Head: Guy Capdeville


Aeronautics must adapt to future requirements. On the one hand, growing demand from travelers for a fast, safe and economical means of transport, suggests that civilian air traffic will double by 2030-2040. On the other hand, growing public attention and sensitivity towards ecological and environmental problems is putting considerable pressure on the development of aeronautics.

In order to adapt, the aeronautics sector must respond accordingly to new challenges:
  • on a scientific and technical level, reducing the “environmental footprint” of civilian aircraft: new aerodynamic forms, new engines, new materials and lighter and more resistant structures, controlling the “sound signature”.
  • on a cultural level, with the “nuclearisation” of this means of transport: automatic flights for various missions (drones), individual modes of transport (flying taxis, flying cars), specific military applications (hypersonic missiles, combat fighter new generation).
  • on a human level, with specific training needs in new techniques and applications in aeronautics.
The Aeronautical Specialisation provides general knowledge in the fields of aerodynamics, aeronautical materials and structures, allowing the Centralian engineer to contribute to the far-reaching future developments in aeronautics.

List of Courses

  • Gas dynamics
  • Aircraft structure modelling
  • Introduction to numerical computation
  • Flight dynamics
  • Aircraft design and construction
  • Inviscid aerodynamics
  • Aircraft propulsion
  • Turbulence modelling
  • Computational aerodynamics
  • Aeroacoustics
  • Structural dynamics
  • Passive safety of aerodynamic structures
  • Project

Examples of past R&D projects

  • Numerical modelling of the reduction drag of a wing with Gurney flaps.
  • Aircraft of VLA kind with hybrid engine.
  • Design of a propulsive system by MHD.
  • Aerodynamic design of an electric ULM.
  • Control of the boundary-layer separation close to a wing.
  • Flight simulation of a shaped hypersonic vehicle.
  • Trajectory optimization of a drone.

Examples of internships undertaken by previous students

  • Improving comfort in Falcon aircrafts (Dassault)
  • Analysis and definition of a sensor in the Soyouz world (ArianeEspace)
  • Computation of aircraft structures by using NASTRAN (AIRBUS)
  • Contribution to micro-gravity research effects (AIRBUS)
  • Implementation of a Java code for nozzle modelling (SNECMA)
  • Technical study of airport logistics (AIRBUS)
  • Design and study of a methodology to evaluate aircrafts noise (AIRBUS)

Double degree programmes with:

  • University of Cranfield, Imperial College (GB)
  • Georgia Tech, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Minnesota Universities (USA)
  • KTH University (Sweden), Keio University (Japan), Mc-Gill University(Canada)
  • Politecnico di Milano (Italy),  Delft University of Technology (Netherlands)

Industry sectors

  • Aircraft construction (Airbus, Eurocopter, BAE Systems, Stelia Aerospace, Dassault Aviation, Saab Aerospace, MBDA)
  • Engine/Components manufacturers (Safran/SNECMA, Turboméca, Rolls-Royce, Techspace Aero, DAHER, GKN, Sagem)
  • Research and development (ONERA, CNES, DLR, MBDA, Ariane Espace)
  • Simulation (Thalès, Altran, Dassault Systems)
  • Servicing/Maintenance /Logistics (Airports, Supply chains)

Career prospects

  • Trade/finance/logistics
  • Research/CFD
  • Engines
  • Materials/structures
  • Production
  • Design/flight testing
Published on March 16, 2017 Updated on November 19, 2020