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Unit of study_

AERO9261: Propulsion

This unit aims to develop and understanding of aircraft propulsion systems. Students will learn to solve problems related to the analysis and selection of various propulsion systems in use- propellers, gas turbines, etc. The topics covered include: Propulsion unit requirements for subsonic and supersonic flight; thrust components, efficiencies, additive drag of intakes; Piston engine components and operation; Propeller theory; Operation, components and cycle analysis of gas turbine engines, turbojets, turbofans, turboprops, ramjets; Components: compressor, fan, burner, turbine, nozzle; Efficiency of components: Off-design considerations; Future directions: minimisation of noise and pollution, scram-jets, hybrid engines.

Code AERO9261
Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Credit points 6
(AMME9261 and AMME9262) or AMME5200
Assumed knowledge:
Mathematics and Physics to a level of Bachelor of Science or equivalent. Good knowledge of fluid dynamics and thermodynamics.

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

  • LO1. write an engineering report on an experimental test
  • LO2. discuss and present engine performance and design data in a written report
  • LO3. explain engine performance and different engine types in an oral exam
  • LO4. design and select a gas turbine engine type for a given application
  • LO5. select appropriate engine cycles and propellers for a given aircraft and flight conditions
  • LO6. carry out a cycle analysis of a gas turbine engine, including ramjet and turbo-fan engines
  • LO7. understand the working of various components of gas turbines and how their interaction results in the overall engine performance
  • LO8. identify relevant data to estimate performance of existing aircraft engines
  • LO9. solve systems of non-linear equations governing propeller performance
  • LO10. solve thermodynamic cycle calculations for both design point and off-design calculations.

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