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AERO3465: Aerospace Design 2 (2020 - Semester 2)

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Unit: AERO3465: Aerospace Design 2 (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Wong, KC
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: AMME2301 AND MECH2400.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit aims to develop an understanding of the aerospace industry procedures for design, analysis, and testing of aircraft and aerospace vehicle components. It provides a Design-Build-Test experience by putting into practice, learning outcomes from this and other previously completed UoS, through working on a small structure which is representative of a typical light metal aircraft. Students will be introduced to typical metallic and composite materials and structures for aerospace vehicles. The unit also provides an introduction to fatigue and damaged tolerance analysis of metallic aircraft structures. Experiential learning opportunities are provided to acquire skills and knowledge in structural design, analyses, testing methods, procedures, techniques, and equipment.

On satisfactory completion of this unit students will have gained practical skills relevant to working on typical modern aircraft and aerospace vehicle components. They will learn from methods, techniques, and experiences from the modern aerospace industry. Experiential learning is enhanced through verifying analyses with actual testing of fabricated component, and the experience of a full design-build-test cycle of a typical aerospace structural component. Subject areas covered will include design methods, internal loads calculations, stress analysis, design for manufacture, joints and fasteners, test procedures, fatigue and damage tolerance, composites, and the art of design.
Assumed Knowledge: AERO1400 AND AMME2302 AND AMME1362.
Lecturer/s: Mr White, Kim
Timetable: AERO3465 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 4.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Tutorial: These are combinations of tutorial and supervised practical sessions.

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.

(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 4)
1. Being able to work effectively in a team and the management of schedules to optimise workflow to meet project deadlines.
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 4)
2. The ability to conduct and document engineering decisions, analyses, designs, manufacturing, and outcome of the project, to a standard typically required in the aerospace industry.
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3)
3. The ability to produce a test plan, to set up and professionally conduct the required tests, to record and analyse test data for the completed structural component.
4. The ability to produce engineering drawings to manufacture the designed component.
(4) Design (Level 4)
5. The ability for creative and optimal design of an airframe component to meet given constraints and performance targets.
6. "Wow, theory works; I can do this now."
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3)
7. Knowledge and skills in analysing fatigue and damage tolerance in airframes.
8. The ability to apply basic mathematical and engineering principles to design an airframe component in detail.
9. Familiarity with aircraft grade material, and the ability to discern practicality and manufacturability of the designed component.
10. Knowledge in the significance of fatigue and damage tolerance considerations in the design and operation of aircraft.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Preliminary Design Review Yes 4.00 Week 3 2, 5, 8, 9,
2 Critical Design Review Yes 4.00 Week 5 1, 2, 5, 8, 9,
3 Stress and Design Summary Yes 4.80 Week 8 1, 2, 5, 8, 9,
4 Engineering Drawings Yes 5.60 Week 8 1, 4,
5 Test Plan Yes 1.60 Week 9 1, 3,
6 Completed Structure Yes 10.00 Week 10 1, 2, 5, 9,
7 Conduct Test Yes 10.00 Week 10 1, 6,
8 Final Project Report Yes 40.00 Week 11 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9,
9 Fatigue and Damage Tolerance Assignment No 20.00 Week 13 7, 10,
Assessment Description: Assignment: Assignment task on airframe fatigue and damage tolerance.

Project: Design-Build-Test Project: engineering stress report, cost report, weight report, test plan and tests, drawings, and conclusions.

PDR, CDR, Stress Report: Assignments to keep track of project progress and provide learning feedback on design project.

Final Report should include any revisions of previous submissions, the test report, and peer assessments.
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 . 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.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 # Design project
Week 2 # Design project
Week 3 # Design project
Assessment Due: Preliminary Design Review
Week 4 # Design project
Week 5 # Design project
Assessment Due: Critical Design Review
Week 6 # Design project
Week 7 # Design project
Week 8 # Design project (Construction Phase)
Assessment Due: Stress and Design Summary
Assessment Due: Engineering Drawings
Week 9 # Design project (Construction Phase)
Assessment Due: Test Plan
Week 10 # Design project (Construction phase)
Assessment Due: Completed Structure
Assessment Due: Conduct Test
Week 11 # Fatigue & Damage Tolerance
Assessment Due: Final Project Report
Week 12 # Fatigue & Damage Tolerance
Week 13 # Fatigue & Damage Tolerance
Assessment Due: Fatigue and Damage Tolerance Assignment

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Aeronautical (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering / Commerce 2014
Aeronautical Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering / Law 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
Aeronautical 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
Aeronautical / Arts 2015
Aeronautical / Project Management 2015
Aeronautical / Science 2015
Aeronautical / Law 2015
Aeronautical (Space) 2021
Aeronautical (Space) / Science 2015
Aeronautical (Space) Mid-Year 2021
Aeronautical Engineering / Science 2014

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 4) No 13.42%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 4) No 10.98%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3) No 17.19%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 4) No 0%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 4) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 4) No 18.98%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3) No 39.45%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 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.