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ME40220: Aerospace structures II

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2013/4
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: CW 33%, EX 67%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take ME30045
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To introduce advanced techniques of analysis and design of aircraft structures.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this unit the student should be able to:
* Analyse buckling of struts and composite panels.
* Analyse post-buckling behaviour of simple structural systems and stiffened panels.
* Understand the principles of aeroelasticity and wing divergence
* Formulate structural optimisation problems.
* Describe various optimisation methods applicable to structural designs.
* Use appropriate optimisation methods to design structures for given requirements.

Problem solving; mathematical modelling; numeracy; written communication; IT; working independently.

Buckling and post-buckled stability of simple structural systems. Introduction to aeroelasticity. Wing divergence. Buckling analysis and design of composite structures. Analysis of post-buckled stiffened panels. Formulation of structural optimisation problems. Optimisation methods in structural designs: mathematical programming and heuristic methods.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

ME40220 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • UEME-AFM04 : MEng (hons) Aerospace Engineering (Full-time) - Year 4
  • UEME-AKM04 : MEng (hons) Aerospace Engineering (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 5
  • UEME-AFM05 : MEng (hons) Aerospace Engineering with French (Full-time) - Year 4
  • UEME-AKM05 : MEng (hons) Aerospace Engineering with French (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 5
  • UEME-AFM06 : MEng (hons) Aerospace Engineering with German (Full-time) - Year 4
  • UEME-AKM06 : MEng (hons) Aerospace Engineering with German (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 5

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2013/4 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2014/15 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2013/14.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.