ENGRMAE 159 Aircraft Design (2017-2018)

ENGRMAE 159 Aircraft Design

(Required for AE. Selected Elective for ME.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRMAE 159 Aircraft Design (Credit Units: 4) Preliminary design of subsonic general aviation and transport aircraft with emphasis on layout, aerodynamic design, propulsion, and performance. Estimation of total weight and weight distribution, design of wings, fuselage, and tail, selection and location of engines, prediction of overall performance. Prerequisite: MAE112, MAE136, MAE158. Aerospace Engineering and Mechaincal Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 4)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0970198600.

Recommended Textbook:

Shevell, R.S. Fundamentals of Flight, 2nd Edition, Prentice Hall, 1989.

Robert H. Liebeck
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Experience the design process

2. Apply mechanical and aerospace engineering technology to aircraft design

3. Analyze existing aircraft performance data.

4. Design an aircraft subject to specified constraints.

5. Develop computer-aided design & sizing tools

6. Understand some basic operation of the aircraft manufacturing industry and airplane industry, as well as some problems and ethical concern of both.

7. Write sizing and full design reports, with clear statements of design choices and justifications backed by analysis

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Fluid mechanics, aerodynamics and wing theory
  • Propulsion
  • Flight mechanics and performance
Lecture Topics:
  • Overview of the design process & design specification
  • Development of sizing procedure
  • Figure of merit (direct operating cost)
  • Sizing trade studies
  • Configuration requirements
  • Configuration development
  • Configuration trades & modifications
  • Final design presentation & summary
Class Schedule:

Meets for 4 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Development of a computer-aided sizing code is required. Students may use Excel, Matlab, Fortran, or C.

Laboratory Projects:
Professional Component

Contributes toward the Engineering Topics courses and Major design experience for both Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Design Content Description

This is the capstone design course for the aerospace major. The content is 100% design, but students are required to apply much of the engineering technology they have learned in the rest of the aerospace curriculum. The design experience in this course includes consideration of production, maintenance, economics, and human factors. Each student develops his/her complete airplane design. Weekly progress reports are required. The project requires approximately 70 hours of work outside class. Students present their final design orally and submit a written report.

Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion: 0%
Grading Criteria:
  • Sizing Report: 50%
  • Final: 50%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 4.0 credit units

February 22, 2017
Senate Approved:
April 1, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr