Module Title:Basic Aerodynamics
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: A combination of lectures, class discussion and demonstrations will be used. Particular emphasis will be placed on active learning including problem / project based learning.
Module Aim: The student will understand basic and intermediate aerodynamic concepts and how they apply to an aircraft during all stages of flight so they develop simple aerodynamic analytical and troubleshooting skills.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Explain the theoretical fundamentals of the International Standard Atmosphere (ISA)
LO2 Describe basic aerodynamic fundamentals with the aid of simple sketches/drawings
LO3 Calculate flight forces in steady climbs, descents, glides and turns and give general descriptions of Theory of flight, Airplane Aerodynamics, Flight Controls and Stability
LO4 Describe common terms associated with high speed flight
LO5 Give a simple description of the operation and effect of rotary wing dynamics
LO6 Produce 2D CAD/technical drawings of a 3 dimensional product that would be understood and manufactured by a engineering workshop technician.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Physics of the Atmosphere
International Standard Atmosphere (ISA), application to aerodynamics
Airflow around a body; Boundary layer, laminar and turbulent flow, free stream flow, relative airflow, upwash and downwash, vortices, stagnation; The terms: camber, chord, mean aerodynamic chord, profile (parasite) drag, induced drag, centre of pressure, angle of attack, wash in and wash out, fineness ratio, wing shape and aspect ratio; Thrust, Weight, Aerodynamic Resultant; Generation of Lift and Drag: Angle of Attack, Lift coefficient, Drag coefficient, polar curve, stall; Aerofoil contamination including ice, snow, frost.
Theory of Flight
Relationship between lift, weight, thrust and drag; Glide ratio; Steady state flights, performance; Theory of the turn; Influence of load factor: stall, flight envelope and structural limitations; Lift augmentation
Flight Stability and Dynamics
Longitudinal, lateral and directional stability (active and passive).
High Speed Flight
Speed of sound, pressure waves from a moving source, compressibility, Mach number, flight speed classifications, subsonic and supersonic flow patterns, development of shock waves, shock stall.
Rotary wing aerodynamics
Rotor systems, flight controls, hovering flight, coriolis and ground effect, gyroscopic precession, transverse flow, disymmetry of lift, autorotation.
Technical Graphics
Technical drawing terminology and basics, orthographic projection, sectioning, tangents to circles. CAD engineering drawing basics, modifying, layering, dimensioning.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination Continuous assessment tests during term time covering Learning Outcomes 1-5. 1,2,3,4,5 10.00 n/a
Portfolio Technical graphics drawings 6 10.00 n/a
Examination AutoCad test 6 10.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam Each student will sit a formal written examination at the end of the module 1,2,3,4,5 70.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 2.00
Practicals Every Week 1.00
Total Hours 3.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_EEAER_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Aerospace Engineering 1 Mandatory
CW_EEACS_D Bachelor of Engineering in Aircraft Systems 1 Mandatory