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Unit information: Structures and Materials 2 in 2022/23

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Unit name Structures and Materials 2
Unit code AENG21200
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Kawashita
Open unit status Not open
Units you must take before you take this one (pre-requisite units)

MENG10004, EMAT10100

Units you must take alongside this one (co-requisite units)


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School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Unit Information

An introduction to nonsymmetric loading of beams with open and closed cross-sections; analysis of thin-walled aircraft structures; 2D stress analysis and failure criteria; material structures, properties and processing, and introduction to principles of sustainable manufacture.

Your learning on this unit

On successful completion of the unit the student will be able to:

  1. Apply the Euler-Bernoulli beam theory to cases involving arbitrary cross-sections (solid or thin-walled, open or closed sections) and arbitrary loading (on-axis or off-axis);
  2. Analyse the torsion and bending of thin-walled light aircraft structures;
  3. Describe and evaluate common manufacturing methods for conventional aircraft structures;
  4. Describe and evaluate common material processing routes and diagnose failures arising from inappropriate processing;
  5. Conduct basic life-cycle analyses on selected industrial scenarios.

How you will learn

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, which may include lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

How you will be assessed

Formative assessment: online tests

Summative assessment: 100% Summer exam


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.