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Unit information: Structures and Materials 1 in 2020/21

Unit name Structures and Materials 1
Unit code AENG11200
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Kratz
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description

An introduction to the mechanical properties and behaviour of materials, internal loads in basic structures, resulting stress, strain and deformation, structural design and the architecture of aircraft structures. Aims: To introduce the mechanical properties and behaviour of materials, internal loads in basic structures, resulting stress, strain and deformation and the architecture of aircraft structures.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the unit the students will be able to:

  • describe simple material properties in terms of desirable engineering characteristics,
  • comment on reasons for properties of certain metals and ceramics in terms of crystallographic factors,
  • classify metals, ceramics, polymers and composites according to a selection of properties and engineering characteristics
  • analyse loads in determinate structures made up of trusses, beams and idealised supports using the principle of equilibrium and free body diagrams
  • analyse stress, strain, deformation and stability of structural elements within simple determinate structures using force/displacement methods.

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, which may include lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Details

30% - Assessed work on Structural Loads, Stress Analysis, Materials, Aircraft Structures and laboratory experiment. Involving tests, assignments and a short report.

70% - 3 Hour timed assessment in May/June.

Reading and References

  • Michael Ashby, Hugh Shercliff and David Cebon. “Materials: engineering, science, processing and design,” Oxford : Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann, 4th ed., 2018.
  • James Gere and Barry Goodno. “Mechanics of materials,” Stamford : Cengage Learning , 9th ed., 2017.

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