AIRCRAFT FLIGHT PERFORMANCE
This module will introduce the student to aircraft and rotorcraft performance. Performance estimation is needed to design new aircraft, to operate efficiently existing aircraft, to buy a new aircraft, to modify and upgrade existing aicraft, to extend the flight envelope, etc. The complexity of current aicraft is highlighted, and it is shown how more that 60 independent parameters may be required to characterize the vehicle – not including performance charts.
Measurements of performance are essential to this process, therefore some time will be devoted the the basic flight measurements (air speed, Mach number, altitude, etc).
International regulations (ICAO, FAA, CAA, MIL, etc) are part of the engineering and certification process (Certificate of Airworthness). The role of regulations will be highlighted throughout the course.
Course ObjectivesUpon completion of the course, the students will be able to calculate:
One homework will be assigned 3 weeks into the course. Students are required to solve one performance problem, requiring the numerical solution of the flight equations, and report the solution within the time allotted.
Handouts will be distributed during the lectures. None of the lecture notes will be made available on the internet. Lecture notes contain sample questions. No tutorial sheets will be available. Students are required to attend the tutorials and work out the problems assigned.
Course Work Policy
How Much Should you Study ?For every hour of lecture you are expected to
NB: You are encouraged to solve standard problems, for example past examination papers, that are available from the undergraduate offices.
Rules of Conduct in the Class Room
Ethical standards are needed to avoid cases of plagiarism and
cheating. These include (but are not limited to): attempts to submit
laboratory reports and course work without attending
experiments/lectures; submitting the work done by another person;
failure to give credit for ideas; copying from books; photocopying
books and publications covered by Copyright. Assisting other persons
to cheat is also considered an offense, and may be subject to
disciplinary procedures. Acts of plagiarism are reported to the
undergraduate office and to the examiners. Please refer to the
students handbook for further details.
Dr A. Filippone
The University of Manchester
School Mechanical, Aerospace, Civil Engineering
George Begg Building, Office C-030
Manchester M60 1QD
Phone (+44) 161- 306 3702 (direct)
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