Rotor and wake aerodynamics are key to many applications such as helicopter and propeller rotors in transport and wind turbines for electricity generation. But rotors have a tendency to generate three-dimensional unsteady aerodynamic phenomena that are complex both to understand and to model.

For anyone working in the development and production of helicopter or wind turbine blades, this course is invaluable. It will deliver a depth of knowledge of the science and an ability to apply the technology that will enhance the careers of those already in the industry and the prospects of those wishing to enter it.

The course focuses on the following topics:

  • Momentum theory applied to rotor simulation and design and potential flow models for rotors
  • Airfoil aerodynamics
  • Unsteady aerodynamics
  • Aeroacoustics
  • Wake aerodynamic

After successfully completing the course, you will be able to:

  • design or source models which can represent the aerodynamics of different rotor configurations
  • appraise different models and critique their suitability
  • analyze complex rotor flows (rotors in yaw, wind farms, etc.)
  • identify and summarize the main fluid phenomena and evaluate their interaction
  • integrate different models to analyze the flow and combine the different models, evaluating their limitations and overlap
  • design a rotor from an aerodynamic perspective

Modeling can be carried out in any programming language, for example, MATLAB, C, or Python.

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Last updated March 11, 2019
This course is Online
Start Date
Feb 2020
17 weeks
1,000 EUR
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