MAE4411 - Aircraft structures 2 - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Chris Davies


Associate Professor Tuck Wah Ng

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)




MAE3407Not offered in 2019


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.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the relevance of strength and stiffness aspects of aircraft structures and components, including stressed skin construction.
  2. Select appropriate modelling tools and analytical methodologies to analyse structural aerospace problems.
  3. Address the interaction between, often conflicting, requirements in the design of airframes i.e. aerodynamics, avionics and propulsion.
  4. Interpret and translate real-world forces into abstract form for engineering modelling of airframes.
  5. Manage the relationship between analytical methodologies and real-world aircraft design.
  6. Design original solutions to new engineering problems in the aerospace industry.


Continuous assessment: 40%

Final examination (2 hours): 60%

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

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of 4-6 hours of scheduled learning activities and 6-8 hours independent study per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. If independent study during mid-semester break, SWOTVAC and exam periods are included, the total workload can exceed the minimum expected workload.

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