Checking date: 12/07/2020

Course: 2020/2021

Lightweight Structures
Study: Bachelor in Industrial Technologies Engineering (256)

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
Knowledge of the basic tools for the analysis of one-dimensional thin-walled elements, such as industrial robot arms or shafts, and other tubular structures. Knowledge of the basic techniques of the design of lightweight structures made with composite laminated and sandwich beams, used in various engineering fields such as aerospace or transportation. Knowledge of the basic concepts for the calculation of two-dimensional structural elements such as pipes, tanks and other pressurized structures. Capacity to analyse light structures, to assess the hypotheses and to interpret the results.
Description of contents: programme
Chapter 1. Bending of thin-walled beams Chapter 2. Torsion od thin-walled shafts Chapter 3. Introduction to composites laminated 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 (in reduced groups) 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.