MEng Aerospace Engineering with Industrial Experience / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:

Course unit fact file
Unit code AERO41222
Credit rating 15
Unit level Level 7
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? No


This module covers fundamental aerodynamic concepts of the rotor and the aircraft, blade dynamics, helicopter stability and control, helicopter performance in various flight conditions, mission analysis and configuration design.

This module covers the role of engineering research to the development of the helicopter as we know today. Key aspects taught in this course include helicopter systems, rotor aerodynamics, blade dynamics, stability and trim, helicopter performance and design, helicopter engines.

This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 20/21 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact.  Please see Blackboard / course unit related emails for any further updates


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
MACE20411 Co-Requisite Compulsory
Aircraft Aerodynamics AERO31321 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


  •  The purpose of this module is to introduce students to vertical-lift vehicles. These are a wide class of technologically advanced flight vehicles that use rotary wings as their main propulsion system.
  • This module is multi-disciplinary and includes aerodynamics, flight mechanics, dynamics, etc.
  • At the end of the module, the students will have acquired basic engineering knowledge that allows them to understand these vehicles, how they can be designed, how they can be operated.
  • This module also introduces the concept of flight safety.
  • Students are instructed on the basics of helicopter design and carry out a simple design assignment
  • An external lecture is given to demonstrate that helicopters save lives every day – on land and at sea.



  • Introduction      
  • Technology history
  • Helicopter configurations
  • Helicopter engines
  • Aerodynamics Part I: Rotors
  • Aerodynamics Part II: Airfoils
  • Hover flight
  • Vertical flight
  • Forward flight
  • Blade element theory   
  • Blade dynamics, Part I   
  • Blade dynamics, Part II, forward flight
  • Aerodynamics Part III: Dynamic stall
  • Helicopter Performance              
  • Rotor noise        
  • Intro to Helicopter Design 

Case Studies

  • Rotor blade tips
  • Flight Safety and Risk Analysis
  • Swashplate
  • Rotor Tip Vortex
  • Tail Rotor Effectiveness
  • Autorotation
  • Helicopter Transmission & Power Trains

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 15%
Written exam 50%
Report 35%

Other - online quiz

Feedback methods

Exam - through script viewing

Online quiz - immediately

Written report - within 2 weeks

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
eAssessment 1
Lectures 24
Project supervision 50
Tutorials 14
Independent study hours
Independent study 61

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Antonino Filippone Unit coordinator

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