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Code 10395
Year 4
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload TP(60H)
Scientific area Aeronautics and Astronautics
Entry requirements None
Mode of delivery Theory and practice
Work placements Not applicable.
Learning outcomes To introduce the fundamental aspects about rotary wing aircraft. To make the student able to identify and develop solutions, complying with requirements, in the design, development or operations of Helicopters.
Syllabus Chapter 1 Basic Theory
1.1­ Rotor aerodynamics in vertical flight and hovering
1.2­ Rotor aerodynamics in vertical autorotation
1.3­ Rotor aerodynamics in horizontal Flight
1.4­ Helicopter performance
1.5­ Helicopter Stability and Control
Chapter 2 Helicopter Operation
2.1­ Low speed Flight and Take­offs
2.2­ Power Failure
2.3­ Safety
Chapter 3 Helicopter Design
3.1­ Rotor design
3.2­ Reduction gears
3.3­ Structure
3.4­ Control systems
Main Bibliography Base:
Miguel Silvestre, "Apontamentos da disciplina de helicópteros". UBI, 2017.
Prouty, Raymond W., Helicopter Performance, Stability and Control. Krieger Publishing Company, Florida. 1995.
Johnson, W., Helicopter theory. Dover Publications. 1994.
Prouty, Raymond W., Helicopter Aerodynamics. Rotor Wing International. 1985.
FAA, Rotorcraft Handbook. U.S. Department of Transportation. 2000.

Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria The teaching methodology is based in classes with lectures, discussion about the subjects and theory application
exercises comprising model implementation, results analyses and optimization. The students have a group work,
oriented by the teacher aimed at study, comprehension and application of the theory, as well as developing the review,
interpretation and production of scientific publications. This group work also develops the ability of the students to work
in a team environment. The evaluation is based in one written test and one group assignment. The written test allows to
judge about the extent of how the student learned the fundamental aspects. The group work develops the students'
capacity to being able to identify and develop solutions, complying with requirements, design and develop one rotary
wing device.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2020-05-18

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