Aircraft Design

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Aircraft Design

  • Host University

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Aerospace Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites


    Flight Mechanics
    Aerospace Structures

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    Aircraft Design (251 - 15356)
    Study: Bachelor in Aerospace Engineering
    Semester 2/Spring Semester
    4TH Year Course/Upper Division

    Students Are Expected to Have Completed:

    Flight Mechanics
    Aerospace Structures

    Compentences and Skills that will be Acquired and Learning Results:

    Applied knowledge of aircraft engineering.
    Adequate knowledge applied to engineering of:
    - Calculation methods for aircraft design and project;
    - Cetification basis and aircraft maintenance;
    - Operational use of aircrafts.
    Knowledge of concurrent engineering methods and manufacturing processes.
    Knowledge of operating environment and aircraft design envelopes.
    Knowledge of design variables related to flight and ground performance.
    Application of preliminary design methods to establish the main aircraft design variables:
    - maximum weight;
    - thrust-to-weight ratio;
    - wing loading.
    Knowledge of methods to determine payload-range diagrams.
    Knowledge of aircraft configuration and design constraints for its components: wing, fuselage, tails, etc.
    Knowledge of main structural loads conditions, in accordance with certification rules.
    Knowledge of specific characteristics of supersonic and fighter aircrafts.

    Description of Contents: Course Description

    Generalities and Operating Environment.
    --> Systems of units. ISA. Airspeeds. Wind and ground speed. Flight envelopes.
    Cruise Performance.
    --> Flight performance. Steady level flight. Range and loiter optimization.
    Climb and Ground Performance.
    --> Climb performance. Take-off analysis. Landing analysis.
    Design Process and Quick Sizing.
    --> Phases of aircraft design. Airworthiness. Quick mass sizing.
    Thrust-to-Weight Ratio and Wing Loading.
    --> Definition of T/W and W/S and typical values. Design criteria for T/W and W/S. Drag model. Propulsive model.
    Design Weights and Range.
    --> Mass subdivision. Design weights. Payload-Range diagram.
    Aircraft Configuration.
    --> Wing geometry. Additional surfaces on wing. Fuselage layout. Tail layout.
    Structural Loads.
    --> General loads concepts. Flight and mass envelopes. Balanced NZ conditions. Discrete gusts.
    Combat Aircrafts.
    --> Supersonic flight. Fighters configuration and specific design criteria.

    Learning Activities and Methodology:

    Theory sessions.
    Problem sessions working individually and in groups.
    Practical sessions.

    Assessment System:

    Regular call:
    End-of-term exam (60%)
    Continuous evaluation (40%)
    In order to pass the subject two conditions are required:
    1) To obtain a minimum of 5.0/10 in the global mark (End-of-term + continuous evaluation)
    2) To obtain a minimum mark of 4.0/10 in the end-of-term exam separately

    Extra call:
    Only the end-of-term mark is taken into account.
    Continuous evaluation is considered in case of improving the mark (under the rules of the regular call).

    Basic Bibliography:

    D.P. Raymer. Aircraft Design: A Conceptual Approach. AIAA Educational Series. 2012
    E. Torenbeek. Synthesis of Subsonic Airplane Design. Springer . 1982
    L.M. Nicolai & G.E. Carichner. Fundamentals of Aircraft and Airship Design. Volume I - Aircraft Design. AIAA Education Series. 2010
    L.R. Jenkinson, P. Simpkin, D. Rhodes. Civil Jet Aircraft Design. AIAA Education Series. 1999

    Additional Bibliography:

    A.K. Kundu. Aircraft Design. Cambridge University Press. 2010
    D. Howe. Aircraft Conceptual Design Synthesis. Wiley. 2005
    S.A. Brantdl, R.J. Stiles, J.J. Bertin, R. Whitford. Introduction to Aeronautics: A Design Perspective. AIAA Educational Series. 2004

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.


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