A Practical Introduction to Preliminary Design of Air Breathing Engines

15 - 16 April 2013

Location: The Ohio Aerospace Institute, Cleveland, OH
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The objective of the course is to present an overview of the preliminary design of air-breathing engine systems that is determined primarily by the aircraft mission, which defines the engine cycle – and different types of cycle are investigated.

Preliminary design activities are defined & discussed in the context of the overall engine development process and placed in perspective. Some basic knowledge of aerodynamics & thermodynamics is assumed so the mathematical material that appears in many good text books is minimized and the question “What do you actually do as an engine designer?” is addressed. The practical means and processes by which thermodynamic concepts are turned into hardware are covered and some design techniques are demonstrated. Finally, the fact that an air breathing engine is much more than the flowpath component is discussed and the future of engine design methods is raised. Class participation is encouraged throughout. This is your course; please try to get from it whatever you want!

Key Topics
  1. An overview of the preliminary design of aeropropulsion systems
  2. Preliminary engine design in perspective; engine, aircraft, mission
  3. How thermodynamic concepts are turned into hardware
  4. Components & systems: aerodynamics, thermodynamics, materials, performance
  5. Introduction to some practical design techniques
  6. Where do we go from here?

Who Should Attend

The course will benefit engineers both young and old who need a basic understanding of gas turbine engine systems & components and the associated design process. The course is designed for engineers with some familiarity of basic aerodynamics, gas dynamics & thermodynamics. Some knowledge of engine cycles will also be useful.