Short Course on Electric VTOL Technology

F74 eVTOL short course


There has been a dramatic surge of interest in man-rated electric-Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft in recent years — driven by advances in electric power and drone technology. Man-rated aircraft are more than drones; a safe, sound, and successful design requires a clear understanding of the underlying principles and technologies that enable this new class of aircraft. The objective of this course is to describe these principles and technologies, in particular: aeromechanics of high disk loading props, trim and transient characteristics of VTOL aircraft, electrochemical power, and permanent magnet machines and drives. 

Led by Anubhav Datta from the University of Maryland, this 1/2-day short course will provide an overview of the unique challenges and opportunities of this new class of vehicles. Both electric and hybrid-electric passenger carrying vertical flight aircraft will be covered for a variety of missions ranging from personal/private use to urban air taxis to regional electric VTOL bizjets.

PDF copies of course notes will be made available prior to the Forum. Students will receive an email with instructions on how to access course notes. It is recommended (but not essential) that students bring the notes printed or downloaded on a laptop during the class.

Who should attend:
Aerospace engineers interested in electric power. Electrical / Mechanical engineers interested in VTOL aircraft. The content will be presented in a simplified and practical manner to allow innovators, entrepreneurs, and non-VTOL experts to be able to make useful calculations and build their own Dr. Anubhav Datta (portrait)design / simulation tools.

About the Organizer:
Anubhav Datta is an Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland at College Park. Prior to joining Maryland, he was at the U.S. Army Aviation Development Directorate (ADD) at NASA Ames Research Center for nine years (2007-2016), where he worked on full-scale rotor testing, aeromechanics code development, and eVTOL. His current research in Maryland is focused on modeling and testing of new electric propulsion concepts for eVTOL and improving dynamic loads and stability of high-speed tilting prop-rotors through wind-tunnel testing and CFD/CSD simulations. He is the chair of the VFS Integrating Technical Team (ITT) on eVTOL, chair of the AIAA Structural Dynamics Conferences sub-committee, a member of VFS Dynamics Committee, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of the AHS. The research conducted by Datta and his colleagues have been recognized over the years by VFS's Alfred Gessow, Grover E. Bell, and Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Awards, NASA's Technical Excellence in Publications Award, and Group Achievement Awards from the US Army and NASA.