Aerospace Structures: Design, Analysis, and Test Training

Commitment 2 days, 7-8 hours a day.
Language English
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Delivery Options Instructor-Led Onsite, Online, and Classroom Live


Aerospace Structures: Design, Analysis, and Test Training provide 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 (see below) 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.

  • 2 days of Aerospace Structures: Design, Analysis, and Test Training with an expert instructor
  • Aerospace Structures: Design, Analysis, and Test Electronic Course Guide
  • Certificate of Completion
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Upon completing this Aerospace Structures: Design, Analysis, and Test course, learners will be able to meet these objectives:

  • 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
  • We can adapt this Aerospace Structures: Design, Analysis, and Test course to your group’s background and work requirements at little to no added cost.
  • If you are familiar with some aspects of this Aerospace Structures: Design, Analysis, and Test course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
  • We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the Aerospace Structures: Design, Analysis, and Test course around the mix of technologies of interest to you (including technologies other than those included in this outline).
  • If your background is nontechnical, we can exclude the more technical topics, include the topics that may be of special interest to you (e.g., as a manager or policy-maker), and present the Aerospace Structures: Design, Analysis, and Test course in a manner understandable to lay audiences.

The target audience for this Aerospace Structures: Design, Analysis, and Test course:

  • Structural design engineers, stress and dynamics analysts, systems engineers, and others interested in the topic

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this Aerospace Structures: Design, Analysis, and Test course are:

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  1. Introduction
  2. 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
  3. Review of Statics and Dynamics
    • Static equilibrium
    • Dynamic equilibrium
    • The equation of motion
    • Transmissibility
    • Modes of vibration
  4. Flight Environments and How Structures Respond
    • Overview
    • Quasi-static loads
    • Transient loads
    • Sinusoidal vibration
    • Acoustics
    • Random vibration
    • Pyrotechnic shock
  5. 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
  6. Assessing Structural Integrity: Strength Analysis
    • What it means to assess the 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
    • Buckling
    • Structural design criteria related to strength
  7. Fatigue and Fracture
    • Fatigue
    • Fracture mechanics
    • Damage tolerance and fracture control
  8. Overview of Finite Element Analysis
    • Idealizing structures
    • Introduction to FEA
    • Effective use of FEA
    • Quality assurance for FEA
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
    • Conclusions
  13. Summary
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