Introduction to Mechanics of Flight

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Mechanics of Flight

  • Host University

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Aerospace Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Calculus I, Calculus II, Linear Algebra, Physics I  
    We strongly advise you against taking this course if you have not passed Physics I yet

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    Introduction to Mechanics of Flight
    Course Number: 251 - 15330
    ECTS credits: 6
    YEAR 2/ Lower Division

    PREREQUISITES/STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO HAVE COMPLETED::
    Calculus I, Calculus II, Linear Algebra, Physics I  
    We strongly advise you against taking this course if you have not passed Physics I yet

    COMPETENCES AND SKILLS THAT WILL BE ACQUIRED AND LEARNING RESULTS:

    The goal of this course is that the student acquires a basic knowledge of classical mechanics applied to flight mechanics and aerospace systems.

    DESCRIPTION OF CONTENTS:

    0 Introduction
    - Newton's laws
    - Scalar and vector quantities
    - Review of vector calculus
    - Degrees of freedom and constraints

    1 Kinematics of point particles
    - Reference frames
    - Position, velocity and acceleration
    - Planar motion
    - Tangential and normal components
    - Relative motion
    - Rotations
    - Relations between position, velocity and acceleration using translating and rotating axes

    2 Dynamics of point particles
    - Force and momentum
    - Work and energy
    - Rectilinear motion. Vibrations.
    - Motion of a free particle
    - Motion of a particle over a curve
    - Motion of a particle over a surface
    - Relative dynamics
    - Angular momentum
    - Central forces
    - Kepler's problem
    - Elliptical trajectories

    3 Kinematics of a rigid body
    - Velocity and acceleration fields
    - Properties of the velocity field
    - The Euler angles

    4 Geometry of masses
    - Center of mass
    - Moments of inertia
    - Moment of inertia tensor
    - Steiner's theorem
    - Principal axes

    5 Rigid body dynamics
    - Linear momentum
    - Angular momentum
    - Kinetic energy
    - General equations for a system of particles
    - General equations for the rigid body
    - Equilibrium
    - Work and energy principles

    6 Systems of rigid bodies
    - General equations
    - Constraints and linkages

    7 The airplane as a rigid body
    - Airplane parts
    - Forces on the airplane: Lift, drag, aerodynamic moments
    - Straight and level flight
    - Gliding flight
    - Climbing flight
     

    LEARNING ACTIVITES AND METHODOLOGY:

    Theory sessions
    Problem sessions working individually and in groups
    Lab-sessions and computer sessions with mathematical software

    ASSESSMENT SYSTEM:

    End-of-term exam (60%)
    Class exams (20%)
    Lab sessions (20%)

    In order to pass the subject, two requirements need to be met:

    1) to have a MINIMUM mark of 4.0/10 in the end-of-term exam;
    2) to have a minimum  overall mark of 5.0/10 (weighing 60% the end-of-term exam mark and 40% the mark of the continuous evaluation).
        
    BIBLIOGRAPHY:

        J. H. Ginsberg. Engineering Dynamics. Cambridge Univ. Press. 2007
        W.T. Thomson. Introduction to Space Dynamics. Dover. 1986

Course Disclaimer

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.