This short course gives an introduction to CFD methods for rotary wing aerodynamics, formulation of the governing equations in a rotating inertial frame of reference, numerical approaches to vortex capturing, blade dynamics as an example of fluid-structure interaction (FSI), applications to moving/deforming grids and to numerical modelling of dynamic stall.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration3 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1250.       The course fee includes refreshments and lunch during the day. Accommodation is not included and must be booked separately. Concessions available

Course structure

The CFD for Rotating Wing short course consists of 7 lectures and 3 computer labs including practical exercises with the ANSYS-FLUENT software package. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the course.

What you will learn

On successful completion of this course the participant will be able to demonstrate a critical awareness of the modelling challenges faced in the numerical analysis of rotating wings. One can gain experience of the systematic approach of the Navier-Stokes equations in an appropriate rotating/moving frame of reference to critically evaluate different modelling approaches that can be taken into account for vortex dominated flows.

Core content

  • Introduction to rotary wing aerodynamics
  • Formulation of the governing equations in a rotating inertial frame of reference
  • Numerical approaches to vortex capturing
  • Blade dynamics as an example of fluid-structure interaction (FSI)
  • Formulation of the governing equations for moving/deforming grids
  • Numerical modelling of dynamic stall

Who should attend

This short course is suitable for those engineers or researchers who involved in the design and modelling of rotating wings including rotorcraft, propellers, wind turbines and turbomachinery.


This short course is a module within the MSc in Computational Fluid Dynamics which is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Engineering Council.


  • Dr Panagiotis Tsoutsanis - Lecturer in Computational Fluid Dynamics


20% discount for Cranfield Alumni. 
10% discount when registering 3 or more delegates, from the same organisation at the same time.  

Accommodation fees are not included in the discount scheme. Please ask about our discount scheme at time of booking.

Accommodation options and prices

This course is non-residential. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information about our on campus accommodation can be found here.  Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel. 

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

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