Course Title: Aerodynamics and Performance of Flight Vehicles

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Aerodynamics and Performance of Flight Vehicles

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2006

Course Coordinator: AProf P.H. Hoffmann

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6087

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora East B251.3.25

Course Coordinator Availability: As shown on office door

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

The pre-requisite for this course is an engineering degree from a recognised university.

Course Description

This course is designed to provide basic competency in aircraft aerodynamics for engineering graduates from a non-Aerospace discipline.  Areas of study include the fundamentals of fixed wing aircraft performance, propeller propulsion, and helicopter aerodynamics and preliminary design.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will develop the Technical Competence capability, which is defined as the ability to demonstrate technical skills appropriate to the practice of engineering. Specifically, you will be able to: 

  • perform a range of analytical tasks appropriate to engineering as a whole;
  • demonstrate appropriate understanding of key scientific and other concepts underpinning engineering as a whole;
  • utilise mathematics, computational tools and techniques.

Your Professional Skills capability will be developed by providing you with the opportunity to function effectively as an individual and in teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member.

At the successful conclusion of this course, you will be able to:

  • analyse the performance of a fixed wing aircraft
  • determine the stability characteristics of a fixed wing aircraft
  • analyse the performance of a propeller propulsion system
  • explain and analyse helicopter mission characteristics
  • analyse the structural loading and fatigue characteristics of a helicopter
  • analyse the aerodynamic performance of a helicopter in hovering and forward flight
  • perform the preliminary design of a helicopter.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn through a mix of lectures, workshops and tutorials.  Directed problem solving activities will be achieved through the assignment tasks and project.

Overview of Learning Resources

All required materials will be provided.  Course notes will be made available at the first class.  Reference texts are available in the Wackett Centre Library.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be formative and summative: assigments, design project and a final examination.