Course Title: Computer Aided Aircraft Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Computer Aided Aircraft Design

Credit Points: 12.00

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Course Coordinator: Dr Kyriakos Kourousis

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8066

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Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You are expected to have had some exposure to Computer Aided Design software and to be familiar with the roles of Finite Element Analysis and Computational Fluid Dynamics.

Course Description

This course aims to improve the skills of professional engineers in the areas of Computer Aided Design (CAD), Finite Element Analysis (FEA), and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) with application in aircraft design. These software tools are necessary components of modern aircraft design and testing. It is expected that you will have some prior exposure to these tools, but will be looking to improve your skills. You will learn advanced CAD techniques using Aerospace Industry standard CATIA software. You will learn meshing techniques which can be applied to both FEA and CFD problems. You will develop or enhance your skills in FEA through a combination of lectures on theory and through tutorial sessions with expert users. You will examine the difference in solving problems using aerospace metals versus composites. You will advance your knowledge of CFD through theory and practice. The role of different turbulence models will be explored. You will be developing your skills in order to apply them in subsequent courses in the Masters program.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:
• implement advanced technical concepts, analyse and assess the performance, characteristic of aeronautical product design.
• analyse aircraft design by using the tools used in the industry.
• create computer models of aircraft components
• predict the stress and strain of aerospace parts by using numerical tools
• predict failure modes of aerospace components
• predict natural frequencies of aerospace parts
• analyse the flow around aircraft and aerospace components
• apply and explain the effects of different turbulence models

This course will address the following Program Learning Outcomes:
• Describe, investigate and analyse complex engineering systems and associated issues (using systems thinking and modelling techniques)
• Develop creative and innovative solutions to engineering problems
• Comprehend and apply advanced theory-based understanding of engineering fundamentals and specialist bodies of knowledge in the selected discipline area to predict the effect of engineering activities
• Communicate in a variety of different ways to collaborate with other people, including accurate listening, reading and comprehension, based on dialogue when appropriate, taking into account the knowledge, expectations, requirements, interests, terminology and language of the intended audience
• Demonstrate professional use and management of information.

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you wil learn through a range of activities such as:

1. Lectures and Class discussions
2. Tutorials
3. Quizzes
4. Individual projects

Overview of Learning Resources

Resources used include: those provided through myRMIT, CATIA, Ansys, Fluent, recommended textbooks, free internet sources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will take a range of foms such as (but not necessarily limited to): Class tests/Quizzes, and Individual Projects