Course Title: Aerospace Design 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Aerospace Design 1

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013

Course Coordinator: Dr Toh Yen Pang

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6128

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora East Campus (Building 251, Level 3, Room 65)

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

It is required that you have prior knowledge of International and Australian engineering drawing conventions and standards. You must be familiar with the anatomy of the Aeroplane and be able to demonstrate your competence by correctly classifying and identifying major features of an aeroplane and the function of those assemblies.

Pre-requisite Courses:   You must have successfullly completed AERO2376 Introduction to Aircraft, or an equivalent course.   You are expected to have completed first year of BP069 (Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering) or equivalent.  If you have not yet completed first year of this program you must obtain approval from the Aerospace Program Director to participate in this course.

Course Description

Aerospace Design 1 introduces the concepts of engineering design to facilitate the design and manufacture of a metal aeroplane. Emphasis is on establishing the frame work of communication in the engineering environment to ensure safety and quality in design, certification of the aeroplane design. The use of coordinate systems, nomenclature and process are explored. As most aeroplanes manufactured are of metal structure, the course examines the problems of designing an aeroplane to be manufactured from sheet metal.  In particular, the development of 2D and 3D shapes and structures from flat sheet. The application of material stress strain properties to the design and forming of airplane parts is explored.  In this course you will use Aerospace standard tools of computer aided design such as the Dassault developed CATIA.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The course uses hands on projects to facilitate your capability development in a workplace style environment.

On successful completion of this course you will have developed the following competencies:

Demonstrated the ability to read, understand and correctly interpret aerospace engineering drawings
Be knowledgeable of drawing conventions and Material standards used by the aerospace industry.
Understand the process of design and the importance of documentation systems
Demonstrated the ability to work with advanced Computer Aided Drawing system to set up the frame work for a complex #d drawing
Be knowledgeable of fundamental application of conic sections to the generation curved lines and surfaces.
Demonstrate the ability to successfully manage, edit and dimension a complex 3D CAD drawing.
Be knowledgeable and demonstrate an understanding of the principles in the development of 3D shapes from flat surfaces.
Demonstrate the ability to correctly read, interpret and apply tolerances to facilitate the fabrication of a 3D part.
Demonstrate the ability to apply material properties to design a metal part for forming from flat sheet to 2D curvature.

This course has the following Learning Outcomes:

  1. Knowledge that aerospace design is a complex and ordered process with established conventions for the documentation, design process and material selection and applications.
  2. Understanding of the historical background how the design process has become formalised.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to read and apply engineering drawings.
  4. Understand the need for documentation management and its place within a regulatory environment.
  5. Ability to read instructions, design a 3D airplane part to be fabricated from flat sheet metal with correctly associated engineering drawing(s).
  6.  Knowledge principles of how to apply these skills in manual and Computer Aided Design workplace.
  7. Demonstrate how to apply the stress strain properties of metal alloys and selection of these properties to form complex parts from flat surfaces.

Overview of Learning Activities

The Learning activities include: structured lectures, Computer Aided Design Workshops, and Design Projects.
In a simulated industry design environment students will undertake hands on design of airplane structure.
In a progressive level of complexity you will be required to apply lecture material to the actual design and fabrication of simulated airplane parts and assemblies to conform to International standards and demonstrate your understanding and application of material properties.
A “hands on” simulated Computer Aided Design (CAD) CATIA workshop will provide a near real life application in the design of complex 3D shapes.
The four projects and hurdle undertaken in the course provide you with an opportunity to develop their professional skill base in design. The five (four assessed one hurdle) enable you to progress from basic engineering drawing concepts to the forming and tolerance of a 3 D structure. Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) is used as a tool to enable you to experience and develop industry skills.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources include:
RMIT Computer Aided Design Laboratory
CATIA interactive self help guide on line
RMIT e-Blackboard  ("myRMIT studies")
Lecturer and CATIA workshop leader

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is designed to be formative and progressive through the course. Design tasks of increasing difficulty are prescribed which enables the student to have timely feedback during the course. Online tests are used to enhance the students understanding of the concepts delivered in lecture schedule. There is an examination at the conclusion of the course The design tasks are practical “hands on” with simulated work environment projects to enhance the students experienced learning. Each design task will be returned with a feedback sheet commenting on the work submitted