AERSP 407 - VSTOL Aerodynamics Fall Semester 2013 The goal of this course is to introduce and study key concepts related to aerodynamic loads, vehicle performance, basic rotor dynamics, and control of helicopters and tilt-rotor aircraft Objectives: Students who successfully complete this course will be able to: 1. Analyze rotor hover performance using momentum and blade-element-momentum theory 2. Demonstrate knowledge of rotor performance in forward flight 3. Verify through computation the optimum twist and planform design for a hovering rotor 4. Demonstrate understanding of helicopter performance in hover, vertical flight, and forward flight 5. Demonstrate an understanding of helicopter rotor control and trim 6. Demonstrate an understanding of the key aspects of helicopter conceptual design Professor: Dr. Ed Smith, Professor of Aerospace Engineering 231D Hammond 863-0966, [email protected] Office Hours: Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-11:00 AM Others by appointment or "walk in" Time: Location: Tuesday, Thursday 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM 217 Hammond Texts: Principles of Helicopter Aerodynamics, J.G. Leishman (required*) Aerodynamics of the Helicopter, A. Gessow and G.C. Meyers Aerodynamics of V/STOL Flight, B.W. McCormick, Jr. Helicopter Theory, W. Johnson Helicopter Performance, Stability, and Control , R.W. Prouty Rotary-Wing Aerodynamics, W.Z. Stepniewski and C.N. Keys The Foundations of Helicopter Flight, S. Newman * On reserve in the engineering library (reference*) (reference*) (reference*) (reference*) (reference*) (reference*) Content: I. II. III. IV. V. VI. VII. Introduction to the Helicopter Hover, Vertical Flight, and Autorotation Forward Flight Aerodynamics Blade Motion and Rotor Control Helicopter Performance Conceptual Design Introduction to Rotor Blade Stall, Unsteady Aerodynamics, Airfoils and Wakes Grading: Homework and Brief Computer Assignment Mid-Term Exam Final Exam Research Term Project Get involved with Penn State American Helicopter Society activities! 50% 20% 30% Extra Credit Notes: Attendance is essential! Ask questions! Take advantage of office hours Penn State welcomes students with disabilities into the University's educational programs. If you have a disability-related need for reasonable academic adjustments in this course, contact the Office for Disability Services (ODS) at 814-863-1807 (V/TTY). For further information regarding ODS, please visit the Office for Disability Services Web site at http://equity.psu.edu/ods/. At other Penn State locations, services are provided through the campus Disability Contact Liaisons. A list of the Disability Contact Liaisons (DCL) at other Penn State locations can be found at the following link: http://equity.psu.edu/ods/dcl. In order to receive consideration for course accommodations, you must contact ODS and provide documentation (see the documentation guidelines at http://equity.psu.edu/ods/guidelines/documentation-guidelines). If the documentation supports the need for academic adjustments, ODS will provide a letter identifying appropriate academic adjustments. Please share this letter and discuss the adjustments with your instructor as early in the course as possible. You must contact ODS and request academic adjustment letters at the beginning of each semester.