17 Aerodynamics, Propulsion and Space

Level 5 - Online Engineering Course Unit

Unit Aim

The aim of this online engineering course unit is to introduce you to the principles of aerodynamics, propulsion, and space flight.

The principles of incompressible flow are reviewed and then are applied to aerofoils, wings and whole aircraft. A review of drag and its minimisation is then studied.

Propulsion is considered by examining the gas turbine engine and its principles of operation.

Finally, high speed flows including transonic, supersonic and space flight are considered.

Learning Outcomes

During this unit, you will cover the below four learning outcomes:

LO1: The learner will understand the fundamental principles relating to subsonic aerodynamics
LO2: The learner will understand the fundamental principles relating to aerodynamic drag
LO3: The learner will understand the fundamental principles relating to gas turbine propulsion
LO4: The learner will understand the fundamental principles around transonic, supersonic and space flight