ME 76508


  • To introduce students with basic aircraft design and manufacturing techniques.
  • To provide insights on how the design and analysis of aircrafts are carried out in phases and iteratively.
  • To provide students with the basic knowledge about flight dynamics, aircraft performance measures and analysis methods.


All students taking this course must have taken previous course on Aircraft and Airframe.


  1. Basic Aerodynamic Principles
    (6 hours)
    1. Fluid Flow over Wings and Bodies
    2. Aerodynamic Forces and Aerodynamic Coefficients
    3. Lift and Drag of Bodies
    4. Aerodynamic Characteristics of Wing Sections
    5. Aerodynamic Characteristics of Finite Wings
    6. Flow of Compressible Fluids
    7. Application of CFD
  2. Aircraft Performance
    (8 hours)
    1. Equations of Motion for Flight in Vertical Plane
    2. Gliding Flight
    3. Level Flight
    4. Climbing Flight
    5. Range and Endurance
    6. Turning Flight
    7. Take-off and Landing
    8. Hazards during Take-off and Landing: Wind Shear and Microbrust
  3. Static Stability and Control
    (16 hours)
    1. Concept of Equilibrium and Stability
    2. Static Longitudinal Stability
    3. Stability in Maneuvering Flights
    4. Static Directional Stability
    5. Lateral Stability
    6. Stick-Free Stability
    7. Dynamic Stability
    8. Inertia Coupling
    9. Handling Qualities
  4. Introduction to Aircraft Design Principles
    (3 hours)
    1. Aircraft Configuration and Functional Studies
    2. Overview of Design Process
    3. Conceptual Design Parameters
    4. Introduction to Modern Design Tools and Techniques
  5. Design of Unique Aircraft Concepts
    (6 hours)
    1. Flying wing, Lifting Fuselage, BWB
    2. Delta and Double-Delta Wing
    3. Forward-Swept Wing
    4. Canard-Pusher
    5. Multi-Fuselage
    6. Unmanned High - Altitude Vehicles
  6. Aircraft Manufacturing Techniques
    (6 hours)
    1. Modern Manufacturing Industries
    2. Composite Materials in Aerospace Applications
    3. Mock-Up and Prototyping


  1. Design Exercises
  2. Practice work on XFLR5 Open Source Software

An assigned project work and an accompanying report will be needed to be submitted by students by end of the course. The report should be written in a LaTeX platform.


  1. Raymer, Daniel P., “Aircraft Design: A Conceptual Approach”, Fourth Edition, AIAA Education Series, 2006.
  2. Luling An (compiled by),“An Introduction to Aircraft Manufacturing Technology”, College of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2010.
  3. Bandu N. Pamadi, “Performance, Stability and Dynamics, and Control of Airplanes”, AIAA Education Series, 1998.


The questions will cover all the chapters in the syllabus. The evaluation scheme will be as indicated in the table below:

Chapters Hours
Marks Distribution*
1 & 2 14 16
3 8 16
3 & 4 11 16
5 6 16
6 6 16

*There could be minor deviation in mark distribution.

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