Module Title:Aviation Science 1
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 3 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 concepts of fluid dynamics and aerodynamic and how to apply these concepts to an aircraft design and performance 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 Apply fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics for Aerodynamic Design.
LO3 Describe basic aerodynamic fundamentals with the aid of sketches/drawings
LO4 Perform wind tunnel testing, measurements and flow visualization
LO5 Calculate flight forces in steady climbs, descents, glides and turns and give general descriptions of Theory of flight, Airplane/Rotary Aerodynamics, Flight Controls and Stability
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
History of Aerodynamics up to Modern Era, Units and Dimensions, Properties and Classification of Flows, Fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics
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.
Experiments in Aerodynamics
Theoretical Knowledge of Instrumentation, Measurements related to Aerodynamics, Basics of Wind Tunnels from low-speed to High-Speed Flow.
Rotary wing aerodynamics
Rotor systems, flight controls, hovering flight, coriolis and ground effect, gyroscopic precession, transverse flow, disymmetry of lift, autorotation.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment10.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination Continuous assessment tests during term time covering 1,2,5 10.00 n/a
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Pencil drawings & Sketches 3 10.00 n/a
Practical/Skills Evaluation Aerodynamic Wind Tunnel Labs in Hangar 3,4 20.00 n/a
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 1,2,3,5 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
Practicals 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Independent Learning 15 Weeks per Stage 4.33
Total Hours 125.00

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