Aerospace Engineering 6220:

Rotorcraft Dynamics and Aeroelasticity
School of Aerospace Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

Profs. Dewey H. Hodges and J. V. R. Prasad
Prof. Hodges’ Office: Weber 200-C; Phone: 404-894-8201

Prof. Prasad’s Office: Knight 421-A; Phone 404-894-3043

Time and place: The class hours are 9:30-10:45 a.m., Mondays and Wednesdays. The place is Guggenheim 246.

Text: There is no required text for the course. The following textbooks contain a lot of relevant material and are references for the course content:

  • Bielawa, Richard L.: Rotary Wing Structural Dynamics and Aeroelasticity, 2nd edition, AIAA, Reston, Virginia, 2006.
  • Bramwell, Anthony R. S.; Done, George T. S.; Balmford, David: Bramwell’s Helicopter Dynamics, 2nd edition, Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford, 2001.
  • Hodges, Dewey H.: Nonlinear Composite Beam Theory, AIAA, Reston, Virginia, 2006.
  • Johnson, Wayne: Helicopter Theory, Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey, 1980 (also Dover Publications, Inc., New York, 1994).
  • Johnson, Wayne: Rotorcraft Aeromechanics, Cambridge University Press, Boston, Massachusetts, 2012.

Course Goals: To introduce students to the fundamentals of rotorcraft dynamics and aeroelasticity, and to provide necessary background to equip students to do additional research and analysis in the field.

Office hours:

  • Prof. Hodges’ Office hours: Tuesdays, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., and Thursdays, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Prof. Prasad’s Office hours: tba

Grading Policy:

  • Prof. Hodges’ portion of the course: Homework counts as 100%. Discussion of homework solutions among students is permitted, but the work you turn in must be entirely your own.
  • Prof. Prasad’s portion: Homework counts as 70%. Project counts as 30%. Discussion of homework and project among students is permitted, but the work you turn in must be your own.


Homework assignments:
Prof. Hodges’s problems:

For Prof. Prasad’s problems, see his web page

Handouts: for Prof. Prasad’s handouts, see his web page