Applied Composite Drone Manufacturing (Summer school)

Academic Study Board of the Faculty of Engineering

Teaching language: English
EKA: T960024102
Censorship: Second examiner: Internal
Grading: 7-point grading scale
Offered in: Odense
Offered in: Summer school (spring)
Level: Bachelor of Engineering

Course ID: T960024101
ECTS value: 5

Date of Approval: 12-12-2022

Duration: Intensive course

Version: Archive

Course ID


Course Title

Applied Composite Drone Manufacturing (Summer school)

ECTS value


Internal Course Code


Responsible study board

Academic Study Board of the Faculty of Engineering

Date of Approval


Course Responsible

Name Email Department
Dorte Smedegaard Schmidt SDU Mechanical Engineering
Hannah Zuschke TEK Uddannelseskoordinering og -support


Name Email Department City
Søren Wahlgren SDU Mechanical Engineering
Yasser Ahmad Hannan SDU Mechanical Engineering

Programme Secretary

Name Email Department City
Mette Elise Jørgensen TEK Uddannelseskoordinering og -support

Offered in



Bachelor of Engineering

Offered in

Summer school (spring)


Intensive course

Mandatory prerequisites

Two years of studies at university level (equivalent to 120 ECTS) within a relevant field of study, before the summer school starts.

Learning objectives - Knowledge

  • Fundamentals of fixed wing drones (FWDs) aerodynamics and design 
  • FWD mechanics, configuration, stability, and control 
  • FWD structures and design 
  • Mechanical properties of fiber-reinforced composites (FRCs) 
  • Fundamentals and methods of FRC manufacturing 
  • Rapid prototyping 
  • Project management and planning  

Learning objectives - Skills

  • Perform basic aerodynamic, mechanical, and structural calculations for FWD design 
  • Virtual model design and flight mechanics simulations of FWDs 
  • Design and manufacturing with FRCs 
  • Design and production of molds for FRC manufacturing 
  • Prototype manufacturing 
  • CAD 
  • Project plan task execution and prioritization 
  • Combine skills and knowledge to build and test fly a FWD

Learning objectives - Competences

  • Approaching FWD design applying methods and expertise in the engineering domain
  • Identification and selection of suitable materials- and manufacturing process selection for FRC designs


This course focuses on the design and manufacturing of fixed-wing drones (FWDs) using fiber-reinforced composite materials (FRCs).  
The summer school offers two educational, intense and intriguing weeks where students gain fundamental knowledge and practical experience with FWDs, FRCs, composite design, and manufacturing.   

Working together in international and interdisciplinary project teams, students will apply the knowledge and skills to design, build, and test fly their drone. The tasks include aerodynamic- and structural design, material selection, manufacturing planning and execution, simulations, etc.  

The composite lab at the SDU Drone Center offers various composite manufacturing technologies and materials suitable for different aspects of drone building. The range of processes spans from additive manufacturing with composite materials over to filament winding and vacuum infusion. Natural fibers, like flax, offer sustainable composites, but high-performance glass- and carbon fibers are also available.  
Students are most welcome to apply background knowledge from all relevant fields to push the team and improve the project.   
Keywords: Aerodynamics, flight mechanics, fixed-wing drone design, fiber-reinforced composites, CAD design, flight simulation  

URL for Skemaplan

Teaching Method

This course is a mixture of lectures and lab work.

Time of classes 
Two weeks in August 

Number of lessons

hours per week

Teaching language


Examination regulations

Exam regulations


Exam regulations

Examination is held

In the end of the course








 The examination is based on an overall assessment of: 

  • Individual participation 
  • Multiple choice quizzes (individual) 
  • Presentations (group) 
  • Test flight (group)  

Form of examination

Combined test


Second examiner: Internal


7-point grading scale


Student Identification Card - Date of birth


Normally, the same as teaching language

ECTS value


Additional exam information

The form of examination in the re-examination is a written assignment (project report). 

Additional information

Enrollment is limited to 20 out of 30 students. 

If more applicants than places, applicants who meet the mandatory requirements are prioritized according to the below selection criteria: 

1. Undergraduate and graduate students from partner universities (exchange); international undergraduates and graduate guest students (fee-paying); undergraduate and graduate students from other Danish universities. 
2. Ph. D. Students from partner universities and other international Ph.D. students; other applicants

Note: Students are prioritized on a first-come-first-served basis i.e. according to the time we receive your complete application. In case a course is filled up, we will try to offer you an alternative course from your list of priorities. All final decisions about admission will be sent out continually. 

The course will be at composite Lab in SDU UAS center/ Odense airport. Transportation between SDU campus and the lab will be provided. 

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