Propulsion (AERO3261)


This UoS 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.

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Further unit of study information


Lecture 1 hr/week; Lecture 2 hrs/week; Tutorial 2 hrs/week.


Through semester assessment (55%) Final Exam (45%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

AMME2200 OR (AMME2261 AND AMME2262)

Good knowledge of fluid dynamics and thermodynamics

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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.