Course Master English 5 ECTS

Aerodynamics and Aeroelasticity – online course

Aerodynamics and Aeroelasticity

Aerodynamics and Aeroelasticity

During this course, you will learn about the basic models used inside a full commercial aeroelastic code for load estimations on a wind turbine. This includes a connection between unsteady rotor aerodynamics and a dynamic structural model of the wind turbine.

You will run, alter and describe simple aeroelastic models of a wind turbine in a numerical framework (Matlab or Python) to couple a structural model with an unsteady aerodynamic rotor model.

Furthermore, you will learn to implement and operate a basic controller and simulate the response of a wind turbine.

During the course, you will furthermore be working with:

  • Building a tool for calculating unsteady loads
  • Proving survival of turbine constructions given a specific design
  • Dynamic wake/inflow models
  • Unsteady 2-D aerodynamics
  • Rotor structures
  • Wind turbine controllers
  • Stability analysis

Learning objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Run, alter and describe an unsteady Blade Element Momentum method to model the aerodynamic forces on a rotor.
  • Describe and implement a dynamic wake/inflow model in the unsteady aerodynamic model.
  • Describe and implement unsteady 2-D aerodynamics in the unsteady aerodynamic model.
  • Describe and derive how the atmospheric turbulent inflow excites the rotor structure and leads to the turbine load.
  • Describe alternative aerodynamic models for rotors.
  • Couple the unsteady aerodynamic model with a simple structural model.
  • Understand the operational regions of wind turbines and the control objective of each region.
  • Describe, analyse and implement a basic wind turbine controller.
  • Simulate and describe the static and dynamic response and loads on a turbine.
  • Describe the stability analysis of a wind turbine and discuss its issues.


Admission to the course requires a B.Sc. or B.Eng. degree or higher and at least, two years of relevant working experience.

The relevant working experience could be – but is not necessarily restricted to – employment in:

  • The wind energy industry.
  • Oil and gas companies.
  • Shipping companies.
  • Companies performing environmental assessment.
  • Public agencies with responsibilities related to engineering and natural sciences.
  • Since the programme is taught in English, you must have proficient English skills.

Recommended prerequisites
In addition to the admission requirements above, we strongly recommend that you have mathematics and programming skills equivalent to B.Sc. or B.Eng. level or higher.

Technical requirements 
You will need a PC with a stable internet connection to follow this online course.

Course platform
All master courses run on the web based course platform DTU Learn. Once you access the platform, all the courses you are signed up for, become available for you – after the semester start day.

Learning online

The course is divided in 13 modules, one per week in the semester. Each module includes a combination of video lectures, exercises, quizzes and/or reading material depending on the module. This course material is available any time to allow for flexible studying conditions.

Furthermore, you are offered weekly live Q&A sessions to get in dialogue with the course lecturer and fellow participants.


This course is concluded with a written exam, conducted online.

Sign up and prices

You can follow the course as a single course or as part of the programme Master in Wind Energy.

Single course

If you wish to follow this course as a single course, please add the course to the basket and fill in the required information.

Part of the Online Master of Wind Energy

You can study this course as part of the Master in Wind Energy. If you wish to follow the course as part of the full Master’s programme, please go the the site for the Online Master in Wind Energy, click the sign up button, and follow the instructions.


Courses of 5 ECTS points15,000 DKK
Final Project of 15 ECTS points38,000 DKK
Full Master’s programme173,000 DKK

The state subsidy for part-time education is determined in the Finance Act for one year at a time. DTU reserves the right to make any adjustments to the participant payment.



13 weeks



Start February 2025

15.000,00 DKK