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Course unit
INP7079997, A.A. 2018/19

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN0526, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2018/19
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination AEROSPACE STRUCTURES 2
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Industrial Engineering
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge UGO GALVANETTO ING-IND/04

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ING-IND/04 Aerospace construction and installation 9.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 72 153.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2019 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
3 A.A. 2019/20 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 GALVANETTO UGO (Presidente)
ZACCARIOTTO MIRCO (Membro Effettivo)
2 A.A. 2018/19 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 GALVANETTO UGO (Presidente)
ZACCARIOTTO MIRCO (Membro Effettivo)
1 a.a. 2017/18 01/10/2017 30/11/2018 GALVANETTO UGO (Presidente)
ZACCARIOTTO MIRCO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: The exam course on aerospace structures of the BEng degree.
Kinematics of rigid bodies, statics of rigid bodies, virtual work principle, kinematics and statics of deformable bodies, linear elasticity, solution of statically determinate structures, M-N-T diagrams, engineering theory of beams, symmetry, freely pinned structures, both statically determinate and un-determinate, force and displacement methods, virtual work theorem, displacement method applied to planar beam systems, rotation method. De Saint Venenat's problem, failure criteria, equilibrium stability, Euler's beam, fundamentals on fatigue.
Target skills and knowledge: Advanced topics in structural mechanics, in particular beams with thin walled cross sections and plates. The finite element method. Laminated composites. By the end of the course the student will understand the role played by the different structural elements of aerospace structures and will be able to evaluate strain and stress states in simple structural elements. Moreover s/he will be able to critically evaluate numerical models to study complex structural elements.
Examination methods: The written exam tests both the capability to solve two structural problems and to answer three theoretical questions. The two exercises assess the student's capabilities to solve structural problems involving thin walled beams. The theory questions assess her/his understanding of the theoretical foundations. An oral exam may follow the written exam if the student wants to improve her/his mark.
Exercises and theory questions are assessed separately. Students have to obtain at least 18/30 in both parts of the written exam to pass the exam. The theory question mark, weight 1/3, is added to the exercise mark, weight 2/3, to form the written exam mark.
• If the written exam mark is between 18 and 27 it will usually be the final exam mark
• If the written exam mark is above 27 the student is invited to sustain an oral exam to confirm (increase or decrease) the mark. If the student sustains the oral exam that will determine the final exam mark, otherwise the final exam mark will be 27.
• In the case of written exam mark below 18, or of failure at the oral exam, the student will have to take again the written exam.
Assessment criteria: The pass mark is awarded to students who have a correct approach to problem solving and theory. Full marks are given to students who solve perfectly all paper exercises and answer correctly all theory questions.
Course unit contents: Different types of aerospace structures, loads on aeronautical structures, airworthiness. Thin plates - Structural instability - Bending, shear and torsion of multi-cell thin walled structures - Classical laminate theory - Sandwich panels - dynamics of structures with vibrating base - launch induced excitation - main loads in orbitating satellites - buckling and post-buckling of plates, stiffened panels and thin walled beams - the finite element method, beam elements, plane elements, plate elements, 3d elements.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Learning is based on attending the lectures, 72 hours, and on the subsequent study of the relevant books. Students often meet the lecturer at given times (ora di ricevimento). Teaching is traditional with tablet projected on a screen. Many examples are completely worked out in class.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Megson's book is well known in the world for aerospace structures.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • THG Megson, Aircraft structures. amsterdam, Boston ...: Elsevier, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem solving
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Microsoft journal

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