Course Title: Aerodynamics 2

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2010

Course Code: AERO5402

Course Title: Aerodynamics 2

School: 130T Engineering (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6011 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Aerospace)

Course Contact : Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Amir Zokaei Fard

Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4184

Contact Email:

Nominal Hours: 40

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

AERO5389 Aerodynamics 1

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide training in aerodynamics and stability analysis, problem solving, and high speed flight.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBH737 Aerodynamics 2

Learning Outcomes

1. Discuss and perform calculations relating to aircraft longitudinal static stability.
2. Discuss and perform aerodynamic calculations for manoeuvring flight.
3. Discuss and apply formulae for the calculation of aircraft range and endurance.
4. Describe the characteristics of supersonic airflow and perform related calculations.
5. Discuss transonic and supersonic airflow around aerofoils and perform related calculations.

Details of Learning Activities

The learning activities in this course are designed to equip students with knowledge and skills in the principles of aircraft longitudinal static stability, estimation of aircraft range and endurance, analysis of aircraft performance in coordinated turn and pull-up manoeuvres and characteristics of supersonic flows.

The course will be using a number of means such as lectures, reading tasks and assignments to achieve these objectives.

Lecture: The lectures are 200 minutes long- with two 20 minutes breaks in between- and take place once a week. We lecture mainly using Microsoft® PowerPoint slides, but enhance the material with some active learning exercises.
Readings: The readings will use the recommended textbooks and give an overview of the published literature in the field. Normally readings are assigned at the end of each lecture in preparation of the next lecture.
Assignments: The assignments will challenge the students and ensure that participants apply and deepen the theoretical knowledge from the lectures.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1: Static Longitudinal Stability- Stick fixed
Week 2: Static Longitudinal Stability- Stick free
Week 3: Miscellaneous Effects on Static stability and Tail load calculation
Week 4: Calculation of aircraft range and endurance
Week 5: Aerodynamic calculation for manoeuvring flight
Week 6: Characteristics of supersonic airflow (overview)
Week 7: Calculations related to isentropic process
Week 8: Calculations related to normal and oblique shocks
Week 9: Calculations related to expansion wave and supersonic airflow inside subsonic and supersonic nozzles
Week 10: Revision
Week 11: Examination

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

No text book is prescribed for this course, however, other related resources such as study guides, problem sheets and formula sheets generated by the course lecturer and approved links to useful material on external web-sites will be provided on the RMIT Distributed Learning System (DLS).


Irving, F.G. 1966, An Introduction to the longitudinal Static Stability of Low-Speed Aircraft, Pergamon Press, London
Anderson, J.D., 1989 Introduction to Flight, McGraw-Hill., ISBN 0070016410
Anderson, J.D., 2001, Fundamentals of Aerodynamics, 3rd Ed., McGraw-Hill, ISBN 0072373350
Anderson, J.D., 1999, Aircraft Performance & Design, McGraw-Hill, ISBN 0070019711
Pamadi, B. N., 2004, Performance, Stability, Dynamics, and Control of Airplanes, 2nd Ed., AIAA Education Series

Other Resources

Asselin, M., 1997, An Introduction to Aircraft Performance, EIAA Education Series, ISBN 156347221X
Bertin, J.J , 2002, Aerodynamics for Engineers, Prentice Hall, ISBN 0130646334
Bertin, J.J & Cummings, R.M., 2009, Aerodynamics for Engineers, Prentice Hall, ISBN-13 978-0-13-227268
Clancy, L.D., 1986, Aerodynamics, Longman Scientific and Technical, ISBN 0582988802
Eshelby, M.E., 2000, Aircraft Performance; Theory and Practice, AIAA Education Series
Haughton Carpenters, 1993, Aerodynamics for Engineering Students, 4th Edition, Edward Arnold., London
Kermode, A.C., 1996, Mechanics of Flight, Longman Press, ISBN 0582237408
Phillips, W. F., 2004, Mechanics of Flight, John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 0471334588
Shevell, R.S. 1989, Fundamentals of Flight, Prentice Hall, ISBN 0133390608

Overview of Assessment

To successfully complete this course the student is required to pass written assessment tasks and demonstrate skills and ability by completing pratical tasks to aerospace standard.

Assessment Tasks

You will be assessed in various ways to ensure you meet the requirements of the course. Your ability to explain the principles of various topics and apply the aerodynamic theory to of fixed wing aircraft will be tested through individual assignments and exam works. Successful graduation from the course is achieved when the student attains at least 50% of total mark AND his/her accumulation of exams marks is NOT less than 50% of total exams mark.

Assessment Matrix

Contribution of each task towards the final result is as follows:

Assignment 1: 12%
Assignment 2: 18%
Examination: 70%

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