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Unit information: Structures and Materials 1 in 2018/19

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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




School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


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 or indeterminate structures using force/displacement or energy methods.

Perform preliminary structural design of simple structural elements and joints.

Teaching details

Lectures, example classes, labs

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 examination in May/June, 5 questions to be answered out of 7

Reading and References

  • Askeland, D.R., “The Science and Engineering of Materials”, 2011, 6th ed., Cengage Learning. ISBN: 0495668028
  • Smith, W.F., “Principles of Materials Science and Engineering”, 1996, 3rd ed., McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 0070592411
  • Gordon, J., “The New Science of Strong Materials – or Why You Don’t Fall Through the Floor”, 1976, 2nd ed., Harmondsworth. ISBN: 0140209204
  • Gordon, J., “Structures: or Why Things Don’t Fall Down”, 2003, 2nd ed., DaCapo Press. ISBN: 0306812835
  • Ashby, M., “Engineering Materials 1: An Introductions to Properties, Applications and Design”, 2012, 4th ed., Elsevier. ISBN: 0080966659
  • Ashby, M., “Engineering Materials 2: An Introduction Microstructures, Processing and Design”, 2006, 3rd ed., Butterworth-Heinemann. ISBN: 0750663812
  • Case, J., “Strength of Materials and Structures”, 1999, 4th ed., Arnold Publishing. ISBN: 0340719206
  • Ashby, M., “Materials Selection in Mechanical Design”, 1999, 2nd ed., Butterworth-Heinemann. ISBN: 1618304402
  • Cutler, J., “Understanding Aircraft Structures”, 2005, 4th ed., Malden Mass. ISBN:1405120320
  • Crandall, S., “An Introduction to the Mechanics of Solids”, 1978, 2nd ed., McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 0070662304
  • Megson, T., “Aircraft Structures for Engineering Students”, 2017, 6th ed., Butterworth-Heinemann. ISBN: 0081009143
  • Middleton, D., “Composite Materials in Aircraft Structures”, 1990, Longman Scientific & Technical. ISBN: 0582017122
  • Wilkinson, R., “Aircraft Structures and Systems”, 2009, 3rd ed., MechAero Publications. ISBN: 0954073460
  • Niu, M., “Airframe Structural Design”, 1999, 2nd ed., Hong Kong Conmilit Press. ISBN: 9627128090
  • Williams, M., “Structures: Theory & Analysis”, 2000, Macmillan. ISBN: 0333677609
  • Seward, D., “Understanding Structures Analysis, Materials, Design”, 2009, 4th ed., Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 0230212638
  • Fenner, T.J & Reddy, J.N., “Mechanics of Solids and Structures”, 2012, 2nd ed., CRC Press. ISBN: 1439858144