Course Title: Special Topics in Aerospace Engineering 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course ID: 030275

Course Title: Special Topics in Aerospace Engineering 2

Credit Points: 6

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


115H Aerospace, Mech & Manuf Eng


Sem 2 2006

Course Coordinator: Dr A.K. Sinha

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9645 4541

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Wackett Centre, Fishermans Bend

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

The pre-requisite courses are AERO2356 Introduction to Aerodynamics and AERO2252 Aerospace Design 2.

Course Description

This course provides conceptual design process of rotary-wing platform (Helicopter) and regulatory issues associated with the platform. The course covers a range of topics related to the role, mission, systems technology, structures, advanced materials used and the design methodology of the platform, including the airworthiness aspects . The various configurations of the rotary wing platform and its associated design features will be presented. Students will learn about the design process involved in the conceptual design of helicopters for a specific role and mission and the key airworthiness issues that needs to be addressed.

This course introduces students to the first stage of the helicopter system life cycle – Conceptual design and development. It further introduces the regulatory issues associated with the airworthiness of the design. The course will adopt a holistic approach to role, mission, systems and performance analysis, for the design of the mission payload and the appropriate airframe.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The course will develop capabilities as follows:

  • Technical competence: the ability to demonstrate technical skills, in areas such as mission specification and the conseptual deisng of rotary wing aircraft;
  • Integrative perspective : the ability to appreciate broader perspectives in Aerospace Engineering in the field of rotary wing aircraft; and,
  • Professional skills: through teamwork, reporting and documentation control.

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

  • Demonstrate understanding of the conceptual design process of rotary wing platforms and its application to the design of a platform for a particular role and mission;
  • Demonstrate ability to address the various structural, materials and regulatory issues in the design process.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course will be offered through a combination of lectures (to introduce the fundamental theory and principles) and workshops (to apply the theory and produce engineering designs).

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on the RMIT Distributed Learning System (DLS). These will include learning guides, problem sheets and solutions, auxiliary information generated by the course lecturer(s), software for simulation, and approved links to useful material on external web-sites.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be by way of a combination of individual assignment and major team project.