Course Title: Flight Mechanics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Flight Mechanics

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

AERO2356

City Campus

Undergraduate

115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Face-to-Face

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

AERO2356

City Campus

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Anna Bourmistrova

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8081

Course Coordinator Email: anna.bourmistrova@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: B251.02.031

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

MIET2422 Fluid Mechanics of Mechanical Systems


Course Description

This course follows on from the study of fluid mechanics and Introduction to Aerodynamics,  and introduces concepts and application of aircraft flight mechanics. The governing equations for aircraft flight stability and control are presented, and used to analyse the flight performance of aircraft in different situations. Analysis of a range of 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, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline
• In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline
• Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources
• Effective oral and written communication in professional domains

 

 


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

1. Derive concepts of frames of references and rotational matrices 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  5. Derive and analyse principles of longitudinal and lateral static stability. Longitudinal derivatives. Lateral derivatives. Equations of motion and linearisation. 

 


Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include lectures, assignments, tutorials and on-line quizzes.


Overview of Learning Resources

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


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Item:  Quizzes  (individual)
Weighting of final grade:  20%
Related Course Learning Outcomes:  1, 2, 3
Description:  This assessment includes:
1. Reference Frames and Aircraft performance quiz. 
2. Aircraft performance and longitudinal stability quiz. 

Assessment Item:  Assignment 1 (individual) and Assignment 2 (group)
Weighting of final grade:  30%
Related Course Learning Outcomes: 3 & 4 
Assignment 1 Description:  Longitudinal and Lateral Stability & Control

Assignment 2 Description: Students form groups to analyse wind-tunnel experiment data. Based on data, students estimate corresponding stability and control derivatives. In the report experimental data is compared with theoretical calculations.

Assessment Item:  Assessed tutorials
Weighting of final grade: 10%
Related Course Learning Outcomes: 1-5
Assignment 1 Description: Students participate in weekly tutorials across the whole semester

Assessment item: Final Assignment (individual)
Weighting of final grade: 40%
Related Course Learning Outcomes:  1- 5
Description: 180 MIN assignment during examination period.