Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2016/17
Aerospace systems
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Aerospace Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Corpino Sabrina ORARIO RICEVIMENTO A2 ING-IND/05 65 15 0 0 9
SSD CFU Activities Area context
ING-IND/05 8 B - Caratterizzanti Ingegneria aerospaziale ed astronautica
Subject fundamentals
Within the complete program of the courses of the Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering, the present course (at the first year) is compulsory for all students. It envisages to provide the students with the fundamentals of aerospace systems of different types of air and space vehicles and of their relative infrastructures to support operations. In particular the course aims at making the students able to overcome the traditional approach to systems as single and separate entities, taking specifically into account common aspects and interfaces between subsystems within systems and between systems within system of systems. The innovative approach to systems where various technologies are integrated is particularly useful to get the students more acquainted with a multidisciplinary view.
Expected learning outcomes
The objective is the growth and development of the students' systems engineering view, by teaching them the aerospace systems as example of complex and innovative integrated systems.
In particular the course aims at making the students learn the aeronautical and space systems, in order to:
- know the aerospace missions peculiarities and the impact they have on the systems, that perform those missions;
- know the different types of aerospace systems, which range from atmospheric vehicles (manned or unmanned) to space vehicles (manned or unmanned) both for in space (satellites, probes, space station) and for planetary surface missions (rover and permanent settlements);
- know the complete mission architecture and specifically the elements that support the systems, that perform the mission: the systems for navigation support, the remote control stations, the logistic support system, etc.;
- understand how the systems and their subsystems operate to perform the mission, meeting their requirements and constraints;
- understand the relationships between the elements of the integrated aerospace systems;
- learn how to size the on board subsystems and communications links and apply these methodologies to real cases;
- know basic equipment (learning in particular to gather information in a systematic and correct way);
- deal with the safety and reliability issues of complex systems, learning the system characteristics that affect safety and reliability, understanding the methodologies that allow to evaluate them and also comprehending the problem of integration with the logistic support system;
- etc..
In order to enhance the capability of autonomous judgement and the communications skill, the students will be encouraged to:
- carry out simple subsystems design applications;
- estimate the order of magnitude of numerical values, that can be reasonably expected in some reference case-studies;
- write technical reports according to standards commonly used in the aerospace engineering field;
- take care of the language characteristics and learn the international terminology, particularly the English terminology.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
It is necessary that the students, that will take this course, have good skills in all various fields of physics (kinematics, static, dynamics, thermodynamics, electrical engineering, optics, acoustics, etc.) and know controls fundamentals. It will also be very good, if the students have a good general knowledge of the existing types of airplanes and space systems, their configurations and the functions of the various elements that constitute them. Eventually it will be very helpful, if the students have a general knowledge of aerodynamics, flight mechanics, aeronautical constructions and aerospace propulsion. As far as the mathematical aspects are concerned, the basic concepts of statistics, probability calculus and logical algebra are considered well known.
Course schedule and introduction. Rules of the examination. Table of contents of the course. Introduction to the concept of the airplane as integration of various systems and integration features (4 hours).
Aero-electro-mechanical on board systems: flight controls, landing gears, hydraulic, electric and air system. Environmental control system, anti-ice system, fuel system, secondary power system and engine start up (16 hours).
Mission and basic avionics. Analysis of the main on board avionic subsystems and equipment. Ground avionics equipments. The cockpit. Unmanned vehicles. Integration of avionics and all systems: functional, software and installation features. Hints of the concept of System of Systems (20 hours).
Space Systems: brief introduction to problems and advantages of the exploitation of space, to various types of space systems and their role within the wider concept of space mission. The main global characteristics of the various types of space systems, their possible payloads and the on board subsystems of their service bus will be studied. In particular those subsystems, that accomplish the following functions, will be analyzed more into the details: a) dynamic control of the vehicle (attitude determination and control subsystem and orbit determination and control subsystem); b) electrical power source, storage, regulation and distribution; c) thermal protection and control, environmental control and life support (manned systems); d) communications; e) data handling and commands (on board computer) (20 hours).
Seminar on basic concepts of electronics and radio-communications for aerospace systems; basic principles and applications (16 hours).
Introduction to the concepts of Safety, Reliability and Maintainability within the systems design process. Integrated logistic support system (24 hours).
Delivery modes
The lectures, that need to be supported by exercitations, are linked to a certain number of hours of exercitations, strictly connected to the lectures. During the exercitations the teachers ask the students, split up into small groups, to deal with design topics, in order to develop their skills to apply the theory to real case-studies. Each group will write up a report, that will be presented during the examination. The report will gather all various design topics, carried out by the group. Researchers will help students accomplish their tasks during classes (one researcher for about 50 students) but normally students still have to complete their tasks at home.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
As the course is a peculiar synthesis of many aspects of aerospace systems, specific training aids have been developed and do not correspond with any text books available on the market. These text books are however cited in the references of the training aids, that will be provided during the course, for more in depth analyses.
Lectures: the students, that attend the course, will be provided with the slides showed during the lectures through the educational portal.
Exercitations: the students, that attend the course, will be provided with the texts of the proposed topics and their solutions through the educational portal.
Assessment and grading criteria
The written examination consists of about 30 questions and it lasts 1 hour. Some of these questions are multiple choice questions (one correct answer out of three answers), while others are simple calculations (the solutions are not given). Students that answer correctly to all questions have the highest mark (30 cum laude).

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2016/17

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