The MSc in Aerospace Dynamics aims to provide both fundamental and applied knowledge applicable to the understanding of air flows, vehicle dynamics and control and methods for computational modelling. The course will provide students with practical experience in the measurement, analysis, modelling and simulation of airflows and aerial vehicles. The MSc in Aerospace Dynamics stems from the programme in Aerodynamics which was one of the first masters courses offered by Cranfield and is an important part of our heritage. The integration of Aerodynamics with Flight Dynamics reflects the long-term link with the aircraft flight test activity established by Cranfield. Graduates of this course are eligible to join the Cranfield College of Aeronautics Alumni Association (CCAAA), an active community which hold a number of networking and social events throughout the year.
The aerospace industry in the UK is the largest in the world, outside of the USA. Aerodynamics and Flight Dynamics will remain a key element in the development of future aircraft; and in reducing civil transport environmental issues, making significant contributions to the next generation of aircraft configurations. In the military arena, aerodynamic modelling and flight dynamics play an important role in the design and development of combat aircraft and unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). The continuing search for aerodynamic refinement and performance optimisation for the next generation of aircraft and surface vehicles creates the need for specialist knowledge of fluid flow behaviour.
The MSc in Aerospace Dynamics aims to provide both fundamental and applied knowledge applicable to the understanding of air flows, vehicle dynamics and control and methods for computational modelling. The course will provide students with practical experience in the measurement, analysis, modelling and simulation of airflows and aerial vehicles.
The course is suitable for students with an interest in aerodynamic design, flow control, flow measurement, flight dynamics and flight control. Students have the choice of two course options:
The MSc in Aerospace Dynamics consists of 18 optional taught modules, an individual research project and a group flight test. The group flight test project consists of two compulsory modules to offer an initial introduction to aerospace dynamics and provide grounding for the group flight test.
In addition to management, communication, team work and research skills, each student will attain at least the following learning outcomes from this degree course:
- To gain a fundamental and applied understanding of air flows, vehicle dynamics and control and methods for computational modelling.
- To be able to relate the fundamental aspects of engineering and applied science to the engineering of air flows and aircraft dynamics.
- To gain a broader knowledge of aerospace engineering and the skills for in-depth analysis of aerospace dynamics-related problems.
- To receive practical experience in the measurement, analysis and modelling of aerospace dynamics, particularly in relation to airborne and land-based vehicles.
The individual research project allows you to delve deeper into an area of specific interest. It is very common for industrial partners to put forward real world problems or areas of development as potential research project topics. The project is carried out under the guidance of an academic staff member, who acts as your supervisor. The individual research project component takes place between April and August.
If agreed with the course director, part-time students have the opportunity to undertake projects in collaboration with their place of work, which would be supported by academic supervision.
Recent Individual Research Projects include:
- Spiked body instabilities at supersonic speeds
- Aerodynamic loads on a race car wing in a vortex wake
- Lateral/directional stability of a tailless aircraft
- Aerodynamic drag penalties due to runback ice
- Automotive flow control using fluidic sheets
- Aerodynamic design and optimisation of a blended wing body aircraft.
All students undertake the Group Flight Test Report during October to December. This involves a series of flight tests in the The National Flying Laboratory Centre (NFLC) Jetstream which are undertaken, reported and presented as a group exercise. This is an important part of the course as it enables candidates to experience the application of specialist skills within a real plane to a collaborative report/presentation.
The taught programme for the Aerospace Dynamics masters is generally delivered from October to April. Choice is a key feature of this course, with specialist modules available in your chosen option of either Aerodynamics or Flight Dynamics
Assessment of modules is a mixture of written reports, examinations, practicals or presentations.
The taught modules (40%), the Group Flight Test (10%) and the Individual Research Project (50%).
Industry driven research makes our graduates some of the most desirable in the world for recruitment in a wide range of career paths within the aerospace and military sector. A successful graduate should be able to integrate immediately into an industrial or research environment and make an immediate contribution to the group without further training. Increasingly, these skills are in demand in other areas including automotive, environmental, energy and medicine. Recent graduates have found positions in the aerospace, automotive and related sectors.
- BAE Systems
- Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)
- Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)
- Rolls-Royce plc
- Selex ES
- Jaguar Land Rover
- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
- Triumph Motorcycles.
A significant number of graduates go on to do research and higher degrees.
For further information
On this course, please visit our course webpage - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/Aerospace-dynamics
A first or second class UK Honours degree or equivalent in mathematics, physics or an engineering discipline.