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Computer Aided Aeronautical Design

Code 10355
Year 2
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload PL(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Aeronautics and Astronautics
Entry requirements No entry requirements.
Mode of delivery Theory, practice and laboratories.
Work placements Not applicable.
Learning outcomes Introduction to the airplane: uses, types, configurations and nomenclature. To have basic notions about airplane design, development and manufacture and the disciplines involved. Introduction to Computer Aided Engineering (CAE), with special emphasis on Computer Aided Design (CAD), including Computer Aided Analysis (CAA), Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) and Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) manufacture.
Syllabus 1. Introduction to the curricular unit: objectives and program; teaching methodologies and evaluation.
2. Introduction to the airplane: uses, types, configuration and nomenclature.
3. Introduction to CAE: CAD with CATIA V5, CAM/CNC. Introduction to aircraft design disciplines and CAA: aerodynamics, propulsion and performance, stability and control, structures and materials, weight and balance.
4. Introduction to aircraft design: concepts selection and design philosophy. Aircraft evolution of technology, recent and emerging concepts in aircraft design. Multidisciplinary optimization in aircraft design. Aircraft design at UBI. UAVs development at UBI.
Main Bibliography Gamboa, P.V., Silvestre M. A. R., Apontamentos da Disciplina, UBI e-conteúdos, 2018.
S.F. Hoerner, "Fluid-dynamic drag",Self-published, Midland Park, New Jersey.
Barnard, R.H., Phipott, D.R., “Aircraft Flight”, 2nd Edition, Longman Scientific & Technical, 1995.
Cutler, J., Understanding Aircraft Structures, Third Edition, Blackwell Science, 1999;
Smith, Z., Understanding Aircraft Composite Construction, Aeronaut Press, 1996.
Relvas, C., Controlo Numérico Computorizado, Publindústria, 2002.
Zeid, I. CAD/CAM Theory and Practice, McGraw-Hill, 1991.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria There are laboratory practice classes and theory and practice classes. In the second type of classes, the theory is
presented through slides and implemented trough exercises. These include to CAD draw the basic external shapes of
an existing aircraft as a mean of individual work evaluation (30% of the final grade), to CAA the aerodynamic
performance in XFLR5 and build a spread sheet to perform parametric studies to design the model airplane that will be
the subject of a group work evaluation (20% of the final grade). In the laboratory practice classes, the model is built with
the CNC machinery (including 3D printing), the radio control and electric propulsion system are installed and the
airplane is test flown. A written test completes the attendance evaluation (50% of the final grade). There is a final written
test exam that the attending students have access to obtain 70% of the final exame period grade. 30% are obtained from the individual work.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2020-01-16

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