Module Title:Aerodynamics and Flight Control Systems
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be taught by Lectures, Tutorials and by using Model & Actual Aircraft and Sample Questions.
Module Aim: The student will understand intermediate and advanced aerodynamics concepts and how they apply to an aircraft during all stages of flight so they develop basic analytical and troubleshooting skills essential to an aircraft technician.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Explain the aerodynamic behaviour of a fixed/rotary-winged aircraft during all phases of flight
LO2 Understand and explain the operation of flight controls and their aerodynamic effects
LO3 Define and describe the technical terms associated with high speed flight
LO4 Demonstrate a good knowledge of rotary wing operation, control and aerodynamics
LO5 Design and test an aeroplane/UAV using aircraft design software
Pre-requisite learning
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Aeroplane Aerodynamics and Flight Controls
Operation and effect of: - roll control: ailerons and spoilers; - pitch control: elevators, stabilators, variable incidence stabilisers and canards; - yaw control, rudder limiters; Control using elevons, ruddervators; High lift devices, slots, slats, flaps, flaperons; Drag inducing devices, spoilers, lift dumpers, speed brakes; Effects of wing fences, saw tooth leading edges; Boundary layer control using, vortex generators, stall wedges or leading edge devices; Operation and effect of trim tabs, balance and antibalance (leading) tabs, servo tabs, spring tabs, mass balance, control surface bias, aerodynamic balance panels
Flight Controls (ATA 27)
 Primary controls: aileron, elevator, rudder; spoiler;  Trim control;  Active load control;  High lift devices;  Lift dump, speed brakes;  System operation: manual, hydraulic, pneumatic;  Artificial feel, Yaw damper, Mach trim, rudder limiter, gust locks.  Stall protection systems  System operation: electrical, fly by wire
High Speed Flight
Speed of sound, subsonic flight, transonic flight, super¬sonic flight, Mach number, critical Mach number, compressibility buffet, shock wave, aerodynamic beating, area rule; Factors affecting airflow in engine intakes of high speed aircraft; Effects of sweepback on critical Mach number
Rotary Wing Aerodynamics
Terminology; Operation and effect of cyclic, collective anti-torque controls. Effects of gyroscopic precession Torque reaction and directional control Dissymmetry of lift, Blades tip stall Translating tendency and its correction Coriolis effect and compensation Vortex ring state, power setting, overpitching Auto-rotation Ground effect
Flight Control Systems
 Cyclic control  Collective control  Swashplate  Yaw control – Anti- Torque Control, Tail rotor, bleed air
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions Each student will take Sketch/Drawing/Short Answer-format Continuous Assessments, administered during term time for which a maximum of 30% will be awarded. 1,2,3,4,5 30.00 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 for which a maximum of 70% will be awarded. 1,2,3,4 70.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.00
Tutorial Every Week 0.50
Total Hours 1.50

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_EEAER_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Aerospace Engineering 5 Mandatory
CW_EEACS_D Bachelor of Engineering in Aircraft Systems 5 Mandatory