|Introduction to Aeronautics
|I & II
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Familiarisation with the
development of aeronautical structures as well as with the influence of
technological achievements on the general progress of aeronautics.
- Beginning of aeronautics.
Ancient mythology about flying. Montgolfier brothers. Otto Lilienthal.
Alexander Mozhaisky. Félix du Temple. Wright brothers and
technical characteristics of their designs.
- Beginning of aeronautics in
Croatia. Faust Vrancic - Machinae Novae; Homo Volans. Slavoljub Penkala
and Dragutin Novak. Edvard Rusjan. David Schwarz. Rudolf Fizir
- WWI. Appearance of monoplane
fighting airplanes. Triplane designs. Fokker’s synchronisation
mechanism. Famous pilots of WWI. First bombers. Technical
characteristics of the most important airplanes.
- After WWI. Epilogue.
Improvements of basics characteristics (engine power, speed, max.
ceiling, range, TOW). First commercial lines. Transatlantic flights.
Design of the first modern passenger airplanes. Airplanes vs. ships.
Emergence of aircraft carriers. First autogyro. Flights over Poles.
Amelia Earhart and her record flights.
- 1930s. Influence of Schneider
Trophy on the rapid development of aeronautical technologies.
Transpacific flying boats. Development of all-metal fighters with
closed cockpit and retractable undercarriage.
- Fighters in WW II. Development
of technology. Comparison of performance of the most prominent
- Bombers in WW II. Comparison of
performance of prominent bombers. Specifics of using bombers in WW II.
- Advancement of technology in WW
II. First jet and rocket engines. Application of swept wing and other
aerodynamic concepts. Application of flying wing and aircrafts without
horizontal and/or vertical stabilizers. New types of airborne weapons.
- Fighters after WW II. 1st
generation of jet fighters. Sound barrier and horizontal supersonic
flight. Fighters of 2nd and 3rd generation. Variable geometry wing.
Fighters of 4th and 5th generation. Stealth fighters. STOVL fighters.
Latest advancement in fighter aircraft.
- Bombers after WW II. First jet
bombers. Swept wing bombers. V – series bombers. New materials and
technologies applied in the bombers of new generation. Nuclear armed
bombers. Air to surface weapons. Stealth bombers and latest development.
- Faster – higher – more powerful.
Development of technologies aimed at high speeds and altitudes.
Materials. Design methodology. Propulsion. Equipment. Sound barrier.
Thermal barrier. Hypersonic flights. Most prominent designs.
- Civilian aeronautics after WW
II. First jet engine powered airliners. Fatigue in aeronautical
structures. Improvements in speed, ceiling and payload. First jumbo-jet
airliners. Supersonic airliners. The largest non-military airplanes and
their technology. The latest generation of airliners, the influence of
advanced materials and technologies. Advanced (in progress or
- Helicopters. Historical
background and development. Current stage of development.
- Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.
Historical background and development. Current stage of development.
As provided to students during
lectures – ppt presentation
- Anderson, J. D .: The Airplane –
A History of Its Technology, AIAA, Reston, 2002
- Group of Authors: The Lore of
Flight, Grange Books, 1990
Administrator LAST CHANGE: 28.03.2017