AE403E - Aircraft structure

AE403E - Aircraft structure


General objective:

At the end of the course the student will be able to:
-identify and describe different charges applied to a cell;
-define and describe basic concepts of material resistance (beam model, constraints calculation, dimensioning of simple structures, buckling);
-quote and describe a general structure of different parts of a cell, explain the reasons that conducted to this particular design;
-quote and describe materials used in aeronautical construction (their properties, specificities and choice criteria);
-describe and explain differences between failure modes in statics and fatigue, know their respective mechanisms, make simple calculation of fatigue damage.

Detailed objectives:

At the end of the course the student will be able to :
- calculate the stress and the strain due to traction/compression, bending moment, transverse force and torsion torque for beams under simplified loading.
- calculate the stress in structural joints joints


  • Lectures : 20

Form of assessment

Total assessment hours: 2

This course is part of the programme

In brief

ECTS credits 3

Number of hours 22

Teaching language



Phone : +33 5 62 17 40 56

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