MEng Aerospace Engineering with Industrial Experience / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Structures 2 (Aerospace)

Course unit fact file
Unit code AERO21211
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Available as a free choice unit? No


• Introduction to mechanics of deformable solids and concept of strain energy
• Thin shells subject to internal pressure
• Moments of area for thin- and thick-walled sections
• Theories of torsion for circular cylinders (solid and hollow) and also closed thin-walled sections of arbitrary shapes
• Beams subject to symmetric bending; thick-walled and open thin-walled sections
• Combined loadings; two-dimensional (2D) stress-strain analysis and failure criteria

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Aerospace structures must be designed to ensure that each part is used to its full capacity. This leads to the use of thin shell (monocoque) and stiffened shell (semi-monocoque) structures. The unit aims to introduce some of the elementary concepts from the science of mechanics of deformable solids. This will be followed by the analysis of simplified thin-walled sections subject to various loadings and boundary conditions.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 10%
Written exam 80%
Report 10%

Other - assessed tutorial work

Feedback methods

Written feedback on the group report by the lecturer (3 weeks after submission)

Exam - Via script viewing

Practical - Written feedback on the group submission by the lecturer (2 weeks after submission)

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 24
Project supervision 10
Supervised time in studio/wksp 2
Tutorials 6
Independent study hours
Independent study 58

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Azam Tafreshi Unit coordinator

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