81826 - Principles of Aerospace Engineering

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student knows basic concepts related to the main disciplines of the BSc in Aerospace Engineering. In particular, the course aims to introduce students of the first year to problems related to the design and use of aerospace vehicles, providing basic elements of the principles of flight.

Course contents

-Nomenclature and classification of vehicles operating in air and space. Notes on aerodynamics basic concepts, classification and features of wing airfoils.

-Aircraft architecture and geometric description: nomenclature of aircraft parts.

-Notes on the space vehicles architecture. Notes on the atmospheric vehicles performances.

-Material properties and methodologies for structural analysis of aircraft.

-Introduction to aeronautical and space propulsion systems and on-board systems.

-Notes on ergonomy and human factors.

-Introduction to the 3D modelling with CAD systems. Modeling of simple aerospace components and structures.


It is not necessary to purchase specific books. The slides projected in class are made available to students through the appropriate space for sharing the teaching material provided by the University. The students of the course are given a username and password to access the material.

Teaching methods

The teaching consists of 3CFU, corresponding to 30 hours, of which 24 of lectures and 6 of practical exercises of CAD modeling of aerospace components in the laboratory. Practical exercises are carried out in the IT laboratory. The goal of practical lessons is to provide students with the first principles of CAD modeling and to familiarize themselves with the geometry of typical aerospace components.

Assessment methods

The final exam evaluates the achievement of the educational objectives:                                                                                    - familiarization with the basic elements of the main specific disciplines of the Aerospace Engineering Degree Course.                  - knowledge of the main problems related to the design and use of aerospace machines.                                                                     - knowledge of the basic elements of flight principles.

The exam is passed following the outcome of an oral exam in which the student must answer three specific questions on topics related to the main objectives of the course.

Teaching tools

The teaching material presented in class will be made available to the student in electronic format via the Internet. To obtain the educational material: http://campus.unibo.it/. Username and password are reserved to the students of the University of Bologna who includes the course in the study plan.

Office hours

See the website of Alessandro Ceruti