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Before choosing course

Performance analysis concerns aspects of flight such as how fast or slow the aeroplane can fly, its range and endurance, required amount of fuel, and maximum altitude. These performance measures mainly depend on the forces acting on the aeroplane, such as aerodynamic loads and engine thrust. This course treats the basic aspects of flight and how to do it in an efficient way, depending on the aerodynamic characteristics of the aeroplane and the engine performance.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus SD2600 (Autumn 2007–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The aeroplane, its design and the function of different parts with an emphasis on aspects concerned with aeroplane performance. Properties of the atmosphere. Basic aerodynamic concepts. Classical aerodynamic methods, mainly based on potential theory. Different engine types and the most important characteristics, in particular those having an influence on the aeroplane performance. The max. and min. speed of flight and how it depends on the altitude. The flight envelope. Calculation of flight range and endurance, rate and time of climb and ceilings. Take-off and landing, and horizontal turn.

Intended learning outcomes

The overall objectives of the course are that you should be able to

  • explain what influence the aerodynamic characteristics of the aeroplane, the engine performance and flight altitude have on the aeroplane performance,
  • calculate the performance of an aeroplane, mainly for non-accelerating flight states, but also in some simple accelerating cases such as take-off, landing and horizontal turn, and,
  • calculate the aerodynamic and engine data that is needed to perform a performance analysis.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Base program T or a similar background. SD1600 Project Course in Aeronautics is recommended but not required.

Recommended prerequisites

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John D. Anderson, Jr., Aircraft Performance and Design, McGraw-Hill, 1999.

Written hand-outs from the Department.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • INL1 - Assignment, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Hand-in assignments (INL1; 3 university credits)
Written exam (TEN1; 3 university credits)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Offered by

SCI/Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

SD2605 Project in Aircraft Performance Analysis and SD2800 Experimental Aerodynamics.