|| Igor I. Sikorski at the command of its
contraption, the VS-300 (1941)|
This course will deal with helicopters, and more
broadly with that class of vehicle known as direct-lift
aircraft, e.g. vehicles that derive most of their lift by the action
of one or more propellers. This includes a vast class of VSTOL vehicles,
such as the tilt-rotor and the autogyro.
This course deals with the fundamental principles of the helicopter
technology and theory, and is recommended to all who have interest in
The helicopter, unlike the fixed-wing aircraft, is made of more moving and
flexible parts, and presents tremendous complications in the aerodynamics,
dynamics and mechanics and performance of the rotor systems.
This course will be essentially a multi-disciplinary one, with theory
of aerodynamic propulsion, on performance, dynamics and mechanical
Course Unit: MACE-31222
- Level: 4
- Credit rating: 10
- Teaching Arrangements: 24 hours lectures
- Degrees: Aerospace Engineering (B.Eng, M.Eng)
Course Outline (indicative)
- Introduction to Helicopter Technology
- History of Helicopter Flight
- Rotorcraft Typologies and Mission Profiles
- Basic Aerodynamics and Rotor Systems
- Aerodynamic Theory of the Rotor
- Axial Momentum Theory
- Blade Element Theory
- Vortex Theories
- Flight Analysis
- Climb and Descent
- Forward Flight
- Critical Flight Modes: Autorotation and Vortex Ring
- Range and Endurance
- The Helicopter System
- The main and tail rotor
- Airframe and tail boom
- Power Plants and gerabox
- Blade Technology
- Flight Dynamics
Please refer to the recommendadations given in the lectures. For further
reference, please visit aerodyn.org
NB: Some, but not all, notes and handouts will be distributed
during the course.
- 2 hour closed-books exam at end of the year, 80 %
- Mid term assignment, 20 %
NB: Date and place of the exam is set by the undergraduate during
Course Work Policy
- All course work is to be submitted within
3 weeks from the date of the assignement
- Course work submitted after deadline will not be marked.
- Extension of the deadline can be granted, but only on a case-by-case basis
- The report must be submitted directly to Dr. Filippone, before or after lectures
- Reports cannot be submitted via email or fax
- The instructor will be available to answer students questions after each
lecture or tutorial.
- The instructor is available for questions in his office by appointment only
Rules of Conduct in the Class Room
- Mobile telephones are to be switched off at all times.
- Students are expected to be punctual and lectures to start on time.
- Silence is expected from the students.
- Background noise will not be tolerated.
- Horseplay and willful misconduct have no place in the class room.
- No Eating, No drinking
Dr A. Filippone
The University of Manchester
School of Mechanical, Aerospace, Civil Engineering
George Begg Building
Manchester M60 1QD
Phone (+44) 161- 306 3702 (direct)