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Unformatted text preview: 1 For permission to copy or to republish, contact the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Suite 500, Reston, VA, 20191-4344. 38th Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit 10-13 January 2000 / Reno, NV AIAA 2000 - 0525 A Design/Build/Test Environment for Aerospace Education John P. Sullivan School of Aeronautics and Astronautics and William A. Watkins School of Aviation Technology Purdue University West Lafayette, IN Abstract A Design/Build/Test Environment has been defined and setup to provide an environment whereby students and faculty can use the latest engineering design and analysis software coupled with CAD/CAM software and rapid prototyping equipment so that the design can be realized in hardware and then tested. The environment provides students with exposure to basic manufacturing tools and shop operating procedures and continues to enhance teamwork and communication skills. Examples of several recent student projects are presented. Introduction The curriculum in the School of Aeronautic and Astronautics has evolved over the last ten years to include more design and to enhance communication and teamwork skills. Table 1 shows the undergraduate curriculum. The required sophomore level design course ( introduced 30 years ago) AAE 251 Introduction to Aerospace Design involves a team design with a final presentation and report. A series of upper level design courses has been added in each of the disciplines. The design sequence culminates with a capstone design course in either aircraft or spacecraft. A traditional set of core courses and laboratories is offered in each of the disciplines - aerodynamics, dynamics and control, propulsion and structures and materials. While the majority of the curriculum involves paper studies, students have a number of opportunities for design/build/test projects. These opportunities include: AAE190-Introduction to Aerospace Engineering AAE 372 Jet Propulsion AAE 454 Structures Design AAE 451 Capstone Design - Aircraft AAE 490- Special Projects/Undergrad. Research Various Competitions (such as) Vomit Comet Solar Car AIAA SAE AAE190-Introduction to Aerospace Engineering This freshman level course was started in 1995 to introduce beginning engineering students to the breadth and flavor of aerospace engineering as a field and career. 1 The goals on the course are: hands-on experience of concepts addressed in upper level courses, engineering teamwork, open-ended problem solving, technical communication and introduction to fundamental concepts and basic quantities. Each team of freshman perform four projects. Flight Stability and Performance In this project the students explore basic longitudinal flight stability using Styrofoam gliders....
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This note was uploaded on 01/15/2012 for the course AAE 490 taught by Professor Andrisani during the Fall '09 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.

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