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Delft University of Technology

Introduction to Aeronautical Engineering

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Have you ever flown in an airplane and are you curious about how flying works? Are you interested in the fundamental concepts behind flying? How does a wing generate lift? And how can we fly as optimally as possible?

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of aeronautics, using a tour through the history of flight, starting with ballooning and continuing on to airplanes and helicopters.

Experts from the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering of Delft University of Technology will help you explore and discover the fundamentals of flight, in three blocks. First, you will explore the history of flight including ballooning and obtain a basic understanding of aircraft and the earth's atmosphere. Topics include stability, navigation, propulsion and the structure of aircraft. Block two examines the principles of aerodynamics. You will learn for instance how the shape of an airfoil or wing impacts the amount of lift generated. Block three covers flight mechanics, including various flight phases, such as descending, climbing or cruise, and the most optimal flying conditions for each phase.

Taught by

Jacco M. Hoekstra

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  • VL Srinivas completed this course, spending 8 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    This course gives you complete overview of Aeronautical Engineering. Each and every aspect of AE is covered with a brief explanation. Structures, Aerodynamics, Propulsion and Flight Mechanics. These are included with a few practical demonstrations which make the course more interesting. If you're looking to have a brief overview of all the subjects of Aeronautical engineering, then this course is utmost suggested. Thanks to Prof. Jacco Hoekstra.
  • Anonymous Coward completed this course, spending 8 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.

    A challenging, yet rewarding course that introduces you to many of the different disciplines that go into building and flying aircraft. You'll learn everything from the history of hot air balloons, to watching wind tunnel demonstrations, to taking a ride along with a test pilot, to lots of homework assignments that solidify the concepts taught in class. Definitely not for the faint of heart, but well worth the effort.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Very interesting, well explained, not so easy but not impossible. Nice teachers and good community, if you really like aeronautics and have no or basic knowledge I recommend you to take this course.
    It took me about 90 hours to complete it.
  • RS completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    It worth the efforts, they made the course very entertaining, it is well explained, the use of the virtual blackboard was a big plus, great teachers and staff, so is the community.
    I never felt lazy to do the homeworks which are not that easy. They are hard enough so you can check that you really understood the lessons but not that hard.
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