Checking date: 30/04/2019

Course: 2019/2020

Aircraft Systems
Study: Bachelor in Aerospace Engineering (251)

Coordinating teacher: DISCETTI , STEFANO

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

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Fluid Mechanics
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
The students are expected to achieve a basic knowledge of the principal aircraft systems, of the main design guidelines, and to perform preliminary design of the main components of the aircraft systems.
Description of contents: programme
Hydraulic systems Basic hydraulics for aircraft systems design Head losses in ducts; Piping networks. Hydraulic systems components Design guidelines; Hydraulic pumps; Valves and pressure regulation; Hydraulic reservoirs Actuators Hydraulic accumulators. Flight control systems Flight control surfaces Direct mechanical control Hydraulic actuation Fly-by-wire Engine control systems Design criteria Engine control Engine starting Reverse thrust Fuel systems Fuel systems components Fuel systems operating modes Fuel level measurement systems Pneumatic systems Bleed-air control Bleed-air systems users Environmental control systems The need of a controlled environment Environmental control system design Cooling systems Humidity control Cabin pressurization Weather protection systems Ice formation Anti-icing and de-icing systems Lightning protection Electrical systems Power generation Power distribution Power conversion and energy storage Emergency power generation Emergency systems Warning systems Fire detection and suppression Emergency power sources, oxygen, etc. The auxiliary power unit Emergency landing
Learning activities and methodology
Theory sessions. Problem sessions working individually and in groups. Lab-sessions.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Basic Bibliography
  • Moir Ian, Seabridge Allan. Aircraft Systems - Mechanical, Electrical and Avionics Subsystems Integration. John Wiley & Sons Inc. 2008
Additional Bibliography
  • Currey Norman S. Aircraft Landing Gear Design: principles and practices. AIAA Education Series - Przemieniecki J.S. Series Editor-in-Chief. 1988
  • Langton R., Clark C, Hewitt M., Richards L.. Aircraft Fuel System. John Wiley & Sons Inc.. 2009
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