The course provides the fundamentals of materials behaviour as well as how these can be used to develop properties and shapes satisfying the structural requirements of aerospace vehicles. Quantitative description of these requirements will be covered in courses on Mathematics and Mechanics. Electrical engineering will be used to provide a basis for control systems in later years with fluid dynamics and energy transfer accomplishing the same for aerodynamic aspects and fluid dynamics.
- Engineering Mathematics - 20 credits
- Electrical Engineering- 20 credits
- Mechanics 1 - 20 credits
- Fluid Mechanics and Energy Transfer- 20 credits
- Design for Structural Applications - 20 credits
- Fundamentals of Materials Science - 20 credits
The second year represents a deepening in the coverage of the core engineering disciplines involved in aerospace - mechanics, thermodynamics and fluids, mathematics and electrical engineering. The last of these specialises in control, which ties in with the introduction of space systems engineering as the first of the ‘space’ aspects of the course. The property development in materials from year 1 is extended to understand how materials fail under different stressing and environmental conditions – and, more importantly, to reduce the risk of such failure.
- Space System Engineering - 20 credits
- Engineering Mathematics 2 - 20 credits
- Electrical Energy Systems and Control - 20 credits
- Airframe Design and Flight Dynamics - 20 credits
- Fracture, Fatigue and Degradation - 20 credits
- Thermodynamics and Fluids - 20 credits
The concentration in this year is on the extremes of environmental attack – high temperatures for oxidation and creep in aeroengines which ties in with the coverage of high temperature materials and their manufacture along with the advanced characterisation techniques required to assess them. Degradation from ionizing radiation links to the space mission module whilst the group project reinforces the interdisciplinary nature of the subject.
You have the choice of two streams to follow, an engineering stream and a materials stream, both streams cover space mission analysis and design and undertake a group project. The Engineering stream covers the use of finite element software and computational fluid dynamics to simulate complex aerospace structures and aerodynamics.
- Space Mission Analysis and Design (Engineering and Materials Stream) - 20 credits
- Group Project (Engineering and Materials Stream) - 20 credits
- High Performance Materials and Advanced Manufacturing (Engineering and Materials Stream) - 20 credits
- CFD / FEA (Engineering stream) - 20 credits
- Engineering Mathematics 3 (Engineering stream) - 20 credits
- Advanced Failure Analysis and Characterisation (Materials Stream) - 20 credits
- Physical Materials Science (Materials stream) - 20 credits
choose 20 credits from the appropriate stream (Materials or Engineering), from the example modules below:
- Materials for Challenging Environments (Materials) - 20 credits
- CFD/FEA (Materials) - 20 credits
- Advanced Failure Analysis and Characterisation (Engineering) - 20 credits
- Materials for Challenging Environments (Engineering) - 20 credits
Both streams will undertake an individual project and participate in group forensic case studies analysing complex failures in aerospace applications; these modules will bring together much of the core modules from previous years and involve a strong industrial input. The individual streams will cover subjects at the leading edge of their specialisms in aerospace engineering, e.g. advanced composite and intermetallic materials, which overlap with and are informed by the strong research activities of the Schools. Space environment is covered in detail this year.
- Space Environment (Engineering and Materials stream) - 10 credits
- Surface Engineering (Engineering and Materials stream) - 10 credits
- Materials for Sustainable Environmental Technology (Engineering and Materials stream) - 10 credits
- Individual Project (Engineering and Materials stream) - 40 credits
- Forensic Study (Engineering and Materials stream) - 20 credits
- Sensing and Control for Autonomous Systems (Engineering stream) - 20 credits
- Advanced Mechanics (Engineering stream) - 10 credits
- Materials Modelling (Materials stream) - 10 credits
- Self-sensing Materials (Materials stream) - 10 credits
- Intermetallics, Metal Matrix Composites and Ceramic Matrix Composites (Materials stream) - 10 credits
Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2019. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to core modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.