Brief History-Components of an airplane and their functions. Different types of flight vehicles, classifications. Basic instruments for flying,
INTRODUCTION TO PRINCIPLES OF FLIGHT
Physical properties and structure of the atmosphere, Temperature, pressure and altitude relationships, Evolution of lift, drag and moment. Different types of drag.
INTRODUCTION TO AERODYNAMICS
Aerodynanic forces on aircraft – classification of NACA aerofoils, aspect ratio, wing loading, Mach number,centre of pressure and aerodynamic centre-aerofoil characteristics-lift, drag curves.
INTRODUCTION TO AIRPLANE STRUCTURES AND MATERIALS
General types of construction, Monocoque, semi-monocoque. Typical wing and fuselage structure. Metallic and non-metallic materials, Use of aluminium alloy, titanium, stainless steel and composite materials.
POWER PLANTS USED IN AIRPLANES
Basic ideas about piston, turboprop and jet engines, Use of propeller and jets for thrust production., Principles of operation of rocket, types of rockets
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