• Offered by School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Janith Adikaram
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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This course will first introduce students to different contemporary mechanisms of thrust generation in atmospheric and space flight. Student will learn how to design, analyse and control thrust generation in aircraft and rocket engines, and how the design and performance of these thrust platforms are related to the laws of thermodynamics, fuel-air power cycles, and combustion chemistry. Piston and gas turbine and piston and turboprop engine platforms will be discussed and compared in terms of efficiency, performance and limitations. Reactive thermal and chemical engines will be discussed, and the effect of propulsive nozzle design on the efficiency of will be discussed. Students will also be introduced to electric space propulsion systems for satellites and spacecraft, including ion and plasma drives, and their performance when compared to chemical rockets with respect to specific impulse and thrust. Alternative means of space propulsion, such as solar sails and beam-powered propulsion will be discussed. Control and integration with other aircraft sub-systems will also be considered.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. State the fundamental principles of propulsion system design, integration and testing.
  2. Describe performance, response and reliability characteristics of aircraft and space propulsion systems.
  3. Employ modelling and analysing strategies to evaluate propulsion system suitability relative to aircraft performance requirements, including considerations for noise and environmental pollution, and propose pathways for improvement and optimisation.
  4. Select appropriate control strategies for aerospace propulsion systems.
  5. Investigate engine interaction and integration issues with other aircraft systems.
  6. Design strategies for engine health monitoring, and how these can be used to maintain and improve aircraft performance.

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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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
4248 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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