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AERO5206: Rotary Wing Aircraft

2024 unit information

This unit aims to develop an understanding of the theory of flight, design and analysis of helicopters, auto-gyros and other rotary wing aircraft. Students will gain an appreciation of the extra difficulties involved when the vehicle flow is cyclic in nature. At the end of this unit students will be able to: Identify and predict the various flow states of a generic lift producing rotor; Use appropriate methods to determine the forces and torques associated with the rotor; Estimate values for typical stability derivatives for helicopters and be able to construct a simple set of stability analysis equations for the vehicle; become aware of the regulatory and liability requirements relating to all aspects of commercial helicopter operation and maintenance. Course content will include introduction to rotary wing aircraft; vertical flight performance; forward flight performance; blade motion and control; dynamics of rotors; rotor-craft stability; rotor blade design.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic

Code AERO5206
Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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(AERO3260 or AERO8260 or AERO9260) and (AERO3560 or AERO8560 or AERO9560) or equivalent study at another institution
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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None
Assumed knowledge:
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Prior Learning: concepts from 3000 level Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics will be applied to Rotary Wing Vehicles in this unit

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

  • LO1. find and justify or verify published information regarding vehicles
  • LO2. follow appropriate design regulations and justify design choices
  • LO3. demonstrate decision making skills in terms of selection of appropriate components for use in the vehicle
  • LO4. analyse rotor in hover, vertical flight, and translational flight situations
  • LO5. predict static and/or dynamic properties of the vehicle.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Session 2 Early Census 2022
Normal day Remote
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