MEng Aerospace Engineering with Industrial Experience / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Structures 3 (Aerospace)

Course unit fact file
Unit code AERO31302
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? No


This advanced undergraduate unit on Aerospace Structures 3 covers the fundamental concepts required to analyse and design aerospace structures and is an essential part of the undergraduate Aerospace Engineering programme.


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Structures 2 (Aerospace) AERO21211 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


Building on the students’ existing understanding of the subject of structural and stress analysis of aerospace structures, this unit delivers advanced undergraduate topics such as theory of elasticity, linear elastic fracture mechanics, fatigue failure and analysis, classical plate theory, and composite laminate theory, with an emphasis of aerospace applications and problem-solving.

The aims of this unit are:  

To provide a thorough understanding of the behaviour of aircraft structures subject to typical in service loading conditions , and the role of stress analysis on preventing structural failure. 

To develop critical thinking and theoretical skills to analyse the stresses/strains in aircraft structural components, and predict/avoid failure of components made of isotropic and orthotropic materials

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 80%
Report 20%

Feedback methods

Exam - via script viewing

Individual feedback is provided two weeks after the submission. The ideal solutions together with common mistakes are provided on Blackboard

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
eAssessment 6
Lectures 18
Practical classes & workshops 1
Tutorials 6
Independent study hours
Independent study 69

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Kali-Babu Katnam Unit coordinator

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