Each module contains 3 ECTS. You choose a total of 10 modules/30 ECTS in the following module categories:
- 12-15 ECTS in technical scientific modules (TSM)
TSM modules teach profile-specific specialist skills and supplement the decentralised specialisation modules.
- 9-12 ECTS in fundamental theoretical principles modules (FTP)
FTP modules deal with theoretical fundamentals such as higher mathematics, physics, information theory, chemistry, etc. They will teach more detailed, abstract scientific knowledge and help you to bridge the gap between abstraction and application that is so important for innovation.
- 6-9 ECTS in context modules (CM)
CM modules will impart additional skills in areas such as technology management, business administration, communication, project management, patent law, contract law, etc.
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The course will focus on the design of advanced aircraft systems, aiming towards more electric types of aircraft for a new generation beyond the Airbus A380 and Boeing 787.
Today, aircraft design is more than just aerodynamics, flight dynamics, propulsion, and structures. The new technologies require a systems engineering approach, which guides the way towards a sustainable aircraft.
The whole design process will be discussed and the students will learn to do a preliminary design concept.
In this module, the whole design process of a complex system such as an aircraft will be discussed and the students will learn how to do a preliminary design concept. The course is structured in lectures as well as a conceptual aircraft design case study, which will be done in groups.
The students are expected to have knowledge of the basics of Fluid Dynamics / Aerodynamics, Structural Mechanics, Thermodynamics (Gas Turbines), and Systems Engineering.
An interest in Aircraft Systems is important.
The knowledge of simulation tools (Matlab, Simulink, Modelica, Comsol, etc.) and performance calculations or optimization calculations is an advantage.
The students will learn how the design process of a complex system such as an aircraft is done, with a focus on the early stages between concept and the preliminary design stage.
All important disciplines, which play a key role in aircraft design, will be addressed: weight distribution estimation, performance, propulsion, on the basis of systems engineering.
The students will be able to understand the architecture of modern aircraft, focussing on the advancing system integration with the trend towards electric and more environmentally sustainable aircraft.
The students can apply the current design standards and analyze the design of new aircraft for the efficiency and performance of the operation.
Learning experience working in a design team to define an aircraft concept.
Contents of Module
The course will start with an introduction to aircraft conceptual design.
The aerodynamics for wing design, propulsion technology, and engine integration and the electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic systems will be discussed to provide an aircraft architecture from the system point of view.
The available methods of aircraft design optimization will be discussed in the light of perfect design or an illusion of the existence of such.
The concept of increasingly electrical aircraft will be introduced and the concept of hybrid propulsion with new aircraft layouts will be discussed.
The course will close with the outlook to new aircraft generations to meet the reduction of CO2 and noise footprint.
Teaching and Learning Methods
- Lectures with focus on practical cases for commercial airplanes
- Self study and performance of literature research
- Performance of a case study for an aircraft design working together with teams which cover different design aspects
- Final presentation of aircraft design as team effort
- Aircraft Design: A Conceptual Approach, Daniel P. Raymer, AIAA Education Series
- Fundamental of Aerodynamics, John D. Anderson Jr., McGraw-Hill Series in Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering
- Airframe Structural Design, Practical Design Information and Data on Aircraft Structures, Michael C. Y. Niu, Hong Kong Conmilit Pres Ltd.