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Aircraft Engine Technology 7.5 credits

First cycle, F0039T
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Vehicle Engineering
Subject group (SCB)
Vehicle Engineering

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and Thermodynamics, Aerodynamics and Performance or equivalent. Good knowledge in English, equivalent to English 6.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim

After completing the course, students should:

1. Knowledge and understanding

  • be able to illustrate different engines for airplanes and helicopters
  • be able to identify the thermodynamic phenomena occurring in jet engines

2. Skills and abilities

  • be able to calculate energy balances for gas turbines
  • be able to perform one-dimensional calculations about compressible flows 
  • be able to solve engineering problems about the flow in single stages of compressors and turbines

3. Evaluation and attitude

  • be able to evaluate the influence of different design parameters on jet engine performance
  • be able to briefly discuss the energy conversion issues in jet engines

One-dimensional compressible flow in nozzles and channels with and without friction and heat transfer. Elementary gas turbine theory, two-dimensional flow in compressor and turbine stages, flow losses. Applications in radial and axial compressors and gas expanders. Characteristics of jet engines under different running conditions. Service and maintenance. Choice of materials and material problems. Project: Prediction of thrust in an aircraft jet engine.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
Teaching consists of lectures with theory review and problem solving. Submission of bonus assignments. One project assignment in groups of 2-3 students.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
Item 1: individual written exam (there can be alternative examination methods) with differentiated grades in the scale G U 3 4 5. Item 2: review of project reports. Both items are required for the final grade in the course.

Transition terms
Course F0039T is equivalent to course MTM461

Andrea Toffolo

Transition terms
The course F0039T is equal to MTM461

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2021 Sp 1
Jan Wiklund: AIRCRAFT Gas Turbine Engine Technology
Saravanamuttoo HIH, Rogers GFC, Cohen H, Straznicky PV. Gas Turbine Theory (6th edition), Prentice Hall (2008). ISBN 10: 0132224372

Course offered by
Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0002ProjectU G#3.00MandatoryA07
0003Written examG U 3 4 54.50MandatoryA21

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
The syllabus was established by the Department of Applied Physics and Mechanical Engineering 2007-02-28, and remains valid from autumn 2007.

Last revised
by Head Faculty Programme Director Niklas Lehto 17 Feb 2021