Aspects of Aircraft Design and Control

A series of eight projects on selected aspects of aeronautical engineering, with accompanying introductory lectures. Pre-requisites are a good familiarity with Newtonian mechanics, fluid mechanics, and the aerospace sector.

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Introduction Introduction [pdf] Introduction 1.3 Course content and objectives; Copyright license; Course limitations and marking.
Lecture 1 Lecture 1 [pdf] Project 1 [pdf] Lift and Drag 1.4 Energy and power on the ground, in the air; Aircraft forces; The lift coefficient; Drag and drag coefficient.
Project 2 [pdf] Flight domain 1.3 Effect of altitude on aircraft forces and speeds; Calculation of the flight domain of an aircraft.
Lecture 3 Lecture 3 [pdf] Project 3 [pdf] Runway Performance 1.3 Definitions and naming conventions for aircraft forces and angles; Overview of an airliner take-off.
Lecture 4 Lecture 4 [pdf] Project 4 [pdf] Cruise Performance 1.3.2 Cruise speed selection (minimum drag, minimum power, the drag polar); The payload-range diagram; The Breguet range equation; A glance at airline economics.
Lecture 5 Lecture 5 [pdf] Project 5 [pdf] Wing Loads 1.2.4 Two-dimensional lift; Three-dimensional lift; The lifting-line theory; Elliptical, tapered, swept, etc. wings.
Lecture 6 Lecture 6 [pdf] Project 6 [pdf] Propulsion;
Turbofan design
1.3.1 Propulsion fundamentals; Jet engine thermodynamics (energy accounting, stagnation properties); Jet engine performance & installation.
Lecture 7 Lecture 7 [pdf] Project 7 [pdf] Longitudinal trim 2.0.2 Aircraft longitudinal equilibrium ; The aerodynamic center; Equations for longitudinal trim; A pilot’s perspective.
Lecture 8 Lecture 8 [pdf] Project 8 [pdf] Longitudinal Stability;
The case for canards
1.2.2 Overview of trim (symmetrical and asymmetrical airfoils); Longitudinal stability (first approach and quantification); Canard aircraft.

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