AAE 20401

Aeromechanics II Laboratory

Credits:     1

Contact hours:     1

Instructor:     Professor Doyle

Text:     No text required. Lab handout materials include instructions for procedure, basic theory of experimental methods, theory for analysis, and suggestions on what to include in the report.

Course Description:     Introduction to strain gages, dial gages, force transducers and photoelasticity. Materials testing in tension and shear. Stress concentration around cutouts. Bending of beams.

Offered:    Fall and Spring

Pre-requisite:    None

Co-requisite:    AAE 20400

Required:    Yes

Student Learning Outcomes:
On completing this course the student shall be able to:

  1. Master the basic methods in the experimental testing of solids and structures
  2. Understand and set up experimental instrumentation
  3. Set up and conduct mechanical tests on materials in tension and shear
  4. Understand the concept of stress concentration in structures
  5. Compute stresses, strains, deformation and displacements of basic structural components
  6. Set up and conduct beam bending experiments
  7. Master the basic skills in the writing of technical reports

Relationship of Course to Program Outcomes

    Program Learning Outcomes Included?
a An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering Yes
b An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data Yes
c An ability to design an aerospace system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health, and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability Yes
d An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams Yes
e An ability to identify, formulate, and solve aerospace engineering problems Yes
f An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility Yes
g An ability to communicate effectively Yes
h An understanding of the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context No
i A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning Yes
j A knowledge of contemporary issues in aerospace engineering No
k An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for aerospace engineering practice Yes


  1. Lab 1: Introduction to Electrical Resistance Strain Gages: Wheatstone Bridge and Commercial Strain Indicators
  2. Lab 2: Materials Testing: Tensile Test and Poisson’s Ratio Test
  3. Lab 3: Beam Bending: Beam Deflections and Bending Strains
  4. Lab 4: Torsion: Torsion of Shaft and Shear Test
  5. Lab 5: Stress and Biaxial Stress: Uniaxial Stress Specimen and Pressure Vessel
  6. Lab 6: Stress Analysis by Photoelasticity: Bending Specimen and Grooved Specimen

Revision History:
Prepared by: J. F. Doyle, Date: March 18, 2001
Revised by: J. F. Doyle, Date: September 18, 2006
Updated Co-Requisite on March 3, 2011
Format updated: W. Chen, Date: November 10, 2011