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.

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), AMME2200 or (AMME2261 and AMME2262), AMME2200 or (AMME2261 and AMME2262)

Good knowledge of fluid dynamics and thermodynamics

Study this unit outside a degree

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.