About this online course


This course is for innovative professionals who are mainly active in the aerospace industry. Also wind energy and automotive professionals can benefit from the course. Learn how smart structures impact the technological advancements of the future.

Smart Structures may very well lead the way to the next breakthrough and major technological advancements in aerospace. Applying smart structures to aerospace engineering requires a new way of thinking in terms of integration as well as multidisciplinarity and multifunctionality.

You will get an overview of the smart structures research and technology area during the course, as well as an introduction to this "way of engineering and design". Given the short duration of the course, the content is restricted to a helicopter view rather than going into the very details of every sub field of smart structures.

At the end of the course, you will know the different aspects and disciplines of smart structures and their relevance for aerospace engineering. You will be able to identify the strengths and weaknesses of smart structures concepts and you will know how to move forward in this challenging field of technology and science.

The course will be taught online using pre-recorded videos and relevant literature. There will be small assignments during the extent of the course which will be discussed during live online sessions. Furthermore there will be weekly live online Q&A sessions.

The course is open 24 hours per day so you can access the discussion forums and the course materials anytime. Interaction will take place using closed groups on social media.

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The contents of the modules are:

  1. Introduction to smart structures, relevance, history and nomenclature
  2. Structures and materials for smart structures
  3. Actuation, sensing and control of smart structures
  4. Morphing structures
  5. Biomimetic structures
  6. Integration of smart structures, multifunctionality and multidisciplinarity

Assessment is based on several assignments. No final exam. There will be 3 assignments which involve short reports (max 5 pages or less each), distributed every other week. The course is finalised with one larger case study as a final assessment. The course participant has to submit all assignments, and needs to score at least 6/10 for each of the assignments. There is no specific software required for the assignments other than MS Office tools.

Literature & Study Materials

Literature will be communicated during the course. No software requirement.


This course will provide you with an overview, relevance and important aspects of smart structures such that you can identify which areas of knowledge are important and apply it to your professional activities.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply smart structures to real-world examples.
  • Explain the field of smart structures and its relevant disciplines.
  • Explain why the field is relevant for the future of aerospace engineering.
  • Identify and recognise the difference between smart structures and "classical structures".
  • Classify the relevance of a discipline for a particular smart structure.
  • Integrate a subset of the relevant disciplines into a smart structure on a basic level.
  • Judge existing smart structures and identify strengths and weaknesses.


This course is primarily geared towards working professionals.

Expected prior knowledge

A BSc in Aerospace, Civil or Mechanical Engineering, or equivalent.

Admission process
After enrolling you will receive a confirmation email. In order to complete your admission process you will be asked to email the following document:

  • a copy of your passport or ID card (no driver's license)


If you have any questions about this course or the TU Delft online learning environment, please do not hesitate to contact us by sending an email.

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  • Start date
    May 01, 2017
  • Cost
    € 600
  • Course length
    6 weeks
  • Estimated effort
    4 - 5 hours per week
  • Course code

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