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Introduction to Airplane Performance

About the course
This course is designed to provide an integrated introductory treatment of airplane performance with flavor of aircraft design and flight testing.

Intended Audience
UG/PG of Btech/BE in any discipline of engineering 

Industries that will recognize this course
DRDO, HAL, Boeing, Airbus, Bell, McDonnell Douglas, UAV Factory, Lockheed Martin

Course instructor

Prof. A.K. Ghosh is a faculty of Aerospace Engg. Department of IIT Kanpur. He is also the in-charge of the flight laboratory and unmanned aerial vehicle of IIT Kanpur. His research areas include system identification through flight tests using conventional and neural network based methods, design of aircrafts and airborne projectiles, supercavitation, unmanned aerial systems. Before joining IIT Kanpur, he worked as a scientist with Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO). He has published many peer reviewed journal papers and conference papers, guided 13 doctoral students, and 38 masters students. He is also a mentor of multiple aerospace start-up companies, and also been associated with major industry contributions of high speed low drag aircraft bomb, Pinaka Mk-I, 105mm sabot round for tracked vehicles, etc.

Course layout

Week 1:
General Introduction: Airplane Performance Characteristics

George Cayley: Concept of Lift and Drag

Introduction to airplane and its components

Hansa 3 Aircraft and its Primary Systems

Concept of Lift: Aerofoil, Wing, and Complete Aircraft

Drag Polar

Week 2:

Standard Atmosphere: Description and Modelling

Measuring Instruments: Altimeter, Airspeed Indicator

Equations of Motion: Static Performance

Thrust Required, Power Required: Cruise

Excess Thrust and Power: Climb Angle and Rate of Climb

Week 3: 

Thrust Required: A Closer Look

Modelling of CL: Dimensional Analysis

A Closer Look: Point Mass Model, Dimensional Analysis

Estimation of Drag Polar Through Flight Test

Estimation of Rate of Climb

Week 4:

Range and Endurance

Range and Endurance  Continued...

Gliding Flight

Accelerated Flight

V-n Diagram

Week 5: 

V stall: Cruise and Manoeuvre

Flaps: High Lift Devices to Reduce Take off / Landing Distance

Take off: Warm-up Lecture

Take off Performance

Take off Performance  Continued...

Week 6:

Landing Performance

Landing Performance  Continued...

Challenges in Take-off and Landing: Single and Twin Engines

Introduction to Static Stability

Positioning of Centre of Pressure for Static Stability

Week 7: 


Stability and Control: Designer's Perspective

Stability and Control: Designer's Perspective  Continued...

Longitudinal Control: Elevator

Stability: Wing and Tail Contribution

Stability: Wing and Tail Contribution  Continued...

Week 8:

Control: Elevator

Control: del_E  Required

Control:  del_E Required  continued...

Design Basics: Wing Loading & Thrust Loading

Design Basics: Sweep & Dihedral


More details about the course

Course url: https://onlinecourses.nptel.ac.in/noc17_ae03
Course duration: 08 weeks
Start date and end date of course: 23 January 2017-17 March 2017
Date of exam: 26 March, 2017
Time of exam: Shift 1: 9am-12noon; Shift 2: 2pm-5pm
Any one shift can be chosen to write the exam for a course

Final List of exam cities will be available in exam registration form.
Registration url - Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
Exam Fee: The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee of approximately Rs 1000 needs to be paid.


E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. 

Final score = 25% assignment score + 75% exam score
25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of scores of Best 6 out of 8 assignments

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup. It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.