Fundamentals of Aeroelasticity: From Basics to Application – Online Short Course (Started February 13, 2024) 13 February - 7 March 2024 Online

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  • From February 13 – March 7, 2024 (4 Weeks, 8 Lectures/Classes, 16 Total Lecture Hours)
  • Every Tuesday and Thursday at 13:00-15:00 Eastern Time (all sessions will be recorded and available for replay; course notes will be available for download)
  • Learn about the fascinating interaction between aerodynamics, structures and control, their modelling challenges, and their impact on the aircraft behavior.
  • All students will receive an AIAA Certificate of Completion at the end of the course

This course will provide a condensed introduction to aircraft aeroelasticity from fundamentals to application. Aeroelasticity studies the interaction between structural elasticity, structural dynamics, and steady/unsteady aerodynamics. The course will touch upon all relevant aspects of aeroelasticity ranging from the fundamentals of aeroelastic modeling and phenomena to larger-scale aeroelastic modeling of aircraft. Topics such as aerodynamic and structural models tailored towards aeroelastic calculations, interpolation methods to couple aerodynamics with structures, and aeroelastic control and nonlinearities are covered.

Aeroelasticity represents an integral discipline in aircraft design facilitating static and dynamic loads and aircraft aeroelastic stability assessment. With the efforts to make aviation more environmentally friendly, aeroelasticity is gaining importance in airframe structural optimization to make the aircraft as lightweight as possible. This renders more flexible aircraft and hence more susceptible to aeroelastic phenomena. In this context, aeroelasticity is employed in several fields such as flexible aircraft handling qualities assessment and control, maneuver and gust load alleviation, flutter suppression, and performance optimization.

The goal of this course is to provide you with an essential understanding of aeroelasticity and the basic tools to apply it, such that you can use this knowledge to model aeroelastic problems and interpret aeroelastic response and stability solutions. The course will not go into advanced detail but will provide you with an understanding of the important aspects of the aeroelasticity field.


  • Explain the importance of aeroelasticity in aerospace vehicle analysis and design.
  • Understand the static and dynamic aeroelastic stability and response phenomena.
  • Derive the governing aeroelasticity equations using energy methods.
  • Apply the governing aeroelasticity equations to solving the aeroelastic stability and response problems.
  • Create an interface between aerodynamic and structural domain comprising an aeroelastic problem.
  • Apply stability and control of an aeroservoelastic system.
  • Assess the impacts of nonlinearities on the stability and responses of an aeroservoelastic system.
  • See full course outline below


  • Professionals working in the aerospace sector related to the field of aeroelasticity who want to get more insight into the bigger picture.
  • Aerospace engineering academics with knowledge peripheral to the field of aeroelasticity who are looking to expand their frontiers. 
  • Senior BSc students, MSc students and PhD candidates in aerospace or mechanical engineering who want to learn more about aeroelasticity.
  • Learners should have prior knowledge on subsonic aerodynamics, structural vibrations, linear control theory and basics of programming (Python will be used in the course, a getting started tutorial will be provided to be studied prior to the course if needed)

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- AIAA Member Price: $895 USD
- Non-Member Price: $1,095 USD
- AIAA Student Member Price: $495 USD

Classroom hours / CEUs: 16 classroom hours / 1.6 CEU/PDH

Cancellation Policy: A refund less a $50.00 cancellation fee will be assessed for all cancellations made in writing prior to 10 days before the start of the event. After that time, no refunds will be provided.

Contact: Please contact Lisa Le or Customer Service If you have any questions about the course or group discounts.

Course Outline

Week1: Fundamentals of aeroelasticity on a typical section:
  • Introduction of the typical section.
  • Derivation of the governing equations for the typical section.
  • Derivation of steady, quasi-steady and unsteady aerodynamic models for the typical section.
  • Aeroelastic response phenomena: gust response, static and dynamic loads.
  • Aeroelastic stability behavior: flutter and divergence phenomenon and calculation methods.
Week 2: Aeroelastic modelling:
  • Structural models for aeroelasticity, Hamilton’s principle to derive the linear multiple degree-of-freedom equations of motion.
  • Moving from physical space to modal space.
  • Modal selection techniques to reduce the modal truncation error
  • Coupling of structural and aerodynamic models.
Week 3: Nonlinear aeroelasticity:
  • Introduction of aeroelastic nonlinearities (Structural, aerodynamic, control surface related nonlinearities.
  • Analysis methods of nonlinear aeroelastic systems
  • Nonlinear aeroelastic phenomena (limit cycle oscillations, intermittent flutter, bifurcation of static and stationery solution)
Week 4: Aeroservoelasticity
  • Aeroservoelastic response phenomena: control effectiveness and reversal
  • Equations of motion of a typical wing section with a servo actuation
  • Stability analysis of an aeroservoelasticity system
  • Control design and analysis of an aeroservoelasticity system
Course Delivery and Materials
  • The course lectures will be delivered via Zoom. You can test your connection here:
  • Access to the Zoom classroom will be provided to registrants near to the course start date.
  • All sessions will be available on-demand within 1-2 days of the lecture. Once available, you can stream the replay video anytime, 24/7.
  • All slides will be available for download after each lecture. No part of these materials may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted, unless for course participants. All rights reserved.
  • Between lectures during the course, the instructor(s) will be available via email for technical questions and comments.
In order of teaching, one per week:

Roeland De Breuker is an Associate Professor in the Aerospace Structures and Materials departments at the Delft University of Technology. He specialises in the development of novel technologies for wing structures and movables to reduce the life cycle impact of aircraft. To achieve that goal, he develops dedicated multidisciplinary software to design the novel wing technologies and to assess their impact on the aircraft level. He also develops the technologies to TRL4 to be tested on the test bench and in the wind tunnel.
Saullo G. P. Castro is an Assistant Professor in the department of Aerospace Structures and Materials at the Delft University of Technology, working on design, analysis, and optimization of lightweight structures. Together with his research group, he develops methodologies to quantitatively assess crashworthiness in the preliminary design of aircraft; and methodologies to explore the maximum strength of available materials in designs that allow post-buckling.

Jurij Sodja earned his PhD from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ljubljana. After graduation he joined the Aerospace Structures and Materials department at Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology as a post-doc, where he continues his career to date as a Senior Researcher. He later moved to the position of Assistant Professor. His primary research interests are experimental aeroelasticity, low-fidelity modeling of fluid-structure interaction phenomena and smart morphing structures.
Xuerui Wang received her Ph.D. degree in aerospace engineering from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Delft, the Netherlands, in 2019. From May 2019 to May 2020, she was a postdoctoral researcher with the Smart and Aeroelastic Structure Laboratory in TU Delft. Since May 2020, she has become an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering of TU Delft. Her research interests are nonlinear control, reinforcement learning, aeroelasticity, aerial robotics, and active morphing structures.


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