1st Edition

Aircraft Structures

By G. Lakshmi Narasaiah Copyright 2011
    430 Pages
    by CRC Press

    Aircraft Structures concisely and comprehensively presents the basics of aircraft design and analysis and is intended for students in aerospace and mechanical engineering. In three sections and focusing particularly on the function of aircraft parts, this volume treats the fundamentals of aircraft design, excluding the engine and the avionics.

    The first part deals with the basics of structural analysis, including mechanics or rigid bodies, energy principles, analysis of trusses, and analysis of continuum structures. In the second part, basic aerodynamics, loads, beams, shafts, buckling of columns, bending and buckling of thin plates and shear flow, shear center and shear lag, aeroplane fuselage and wing and fatigue are explained. The third section covers additional topics, such as finite element analysis, aircraft construction materials and aeroelasticity. With an emphasis on lightweight design, this volume further presents some special topics, such as box beams in wings, ring frames in fuselage, and longitudinal stiffeners.

    With many examples and solved problems, this textbook on aircraft structures is an essential source of information for both students and engineering professionals who want to introduce themselves to the topic.

    Part 1:
    Basics of Structural Analysis, including the Mechanical Properties of Materials
    Properties of Sections
    Mechanics of Rigid Bodies
    Energy Principles
    Analysis of Trusses and Analysis of Continuum Structures

    Part 2:
    Design and Analysis of Aeroplane Structures
    Design Aspects of Aeroplane Structure
    Basics of Aerodynamics
    Loads on Aeroplane Structure
    Analysis of Determinate and Indeterminate Beams
    Analysis of Shafts
    Buckling of Columns
    Bending and Buckling of Thin Plates
    Shear Flow
    Shear Center and Shear Lag
    Analysis of Aeroplane Fuselage and Wing and Fatigue Analysis

    Part 3:
    Other Relevant Topics, such as the Materials of Aeroplane Construction, Finite Element Method and Aeroelasticity


    G Lakshmi Narasaiah is a professor at the Institute of Aeronautical Engineering, affiliated to the Jawarhalal Nehru University of Technology, Hyderabad, India, where he works on engineering mechanics, machine design and finite element analysis. Educated as a mechanical engineer and specialized in Aero-structures, he worked for over 25 years at Bharat Heavy Electrical Ltd and gained both broad and deep knowledge and expertise of finite element analysis of power plant structure and pressure vessels.