Introduction to Aerospace Structures

Course Description

This course covers introductory and intermediate topics related to analysis and design of airframes:

Aerospace Materials and their Properties
- Lightweight Materials - Alloys and Composites
- Tensors - Stress, Strain, Invariants
- Failure Prediction
- Material Degradation - Fatigue, Corrosion, Wear
- Analysis of Composite Materials

Classical Airframe Analysis:
- Airframe Loads
- Stressed Skin Design Philosophy
- Role of Airframe Components
- Thin-walled Approximation
- Structural Idealization
- Analysis of Indeterminate Trusses
- Bending, Shear and Torsion of Complex Beams
- Detailed Stressing - Joints and Cut-outs

Structural Instability and Aeroelasticity:
- Buckling of Columns and Plates
- Stiffened Panel Analysis and Design
- Aeroelasticity - Divergence, Control Reversal and Flutter

Introduction to Aerospace Structures
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