Checking date: 05/05/2020

Course: 2019/2020

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


Students are expected to have completed
Aerodynamics; Mechanics of Flight; Stability and Integrity of Aerospace Structures;
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
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.
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. Introduction to Vibrations and Aeroelasticity in Helicopters 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
Basic Bibliography
  • J. Gordon Leishman. Principles of Helicopter Aerodynamics. Cambridge University Press. 2002

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.