Course information

Responsible Instructor
Name E-mail J.M. Hoekstra
Name E-mail H. Bijl
Ir. V.P. Brügemann
Ir. W.A. Timmer M. Voskuijl
Contact Hours / Week x/x/x/x
6/0/0/0 (instruction) + 2/0/0/0 studio class room
Education Period
Start Education
Exam Period
Course Language
Course Contents
This first part of the course Introduction to Aerospace Engineering presents an overall picture of the aeronautics domain. This overview involves a number of different perspectives on the aerospace domain, and shows some basic principles of the most important concepts for flight.
Then the basic aerodynamics are covered, followed by flight mechanics.
Study Goals
- Have an overview of the history of flight
- Apply basic/constitutive principles of mechanics of fluids - a.o. Bernoulli.
- Apply control volume approaches
- Explain flow regimes (viscous/non-viscous; compressible/incompressible aerodynamics) and to estimate viscous and thermal effects
- Compute lift/drag of simple configurations
- Describe reference frames and derive general equations of motion for flight and orbital mechanics
- Apply equations of motion to determine aircraft performance in steady gliding, horizontal and climbing flight
- Derive aircraft performance diagram and flight envelope, in relation to aircraft morphology, lift-drag polar and engine performance
Education Method
Literature and Study Materials
Introduction to Flight, by John D. Anderson; 6th edition; ISBN-13: 978-007-126318-4.
Written exam
Together with the course "Introduction to Aerospace Engineering II" (AE1110-II) this course is strongly related to the Project "Exploring Aerospace Engineering" (AE1111-I) which is running parallel in the first semester.
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