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Design and Simulate the Aerodynamics of Propellers in MATLAB

Understand the aerodynamics behind wings and propellers and use advanced methods to simulate propellers in MATLAB.
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 3h 53m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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One of the only comprehensive, detailed and approachable online courses taking you through the physics behind wings and propellers to then teach you how to use Actuator Disk theory or Blade Element Theory in MATLAB to model, design and simulate the performance of propellers accurately in real life conditions.
Today, propellers and wings are central to ensuring the functioning of some of the most important and impressive machines created by mankind. From personal drones, to airplanes, how does “apparently” such simple engineering devices create forces literally out of thin air, and how can you harness the wonderful Physics behind them?
This course gives you the opportunity to learn and do the following:
– Understand Aerodynamics and Pressure. 
– Understand the Physics behind Wings and Propellers. 
– Understand Actuator Disk Theory from its fundamentals and use it to estimate Propellers’ Power, Thrust and Efficiency.
– Understand Blade Element Theory from its fundamentals.
– Implement Blade Element Theory in MATLAB and use it to fully design and/or simulate propellers in real flight conditions.

I will thoroughly detail and walk you through each of these concepts and techniques and explain down to their fundamental principles, all concepts and subject-specific vocabulary. This course is the ideal beginner, intermediate or advanced learning platform for the mathematics and physics behind wings and propellers as well as the use of MATLAB in engineering design and simulation. Whatever your background, whether you are a student, an engineer, a sci-fi addict, an amateur roboticist, a drone builder, a computer scientist or a business or sports person, you will master the physics behind propellers and learn how to use the power of MATLAB to design and simulate your own propellers for any project you might have, whether pure curiosity or a full-sized aircraft!
If you have questions at any point of your progress along the course, do not hesitate to contact me, it will be my pleasure to answer you within 24 hours!
If this sounds like it might interest you, for your personal growth, career or academic endeavours, I strongly encourage you to join! You won’t regret it!

You will learn

✓ Understand the fundamentals of aerodynamics and pressure.
✓ Understand the physics behind wings and propellers.
✓ Learn how to use lift and drag equations.
✓ Understand and use Actuator Disk Theory to quickly calculate the power thrust and efficiency generated by a propeller.
✓ Understand and use Blade Element Theory to thoroughly design and simulate propellers.
✓ Create and test an engineering model in MATLAB.
✓ Use Blade Element Theory in MATLAB to design and simulate a propeller in real flight conditions.


• Basic understanding of physics (Force, Velocity, Acceleration, etc).
• High School Diploma mathematics level (Differentiation, etc).

This course is for

• Anyone interested in harnessing the power of MATLAB for engineering design.
• Anyone interested in understanding how wings fly and propellers push in any kind of aircraft.
• Anyone interested in designing and simulating his own wing or propeller.
• Anyone interested in learning how to model real life engineering systems.
Aerospace Engineer and Founder @FuroSystems
I have always been impressed and passionate about flying machines and the ultimate frontier that space represents. This led me to graduate from a Masters in Aerospace Engineering as one of the top students at a leading UK university. Throughout this degree I was offered the opportunity to understand and apply advanced engineering concepts to different design projects.
In my final year, I consequently designed a proof of concept nuclear battery or Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (refer to my courses to learn more about these) for nanosatellites which was judged by academics as one of the best projects of my department, won the Reaction Engines prize and presented at the 4th Interplanetary Cubesat Workshop. Similarly, I developed, with a team of colleagues, an unmanned rotorcraft able to fight fires, carry cargo and surveillance missions which eventually won a design competition for Agusta Westland.
I went on to found FuroSystems, a company which designs, manufactures and retails ultra light high performance electric vehicles. Our goal is to help accelerate society’s transition to electric means of transportation through aesthetic, powerful and affordable machines. We are now present in over 30 countries and have sold 1000s of units.
I am very excited to be able to share my knowledge with curious individuals, who like me want to know more about the engineering behind the wonderful machines that populate our world.
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 3h 53m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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