AE1203 Elements of Aeronautics Syllabus

AE1203 ELEMENTS OF AERONAUTICS 3 0 0 100


OBJECTIVE
To introduce the basic concepts of aerospace engineering and the current developments in the field.

1. HISTORICAL EVALUATION 8
Early airplanes, biplanes and monoplanes, Developments in aerodynamics, materials, structures and propulsion over the years.

2. AIRCRAFT CONFIGURATIONS 5
Components of an airplane and their functions. Different types of flight vehicles, classifications. Conventional control, Powered control, Basic instruments for flying, Typical systems for control actuation.

3. INTRODUCTION TO PRINCIPLES OF FLIGHT 10
Physical properties and structure of the atmosphere, Temperature, pressure and altitude relationships, Evolution of lift, drag and moment. Aerofoils, Mach number, Maneuvers.

4. INTRODUCTION TO AIRPLANE STRUCTURES AND MATERIALS 12
General types of construction, Monocoque, semi-monocoque and geodesic construction, Typical wing and fuselage structure. Metallic and non-metallic materials, Use of aluminium alloy, titanium, stainless steel and composite materials.

5. POWER PLANTS USED IN AIRPLANES 10
Basic ideas about piston, turboprop and jet engines, Use of propeller and jets for thrust production. Comparative merits, Principles of operation of rocket, types of rockets and typical applications, Exploration into space.

TOTAL : 45

TEXT BOOKS
1. Anderson, J.D., “Introduction to Flight”, McGraw-Hill, 1995.

REFERENCE
1. Kermode, A.C., “Flight without Formulae”, McGraw-Hill, 1997.
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