Aerospace Structures - AERO3410

Faculty: Faculty of Engineering

School: School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Course Outline:

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 6

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequisite: MMAN2400; Exclusion: AERO3400, MECH3400

CSS Contribution Charge: 2 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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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 Idealisation
  • 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


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