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Aircraft Design

An Open Educational Resource (OER) for Hamburg Open Online University (HOOU)

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Publications and Videos about Aircraft Design and this OER

item PFLAUM, Ellen; SCHOLZ, Dieter: Aircraft Design (Flugzeugentwurf).
In: Synergie - Fachmagazin für Digitalisierung in der Lehre. Sonderband: HOOU Content Projekte 2015/16, 2017. -
*.pdf HOOU-Content-Projekte-2015-2016_AircraftDesign.pdf     Geändert am:  27 May 2017,     Größe:  839K


item FLITTA, Julia; SCHOLZ, Dieter: Aircraft Design (Entwurf von Passagierflugzeugen). - URL:
*.pdf HOOU-Poster_AircraftDesign_2016.pdf     Geändert am:  27 May 2017,     Größe:  1.6M


Aircraft Design @ HOOU - Teaser
German, English subtitles (2016)

Aircraft Design @ HOOU - Introduction

Aircraft Design @ HOOU - Interview
Prof. Scholz, German (2016)

Aircraft Design @ HOOU - Interview
Prof. Scholz, English (2016)

Subtitles? Start video, click on "YouTube", switch on Subtitles and switch to English Language there!

Watch the video The Kid and the Kite (1995). It is about the fascination of aerospace from an industrial perspective. The video is international as it works without words. Interesting is also the philosophical trailer. What do you think about it? Do you think industry can live up these statements in reality?



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Start to Learn with this Hotspot Picture

Get started with Aircraft Design by learning about the main parts of an aircraft.
Click on (+) to get a Definition of the related aircraft component and follow the links to Wikipedia and NASA to learn more.
Click on the Hotspot (+) which is up in the air in the picture for an Introduction!!!
Look at NASA's Overview of Aircraft Parts.
The picture shows an Emirates Airbus A340-300 (source).


Aircraft Design

Lecture Notes

Please quote the lecture notes like this:
SCHOLZ, Dieter, 2015. Aircraft Design. Lecture Notes. Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. Available from:

Dieter SCHOLZ: Aircraft Design
Chapter Titel Number of Pages PDF Remarks
  Title Page 2 *.pdf  
  Contents 4 *.pdf  
1 Introduction 7 *.pdf  
2 Aircraft Design Sequence 6 *.pdf  
3 Requirements and Certification 6 *.pdf  
4 Aircraft Configurations 11 *.pdf Sketch your aircraft ideas with NASA's OpenVSP
maybe together with OpenVSP-Connect (Excel)
5 Preliminary Sizing 32 *.pdf Aircraft preliminary sizing, Part 25:
Preliminary Sizing Tool: PreSTo-Classic (Excel Workbook)
Simple Aircraft Sizing & Optimization: SAS (Excel Workbook)
6 Fuselage Design 21 *.pdf Cabin and fuselage interactive design:
Preliminary Sizing Tool, Module 2: PreSTo-Cabin (Excel Workbook)
7 Wing Design 43 *.pdf Paper: Efficiency of Winglets
Wing lift curve slope & lift distribution: Diederich Method (Excel Workbook)
8 High Lift Systems and Maximum Lift Coefficients 21 *.pdf Alternative method to wing maximum lift coefficient:
Diederich Method (Excel Workbook)
9 Empennage General Design 16 *.pdf Paper: Empennage Sizing with Tail Volume & Method for Dorsal Fin Layout
10 Mass and Center of Gravity 24 *.pdf  
11 Empennage Sizing 29 *.pdf  
12 Landing Gear Conceptual Design and Integration 13 *.pdf Author: Bernd Trahmer
13 Drag Prediction 16 *.pdf Zero-lift drag from:
a) Sum of wetted areas and equivalent skin friction factor, or
b) Drag build-up from major aircraft components.
14 Design Evaluation / DOC 32 *.pdf DOC Calculation:
Preliminary Sizing Tool, Module 9: PreSTo-DOC (Excel Workbook)
  References 3 *.pdf  
  Sum: 286    
Appendix A Several Approaches to Drag Estimation 11 *.pdf Step 1 to the Drag Polar: Zero-lift drag estimation.
a) Max. glide ratio estimation. Subsequently: Zero-lift drag from max. glide ratio.
b) Wave drag estimation (additional to zero-lift drag).
Appendix B Estimating the Oswald Factor from Basic Aircraft Geometrical Parameter 35 *.pdf Step 2 to the Drag Polar: Induced drag estimation.
equation for a_e
Mcomp = 0.3; M0 = MCR + 0,08; be = 10,8
  Sum, Appendix: 46    
Summary Aircraft Design in a Nutshell 25 *.pdf Please make much use of this file to get prepared for the examination.
Examination Examination in the Short Course Aircraft Design 5 *.pdf  
Solution Solution for the Examination in the Short Course Aircraft Design 19 *.pdf Please check your own results based on what is written here.

Please see the Aircraft Design page with "official pictures" of teams taking this OER as a short course.


Aircraft Design Videos in my Playlists on YouTube


Test Your Aircraft Design Knowledge

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Interactive Aircraft Design with OpenVSP-Connect

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A320 sketched with OpenVSP


Author: Dieter Scholz

LAST UPDATE:  18 June 2024
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