Module Title:Introduction to Aircraft Design
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 3 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The module will be delivered with a blend of lectures and problem based learning for tutorials and laboratory sessions, and will be fully assessed through continuous assessment with no terminal examination. The Aircraft General Knowledge component of the syllabus will be delivered through lectures as well as laboratory practical sessions in the hangar where the student will have to investigate and complete assignments on various systems used on light aircraft. Written class tests will be used to assess the students understanding of the various topics covered under both components. The Aircraft Conceptual Design component of the syllabus will be delivered through lectures and primarily through problem based learning laboratory design exercises and/or a project. In this case the student will work as an individual or in a team to complete the conceptual design of a light aircraft using industry standard tools for design development and evaluation of the final design. The final design may then be exported to and flown in a flight simulator package such as X-Plane.
Module Aim: To give students an understanding of the basic mechanical, electrical and instrument systems within an aircraft. To provide students with the skills and techniques required to understand the basic concepts used in the conceptual design of an aircraft using industry standard tools. To provide students with a foundation for subsequent modules in the area of aircraft design.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Describe the construction and control of a typical aircraft
LO2 Explain the design, construction and operation of the mechanical, electrical and instrument systems within an aircraft
LO3 Undertake the conceptual design of an aircraft using industry standard tools with given objectives, means and geometry
LO4 Evaluate the feasibility of a conceptual design by analysing the aircraft main dimensions, performances and balance and stability
LO5 Explain EASA design certification specifications
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Requirements
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Aircraft General Knowledge
- Airframe & Systems - Electrical & Electronics - Powerplant - Instrumentation - Operational Procedures
EASA Certification Specifications
Design standards for different aircraft types
Aircraft Conceptual Design
• Parameter recordings in a flight simulator to include: Forces in flight, controls and stability, aspect ratio, wing loading and power loading. • Performance design specifications – Weight – Wing Loading calculations and validation – Wing area/span – Power requirements – Power Loading – Range – Performance trade-offs – Design optimization. • Computer aided 3D design model manipulation – Performance analysis in a flight simulation package.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment40.00%
Project40.00%
Practical20.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination Students will complete a number of class tests during the module which may be of written or practical form. 1,2,4 40.00 n/a
Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project The student will undertake the conceptual design of an aircraft, which may include a project plan, a literature, design development using industry standard tools, presentation of results and a formal report. 3,4 40.00 n/a
Practical
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation The student will complete a number of practical exercises in the hangar pertaining to various systems used on aircraft. 1,2,5 20.00 n/a
No End of Module Formal Examination

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 0.50
Laboratory Every Week 1.50
Independent Learning Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 6.00
 

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
CW_EEPLT_D Bachelor of Science in Pilot Studies 1 Mandatory