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Aerospace Engineering Students Get a Hands-on Experience on Copters

Aerospace engineering concerns processes involved in design, manufacture and operation of aerospace vehicles within and beyond planetary atmospheres. Vehicles range from helicopters and other vertical takeoff aircraft at the low-speed end of the flight spectrum, to spacecraft traveling thousands of miles per hour during launch, orbit, trans-planetary flight or re-entry at the high-speed end. Between are general aviation and commercial transport aircraft flying at speeds well below and close to the speed of sound, and supersonic transports, fighters and missiles. Although each speed regime and each vehicle poses its special problems, all aerospace vehicles can be addressed by a common set of technical specialties or disciplines.

Sub-disciplines of Aerospace Engineering are: aerodynamics, flight dynamics, propulsion, structures, and "design". Aerodynamics addresses the flow of air and associated forces, moments, pressures, and temperature changes. Flight-dynamics addresses the motion of vehicles including trajectories, rotational dynamics, sensors, and control laws required for successful accomplishment of missions.

Propulsion addresses the engines which have been devised to convert chemical (and occasionally other forms) energy into useful work to produce the thrust needed to propel aerospace vehicles. Structures address material properties, stresses, strains, deflection, and vibration along with manufacturing processes required to produce very light weight and rugged elements needed in aerospace vehicles. Aerospace "design" addresses the process of synthesizing vehicles and systems to meet defined missions and more general needs. This process draws on information from other sub-disciplines while embodying its own unique elements. The Aerospace Engineering program is designed to provide a firm foundation in various sub-disciplines.

The Aerospace Engineering Department has purchased Eurocopter BO-105 Helicopter for the courses like Helicopter Aerodynamics, Airframe Maintenance and Repair, Aircraft Systems and Instruments, Propulsion theory and Lab. We provide facilities to the students to support education and research across a range of special areas.
The students of Aerospace Engineering will gain professional knowledge on Eurocopter BO-105 as follows,

  • Helicopter Fundamentals - Basic directions, Flight Controls, Ground handling, Bearings, Gears.
  • Principle Of Flight - Aerodynamic principles, Effects on lift, Forces on the rotor, Dissymmetry of lift, Rotor heads, Aerodynamic characteristics, Blade tip stall, Autorotation, Stability, Flight control.
  • Main Rotor System - Rotor blades, Rotor head maintenance, Rotor blades, Blade alignment, Blade tracking.
  • Main Rotor Transmission - Engine transmission couplings, Driveshaft, Clutch, Rotor breake.
  • Tail Rotor - Operation, Tail Rotor driveshaft, Tail Rotor Blades.
  • Powerplants - Twin Engine Turbo shaft (Allision-Rolls-Royce, Engine Model: 250 C20B), Cooling systems.
  • Airframe - Structural components and materials, Airframe systems. Wheel and skid gear.