Course Title: Analysis of Aerospace Structures

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Analysis of Aerospace Structures

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2006

Course Coordinator: AProf P.H. Hoffmann

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6087

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora East, B251.3.25

Course Coordinator Availability: As shown on office door

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

The pre-requisite for this course is an engineering degree from a recognised university.

Course Description

This course seeks to provide students from engineering disciplines other than aerospace with a basic understanding of the principles of structural analysis.  Students will be introduced to aircraft loads, the aircraft structure, basic stress analysis, aircraft structural integrity, elasticity and helicopter structures, and an introduction to finite element analysis and its application.   A special focus is given to ensure that students have an understanding of the magnitudes of structural loads and sizing for modern aircraft.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development
This course will develop the Technical Competence capability, which is defined as the ability to demonstrate technical skills appropriate to the practice of engineering. Specifically, you will be able to:

  • perform a range of analytical tasks appropriate to engineering as a whole;
  • demonstrate appropriate understanding of key scientific and other concepts underpinning engineering as a whole;
  • utilise mathematics, computational tools and techniques;
  • plan experimental investigations, and select and use sound experimental techniques, and validly interpret experimental data.

Your Professional Skills capability will be developed by providing you with the opportunity to function effectively as an individual and in teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental principles relating to the analysis of aircraft thin walled structures;
  • Demonstrate appropriate utilisation of these principles in relation to stress analysis of Aerospace structural systems;
  • Demonstrate the ability to size practical aerospace structures given representative loads and other parameters;
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply computational methods to the analysis of aerospace structures.

The learning process is reinforced through problem-based learning using real aircraft case studies.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn through a mix of lectures, workshops and tutorials. Directed problem-solving activities will be achieved through the assignment tasks and workshops.

Overview of Learning Resources

All required materials will be provided.  Course notes will be available at the first class, while reference texts will be available in the Wackett Centre Library.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment is designed to test your understanding of the underlying theoretical basis of structural analysis, as well as your ability to apply that theory in the analysis and design of aerospace structures.