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AERO1560: Introduction to Aerospace Engineering

This unit of study introduces students to the role of professional aerospace engineers, along with the development of fundamental engineering knowledge and skills for aerospace vehicle design, analysis performance and operation. Students will learn through experience, to develop professional skills in research, interpretation, communication, and presentation of information relating to aerospace engineering. Expected learning includes: introduction to lateral thinking concepts; glossary of aerospace vehicle components and terminology; an introduction to the multiple disciplines related to aerospace engineering, such as aerodynamics, aircraft and spacecraft performance, mechanics of flight, aerospace structures, materials and propulsion systems; how the various disciplines are integrated into the design and development of flight platform systems; the operating characteristics of modern flight vehicles, their uses and limitations; modern developments and future trends in aerospace; the limitations of the aerospace environment; teamwork; and resource management. Significantly, professional enhancement is introduced through the development of basic hands-on workshop skills. These practical skills enable students to have a better appreciation of the tools that they are expected to apply their engineering knowledge to, during their aerospace engineering profession. Experiential learning is facilitated through developing skills with machine and hand tools; solid modelling; and microcontrollers in a supervised environment, to develop fundamentals of practical aerospace vehicle component design, manufacture, control, servicing, and repair. Manufacturing Technology: An overview of a range of processes related to the design and manufacture of aerospace components is provided through hands-on experience. Manufacturing Technology practical work is undertaken in: (a) Hand tools, Machining, and Fibreglassing - an introduction to basic manufacturing processes used to fabricate aerospace engineering hardware. Safety requirements: All students are required to provide their own personal protective equipment (PPE) and comply with the workshop safety rules provided in class. Students who fail to do this will not be permitted to enter the workshops. In particular, approved industrial footwear must be worn, and long hair must be protected by a hair net. Safety glasses must be worn at all times. (b) Solid Modelling - the use of computer aided design (CAD) tools to model geometry and create engineering drawings of engineering components. (c) Microcontrollers - ubiquitous in modern engineered products - will be introduced through experiential learning with development kits.

Code AERO1560
Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Credit points 6
ENGG1800 or MECH1560 or MTRX1701 or CIVL1900 or CHNG1108 or BMET1960 or ENGG1960 or ELEC1004 or ELEC1005

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate familiarity with the aerospace industry environment
  • LO2. Work in a team in designing, building and testing a simple flight platform to meet some given requirements.
  • LO3. search and discern relevant information
  • LO4. write professional reports and give succinct verbal presentations
  • LO5. demonstrate familiarity with airframe classification and components
  • LO6. apply fundamental engineering skills to aerospace problems
  • LO7. demonstrate familiarity with aerospace engineering laboratory facilities
  • LO8. understand practical modern manufacturing skills and demonstrate familiarity with contemporary tools used in aerospace engineering
  • LO9. demonstrate familiarity with distinct fundamental disciplines within aerospace engineering.