AAE 35200: Aerospace Structural Analysis I

Credits:     3

Contact hours:     3

Instructor:     Profsessor CT Sun and Professor Sangid

Text:     Sun, CT., Mechanics of Aircraft Structures, Wiley, 2nd edition. ISBN 978-0471699668. Supplemental notes furnished by instructor.

Course Description:     Properties of wing and fuselage sections. Buckling of beams and plates. Torsion of thin-walled and skin-stringer multiple-cell sections. Failure mechanisms and predictions. Nonsymmetrical bending of skin-stringer sections. Flexural shear in open and closed thin-walled and skin-stringer sections. Deflection by energy method. Introduction to composite structures.

Offered:    Fall and Spring

Pre-requisite:    AAE20400, AAE20401

Co-requisite:    None

Required:    Yes

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

  1. Use analytical/empirical tools for determining the distribution of load (or displacement) in typical aerospace components.
  2. Understand and implement the procedures for relating applied loads (or displacements) to component "failure."
  3. Selection of materials to resist structural failure.
  4. Exposure to other professional development topics are also be presented as time permits (e.g., technical communications, teamwork issues, economic considerations, engineering ethics, case histories, regulatory & certification topics, etc.)

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 No
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. Review of strength of materials and introduction to elasticity. (4 lectures)
  2. Design criteria and determination of loads. (6 lectures)
  3. Materials selection and evaluation. (8 lectures)
  4. Bending and torsion of thin-walled structures. (13 lectures)
  5. Buckling design of structural elements. (6 lectures)
  6. Deflection analysis of structures. (4 lectures)
  7. Tests. (2 lectures and a final exam)

Revision History:
Prepared by: A. F. Grandt, Date: July 19, 2006
Format updated: W. Chen, Date: November 10, 2011