Analysis of Structures


Stanford School of Engineering



The second part of a two course series (see AA240A for the first part) on the analysis of aircraft structures with an emphasis on computational methods as well as failure of materials and structures. These techniques and others covered are essential for the structure design and sizing of aeronautical products.

Acquire basic knowledge and experience with light-weight aerospace structures and apply these skills broadly to the creation of a stable and functional aircraft.


Analysis of Structures (Stanford Course: AA240A) or consent of instructor. Students should be familiar with the basic mechanics of materials.

Topics include

  • Introduction to the finite element method (FEM)
  • Energy methods
  • Structural buckling
  • Plasticity and fracture
  • Fatigue
  • Commercial FEM software and additive manufacturing (3D printing)

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