AERO3460: Aerospace Design 1 (2014 - Semester 1)

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Unit: AERO3460: Aerospace Design 1 (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Auld, Douglass
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit: http://web.aeromech.usyd.edu.au/AERO3460/
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: AMME2301 AND MECH2400.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit aims to introduce students to the theory and practice of aircraft component design. In doing so it will emphasize all the considerations, trade-offs and decisions inherent in this process and thus enable students to gain an understanding of why aircraft structures are designed in the way they are with respect to aircraft operational, certification, manufacturing and cost considerations. At the end of this unit students will be able to understand the design process, especially as it applies to aircraft individual component design; Have a familiarity with some of the standard industry practices for component design; An increasing familiarity with typical aerospace analysis techniques along with the primary failure modes that need to be considered; An understanding of the importance of different failure modes for different components and how these relate to load-conditions; a farmilarity with the operating environment that must be considered when designing components; and understanding of some off the legal and ethical requirements of aircraft design engineers to give a basic understanding of the regulatory framework in which aircraft design is conducted.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Dr Auld, Douglass
Tutor/s: TBA
Timetable: AERO3460 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 2 13
2 Project Work - in class 2.00 1 12
3 Project Work - own time 4.00
T&L Activities: Project Work - in class: 2 hr workgroup session to concentrate on the design problems specified in the assignments.

Project Work - own time: Students must work on the assignment design projects during the week independently of scheduled sessions to complete the work required.

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
This unit of study sets students a group of design projects. Students must complete designs given initial specifications and design requirements. Design (Level 4)
Each design project will require Engineering analysis using basic tools of aircraft operational and performance calculations, structural analysis and materials selection to set standards. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 2)
While initial specifications are given, to obtain the final design outcomes students will be required to undertake library, internet or similar research to collect the required information to complete the project. Information Seeking (Level 4)
Each project is related to an aerospace industry case study and must be performed to certification standards required by industry. Professional Conduct (Level 3)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Design (Level 4)
1. Ability to determine the limit and ultimate cases that are appropriate for athe design of an aerospace industry component.
2. Ability to invent or construct solutions to design problems and prove the appropriateness of these solutions
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
3. ability to apply standard aerospace design techniques to a simple analysis problem
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 2)
4. Skills in analysing the loads, load paths, stresses and reactions for complex 3-D frame structures.
5. Ability to make an informed choice of materials appropriate to the design.
Information Seeking (Level 4)
6. Skills in sorting through an interpreting large amounts of information and selecting items and methods appropriate to the specifications of a design.
Professional Conduct (Level 3)
7. Ability to apply and interpret current certification rules for construction of Aerospace components.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Project No 20.00 Week 5 (Friday, 5 pm) 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7,
2 Project No 5.00 Week 7 (Friday, 5 pm) 3, 5, 6,
3 Project No 20.00 Week 10 (Friday, 5 pm) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7,
4 Project No 10.00 Week 13 (Friday, 5 pm) 2, 3, 5, 6, 7,
6 Quiz 1 No 15.00 Week 6 1, 2, 4, 5,
7 Quiz 2 No 15.00 Week 8 3, 5, 6,
8 Quiz 3 No 15.00 Week 11 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
9 Quiz 4 No 0.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
Assessment Description: Project 1: Design of a simple modification to be used in a light aircraft or helicopter.

Project 2: Select materials to optimise weight of a specific component of aircraft.

Project 3: Design of a 3-D space frame structure to suit specific aircraft loading conditions.

Project 4: Design of attachment or mounting components for a fuselage or wing mounted component.

Quiz: Four Quizzes related to each of the projects.

Note: Quiz 4 is a catch up quiz available to students who have failed a prior quiz (1,2,3) and who now want to demonstrate competence. I can be used as a replacement for a prior quiz. Quiz 4 is assessed as either 0% fail or 50% pass. Each quiz is one hour duration and held in the lecture time slot following the project submission date. Attendance at the quizzes is compulsory.
Assessment Feedback: Students are required to keep design calculations, sketches, material specifications, etc. in a log book. The log book will be reviewed at each design session and feedback given on progress, the appropriateness of the design and any further calculation or proof of strength requirements.
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Special Conditions to Pass UoS Students must achieve a passing grade (>50%) as an average over all the quizzes. Failure in the quiz component will mean a final result of no more than 45.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
Online Course Content: http://web.aeromech.usyd.edu.au/AERO3460/

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction to Design methods and certification requirements.
Week 2 Lectures and work sessions related to Project 1
Week 3 Lectures and work sessions related to Project 1
Week 4 Lectures and work sessions related to Project 1
Week 5 Lectures and work sessions related to Project 1
Assessment Due: Project
Week 6 Aerospace Materials and their properties.
Assessment Due: Quiz 1
Week 7 Lectures and work sessions related to Project 2
Assessment Due: Project
Week 8 Lectures and work sessions related to Project 3
Assessment Due: Quiz 2
Week 9 Lectures and work sessions related to Project 3
Week 10 Lectures and work sessions related to Project 3
Assessment Due: Project
Week 11 Lectures and work sessions related to Final Assignment
Assessment Due: Quiz 3
Week 12 Lectures and work sessions related to Final Assignment
Week 13 Lectures and work sessions related to Final Assignment
Assessment Due: Project
Assessment Due: Quiz 4

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Aeronautical 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Aeronautical Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical (Space) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical / Arts 2015
Aeronautical / Commerce 2015
Aeronautical / Medical Science 2015
Aeronautical / Project Management 2015
Aeronautical / Science 2015
Aeronautical / Law 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Commerce 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Medical Science 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Project Management 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Science 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Law 2015

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Project and Team Skills (Level 3) No 0%
Design (Level 4) Yes 32%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4) No 10.5%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 2) Yes 34.5%
Information Seeking (Level 4) Yes 15.5%
Communication (Level 3) No 0%
Professional Conduct (Level 3) Yes 7.5%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.