MAE5402 - Aircraft structures - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


W Yan

Not offered in 2017


The unit integrates previous knowledge on isotropic (metal) structures in solid mechanics and further extends it into structural forms and analytical methodologies used in current airframe design. Additionally the particular forms of loading encountered in airframes and associated components on the structural response and interactions between load-bearing members is considered in detail, leading to a firm understanding of structural aspects of airframes. This complements the co-requisite unit MAE5403 Composite airframes, thereby allowing a mature understanding of the potential synergy between structural forms and materials of construction.


The development and integration of previous knowledge in solid mechanics in metal structures, extended to embrace the loading and structural forms commonly used in the aerospace industry, leading to a mature understanding of aircraft structures (airframes) within a guided and self-learning environment.


Project work: 20% + Assignments: 30% + Examination (3 hours): 50%

Workload requirements

3 hours lectures, 2 hours practical classes and 7 hours of private study per week

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