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Fundamentals of Aircraft Structural Design & Analysis

We are a small team of industrial Aerospace engineers who are putting together an engineering course through the University of Reddit which takes you through the general process of how to design and analyse aircraft structures from concept to detailed design using industry standard tools such as CATIA, Abacus, Ansys and Patran/Nastran.

The course will be delivered via online video ‘lectures’ utilising CAD as a primary visualising tool.

Through the entire course, we will be designing with an example, which will be an Advanced Regional Jet.

The course will be focusing on structures however there will be overview of systems, propulsion and aircraft cabin layouts. There is also a possibility for further modules to be done if requested!

Lectures
  1. Course Introduction

    Start up for the course. Introduction to the terminology and a breakdown of what will be taught.

    https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=VJ5JDifLHn4

Prerequisites

2nd year University Engineering Experience Good Maths Skills Access to CAE tools such as CATIA V5, Abaqus, Patran is possible. Enthusiasm to learn and contribute

Syllabus

Module 1 : Conceptual Design 1. Technical Specification – ‘Defining’ aircraft and mission Requirements 2. Conceptual Design – Aircraft Concepts, configuration, weight, Aerodynamics and sizing.

Module 2 : Preliminary Design 1. Primary Structural Loading – Aerodynamic Loading, Shear force, Bending Moment and Torque. 2. Structural Layout – Design Philosophies, Internal Components, Materials. 3. Pre-Sizing – Main sizing drivers such as thicknesses, pitching and Loft.

Module 3 : Detailed Design 1. Detailed Stressing – Detailed design of components, cross-sections 2. Fatigue & Damage Tolerance – Design practices, basic crack propagation techniques. 3. FE Analysis – Full scale, Section scale and component scale runs (Abaqus/Patran)

Additional information

Bare in mind this is not going to a comprehensive view on aircraft design. We'll be delving into detail on a few things (more will become apparent as we go along) but not everyeverything we'll also only really be looking at structures in detail, with systems, landing gear and avionics being a part of the conceptual design primarily.

keep an eye out for updates! Either with the 'class location' button or otherwise!

Teacher qualifications

Course Leader 1

B.Sc (hons) Aerospace Engineering (1st Class) M.Sc Aerospace Vehicle Design (Distinction) Current Design/Stress engineer in the Aerospace Industry

Course Leader 2

MEng Aerospace Engineering (1st Class) Current Design/Stress engineer in the Aerospace Industry

Latest Update
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Cheers, Mike"

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