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Advances in Electric Aircraft

Module ED110052

This Module is offered by Assistant Professorship of eAviation (Prof. Armanini).

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Basic Information

ED110052 is a semester module in English language at Bachelor’s level and Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Catalogue of non-physics elective courses
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 60 h 5 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


New electric and hybrid propulsion approaches may not only provide solutions to the urgent problem of environmental impact, but also open up new opportunities. Despite considerable advances in the development of electric aircraft, however, several engineering, operational and regulatory challenges still need to be tackled before such aircraft can be expected to take to the skies. This lecture will provide a broad introduction to the topic of electric aviation, covering the key aspects involved in the development of electric aircraft and the system around them. This will include basic system architecture, electric propulsion, energy storage, design and performance aspects, as well as a brief introduction to operational aspects. As this field is rapidly evolving, the part of the lecture will also be dedicated to discussing recent progress in industry and academia.
1. Introduction to electric aviation
2. System architecture & main components
3. Electric (and hybrid) propulsion
4. Energy storage & performance
5. Design concepts and configurations
6. Dynamics and control aspects
7. Introduction to urban air mobility
8. Operational aspects, costs and certification
9. Additional topics & current developments

Learning Outcome

After completing the module, students will have acquired a basic understanding of the overall system architecture of electric aircraft and the main components therein contained, especially those differing from the conventional aircraft case, i.e. propulsion systems and energy storage systems. They will also have obtained an overview of the main electric aircraft design concepts developed so far and will be able to apply basic performance assessment methods specifically pertaining to electric aircraft. Furthermore, students will have acquired an appreciation of the potential, opportunities and challenges involved in developing such vehicles.


None required; (basic knowledge of aircraft and electrical engineering is recommended)

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

(1) Lecture, including a general overview of the theoretical foundations, discussion of relevant applications and presentation of current developments and examples from industry and science. (2) Exercises, incl. calculation examples.


Presentation slides (available for download), blackboard, literature, exercise sheets


to be announced in the lecture

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

The module will be assessed through a written examination of 90 minutes duration. In the exam, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the basic elements involved in (future) electric aircraft design, development and (planned) operations. In addition to the exam, students will be given an optional practical assignment to complete, where they will be able to apply the studied theory independently. Note that depending on student numbers, the written exam may be replaced by an oral one.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

Current exam dates

Currently TUMonline lists the following exam dates. In addition to the general information above please refer to the current information given during the course.

Advances in Electric Aircraft
Wed, 2023-03-08, 14:15 till 15:45 1801
Import till 2023-01-15 (cancelation of registration till 2023-03-01)
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