Course Title: Advanced Aircraft Structural Analysis

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Aircraft Structural Analysis

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: A/Prof. Akbar A. Khatibi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6105

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course aims to advance the skills of aerospace professional engineers in the area of aircraft structures, building upon the topics covered in typical aerospace (or equivalent) undergraduate engineering programs. You will be provided with an introduction to the design process of advanced aircraft structures followed by stress/strain analyses of thin-walled structures including non-linear deformation and failure theories for lightweight metallic and composite structures. In addition, you will study fatigue and fracture mechanics of aircraft structures. Furthermore, you will have an opportunity to gain professional experience in utilisation of computational stress analyses of lightweight structures using finite element method.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes of the Master of Engineering:

1. Needs, Context and Systems

  • Exposit legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental interests, values, requirements and expectations of key stakeholders
  • Identify and assess risks (including OH&S) as well as the economic, social and environmental impacts of engineering activities

2. Problem Solving and Design

  • Develop and operate within a hazard and risk framework appropriate to engineering activities

3. Analysis

  • Comprehend and apply advanced theory-based understanding of engineering fundamentals and specialist bodies of knowledge in the selected discipline area to predict the effect of engineering activities
  • Apply underpinning natural, physical and engineering sciences, mathematics, statistics, computer and information sciences.

4. Professional Practice

  • Understand the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline
  • Display a personal sense of responsibility for your work

5. Research

  • Be aware of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline


Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Explain the design process of lightweight structures based on aircraft design requirements
  2. Implement advanced technical concepts, analyse and assess the structural behaviour of aircraft structures using analytical and numerical methods.
  3. Analyse fatigue/fracture behaviour of aerospace structures
  4. Determine mechanical properties of composite materials.  
  5. Develop and validate finite element models to investigate advanced structural analysis problems relevant to aerospace structures.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities can include lectures, in-class quizzes, assignments, tutorials and a final exam. Online learning, and directed problem-solving activities will be achieved through assignment tasks. 

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on the Blackboard, which is accessed through myRMIT. This can include lecture material, tutorials, supplementary course notes, problem sheets and solutions, and references.

Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).



Assessment tasks 

Early Assessment Task: Quiz
Weighting 5%
This assessment task supports CLO 1

Assessment Task 2: Mid-term Exam
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs  2 and 3

Assessment Task 3: Finite Element Tutorials
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLO 5

Assessment Task 4: Lab Report/Assignment
Weighting 10% 
This assessment supports CLO 5

Assessment Task 5: Final Exam
Weighting 50% 
This assessment supports CLOs 1- 4