Module Title:Flight Mechanics
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The module will be delivered with a blend of lectures, tutorials and problem-based learning with laboratory sessions, and individual self-directed research. This will include case study exercises and demonstration videos.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to introduce learners to the fundamental theories that form the basis of evaluating an aircraft's performance, and apply techniques to predict and analyse performance in various stages of flight.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Assess the atmospheric properties that influence aircraft performance.
LO2 Formulate the equations of motion for an aircraft in 2D flight.
LO3 Apply mathematical models to different phases of flight, and identify the inherent assumptions and limitations.
LO4 Analyse aircraft performance predictions using computer simulation techniques.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
• relative density, pressure and temperature • the equation of state • the hydrostatic equation • Mach number, equivalent airspeed, calibrated airspeed, true airspeed.
Weight Performance
• aircraft mass estimation • wing loading • range and endurance calculations.
• maximum lift to drag ratio • minimum drag and minimum power airspeeds • plot the Drag Polar (Appendix 2 to CS23).
Engine Performance
• general engine performance • determine fuel flows and specific fuel values • derive and calculate the propulsive efficiency • understand thrust and power characteristics.
• aircraft ceiling • important airspeeds • limiting factors on flight envelopes (CS23.333) • corner velocities • accelerated stall lines • structural limits • cruise performance • specific range and endurance • take-off distance (CS23.59) • landing distance (CS23.75).
• stall speed (CS23.39) • speed stability • load factor • max load factor in a turn (V-N Diagram) (CS23.337) • climbing flight • turning performance • gliding performance.
Mathematical Modelling
• mathematical modelling • simulation • performance prediction • performance analysis.
Flight Testing
• flight testing in a simulator • flight testing in a real live aircraft • flight test planning • test data capture • performance prediction.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment10.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination Students will be expected to sit one or more individual written assessments throughout the academic year, typically at the conclusion of one or more learning outcomes. 1,2,3 10.00 Week 7
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Students will carry out a number of laboratory sessions throughout the academic year to enhance their understanding of the module, and will produce written reports describing each one. Laboratory practical work will include investigation of the following topics: flight performance estimation and analysis; computer simulation tools and mathematical modelling; real time flight analysis. It is envisaged that a number of these laboratory sessions will take place in both a simulated and a live aircraft flight environment. 1,2,3,4 30.00 Every Second Week
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam Students will sit a formal written examination at the end of the semester. 1,2,3 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 2.00
Laboratory 12 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Independent Learning Time 15 Weeks per Stage 5.13
Total Hours 125.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_EEAER_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Aerospace Engineering 7 Mandatory