Credits: 3

Semesters Offered

Fall 2017

Learning Objectives

The objective of this course is to provide the students with an understanding of structural mechanics as applied to aerospace structural and mechanical systems. Students will learn how to mathematically model structural elements and structural systems. The emphasis will be on a developing a “good sense” as to how structural systems behave. Matrix analysis and the stiffness method will be stressed in preparation for advanced studies.


  • An understanding of the behavior of structural elements and the models used to analyze them.
  • An ability to reduce a structural system to a model of interconnected structural elements.
  • An ability to assess structural adequacy via stress levels, strength and stability.
  • An ability to use the stiffness method to analyze structural systems.


Learning Outcomes

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

Additional Course Information


Curtis, H. D., Fundamentals of Aircraft Structural Analysis, McGraw-Hill, 1997.
Sun, C. T., Mechanics of Aircraft Structures, John Wiley & Sons, 1998.
Kuhn, Paul, “Stresses in Aircraft and Shell Structures."