Course Title: Aerospace Propulsion

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6011 Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Aerospace)

Course Title: Aerospace Propulsion

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 80

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


130T Vocational Engineering


Term1 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 training in aerospace prolusion systems operation, configuration and application.
This course covers the principles and construction of aerospace propulsion, fuel and lubrication systems, turbo and supercharging, ignition and accessory systems. Types of propulsion covered include: 2 and 4 cycle piston, diesel and gas turbine engines; their application in aerospace and power and fuel efficiency calculations.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

MATH5156 Aerospace Mathematics 1
ONPS5098 Aerospace Physics 1
AERO5384 Introduction to Aerospace
AERO5389 Aerodynamics 1

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VBH743 Aerospace Propulsion

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe and explain constructional features of typical aerospace reciprocating engines.
2. Explain reciprocating engine operating principles and perform calculations relating to reciprocating engines.
3. Identify and explain piston engine starting and ignition system operational principles, configurations construction and components.
4. Describe and explain properties and classifications of aerospace engine fuels and lubricants and forms of fuel system contamination.
5. Explain aircraft carburettors and fuel injection systems, their components, operating principles and construction.
6. Explain operating principles and constructional features of wet and dry sump lubrication systems.
7. Explain the constructional features and operation of aircraft engine induction/intake, exhaust and cooling systems.
8. Explain supercharging systems, principles construction and operation.
9. Explain propeller operating principles and constructional rationale.
10. Explain constructional features and principles of operation of gas turbine engine assemblies and components.
11. Explain and compare the operation of various gas turbine engines and perform calculations relating to gas turbine engines.
12. Identify and explain gas turbine engine starting and ignition system operational principles, configurations construction and components.
13. Describe the basic requirements, arrangements and operating principles of power / thrust augmentation systems.
14. Explain requirements, arrangements and operating principles of aircraft engine control systems.
15. Describe engine operating procedures and interpret engine performance charts.
16. Identify and explain appropriate procedures for inspection, adjustment and functional checks of aircraft engines, systems and accessories.
17. Describe procedures which apply to engine storage, preservation and de-preservation.

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.