Aircraft Structures concisely and comprehensively presents the basics of aircraft design and analysis and is intended for students in aerospace and mechanical engineering. In three sections and focusing particularly on the function of aircraft parts, this volume treats the fundamentals of aircraft design, excluding the engine and the avionics.
The first part deals with the basics of structural analysis, including mechanics or rigid bodies, energy principles, analysis of trusses, and analysis of continuum structures. In the second part, basic aerodynamics, loads, beams, shafts, buckling of columns, bending and buckling of thin plates and shear flow, shear center and shear lag, aeroplane fuselage and wing and fatigue are explained. The third section covers additional topics, such as finite element analysis, aircraft construction materials and aeroelasticity. With an emphasis on lightweight design, this volume further presents some special topics, such as box beams in wings, ring frames in fuselage, and longitudinal stiffeners.
With many examples and solved problems, this textbook on aircraft structures is an essential source of information for both students and engineering professionals who want to introduce themselves to the topic.
G Lakshmi Narasaiah is a professor at the Institute of Aeronautical Engineering, affiliated to the Jawarhalal Nehru University of Technology, Hyderabad, India, where he works on engineering mechanics, machine design and finite element analysis. Educated as a mechanical engineer and specialized in Aero-structures, he worked for over 25 years at Bharat Heavy Electrical Ltd and gained both broad and deep knowledge and expertise of finite element analysis of power plant structure and pressure vessels.
Part 1: Basics of Structural Analysis, including the Mechanical Properties of Materials Properties of Sections Mechanics of Rigid Bodies Energy Principles Analysis of Trusses and Analysis of Continuum Structures Part 2: Design and Analysis of Aeroplane Structures Design Aspects of Aeroplane Structure Basics of Aerodynamics Loads on Aeroplane Structure Analysis of Determinate and Indeterminate Beams Analysis of Shafts Buckling of Columns Bending and Buckling of Thin Plates Shear Flow Shear Center and Shear Lag Analysis of Aeroplane Fuselage and Wing and Fatigue Analysis Part 3: Other Relevant Topics, such as the Materials of Aeroplane Construction, Finite Element Method and Aeroelasticity