Course Title: Advanced Topics in Aerospace 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Topics in Aerospace 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


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 for this course is an engineering degree from a recognised university.

Course Description

This course seeks to provide postgraduate students from engineering disciplines other than Aerospace with a basic knowledge of aircraft materials.  In this course students will address principles of materials engineering for fixed and rotary wing aircraft.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will develop the Technical Competence capability, which is defined as the ability to demonstrate technical skills appropriate to the practice of engineering. Specifically, you will be able to:  

  • perform a range of analytical tasks appropriate to engineering as a whole;
  • demonstrate appropriate understanding of key scientific and other concepts underpinning engineering as a whole:
  • utilise mathematics, computational tools and techniques.

Your Professional Skills capability will be developed by providing you with the opportunity to function effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member.

On completion of this course you will able to:

  • explain the major materials used in aircraft construction and how to make materials selection;
  • explain and analyse fracture, fatigue and creep in aircraft materials;
  • explain the mechanisms of corrosion and corrosion control
  • explain and analyse friction, lubrication and wear.

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning will take place through a mixture of formal lectures and tutorials/workshops, and through individual and group work in assignments and directed problem solving exercises.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided in the classroom.   A reading list will be given.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment will test your understanding of  the underlying priciples of materials selection and application in the aerospace context, through a mix of guided formative assessment and summative assessment.