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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Course Overview

    Design of Aircraft Structures 


    Introduction to airframe configuration; design philosophy and criteria; margin of safety; validation and testing; design allowables and values; fundamental concepts including load paths, free body diagrams and analysis methods.
    This course also includes applied design and analysis of aircraft structures including: advanced design concepts; failure theories and interaction methods; buckling and crippling of columns, buckling of plates and panels; design optimization, aircraft structures under tensile, compressive, shear, and combined loads, fasteners, joints, fittings, and lugs.

    An introduction to durability and damage tolerance is also presented. The topics include stress concentrations, S-N data, loading environment, stress life and strain-life approaches, damage accumulation theories, stress intensity factor, fracture toughness, crack growth and fracture criteria.

    Key Topics

    • Describe airplane configuration and load path
    • Describe design criteria and its evolution
    • Explain the verification and validation process
    • Select material for for an airplane part of component
    • Describe various analysis methods
    • Recognize differences between metals and composites
    • Explain failure theories and margin of safety calculation

    Who Should Attend

    This course is for those industry engineers in airplane design, analysis or support and government agency engineers, as well as Manufacturing support or fleet support engineers. Aerospace engineers, mechanical engineers and civil engineers would most benefit from this course.

    Type of Course: Instructor-Led Short Course

    Course Level: Advanced

    Course scheduling available in the following formats:
    • Course at Conference
    • On-site Course
    • Stand-alone/Public Course

    Course Length: 2 days

    AIAA CEU's available: yes