Aerospace Structures: Design, Analysis, and Test Training

Aerospace Structures: Design, Analysis, and Test Training


Aerospace Structures: Design, Analysis, and Test Training Course Description

This new Aerospace Structures: Design, Analysis, and Test Training provides a broad, systems view of aerospace structural engineering, bridging the fields of many specialists. Adapted from Instar’s course “Space Mission Structures: From Concept to Launch” (SMS), which originally was based on the instructors’ book and has evolved since 1995, the ASDAT course is a new version that is applicable to structures of all flight vehicles and their payloads.

If you are an engineer involved in any aspect of flight-vehicle structures, regardless of your level of experience, you will benefit from this course. Subjects include functions, requirements, environments, mechanics, loads analysis, stress analysis, fatigue, fracture mechanics, finite-element modeling, preliminary design and sizing, producibility, verification planning, quality assurance, and testing. The objectives are to improve your understanding of

structural functions, requirements, and environments
how structures behave and how they fail
how to develop flight structures that are cost-effective and dependable

Despite its breadth, the course goes into great depth in key areas, with emphasis on the things that are commonly misunderstood and the types of things that go wrong in the development of flight hardware. The instructors share numerous case histories and experiences from the space industry to drive the main points home. Calculators are required to work class problems.

Aerospace Structures: Design, Analysis, and Test TrainingRelated Courses:

Duration:2 days

Customize It:

With onsite Training, courses can be scheduled on a date that is convenient for you, and because they can be scheduled at your location, you don’t incur travel costs and students won’t be away from home. Onsite classes can also be tailored to meet your needs. You might shorten a 5-day class into a 3-day class, or combine portions of several related courses into a single course, or have the instructor vary the emphasis of topics depending on your staff’s and site’s requirements.

Course Content:


Overview of Aerospace Structures

Structural functions and requirements
How flight loading environments affect structures
Dispelling some myths
Top-level structural design criteria
Understanding verification
Relating verification to requirements

Review of Statics and Dynamics

Static equilibrium
Dynamic equilibrium
The equation of motion
Modes of vibration

Flight Environments and How Structures Respond

Quasi-static loads
Transient loads
Sinusoidal vibration
Random vibration
Pyrotechnic shock

Mechanics of Materials

Stress and strain
Accounting for strength variation
Interaction of stresses and failure theories
Bending and torsion
Thermal effects
Introduction to composite materials
Recognizing and avoiding weak spots in structural designs

Assessing Structural Integrity: Strength Analysis

What it means to assess structural integrity
Understanding stress analysis and its dependence on test
An effective process for strength analysis
Common pitfalls and case histories
Failure modes for fastened joints
Structural design criteria related to strength

Fatigue and Fracture

Fracture mechanics
Damage tolerance and fracture control

Overview of Finite Element Analysis

Idealizing structures
Introduction to FEA
Effective use of FEA
Quality assurance for FEA

Preliminary Structural Design

A process for preliminary design
Deriving requirements from the configuration
Types of structures and forms of construction
Materials and methods of attachment
Using analysis to design efficient structures
Truss example
Monocoque sandwich cylinder example
Estimating weight and managing weight growth

Designing for Producibility

Cost contributors
Minimizing parts
Designing an adaptable structure
Designing for the fabrication process
Dimensioning and tolerancing
Designing for assembly and vehicle integration

Verification and Quality Assurance

Whose job is this?
Attending to details
Controlling the hardware configuration
Proactive verification
Verification methods and logic
Philosophies for product inspection
Establishing a test program
Common types of structural tests
Designing an effective test
Documenting and presenting verification

A Case Study: The FalconSAT-2 Small Satellite

Overview of the FalconSAT program
Approach to structural design and verification
Designing and testing an engineering model
Designing the flight structure
Qualification and acceptance testing
Launch (and FalconSAT-2 today)
Process changes for FalconSAT-3

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