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Within this module students will be expected to complete a series of exercises that will the form the basis of a 'major' design. The scope of the module will involve the students to work in groups where they will consider, as a team, conceptual designs, embodiment using innovative approaches to design processes and standards etc leading to final desgin documentations and manufacturing techniques,
The course introduces the students to experimental studies in a wide range of subjects. Each experiment is self contained and the student will present the findings in written form through a lab report which will have a set of experiment specific questions to answer. This written report also forms the basis for the assessment. All students work in groups and carry out five experiments which vary according to discipline, however the assignments are all individually submitted. The students keep a log-book of the experimental observations and results, which is used for reference for the technical report from each experiment written-up in the week after the experiment.
The module is a group design project for year 3 aerospace engineering students. Students are required to design an aerospace vehicle from an initial set of mission requirements and constraints through concept design to detailed design and flight testing. It requires students to draw on knowledge from a range of modules across the aerospace engineering course. Each student will specialise in one of six areas: aerodynamics, structure, materials & propulsion, weight& performance, control systems or dynamics & stability. Groups will be required to submit a series of design reports at each stage in the design process as well as deliver presentations to the rest of the class. Each student will also take a turn acting as chief engineer and a reflective essay is required after the student's time as the chief engineer. By the end of the module students should have an understanding of the process and complexities involved in designing an aerospace vehicle from scratch and appreciate the multi-disciplinary nature of this task.