Checking date: 29/10/2022

Course: 2023/2024

Advanced aircraft design and certification I
Master in Aeronautical Engineering / Máster Universitario en Ingeniería Aeronáutica (Plan: 328 - Estudio: 296)

Coordinating teacher: CAVALLARO , RAUNO

Department assigned to the subject: Aerospace Engineering Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Students are expected to have some knowledge of theory of elasticity, aerospace structures and aircraft design.
Good knowledge of advanced structural analysis, with emphasis on finite element modeling Good knowledge of aircraft certification process, and in particular the airframe certification test program
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
The course is divided in two different parts: Finite element theory and aircraft certification processes. 1. Finite elements - Introduction to FEA. Review of elasticity. - The finite element analysis process - The finite element formulation - Types of elements and properties - Numerical integration - Properties of the solution. Error estimation. - Modeling for dynamic analysis and vibrations 2. Aircraft certification processes 2.1. General Overview 2.2. Airworthiness Authorities and their Regulations: ICAO, Europe, USA, Spain, Militay AA 2.3. EASA Part 21 2.4. Certification Specifications. 2.5. Type Certification - Type Certificate - Changes to Type Certificate - Supplemental Type Certificate - Certification Process - Qualification vs Certification 2.6. Continuous Airworthiness. - Modification of In service Aircrafts - Part M - Part 145 2.7. Airframe certification. - Airframe Certification Plan - Certification Test Program 2.8. Certification Documentation.
Learning activities and methodology
Theory sessions. Problem sessions working individually and in groups. Lab-sessions with mathematical software.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Filippo De Florio . Airworthiness. An introduction to Aircraft Certification. . BH. 2006
  • K.J. Bathe . Finite Element Procedures . Klaus-Jurgen Bathe. 2007
  • Logan, D. L. . A first course in the finite element method.. Cengage Learning.. 2011
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
Additional Bibliography
  • Cook, RD; Malkus, DS; Plesha, ME; Witt, RJ. . Concepts and Applications of Finite Element Analysis. John Wiley & Sons. 2002
  • Megson, T.H.G. Aircraft Structures for Engineering Students. Elsevier. 2013
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The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.