Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Stability and Integrity of Aerospace Structures


Iowa State Course Substitution

Flight Structures Analysis

AER E 321

Course Info

International Credits: 6.0
Converted Credits: 3.5
Country: Spain
Language: English
Course Description:
Stability and integrity of aerospace structures Department assigned to the subject: Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering Type: Compulsory ECTS Credits : 6.0 Year : 3 Semester : 2 Coordinating teacher: CAVALLARO , RAUNO Academic Year: ( 2017 / 2018 ) Review date: 01-02-2017 STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO HAVE COMPLETED Advanced Mathematics Aerospace Materials I and II Introduction to Structural Analysis Aerospace Structures COMPETENCES AND SKILLS THAT WILL BE ACQUIRED AND LEARNING RESULTS. - Understanding of the concept of instability and the loading conditions in which it appears. - Ability to calculate the onset of instability in aerospace structures. - Understanding the effects that cycling loading, stress level and geometric configuration have on the life of structural members. - Understanding the mechanism by which cracks grow and variables that affect their growth rate. - Ability to calculate when aerospace structures will fail when subjected to cycling loading. - Knowledge of design concepts and inspection methods that will safeguard aerospace structures from catastrophic failure. DESCRIPTION OF CONTENTS: PROGRAMME 1) Stress Analysis of Aircraft Components - Structural Idealization - Wing spar and box beams - Wings - Fuselage 2) Structural Stability - Columns: Elastic buckling of ideal columns. Euler Curve. Inelastic buckling of columns. Euler-Engesser Curve. Real effects on column stability: Imperfections. Local Buckling and Crippling. The Johnson-Euler curve. - Plates: Elastic buckling of plates (compression, bending, shear and combined loading). Plastic effects in plate buckling. Effect of panel curvature. Panel failure: compression and shear panels. Diagonal Tension. 3) Structural Integrity: - Constant and variable amplitude fatigue: SN Curves. Stress concentrations. Cycle counting. Cumulative damage rules. Residual stresses. Design Criteria. - Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics: Energy release rate and Stress Intensity Factors. Plastic zone size. Fracture Toughness and failure prediction. Thickness effects on Fracture Toughness. The plane strain Fracture Toughness test. - Fatigue Crack Growth: Fatigue crack growth rate curve. Stress ratio effects. Paris Law and other analytical representations. - Damage Tolerance Analysis: Life prediction. Closed form integration for constant Beta and Paris Law. Retardation effects. Design Criteria. LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND METHODOLOGY Theory sessions. Problem sessions working individually and in groups. Experimental and numerical Lab-sessions. Página 1 de 2 ASSESSMENT SYSTEM End-of-term exam (60%) Midterm test (10%) Lab sessions - projects (30%) In order to pass the subject the following two conditions must be met: 1) A minimum grade of 5.0 (End-of-term + continuous evaluation) must be obtained, AND 2) A minimum grade of 4.0 in the end-of-term exam must be obtained. % end-of-term-examination: 60 % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals…): 40 BASIC BIBLIOGRAPHY - Anderson, T. L. Fracture Mechanics: Fundamentals and Applications, CRC Press, 1995 - Megson Aircraft Structures for Engineering Students, Elsevier, 2012 - Ralph I. Stephens, et. al. Metal Fatigue in Engineering, Wiley, 2001 - Timoshenko & Gere Theory of Elastic Stability, McGraw Hill, 1985 ADDITIONAL BIBLIOGRAPHY - Broek, David The practical use of fracture mechanics, Springer, 1989 - Bruhn, E.F. Analysis and design of flight vehicle structures, Jacobs, 1973 - James Gere and Stephen Timoshenko Mechanics of Materials, PWS Publishing, 1990 (or newer). - Jan R. Wrigth Introduction to Aircraft Stability and Loads, John Wiley & Sons, 2007 - John M. Barsom and Stanley T. Rolfe Fracture and Fatigue Control in Structures, ASTM, 1999


Evaluation Date:
May 4, 2018
Partha Sarkar
This course is a substitution for Aer E 321 only if the student has completed Introduction to Structural Analysis and Aerospace Structures that are listed as per-requisite (under expected to complete category) courses.