AAE 35201

Structural Analysis I 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:     Location of shear center. Torsion of thin-walled, open and closed sections. Nonsymmetrical bending of skin-stringer cross section. Bending of sandwich bean. Vibrations.

Offered:    Fall and Spring

Pre-requisite:    None

Co-requisite:    AAE 35200

Required:    Yes

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

  1. Understand the basic methods in the experimental analysis of aerospace structures
  2. Use computer simulations to explore various aspects of structural analysis not readily amenable to experiment
  3. Understand and set up experimental instrumentation
  4. Understand the role of shear center in aerospace structures
  5. Set up and conduct thin-wall structural experiments under torsion, bending and vibration
  6. Perform full-field stress analysis using photoelasticity
  7. Master the basic skills in data analysis and results presentation

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: Strain Gage Rosette Analysis: I-Beam and Web and Flange Effects
  2. Lab 2: Bending of Aircraft Wing: Symmetric Wing and the Role of Shear Center
  3. Lab 3: Torsion of Airfoils: Two-cell Section and the Effect of Spar
  4. Lab 4: Thin-walled Shear Beams: Three Stringer Beams and the Role of Shear Center
  5. Lab 5: Structural Dynamics: Vibration of Beam and Various Vibration Modes of a Cantilevered Plate
  6. Lab 6: Whole-field Stress Analysis: Photoelasticity of Grooved Specimen and Effects of Notch geometry

Revision History:
Prepared by: J. F. Doyle, Date: March 13, 2001
Revised by: J. F. Doyle, Date: September 18, 2006
Updated Co-Requisite on March 3, 2011
Format updated: W. Chen, Date: November 10, 201