MAE2401 - Aircraft structures 1 - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Dr Tuncay Alan

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge in solid mechanics to confidently analyse and design engineering components and structures with particular reference to the aerospace industry. Each part of the unit contrasts theory and practical application in order to impart a practical appreciation of the knowledge gained. The role of approximate methods of analysis and their interaction with practical situations is highlighted. Constant use is made of real life problems from the aerospace industry


At the successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Analyse the behaviour of structures under mechanical loads via free body diagrams.
  2. Apply stress-strain relations in conjunction with elasticity and material properties.
  3. Determine the mechanical stresses and structural deformations that arise within a body under applied loads.
  4. Appraise complex solid mechanics problems and use knowledge and skills to develop simplified models and generate accurate solutions.
  5. Apply structural analysis theory to predict performance and reliability of structures under a combination of different loadings.


In semester assessment: 30%

Final examination (3 hours): 70%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

3 hours lectures + 3 hours practice sessions or laboratories and 6 hours of private study per week

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