Course Title: Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Sridhar Ravi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6664

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora East Campus: Building 251, Level 2, Room 026

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

MIET2422 Fluid Mechanics of Mechanical Systems, or equivalent

Course Description

This course follows on from the study of fluid mechanics in first year, and introduces concepts and application of theoretical aerodynamics and aircraft flight mechanics. The governing equations for aircraft flight mechanics are presented, and used to analyse the flight performance of aircraft in different situations. Analysis of a range of fundamental aerodynamic problems relevant to aircraft is covered using analytical and numerical techniques.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes:

  • Comprehensive, theoretical based understanding of the underlying natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.
  • Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources


Upon successful completion of the course, you should be able to:

  1. Relate concepts of aerodynamics and associated fluid mechanics to aircraft design and operation
  2. Apply basic aerodynamic principles to analyse the aerodynamic characteristics of idealised representations of aircraft components and systems
  3. Derive and apply the aircraft flight mechanics equations to analyse the flight performance of aircraft in different situations
  4. Identify limitations of the aerodynamics and flight mechanics principles and equations as applied to aircraft 

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include lectures, assignments, tutorials and a final exam. 

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on the course Blackboard site, which is accessed through myRMIT. This material can include lecture material, course notes, sample problem sheets and solutions, and references.

Overview of Assessment


X This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).


Assessment item:  Assignment 1 (individual)

Weighting of final grade:  15%

Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Description:  Airfoils & Wings and Aircraft Performance.


Assessment item:  Assignment 2 (group)

Weighting of final grade:  15%

Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 5, 6

Description:  Longitudinal Stability & Control and Boundary layers.


Assessment item:  Assignment 3 (group)

Weighting of final grade:  15%

Related course learning outcomes:  2, 5, 6

Description:  Potential Flow & Panel Methods


Assessment item:  Assessed Tutorial (group)

Weighting of final grade:  10%

Related course learning outcomes:  5

Description:  Effects of Compressibility on high-speed flow


Assessment item:  Final Exam (individual)

Weighting of final grade:  45%

Related course learning outcomes:  3, 4, 5

Description:  Two-hour duration closed-book examination.