Aeronautical Engineering
SCHOOL OF MECHANICAL AND AEROSPACE ENGINEERING
Final-Year Specialisation

The Aeronautical Industry
Singapore today is the Global Aviation hub as one of the world’s premier aircraft repair and aircraft conversion centres including:
- Most comprehensive aerospace repair and overhaul hub in Asia-Pacific
- Host to world-class aerospace manufacturing centres of competence
- Air hub for commercial, business, cargo, charter & regional tourism aviation
- Diverse aviation-related services including asset management, leasing, flight support & international regulation

Singapore’s aviation industry has grown significantly with Aerospace Repair & Overhaul sector constituting 90% of our industry output. A strong foundation in design and engineering capabilities, coupled with the ability to manage and execute large projects has earned Singapore a reputation for speed, quality and cost effectiveness in the global aviation community.


Excellent Career Opportunities
With a critical mass of world class airlines and leading aerospace companies in Singapore, the industry offers rewarding careers in diverse areas. Graduates can choose from a wide range of career opportunities such as Technical Service Engineer, Aircraft Licence Engineer, Aerospace Design Engineer, Aircraft Structures Engineer, Project Engineer, Aerospace Quality Engineer, Defence Scientists, Consulting Engineer, Procurement Engineer, Flight Engineer, RSAF, among other high quality mechanical jobs that involve system integration and are safety sensitive. Being part of the dynamic industry that serves a global market, engineers will be rewarded with fulfilling careers and numerous opportunities for overseas exposure.

Why should I choose this Specialisation?
This specialisation aims to equip Mechanical engineering undergraduates with the principles and applied knowledge of aeronautical and aerospace engineering to practice as mechanical engineers in the aviation industry.

Students will learn about the various structural components of the aircraft, the loads experienced during the various stages of flight, aircraft performance, stability and control, applied computational fluid dynamics, mechanics of aerospace materials, materials selection and design, non-destructive testing, types of gas turbine engines used on commercial aircrafts and the aerothermodynamics of engine components.

Professors with qualifications from the best North American and European Universities, including Washington, Cornell, Cambridge, Imperial, UMIST, among others. They possess extensive experience in aerospace engineering and many have worked closely with and/or consulted by the aerospace industry. Examples include: NASA, Eurocopter, Pratt and Whitney, DSO Laboratories, General Electric, Rolls Royce, Boeing, RSAF, among others.

The curriculum is also strongly endorsed by industry players through course development to ensure the programme remains closely aligned to the industry needs, and thus ensuring our graduates' employability.

Curriculum Structure
Mechanical Engineering undergraduates who opt for the new specialisation in Aeronautical Engineering must choose three prescribed electives from a pool of eight courses offered.

Course Contents for Prescribed Electives Offered

MP4A01 - Aerodynamics

Incompressible Airfoil Theory. Compressible Airfoil Theory. Wing Aerodynamics,
Aircraft Aerodynamic Characteristics.

MP4A02 - Aircraft Structures
Structural components of an aircraft. Loads on aircraft. Mechanics of bars and thin plates. Aircraft structural components and structural idealization. Open and closed thin walled tubes. Multicell structures. Axial constraint. Practical aircraft structural analysis.

MP4A03 -  Aircraft Propulsion
Fundamentals of aircraft propulsion. Analysis of propulsion cycles. Aerothermodynamics of intakes and nozzles. Gas turbine component characteristics. Gas turbine engine off-design performance. Solid-fueled propulsive devices.

MP4A04 - Flight Mechanics and Control
Introduction to flight mechanics. Aircraft performance. Aircraft static stability and control. Linearisation of the aircraft equations of motion. Aircraft dynamic stability. Automatic control of flight vehicles.

MP4A05 - Mechanics of Aerospace Materials
Mechanics of composite materials. Plasticity and creep behaviour of materials. Fracture and fatigue. Non destructive testing and NDT applications. Corrosion. Material failure analysis.

MP4A06 - Non-Destructive Testing
Review of NDT, NDT Methods.

MP4A08 - Computational Fluid Dynamics (New w.e.f AY08/09)
Governing Equations of Fluid Flow. Finite Difference and Finite Volume Schemes for Incompressible and Compressible Flow. Explicit, Implicit and Iterative Schemes. Notions of stability, convergence and accuracy of numerical approximations. Spatial and Temporal Discretization schemes. Mesh generation. Initial and Boundary Conditions. Simulation of complex flows using user written as well as commercial flow codes.

MP4E05 - Materials Selection and Design
Review of basic engineering materials properties. Materials selection in design. Process selection in design.

Contact Persons
Academic Focus Coordinator: A/P Eddie Ng Yin Kwee
Email: mykng@ntu.edu.sg
Tel: 6790 4455
Course Registration: Ms Carol Yeoh
Email: LPYEOH@ntu.edu.sg
Tel: 6790 5517