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Aero 513: Foundations of Solid and Structural Mechanics I

COURSE #: AE 513
TERMS OFFERED: Fall
INSTRUCTOR(S): Shaw
CATALOG DESCRIPTION:
Introduction to linear continuum and structural mechanics. Threedimensional analysis of stress and infinitesimal strain, including
transformation of tensors, equations of motion, and kinematic compatibility.
Boundary value problem formulation. Constitutive relations for isotropic and
anisotropic linear elastic materials. Introduction to variational calculus and
energy methods. Applications to thin-walled and slender aerospace structures.

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COURSE TITLE: FOUNDATIONS OF SOLID AND STRUCTURAL

MECHANICS II
PREREQUISITES: Aero 315 or equivalent
SCIENCE/DESIGN CREDITS: 3/0 (elective course)
1. COURSE TOPICS:
2. Fundamentals of linear elasticity.
3. Boundary value problem (BVP) formulation and solution techniques.
4. Introduction to variational calculus and energy methods.
5. Thin-walled aerospace structures.
6. Introduction to small strain elasto-plasticity.

Acquaint students with the fundamentals of 3-D linear elasticity theory.

Introduce proper boundary value problem formulation.
Introduce analytical solution methods to elasticity problems
Introduce the principles of variational calculus and associated energy methods.
Solidify students knowledge of thin-walled structural theories and their approximations relative to exact 3-D theory.
Introduce phenomenological, small strain elasto-plasticity, especially for polycrystalline metals.
Provide a foundation in solid mechanics suitable for further advanced study.

On completion of Aero 513, students can:

1. Formulate field equations of linear elasticity. (Assessed by: 1,2,3)
2. Formulate boundary conditions. (Assessed by: 1,2,3)
3. Calculate coordinate frame transformations of tensor quantities. (Assessed by: 1,2,3)
4. Assess stresses and deflections against allowable limits in a 3-D context. (Assessed by: 1,2,3)
5. Analytically solve simple BVP.s (Assessed by: 1,2,3)
6. Formulate the mechanical potential energy of a loaded structure and use variational methods to formulate the corresponding BVP. (Assessed
by: 1,2,3)
7. Recognize the limits of elastic behavior and calculate plastic strains for simple theories of elasto-plasticity.

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Individual homework.
Hourly exams.
Final exam.

revised to include plasticity: April 15, 2005

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