Singapore University of Social Sciences

Propulsion Plant Accident Investigation

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Schemes: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: To be confirmed


Synopsis

A technical course in aircraft reciprocating and turbine engine fundamentals and relevant accident investigative procedures. Areas of study include basic construction and design with emphasis on major sections, components, and their mechanical relationships. Power plant systems and system mishap investigation is also covered and includes fuel, lubrication, ignition, and start systems. A study of propeller basics and investigative techniques is also included. On site field investigation as well as engine teardown/disassembly procedures are presented.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in MyUniSIM. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.

Topics

  • Design and Construction of the Reciprocating Engine
  • Theory of Operation and Performance of the Reciprocating Engine
  • Reciprocating Engine Components and Systems Operation
  • Propellers and Propeller Systems
  • Reciprocating Engine and Propeller Accident Investigation
  • Design and Construction of the Turbine Engine
  • Theory of Operation and Performance of the Turbine Engine
  • Turbine Engine Components and Systems Operation
  • Turbine Engine Accident Investigation

Learning Outcome

  • Understand and be able to determine engine and propeller designation, type, configuration, and application and its importance in an aircraft/powerplant accident investigation.
  • Recognize and apply fundamentals in propeller and reciprocating/turbine engine design and construction as they relate to powerplant accident investigation.
  • Identify key propeller and reciprocating/turbine engine systems; their function, and mechanical relationship to each other. The student should be able to determine if components were a possible factor in the aircraft/powerplant accident.
  • Identify key propeller and reciprocating/turbine engine components; their function, and mechanical relationship to each other. The student should be able to determine if components were a possible factor in the aircraft/powerplant accident.
  • Perform calculations involving propeller and reciprocating/turbine engine performance factors/parameters in an aircraft/powerplant accident investigation.
  • Identify and analyze indicators in determining whether the powerplant was a factor of the aircraft/powerplant accident.
  • Compare differing investigative procedures and analysis involved with reciprocating versus gas turbine engines.
  • Understand and apply methods involved in determining the operational capability of the powerplant prior to impact.
  • Analyze post-impact internal damage due to dissipating kinetic energy versus pre-impact internal damage due to engine malfunction.
  • Compare field investigation limitations versus removal and disassembly at specific engine/propeller facilities.
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