Introduction to Aerospace Technology 10 credits (autumn)
The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to most of the main fields within Aerospace technology such that students understand the basics and are equipped to understand 'what there is to know' in this field. The main topics covered are:
- A brief history of aircraft
- An introduction to Aircraft Propulsion
- An introduction to Flight dynamics
- An introduction to aerospace materials and structures
- A brief overview of Astronauts and Space
- A brief introduction to Rotorcraft
- An introduction to Avionics
- Future developments in aircraft
Advanced Engineering Research Project Organisation and Design 10 credits (spring)
A project-oriented module involving a review of publications and views on a topic allied to the chosen specialist subject. The module will also involve organisation and design of the main project. Skills will be acquired through workshops and seminars that will include:
- Further programming in MATLAB and /or MSExcel Macros
- Project planning and use of Microsoft Project
- Measurement and error analysis
- Development of laboratory skills including safety & risk assessment
Students will select a further set of specialist seminars from, e.g.:
- Meshing for computational engineering applications
- Modelling using CAE packages
- Use of CES Selector software
- Specific laboratory familiarisationUse of MSVisio software for process flow
- Use of HYSYS process modelling software
- Use of PSpice to simulate analogue and digital circuits
The specialist seminars will be organised within the individual MSc courses.
Aerospace Industry Organisation 10 credits (autumn)
The module will offer a comprehensive account on the organisation practices across aerospace industry worldwide. It intends to strike a balance on the discussions between common practices in the industry and individual characteristics of a range of typical/leading companies. The contents will cover, but not restricted to, some of the following aspects:
- Products (air/space; commercial/military; airplanes/helicopters/UAVs)
- Markets (airframes/engines/systems; approximate shares of major players)
- Supply chain
- Regulatory aspects (airworthiness certification; regulatory bodies)
In addition to designated lectures delivered by UoN members of staff, invited speakers will be sought from the front runners in the industry. The intended candidates are as follows
- an airframer (probably Airbus or Boeing UK)
- a major component supplier (e.g. GKN or Rolls Royce)
- an airline perspective (e.g. BA)
- a small component or equipment manufacturer, (e.g. an actuator company)
- a government perspective (e.g. someone from BIS, the Aerospace and Defence KTN the EU or even the MAA regional aerospace alliance)
- a certification authority (e.g. CAA or similar).
Aerospace Technology Review 10 credits (spring)
Advanced Engineering Research Project 60 credits (summer)
This project involves individual students in undertaking an original, independent, research study into an engineering topic appropriate to their specific MSc programme. The project may be undertaken on any topic which is relevant to the MSc stream, as agreed by the relevant Course Director and project tutor. In undertaking the project, students should draw on and extend material presented in the course. The project has several aims, beyond reinforcing information and methodology presented in the taught modules; the student is expected to develop skills in research, investigation, planning, evaluation and oral and written communication. Final reporting will take the form of a written account including a literature review and an account of the students contribution. A presentation will be made to academic staff towards the end of the project.
The remaining taught modules will come from whichever specific stream you choose to study; Aerospace Manufacturing, Aerospace Materials and Structures, Aerospace Power and Electronic Systems, or Aerospace Navigation Technologies.
The following are examples of some of those available:
Flexible Automated Manufacture
This module gives students a detailed understanding of the important aspects of advanced automated manufacturing principles. Links to computer integrated manufacturing and implications of mass customisation on automated manufacturing systems are being explored. The impact of enterprise agility on their manufacturing facilities is being examined. Procedures for assessing the advantages and disadvantages of various systems are examined through the use of case studies.
Aerospace Manufacturing Technology
This module covers:
Basic airframe structure. Airframe component manufacturing techniques. Joining techniques. Assembly technology. Composite structures. Jigless assembly and automated manufacture.
Basic aero-engine structure. Geometry and material constraints. Manufacturing processes: forging, casting, welding & joining techniques, special processes, small and non round hole manufacture.
Certification, verification inspection and quality control.
This module covers the topics of high-speed circuits and devices. The main module topics are:
- RF circuits (transmission lines, impedance matching, directional couplers)
- Amplifiers (concepts of bandwidth, wide bandwidth amplifiers, travelling wave amplifiers)
- Active devices (diodes, BJTs and MOSFETs their operation, frequency limitations and high frequency equivalents)
Mapping for Engineering Surveying and GIS
The module describes the theoretical and practical aspects of photogrammetry, laser scanning and gives an introduction to geometrical remote sensing. Subjects covered include:
- Single and multi image/photograph geometry
- Digital imagery and processing
- Selected work flow and procedures
- Data capture techniques and products
- Aerial triangulation
- Airborne and mobile laser scanning
- Recent developments
The module is a combination of theoretical and practical aspects of satellite-based positioning and its applications. For the practical aspects, students work in small groups on three projects involving the design, planning and carrying out of measurements, processing and analysis for different satellite-based positioning techniques (individuals and groups are responsible for management and organisation of their projects, with staff members available for consultation and guidance). Subjects covered include:
- Satellite based positioning systems (GNSS)
- Coordinate reference systems, frames, datums, transformations and geoid models
- GNSS systematic biases and errors
- GNSS observables
- GNSS positioning techniques
- Future developments and related issues.
MM4ADM is a module which requires personal engagement in the classes and there is no examination. In this way MM4ADM is like the Individual Project. MM4ADM has FOUR CYCLES each comprising students individually preparing a talk, and report, on a topic within a theme and with a title that has been negotiated with the MM4ADM Teachers (Prof AB Seddon, Dr E Barney and Dr I Ahmed) straight after the Teachers have delivered an introductory lecture on that theme. The point of the module is to improve oral presentation and engineering report-writing skills using advanced materials as a vehicle. The classes are seminars where good practice is openly discussed and materials advantages and disadvantages are openly debated. Not to attend classes is not an option or failure of the module at the end is very likely to ensue. This module is designed to deal with a wide range of materials (including advanced metallic, ceramic, glass, composite and polymeric-based materials) for a wide range of applications. Also it considers materials themes such as: aerospace materials, medical materials, coatings, carbon-based materials and so on. The module deals with: the underlying principles behind the suitability of material properties for the targeted applications; the processing of these materials; the effects of processing on their subsequent structure and properties and ultimate performance.
Definitions and classifications of projects. Objectives in project management - time, costs, quality. Resources and resource management. Critical Path Methods and resource scheduling. Performance measurement and costs. Project lifecycles. Project teams and leadership in project management. Managing risk in projects. Analysis of project successes and failures. Project Management software.
The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and information is provided for indicative purposes only.