At the end of the course, the student should be able to design and analyze aerospace engineering components subject to different types of loading. In particular, the objective is to introduce the student to i) the methods of stress, deformation and stability analysis in the design of aerospace engineering components, ii) failure theories, fatigue analysis and thermal stress analysis in the design process, iii) the use of computer tools to solve problems in mechanics. Independent learning, professionalism and applications to real engineering applications and problems will be stressed throughout.

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Experimental techniques in aerodynamics: Pressure, temperature and velocity measurement techniques. Steady and unsteady pressure measurements and various types of pressure probes and transducers, errors in pressure measurements. Measurement of temperature using thermocouples, resistance thermometers, temperature sensitive paints and liquid crystals. Measurement of velocity using hot wire anemometry. Calibration of single and two wire probes. Velocity measurement using Laser Doppler Velocimetry and Particle Image Velocimetry. Data acquisition and digital signal processing techniques.

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Reference frames, coordinate systems and transformations. 

Aircraft general equations of motion, small gain theory, longitudinal static stability and control, lateral static stability and control. 

Stability derivatives. 

Dynamic stability of uncontrolled motion.