SD2601 Fundamentals of Flight 7.5 credits

Flygteknik

An aeroplane is typically designed to be as efficient as possible from a given requirement specification. Performance can be specified in terms of required range or duration of the flight, or how fast it is possible to climb between two different altitudes in the atmosphere, or how to carry a given payload as fuel-efficient as possible. The answers to such performance issues are strongly dependent on the shape of the aeroplane and the forces acting on it, such as aerodynamic loads and engine thrust. This course treats the basic aspects of atmospheric flight and how to do it in an efficient way, depending on the aerodynamic characteristics of the aeroplane and the engine performance, as well as how the geometric shape of the aeroplane influences these properties.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Course offerings

Autumn 19 for programme students

  • Periods

    Autumn 19 P1 (7.5 credits)

  • Application code

    50387

  • Start date

    26/08/2019

  • End date

    25/10/2019

  • Language of instruction

    English

  • Campus

    KTH Campus

  • Tutoring time

    Daytime

  • Form of study

    Normal

  • Number of places *

    Max. 90

    *) If there are more applicants than number of places selection will be made.

  • Planned timeslots

    P1: G1, H1, B2, I2. more info

  • Course responsible

    Raffaello Mariani <rmariani@kth.se>

  • Teacher

    Raffaello Mariani <rmariani@kth.se>

  • Target group

    Open for: TAEEM

    In case of availability: all the other programs from year 3

  • Part of programme

Autumn 18 for programme students

Autumn 18 Doktorand for single courses students

  • Periods

    Autumn 18 P1 (7.5 credits)

  • Application code

    10142

  • Start date

    27/08/2018

  • End date

    26/10/2018

  • Language of instruction

    English

  • Campus

    KTH Campus

  • Tutoring time

    Daytime

  • Form of study

    Normal

  • Number of places *

    Max. 1

    *) If there are more applicants than number of places selection will be made.

  • Course responsible

    Raffaello Mariani <rmariani@kth.se>

  • Teacher

    Raffaello Mariani <rmariani@kth.se>

  • Target group

    For doctoral students at KTH.

Intended learning outcomes

The overall objectives of the course are that you should be able to

  • explain what influence the geometric shape and the aerodynamic characteristics of the aeroplane as well as the engine performance and flight altitude have on the aeroplane performance,
  • calculate the performance of an aeroplane, mainly for non-accelerating flight states, but also in some simple accelerating cases such as take-off, landing and horizontal turn, and,
  • calculate the aerodynamic and engine data that is needed to perform a performance analysis.

Course main content

The aeroplane, its design and the function of different parts with an emphasis on aspects concerned with aeroplane performance. Properties of the atmosphere. Basic aerodynamic concepts. Classical aerodynamic methods, mainly based on potential theory. Different engine types and the most important characteristics, in particular those having an influence on the aeroplane performance. The max. and min. speed of flight and how it depends on the altitude. The flight envelope. Calculation of flight range and endurance, rate and time of climb and ceilings. Take-off and landing, and horizontal turn.

Eligibility

The course is primarily intended for students in the Aerospace Engineering program (including exchange students). For as long as room is available, other students are also welcome to participate.

Literature

E.Torenbeek, H. Wittenberg, Flight Physics, Springer, 2009.

Written hand-outs from the Department.

Examination

  • INL1 - Assignment, 3.0, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project, 1.5, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0, grading scale: P, F

Requirements for final grade

Hand-in assignments (INL1; 3 university credits)
Project (PRO1; 1.5 university credits)
Written exam (TEN1; 3 university credits)

Offered by

SCI/Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering

Examiner

Raffaello Mariani <rmariani@kth.se>

Supplementary information

Replaces SD2600 + SD2605

Version

Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2010.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2009.