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SFTY 375 : Propulsion Plant Investigation

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Propulsion Plant Investigation
A technical course in aircraft reciprocating and turbine engine fundamentals and relevant accident investigative procedures. Areas of study include basic construction and design with emphasis on major sections, components, and their mechanical relationships. Power plant systems and system mishap investigation is also covered and includes fuel, lubrication, ignition, and start systems. A study of propeller basics and investigative techniques is also included. On site field investigation as well as engine teardown/disassembly procedures are presented.

This course is designed to provide a basic knowledge of the aircraft reciprocating and gas turbine engines that are essential to the aircraft accident investigator. The course is designed to provide the student with technical familiarity in the design, construction, and basic theory of operation of both types of engines as well as the propeller, where applicable. Methods, techniques, practices, and procedures relative to the power plant investigation are integrated areas of study.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

1. Understand and be able to determine aircraft powerplant and propeller designation, type, configuration, and application and its importance in an aircraft/powerplant accident investigation.

2. Recognize and apply fundamentals in aircraft powerplant and propeller design and construction as they relate to powerplant accident investigations.

3. Identify key aircraft powerplant and propeller systems, their functions and mechanical relationship to each other in order to determine if the systems and/or systems components were a possible factor in the aircraft/powerplant accident.4. Perform calculations in determining aircraft powerplant and propeller performance as a function of aircraft/powerplant accident investigation.

5. Identify and analyze indicators in determining whether the powerplant was a factor of the aircraft/powerplant accident.

6. Compare differing investigative procedures and analysis involved with reciprocating versus gas turbine engines.

7. Understand and apply investigative methods in determining the operational capability of the powerplant prior to impact.

8. Analyze post-impact damage due to dissipating kinetic energy versus pre-impact damage due to engine malfunction.

9. Determine field investigation limitations and the use of off-site engine and propeller maintenance facilities.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

10. Demonstrate appropriate selection and application of a research method and statistical analysis (where required), specific to the course subject matter. (Effective July 1, 2013)

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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Dr. Kent “Andy” Anderson - 3/1/2015
Mr. Scott Burgess - 3/1/2015
Dr. Dennis Vincenzi - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kenneth Witcher - 3/1/2015
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