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ME40377: High performance aerostructures

[Page last updated: 04 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Examination (EX 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
ME40377 Re- Assessment Examination (where allowed by programme regulations)
Aims: To introduce advanced techniques for analysis, design and manufacture of aircraft structures.

Learning Outcomes: After successfully completing this unit the student will be able to:
* Demonstrate knowledge of metal and composite manufacturing approaches and their influence on structural performance;
* Analyse featrues of composite panels;
* Analyse the dynamic response of flexible wing structures.

* Problem solving
* Mathematical modelling
* Numeracy
* Written communication
* IT
* Working independently.

Content: Manufacturing processes for aerospace structures. Mechanics of relevant processes and impact on value and performance. Buckling analysis and design of composite structures. Analysis of strength of damaged composite laminates. Lagrangian Mechanics, vibration and torsional and bending dynamics of beams, analysis of the divergence behaviour of two degree of freedom wing models, analysis of the flutter behaviour of two degree of freedom wing models.

Programme availability:

ME40377 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • UEME-AFM04 : MEng(Hons) Aerospace Engineering (Year 4)
  • UEME-AKM04 : MEng(Hons) Aerospace Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)
  • UEME-AFM16 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering (Year 4)
  • UEME-AKM16 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)


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