Contact hours: 3
Instructor: Professor Sullivan, Professor Crossley, and Professor DeLaurentis
Text: Professor Sullivan does not require any text. Professor Crossley and Professor DeLaurentis require Raymer, D., Aircraft Design: A Conceptual Approach, AIAA, 5th edition. ISBN 978-1600869112. Supplemental notes furnished by instructor.
Course Description: Senior students perform a team-based aircraft design, requiring application of the knowledge acquired and skills developed in the aerospace curriculum. Aircraft mission requirements include engine cycle selection and airframe/engine integration, performance, stability and control, structures, human factors, avionics, sensors and manufacturing processes. The teams present oral and written reports on their designs.
Offered: Fall and Spring
Co-requisite: Senior Standing in AAE
Required: Either/Or Option with AAE 45000
Student Learning Outcomes:
On completing this course the student shall be able to:
- Understand and implement the design process for aerospace systems
- Solve problems as part of a team
- Conduct open-ended, iterative tasks associated with aircraft/engine design and airframe/engine integration.
- Properly integrate a variety of systems and sub-systems within aircraft to demonstrate design feasibility.
- Demonstrate design viability through testing, both real and virtual.
- Prioritize design requirements and organize work schedules.
- Use formal, structured design methods to develop superior products that meet or surpass customer expectations.
- Give oral presentations and write technical reports required of design engineers
Relationship of Course to Program Outcomes
|Program Learning Outcomes||Included?|
|a||An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering||Yes|
|b||An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data||No|
|c||An ability to design an aerospace system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health, and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability||Yes|
|d||An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams||Yes|
|e||An ability to identify, formulate, and solve aerospace engineering problems||Yes|
|f||An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility||No|
|g||An ability to communicate effectively||Yes|
|h||An understanding of the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context||Yes|
|i||A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning||Yes|
|j||A knowledge of contemporary issues in aerospace engineering||Yes|
|k||An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for aerospace engineering practice||Yes|
- Requirements development
- Concept development-structured design methods, functional requirements, quality function deployment (QFD)
- Team formation and interaction
- Weight estimation, cost estimation and constraint diagrams
- Concept generation and selection; preliminary sizing - Design requirement sensitivities, weight estimation, wing area selection, power/propulsion system requirements
- Design refinement
- Technical writing and presentations; design reviews (oral and written reports)
- Stability and control surface sizing
- Mission simulation and performance verification
- Prototype development; real or virtual models and products
- Design justification via analyses and / or flight verification and
- Final report
Prepared by: William A. Crossley, Date: February 17, 2001
Revised by: Daniel DeLaurentis, Date: September 18, 2006
Updated Pre-Requisite: March 3, 2011
Format updated: September 2011