Aircraft design education at universities: benefits and difficulties

Young, T. M. (2000) Aircraft design education at universities: benefits and difficulties. Aircraft Design, 3 (4). pp. 207-215. ISSN 13698869 (ISSN)

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Abstract

The value of teaching aircraft design at university by means of student design projects is explored. It is argued that conceptual design is an essential part of engineering education and it provides a foundation for the development of engineering judgement, which is required to establish a balance between safety, economics and functionality of an engineering system. The design process is constituted by two elements - a creative process involving the postulation of design alternatives, and an analytical process, which evaluates the envisaged designs. Detail design teaches vocational skills and instils an awareness of the complex, multidisciplinary and integrated nature of the aeronautical engineering business. The factors that limit the quality of design education include: support staff, time, financial resources, teamwork and lecturing staff.

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Additional Information: Cited By :5; Export Date: 23 February 2015; CODEN: 00319; Correspondence Address: Young, Trevor M.; Univ of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland; References: Rutan, B., Scaled Composites, , in a documentary interview, undated; www.dfrc.nasa.gov/gallery/photo, NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, web addressMcMasters, J.H., (1995) An Overview of Aircraft Design and Systems Engineering. Boeing Summer Intern Program Notes, , Boeing Commercial Airplane Company prepared by June to August; Campbell, R.D., Bagshaw, M., (1991) Human Performance Limitations in Aviation, , Oxford: Blackwell Science; McMasters, J.H., Lang, J.D., Enhancing engineering and manufacturing education: Industry needs, industry roles (1995) American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, , Anaheim, CA, June; Koen, B.V., (1985) Definition of the Engineering Method, , American Society of Engineering Education, Washington DC
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aerospace engineering; Curricula; Engineering education; Societies and institutions; Students; Teaching; Aircraft design education; Conceptual design; Aircraft
Depositing User: National Forum
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2015 08:40
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2015 08:43
URI: http://eprints.teachingandlearning.ie/id/eprint/3881

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