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This course will provide a detailed overview of H2 and LH2 technologies for a hydrogen-fuelled aircraft. This will include an overview of the fundamental properties of gaseous and liquid hydrogen and the implications on materials, manufacturing and safety for aircraft applications.

The course will also comprise material on: 

  • LH2 aircraft and propulsion system design.
  • LH2 fuel tanks, cryogenic fuel systems and integration including thermal management and control.
  • Combustion systems and the means and challenges associated with minimising non-CO2 emissions i.e., NOx and Contrails.

The course builds on thought leadership by Cranfield university and our industrial partners in several ongoing and concluded large research and innovation projects including:

EU projects: , , , ,

UK ATI (Aerospace technology institute) projects: and (Airbus-led), , and (Rolls-Royce UK-led) and

Cranfield university has been appointed the lead for the hydrogen theme of coordinating the input of other UK universities with relevant expertise. The team has identified 3 research sub themes that are necessary to expedite into service H2 fuelled aircraft.

These include: 

  • H2 in the aircraft,
  • H2 in the airport,
  • H2 to the airport.

This course mainly focuses on the first sub-theme i.e., “H2 in the aircraft” although some material on H2 production as well as airport infrastructure, ground operations and public perception will be also presented.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£2,000 Concessions available

Course structure

The course will comprise a combination of lectures on fundamentals as well as an overview of the outcomes and lessons learned from state-of-the-art research programmes by both Ƶ and our industrial partners. A tour of CU’s H2-related experimental facilities will also be provided with an emphasis on the technologies being researched and the health and safety provisions that have been put in place.

Active participation from the delegates is strongly encouraged. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completion of this course.

What you will learn

On completion of the course, the course delegates should develop good knowledge of the material outlined below:

H2 Aviation - Safety, Certification and Challenges

  • Challenges for LH2 aircraft.
  • H2 fundamental properties and handling.
  • Decarbonising a country.
  • H2 safety (aircraft, airport, storage, refuelling).
  • H2 aircraft certification.

H2 Aircraft Design 

  • LH2 tank design challenges.
  • LH2 tank and fuel system design and integration. 
  • LH2 tank fluid movement and sloshing.
  • H2 aircraft design and performance analysis.

Propulsion and Fuel System Integration 

  • H2 propulsion system design.
  • LH2 fuel-system thermal management.
  • H2 and LH2 heat exchangers.
  • H2 propulsion system performance analyses.

H2 Combustion 

  • Low emissions technologies for aero-engines (opportunities and challenges).
  • H2 combustor design for aero and stationary gas turbines.
  • Low NOx H2 combustion CFD methodologies and gaps.
  • Low NOx H2 combustion and thermoacoustics.
  • Health and safety considerations for LH2 / H2 experimental rigs.

Other Enabling Topics 

  • H2 aircraft ground operations and airport infrastructure.
  • H2 propulsion systems – synergies with electrification.
  • Materials and manufacturing techniques for H2 aircraft.
  • Contrails formation, modelling and mitigation strategies.

Who should attend

The course will be of greatest benefit to delegates with a university degree, or equivalent qualification, in science or engineering, or relevant experience. Although mainly intended for individuals who are currently actively engaged in the aviation industry with an interest in “H2 for Aviation”, the course will also be useful for graduates considering a career in (decarbonising) aviation.

Delegates from, but not limited to, the following are encouraged to attend: aircraft and engine original equipment manufacturers and their suppliers; energy and fuel companies; certification authorities; legislators and policy makers; airports; H2 and LHcomputational model developers; and academia.


The course will be presented through lectures and tutorials conducted by members of Ƶ’s staff all of whom have considerable academic and industrial experience. Additional lectures will be presented by Senior engineers from industry.

Course Directors:

Professor Bobby Sethi

Dr Buchan Schreiner


20% discount for Cranfield Alumni.

10% discount when registering 3 or more delegates, from the same organisation at the same time.

Accommodation fees are not included in the discount scheme. Please ask about our discount scheme at time of booking.

and are pleased to be able to offer fully funded scholarships for the course. These are available to current research students, postdoctoral researchers, and early career researchers. Please apply using the link on .

Accommodation options and prices

We are pleased to offer an exclusive accommodation package at our Mitchell Hall hotel. Located on campus, all rooms are en-suite and available on a half-board basis from Sunday to Friday. The cost of this package is £560.

If you would like to book our accommodation package for this short course*, please indicate this on your registration form.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

*Subject to availability.

Location and travel

Ƶ is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

College Road
MK43 0AL

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.