Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2017/18
Evolution of aerospace vehicles
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Aerospace Engineering - Torino
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Mechanical Engineering - Torino
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Automotive Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Maggiore Paolo ORARIO RICEVIMENTO AC ING-IND/05 54 6 0 0 10
SSD CFU Activities Area context
ING-IND/05 6 D - A scelta dello studente A scelta dello studente
Subject fundamentals
The aim of the course is to provide a global description of the aerospace systems, pointing out how their architectures and characteristics have changed during the evolution of the technology development; they are complex products comprised of many subsystems which meet demanding customer and operational value requirements. This picture, applicable to any other technologically advanced engineering product, introduces to the system theory approach in the engineering field which is based on the necessity to cope with many inter-connections among the disciplines that will also be explored in details in the following of the engineering studies. This course adopts a holistic approach to the aerospace product, understood as a system along its whole lifecycle, covering: basic systems engineering; cost and weight estimation; basic aircraft performance; safety and reliability; lifecycle topics; aircraft subsystems; risk analysis and management; and system realization. This approach would provide the student with 1) a sketch of the main characteristics and role of the different engineering disciplines concurring to the product design, 2) the strengthening of a mental logical scheme to better understand the connections among disciplines from the system engineering point of view. A survey of the main physical phenomena involving the aerospace field is carried out, with the presentation of simple mathematical models: 1) to provide the consciousness to the order of magnitude of the aerospace systems characteristics, the reasons of the engineer's choices and architectures, 2) to anticipate the significance of the mathematical modeling that will play, in the following years, an important role for any engineering specialist, 3) to stimulate the student to the application of the general principles, presented in the courses of mathematics and chemistry, attended in the first semester, and physics, information technology and geometry and, in the second semester.
This course features some lectures delivered by distinguished guests from the aerospace industry.
Expected learning outcomes
Being able to discuss the rational development of the aerospace systems up to their most recent configurations.
Being able to describe the technical approach to the aerospace system design as a sum of integrating parts, each of them accomplishing particular requirements when performing specific functions and, in observance of the airworthiness regulations.
Being aware of the most important engineering disciplines and how they interact in the design phase.
Being able to apply the knowledge in sketching simple but rational aircraft layouts based on the application of some basic engineering foundations.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
Basic skills of physics, mathematical analysis and chemistry are required.

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2017/18

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