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ASCI 309 : Aerodynamics

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Students are provided with an opportunity to explore incompressible flow airfoil theory and wing theory. Topics center on calculation of stall speed, drag and basic performance criteria, configuration changes, high and low speed conditions, special flight conditions, and an introduction to compressible flow.

This course is designed to provide students with the technical background necessary to understand the operating limitations and procedures of modern airplanes and to optimize pilot technique by properly defining required tasks.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

1. Using “SI” and British Gravitational System of measurement, solve aeronautical flight mechanic problems involving laws of motion, forces and energy.

2. Identify standard atmospheric variables and their sea level values. Compute atmospheric conditions using the universal gas laws.

3. Identify and define the relationships between indicated, calibrated, equivalent and true airspeeds and how they change with altitude and temperature.

4. Describe the effects of velocity, density, area and lift coefficient on lift. Solve stall speed problems and learn airfoil nomenclature and designations.

5. Explain wing stall patterns and factors affecting the stall. As well as explain the aerodynamic characteristics of spins and spin recovery.

6. Explain and describe the effects of flaps, slats, vortex generators and boundary layer devices on lift, drag and pitching moment coefficients.

7. Demonstrate and understand the factors affecting maximum performance events such as best range, max endurance, best glide, max angle climb and max rate of climb.

8. Explain stability, controllability and the factors in high speed flight such as speed ranges, critical Mach number, the Force Divergent Mach number, Mach tuck, control buzz and shockwaves.

9. Demonstrate and discuss the origin and effects of induced drag and methods utilized to reduce induced drag.

10. Explain factors affecting the maneuvering envelope and solve problems involving the turn equations.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

11. Discuss how wing planform characteristics (i.e. wing area, wing span, mean aerodynamic chord, taper ratio, aspect ratio) affect lift, drag and aircraft performance.

12. Determine maximum range, endurance speeds and rate of climb airspeeds from plots of power, thrust and drag versus airspeed and understand wind and fuel flow effects.

13. Describe the cause and effects of compressibility and the aerodynamic design features for high-speed transonic and supersonic flight.

14. Describe aircraft stability and control, including the aircraft features that improve or degrade stability and control and the flight conditions where stability and control are critical.

15. Determine the origins and effects of parasite drag and methods utilized to reduce it.

16. The student will demonstrate appropriate selection and application of a research method and statistical analysis (where required), specific to the course subject matter. (Effective July 1, 2013)

Located on the Daytona Beach Campus, the Jack R. Hunt Library is the primary library for all students of the Worldwide Campus. The Chief Academic Officer strongly recommends that every faculty member, where appropriate, require all students in his or her classes to access the Hunt Library or a comparable college-level local library for research. The results of this research can be used for class projects such as research papers, group discussion, or individual presentations. Students should feel comfortable with using the resources of the library. 

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
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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
Mr. Stefan Kleinke - 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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