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Course module: 201700171
Aerodynamics and Flight Dynamics
Course info
Course module201700171
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact C.H. Venner
Lecturer W.B.J. Hakvoort
Examiner C.H. Venner
Contactperson for the course C.H. Venner
Academic year2022
Starting block
RemarksOnly for repeat students who need to re-take the exam.
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
This course is no longer on offer.

In the current academic year 22-23, registration is only for repeat students who need to re-take the exam from last year.

If you wish to re-take the exam, please send an e-mail to: with a c.c. to:

All others: please refer to the alternative course Aircraft & Wind Turbine Aerodynamics, 202000244 which will run in the 3rd quartile (block 2A).

This course presents to the student the intrinsic relation between the flight dynamics, aerodynamics and the UAV performance.
This course consists of two integrated parts where the first section will discuss the aerodynamics fundamentals with emphasis on the relation between the UAV shape, configurations and components, such as wings and fuselage. Essential concepts such as lift (friction, pressure, lift-induced, wave) drag, pitching moment will be in-deep discussed and applied to the subsequent analysis of the UAV performance and stability.
The flight dynamics section will apply the background aerodynamic knowledge to analyze the UAV longitudinal, lateral and vertical static stability. This information will be complemented and by insights about how smart control systems could actuate to guarantee the UAV dynamic stability and maximize the flight performance.
Those concepts will be applied in a project where the students will work in group to perform the conceptual design of an UAV.

The course will cover the basis of aerodynamics and flight dynamics of fixed and rotating wing UAV’s. The lectures will discuss:
  • Fundamentals of fluid dynamics and aerodynamics;
  • Thin-airfoil Theory;
  • Airfoil aerodynamics;
  • Lifting-line Theory;
  • Finite-wing Theory;
  • Airfoils for UAVs;
  • Rotorcraft aerodynamics;
  • Static stability;
  • Dynamic stability;
  • Automated flight stability;
Assumed previous knowledge
Mandatory: basic physics and mathematics necessary to enroll in an MSc engineering program
Participating study
Master Systems and Control
Required materials
Recommended materials
Introduction to flight by J.D. Anderson, ISBN 978-0078027673
Fundamentals of Aerodynamics by Anderson, John D., ISBN 978-1259129919
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes


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