Propulsion Systems

University of Limerick

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Propulsion Systems

  • Host University

    University of Limerick

  • Location

    Limerick, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Aerospace Engineering, Engineering Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Rationale and Purpose of the Module: To provide students with fundamental knowledge about aircraft propulsion systems, particularly the air-breathing jet engine. Students should attain understanding of the thermodynamics and mechanics of the engine as a whole as well as individual components.


    Syllabus: An overview of propulsion systems and the development of thrust. A review of the conservation equations of fluid mechanics. The thrust equation. Propulsion efficiencies and implications for system design. A review of compressible fluid flow covering isentropic flow through ducts, constant area heat transfer and shock wave formation. The thermodynamic design of airbreathing engines covering the ramjet, the turbojet, the turbofan and the turboprop. Typical engine performance and aircraft matching. Detailed aerothermodynamic design of intakes, combustion chambers and exhaust nozzles. Detailed internal design of compressors and turbines covering two-dimensional blade row velocity diagrams, boundary layer flow and performance limitations.

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