Mechanical Engineering

(Me En-CE En) Aircraft Structures

(Me En-CE En) Aircraft Structures
Requirements, objectives, loads, materials, and tools for design of airframe structures; static behavior of thin-wall structures; durability and damage tolerance; certification and testing. Airframe component team design project.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesCE EN 304 & CE EN 321; or ME EN 250 & ME EN 372
Course Outcomes: 

Aircraft Design Approaches

Students will understand and be able to apply industry philosophies and critical criteria that drive the design and govern the certification of aircraft structures.

Analysis of Aircraft Structural Elements

Students will be able to analyze the in-plane (compression, shear, stability) and out-of-plane (bending, torsion, transverse shear) behavior (stresses, deflections, margins of safety) of structural elements (beams, columns, thin plates, open and closed sections, etc.) prevalent in aircraft.

Certification of Aircraft Structures

Students will understand important issues required for certification of aircraft structures (regulations, loads, fatigue, damage tolerance).