Checking date: 10/06/2021

Course: 2021/2022

Aircraft Design
Study: Bachelor in Aerospace Engineering (251)

Coordinating teacher: HILARIO MONTES, JAVIER

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Aerodynamics Flight Mechanics Aerospace Structures
Applied knowledge of aircraft engineering. Adequate knowledge applied to engineering of: - Calculation methods for aircraft design and project; - Cetification basis and aircraft maintenance; - Operational use of aircrafts. Knowledge of concurrent engineering methods and manufacturing processes. Knowledge of operating environment and aircraft design envelopes. Knowledge of design variables related to flight and ground performance. Application of preliminary design methods to establish the main aircraft design variables: - maximum weight; - thrust-to-weight ratio; - wing loading. Knowledge of methods to determine payload-range diagrams. Knowledge of aircraft configuration and design constraints for its components: wing, fuselage, tails, etc. Knowledge of main structural loads conditions, in accordance with certification rules. Knowledge of specific characteristics of supersonic and fighter aircrafts.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
Generalities and Operating Environment. --> Systems of units. ISA. Airspeeds. Wind and ground speed. Flight envelopes. Cruise Performance. --> Flight performance. Steady level flight. Range and loiter optimization. Climb and Ground Performance. --> Climb performance. Take-off analysis. Landing analysis. Design Process and Quick Sizing. --> Phases of aircraft design. Airworthiness. Quick mass sizing. Thrust-to-Weight Ratio and Wing Loading. --> Definition of T/W and W/S and typical values. Design criteria for T/W and W/S. Drag model. Propulsive model. Design Weights and Range. --> Mass subdivision. Design weights. Payload-Range diagram. Aircraft Configuration. --> Wing geometry. Additional surfaces on wing. Fuselage layout. Tail layout. Structural Loads. --> General loads concepts. Flight and mass envelopes. Balanced NZ conditions. Discrete gusts. Combat Aircrafts. --> Supersonic flight. Fighters configuration and specific design criteria.
Learning activities and methodology
Theory sessions. Problem sessions working individually and in groups. Practical sessions.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • D.P. Raymer. Aircraft Design: A Conceptual Approach. AIAA Educational Series. 2012
  • E. Torenbeek . Synthesis of Subsonic Airplane Design. Springer . 1982
  • L.M. Nicolai & G.E. Carichner. Fundamentals of Aircraft and Airship Design. Volume I - Aircraft Design. AIAA Education Series. 2010
  • L.R. Jenkinson, P. Simpkin, D. Rhodes. Civil Jet Aircraft Design. AIAA Education Series. 1999
Additional Bibliography
  • A.K. Kundu. Aircraft Design. . Cambridge University Press. . 2010
  • D. Howe. Aircraft Conceptual Design Synthesis. Wiley. 2005
  • S.A. Brantdl, R.J. Stiles, J.J. Bertin, R. Whitford. Introduction to Aeronautics: A Design Perspective. AIAA Educational Series. 2004

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.