Course detail

Aircraft Design II

FSI-OK2Acad. year: 2015/2016

The following topics are dealt with: Basic conceptual design of aircraft, elements of aircraft structures, types of structures and airworthiness requirements. Design of fuselage, control tail surfaces and control system, build in of engines and undercarriage.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students are acquainted with rules and methods of aircraft design in accordance with international airworthiness requirements.


Basic knowledge of aerodynamics of an aircraft. Basic knowledge of strength and elastic theory. Basic knowledge of aircraft materials.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

BRUHN, E.: Analysis and design of flight vehicle structures. Jacobs Pub, 1973. ISBN 0961523409. (EN)
PÁVEK, J., KOPŘIVA, Z.: Konstrukce a projektování letadel 1. Vyd.1. Brno, VAAZ, 1979. (CS)
Niu, C. Y.: Airframe structural design, 2nd ed.,Conmilit press LTD., Hong-kong, 1988. (EN)
Stinton, D.: The Anatomy of the Airplane, Loughborough University of Technology, Leicestershire, UK, 1998. (EN)
Roskam, J.: Airplane design – Part V: Component weight estimation, Roskam aviation and engineering corporation, Ottawa, 1985. (EN)
Čalkovský A., Pávek J.: Konstrukce a pevnost letadel I., Brno, 1986. (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Exercises are focused on practical topics presented in lectures.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Course-unit credit requirements: participation in the course (80% at the minimum), all elaborated tasks must be hand in on time. The exam is of oral form – three questions and if necessary a lecturer asks one additional question.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The objective of the course is to make students familiar with conceptual rules of aircraft design.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Course-unit credit requirements: participation in the course (80% at the minimum). The absence (in justifiable cases) can be compensated by personal consultation with the lecturer and elaboration of individually assigned topics and exercises.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2I-P Master's

    branch M-STL , 2. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



52 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1.Ailerons, spoilers. Aileron differential.
2.Aerodynamic balance, mass balance of ailerons. Aileron loading, aileron structural design.
3.High-lift devices. Trailing-edge flaps. Leading-edge flaps, slats. Air brakes, spoilers. Trailing-edge flap loading.
4.Tailplanes. Configuration of tailplanes and their advantages and disadvantages. Tailplane geometry.
5.All-moving tailplanes. V-tail. Tailplane loading, tailplane structure. Aerodynamic balance, mass balance of control surfaces.
6.Fuselage. Functional and design requirements. Fuselage geometry. Cockpit, cabin design. Fuselage structural design.
7.Joint fittings, wind shields, passenger seats, interior. Pressured cabin. Loading and stress calculation of fuselage.
8.Landing gear. Functional and design requirements. Nosewheel, tailwheel and bicycle undercarriage.
9.Stability of undercarriage, shimmy. Wheels, brakes, shock absorbers.
10.Flight control systems. Functional and design requirements. Control systems loading.
11.Direct manual, power-assisted, power-operated systems. Active flight control system (FBW).
12.Aircraft propulsion system. Propulsion system components. Location of the engines. Engine controls.
13.Loading and stress calculation of the engine mounting.


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1.Determination of weight for the mass balance of the elevator.
2.Calculation of the mass balance mounting on the elevator
3.Investigation of tail surface loading at manoeuvre and gust.
4.Calculation of the hinge moment of the elevator.
5.Calculation of forces at fittings of a stabiliser.
6.Design of a cockpit wind shield and creation of a view diagram.
7.Determination of forces at hinges of a pressurized cabin door.
8.Calculation of forces, load factors and acceleration during landing.
9.Design of a landing gear retracting mechanism.
10.Stress analysis of selected parts of the control system.
11.Stress analysis of truss engine mounting.
12.Stress analysis of beam engine mounting.
13.Proposal of vertical tail surface static test.