Aircraft Design 3G SIT3016

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Students work in groups on a conceptual design project to develop a technical specification for a new aircraft. They are given broad design requirements and must first define the needs and any operational constraints that apply to the design. Alternative concepts should be devised with the aim of seeking an innovative solution. The project is complemented by experiments using a wind tunnel.



Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses

ENG3006 Aircraft Design 3





35% group contribution to final report (to be submitted at final presentation)

25% individual contribution to final report (to be submitted at final presentation)

20% group final presentation (including response to question)

10% individual record book (to be submitted at final presentation)

10% aerofoil project (group report, response to questions and performance of aerofoil in testing)

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 


This is a team project and individual reassessment is therefore impractical.

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ combine basic aerospace disciplines for aircraft performance and airworthiness and develop the necessary skills to apply them to the conceptual stage of aircraft design, including awareness of the importance of market forces and role of airworthiness requirements;

■ develop communication skills and a sense of individual and collective responsibility;

■ provide the experience of using a wind tunnel to evaluate the performance of an aerofoil.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

Design Project

■ apply basic aircraft performance calculations in the specified context;

■ analyse performance for take-off and landing, rejected take-off, climb glide and cruise climb;

■ determine aircraft range by a simple model (Breguet range equation);

■ describe the necessary phases in the conceptual aircraft design phase;

■ evaluate the role of competitors and market forces;

■ explain the role of National Civil Aviation Authorities and airworthiness requirements;

■ communicate outcomes of the aircraft concept design;

■ use engineering charts for aircraft design assessment;

■ work as an effective member of a small team;

■ contribute to the writing of a group project report, including an individual chapter;

■ keep a satisfactory record of individual work on the project;

Wind tunnel

■ measure the performance of an aerofoil under two-dimensional flow to determine the lift and distribution of pressure as a function of angle of incidence;

■ deduce the stall incidence and evaluate the lift coefficient.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the other components of the course's summative assessment.


Students must attend the timetabled laboratory classes.


Students should attend at least 75% of the timetabled classes of the course.


Note that these are minimum requirements: good students will achieve far higher participation/submission rates.  Any student who misses an assessment or a significant number of classes because of illness or other good cause should report this by completing a MyCampus absence report.