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Faculty of Aerospace Engineering

MSc Programme
Aerospace Engineering


Flight Performance
and Propulsion
MSc Track structure
Join us in the exploration
Course Description EC
of future aircraft and Core courses Gain a broad view on a field of expertise 18
Profile courses Focus on a particular subfield 13
propulsion systems! Elective courses Specialise in a particular area of expertise or add multi- +/- 15
disciplinary elements, repair educational deficiencies or
address a personal interest *
At TU Delft we offer you a leading Literature study Prepare for the thesis subject 12
academic programme in aerospace Research Prepare for the thesis subject 2
engineering and technology in Europe. methodologies
Our internationally-oriented programme Internship Acquire professional skills during a three-month internship
at a Dutch or international company or institute *
prepares you to respond effectively and
MSc thesis An in-depth research project or design assignment in your
rapidly to the needs in the aerospace 42
subject of choice
sector with solutions that are
*Optionally abroad
innovative, technically feasible and
commercially viable. At our state-of-
the-art test and laboratory facilities you The master track Flight Performance provide, and of research performed
acquire the engineering skills needed and Propulsion teaches students about by our group. These research areas are
in advanced industrial applications. design aspects of innovative solutions highly relevant if we want to contribute
During your specialisation phase for the modern and next-generation to the ambitious targets to reduce
the MSc track you will develop into aircraft, and about cutting-edge engines, the environmental impact of aviation,
an independently-thinking, professionally- their components and power systems. as proposed by the Advisory Committee
oriented, innovative engineer and Therefore, aircraft-engine integration is for Aeronautics Research in Europe
researcher. also an important topic in the lectures we (ACARE).
Our mission is to advance the design of The educational programme is designed their Master thesis. This is where all the
innovative aircraft configurations and to provide the students with in-depth knowledge from the first year can be put
propulsion concepts, by exploration of: fundamental knowledge of these key areas. into practice and where students can
new technologies and unconventional take an active part in our wide range of
airplane configurations Profile research projects.
advanced flight physics modelling to The Flight Performance and Propulsion
improve the prediction and simulation Master track has a single profile. The Academic staff
of air-vehicle performance educational programme consists of a Professor Leo Veldhuis
new methods and tools to improve fixed set of mandatory courses that Expertise: Aerodynamic design
the quality effectiveness of the design deepens the knowledge of the students Professor Piero Colonna
process in the fields of propulsion and power, Expertise: Propulsion and Power
The research and education activities flight mechanics and aircraft design & Professor Georg Eitelberg
within this Master track are pursued and design methodologies. Elective courses Expertise: Experimental aerodynamics
coordinated by two full time professors, are typically selected in consultation with Dr M. Voskuijl, Master track coordinator
one part-time professor, four assistant the master track coordinator such that Expertise: Flight mechanics
professors and five dedicated lecturers. the student becomes an expert in one
Each of the staff members has a different of these fields. For example, students Job perspectives
expertise, varying from air-breathing interested in the field of propulsion and The job perspective for graduates of the
propulsion systems, turbo-machinery power are recommended to take the FPP track is great. Most graduates already
and power systems to flight mechanics courses Heat transfer problems in gas find a job prior to their graduation. Many
and aircraft design and integration. turbines and Gas turbine simulation / of our graduates decide to pursue a career
The knowledge and competences within application. Students who would like to in the aerospace field, either in industry
the Flight Performance and Propulsion focus on flight performance and aircraft or research institutes, both nationally
section are therefore grouped in three design will benefit for example from and abroad. In the Netherlands popular
key areas: courses on computational fluid dynamics employers are Fokker Aerostructures,
Propulsion and Power and mathematical optimisation techniques. the Dutch National Aerospace Laboratory
Flight Mechanics Perhaps the most important part of the (NLR), Atkins, Fokker Elmo, Royal
Aircraft Design & Design Methodologies Master track is the final year, where the Dutch Shell and Ke-Works. Many of our
students have to conduct research for graduates aspire an international career.
They work for example for companies
dedicated to designing and building aircraft
and propulsion systems, such as Airbus,
Rolls Royce, MTU Aero Engines, Pilatus
Aircraft and Siemens. Other students
start their own companies or work in
consultancy and finance. Finally, some
choose to pursue a PhD degree.
Research programmes portfolio full of different aircraft design
courses (and not only focusing on one
Propeller Integration area). With the programme you learn a lot
To achieve a step-change in the propulsive about air breathing engines, aerodynamics,
efficiency of future aircraft, a shift to aircraft design and design optimisation.
propeller propulsion might be required. This makes you a student with a broad
Therefore, in recent years propeller range of knowledge, ready for the aerospace
research has gained increased momentum industry!
in the international community. Within Currently I am writing my MSc thesis
the FPP group research is performed about the impact of control allocation (CA)
focusing on the aerodynamic and acoustic techniques on trim drag for various (new)
performance of propellers integrated on aircraft configurations. I have been able
the airframe. Apart from the analysis and to do wind tunnel tests for my research,
optimisation of the isolated propeller where I analysed the performance of the
system, also the interactions between control allocation algorithms. This is done
the airframe and the propeller need to be by deflecting various control surfaces
Crispijn Huijts
considered. The goal of the investigations on a blended wing body aircraft model
is to reduce the performance and noise and logging the models coefficients.

penalties associated with these airframe After the tests, the second part of the
interaction effects. Students involved in research consisted of implementing the CA
the project perform experiments in the During my BSc I discovered that my algorithms in a conceptual design tool for
facultys various wind tunnel facilities using interests of study courses are very broad, (un)conventional aircraft. This software
powered propeller test rigs and advanced I like mathematics, aircraft performance, tool is developed by the department of FPP
measurement techniques, while also CFD aerodynamics, aircraft design and many itself and by adding a trim module, I can
tools are applied for numerical evaluations. more subjects. In selecting a Master Track, help develop this tool further.
I first had some difficulty. Due to this wide By combining wind tunnel tests and the
AGILE - Aircraft 3rd Generation interest, many tracks seemed like a good implementation in the design tool, I am
MDO for Innovative Collaboration of choice to me. However, the combination of not only working on one programme for
Heterogeneous Teams of Experts the focus areas flight mechanics and aircraft 8 months, but also have a practical touch
This EC sponsored project targets design, offered by Flight Performance and with performing wind tunnel tests, which
advanced multidisciplinary optimisation Propulsion, seemed to be the a perfect fit has been amazing and made me even more
of aircraft using distributed analysis for my interests. enthusiastic about the subject.

frameworks. Advanced optimisation A varying Master programme can be chosen
techniques and strategies will be in which you can focus on your personal
developed in order to exploit available preference, but still have a complete
computing systems and to gain faster
convergence to optimal solutions.
Knowledge-enabled information
technologies will be developed in order
to support complex collaborative design
process. The methods and tools that will
be developed in AGILE will be tested
and verified using realistic overall aircraft
design tasks for conventional, strut-
braced, box-wing and BWB configurations,
including UAVs. The project is set up
to proof a speed up of 40% for solving
realistic MDO problems compared to
todays state-of-the-art. This will enable
also a more agile way of collaboration
between OEMs and suppliers, open
opportunities for joint aircraft development
and experimenting on innovative products.
Airbus, Alenia, Bombardier, Fokker, Saab,
NLR, DLR, ONERA, Noesis and KE-works
are just some of the 20 partners which will
collaborate with the TU Delft in the coming
3 years, providing opportunities for MSc
and PhD projects.
Bosch project airports, banks, apartment blocks, Permission for doing research within this
Distributed generation of electricity, condominiums, university campuses, track of this Master is partly dependent on
heating and cooling for buildings from factories, stadiums in world areas with a screening under the Missile and Nuclear
solar radiation can have a large impact an average yearly solar irradiation between Research Exemption scheme:
on the path to a renewable energy future. 1500 and 2000 kWh/m2.
Constraints on cost, efficiency, energy exemption-certain-engineering-or-
storage, reliability, materials, scalability Admission requirements: nuclear-related-courses-of-study
and complexity have so-far prevented a Dutch BSc degree in Aerospace
widespread adoption of solar energy Engineering, Mechanical Engineering,
technologies. A small (5 50 kWe ) Maritime Engineering, Electrical
concentrated solar power (CSP) system Engineering, Civil Engineering,
based on the Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) Physics, Applied Physics, or Physics &
concept features unique advantages: Astronomy or
its average electrical efficiency could A BSc degree in Military Systems &
be very high ( 20%), and in addition it Technology of the Netherlands Defense
would allow for thermal energy storage, Academy (NLDA) or
together with cogeneration of heating a Dutch degree of a University of
and cooling. This system would boast an Applied Sciences in Aeronautics,
unparalleled total conversion efficiency Aviation, Mechanical Engineering,
(up to 95%), and a high utilisation factor Maritime Engineering, Civil Engineering,
throughout the year, which would put it Design & Innovation. These students
well above competing technologies. ORC have to complete a special bridging
turbogenerators of this size programme prior to enrolment on
are not on the market, and miniaturisation the MSc.
involves a number of challenges related
to the turbine: highly supersonic and very Ideally you have obtained either a BSc
small volumetric flow, very high expansion degree in Aerospace or Mechanical
ratio, need to limit secondary losses, Engineering at a top level University.
strong dense-gas effects. In case of a mechanical engineering
The main aim of this project is to highlight background, the program followed
possible high-impact solutions. Notably, should have a strong emphasis on fluid
the focus is on the development of the mechanics, thermodynamics and power
mini-turbine for a solar Organic Rankine and propulsion systems. Formal admission
Cycle system in the power range 5 50 requirements are listed below.
kWe for the green building of the future.
The system is powered by solar troughs Details about the admission with a BSc
and generate simultaneously electricity, degree from a non-Dutch university are
cooling and heating. available on the TU Delft website:
The commercial product will be suitable for
buildings like shopping malls, warehouses, applicationandadmission
hospitals, hotels, military installations,

For further information International students are recommended

More information on the MSc track to visit: TUDelftAerospaceEngineering
Flight Performance and Propulsion master-of-science-programme/
can be obtained at: information-request @AETUDelft
All questions regarding international
Alternatively, you can also contact admissions should be directed to our
the MSc track coordinator: international office: M. Voskuijl
T +31 15 27 83992
Room number: 7.08
March 2015