Module Title:Aircraft Anatomy and Design 2
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, tutorials and problem based learning activities. The laboratory sessions will involve flight simulation and 'learn as you fly'. The design component of the syllabus will be delivered through design exercises and/or a project. The student will work as an individual or in a team to complete the design or modification 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 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 basic theory of stress, strain and elasticity and how it relates to the loading of an aircraft.
LO2 Solve problems in mechanics.
LO3 Demonstrate an ability to fly a light aircraft in a flight simulator, from preflight to landing.
LO4 Identify a conceptual design solution path given airplane performance specifications.
LO5 Evaluate the effect of a high/low wing loading and power loading on the aircraft performance.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Mechanics - Statics
Elements of theory of stress, strain and elasticity: tension, compression, shear and torsion; Direct stress and direct strain, Modulus of elasticity, Application to compound sections. Poisson’s ratio, area and volumetric strain; three dimensional stress systems.
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 Assessment20.00%
End of Module Formal Examination40.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination in class test 1,5 10.00 Week 6
Examination In class test 1,2 10.00 Week 9
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation The student will undertake the design or modification of an aircraft, which may include a project plan, a literature, design development using industry standard tools, presentation of results and a formal report. 3,4,5 40.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam The student will complete a terminal exam covering the topics of mechanics and aircraft loading 1,2,5 40.00 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 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 2 Mandatory
CW_EEACS_D Bachelor of Engineering in Aircraft Systems 2 Mandatory
CW_EEPLT_D Bachelor of Science in Pilot Studies 2 Mandatory