Programme Overview

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 Aeronautics 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.

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International students can follow this specialisation, taught in French, via:

  • A double degree programme - Open to international students selected by our partner institutions. Selected students spend two years studying courses from the engineering programme at Centrale Nantes. This usually includes one year of the common-core engineering curriculum followed by one year of specialisation. Double degree students are typically accepted after successfully completing two or three years of higher education in their home institution.
  • The fast-track engineering programme: Open to students with a Bachelor's or equivalent degree in science. Our fast-track programme gives international students who are qualified to bachelor level the opportunity to gain the 'diplôme d'ingénieur' in just two years.
Course Content
Academic year 2023/24
Autumn Semester Spring Semester
Gas dynamics Aeroacoustics
Flight dynamics Structural dynamics
Introduction to numerical computation Computational aerodynamics
Aircraft structure modelling Passive safety of aeronautic structures
Inviscid aerodynamics Project 2
Aircraft design and construction Internship
Turbulence modelling
Aircraft propulsion
Project 1

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Examples of projects and internships

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 aircraft noise (AIRBUS)

After the Specialisation

Double degree programmes with:

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

Industry sectors:

  • 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

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Published on March 16, 2017 Updated on March 21, 2024