Rotor and Wake Aerodynamics, Certificate | Part time online | Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) | Netherlands
4 months
1000 EUR/full
1000 EUR/full
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Rotor and Wake Aerodynamics at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) 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.


Key facts

After successfully completing the Rotor and Wake Aerodynamics course, you will be able to:

  • design or source models at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) 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

Programme Structure

The course includes:
  • rotary wing aerodynamics with applications in aircraft, propulsion, fans and wind turbines.
  • A discussion of conservation laws, actuator disk/momentum theory and limitations.
  • An examination of helicopter rotor vertical flight and "windmill brake" state. How to calculate figure of merit.
  • Understanding the Betz optimum for wind turbines and lift and drag devices and the blade element momentum method.
  • "Tip" correction methods, correction for finite number of blades and heavily loaded rotors are examined.
  • The aerodynamic characteristics of airfoils for rotor applications and the properties of pitch and stall controlled wind turbines are explored as a precursor to a wind turbine rotor blade design exercise.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 4 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A relevant BEng or BSc degree in a subject closely related to the content of the course or specialized program in question, such as aerospace engineering, aeronautical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering or (applied) physics.
  • If you do not meet these requirements because you do not have a relevant Bachelor's degree but you have a Bachelor's degree from a reputable institution and you think you have sufficient knowledge and experience to complete the course, you are welcome to apply, stating your motivation and reasons for admission. The faculty of aerospace engineering will decide whether you will be admitted based on the information you have provided. Appeal against this decision is not possible

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1000 EUR/full
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    Based on the tuition of 1000 EUR for the full programme during 4 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1000 EUR/full
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    Based on the tuition of 1000 EUR for the full programme during 4 months.


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