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EngineeringPostgraduate study

Preparation for the UAV programme

There are a number of things that students can do in order to prepare for this course.


We use SolidWorks for much of our computer aided engineering and geometry definition/ modelling. Once you have been accepted on the course you will be able to gain access to a student copy of this. It will be important that you undertake the basic tutorials and ensure that you are competent in being able to construct geometry and assemblies in this software.

Software skills:

It is important that you are comfortable with writing software code in at least one high level language. This includes declaration of variables, understanding of variable types and arrays, functions, objects, etc. You should be very familiar with spreadsheets and creations of macros and VB code.

Aircraft design:

For those that did not study aeronautical engineering it is vital that you read some basic aircraft design texts to ensure that you understand aircraft flight (and both structures and fluids).

Good examples of undergraduate texts include:

Aircraft Structures for Engineering Students  ISBN: 0340705884T. H. G. Megson

Fundamentals of Flight (2nd Edition) ISBN: 0133390608 Richard S. Shevell

Aircraft Flight: A description of the physical principles of aircraft flight, 4/E D.R. Philpott, R.H. Barnard

Synthesis of Subsonic Airplane Design, Torenbeek, E., ISBN 9024727243

Civil Jet Aircraft Design, Jenkinson, L.R., Simpkin, P., Rhodes, D., ISBN 156347350X

Airplane Design, Roskam, J., Part I through VIII, ISBN 1884885071

Aircraft Design: A Conceptual Approach, Raymer, D.P., ISBN 1563478293

Principles of Helicopter Aerodynamics, Leishman, J.G., ISBN 9780521858601

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