Course Title: Aerodynamics I

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6011 Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Aerospace)

Course Title: Aerodynamics I

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 60

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


130T Vocational Engineering


Term2 2010,
Term2 2011,
Term1 2012

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

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Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide participants with underpinning knowledge of low speed aerodynamic theory, stability and control.
This course develops the fundamental knowledge in the aerodynamic principles of flight including:
• Flight
• Longitudinal, lateral and directional static stability
• Steady, straight, gliding, power, thrust and climb calculations.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

MATH5156 Aerospace Mathematics 1
ONPS5098 Aerospace Physics 1
AERO5383 Theory of Flight

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VBH736 Aerodynamics I

Learning Outcomes

1. Measure, draw, discuss and interpret the distribution of aerodynamic forces on a subsonic two dimensional aerofoil.
2. Discuss and perform aerodynamic calculations for airflow boundary layer over flat thin plate.
3. Graph and discuss the relationship between drag, speed and altitude.
4. Perform calculations relating to subsonic airspeed measurement.
5. Observe measure and discuss the effectiveness of various lift augmentation devices.
6. Discuss and graph aspects of aircraft longitudinal static stability and related factors.
7. Discuss and graph factors that affect the lateral and directional stability of an aircraft and perform related calculations.
8. Discuss and perform calculations relating to steady straight and level flight.
9. Discuss and perform calculations relating to steady gliding flight.
10. Discuss, graph and perform calculations involving power and thrust.
11. Discuss, graph and perform aerodynamic calculations for steady climbing flight.

Overview of Assessment

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