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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: ENG2033 Module Title: AERO STRUCTURES & MATERIALS
Module Provider: Mechanical, Medical & Aero Engineering Short Name: SE3230
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: CROCOMBE AD Prof (M, M & A Eng)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability

Spring Semester

Assessment Pattern


Unit(s) of Assessment

Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)  



Materials assignment


Structures tutorial assessments


Qualifying Condition(s) 
A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Module Overview

A lecture and tutorial based module giving understanding of materials and analysis of aircraft structures. This moves on from the general materials and stress analysis modules studied earlier to provide the student with knowledge and understanding in both these areas directly applicable to aircraft structures.


Completion of the progress requirements of Level HE1

Module Aims
  • To introduce typical features of (principally fixed-wing) aircraft structures and methods of stress analysis.
  • To introduce the behaviour of some typical aerospace materials and the choice of material for different aerospace structures.
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module you will be able to:

  • understand typical features of aircraft structures and be able to calculate stresses and deflections in simplified wing and fuselage structures
  • discuss the behaviour of various materials in relation to their performance in aerospace structures, both qualitatively and, where appropriate, quantitatively
Module Content


  • Typical aircraft structures
  • Buckling instability.
  • Stiffened shell idealisation (direct stress booms and shear stress skins)
  • Bending of boom idealised wings and fuselage sections
  • Stresses due to shear in open and closed thin walled sections
  • Stresses due to shear in boom idealised wing and fuselage sections
  • Materials cost and weight implications in aircraft design: material selection for minimising weight (some examples); sandwich panel design
  • Fatigue in airframe structures: general design considerations; fatigue life; crack growth
  • Stress corrosion cracking
  • Aerospace alloys: classification, properties and use of Al, Mg and Ti alloys, and high strength steels
  • Composite materials for aerospace: panel design using carpet plots.
Methods of Teaching/Learning

26 hrs lectures, 13 hrs tutorials 2 hrs examination and 59 hrs independent learning.
Total student learning time 100 hours.

Selected Texts/Journals

Essential reading






Required reading






Recommended reading:



Megson TGH, Aircraft Structures for Engineering Students, 2nd ed, Arnold, 1990. (ISBN 07131 36812)
Callister WD, Materials Science and Engineering, An Introduction, Wiley, 1991. (ISBN 04715 29974)
Matthews FL and

Rawlings RD
, Composite Materials: Engineering and Science, Chapman and Hall, 1994. (ISBN 04125 59706)
Gibson LJ and Ashby MF, Cellular Solids, Pergamon Press, 1988. (ISBN 00803 66074)

, , Chapman and Hall, 1994. (ISBN 04125 59706) Gibson LJ and Ashby MF, , Pergamon Press, 1988. (ISBN 00803 66074)


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