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AERO3465: Aerospace Design 2

2024 unit information

This unit aims to develop an understanding of the aerospace industry procedures for design, analysis, and testing of aircraft and aerospace vehicle components. It provides a Design-Build-Test experience by putting into practice, learning outcomes from this and other previously completed UoS, through working on a small structure which is representative of a typical light metal aircraft. Students will be introduced to typical metallic and composite materials and structures for aerospace vehicles. The unit also provides an introduction to fatigue and damaged tolerance analysis of metallic aircraft structures. Experiential learning opportunities are provided to acquire skills and knowledge in structural design, analyses, testing methods, procedures, techniques, and equipment. On satisfactory completion of this unit students will have gained practical skills relevant to working on typical modern aircraft and aerospace vehicle components. They will learn from methods, techniques, and experiences from the modern aerospace industry. Experiential learning is enhanced through verifying analyses with actual testing of fabricated component, and the experience of a full design-build-test cycle of a typical aerospace structural component. Subject areas covered will include design methods, internal loads calculations, stress analysis, design for manufacture, joints and fasteners, test procedures, fatigue and damage tolerance, composites, and the art of design.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic

Code AERO3465
Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Credit points 6
AMME2000 and AMME2301 and (AERO2460 or MECH2400)
Assumed knowledge:
AERO1400 and AMME2302 and AMME1362

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

  • LO1. work effectively in a team and manage schedules to optimise workflow to meet project deadlines
  • LO2. conduct and document engineering decisions, analyses, designs, manufacturing, and outcome of the project, to a standard typically required in the aerospace industry
  • LO3. produce a test plan, to set up and professionally conduct the required tests, to record and analyse test data for the completed structural component
  • LO4. produce engineering drawings to manufacture the designed component
  • LO5. produce a creative and optimal design of an airframe component to meet given constraints and performance targets
  • LO6. see relevance of engineering analyses through experiencing full design life cycle (understand "wow, theory works; I can do this now!")
  • LO7. apply basic mathematical and engineering principles to design an airframe component in detail
  • LO8. demonstrate familiarity with aircraft grade material, and the ability to discern practicality and manufacturability of the designed component
  • LO9. demonstrate knowledge and skills in analysing fatigue and damage tolerance in airframes
  • LO10. demonstrate knowledge in the significance of fatigue and damage tolerance considerations in the design and operation of aircraft.
  • LO11. Introduction to Finite Elements Analysis for Aerospace Structures

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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