• Offered by School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Robert Mahony
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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This course will focus on the theory and methods that are used to describe and predict the motion of aircraft. Students will learn mathematical models and useful techniques that can be used to analyse, simulate and evaluate flying and handling qualities of an aircraft. Concepts of guidance and navigation, as well as control are discussed. 

Building on the analysis-oriented aerodynamics, students will learn to apply key classical principles of configuration aerodynamics to give them a design-oriented perspective into the development and analysis of aircraft aerodynamics and provide them with skills to approach the configuration aerodynamic design process.

Topics will include point-mass dynamics and forces, low-speed aerodynamics in 2D and 3D, induced drag and high-speed aerodynamics, power, thrust and flight envelop in cruising, performance during gliding, climbing, and turning, analysis of time and frequency response, and the role of flight and wind tunnel testing.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Employ linearized longitudinal and lateral-directional equations of motion to compute the flight path for an aircraft, including.
  2. Describe aircraft control devices and systems and longitudinal and lateral-directional dynamics.
  3. Use root-locus analysis of parameter variations, feedback control and control derivatives to determine aerodynamic equilibrium.
  4. Perform analyses of aircraft performance during gliding, climbing, and turning, and time and frequency response.
  5. Evaluate flight stability and handling qualities of an aircraft against flying qualities criteria, and their effect on aircraft operations and performance.
  6. Investigate computational techniques to model aircraft performance, and their suitability to model performance at high angles and angular rates at different speeds, attitude and under different atmospheric conditions.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Laboratories (20) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Design Project (40) [LO 4,5,6]
  3. Final Exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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130 hours per semester consisting of the following activities:

·      Approximately, 3-5 hours of face-to face component, which may consist of 1 x 2 hour interactive lecture, 1 x 2 hour tutorial per week, and 4 x 3 hour laboratory sessions.

·      Approximately 5-7 hours of self-study per week which will include self-directed study using the modular content in preparation for interactive lectures and other assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ENGN3338 Aerodynamics.

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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4980
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4247 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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