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Rationale and Purpose of the Module:

This module covers fundamental and advanced engineering design principles and operation of the systems incorporated in modern aircraft. Engineers are engaged in design, certification, operation and maintenance of aircraft systems through the whole lifecycle of aircraft. The role of the different systems in safety and operational characteristics and performance of aircraft 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 aircraft systems engineering.


Introduction to systems engineering principles: Systems integration and interaction Aircraft 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

Learning Outcomes:

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

Upon successful completion of this module students will be able to: - Describe the various systems integrated in an aircraft and their operation - Demonstrate an understanding of the design philosophy of aircraft systems - Demonstrate an understanding of the technical and regulatory requirements for safe systems development - Perform systems engineering analyses for the design and integration of typical aircraft systems - Demonstrate an understanding of the requirements for aircraft system modifications

Affective (Attitudes and Values)

Upon successful completion of this module students will be able to: - Appreciate the interconnectivity of aircraft systems and their influence on safety - Discuss issues relating to engineering practice and safe design, operation and maintenance of aircraft systems - Collaborate in small working groups, as part of projects dealing with design/re-design/modification of aircraft systems

Psychomotor (Physical Skills)

Upon successful completion of this module students will be able to: - Utilise the failure modes and effect analysis (FMEA) tool for simple cases of aircraft systems design and modification

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

The module will be delivered online (distance learning) through the University's learning management system. Online lectures integrating active-learning tutorials ('lectorials'), with an emphasis on interactive engagement with students, will be used. The online lectures will include notes on power point slides, demonstrated examples and presentation of case studies from the aircraft maintenance and airworthiness management sector. While the programme will be predominantly delivered by distance learning, there may also be opportunities for industry visits.

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
Ian Moir and Allan Seabridge (2013) Moir, I. (Ian) & Seabridge, A. G. (2013) Design and development of aircraft systems. 2nd ed. Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley. , Wiley

Other Relevant Texts:

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

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