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This module aims to provide the students with the basic knowledge of the fundamental concepts of statics, including force, moment/couple, resultant force and resultant moment of a general force-couple system, equilibrium conditions/equations of a force system, common types of constraints/supports, and free body diagram, and by applying these concepts, the students will be able to solve statically determined truss structures using the methods of joints and sections.
The course introduces the students to experimental studies in a wide range of subjects relevant to Aerospace Engineering. Each experiment is self contained and the student will present the findings in written form through a lab report (or combination of lab reports and class tests) which will have a set of experiment specific questions to answer. This written reports and class tests also forms the basis for the assessment. All students work in groups and carry out five in-situ experiments and one external experiment, 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 within the fortnight 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 group 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. Note that since this module is, in part, explicitly assessing students' ability to work effectively within a team environment the group submissions and peer review components of assessment cannot be excluded for extenuating circumstances.