Course code TA07
Course title Wind propulsion
Institution Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées
Course address ENSTA ParisTech - Palaiseau
City Paris
Minimum year of study 4th year
Minimum level of English Good
Minimum level of French None
Key words Sailing yacht design
Language English
Professor responsible Yongjun He
Telephone 01 69 31 97 30
Participating professors

Jérôme Védrenne

Number of places Minimum: 14, Maximum: 24, Reserved for local students:

This course shows the mecanisms of wind propulsion which is mainly used in the nautical industry for leisure and racing yachts. A renewal of wind propulsion technologies for commercial shipping has also been noticed for the last few years in order to reduce emission of polluting gas.

This course gives the methods in use for the technical design of sailing yachts and the main factors which influence performance, including examples from practical projects. The effects of meteorological aspects, practical and engineering constraints are also addressed.

Programme to be followed

Monday morning : Introduction - Main equations

Monday afternoon : Hull resistance  / Project

Tuesday morning : Influence of hull shape on drag / Project

Tuesday afternoon : Appendages (principles, design) / Project

Wedesnay morning : Aerodynamic of thin section / Project

Wedesnay afternoon : Free time

Thursday morning : Three dimensional aerodynamic effects / Project

Thursday afternoon : Wind propulsion for commercial shipping

Friday morning : Project

Friday afternoon : Free time



Notions in fluid and solid mechanics, naval architecture

Basic sailing knowledge



Course exam Project (written report)