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AERO3465: Aerospace Design 2

Semester 2, 2022 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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

Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Credit points 6
Prerequisites
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AMME2301 and MECH2400
Corequisites
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None
Prohibitions
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None
Assumed knowledge
? 

AERO1400 and AMME2302 and AMME1362

Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff

Coordinator KC Wong, kc.wong@sydney.edu.au
Lecturer(s) Hugh Stone, hugh.stone@sydney.edu.au
Tutor(s) Nishanth Menakath, nishanth.menakath@sydney.edu.au
Dylan Dooner, dylan.dooner@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Small test Weekly Quiz
Fortnightly quiz from week 3 to week 11. Best 4 to count.
10% Multiple weeks 20 minutes + 10min upload
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO8 LO7
Presentation group assignment Preliminary design review
Presentation of Preliminary Design
2% Week 04 2p + associated appendices
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO5 LO7
Assignment F&DT 1
Solving Fatigue and Damage Tolerance problems
2.5% Week 04
Due date: 28 Aug 2022 at 23:59
<3p + associated appendices
Outcomes assessed: LO9 LO10
Assignment Finite Elements Method Assignment
Familiarity with Finite Elements Method for Structural Design
5% Week 06
Due date: 11 Sep 2022 at 23:59
3p + associated appendices
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO6 LO7 LO11
Presentation group assignment Critical design review
Presentation of design progress
2% Week 08 2p + associated appendices
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO5 LO7 LO8
Assignment F&DT 2
Solving Fatigue and Damage Tolerance problems
2.5% Week 08
Due date: 25 Sep 2022 at 23:59
<3p + associated appendices
Outcomes assessed: LO9 LO10
Assignment group assignment Engineering drawings
Engineering Drawings of the design, ready for fabrication.
5% Week 09 As many drawings as needed
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4
Assignment F&DT 3
Solving Fatigue and Damage Tolerance problems
2.5% Week 10
Due date: 16 Oct 2022 at 23:59
<3p + associated appendices
Outcomes assessed: LO9 LO10
Assignment group assignment Test plan
Detailed plan for testing the completed structure.
1% Week 12 2p + associated appendices
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3
Assignment group assignment Completed structure
Completed construction of the designed structure.
5% Week 12 Assembled structure ready for testing
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO5 LO8
Assignment group assignment Conduct test
Testing of structure to designed loads.
5% Week 12 Testing to required loads.
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6
Assignment F&DT 4
Solving Fatigue and Damage Tolerance problems
2.5% Week 12
Due date: 30 Oct 2022 at 23:59
<3p + associated appendices
Outcomes assessed: LO9 LO10
Assignment group assignment Final project report
Completed report on design, analyses, building, and testing of structure.
55% Week 13 20p + associated appendices
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO7 LO8
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

Detailed information for each assessment will be discussed in class, and will be on Canvas.

This is an “Industry-in-class” experiential learning UoS where students will be working in groups in response to a set of typical industry design requirements. Assessments will reflect contemporary industry practice in response to client specifications.

Fatigue and Damage Tolerance (F&DT) assignments are intended to build knowledge on the significance of fatigue and damage tolerance considerations in the design and operation of aircraft by applying relevant analyses methods.

Sparkplus would be used for assessing individual contributions to the group assessments.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

 

Distinction

75 - 84

 

Credit

65 - 74

 

Pass

50 - 64

 

Fail

0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

For the Group tasks, late submissions cannot be accepted unless there is mutual agreement between group members and the lecturer. The final testing of required structure cannot be rescheduled.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Multiple weeks Working on assignments & project Independent study (65 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11
Week 01 Introduction to Design project; Fatigue & Damage Tolerance - expectations and outcome requirements Lecture and tutorial (6 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10
Week 02 Lec & Tut: Design project; Fatigue & Damage Tolerance. Lecture and tutorial (6 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10
Week 03 Lec & Tut: Design project; Fatigue & Damage Tolerance Lecture and tutorial (6 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10
Week 04 Lec & Tut: Design project; Fatigue & Damage Tolerance Lecture and tutorial (6 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10
Week 05 Lec & Tut: Design project; Fatigue & Damage Tolerance Lecture and tutorial (6 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11
Week 06 Lec & Tut: Design project; Fatigue & Damage Tolerance Lecture and tutorial (6 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11
Week 07 Lec & Tut: Design project; Fatigue & Damage Tolerance Lecture and tutorial (6 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10
Week 08 Design project; Fatigue & Damage Tolerance Lecture and tutorial (6 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10
Week 09 Lec & Tut: Design project; Fatigue & Damage Tolerance Lecture and tutorial (6 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10
Week 10 Design project - start building prototype; Fatigue & Damage Tolerance Lecture and tutorial (6 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11
Week 11 Design project - building the designed structure; Fatigue & Damage Tolerance Lecture and tutorial (6 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11
Week 12 Design project - complete building structure and testing to designed loads; Fatigue & Damage Tolerance Lecture and tutorial (6 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11
Week 13 Design project - evaluation of design; Fatigue & Damage Tolerance Lecture and tutorial (6 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11

Attendance and class requirements

All scheduled classes are live and attendance would be compulsory. On-campus attendance and participation will be compulsory to build and test the designed structure.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

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

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

Minor scheduling adjustments in lecture content.

Lecturer is a current senior aeronautical engineer from industry.

This is a unique “Industry-in-Class” Experiential Learning UoS, offering students the experience of a full design life cycle – from concept to end-of-life of a typical aerospace structural component, from an industry professional engineering practice perspective. Students get to design, analyse, build, and test (to design loads) the designed structure, highlighting how the theory relates to the actual designed product. In parallel to the design project, students will learn about fatigue and damage tolerance as related to sustaining the operational life of aircraft.

You will be treated as sub-contractors responding to requirements given by a client, and will be working in a group to achieve a product that meets those requirements. This is expected throughout the semester, with weekly classes composed of Tutorials/Practical work on Mondays, and a combination of  Lectures/Tutorials/Practical work on Fridays.

 

 

Work, health and safety

For CC students, personal protective equipment (PPE) for participating in learning activities in lab/workshop essential from Week 9.

NOTE: In 2022, Face Masks will be considered as part of essential PPE while working in the Lab.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) includes:

  1. Hair restraints – If your long hair cannot otherwise be restrained you must wear a hair net, beret or cap worn backwards.
  2. Safety glasses conforming to Australian Standard AS1337
  3. Boots or shoes with an enclosed leather upper and steel toe caps to Australian Standard AS2210
  4. Dust coat (lab coat) with long trousers, or overalls:
  • Knitted woollen jumpers can become entangled in machines, as can lose or poorly-fitting clothing. Neither are suitable, even under your lab coat.
  • Jewellery such as rings, bracelets and necklaces must not be worn in workshops.
  • Short-legged pants and jeans with holes are not acceptable as trousers.

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