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AERO4460: Aerospace Design 3 (2019 - Semester 1)

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Unit: AERO4460: Aerospace Design 3 (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior Advanced
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Verstraete, Dries
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: AERO3260 AND AERO3261 AND AERO3360 AND AERO3460 AND AERO3560.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit aims to develop an understanding of the application of design to the modern aerospace industry. Students will gain an overview of how to manage a design team and will also gain skills in carrying out detailed design problems. Course content will include: Design requirements; Sources of information for aircraft design; Configuration design: performance, weight and balance, propulsion; Aerodynamic design: lift, drag and control; Structural design: loads, materials; Philosophies of design and analysis; System design: requirements and specification; System design procedures; systems integration.
Assumed Knowledge: AERO1400 AND AERO2703 AND AERO3465.
Lecturer/s: Dr Verstraete, Dries
Tutor/s: To be advised.... come to lecture number 1.
Timetable: AERO4460 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Project Work - in class 3.00 1 13
2 Lecture 2.00 1 13
3 Project Work - own time 5.00 13
T&L Activities: Lecture: Coverage of relevant design and analysis techniques

Project Work - own time: Students are required to arrange team meetings and to carry out design work independently of the supervised contact hours in order to complete the requirements of this unit.

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
Application of prior learning to the design process. Integration of a variety of analysis techniques to validate an overall design. (2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 5)
Develop novel solutions to overcome challenging design problems (3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 5)
Students are required to develop novel complex designs starting with a restricted set of initial parameters. The overcoming of problems within this process will enhance their skills. (4) Design (Level 5)
Develop interdisciplinary solutions to a set of design requirements (5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 5)
Presentations to Industry Panel and Professional Design Reporting. (6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 4)
Self organisation of workgroup teams, structure, allocation of tasks and responsibilities. (7) Project and Team Skills (Level 5)
Coverage of professional requirements for design in the Aerospace Industry. Detailed revision of certification requirements. (8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 4)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018.

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 5)
1. Coordinate tasks and deadlines within a structured workgroup.
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 4)
2. Incorporate ethical considerations in the design of an aircraft
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 4)
3. Write and present professional reports
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 5)
4. Develop interdisciplinary aerospace solutions
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 5)
5. Introduce and evaluate novel solutions to overcome problems encountered in this process.
(4) Design (Level 5)
6. Conceive, analyse and design an operational aerospace vehicle based on a set of narrow initial requirements.
7. Appraise the suitability of various aircraft types and design concepts
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 5)
8. Apply prior learning to overall aerospace design procedures.
9. Understand certification and regulatory requirements that apply in this industry.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Initial Proposal* Yes 5.00 Week 2 3, 7,
2 Preliminary Design* Yes 10.00 Week 4 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
3 Detailed Design Solutions* Yes 15.00 Week 7 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
4 Detailed Design Solutions 2* Yes 15.00 Week 10 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
5 Final Design Report* Yes 35.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
6 Presentation/Seminar* Yes 15.00 Multiple Weeks 3,
7 Team management register Yes 5.00 Multiple Weeks 1,
Assessment Description: * indicates an assessment task which must be repeated if a student misses it due to special consideration

Initial Proposal: 1 page maximum. This is the mandatory initiation component to allocate groups and define project specifications.

Preliminary Design: Report to detail the design approach to be used. Definition of mission requirements and summary of vehicle parameters to meet these. Identification of certification requirements.

Detailed Design Solutions: Component Design Report (Detailed Design Solutions 1 and 2). Analysis of components to suit requirements and justification of selections and proof of methodology. Analysis of remaining aircraft components. Iterative review of previous design to correct or make improvements.

Final Design Report. Complete summary of the vehicle design, including a detailed explanation of mission requirements, all relevant aircraft components, certification requirements, operational requirements, costings. Iterative refinement of previous design reports.

Presentation/Seminar: Four presentations on the design and processes used to obtain them.

1. Preliminary presentation on vehicle overview. (week 4)

2. Detailed Presentation on vehicle components. (week 7)

3. Detailed Presentation on vehicle components. (week 10)

4. Final presentation of complete vehicle to industry panel and peers. (week 13).

The penalty for lateness is 5% per day.
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 Introduction; Administration and Report structures; RFP
Week 2 The Design Process; Aircraft Configurations; Sizing and Constraint Analysis; Aircraft Design Software
Assessment Due: Initial Proposal*
Week 3 Aerodynamics; Propulsion; Certification; Extended Weight.
Week 4 Report 1 Due
Reporting and Presentation Structure, Q&A before Report 1 (Presentations and Feedback)
Assessment Due: Preliminary Design*
Week 5 Analysis Tools; Control Surfaces; C.G. Balancing; Stability and Control
Week 6 Unique or Patentable Features; Aircraft Structural Design; Aircraft Design Example.
Week 7 Group Update, Outline for Reports 2, 3 and 4; Engineering Drawing; Undercarriage Design.
Assessment Due: Detailed Design Solutions*
Week 8 Critical Features, Internal Structure and Layout; Materials.
Week 9 Group Progress Update, Q&A session.
Week 10 Final Report Overview and Previous Projects comparison; Costings.
Assessment Due: Detailed Design Solutions 2*
Week 11 Presentation Feedback.
Design Presentations.
Week 12 Poster and Model review.
Q&A Session.
Week 13 (Presentations and Feedback)
Final instructions for Report and Presentation.
Assessment Due: Final Design Report*

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Aeronautical / Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
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 Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Aeronautical 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical / Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical / Medical Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Aeronautical / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Aeronautical / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Aeronautical / Science 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical / Law 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 5) Yes 12%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 4) Yes 3.75%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 4) Yes 24.5%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 5) Yes 6.5%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 5) Yes 9%
(4) Design (Level 5) Yes 28.25%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 5) Yes 16%

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.