Group Design Project

A group design project that will enable the student to exercise and consolidate the design, aeronautical engineering and management skills in the context of a complete aerospace vehicle design study.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the project the student will be able to:

apply design skills which integrate those gained from individual technical units of the curriculum; use specific analytical or technical tools in consort to satisfy much broader criteria; bring innovation and creativity into the design process; understand the need for compromise, i.e. the ability to recognise conflicting technical objectives and to find constructive compromises accordingly; apply teamwork skills for collaborative efforts to satisfy complex specifications with the appreciation of the contributions of other team members; communicate clearly through oral and written presentation within a group to facilitate the design process and to assist the group in publicising its findings; understand the management of large group projects.

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

10% PDR - Preliminary Design Review 15% PEDR - Preliminary Engineering Design Report 15% FDR - Final Design Review 40% Individual report and 20% viva/poster

PDR, PEDR, and FDR are completed in groups.

Reading and References

Raymer, D.P., Aircraft Design: A Conceptual Approach, 2006, 4th ed., AIAA, ISBN: 1563478293

  • Jenkinson, L.R., Civil Jet Aircraft Design, 2000, AIAA. ISBN: 156347350x
  • Jenkinson, L.R., Aircraft Design Projects for Engineering Students, 2003, Butterworth-Heinemann. ISBN: 0750657723
  • Anderson, J.D., Aircraft Performance & Design, 1999, McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 0071160108
  • Howe, D., Aircraft Conceptual Design Synthesis, 2005, Wiley & Sons. ISBN: 1860583016
  • Corke, T.C., Design of Aircraft, 2003, 1st ed., Pearson. ISBN: 0130892343
  • Jackson, P.A., Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft, 2009, 100th ed., Jane’s Publishing. ISBN: 0710628803
  • De Florio, F., Airworthiness: An Introduction to Aircraft Certification, 2006, 2nd ed., Butterworth-Heinemann, ISBN: 0080968023
  • Bramwell, A., Bramwell’s Helicopter Dynamics, 2001, 2nd ed., Butterworth-Heinemann. ISBN: 0750650753
  • Newman, S., Foundations of Helicopter Flight, 1994, Butterworth-Heinemann. ISBN: 0340587024
  • Leishman, J.G, Principles of Helicopter Aerodynamics, 2002, Cambridge Aerospace Series. ISBN: 0521523966
  • Fortescue, P., Spacecraft Systems Engineering, 2011, 4th ed., Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN: 047075012x
  • Wertz, J.R., Space Mission Analysis & Design, 1999, 3rd ed., Springer, ISBN: 0792359011