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Diploma in Design and Construction of Transport Aircraft

Learn how to evaluate the production cost and the structural components of an aircraft in this free online course.

Publisher: NPTEL
Aeronautical engineers utilize ingenious innovation and dexterity in model research and aircraft production. This course explores these constraint analyses and the effective models of 'costing'. Examine the mathematical models for aerodynamic coefficient, aircraft shapes and dimension estimation. We will present the aircraft weapon system development and air combat mission technologies. This course is a must for aspiring aeronautical engineers.
Diploma in Design and Construction of Transport Aircraft
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    10-15 Hours
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Discover how to use customer requirements and airworthiness regulations to determine the important aspects and tasks to be performed in aircraft conceptual design. This diploma course explains the typical constraints in a transport aircraft, including the maximum cruise Mach number, climb rate, stalling speed, and we will dissect the airworthiness requirements. You will study Raymer’s big six parameters and other critical performance parameters used to estimate an aircraft’s component configurations via mathematical calculations. Investigate the step-by-step approach for the constraint analysis of the tensile properties of the components of a plane in the missed approach gradient and take-off climb gradients. We will also review the typical constraint analysis of a military aircraft concerning the quoted values from the historical data of an actual aircraft. Then, you will consider the procedures and steps for refined sizing and methods for fixed engine sizing. We will consider the various costs incurred at the conceptual design phase of aircraft fabrication and conclude with the FALCCM model for estimating fighter aircraft life cycle costs.

Next, the range payload diagram will reflect the trade-off between the range and payload. We will demonstrate the technical breakdown of an aircraft weight by analyzing specific parameters determined by aircraft manufacturers and airliner operators. Learn to classify the aircraft range into the harmonic range and ferry and gross still range from the component parameter values. The environmental problems posed to the living environment by the aviation industry, in general, will be questioned. The key environmental issues will address air pollution and noise pollution, the major environmental issues of concern. We explore the negative impact of the emissions and particulate matter that causes air pollution and the damaging effects of noise pollution. Then, we highlight the concepts and models for pollution assessment and noise management. Noise contour studies will employ the aviation environmental design tool to model the noise and emission levels and create contour maps of the different noise zones. These noise reduction technologies will reflect engine shape optimization, acoustic engine liners, noise airframe reduction, and other operational changes that will help minimize the discord in the environment.

The v-n diagram is applicable for symmetrical manoeuvres in the vertical plane, which depicts the region with its highest numerical value. We will outline the load factors and upper load limits for the vertical plane. We will study the effects of gusts, gust loading lines and limit envelope, propose a performance equation for the parameter value estimations, and consider the different forms of loads from the wave vortex shedding of large aircraft. High altitude long endurance aircraft studies will include satellite communication, military and non-military aerial surveillance and research. Morphing configuration studies will focus on the reasons for morphing, the benefits and challenges, and the structural components and technologies like telescopic wings, actuators and sensors for achieving morphing. Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of inflatable wings and the application of rigidization for aircraft wing structures. The effects of technological advancements in warfare will address the various types of combat aircraft, design functions and operations and weapon systems for mission objectives. We will define the terminal and non-terminal threats of an attack aircraft. At the same time, we will assess the mission threat analysis and effectiveness of an aircraft weapon system via the measure of mission success. If you are interested in pursuing a career in aeronautical engineering or aerospace engineering, this course is specifically designed to boost your career path. So why wait? Start this course today!

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