MAE4980 - Aircraft engines - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Professor Damon Honnery

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit deals with the operation, performance and design of spark ignition and gas turbine aircraft engines. Initially the engines will be treated as thermodynamic systems. A more detailed investigation of engine individual components will follow. Component integration will be examined through investigations into operation, performance and design. Methods based on thermodynamic modeling to predict engine performance will be investigated, including for gas turbines design and off-design conditions. Students will be required to undertake a significant individual project dealing with aspects of each engine.


At the successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Generate the thermodynamic relationships for ideal and real aircraft engine cycles.
  2. Demonstrate familiarity with aircraft engine components, their operation and relationships.
  3. Synthesise component performance to achieve measures of aircraft engine performance.
  4. Generate a thermodynamic model to evaluate SI engine performance and emissions.
  5. Size and design the major components of a turbofan engine using 1D aerothermodynamic principles.
  6. Use an integrated approach when designing aircraft engines.


Project work: 40% + Examination (3 hours): 60%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

3 hour lectures, 2 hours practice sessions or laboratories and 7 hours of private study per week

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