Aircraft Structures - I

By Prof. Anup Ghosh   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 1774
This course is an introduction for the analysis of aircraft structures. It bridges together the basic solid mechanics with applications to aerospace structures. The course starts with the introduction to the basic details of type of structures used in aircraft construction. It is followed by an introduction to the estimation of loads on wing, fuselage and landing gear. Principle of stressed skin structure and indeterminate structures are covered next. Theory of elasticity will be introduced later for analysis of problems related to aerospace structures.

Aerospace, Mechanical, Civil, Naval Architecture.

Basic Solid Mechanics

ISRO, DRDO, CYIENT, TATA Lockheed Martin Aerostructures Ltd., Mahindra Aerospace, HAL, Raj Hamsa Ultralights.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Aerospace Engineering
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 16 Sep 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 25 Sep 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Introduction To Flight Vehicle Structures
Week 2: Forces Acting On An Aircraft
Week 3: Statically Determinate and Indeterminate Structures And landing Gear
Week 4: Energy Methods Of Structural Analysis
Week 5: Introduction To Theory of Elasticity – Stress
Week 6: Introduction To Theory of Elasticity – Strain
Week 7: Stress Concentration Due To A Circular Hole
Week 8: Torsion Problem

Books and references

1. Chi-teh Wang, Applied Elasticity
2. B K Donaldson, Analysis of Aircraft Structures: An Introduction
3. E F Bruhn, Analysis and Design of Flight Structures
4. R M Rivello, Theory & Analysis of Flight Structures
5. T H G Megson, Aircraft Structures for Engineering Students
6. Addison Wesley D J Peery and J J Azar, Aircraft Structures

Instructor bio

Prof. Anup Ghosh

IIT Kharagpur
In the last few years I have completed guidance of 3 Ph. D. student and 4 more students are continuing at present. In this process we have explored and studied the nonlinear behaviour of laminated composite laminates in association with the interdigitated smart composite structures. The study also includes the hygrothermal effect on the geometrically nonlinear vibration of AFC actuated composite structures. It includes the active vibration control of smart laminated composite plates. An UAV laboratory has been developed in recent years in our department. This laboratory is equipped with all possible modes of UAV fabrication facility including fibre reinforced laminated composite structures using vacuum assisted resin transfer moulding procedure. One more laboratory has been set up for complete characterization of laminated composite in the department of Chemical Engineering under the DST funding. Five major sponsored R&D projects have been completed. In a nutshell any research related to the structural analysis and experiments of aircraft related structures may be pursued. It is intended to emphasize the area related to the development of MAV and UAV in near future.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 25 September 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

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