Introduction to Aircraft Structural Analysis


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

Based on the author's best-selling text Aircraft Structures for Engineering Students, this brief book covers the basics of structural analysis as applied to aircraft structures.  Coverage of elasticity, energy methods and virtual work set the stage for discussions of airworthiness/airframe loads and stress analysis of aircraft components.  Numerous worked examples, illustrations, and sample problems show how to apply the concepts to realistic situations.  Self-contained, this value-priced book is an excellent resource for anyone learning the subject. 

  • Covers the core concepts in about 200 fewer pages by removing some optional topics like structural vibrations and aero elasticity 
  • Systematic step by step procedures in the worked examples
  • Self-contained, with complete derivations for key equations

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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 2010
  • ISBN: 978-1-85617-932-4

Table of Contents

Part A Fundamentals of Structural Analysis

1. Basic Elasticity

2. 2D Problems in Elasticity

3. Torsion of Solid Sections

4. Virtual Work and Energy Methods

5. Energy Methods

6. Matrix Methods

7. Bending of Thin Plates

8. Columns

9.  Thin Plates

Part B Analysis of Aircraft Structures

10. Materials

11. Structural Components of Aircraft

12. Airworthiness

13. Airframe Loads

14. Fatigue

15. Bending of Open, Closed, and Thin Walled Beams

16.  Shear of Beams

17.  Torsion of Beams

18.  Combined Open and Closed Section Beams

19. Structural Idealization

20.  Wing Spars and Box Beams

21.  Fuselages

22. Wings

23. Fuselage frames and wing ribs