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ALPES (Aircraft Loads Prediction using Enhanced Simulation) is an EC FP7 Marie Curie European Industrial Doctorate Training Network which runs from 1 October 2013 to 30 September 2017.  The aim of the network is to improve the prediction accuracy and efficiency of the loads experienced by an aircraft in-flight and on the ground. 

The  ALPES network wlll involve five PhDs combining a  novel research programme with a highly industrially focused training schedule, including placements at Airbus in the UK  and/or  France. 

Further information:

For further information on the project please download the PDF below:

Short Course

Introduction to Aircraft Aeroelasticity and Loads

14 – 18 July 2014

LT 1.15,  Queen’s Building, University Walk, University of Bristol, BS8 1TR.

Course Objectives:

  • To introduce the main concepts of Aeroelasticity and Loads, and the multi-disciplinary methods needed for their study
  • To provide an understanding of the main principles of Aeroelasticity and Loads analysis by:
  • using simple mathematical models to illustrate basic theoretical concepts,
  • showing the maths – but not explaining all of the detail and derivations, instead focusing on the connection with the physics
  • introducing relevant terminology and methods, and
  • explaining the analysis, testing and certification processes used by the aerospace industry
  • To include examples on some of the key topics

The course will be based upon the Wiley text – Introduction to Aircraft Aeroelasticity and Loads – and a short course that has been run in industry over the last 5 years. It will consist of a combination of lectures and hands-on tutorial sessions.  The course is being run as part of the EU funded ALPES (Aircraft Loads Prediction using Enhanced Simulation) Marie-Curie Initial Training Network.

Course Content

  • Introduction to aeroelasticity and loads
  • Vibration of single DoF systems
  • Vibration of multi DoF systems
  • Vibration of continuous systems
  • Steady aerodynamics
  • Static aeroelasticity – lift distribution
  • Static aeroelasticity – control   effectiveness
  • Unsteady aerodynamic
  • Flutter
  • Control
  • Aeroservoelasticity
  • Basic concepts of loads and dynamics
  • Equilibrium manoeuvres
  • Flight mechanics model
  • Dynamic manoeuvres
  • Gust and turbulence encounters
  • Ground manoeuvres
  • Internal loads
  • Component loads
  • Vibration of continuous systems - Finite Elements
  • More advanced aerodynamic methods
  • Coupled structural / aerodynamic models
  • Industry practice – mathematical models
  • Industry practice – testing
  • Tutorials

Course Tutors:

Professor Jonathan Cooper – University of Bristol

Professor Jan Wright  - Emeritus Professor University of Manchester

Course fee:       

£250 University students and academics

£600 Industrial participants

(Fee includes all course materials and lunches as well as tea/coffee.)


For further information please contact:


Project Contact:

Professor Jonathan Cooper

RAEng Airbus Sir George White Chair in Aerospace Engineering

Department of Aerospace Engineering

Room 1.53, Queen's Building

University Walk


Bristol, BS8 1TR

Tel: (0117) 954 5388  



Project Administrator:

Sarah Hassall  Email:

Tel: (0117) 331 5819

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