GATE Aerospace Engineering (AE) Syllabus 2022: Download GATE Syllabus in PDF

Aerospace Engineering deals with the engineering of aircraft and other propulsion machinery. It is a very sought-after branch is engineering for candidates who want to make a career in aviation. This article will give you complete information regarding the GATE Aerospace Engineering Syllabus 2022.

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GATE Aerospace Engineering Syllabus

Aerospace Engineering consists of five sections Engineering Mathematics, Flight Mechanics, Aerodynamics, Structures, and Propulsion.

Engineering Mathematics

Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations

Flight Mechanics

Flight mechanics are relevant to fixed-wing (gliders, aeroplanes) and rotary wing (helicopters) aircraft. The syllabus is given below:

BasicsAtmosphere: Properties, standard atmosphere. Classification of aircraft. Aeroplane (fixed-wing aircraft) configuration and various parts.
Aeroplane 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 stabilityThe 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.

Books for GATE Flight Mechanics

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Introduction to FlightClick Here
Flight Mechanics Modeling and AnalysisClick Here
Mechanics of FlightClick Here
Mechanics of FlightClick Here


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

Basic Fluid MechanicsConservation 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 through nozzles and diffusers.

Books for GATE Aerodynamics

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Fundamentals of AerodynamicsClick Here
Aerodynamics for Engineering StudentsClick Here
Fundamentals of AerodynamicsClick Here
Aerodynamics for EngineersClick Here

GATE Aerospace Engineering Syllabus – Structures

A structure is an arrangement and organization of interrelated elements in a material object or system, or the object or system so organized. Material structures include man-made objects such as buildings and machines and natural objects such as biological organisms, minerals and chemicals. The syllabus is given below:

Strength of MaterialsStates 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 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

Books for GATE Structures

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Theory of StructuresClick Here
Structural AnalysisClick Here
Matrix Methods of Structural AnalysisClick Here
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Propulsion means to push forward or drive an object forward. The term is derived from two Latin words: pro, meaning before or forward; and pellere, meaning to drive. A propulsion system consists of a source of mechanical power, and a propulsor (means of converting this power into propulsive force). The syllabus is given below:

BasicsThermodynamics, 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.

Books for GATE Propulsion

Rocket Propulsion ElementsClick Here
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Marine Propellers and PropulsionClick Here
Submarine Propulsion: Muscle Power to NuclearClick Here

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