AAE 53800/ME 53800 – Air Breathing Propulsion

Course Description

Analysis of operating characteristics of turbojet, turbofan, turboshaft, afterburning, and ramjet propulsion systems. Analysis and design of inlet, diffuser, combustor, compressor, turbine, and nozzle. Component matching and off-design performance. Inlet distortion, nozzle-afterbody, and installation losses. Mission analysis. Professors Hoffman and Lawless

Prerequisite ME 438 or A&AE 372, or consent of instructor
Textbook No text required (use notes)
Coordinator P. B. Lawless, Associate Professor of M. E.
Course Sem. 1. Class 3, cr. 3
Computer Usage None
Laboratory Projects None
Assessment Methods Bi-Weekly Homework; 2 Exams, 1 Final

Course Objectives:

  1. Understand principles of operation of turbojet, turbofan, and turboprop engines
  2. Develop the ability to select a cycle and size an engine for mission requirements
  3. Develop the ability to perform fundamental component design and analysis
  4. Develop the ability to perform component matching
  5. Develop the ability to predict on-and off-design operating points for an engine

Prerequisites by Topic:

  1. Thermodynamics
  2. Fluid mechanics

Nature of Design Content:

  1. Study and selection of engine design point conditions to satisfy mission and performance objectives.
  2. Preliminary design of compressor and turbine stages to satisfy geometric, flow and aerodynamic constraints.
  3. Determination of engine off-design performance.

ABET category content as estimated by faculty member who prepared this course description:

  • Engineering Science: 2 credits or 67%
  • Engineering Design: 1 credit or 33%

P. B. Lawless