Questions tagged [aerospace-engineering]

Aerospace engineering is the primary branch of engineering concerned with the research, design, development, construction, and testing of aircraft and spacecraft.

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How does my home built drone compare in power/weight to things like race cars or fighter jets?

I fly a home built quadcopter that is 120g all up weight and hovers at less than 15 percent throttle. I believe maximum thrust in the field is likely in excess of 500g. Needless to say this is a very ...
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How can I go about learning aerospace/space engineering Pre-College? [closed]

I am 16 years old and have grown a real interest in engineering and just rockets in general, I am unsure of how I can start learning about it though. I am obviously not yet eligible for college but I ...
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Difference between pressure suits and anti-g suits

This question might come across as a newbie one but are pressure suits and anti-g suits are two names for the same thing? Google didn't turn up differences between them specifically (if there is any), ...
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Jacobians and Manipulator Dynamics

This is a Stanford Manipulator I started off working on it by initially setting up the DH table Transformation Matrix and then Homogeneous Transformation Matrix I started finding the linear and ...
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Design specifications Venera 13/14 [closed]

I am trying to 3D model the Venera 13 or Venera 14 spacecraft. These are Russian spacecraft from the 1980s. I am looking for design specifications, plans, schematics, or anything else that might make ...
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Stokes Number (characteristic length)

I am working with a high speed flow that is non-stokesian, but that isn't the issue. There are correction factors for that. I am attempting to figure out what value to use for the "characteristic ...
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Will high velocity air directed underneath a half-toroid shaped Coanda saucer by a centrifugal impeller create a lifting force?

I would like to know if a lifting force will be created by the Coanda effect from high velocity air that is directed underneath a half-toroid shaped saucer by a centrifugal impeller. I am seeking an ...
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Why do rockets not fly straight up after launching; wouldn’t that be less atmosphere to traverse?

If you look at any launch it appears as though rockets do not take the shortest path. Their trajectory bends. Why do rockets not fly straight up after launching; wouldn’t that be less atmosphere to ...
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Calculating angle of attack and relative air velocity for 3DoF simulations

I am working with a 3DoF simulator to implement dynamics mentioned in this paper: "Reusable Launchers: Development of a Coupled Flight Mechanics, Guidance, and Control Benchmark" which is ...
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How to properly use the lift-curve slope for divergence calculations?

I was reading Wright and Cooper's writings on static aeroelasticity and I think I'm missing something. To calculate the acting lift, the equation $L = q S a_1 \theta_0$ is used, where $q$ is the ...
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What can I coat on Stainless sheet (316 L) plate to achieve high thermal reflectivity?

I was thinking of using some Aluminum coating/blanket but the temperatures can reach 550C+ in the Chamber I work at. I am concerned about melting. Let me know. P.S: I am an entry level Engineer. ...
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How to find old (especially Soviet/Russian) blueprints

I am interested in old blueprints, especially if related to aerospace (and from the old Soviet Bloc), things like these: Vostok blueprints Soyuz blueprint. Does anybody know if there is any methods to ...
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How to convert the velocity field to a pressure field for obtaining the sound level?

I am studying jet mixing noise and I am given a velocity field, with $V_x$, $V_y$, $V_z$ in the Cartesian coordinates. I wanted to know if there is a method by which I could find some information ...
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Why does the upper wing skin fail in buckling and lower wing skin does not?

I am aware of the fact that the buckling is mainly caused in the regions of the specimen which are in compression. But the wing skin doesn't take any axial loads and is used to resist shear, atleast ...
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Is it okay to replace pressure with point loads for structural analysis?

I am trying to analyse a wing structure in Ansys static structural. In most examples I have been through the lifting pressure is uniformly applied under the bottom of wing or it is simplified to point ...
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Why don't we use feather like structures for hang gliding?

I'm not entirely sure if this is the right site for this question, but I recently went on a Greek Myth Binge and came across Daedalus again, and his famous first hanglider, made from feathers. Now, ...
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How to calculate the heading of an aircraft given coordinates from the ground

I'm trying to figure out how to calculate the heading and flight path of an aircraft when it's measured from the ground. I literally have no idea where to start. The coordinates from the ground are (-...
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Can we collide two Nano Spacecraft moving at 20% speed of light?

Nano spacecrafts are gram level silicon chips that will be accelerated to 20% of the speed of light to reach Alpha Centauri in 20 years. I wonder if we can break the weight limitation by shooting ...
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Calculating Gearing Ratio from Constrained Rotational Linear Arc and Horizontally Opposed Rotation

I'm 3D printing an aircraft throttle unit as a POC and am trying to calculate the gearing ratios that are required in order transfer the full range of linear motion into a directionally opposed sensor ...
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How to dodge homing missile?

There is a missile guidance algorithm called proportional navigation. Is there an opposite algorithm for missile avoidance? Something that tries something other than escaping in the direction of a ...
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Is thermal conductivity a property that affects the use of an alloy in high-temperature applications?

I'm interested in the effect of thermal conductivity on the choice of materials used for high temperature applications such as turbines. For the particular case of Nickel-Chromium alloys (such as René ...
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Is air density calculated using Total Pressure (Dynamic and Ambient) or just Ambient?

I have some wind tunnel data and static and dynamic pressure are logged (temperature too). I need to calculate lift and drag but I’ve been confused whether to use only ambient pressure to calculate ...
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Why does flow separation cause stall when it creates a low pressure zone?

In an airfoil, a low-pressure region forms in the turbulent wake created when the flow separates. Wouldn't this cause an increase in the net vertical force acting on the airfoil since the pressure at ...
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Using XFoil to generate data for various Mach numbers

I am attempting to use XFoil to generate a list of coefficients of a given airfoil at a range of speeds. The first issue I faced is that it appears with XFoil, you give it a Reynolds number (which ...
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Why does the graph of the Standard Atmosphere have temperature on the x-axis?

Presumably, temperature is a function of height, so the x-axis should be the height not the temperature, but graphs like this tend to be the norm:
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Extracting Uncertainty from Numerical Solution

I am performing numerical and uncertainty analysis for an oblique shockwave angle function: $$ \tan(\delta)=\frac{2}{\tan(\theta)}\frac{M^2\sin^2(\theta)-1}{M^2(\gamma+\cos(2\theta))+2} $$ where $\...
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Aerospace bolts and washer combination

In my aerospace company we have repetitive discussions regarding the stacking of low tolerance fasteners with non-countersunk washers. For example a fastner NAS6703-X (size 10) has a max. base radius ...
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How does NASA's QueSST X-59 jet work?

The QueSST (Quiet Supersonic Transport) is a project to create a more diffuse sonic boom in order to use supersonic flight commercially without the usual abrupt 1~2 psf pressure spike damaging the ...
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Specificities of satellite AOCS (Attitude and Orbit Control System) engineering

I'm still a graduate student in aerospace enginneering, in Europe. I specialised in control systems, and I'm interested in working in the satellite manufacturing industry. I'm especially curious about ...
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In case a plane stalls, what should stall first, the tip or the root of the Wing? Why?

In case a plane stalls, what should stall first, the tip or the root of the Wing? Why?
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Technology used to create chambers in metal laminates

A number of years ago, I remember hearing of a technique to manufacture the leading edge surface of a hypersonic jet (or something aerospace related) where multiple sheets of metal were welded ...
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What is the meaning of “load case consistent” in stress analysis terms?

I’m a (junior) stress engineer and have been tasked with sizing a lug. Various loadcases have been run through FEM and loads have been distributed into the lug bolt for each. In other words, each ...
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Superimposing a Vector Field onto a Toroid in Matlab

I am a systems and control PhD student in Aerospace Engineering. Currently, I am trying to create a wind shear model of a toroidal thermal "bubble" in Matlab similar to the one in this paper (shown ...
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Why is making a space rocket so difficult even in the year 2020? [closed]

Note: I couldn't do this myself. I'm not one of the smart guys involved in this. In the 1950s and 1960s, it was all still cutting-edge stuff. They had relatively crude factories for making parts and ...
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how do i formulate a kalman filter for an upwash coefficient?

I want to make a kalman filter that will estimate the upwash coefficient $C_{\alpha_{up}}$ my state vector: $ X_k=[u \ v \ w \ C_{\alpha_{up}} ]^T $ My measurement vector: $ Z_k =[\alpha_m \ \beta_m ...
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linearizing a non linear state space equation

I have this 1-DOF helicopter simulator. The motor's armature resistance is $R$, inductance $L$ and motor constant $K$ and reaction torque on the motor shaft is $τ$. $T$ is equal to $k_1w_2^2$ and $...
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Where can i get the aerodynamic data of aircrafts for controller design and testing?

I have some research papers on aircraft controller design that i want to simulate, but no system data is given in the research paper itself. I am also unable to find the aerodynamic data for any ...
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Why is it when taking the moment coefficient relative to c.o.p., the weight is ignored?

I have been working on a question, and my lecturer has hinted me with this equation that doesn't include forces due to weight? $C_{M_x}=C_{M_{ac}}+C_L(x/c−x_{ac}/c)$ What he told us was that due to ...
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Normal Shockwaves occurrence at cone tip with Angle Theta

I have a question regarding shockwaves. So as far as my knowledge, a flow moving at Ma= 1 will create a normal shockwave ($arcsin(1/Ma)$) , and a flow moving faster will cause an oblique shockwave. So ...
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Achieving dynamic similitude by sacrificing geometric similitude?

The goal is to scale up a general aviation aircraft by 15%. Dynamic similitude is the primary goal. I have reviewed research on scaling aircraft models but it seems most of it is focused on creating ...
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As a president of a rocket club for my university. If I apply for internship/job for a petroleum company. Would this work out? [duplicate]

So I'm the president of my unis rocket club. The thing is, petroleum jobs got money and although I would apply for aeronautical companies first, just as a backup. I wanna apply for the petroleum ...
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As a president of my university rocket club. Would it be easier for me to get an internship/job in an aeronautical company? [closed]

Became president of a rocket club. Since I'm kind of new to this whole internship/job stuff (haven't had any in the past) so I'm wondering if this would contribute towards it? Also, what should I do ...
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Thrust by turbo fan jet engine

How much thrust can I produce with a turbofan jet engine without injection of fuel and with just compression of air, which will be heated by convection if initial temperature of air of 20 oC and its ...
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How a turbo jet engine produces thrust

As i read on some website of nasa, that velocity of the gas flowing from nozzle of the jet is responsible for thrust, But ky confusion is that, as the velocity increases presure should drop at nozzle, ...
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How much energy do mass drivers need to project 1lb of material 1km/second

I am working on a geoengineering project that, at the moment, seeks to use many mass drivers to project lunar regolith (lunar soil) or other materials into space to create targeted shading effects on ...
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Effect of speed of turbo fan in bypass jet engine

Why do we keep speed of turbofan of turbofan jet engine, low. And what is the maximum thrust a turbofan jet engine., how much can thrust a turbofan jet engine produce with just compressed air.
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Flexure Deflection - Both ends fixed (one translation free)

I have a flexure problem. One of its ends is fixed to a frame (say F1) which is stationary (no rotation & no translation) and the other end is also fixed to another frame (say F2) which can move ...
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In Nastran, how to ignore fatal error due to failed convergence and move on to next subcase?

At the moment the whole analysis stops when 1 subcase fails to converge. How can I keep the analysis going such that all subcases are are run, even if they all might produce an error? I'm pretty sure ...
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In a nonlinear static two-step subcase, why does the load step decrease after the first step?

I am using MSC Nastran for nonlinear static analysis (sol 400). Step 1 contains a small perturbation load laterally on a thin-walled cylinder. Step 2 contains a very large compressive load. ...
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For arc-length method in nastran, how to analyse post-buckling behaviour with load decrease

I am currently trying to model the buckling behaviour of a cylinder using sol 400 nonlinear static analysis using Nastran. I am using the arc-length (modified Riks) method as apparently it can ...

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