GATE Aerospace Engineering Syllabus 2018. In the GATE 2018, Aerospace (AE) Engineering exam pattern consists 70% weightage of the total marks is for the Core Subjects ( Flight Mechanics, Space Dynamics, Aerodynamics, etc) , 15% marks are dedicated to the Engineering Mathematics (Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations etc) and the rest 15% marks dedicated to General Aptitude which includes (Numerical Ability, Verbal Ability, Reasoning).
GATE Syllabus for Aerospace Engineering (AE)
GATE 2018 paper Pattern for Aerospace Engineering | |
Engineering Mathematics | Engineering Mathematics will have 15% of total marks weigh |
General Aptitude | General Aptitude will have 15% of total marks weigh |
Subject questions | Subject questions will have rest 70% of total marks weigh |
General Aptitude Questions
All the papers will have a few questions that test the General Aptitude (Language and Analytical Skills), apart from the core subject of the paper.
(COMMON TO ALL PAPERS)
Check GATE General Aptitude (GA) Syllabus 2017
Engineering Mathematics
Core Topics
Linear Algebra: Vector algebra, Matrix algebra, systems of linear equations, rank of a matrix, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
Calculus: Functions of single variable, limits, continuity and differentiability, mean value theorem, chain rule, partial derivatives, maxima and minima, gradient, divergence and curl, directional derivatives. Integration, Line, surface and volume integrals. Theorems of Stokes, Gauss and Green.
Differential Equations: First order linear and nonlinear equations, higher order linear ODEs with constant coefficients, Cauchy and Euler equations, initial and boundary value problems, Laplace transforms. Partial differential equations and separation of variables methods.
Special Topics
Fourier Series, Laplace Transforms, Numerical methods for linear and nonlinear algebraic equations, Numerical integration and differentiation.
Flight Mechanics
Core Topics
Atmosphere:Properties, Standard atmosphere. Classification of aircraft, Airplane (fixed wing aircraft) configuration and various parts.
Airplane performance: Pressure altitude; equivalent, calibrated, indicated air speeds; Primary flight instruments: Altimeter, ASI, VSI, Turn-bank indicator. Drag polar; takeoff and landing; steady climb & descent, absolute and service ceiling; cruise, cruise climb, endurance or loiter; load factor, turning flight, V-n diagram; Winds: head, tail & cross winds.
Static stability: Angle of attack, sideslip; roll, pitch & yaw controls; longitudinal stick fixed & free stability, horizontal tail position and size; directional stability, vertical tail position and size; dihedral stability. Wing dihedral, sweep & position; hinge moments, stick forces.
Special Topics
Dynamic stability: Euler angles; Equations of motion; aerodynamic forces and moments, stability & control derivatives; decoupling of longitudinal and lateral-directional dynamics; longitudinal modes; lateral-directional modes.
Space Dynamics
Core Topics
Central force motion, determination of trajectory and orbital period in simple cases.
Special Topics
Central force motion, determination of trajectory and orbital period in simple cases.
Aerodynamics
Core Topics
Basic Fluid Mechanics: Conservation laws: Mass, momentum (Integral and differential form); Potential flow theory: sources, sinks, doublets, line vortex and their superposition; Viscosity, Reynold’s number.
Airfoils and wings: Airfoil nomenclature; Aerodynamic coefficients: lift, drag and moment; Kutta-Joukoswki theorem; Thin airfoil theory, Kutta condition, starting vortex; Finite wing theory: Induced drag, Prandtl lifting line theory; Critical and drag divergence Mach number.
Compressible Flows: Basic concepts of compressibility, Conservation equations; One dimensional compressible flows, Fanno flow, Rayleigh flow; Isentropic flows, normal and oblique shocks, Prandtl-Meyer flow; Flow through nozzles and diffusers.
Special Topics
Elementary ideas of viscous flows including boundary layers; Wind Tunnel Testing; Measurement and visualization techniques.
Structures
Core Topics
Strength of Materials: States of stress and strain. Stress and strain transformation. Mohr’s Circle. Principal stresses. Three-dimensional Hooke’s law. Plane stress and strain; Failure theories: Maximum stress, Tresca and von Mises; Strain energy. Castigliano’s principles. Analysis of statically determinate and indeterminate trusses and beams. Elastic flexural buckling of columns.
Flight Vehicle Structures: Characteristics of aircraft structures and materials. Torsion, bending and flexural shear of thin-walled sections. Loads on aircraft.
Structural Dynamics: Free and forced vibrations of undamped and damped SDOF systems. Free vibrations of undamped 2-DOF systems.
Special Topics
Vibration of beams.
Theory of elasticity: Equilibrium and compatibility equations, Airy’s stress function
Propulsion
Core Topics
Basics: Thermodynamics, boundary layers and heat transfer and combustion thermochemistry.
Thermodynamics of aircraft engines: Thrust, efficiency and engine performance of turbojet, turboprop, turbo shaft, turbofan and ramjet engines, thrust augmentation of turbojets and turbofan engines. Aerothermodynamics of non-rotating propulsion components such as intakes, combustor and nozzle.
Axial compressors: Angular momentum, work and compression, characteristic performance of a single axial compressor stage, efficiency of the compressor and degree of reaction.
Axial turbines: Axial turbine stage efficiency.
Centrifugal compressor: Centrifugal compressor stage dynamics, inducer, impeller and diffuser.
Rocket propulsion: Thrust equation and specific impulse, vehicle acceleration, drag, gravity losses, multi-staging of rockets. Classification of chemical rockets, performance of solid and liquid propellant rockets.
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