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AERO3261: Propulsion (2020 - Semester 1)

Unit: AERO3261: Propulsion (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Verstraete, Dries
Session options: Semester 1
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Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: AMME2200 OR (AMME2261 AND AMME2262).
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study teaches the students the techniques used to propel aircraft. The students will learn to analyse various propulsion systems in use– propellers, gas turbines, etc.

The topics covered include: Propulsion unit requirements for subsonic and supersonic flight; thrust components, efficiencies, additive drag of intakes; piston engine components and operation; propeller theory; operation, components and cycle analysis of gas turbine engines; turbojets; turbofans; turboprops; ramjets. Components: compressor, fan, burner, turbine, nozzle. Efficiency of components: Off-design considerations. Future directions: minimisation of noise and pollution; scram-jets; hybrid engines.
Assumed Knowledge: Good knowledge of fluid dynamics and thermodynamics