This programme offers a holistic view on aircraft design. An aircraft is a complex, integrated, closely connected system of various technologies and disciplines such as aerodynamics, structure, propulsion, actuation and other on-board systems.
The aircraft industry faces major challenges in the transition towards sustainable transportation. After graduating from this programme you will be qualified to work independently and take on a leading role in the development of tomorrow’s aircraft. You will be introduced to the entire design process, from conceptual design to the final prototype. Problem-based learning, with frequent use of inter-course discipline examples, is a central part of our teaching. Several courses follow the CDIO (Conceive – Design – Implement – Operate) philosophy. The latter part of the programme involves a project in which these disciplines come together as you and your fellow students will design, build and fly an aircraft, or a subscale version.
Linköping is one of few places in the world where aircraft are designed and manufactured. There are several aeronautical and military aviation businesses in the city, such as Saab, the producer of the Gripen aircraft. Our students benefit from our location through close research collaboration between the University, the aerospace industry, and our industry-affiliated teachers.
The first year of the programme deals with the fundamentals of aeronautics, such as aircraft design, aerodynamics, engineering system design, product modelling, and aircraft systems and installation. Throughout the programme, progression is important and a mix of elective and mandatory courses prepares you for the thesis in the final semester. The use of contemporary engineering design tools is extensive and necessary in a multidisciplinary field such as aeronautical engineering.
During the studies you will choose one of the following profiles:
- Aircraft Systems Design
This profile teaches the holistic design concept, from customer needs to design parameter/characteristics and vehicle performance. This includes several courses focusing on overall and detailed design, but also engineering skills for modelling, simulation, and design analysis. You will also learn about systems engineering, in particular the technology and system architecture engineering of on-board propulsion, electric, and hydraulic systems.
The air flow around an aircraft is substantially affecting its performance. In order to achieve acceptable and competitive results, modelling and simulation are vital parts of the development process. In this profile you will study how the flow affects performance and how to systematically improve it using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). Learning methodology is central.
- Aircraft Structures
Reducing the weight of the aircraft is a classic challenge. The structural modelling, design and analysis of the components, in relation to the strict weight, strength and fatigue requirements placed on these components, are addressed in this profile. The final project involves the design and computational analysis of a component with relevance to the aircraft industry.