Checking date: 22/06/2021

Course: 2022/2023

Helicopters and other aircrafts
Study: Bachelor in Aerospace Engineering (251)

Coordinating teacher: CAVALLARO , RAUNO

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Aerodynamics; Mechanics of Flight; Stability and Integrity of Aerospace Structures;
The goal of this course is to introduce student to the concepts of rotary wing aerodynamics and aeromechanics; helicopter flight mechanics; helicopter operations; and helicopter design. Additionally the description of other types of aircrafts will be addressed and an introduction to the main aspects of helicopters technology.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1. Introduction to V/STOL Aircrafts 2. Introduction Momentum Theory and Blade Element Theory 3. Axial Flight 4. Forward Flight 5. Helicopter Performances 6. Stability and Control 7. Blade aero-mechanics 8. Helicopter Design
Learning activities and methodology
Theory sessions. Problems and Projects based learning.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • J. Gordon Leishman. Principles of Helicopter Aerodynamics. Cambridge University Press. 2002
Additional Bibliography
  • A.R.S. Bramwell George Done David Balmford. Bramwell's Helicopter Dynamics. Butterworth-Heinemann. 2001

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.