|Owning Department/School:||Department of Mechanical Engineering|
|Level:||Honours (FHEQ level 6)|
|Supplementary Assessment:||ME30219 Re-Assessment Examination (where allowed by programme regulations)|
To introduce the basic mechanics of flight and the factors affecting the design of fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. To provide a broad outline of the performance characteristics of aircraft and of aircraft engines. To introduce methods for the initial sizing of aircraft using principal design parameters.
After taking this unit the student should be able to:
Apply analytical methods to predict the performance of fixed-wing aircraft in level, climbing and turning flight, and of rotary-wing aircraft in the hover and in axial and forward flight. Understand and apply fixed-wing aircraft specifications within the Airworthiness Regulations; calculate take-off and landing distances and understand the balance field length concept. Construct a constraints diagram for the critical flight phases for estimation of wing and engine requirements.
Problem solving; numeracy; working independently.
Standard atmosphere and aircraft speed definitions; fixed-wing aircraft level flight, climb and field performance; use of a drag polar; range equations and turning flight. Performance characteristics of thrust and power producing engines. Introduction to rotor aerodynamics. Actuator disc and blade element theories. Thrust and power predictions of a rotor in hover, vertical and forward flight; performance of a single main rotor helicopter. Take-off and landing distance calculations, WAT limits and the balanced field length for fixed-wing aircraft. Payload-range diagrams and constraints diagrams for preliminary aircraft sizing; considerations for the design of fixed-wing aircraft and rotorcraft. Topics for self study that could be examined.
ME30219 is Compulsory on the following programmes:Department of Mechanical Engineering
ME30219 is Optional on the following programmes:Department of Mechanical Engineering