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Rationale and Purpose of the Module:

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the engineering design principles and operation of the systems incorporated in modern aircraft and spacecraft. Aerospace engineers are engaged in design, certification, operation and maintenance of aircraft systems through the whole lifecycle of aircraft and spacecraft. The role of the different systems in safety and operational characteristics and performance of aircraft and spacecraft is covered in this module. Moreover, the regulatory requirements and constraints in system design/re-design/modification and certification are covered, providing an integrated and holistic understanding of the technical and non-technical considerations involved in systems engineering.


Introduction to systems engineering principles: Systems integration and interaction Aeroplane Systems: Flight Control Systems, Fuel Systems, Engine Control Systems, Hydraulic Systems, Electrical Systems, Pneumatic Systems, Environmental Control Systems, Emergency Systems, Rotary Systems, Avionics Advanced Systems: Civil and military advanced technology systems System Design and Development: System design, major safety processes, requirements, environmental considerations, failure analysis and reliability, ETOPS, regulatory requirements and certification Spacecraft systems: structures, electrical systems, thermal control, mission systems, attitude control systems, propulsion

Learning Outcomes:

Cognitive (Knowledge, Understanding, Application, Analysis, Evaluation, Synthesis)

- Describe the various systems integrated in an aircraft and spacecraft and their operation - Understand the design philosophy of aircraft and spacecraft systems - Understand the technical and regulatory requirements for safe systems development - Perform systems engineering analyses for the design and integration of typical aircraft and spacecraft systems - Understand the requirements for system modifications

Affective (Attitudes and Values)

- Appreciate the interconnectivity of aircraft and spacecraft systems and their influence on safety - Discuss issues relating to engineering practice and safe design, operation and maintenance of aircraft and spacecraft systems - Collaborate in small working groups, as part of projects dealing with design/re-design/modification of aircraft/spacecraft systems

Psychomotor (Physical Skills)

- Utilise the failure modes and effect analysis (FMEA) tool for simple cases of aircraft/spacecraft systems design and modification

How the Module will be Taught and what will be the Learning Experiences of the Students:

Normal lectures and in-class problem-based learning using case studies from the aviation and aerospace industry. Most of the cognitive learning outcomes will render the students knowledgeable and articulate in the key areas of aircraft and spacecraft systems engineering, in addition to regulatory matters and modern challenges. Critically, the affective learning outcomes render students responsible through appreciation of critical aircraft and spacecraft system safety requirements and collaborative through group exercises.

Research Findings Incorporated in to the Syllabus (If Relevant):

Prime Texts:

Ian Moir and Allan Seabridge (2011) Aircraft Systems Mechanical, electrical and avionics subsystems integration , Wiley
Fortescue, P. and Stark, J. (2011) Spacecraft Systems Engineering , Wiley-Blackwell

Other Relevant Texts:

Aircraft Technical Books Co. (2015) EASA Module 11A: Turbine Aeroplane Structures and Systems Aviation Maintenance Technician Certification , Aircraft Technical Books Co.

Programme(s) in which this Module is Offered:

BEAEENUFA - Aeronautical Engineering

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