Checking date: 01/06/2018

Course: 2018/2019

Mechanics applied to Aerospace Engineering
Study: Bachelor in Aerospace Engineering (251)

Coordinating teacher: MERINO MARTINEZ, MARIO

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

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Calculus I, Calculus II, Linear Algebra, Physics I We strongly advise you against taking this course if you have not passed Physics I yet
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
The goal of this course is that the student acquires a basic knowledge of classical mechanics applied to flight mechanics and aerospace systems.
Description of contents: programme
0 Introduction - Newton's laws - Scalar and vector quantities - Review of vector calculus - Degrees of freedom and constraints 1 Kinematics of point particles - Reference frames - Position, velocity and acceleration - Planar motion - Tangential and normal components - Relative motion - Rotations - Relations between position, velocity and acceleration using translating and rotating axes 2 Dynamics of point particles - Force and momentum - Work and energy - Rectilinear motion. Vibrations. - Motion of a free particle - Motion of a particle over a curve - Motion of a particle over a surface - Relative dynamics - Angular momentum - Central forces - Kepler's problem - Elliptical trajectories 3 Kinematics of a rigid body - Velocity and acceleration fields - Properties of the velocity field - The Euler angles 4 Geometry of masses - Center of mass - Moments of inertia - Moment of inertia tensor - Steiner's theorem - Principal axes 5 Rigid body dynamics - Linear momentum - Angular momentum - Kinetic energy - General equations for a system of particles - General equations for the rigid body - Equilibrium - Work and energy principles 6 Systems of rigid bodies - General equations - Constraints and linkages 7 The airplane as a rigid body - Airplane parts - Forces on the airplane: Lift, drag, aerodynamic moments - Straight and level flight - Gliding flight - Climbing flight
Learning activities and methodology
Theory sessions in master classes Problem sessions in reduced groups Lab-sessions and computer sessions with mathematical software Personal and group work
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Basic Bibliography
  • J. H. Ginsberg. Engineering Dynamics. Cambridge Univ. Press. 2007
Additional Bibliography
  • A.C. Kermode. Mechanics of Flight. Pearson. 2012

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.