Sondipon Adhikari

Professor Sondipon Adhikari (FRAeS)
Chair of Aerospace Engineering
College of Engineering, Swansea University
Bay Campus, Fabian Way, Crymlyn Burrows
Swansea, SA1 8EN, United Kingdom
Phone: + 44 (0)1792 602088, Fax: + 44 (0)1792 295676
Email: S.Adhikari@swansea.ac.uk, Sondipon.Adhikari@gmail.com
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Present and Past Teaching
  1. Level M Group design project (EG-M62, 2014-)
  2. Dynamics 1 (EG-260, 2011-2015)
  3. Flight Dynamics & Control (EG-M81, 2008-)
  4. Engineering Design for Wind and Marine Power (AENG M3102, 2008-)
  5. Advanced Vibration Engineering (AENG M2300, 2004-2006)
  6. Mechanism part of Design 2 (AENG 21350, 2003-2005)

Level M Group design project (EG-M62)

Module Aims:

This 30 credit point Level M module enables students to participate in a group activity involving a multi-disciplinary approach to achieve a solution to a specific design problem. In most instances it will involve either direct interaction with industry or will be an industrially-related project. Issues other than providing a purely technical solution to the problem will have to be considered in order to achieve a satisfactory outcome to the project.

Learning Outcomes

Upon Completion of this module, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the 'total design' process and management skills in relation to decision-making and business development in a typical group environment.
  • Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level
  • Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly;
  • Plan for effective project implementation. This includes an ability to:
    • Identify the factors affecting the project implementation
    • Lead on preparing and agreeing implementation plans and method statements
  • Plan, budget, organise, direct and control tasks, people and resources to deliver a project. This includes an ability to:
    • Agree quality standards, programme and budget
    • Organise and lead work teams, coordinating project activities
    • Ensure that variations from quality standards, programme and budgets are identified, and that corrective action is taken

Dynamics 1 (EG-260)

Elements of vibrating systems; simple harmonic motion; use of complex exponential representation. One-degree-of-freedom systems; natural frequency; effect of damping; harmonic excitation; rotating out-of-balance; vibration isolation and transmission. Undamped mutli-degree-of-freedom systems; eigenvalues and eigenvectors; vibration absorbers. Experimental testing. Lagrange's equation and its physical interpretation.

Learning Outcomes

Upon Completion of this module, students will be able to:
  • A knowledge and understanding of: the importance of natural frequencies and resonance. The role of damping. The analysis of single and two degree of freedom systems.
  • An ability to: estimate resonances of simple systems. To derive the equations of motions of systems using Lagrange's equation.
  • An ability to: apply the methods presented in the course to develop simple models of real structures. Analyse these models to calculate natural frequencies and evaluate the response to harmonic forces
  • An ability to: use a personal computer. Study independently and use library resources. Manage working time.

Flight Dynamics & Control (EG-M81)

The course introduces the students to aircraft dynamics simulation and control by giving the necessary background about the flight dynamics, controller design and basic autopilot, and by using several commercial/educational/open source softwares/codes and the in-house flight simulator to provide practical experience.

Learning Objectives

Upon Completion of this module, students will be able to:
  • Understand the mathematical modelling of flight dynamics and control
  • Implement the simulation of aircraft dynamics
  • Design the controllers for various modes of flight
  • Program the in-house flight simulator

Engineering Design for Wind and Marine Power (AENG M3102)

See the link in the University of Bristol for the details of this module.

Teaching Materials


Advanced Vibration Engineering (AENG M2300)

Learning Objectives

On successful completion of this part the students will:
  • appreciate the importance of the "orthogonality" of modes in dynamic calculations
  • be able to calculate the dynamic response of structures with damping using analytical and computational (Matlab) methods

Contents

  • Dynamics of Damped Systems: Viscous damping models, proportional damping, non-proportional damping, complex mode shapes
  • Forced Vibration of Damped Dynamic Systems: steady-state response, transient response, response due to initial conditions, transfer functions

Teaching Materials


Mechanism part of Design 2 (AENG 21350)

Learning Objectives

On successful completion of this part the students will:
  • be able to understand the function of various types of mechanisms within mechanical and aeronautical systems and be able to apply analytical and graphical methods to kinematics of planar mechanisms and calculate idealised load transfers across complex mechanisms, including aircraft control systems using the principle of virtual work.

Contents

  • Definitions, types of mechanism, linkage diagrams, motion transformation, degrees of freedom. Analysis of linkages: relative velocity, method of instantaneous centres, velocity diagrams. Application to four-bar linkages: straight line mechanisms, Ackerman's steering linkage, differential aileron mechanisms, landing gear retraction mechanisms.
  • Method of virtual work: application to aircraft control systems and landing gear retraction. Gears: kinematics of gear trains, applications in aircraft (including torque tube control systems). Toggle mechanisms.

Teaching Materials


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