Aircraft Structures for Engineering Students


  • T.H.G. Megson, Department of Civil Engineering, Leeds University, UK

Aircraft Structures for Engineering Students is the leading self contained aircraft structures course text. It covers all fundamental subjects, including elasticity, structural analysis, airworthiness and aeroelasticity. Now in its fifth edition, the author has revised and updated the text throughout and added new examples and exercises using Matlab(c).  Additional worked examples make the text even more accessible by showing application of concepts to airframe structures. Includes a Solutions Manual available to all adopting teachers.
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Undergraduate and postgraduate students of aerospace and aeronautical engineering. Also suitable for professional development and training courses


Book information

  • Published: February 2012
  • ISBN: 978-0-08-096905-3


"This is an excellent book and should find a place on the shelf of any student or practising engineer involved in aircraft structural analysis. I can recommend it to the aeronautical community without reservation" --The Aeronautical Journal, October 2001
"As an introduction to the problems encountered in the structural design of modern aircraft, Megson's book can be recommended to both students and those engaged in structural analysis aerospace design offices."--Aerospace

Table of Contents

Part A: Fundamentals of Structural Analysis

A1 Elasticity

A2 Virtual Work, Energy and Matrix Methods

A3 Thin Plate Theory

A4 Structural Instability

A5 Vibration of Structures

Part B Analysis of Aircraft Structures

B1 Principles of Stressed Skin Construction

B2 Airworthiness and Airframe Loads

B3 Bending, Shear and Torsion of Thin-Walled Beams

B4 Stress Analysis of Aircraft Components

B5 Structural And Load Discontinuities

B6 Introduction to Aeroelasticity