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AERO5400: Advanced Aircraft Design Analysis

2024 unit information

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.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic

Code AERO5400
Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Credit points 6
[(AERO3260 or AERO8260 or AERO9260) and (AERO3460 or AERO8460 or AERO9460) and (AERO3560 OR AERO8560 or AERO9560)] or equivalent study at another institution
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 availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Outline unavailable
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2020
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

Modes of attendance (MoA)

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Additional advice

This unit requires departmental permission to ensure appropriate foundational knowledge is met. If the prerequisite unit/s were completed at the University of Sydney or if you are enrolled in the Master of Engineering, your request will be approved without supporting documentation being required. If you have completed studies at another institution, you must include your transcript when submitting your permission request for review by the Faculty.