307.476 VO Rotorcraft Design and the influence on the gear box design
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023S, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to  name the mein inforamtion about helicopters and its desing. They can name the fundamental approaches in the field of helicopter unis design with emphasis on the transmission system of helicoter. The students can describe the influence of the helicopter design on the helicopter transmission system design and they can apply the basics of helicopter aerodynamics. 

Subject of course

  1. Introduction / History of Rotorcraft
  2. Essentials of helicopter aerodynamics and flight dynamics
  3. Main helicopter units and subsystems
  4. Classification and analysis of helicopter configurations
  5. Helicopter Design process
  6. Requirements for the designed helicopter
  7. Helicopter transmission system design
  8. Maintenance repair and overhaul 

Teaching methods

The used method for knowledge transmission is the teacher-centered teaching. Questions of studends will be answered during the lecture any time. The answers are worked out together with the students. Videos to different topics are provided additionaly to the presentations slides to see the influence of the problems in the design phase in real life. 

The start of the lecture is based on history. This should enable a smooth approach into the complex matter of helicopter design. 

Mode of examination

Written and oral

Additional information

Due to the current political situation, it is not yet clear how the course can take place (current planning: block event towards the end of the lecture period).

The exam can be taken in any case. Please contact me if you are interested.

A script is available in the secretary's office.

M. Weigand



Examination modalities

The written exam is based on the questions of the text book. After the exame a oral disscussion about singe aspects is possible. 

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
02.03.2023 07:00


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 445 Mechanical Engineering ElectiveSTEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase
066 445 Mechanical Engineering Not specified
066 482 Mechanical Engineering - Management ElectiveSTEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase
066 482 Mechanical Engineering - Management Not specified
700 FW Elective Courses - Mechanical Engineering Elective


 Wayne Johnson. Rotorcraft Aeromechanics. Cambridge University Press, May 2013. ISBN 978-1-107-02807-4 Hardback.


Previous knowledge

Secure mastery of the basic knowledge in design theory and machine elements and the in-depth basics of the advanced module Higher Machine Elements.

The following modules should therefore already have been completed: Basic module Design Basic module Machine Elements Advanced module Higher Machine Elements

Preceding courses

Accompanying courses

Continuative courses