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
(other lecture notes by Olivier Cleynen)

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Lecture 1
Lift and Drag
Energy and power on the ground, in the air; Aircraft forces; The lift coefficient; Drag and drag coefficient.
Flight domain
Effect of altitude on aircraft forces and speeds; Calculation of the flight domain of an aircraft.
Lecture 3
Runway Performance
Definitions and naming conventions for aircraft forces and angles; Overview of an airliner take-off.
Lecture 4
Cruise Performance
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
Two-dimensional lift; Three-dimensional lift; The lifting-line theory; Elliptical, tapered, swept, etc. wings.
Lecture 6
Turbofan design
Propulsion fundamentals; Jet engine thermodynamics (energy accounting, stagnation properties); Jet engine performance & installation.
Lecture 7
Longitudinal trim
Aircraft longitudinal equilibrium; The aerodynamic center; Equations for longitudinal trim; A pilot’s perspective.
Lecture 8
Longitudinal Stability;
The case for canards
Overview of trim (symmetrical and asymmetrical airfoils); Longitudinal stability (first approach and quantification); Canard aircraft.

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Other documents by Olivier Cleynen: Thermodynamique [fr], Fluid Mechanics [en], Mécanique [fr]

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