Catalogue 2014 - 2015

ME 632 Fundamentals of Flight


3 cr.


ME 426, ME 447, or permission of instructor.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of flight, with a more advanced focus on engineering aspects of flight. Topics include basic aerodynamics of sub­sonic, trans-sonic and super-sonic flight, airfoil and wing design, airplane performance at various flight attitudes and conditions, and aircraft stability and control. Aerodynamic concepts discussed in the classroom are confirmed by conducting several laboratory experiments in a sub­sonic wind tunnel. A flight simulator is also used to demonstrate basic fundamentals of flight. The methods of assessing students include homework, quizzes, examinations, classroom discussions, laboratory experiments, a team-based aerodynamic design project, and a final exam.