Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

This journal is intended as a mechanism for using research-led teaching methods in the UNSW@ADFA Bachelor of Engineering 4th year elective course "Hypersonics". Research-led teaching uses the fact that the higher order thinking processes required of quality university graduates are the same processes used by good researchers. Research-led learning activities thus seek to mimic as closely as possible the actual research process.

This journal provides the students with opportunity to prepare technical documents in standard scholarly journal format, submit them online using the same procedures that researchers do, act as peer reviewers for the work of fellow students, and ultimately see their work published. Through the online journal submission environment the students are exposed to one aspect of the research world. Through the peer review part of it, they are exposed to another aspect and, most importantly, they are reuired to THINK.


Section Policies

Literature Reviews

  • Russell Boyce
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Technical Reports

  • Russell Boyce
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

The review policy for this journal is as follows.

Each submission by an author (student in the "Hypersonics" course) to the journal will be reviewed by two reviewers : the editor (the course lecturer) and one of the author's peers (a fellow student in the course). The peer review will remain anonymous except to the editor, who will in addition review the peer review.

The manuscript will be published in the journal in its original form with no post-review modifications required.


Publication Frequency

The publication schedule is as follows.

One volume will be published each year, corresponding to each rendition of the "Hypersonics" course. Within each volume there will be two issues published. The first issue will be a collective publication of the literature reviews submittted for the first assessment task of the course. This issue will be published upon finalisation of the peer review process for those submissions. The second issue will be a collective publication of the technical reports submitted by each student research team on the computational fluid dynamics simulations that they perform of particular hypersonics phenomena. This issue will be published towards the end of the course.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content in order to build up a freely available library of examples of research-led teaching activities. It is hoped that this will assist and stimulate similar approaches by other teachers in other courses and universities, worldwide.


Aims and Objectives of the "Hypersonics" elective course

The aims and objectives of the course are provided below. They are achieved through a mixture of lectures and student research. The latter includes the opportunity for students to conduct literature reviews of hypersoncis topics that interest them personally, as well as the opportunity to participate in student research teams employing state-of-the-art flow simulation software to explore key hypersonics phenomena.

The Journal of UNSW@ADFA Undergraduate Hypersonics links those learning activities to the research publication and peer review environment, thus enhancing the research process experience of the student and encouraging the development of higher order cognitive skills.

Aims :

• To develop an understanding of the key fundamental phenomena that underpin hypersonic aerodynamics and propulsion.
• To gain awareness of potential applications of hypersonic technologies.
• To gain an appreciation for the historical heritage of hypersonics.

Objectives :

To be able to understand and apply fundamental aspects of

• hypersonic aerodynamics : shock waves; boundary layers; shock-shock interactions; shock-boundary layer interactions; unsteadiness; high temperature effects
• hypersonic propulsion : inlets; injection schemes; combustion; thrust nozzles; propulsion system integration
• materials for hypersonic flows
• R&D techniques : ground test facilities, including shock tunnels; computational fluid dynamics; flight testing