Aspects of Aircraft Design and Control

A series of eight projects on selected aspects of aeronautical engineering, with accompanying introductory lectures. Pre-requisites are a good familiarity with Newtonian mechanics, fluid mechanics, and the aerospace sector.

by Olivier Cleynen
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License: Creative Commons BY-SA.
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Introduction
Introduction
1.3
Course content and objectives; Copyright license; Course limitations and marking.
Lecture 1
Lift and Drag
1.4
Energy and power on the ground, in the air; Aircraft forces; The lift coefficient; Drag and drag coefficient.
Flight domain
1.3
Effect of altitude on aircraft forces and speeds; Calculation of the flight domain of an aircraft.
Lecture 3
Runway Performance
1.3
Definitions and naming conventions for aircraft forces and angles; Overview of an airliner take-off.
Lecture 4
Cruise Performance
1.3.2
Cruise speed selection (minimum drag, minimum power, the drag polar); The payload-range diagram; The Breguet range equation; A glance at airline economics.
Lecture 5
Wing Loads
1.2.4
Two-dimensional lift; Three-dimensional lift; The lifting-line theory; Elliptical, tapered, swept, etc. wings.
Lecture 6
Propulsion;
Turbofan design
1.3.1
Propulsion fundamentals; Jet engine thermodynamics (energy accounting, stagnation properties); Jet engine performance & installation.
Lecture 7
Longitudinal trim
2.0.2
Aircraft longitudinal equilibrium; The aerodynamic center; Equations for longitudinal trim; A pilot’s perspective.
Lecture 8
Longitudinal Stability;
The case for canards
1.2.2
Overview of trim (symmetrical and asymmetrical airfoils); Longitudinal stability (first approach and quantification); Canard aircraft.

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