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AERO3460: Aerospace Design 1

This unit aims to introduce students to the theory and practice of aircraft component design. In doing so it will emphasize all the considerations, trade-offs and decisions inherent in this process and thus enable students to gain an understanding of why aircraft structures are designed in the way they are with respect to aircraft operational, certification, manufacturing and cost considerations. At the end of this unit students will be able to understand the design process, especially as it applies to aircraft individual component design; Have a familiarity with some of the standard industry practices for component design; An increasing familiarity with typical aerospace analysis techniques along with the primary failure modes that need to be considered; An understanding of the importance of different failure modes for different components and how these relate to load-conditions; a familarity with the operating environment that must be considered when designing components; and understanding of some of the legal and ethical requirements of aircraft design engineers to give a basic understanding of the regulatory framework in which aircraft design is conducted.

Code AERO3460
Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Credit points 6
Prerequisites: ? AMME2301 and MECH2400
Corequisites: ? None
Prohibitions: ? None

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

  • LO1. Determine the limit and ultimate cases that are appropriate for the design of an aerospace industry component
  • LO2. Make an informed choice of materials appropriate to the design
  • LO3. Apply and interpret current certification rules for construction of aerospace components
  • LO4. Demonstrate skills in sorting through and interpreting large amounts of information and selecting items and methods appropriate to the specifications of a design
  • LO5. Apply standard aerospace design techniques to a simple analysis problem
  • LO6. Invent or construct solutions to design problems and prove the appropriateness of these solutions
  • LO7. Demonstrate skills in analysing the loads, load paths, stresses and reactions for complex 3-D frame structures

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