Module Title:Propulsion Systems 2
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The module will be taught with lectures and laboratory exercises and will be supported by on-line media that are available on the college VLE.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to provide the student with the knowledge required to analyse the performance of a diverse range of propulsion systems in the aerospace domain.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Perform calculations relating to the peformance of air breathing aerospace propulsion systems.
LO2 Calculate performance of different stages of propulsion systems.
LO3 Numerically evaluate performance of propellers
LO4 Categorise various electric propulsion architectures
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to Thermodynamics
Review of conservation equations: mass, momentum and energy, thermodynamics, compressible flow, Introduction: air-breathing and rocket propulsion, first Law of thermodynamics, specific heat capacity, ratio of specific heat capacities, closed systems, open system, steady state energy equation, enthalpy.
Second Law of thermodynamics, entropy, T-S Diagrams.
Thermodynamic cycles
Otto Cycle, Diesel Cycle, Brayton Cycle, Mean effective pressure, cycle efficiency, PV diagrams.
Centrifugal compressors, Axial compressor, work required, whirl speed, power.
Stoicometric combustion, thermochemistry, fuels, premixed, non-premixed flames, adiabatic flame temperature, experimental and numerical methods in combustion, flammability and stability limits.
Work, power, reaction.
Critical pressure, critical temperature, nozzle velocity.
Froude Momentum
Froude momentum theory, in-flow, thrust.
Torsion of shafts.
2nd Polar Moment, Torque, Power, Shear, Moment of Inertia, Radius of Gyration.
Balancing of Rotating Masses
Static Balancing and Dynamic Balancing, both numerically and graphically.
Whirl speed, torsional vibration, Rayleigh method, Dunkerley's method.
Electric Motor Propulsion Construction
Construction of rotating electric machines (outrunner, inrunner, rotor, stator, shaft, bearings, magnets, windings, electrical insulation, commutators, motor cooling, sensors).
Electric Motor Propulsion
Power electronics (switching devices, DC–DC converters, single-phase and multiple-phase DC–AC inverters, single-phase and multiple-phase AC–DC rectifiers). Motor control systems (control functions, speed control, torque control, position measurement, generator mode for energy recuperation, protection functions). Wiring of electric power storage, power electronics and electric motor. High energy and voltages risks, and associated safety procedures.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment20.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report Students will complete a written report where they will be required to perform some calculations. 1,2,3,4 10.00 Week 4
Examination A class test which may be administered on the college VLE. 1,2 10.00 Week 4
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation A series of practical tasks relating to the performance of a propulsion system. 1,2 10.00 Every Week
Practical/Skills Evaluation Will consist of a practical test in which students will be required to write software to analyse a propulsion system. 1,2,3 10.00 Week 12
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam A formal written exam where students will be required to peform calculations relating to propulsion sytems. 1,2,3,4 60.00 End-of-Semester

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 5.00
Practicals 12 Weeks per Stage 4.00
Independent Learning 15 Weeks per Stage 9.47
Total Hours 250.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_EEACS_D Bachelor of Engineering in Aircraft Systems 5 Mandatory