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
- 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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.