GATE Syllabus for AE (Aerospace Engineering) 2018

Last Updated - March 08 2018

GATE Syllabus is announced on the official website of Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati. Before starts preparation for the exam, aspirants need to go via the clear syllabus of exam for better preparation. The syllabus is various for every branch.

  • There are 23 papers in GATE exam, an aspirant can appear only one paper at one time.
  • GATE is a national level online exam which is organizeed for admission to M.Tech and Ph.D. programs.
  • GATE Syllabus for all papers is based on the topics studied at graduation level. 
  • Aerospace Engineering paper consists of five sections namely- Engineering Mathematics, Flight Mechanics, Aerodynamics, Structures, and Propulsion. Check the clear GATE Syllabus of Aerospace Engineering from this article. 

Aerospace engineering is one of the papers of GATE exam. Participants appearing for Aerospace engineering paper have to attempt 60 questions in the period of three hours. It is the primary field of engineering related to the development of aircraft and spacecraft.It has two major and overlapping disciplines: aeronautical engineering and astronautical engineering.

GATE AE Syllabus 2018- Engineering Mathematics

Engineering mathematics is a discipline of applied mathematics concerning mathematical methods and techniques that are typically used in engineering and industry. It is one of the difficult section of the paper. This section carries fifteen percentage weightage of the questions. The clear syllabus of engineering mathematics is mentioned in the table given below. 

Important Topics

  • Laplace Transforms 
  • Numerical integration and differentiation
  • Numerical methods for linear and nonlinear algebraic equations 
  • Fourier Series
Core TopicsSub Topics
Linear AlgebraVector algebra, Matrix algebra, systems of linear equations, the rank of a matrix, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
CalculusFunctions 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 EquationsFirst order linear and nonlinear differential equations, higher order linear ODEs with constant coefficients. Partial differential equations and separation of variables methods.

Engineering Mathematics Important Books

GATE Engineering Mathematics for All StreamsAbhinav Goel and Suraj Singh,
Arihant Publication
GATE Engineering MathematicsAbhinav Goel,
Arihant Publications
GATE 2017: Engineering MathematicsME Team,
Made Easy Publications
Higher Engineering MathematicsB.S.Grewal,
Khanna Publishers

Flight Mechanics - GATE AE Syllabus 2018

Flight mechanics are relevant to the fixed wing (gliders, aeroplanes) and rotary wing (helicopters) aircraft. An Aeroplane (Airplane in US usage), is defined in ICAO Document 9110.  

Important Topics

  • Equations of motion
  • Aerodynamic forces and moments 
  • Lateral-directional modes
  • Longitudinal modes 
  • Stability and control derivatives 
  • Decoupling of longitudinal and lateral-directional dynamics
  • Dynamic stability Euler angles
Core TopicsSub Topics
BasicsAtmosphere: Properties, standard atmosphere. Classification of aircraft. Airplane (fixed wing aircraft) configuration and different parts.
Airplane performancePressure 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 & crosswinds
Static stabilityAngle 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.

Flight Mechanics Important Books

Introduction to FlightJohn D Anderson,
Tata McGraw - Hill Education
Flight Mechanics Modeling and AnalysisJitendra R. Raol,
Jatinder Singh, Crc Press
Mechanics of FlightR. H. Barnard,
Mechanics of FlightC. Kermode, R. H. Barnard,
Pearson Higher Education

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GATE AE Syllabus 2018- Aerodynamics

Aerodynamics is the study of the motion of air, particularly its interaction with a solid object, such as an airplane wing. Aerodynamics is a sub-field of fluid dynamics and gas dynamics, and many aspects of aerodynamics theory are common to these fields.

Important Topics

  • Elementary ideas of viscous flows including boundary layers;
  • Wind Tunnel Testing: Measurement and visualization techniques.
Core TopicsSub 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 wingsAirfoil 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 FlowsBasic concepts of compressibility, Conservation equations; One-dimensional compressible flows, Fanno flow, Rayleigh flow; Isentropic flows, normal and oblique shocks, Prandtl-Meyer flow; Flow via nozzles and diffusers.

Aerodynamics Important Books

Fundamentals of AerodynamicsJohn D Anderson,
Tata McGraw - Hill Education
Aerodynamics for Engineering StudentsE. L. Houghton,
P. W. Carpenter, Butterworth Heinemann
Fundamentals of AerodynamicsJohn D. Anderson,
Tata McGraw - Hill Education(2010)
Aerodynamics for EngineersJohn J. Bertin,

Structures for GATE AE Syllabus 2018

The structure is an arrangement and organization of winter concerned elements in a material object or system, or the object or system so conducted. Material structures comprise man-made objects such as buildings and machines and natural objects such as biological organisms, minerals and chemicals. Abstract structures comprise data structures in computer science and musical form.

Important Topics

  • Theory of elasticity
  • Airy’s stress function
  • Vibration of beams 
  • Equilibrium and compatibility equations
Core TopicsSub Topics
Strength of Materials

States of stress and strain. Three-dimensional Hooke's law. Mohr's Circle. Principal stresses. Stress and strain transformation. Elastic flexural buckling of columns. Castigliano's principles. Analysis of statically determinate and indeterminate trusses and beams. Plane stress and strain; Failure theories: Maximum stress, Tresca and von Mises; Strain energy.

Flight vehicle structuresCharacteristics of aircraft structures and materials. Torsion, bending and flexural shear of thin-walled sections. Loads on aircraft.
Structural DynamicsFree and forced vibrations of undamped and damped SDOF systems. Free vibrations of undamped 2-DOF systems

Structure Important Books

Theory of StructuresRamamrutham, Dhanpat Rai Publishing Company
Structural AnalysisS.S. Bhavikatti, Vikas Publishing House
Matrix Methods of Structural AnalysisS.S. Bhavikatti, I K International Publishing House Pvt. Ltd
Theory of Structures SMTSB.C. Punmia, Ashok Kumar Jain, Laxmi Publications

Propulsion of GATE AE Syllabus 2018

Propulsion is a means of creating force leading to movement. A propulsion system consists of a source of mechanical power, and a propulsor (means of converting this power into propulsive force).

Core TopicsSub Topics

Thermodynamics, boundary layers and heat transfer and combustion thermochemistry.

Thermodynamics of aircraft enginesThrust, efficiency and engine performance of turbojet, turboprop, turboshaft, 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, the characteristic performance of a single axial compressor stage, the efficiency of the compressor and degree of reaction.
Axial turbinesAxial turbine stage efficiency
Centrifugal compressorCentrifugal 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, the performance of solid and liquid propellant rockets.

Propulsion Important Books

Rocket Propulsion ElementsGeorge P. Sutton, Wiley India Pvt Ltd
Aircraft PropulsionMayur R. Anvekar, Prentice-Hall of India Pvt.Ltd
Marine Propellers and PropulsionCarlton, cbspd
Submarine Propulsion: Muscle Power to NuclearSekhar Basu, Kamlesh N Vyas, Frontier India

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