Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Students will learn to analyse and control thrust generation mechanisms common in modern aerospace systems. For Piston-prop, turboprop, turbojet, turbofan and rocket engines, the thermodynamics, aerodynamics, thrust and torque characteristics will be developed analytically via modelling and simulation. There will be a strong emphasis on testing and control of engines and developing an understanding of engine response to control and integration with other relevant aircraft systems.



  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Analyse and estimate the performance characteristics of various aeronautical propulsion systems.

2. Quantify the response characteristics of aeronautical propulsion systems.

3. Undertake experimental testing of engines and communicate engine performance characteristics in a written report.

4. Evaluate engine suitability relative to aircraft performance requirements.

5. Assess engine interaction and integration issues with other aircraft systems.

6. Devise appropriate control strategies for aerospace propulsion systems.

7. Explain engine health monitoring concepts and strategies.

8. Discuss engine noise and pollution issues.


  1. Thermodynamic fundamentals for internal combustion and turbine engines.
  2. Analysis of propeller performance. Thrust, torque and connection with aircraft performance.
  3. Turbine engine components, operation and cycle analysis. Analysis of turbine engine performance. Turbojet and turbofan thrust characteristics.
  4. Engine intake and nozzle design.
  5. Engine/thrust dynamics, simulation and response to control for the various aeronautical engine types.
  6. Fuel control systems.
  7. Turbine engine control, control constraints and processes. FADEC.
  8. Engine control integration with automatic flight control systems.
  9. Engine/airframe integration, dynamic interaction and stability.
  10. Engine health monitoring.
  11. Regulatory requirements relating to flight propulsion systems.
  12. Introduction to rocket and electric propulsion.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (Honours) [40181], Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Honours) [40066], Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical) [40061], Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechatronics) [40064] programs and their associated combined degrees.

Assumed knowledge

AERO2000, MATH1110, MATH1120, MATH2310 and ENGG2440.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Propeller Propulsion Systems Analysis

Report: Propellor Laboratory

Written Assignment: Jet Propulsion Systems Analysis

Report: Jet Engine Laboratory

Formal Examination: Formal Exam

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 2 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

2 x 2 hours on separate days.


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.