Course detail

Aircraft Propulsion

FSI-OLEAcad. year: 2017/2018

Operation principles, working cycles and structures of aircraft engines in the scope necessary for aircraft designers and air transport specialists.
Basic parameters, engines classification. Piston aircraft engines, classification,arrangement, working principles, cycles, basic parts, accessory systems, present-day state, maintenance, performance. Gas turbine engines, classification, operation principles, air intake, compressors, combustion chambers, turbines and exhaust systems. Turbojet engines, turboprop and turboshaft engines. Principles and outlook of ram-jet engines, pulsating jet engines and rocket engines.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The course of Aircraft Propulsion gives basic knowledge of principles, design, materials, operating characteristics and maintenance of modern aircraft engines. Students will be able to assess engines according their function, and economical operation.


Basic definitions, laws and equations of physics, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. Ideal and real gas, force, energy, work, heat, enthalpy, entropy, gas state equation, changes of gas states, continuity and Bernoulli's equations, basics of heat transfer.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Kocáb J.-Adamec J.: Letadlové motory,KANT s.r.o.,Praha 2000 (CS)
Ott, A.: Pohon letadel, , 0
WARD, Thomas A. Aerospace propulsion systems. Singapore: John Wiley & Sons, c2010, xxvi, 527 s. ISBN 978-0-470-82497-9.
Cumpsty N.: Jet propulsion,Cambridge University Press,1997
CUMPSTY, Nicholas. Jet propulsion: A simple guide tio the aerodynamic and thermodynamic design and performance of jet engines. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997, 276 s. ISBN 0-521-59674-2

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Exercises are focused on practical topics presented in lectures.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Attendance at seminars and completing all tasks is necessary for the course-unit credit award.
accreditation. Write and oral examination consists of three parts: 1. Simple computational problem 2. Piston engine theoretical question 3. Jet engine theoretical question. All three parts have the same weight in the resulting evaluation.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The objective of the course is to inform students of current state and development of aircraft propulsion and to provide them with the knowledge necessary for selecting the proper engine, its economical/ecological operation and maintenance.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance at seminars is compulsory. In the case of a justified absence, students are required to work out an alternative individual assignment. Continuous checking is done at seminars.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2I-P Master's

    branch M-LPR , 1. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory
    branch M-LPR , 1. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory
    branch M-STL , 1. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1.Classification and basic parameters of aircraft engines. Principles of piston engines
2.Working cycles of piston engines. Performance, combustion, unstable combustion
3.Basic parts and structural arrangement
4.Piston engine accessories and systems
5.Power increasing, engine characteristics, maintenance
6.Gas turbine engines, principles of operation. Air intake system
7.Classification of compressors. Centrifugal flow compressors
8.Axial flow compressors, characteristics and unstable run
9.Combustion chambers. Gas turbine - principles of operation
10.Gas turbines. Exhaust systems
11.Jet engines, turbofan engines, special jet engines
12.Turbopropeller and tuboshaft engines
13.Principles of ram-jet engines, pulse-jet engines and rocket engines

At least 60% attendance at the lectures is required. The form of the check is the attendance list. The examination of the subject is written and oral. In the written part the student solves the given example and elaborates two theoretical questions. In the oral part there will be discussions on the solved questions, examining the student's overall view.


13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1.Basic parameters of piston engine.
2.Basic parameters of piston engine.
3.Kinematics of crank mechanism.
4.Kinematics of crank mechanism.
5.Liquid cooling system.
6.Parameters of centrifugal flow compressor.
7.Parameters of centrifugal flow compressor.
8.Loads on centrifugal compressor impeller.
9.Loads on centrifugal compressor impeller.
10.Loading of turbine blade.
11.Loading of turbine blade.
During the exercises, students are awarded to solving examples. The successful completion of all given examples is a prerequisite for granting the credit.
12.Jet engine cycle.
13.Jet engine cycle.