Research in Engineering and Aviation

Aerospace Structures Course Revisited

January 2013

Author(s): Ravindra, K.

51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition, Grapevine (Dallas/Ft. Worth Region), Texas. DOI: 10.2514/6.2013-979


In nearly all undergraduate aerospace programs, there is at least one course devoted to aerospace structures. The availability of modern tools for structural analysis and new technologies for flight vehicle structures such as advanced composite structures, begs the question of course content revisions that are needed in a traditional flight vehicle structures course. In addition, graduates entering the workforce are expected to” hit the ground running” in the work place. This clearly necessitates that graduates are reasonably well versed in the modern tools used in the industry while simultaneously well-grounded in the fundamentals. In this paper, an attempt is made to describe some innovative ways where the “fundamentals” and “modern tools” can coexist and prepare the student to get a holistic view of aerospace structures and function successfully in the workforce.