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MAE4908 - Aircraft structures

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Engineering

Leader: R Jones


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


This unit covers energy methods, minimum potential energy, their application to aircraft structural mechanics and how they can be used to determine the natural and kinematic boundary conditions for a structural component. Problems in aircraft structural mechanics, plate bending, and buckling and the equilibrium equations and associated natural and kinematic boundary conditions are covered. Aircraft wings are considered as combinations of plate-like components and beams which deform under aerodynamic loading and buckling. Wing skins require stiffeners to alleviate this problem and the unit provides a framework for understanding and performing such analyses.


Class Assignment 10%
Project: 20%
Mid Semester Examination 20%
Examination (2 hours): 50%

Contact hours

22 lectures, 8 practice class hours and 14 laboratory hours per semester


MEC3408 and MEC4446