Aircraft Structures for Engineering Students

5th Edition

Authors: T.H.G. Megson
Paperback ISBN: 9780080969053
eBook ISBN: 9780080969060
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 20th February 2012
Page Count: 864
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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.

Key Features

  • New worked examples throughout the text aid understanding and relate concepts to real world applications
  • Matlab examples and exercises added throughout to support use of computational tools in analysis and design
  • An extensive aircraft design project case study shows the application of the major techniques in the book
  • More end of chapter exercises, with an accompanying Solutions Manual (for instructors only) at


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

Table of Contents



PART A. Fundamentals of Structural Analysis

Section A1 Elasticity

Chapter 1. Basic elasticity

1.1 Stress

1.2 Notation for forces and stresses

1.3 Equations of equilibrium

1.4 Plane stress

1.5 Boundary conditions

1.6 Determination of stresses on inclined planes

1.7 Principal stresses

1.8 Mohr's circle of stress

1.9 Strain

1.10 Compatibility equations

1.11 Plane strain

1.12 Determination of strains on inclined planes

1.13 Principal strains

1.14 Mohr's circle of strain

1.15 Stress–strain relationships

1.16 Experimental measurement of surface strains


Additional Reading

Chapter 2. Two-dimensional problems in elasticity

2.1 Two-dimensional problems

2.2 Stress functions

2.3 Inverse and semi-inverse methods

2.4 St. venant's principle

2.5 Displacements

2.6 Bending of an end-loaded cantilever


Chapter 3. Torsion of solid sections

3.1 Prandtl stress function solution

3.2 St. Venant warping function solution

3.3 The membrane analogy

3.4 Torsion of a narrow rectangular strip


Section A2 Virtual work, energy, and matrix methods

Chapter 4. Virtual work and energy methods

4.1 Work

4.2 Principle of virtual work

4.3 Applications of the principle of virtual work


Chapter 5. Energy methods

5.1 Strain energy and complementary energy

5.2 Principle of the stationary value of the total complementary energy

5.3 Application to deflection problems

5.4 Application to the solution of statically indeterminate systems

5.5 Unit load method

5.6 Flexibility method

5.7 Total potential energy

5.8 Principle of the stationa


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About the Author

T.H.G. Megson

T.H.G. Megson is a professor emeritus with the Department of Civil Engineering at Leeds University (UK).

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Civil Engineering, Leeds University, UK


"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