Undergraduate Teaching 2023-24

Part IIA Engineering Area requirements: Aerospace and Aerothermal Engineering

Part IIA Engineering Area requirements: Aerospace and Aerothermal Engineering

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To qualify in this Engineering Area, students must select both 3A1 and 3A3, plus at least two core or companion modules listed in the tables. 

Core modules

Number Title Notes
3A1 Fluid Mechanics I (double module)   
3A3 Fluid Mechanics II (double module)  
3A5 Thermodynamics and Power Generation  
3A6 Heat and Mass Transfer  

Companion modules

Number Title Notes
3B1 Radio Frequency Electronics   
3B2 Integrated Digital Electronics   
3C1 Materials Processing and Design   
3C5 Dynamics   
3C6 Vibration   
3C7 Mechanics of Solids  
3C9 Fracture Mechanics of Materials and Structures  
3D3 Structural Materials and Design   
3D4 Structural Analysis and Stability  
3D7 Finite Element Methods   
3F1 Signals and Systems   
3F2 Systems and Control  
3M1 Mathematical Methods  


Aerospace and Aerothermal Engineering is an interdisciplinary blend of subjects ranging from fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, structures, instrumentation, control, electronics and design to manufacturing. In essence, Aerospace Engineering is concerned with flight and Aerothermal Engineering with the associated propulsion systems. In the past, development in these fields has been driven by technological issues. In the future, environmental concerns, minimising noise and pollution, and relentless pressure on design and manufacturing turnaround time will force novel solutions and paradigm shifts.

A good understanding of fluid mechanics is essential in both fields. A secure grasp of the fundamentals equips students with the ability and confidence to innovate and develop novel solutions to familiar problems and to understand and maybe manage wholly new issues. 3A1 introduces the dynamics of incompressible fluid flow and is an essential foundation course. High speed flows demand an understanding of compressibility effects and these are discussed in 3A3. 3A5 focuses on the applications of thermodynamics to power generation with emphasis on gas and steam turbine plant, and fuel cells. 3A6 addresses the important topic of heat transfer and mass transfer, with applications.

The essential interdisciplinary nature of the subject is reflected in the diversity of the recommended companion modules drawn from across the spectrum of the department’s teaching. This diversity increases in Part IIB.

Specialist advice on this Engineering Area can be obtained from the Engineering Area coordinator.

Last updated on 20/02/2024 10:19