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Analysis of Aircraft Structures
An Introduction

2nd Edition


Part of Cambridge Aerospace Series

  • Date Published: July 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521865838

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  • As with the first edition, this textbook provides a clear introduction to the fundamental theory of structural analysis as applied to vehicular structures such as aircraft, spacecraft, automobiles and ships. The emphasis is on the application of fundamental concepts of structural analysis that are employed in everyday engineering practice. All approximations are accompanied by a full explanation of their validity. In this new edition, more topics, figures, examples and exercises have been added. There is also a greater emphasis on the finite element method of analysis. Clarity remains the hallmark of this text and it employs three strategies to achieve clarity of presentation: essential introductory topics are covered, all approximations are fully explained and many important concepts are repeated.

    • Most comprehensive book on the market
    • Numerous additional examples and exercises (438 in total) have been added
    • New emphasis on finite element method for the analysis of structures
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    Review of the hardback: 'Although the approach is classical, what makes this book different is the extensive and thorough treatment with hundreds of examples, questions and answers. No other textbook offers such a treatment … The extensive treatment and very large number of examples is welcomed. Cambridge University Press is to be congratulated on producing a quality product for [a] reasonable price …' G. A. O. Davies, Imperial College London

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: July 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521865838
    • length: 976 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 51 mm
    • weight: 1.6kg
    • contains: 424 b/w illus. 20 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction to the second edition
    Introduction to the first edition
    Part I. The Fundamentals of Structural Analysis:
    1. Stress in structures
    2. Stresses and coordinate axis rotations
    3. Displacements and strains
    4. Strains in rotated coordinate systems
    5. The mechanical behavior of engineering materials
    6. Linearly elastic materials
    Part II. Introduction to the Theory of Elasticity:
    7. The theory of elasticity
    8. Plane stress theory of elasticity solutions
    Part I and Part II review questions
    Part III. The Engineering Theory for Straight, Long Beams:
    9. Bending and extensional stresses in beams
    10. Beam bending and extensional deflections
    11. Additional beam bending topics
    12. Uniform torsion of beams
    13. Beam torsion approximate solutions
    Beam bending and torsion review questions
    14. Beam shearing stresses due to shearing forces
    Part IV. Work and Energy Principles:
    15. Work and potential energy principles
    Part V. Energy Based Numerical Solutions:
    16. Precursor numerical analyses
    17. Introduction to the finite element method
    18. Finite element truss problems
    19. Basic aspects of multidimensional finite elements
    20. The unit load method for determinate structures
    21. The unit load method for indeterminate structures
    Parts IV and V review
    Part VI. Extensions to Plate Theory and Finite Element Applications:
    22. Thin plate theory
    23. Elastic and aeroelastic instabilities
    Selected answers to Part I exercises
    Selected answers to Part II exercises
    Selected answers to Part III exercises
    Selected answers to Part IV and Part V exercises
    Selected answers to Part VI exercises

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Aerosapce Structures
    • Aerospace Structures: Analysis and Design
    • Flight Structures
    • Mechnics of Structure
  • Author

    Bruce K. Donaldson, University of Maryland, College Park
    Bruce K. Donaldson was first exposed to aircraft inertia loads when he was a carrier-based US Navy antisubmarine pilot. He subsequently worked in the structural dynamics area at the Boeing Company and at the Beech Aircraft Corporation in Wichita, Kansas, before returning to school and embarking on an academic career in the area of structural analysis. He became a professor of aerospace engineering and then a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Maryland. Professor Donaldson is the recipient of numerous teaching awards and has maintained industry contacts, working various summers at government agencies and for commercial enterprises, the last being Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas. He is the author of Introduction to Structural Dynamics, also published by Cambridge University Press.

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