2017 Flying Object Engineering

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Graduate major in Mechanical Engineering
Aoki Takayuki  Oshima Shuzo 
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Course description and aims

From the view point of fluid dynamics, flying objects and flying living things are summarized and compared with each orthr. Flying is decomposed into propulsion and flight and students learn aeronautics of existing artifactual flying objects such as aircrafts, helicopters or rockets. We discuss the reason why flying living things often have small sizes to compare with artifactual flying objects. The tubulence related with flying objects is studied and the knowledge obtained from living things will be utilized to design future artifactual flying objects.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
(1) mechanism of flight and propulsion
(2) Aerodynamics
(3) Puropulsion and control mechanism used for living things
(4) High-speed flight and turbulent phenomena
(5) Possibility of an artifactual small flying objects


flying object, flight control, propulsion, aircraft, aerodynamics, living thing, turbulence

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
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Class flow

The course is taught in lecture style and some topics are discussed with students.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction and overview of artifactual flying obects and flying living things and classification from the view point of fluid dynamics Understand the difference between artifactual flying obects and flying living things.
Class 2 Momentum Theory and aplllication to fish swimming Understand Momentum Theory and how to apply to moving objects.
Class 3 Aerodynamics of artisfactual flight objects and airfoil theory Aquire aerodynamics and airfoil theory including lift and drag forces.
Class 4 Hight-speed flight of artifactual flight objects Understand compressible fluid dynamics for high-speed flying object and Mach number and shock wave.
Class 5 Flight stability and control Aquire the mothod to control the flight and stability.
Class 6 Generation of proplusive forces in artifacutual flying objects and flying livings things Aquire the method to generate propulsive forces by propeller, engine, fuel jet and fluttering.
Class 7 Hovering in artifacutual flying objects - Helicopter and Drone navigations Aquire the method for Hovering by propeller and controll the helicopter and drone navigations.
Class 8 Mechanics of flying living things Understand how living things use vortex and turbulence for fly. Aquire possibility of an artifactual small flying objects.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Origial text given by the academic supervisor.

Assessment criteria and methods

Evaluation for the report submitted at the end of the lecture. The topics is specified by the academic supervisor.

Related courses

  • Fundamental Fluid Dynamics
  • Realistic Fluid Dynamics

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Students must have successfully completed Fundamental Fluid Dynamics and Realistic Fluid Dynamics in the undergraduate course or have the comparable knowledage.

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Students must have successfully completed Fundamental Fluid Dynamics and Realistic Fluid Dynamics in the undergraduate course or have the comparable knowledage.

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