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Prof. Dr. Michel Guillaume

Prof. Dr. Michel Guillaume

Prof. Dr. Michel Guillaume
ZHAW School of Engineering
Technikumstrasse 9
8400 Winterthur

+41 (0) 58 934 67 93

Personal profile

Position at the ZHAW

Head Centre for Aviation
Lecturer for Aerodynamics and Fatigue & Structrual Integrity, Umanned Aviation

Further Lecture Activities
ETHZ: Lecture for Fatigue and Damage Tolerance Analysis
TEKO: Lecture for Aircraft Structural Design and Repair
HSG-CFAC: Lecture für Project Management in Aerospace


Expertise and research interests

Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Fatigue Analysis, Damage Tolerance and Structural Integrity

Ageing Aircaft

Aircraft Design, Aerodynamics, Structures and Repairs

Project Management in Aeropsace

Educational background

1985 - 1990: Study of Physics at ETH Zürich; dipl. phys. ETHZ
1991 - 1994: PhD at ETH Zürich, Thesis Neutron scatering in high Temperature Superconductors; Dr. sc. nat. ETHZ
1998 - 1999: Study Business Administration, NDS at Fachhochschule
Nordwestschweiz in Baden / CH

Professional milestones

2004 - 2012: General Manager Aerodynamics Center at RUAG Aviation, Emmen Switzerland

1999 - 2004: Project Manager F/A-18 Full Scale Fatigue Test at RUAG Aerospace, Emmen Switzerland

1994 - 1999: Fatigue Engineer in the Engineering Departement of Federal Swiss Aircraft factory F+W in / RUAG Aerospace Switzerland

Membership of networks



Peer-reviewed articles/chapters

Non-peer-reviewed articles/chapters

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    Future Aircraft Technologies


    In: SR Technics Workshop Event Technikerschule. Winterthur: FTS SRT.

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    What does the future hold for unmanned aircraft systems ?

    : Gold Rush or Reality ?.

    In: swissnex Boston Event, Keynote and Panel Discussion. Boston: swissnex.

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    Ermittlung von Materialermüdung: Simulation oder Tests


    In: VPE Swiss Workshop am 18. Juni 2015, HSR Rapperswil. Rapperswil: HSR.

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    Low Speed Wind Tunnel at ZHAW


    In: 51th Annual Meeting Subsonic Aerodynamic Testing Association. Newport News: NASA.

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    Review of Aeronautical Fatigue Investigations in Switzerland April 2013 - March 2015


    In: ICAF 2015 Structural Integrity: Embracing the future - respecting the past; supporting aging fleets with new technologies; ISBN 978-951-387442-1. Proceedings of the 35th Conference and the 28th Symposium of the International Fatigue and Structural Integrity, 1 - 5 June, Helsinki, Finland. Helsinki: VTT Technical Research Center of Finland Ltd.

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    Wie kann ein Flugzeug fliegen ?

    : Interdisziplinär: Kinder fragen Experten.

    aktuelletechnik.ch, 2. 16-17.

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    Innovation in Aviation (Centre for Aviation)


    TransNetAero Meeting in Altenrhein St. Gallen 25.03.2014

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    New Wind Tunnel at ZHAW


    50th Subsonic Aerodynamic Testing Association (SATA) held by Airbus in Bremen June 2014

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    33rd ICAF Conference June 2013

    : Review of Aeronautical Fatigue Investigations in Switzerland (2011 - 2013).

    In: . Jerusalem: Paragon Group.

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    Interdisziplinäre Forschung und Entwicklung in der Aviatik; AERO 2013 Friederichshafen


    In: . Friederichshafen: AERO.

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    Structural Integrity - Yesterday - Today - Tomorrow


    In: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) AeroAstra Seminar 09.10.2013; . Massachusetts: MIT.

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    Structural Analysis of Ageing Pilatus P-3 Engine Mount


    Porcedia Engineering; 1877-7058, 2015 Punlished by Elesevier Lt

Publications before appointment at the ZHAW

Swiss / Finnish Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulation on the F/A-18, Paper & Presentation at 28th International Congress of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS) 2012 in September 2012 (ICAS2012-10.6.1; ISBN 978-0-9565333-1-9)

Moderne Strömungssimulation für Flugzeuge; Schweizerische Vereinigung für Flugwissenschaften am 17. November 2011 an der ETH Zürich

F/A-18 Vertical tail Buffeting Calculation using unsteady Fluid Structure Interaction; The Aeronautical Journal, May 2011, Volume 115, No. 1166

The Challenge of large Composite Transport Airplanes during their Life Cycle; Paper and Keynote Presentation 5th International Conference on Composites Testing and Model Identification; ETH Lausanne Februar 2011

Windbreak? The F/A-18, and the HISAC Projects. His Ultimate Vision is using CFD for virtual Flight Testing; Interview in Aerospace Testing International, September 2009 p47-48

Calculation of Unsteady Loads for the F/A-18 Vertical Tail Buffeting; Paper and Presentation 1st CEAS European Air and Space Conference in Berlin, September 2007

Latest development in RUAG Aerospace’s Wind Tunnels and Balance technology at RUAG Aerospace 43rd Meeting of Subsonic Aerodynamic Testing Association (SATA), June 2007

Calculations of F/A-18 Fatigue Loads and wing Deformation using Computational Fluid Dynamics; 25th International Congress of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS) 2006 in Hamburg

The Swiss F/A-18 Full Scale fatigue Test – Modern and Efficient Testing; ATIO AIAA Conference September 2004 in Chicago

Der F/A-18 – ein Flugzeug, das so nie fliegen darf; Paper & Präsentation Automotive Day; 12. November 2003 an der HTI Biel

Crack Initiation and Crack Growth Tests and Analysis at Center Hole Specimen for 7050-T7451, 7075-T7351;Ti-6Al-4V (RA); Paper & Presentation at 8th International Fatigue Congress 2002 in Stockholm

Swiss F/A-18 Full Scale Fatigue Test; Paper & Presentation at ICAF Conference 2001 in Toulouse, ICAF-Doc 2289

A residual Stress Model for Spectrum Crack Growth Analysis; International Journal of Fracture 1997, Vol 85, No. 2

Influence of Thickness on Crack Growth Life of Coldworked Holes; Paper & Presentation at ICAF 1997 in Edinburgh Scotland; ICAF-Doc 2177