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KU Aerospace Short Course Program

Aircraft Structures Design and Analysis

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Course Schedule

June 5-9, 2017, Denver, Colorado

Early registration course fee: $2,495 if you register and pay by April 21, 2017

Regular registration course fee: $2,695 if you register and pay after April 21, 2017

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You can also bring this course to your workplace. Learn more about our on-site program.


An introduction to analysis and design of aircraft structures, including design criteria, structural design concepts, loads and load paths, metallic and composite materials; static strength, buckling and crippling, durability and damage tolerance; practical design considerations and certification and repairs. Analysis exercises and a design project are included to involve students in the learning process.

Includes instruction, a course notebook, refreshments and lunches. The course notes are for participants only and are not for sale.

This course may be taught by one or both instructors.

**U.S. Federal Employee Discount: This course is available to federal employees at a 10% off the registration fee. To receive the federal employee discount, enter the code fgvt116 when registering. Please note that you must validate your eligibility to receive this discount by entering your U.S. government email address ending with .gov or .mil.


  • Structural design overview
  • Aircraft loads
  • Metals
  • Fiber-reinforced composites
  • Material selection
  • Design to static strength
  • Mechanical joints
  • Mechanics of thin-walled and built-up structure
  • Design to buckling and stiffness
  • Component design
  • Design for damage tolerance
  • Design for durability
  • Certification
  • Continued airworthiness of the aging fleet

Who Should Attend?

Designed for engineers, educators and engineering managers whose responsibilities include aircraft structures.

Times / CEUs

35.00 classroom hours
3.500 CEUs

Certificate Tracks

Aircraft Design, Aircraft Structures

Learning Objectives

  • Primary requirements for certifiable structural design: static strength, durability and damage tolerance, and how these requirements impact design
  • Fundamentals of determining aircraft loads
  • Properties and capabilities of composite and metallic structures
  • Fundamentals of analysis of thin-walled, built-up structures
  • Failure modes of aircraft structures: fracture, fatigue and buckling
  • Fundamentals of preliminary design of aircraft structures
  • Fundamentals of aircraft structural certification
  • Fundamentals of insuring continued airworthiness of aging structures

Course Outline

Day One

  • Structural design overview: evolution of structural design criteria; FAA airworthiness regulations
  • design requirements for static strength, fail safety and damage tolerance, durability, flutter avoidance, crashworthiness, produceability and maintainability
  • Basic design concepts: margin of safety
  • Aircraft loads: inertial loads, load factor

Day Two

  • Metals: Product forms, physical and mechanical properties, failure modes, design allowables testing including for cyclic loads; processing
  • Fiber-reinforced, laminated composites: product forms, physical and mechanics properties; failure modes; design allowables testing processing
  • Material selection: aluminum, titanium, steel, composites and future materials; design exercise

Day Three

  • Design to static strength: highly loaded tension structures; combined loads
  • Mechanical joints: bolts and rivets; bonded and welded joints; lugs and fittings; design exercise
  • Thin-walled structures: review of bending and torsion for compact beams

Day Four

  • Thin-walled structures: introduction to shear flow analysis of thin-walled beams; analysis exercise
  • Semi-tension field beams; design exercise; introduction to the finite element method
  • Design to buckling and stiffness: buckling of thin-walled and built-up structures; design exercise
  • Component design: wings and empennages, fuselage, landing gear, attachments

Day Five

  • Design for damage tolerance: historical context of safe life, fail safety and damage tolerance; tolerating crack growth in structures; widespread damage; testing; inspection; design exercise
  • Design for durability: fatigue, corrosion
  • Certification: analysis and validation requirements, component and full-scale aircraft testing requirements
  • Continued airworthiness: aging fleet, repairs

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On-site Contact Information

To learn about bringing a course to your workplace, contact Sarah Williams, on-site program manager, for a no-cost, no-obligation proposal.
Email ProfessionalPrograms@ku.edu
Phone 913-897-8782

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