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SPRING 2013 Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm Engineering Building, Room E 328
SYLLABUS & CLASS POLICY Catalog description: Methods of static structural analysis of problems encountered in the flight of aerospace vehicles. Prerequisites: Required: Civ E 301 or ME 304 (or equivalent mechanics of materials course). Recommended: Completion or concurrent registration in ME 240 (Intro to Materials Science) & Civ E 302 (Mechanics of Materials Lab). Dr. Satchi Venkataraman, Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Room 309 Engineering Building, (619) 594 6660, TBA. Teach fundamentals of structural analysis and design with emphasis on aerospace applications. Required: Advanced Mechanics of Materials, Arthur P. Boresi and Richard J. Schmidt, Sixth edition, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2003. 1. Aircraft Structures, D. J. Peery, Dover Publications, 2011. 2. Theory and Analysis of Flight Structures, R. W. Rivello, McGraw Hill, 1969. 3. Mechanics of Aircraft Structures, C. T. Sun, 2nd edition, John Wiley, 2006 4. Analysis and design of flight vehicle structures, E. F. Bruhn, Tri-State Offset Co., 1965. 5. Aircraft Structures for Engineering Students, T. H. G. Megson, Third Edition, Elsevier, 1999. Introduction aircraft structures and materials (2 hrs) 1. Introduction to theory of elasticity (8 hours) 2. Energy methods (3 hrs) 3. Torsion of circular & non-circular- solid and thin walled structures (3 hours) 4. Bending of beams with non-symmetric cross-sections (4 hours) 5. Shear stress in beams subjected to transverse bending loads (6 hours) 6. Analysis and design of thin-walled pressure vessels (1 hour) 7. Failure criteria for isotropic materials (3 hours) 8. Introduction to concepts of fatigue and fracture (6 hours) 9. Elastic buckling of beams and plates (3 hours) Grades will be determined using these weights: 1. Homework, Quizzes in class & Projects 30% ; Two in class exams during the term 40%; Final Exam 30%

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There will be two seventy five minutes lectures every week. Attendance is mandatory. More than three unexcused absences can lead to grade penalty. Students are expected to come to class on time, turn off their cell phones, pagers, etc. before the start of class. Use of, portable computers, laptops, tablets are allowed only for note taking purposes. Please do not bring or consume food during lectures. Student participation in class is encouraged to maximize the learning opportunity. Active participation in class lectures and coming prepared to lectures will maximize your learning in the class room and minimize the time you will have to invest outside the class room in studying for this course. Class participation will be used in deciding borderline grades. Be courteous to the fellow students and the instructor during classroom discussions. The use of laptop is not allowed in the classrooms without the permission of the instructor. Disregard for these rules or other disruptive behavior can lead to the following sanctions: expulsion, disciplinary sanctions, grade penalty. Recording lectures (audio and/or video) electronically is not permitted.

Rules for Homework Assignments Homework assignments are an essential component for learning in this course. Assignments are chosen to help you review the concepts learned in class and become familiar with applying it to solving structural analysis problems. Homework assignments are intended to develop written technical communication skills. Present your solution and progression of the ideas in solution process using appropriate level of explanations. Each problem in the assignment must start on a new page. Write only on one side of the paper. Reproduce the problem statement and any figure accompanying the problem statement. Draw neatly all necessary figures and free body diagrams needed for your computations. Homework assignments can be handwritten or typed. Handwritten assignments must be completed on engineering computation paper and must be neat and legible. Assignment submitted will not be graded if they are not neat, legible and easy to follow. In class quizzes will be based on homework assignments (10-15 minutes long). Only a small subset of problems will be graded in detail for HW grades. In-Term Exams: Final Exam: Course Outcomes: In-class exams will be closed book and closed notes. The final exam will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes. On completing this course students must be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental equations of linear elasticity. 2. Distinguish between strength of materials and elasticity approach to structural analysis, and Deduce limitations of different analysis models based on assumption made in their derivations. 3. Understand derivations of analytical models for elastic response of simple structures obtained using strength of material and theory of elasticity concepts. 4. Apply energy methods to compute deformation of statically determinate and indeterminate trusses and beams. 5. Compute shear stresses and twist angles in torsion for solid sections, closed thin-walled sections and open thin-walled sections . 6. Compute bending stresses and deflections of beams with non-symmetrical cross-sections. 7. Understand concept of shear flow and shear center in thin walled beam structures under torsion and bending loads. 8. Apply different failure criterion to predict failure given the stress state of a body. 9. Predict critical loads for buckling of beam columns and plate structures. 10. Document structural analyses and design solutions for technical reports. Students with Disabilities Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Disability Services to make suitable accommodations. Academic honesty: SDSU Student conduct code ( expects all students to be honest in all academic work. Academic honesty requires that you acknowledge any source of information that you have used for materials submitted for credit. Failure to comply with this commitment will result in disciplinary action. You will be guilty of plagiarism if you present someone elses work as your own, even with the other persons consent; using sources not approved by the instructor in completing course assignments, not citing sources from which you took information to complete your assignments, and reports. Any plagiarism will be immediately reported to the SDSU Judicial Procedures Office and result in expulsion from the course. Only University approved excuses for absences will be accepted. Each student will be responsible for knowledge of all scheduling and announcements made in class, via blackboard or email


AE 310 Aerospace Structural Analysis Spring 2013 Tentative Schedule

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 13 16 17 18 19 20 21 21 23 24 25 26 26 26 27 29 30 Date 1/17 1/22 1/24 1/29 1/31 2/5 2/7 2/12 2/14 2/19 2/21 2/26 2/28 3/5 3/5 3/7 3/12 3/14 3/19 3/21 3/26 3/28 4/2 & 4/4 4/9 4/11 4/16 4/18 4/23 4/25 4/30 5/2 5/7 5/16 Topics Introduction Aircraft structures Review of Statics and Mechanics of materials Review of Statics and Mechanics of materials Stress at a point in 3D & Equilibrium Principal stresses Deformation and Strains Strains and Strain Rosettes Internal energy & Hookes Law Thermo elasticity of Isotropic materials Torsion of Circular bars St. Venants solution, torsion of non-circular shapes Torsion of rectangular sections Torsion of hollow thin wall members. Single and Multiply connected cross-sections Bending of symmetric beams review & Exam 1 review First in-Term Exam Bending of beams Stresses in non-symmetrical beams Deflection of beams under non-symmetrical bending Shear Stresses in Beams, and shear in thin wall beams Shear center for channel section Shear center for beams with skin-stringer design Shear center of box beams & Exam 2 review ** Spring break ** Introduction to Material Failure Models for Yield Criteria Fracture Criteria Second in-term exam Fracture Criteria & Crack Propagation Cyclic Loading and Fatigue; Stress Concentrations Low Cycle fatigue Buckling of Beams Buckling of Plates Final Exam (10:30-12:30 am) Reading Assignments Handouts: Navy Mechanics Manual Class Notes: Ch 1: Boresi Boresi, 2.1 2.3. Boresi, 2.4 2.5: Boresi, 2.6-2.7 Boresi, 2.8, 2.9 Boresi, 3.1 3.3 Boresi, 3.4: Boresi Boresi, 6.1 Boresi, 6.2-6.3; Boresi, 6.4-6.6 Boresi, 6.7

Boresi: 7.1; Boresi: 7.2; Boresi: 7.3 Boresi 8.1, 8.2 Boresi 8.3:-8:4, Boresi 8.4 Boresi 8.5

Boresi 4.1-4.2; Boresi 4.3-4.4 Boresi 15.1-15.2 Boresi 15.1-15.3 Boresi 16.1 16.3 Boresi 16.4 Boresi 12.2-12.3 Notes