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Introduction to Aircraft Structural Analysis

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


Undergraduate and postgraduate students of aerospace and aeronautical engineering. Also suitable for professional development and training courses


Published: February 2010

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-1-85617-932-4


  • 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





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