AE429-APFM Aircraft Performance and Flight Mechanics Instructor: PIER MARZOCCA CAMP 234, Potsdam, New York 13699-5725 (ph) 315-268-3875  (fax) 315-268-6695  (Email) pmarzocc@clarkson.edu (web) www.clarkson.edu/~pmarzocc/

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Syllabus (pdf)

Class Notes:

 Introduction AE-429-2 Atmospheric Flight Mechanics AE-429-3 Aerodynamics of the Airplane Pt.1 Aerodynamics of the Airplane Pt.2 Aerodynamics of the Airplane Pt.3 Propulsion Characteristics Equation of Motion Steady Flight Power Required and Available Rate of Climb Time to Climb Range and Endurance Level Turn, Pull-up/-down Take-off and Landing AE-429-14 AE-429-15
Extra notes:
The NACA airfoil series.pdf

Note: HWs assignments are given via Email distribution.

Final Project Reports folder

Math:
 Matlab Linear Algebra Eig Solution with Matlab
COREQUISITES
AE 425, ME425: Aerodynamics
BRIEF COURSE
OUTLINE

Fundamentals of propeller and jet aircraft performance.  Steady and accelerated flight.  Equations of motion.  Level flight.  Gliding, climbing, driftdown.  Takeoff and landing.  FAR requirements.  Range and endurance.  Payload-range diagram.  Maneuvering. V-n diagram. Turning and pull-ups.  Stall and spin behavior.  Energy methods.
TEXTBOOK

Aircraft Performance and Design, John D. Anderson, McGraw-Hill, 1999.
REFERENCES

Airplane Aerodynamics and Performance, Roskam, J. and Lan, C.-T., DARcorporation, 1997.
Fundamentals of Flight, Shevell, R.D., Second Edition, Prentice Hall, 1989.
LEARNING
OBJECTIVES

• To introduce students to the fundamental concepts of airplane aerodynamics, propulsion, and the equations of motion.
• To enable students to analytically estimate airplane performance for all phases of flight.
• To enhance the students’ written, oral, and graphical communication skills.
COURSE
GOALS

• Demonstrate competence in evaluating lift and drag of airplanes, and installed thrust of their engines.
• Be able to formulate a mathematical model of an airplane for performance analysis.
• Be able to calculate airplane performance for steady and accelerated flights.
• Present good oral and written reports on airplane performance.
The evaluation tools used for this course include homeworks, tests/exam, and a project. The homework assignments are selected to reinforce class lectures. The tests are variations on homework and class material with both analytic and numerical components.  All tests will be closed book, closed notes, and held during the class period (1 hr 15 min).
[1] Homework  10%
[2] Test 1   20% (TBD)
[3] Test 2   20% (TBD)
[4] Project  25%  (Project report and oral presentation - TBD)
[5] Test 3   25% (TBD)
PROJECT
Select one of the two projects illustrated next:

1) To enhance learning, the student teams (two or three students) are required to estimate the performance characteristics of actual airplanes.  Each team selects an airplane, obtains its geometric, mass, and thrust data, and computes performance.  Students submit two work-in-progress reports and final reports at the end and make oral presentations.

2) To enhance learning, the students are required to find one or more literature article (from a journal, book, etc.) where the problem of performance and flight mechanics of airplanes has been treated.  Each team (two or three students) should choose any of the topics under the general category of performance and flight mechanics of airplanes. However, aside from this constraint, the primary driving force in the selection of the paper topic should be your interest. You should review the literature in order to become familiar with your topic and the issues surrounding it.

Students submit work-in-progress reports at mid-semester and final reports at the end and make oral presentations.
Note: Start this assignment early! ALL topics must be approved by the instructor, due date: first week of October.
DETAILED
OUTLINE

 Introduction Standard Atmosphere Basic Aerodynamic Concepts           (Chapter 2) Airfoil Theory Wing Theory Aircraft Drag Estimation    Aircraft Propulsion (Chapter 3) Thrust, Power and SFC Turboprop Engines Turbofan Engines Equations of Motion (Chapter 4) Steady Flight (Chapter 5) Steady, level flight Climb and Drift-down Range Endurance Accelerated Flight (Chapter 6) Maneuvering V-n Diagram Take-off Landing
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