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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.

Details

Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Unit code AERO5400
Unit name Advanced Aircraft Design Analysis
Session, year
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Semester 2, 2022
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Prohibitions
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AERO4491
Prerequisites
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AERO3460 or AERO9460 or AERO8460
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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Undergraduate level 1, 2 and 3 or Foundation Masters units in Aerospace Design are expected to have been completed before undertaking this unit

Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator KC Wong, kc.wong@sydney.edu.au
Lecturer(s) KC Wong , kc.wong@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Presentation Project viva voce
Regular presentation of individual design progress.
15% Multiple weeks ~ 5 hours combined
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Assignment group assignment Preliminary Design Review
Report and presentation on PDR of sub-system design.
15% Week 08
Due date: 06 Oct 2021
~5p/student with associated appendices
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Presentation group assignment Design demonstration
Demonstration of aircraft design prototype
10% Week 12
Due date: 03 Nov 2021
~ 3 hours total
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Assignment group assignment Project report
Aircraft Design project report.
50% Week 13
Due date: 25 Jul 2021
~20p/student with associated appendices
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Presentation group assignment Design presentation
In class Presentation of Design
10% Week 13
Due date: 10 Nov 2021
~ 3 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
group assignment = group assignment ?
Group assignment with individually assessed component = group assignment with individually assessed component ?

More detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas. The whole semester project is team-based. Individual assessment tasks will also have a significant impact on the progress of the team.

All assessment tasks involve:

  • close interaction with the design team to ensure overall aims of tasks are achieved on schedule;
  • significant and tangible design work progress to meet milestones set by teh collective team;
  • regular individual presentations of design work;
  • written reports need to be of high standard typically expected of professional design engineers; and
  • be prepared to present the work to industry representatives.

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 sydney.edu.au/students/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:

Standard Late Penalties will apply, but any late completion and/or submission of work need to be negotiated with other team members to minimise impact on overall progress of design project.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, 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 dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

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

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Multiple weeks No Description Independent study (85 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 01 Overview of aircraft design and Project Definition Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 02 Aircraft design types and technologies; Project work Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 03 Aircraft systems; Project Work Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 04 Challenges for future aircraft design - unique designs; Project Work Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 05 Challenges for future aircraft design; Project Work Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 06 Design Project Project (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 07 Design project Project (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 08 Design project Project (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 09 Design project Project (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 10 Design project - prototype manufacture and testing Studio (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 11 Design project - prototype manufacture and testing Studio (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 12 Design project - prototype evaluation and testing Studio (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 13 Design project - prototype evaluation and testing Studio (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8

Attendance and class requirements

Synchronous class attendance is essential – ongoing progressive assessment in class.

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. 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

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
No significant changes from previous years, except that this unit will be offered in-person back on campus. Hands-on experiential learning activities include the prototyping and testing of the designed product.

If Covid-restrictions allow, hardware prototypes would be expected to be developed and demonstrated. 

Additional costs

Travel to the field work site if required and possible.

Site visit guidelines

If health restrictions permit and subject to staffing and venue availability, the class shall undertake some field work to experience UAV Flight Operations and to flight test the final design prototype. Students will need to travel to the site via shared cars or public transport,

Work, health and safety

Face Masks are required during class attendance due to the close proximity requirements to achieve required project outcomes.

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