Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Area of Study
Taught In English
STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO HAVE COMPLETED:
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
Aircraft Design (251 - 15356)
Study: Bachelor in Aerospace Engineering
Semester 2/Spring Semester
4TH Year Course/Upper Division
Students Are Expected to Have Completed:
Compentences and Skills that will be Acquired and Learning Results:
Applied knowledge of aircraft engineering.
Adequate knowledge applied to engineering of:
- Calculation methods for aircraft design and project;
- Cetification basis and aircraft maintenance;
- Operational use of aircrafts.
Knowledge of concurrent engineering methods and manufacturing processes.
Knowledge of operating environment and aircraft design envelopes.
Knowledge of design variables related to flight and ground performance.
Application of preliminary design methods to establish the main aircraft design variables:
- maximum weight;
- thrust-to-weight ratio;
- wing loading.
Knowledge of methods to determine payload-range diagrams.
Knowledge of aircraft configuration and design constraints for its components: wing, fuselage, tails, etc.
Knowledge of main structural loads conditions, in accordance with certification rules.
Knowledge of specific characteristics of supersonic and fighter aircrafts.
Description of Contents: Course Description
Generalities and Operating Environment.
--> Systems of units. ISA. Airspeeds. Wind and ground speed. Flight envelopes.
--> Flight performance. Steady level flight. Range and loiter optimization.
Climb and Ground Performance.
--> Climb performance. Take-off analysis. Landing analysis.
Design Process and Quick Sizing.
--> Phases of aircraft design. Airworthiness. Quick mass sizing.
Thrust-to-Weight Ratio and Wing Loading.
--> Definition of T/W and W/S and typical values. Design criteria for T/W and W/S. Drag model. Propulsive model.
Design Weights and Range.
--> Mass subdivision. Design weights. Payload-Range diagram.
--> Wing geometry. Additional surfaces on wing. Fuselage layout. Tail layout.
--> General loads concepts. Flight and mass envelopes. Balanced NZ conditions. Discrete gusts.
--> Supersonic flight. Fighters configuration and specific design criteria.
Learning Activities and Methodology:
Problem sessions working individually and in groups.
End-of-term exam (60%)
Continuous evaluation (40%)
In order to pass the subject two conditions are required:
1) To obtain a minimum of 5.0/10 in the global mark (End-of-term + continuous evaluation)
2) To obtain a minimum mark of 4.0/10 in the end-of-term exam separately
Only the end-of-term mark is taken into account.
Continuous evaluation is considered in case of improving the mark (under the rules of the regular call).
D.P. Raymer. Aircraft Design: A Conceptual Approach. AIAA Educational Series. 2012
E. Torenbeek. Synthesis of Subsonic Airplane Design. Springer . 1982
L.M. Nicolai & G.E. Carichner. Fundamentals of Aircraft and Airship Design. Volume I - Aircraft Design. AIAA Education Series. 2010
L.R. Jenkinson, P. Simpkin, D. Rhodes. Civil Jet Aircraft Design. AIAA Education Series. 1999
A.K. Kundu. Aircraft Design. Cambridge University Press. 2010
D. Howe. Aircraft Conceptual Design Synthesis. Wiley. 2005
S.A. Brantdl, R.J. Stiles, J.J. Bertin, R. Whitford. Introduction to Aeronautics: A Design Perspective. AIAA Educational Series. 2004
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.