View Etienne Vandame's LinkedIn profile

Aerodynamic analysis

With more than 10 years experience in aerodynamics, I have the skills and tools to perform all tasks related to aircraft development & certification.

Aircraft conception

  • Overall aircraft external shape conception
  • Design & tailoring of wing, tails, control-surfaces,...
  • Performance analysis
  • Flying qualities: Stability & control
  • Comparatives analyzes: Engines, propellers,...
  • Optimization of the aerodynamic concept
  • Determination of the flight envelopes

Flight tests & certification

  • Development and certification flight tests
  • Tests methodology and selection of flight test instrumentation
  • Analyze of the results
  • Proposal for modifications and design tuning
  • Certification reports
  • Technical documentation (flight manual,..)

Aircraft operations & marketing support

  • Mission analysis
  • Operating costs
  • Optimization of flight paths
  • Software or application to allow customers to analyze themselves mission & related costs

Flight dynamics models & simulators

  • Analysis of the geometry
  • Weight, CG & inertia
  • Calculation of derivatives
  • Validation of model with POH or flight tests
  • Aircraft and helicopters

General aerodynamics

  • Load computation for strength analysis
  • Flow simulation
  • Optimization of parts (external shape, pipes,...)

Software development

  • On demand software & complete solutions
  • Compiled languages: C, C++, Fortran
  • Scripts: Scilab, Visual Basic for Microsoft Office or OpenOffice / LibreOffice
  • Development for Linux or Windows platforms

ducted propeller OpenFoam
Example of computation of the flow around a ducted propeller. The original OpenFoam code was modified by one of my partner, Mr. Vojetch Betak, in order to include an effcient way to simulate the propeller and duct interactions.

wing 3D panel method
I use a wide range of software adapted for a variety of tasks. Here is an example of the pressure distribution on a wing computed with a 3D panel method, in order to obtain the aerodynamic loading.