Checking date: 12/07/2020

Course: 2020/2021

Lightweight Structures
Study: Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering (221)

Coordinating teacher: VAZ ROMERO SANTERO, ALVARO

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Continuum Mechanics and Structural Analysis

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Mechanics of Structures Elasticity Strength of Materials
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
By the end of this course, students will be able to have: 1. A systematic understanding of the key concepts and aspects for the calculation and design of lightweight structures. 2. An adequate knowledge of calculation and design of lightweight structures that includes leading knowledge in this field in mechanical engineering, such as the design and calculation of composite structures. 3. The ability to apply their knowledge and understanding to identify, formulate and solve problems of lightweight structures using established methods. 4. The ability to choose and apply analytical and modeling methods to solve lightweight structure problems. 5. An understanding of the different calculation methods that are used for the analysis of lightweight structures. 6. The ability to combine theory and practice to solve lightweight structure problems. 7. An understanding of the different applicable methods and techniques and their limitations for the analysis of the lightweight structures. 8. An awareness of the implications of engineering practice in the design and calculation of lightweight structures.
Description of contents: programme
Chapter 1. Bending of thin-walled beams Chapter 2. Torsion of thin-walled shafts Chapter 3. Introduction to composites laminated beams and sandwich beams Chapter 4. Introduction to the theory of elastic plates Chapter 5. Introduction to the theory of elastic shells
Learning activities and methodology
Lecture sessions (master class) and practical sessions will be taught. The first is geared to the acquisition of theoretical knowledge, and the second to the acquisition of practical skills related to theoretical concepts. In addition to this sessions one laboratory practical session in reduced groups (maximum 20 students) will be impart. Additionally, tutorial sessions in group may be taught.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 40
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 60
Basic Bibliography
  • Megson, T.H.G.. Aircraft structures for engineering students. Elsevier. 2007
  • Timoshenko, S.P.. Teoría de placas y láminas. Urmo. 1975
Additional Bibliography
  • Ugural, A. C.. Stresses in beams, plates, and shells. Taylor & Francis. 2009
  • Vinson, J. R.. The Behavior of thin walled structures: beams, plates, and shells. Kluwer Academic Publishers. 1989

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.