Course Title: Aerospace Structures

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Aerospace Structures

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: A/Prof. Adrian Orifici

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6092

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora East Campus: Building 251, Level 3, Room 21

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed knowledge: MIET2115 Mechanics and Materials 2 or equivalent

Course Description

In this course you will study the classical theory of aircraft structural analysis. You will learn the important methodologies for analysing stresses in primary aircraft structures including wings and fuselages. The assumptions and idealisations for thin-walled beams and stiffened-skin structures are covered. Buckling of columns and plates is covered, as well as the bending, torsion and shear response of thin-wall beams and stiffened structures. The classical behaviour and performance of aerospace structures is presented, as this is essential for all engineers involved with the initial design and practice associated with aerospace vehicles.  

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information. (;ID=eyj5c0mo77631)

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes

  • In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
  • Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources. 

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. define, describe and apply the fundamental concepts for analysis of thin-wall aircraft structures
  2. describe and analyse the bending response of solid, thick-wall and thin-wall beams of symmetric and asymmetric cross-section.
  3. define, explain and analyse elastic and inelastic buckling columns in compression and bending, and thin plates in compression and shear
  4. describe and analyse the torsion response of thin-wall sections of circular and non-circular cross-section.
  5. describe and analyse the shear flow of open and closed section thin-wall structures.
  6. describe and analyse the bending stress, shear flow and torsion response of stiffened thin-wall structures.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities can include lectures, quizzes, a laboratory, assignments, tutorials and a final exam. The laboratory experiment will assist you to interpret and interrogate data for the analysis process. Online learning, and directed problem-solving activities will be achieved through the assignment tasks.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on the course Learning Management System (Canvas), which is accessed through myRMIT. This can include lecture material, tutorials, supplementary course notes, problem sheets and solutions, and references. Subject Guide available from the Library at

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 

Assessment Task 1:  Assignments
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 and 6

Assessment Task 2:  Quizzes
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 4 and 5

Assessment Task 3: Laboratory
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLO 3

Assessment 4: Exam
Weighting 40% 
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6