Aeronautical Engineering BEng/MEng

Aircraft Structures and Materials 3 ENG3081

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course provides an introduction to aircraft structures and the materials used to construct them. In particular the following topic are covered:

■ hand methods of analysis for bending moments and deflections in inextensible continuous plane-frame structures;

■ calculation of geometric properties in complex section members;

■ assessment of bending and torsional stresses in complex sections;

■ concepts of shear flow and shear centre;

■ load distributions within single and multi-cell boxes;

■ elastic and plastic material behaviour;

■ fatigue and fracture problems in structural materials.


2 lectures per week

Excluded Courses





75% Final written exam

25% Online assessment of Teaching Block 1 (Moodle Quiz)

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ provide familiarity with important "hand methods" for structural analysis;

■ introduce concepts of shear flow and shear centre;

■ develop an understanding of the behaviour of structural materials under various load systems.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ produce shear force and bending moment diagrams for continuous frame structures;

■ calculate section properties for non-symmetric members;

■ calculate the loading distribution within single or multi-cell boxes;

■ calculate the fatigue life and inspection intervals for aircraft components.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must attend the degree examination.

Students should attend at least 75% of the timetabled classes of the course.


Students must complete the set exercise


Note that these are minimum requirements: good students will achieve far higher participation/submission rates.  Any student who misses an assessment or a significant number of classes because of illness or other good cause should report this by completing a MyCampus absence report.