Aeronautical Engineering BEng/MEng

Aircraft Structural Analysis and Design 3 ENG3062

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course introduces the concepts in the design and analysis of aircraft structures.  A practical insight into the techniques used to analyse large scale structures with emphasis on the terminology used in this industry is presented.


2 lectures per week

Excluded Courses





80% Written Exam

20% Report

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ explain typical terminology associated with aircraft structures;

■ provide practical insight into the assessment of structural behaviour using combinations of analytical, experimental and numerical techniques;

■ develop experimental skills for validation of predicted behaviour of structural members under load;

■ develop an appreciation for the design and sizing of aircraft structural configurations subject to various load combinations.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ discuss and compare aerospace structural design configurations using the appropriate terminology;

■ calculate the stress distribution in aircraft components with the aid of experimental tests;

■ validate test results using computer aided analysis;

■ design and size structural components under a complex loading system using data sheets and computer aided analysis;

■ design connections to transmit a complex load system.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must attend the degree examination and submit at least 75% by weight of the other components of the course's summative assessment.


Students must attend the timetabled laboratory classes.