Blending Conventional Methods with Emerging Flight Simulation Technology as Tools for Effective Teaching and Learning Experiences in Aerospace Engineering

Blending Conventional Methods with Emerging Flight Simulation Technology as Tools for Effective Teaching and Learning Experiences in Aerospace Engineering

Noor A. Ahmed (University of New South Wales, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5011-4.ch003
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Abstract

Engineering is about wealth creation for the comfort and well-being of human beings. In this context, the process and experiences associated with teaching and learning of engineering concepts are pivotal in sustaining and advancing the progress of modern day civilization. However, the teaching of aerospace engineering is not easy and fraught with difficulties, as the students have to be provided with the opportunity to develop their creative skills while retaining a professional and practical base. It is also important to proactively harness the available and emerging technologies to greater effect in the learning process. At the University of New South Wales in Australia, the authors have approached the teaching and learning in undergraduate aerospace engineering from a non-conventional perspective to prepare students to be creative and become practically oriented for productive employment in the very competitive world of today. They have been experimenting and refining what is generally known as the “advanced project design study concept” used in some aerospace industries and incorporated it as an integral component in aerospace engineering studies. In the process, the authors have blended conventional methods with flight simulation as methods of enquiry and investigation. The feedback, support, and encouragement that they have received from industries, the potential employers of students, have been very positive. This chapter outlines the basic philosophies behind the authors’ approach and the methodologies and technologies used in achieving the desired outcomes.
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The Basis Of Our Approach

We have adopted an approach what may loosely be called advanced design project study (Yauwenas et al, 2013). It is important to note that ‘advanced project design’ is not a well publicized area of aerospace industry and often non-existent in some industries. The advanced project design group provides the groundwork for the most severe test of hypothesis, concepts and methods for the successful design of new or modified vehicles. In a company design team of several thousand engineers, the advanced project office may operate with only select few elites numbering in tens only. The advanced project office holds a lot of the company’s intellectual propertyand until the potential or the commercial viability of the group’s works are fully explored and exploited, they remain classified as ‘highly secret’.

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