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Unit of study_

AERO5400: Advanced Aircraft Design Analysis

This unit of study aims to provide familiarity and understanding with practical aircraft design processes expected in industry, including the evaluation and case studies of existing aircraft designs. Students will gain a better understanding of relevant issues particularly related to the design of aircraft with a level of confidence to lead them to develop new designs or modifications, having a good balance between theory and real-world applications. Good familiarity with unique and stringent international aviation regulations and certification processes will be expected with respect to the design of aircraft. Topics covered by the lectures will include aircraft specifications; aircraft selection and evaluation; aircraft configuration design; design considerations for aerodynamics, structures, systems, manufacture, testing, certification, life-cycle-cost, operations; the use of computational aircraft design tools, and introduction to multidisciplinary design optimisation methods. Projects will be based on case study analyses and evaluation of aircraft types to operational specifications and requirements.

Code AERO5400
Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Credit points 6
AERO3460 or AERO9460 or AERO8460
Assumed knowledge:
Undergraduate level 1, 2 and 3 or Foundation Masters units in Aerospace Design are expected to have been completed before undertaking this unit.

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

  • LO1. interact with colleagues in managing workflow when creating design database
  • LO2. appreciate professional, ethical, and regulatory responsibilities consistent with industry practice
  • LO3. create a design database from commonly available resources
  • LO4. utilise diverse media to communicate design decisions
  • LO5. undertake investigations and formulation of problems, and potential airframe solutions in meeting complex and challenging requirements
  • LO6. design aircraft to meet given requirements
  • LO7. conduct analyses on the impact of design variations to flight performance of aircraft.
  • LO8. Use digital tools for design geometry, analyses, evaluation, and prototype component manufacturing

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.