Aeronautical Engineering BEng/MEng

Aircraft Structures and Materials 3 ENG3081

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • 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

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






100% Examination



In accordance with the University's Code of Assessment reassessments are normally set for all courses which do not contribute to the honours classifications. For non honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students, and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions are listed below in this box.


It is not possible to offer reassessment in group project work in this course. Students failing to complete the group project work, without good cause, will receive a Credit Refused (CR) grade and will be required to re-attend the course the following year.

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.


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.