307.504 Aircraft Design I
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2021W, VU, 4.0h, 5.0EC


  • Semester hours: 4.0
  • Credits: 5.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Distance Learning

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to...

  • carry out the first steps of an aircraft design in practice
  • layout and dimension transport aircraft and its principal components 
  • to name and quantify the influence of main design parameters on the performance of the design and their interactions

Subject of course

Development of aircraft technology, comparison of aircraft with other means of transportation, design guidelines, configurative design of the aircraft and design of the payload system (cabin, cargo hold), main design parameters and their influence on aircraft characteristics and performance (mass estimation, sizing of wing and engines), aircraft family concepts, atmosphere models

Teaching methods

Lecture with the aim of providing students with a basic understanding of the cause-and-effect relationships between design and quality parameters. Demonstration of the relationships by means of animated diagrams (applets). Presentation of the calculation methods in the exercise parts. Design project in small groups. 

Mode of examination


Additional information

Aircraft Design I is the first part of a two-semester series. Aircraft Design II will be offered in the following semester, where more detailed methods of design analysis are dealt with.   



Course dates

Mon16:00 - 18:0004.10.2021 - 24.01.2022 (LIVE)Aircraft Design I
Thu16:00 - 18:0007.10.2021 - 27.01.2022 (LIVE)Aircraft Design I
Aircraft Design I - Single appointments
Mon04.10.202116:00 - 18:00 Aircraft Design I
Thu07.10.202116:00 - 18:00 Aircraft Design I
Mon11.10.202116:00 - 18:00 Aircraft Design I
Thu14.10.202116:00 - 18:00 Aircraft Design I
Mon18.10.202116:00 - 18:00 Aircraft Design I
Thu21.10.202116:00 - 18:00 Aircraft Design I
Mon25.10.202116:00 - 18:00 Aircraft Design I
Thu28.10.202116:00 - 18:00 Aircraft Design I
Thu04.11.202116:00 - 18:00 Aircraft Design I
Mon08.11.202116:00 - 18:00 Aircraft Design I
Thu11.11.202116:00 - 18:00 Aircraft Design I
Thu18.11.202116:00 - 18:00 Aircraft Design I
Mon22.11.202116:00 - 18:00 Aircraft Design I
Thu25.11.202116:00 - 18:00 Aircraft Design I
Mon29.11.202116:00 - 18:00 Aircraft Design I
Thu02.12.202116:00 - 18:00 Aircraft Design I
Mon06.12.202116:00 - 18:00 Aircraft Design I
Thu09.12.202116:00 - 18:00 Aircraft Design I
Mon13.12.202116:00 - 18:00 Aircraft Design I
Thu16.12.202116:00 - 18:00 Aircraft Design I

Examination modalities

Assessment of the design project on the basis of the written elaboration and a presentation of the project results. 

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
20.09.2021 08:00 15.10.2021 18:00 15.10.2021 18:00


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
ALG For all Students


refer to literature entries "German/Deutsch" 

Previous knowledge

Basic knowledge of fluid mechanics and design theory. CAD knowledge is also an advantage.


if required in English