Propulsion (AERO3261)


This unit aims to develop and understanding of aircraft propulsion systems. Students will learn to solve problems related to the analysis and selection of 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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3 hours of lectures and 2 hours of tutorials per week


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

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Prerequisite: Assumed knowledge: Good knowledge of fluid dynamics and thermodynamics, AMME2200 or (AMME2261 and AMME2262)

Prerequisite: Assumed knowledge: Good knowledge of fluid dynamics and thermodynamics

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