Course detail: Dynamics for Aerospace Structures

This course is designed to provide participants with strong theoretical and practical knowledge of the methodologies for performing rigid body and modal-based dynamics analysis on a wide range of structural and mechanical systems. The course builds upon the theoretical foundation with practical applications that can be immediately put into practice in the workplace. Both the theory and practice of classical "hand" analysis techniques are presented, along with the more modern (numerical/computational) methods used in the industry. The subject matter difficulty level is intermediate.

  • Solid mechanics: the big picture
  • Dynamics for structural verification
  • Time-domain vs. frequency-domain analysis
  • The structural dynamics analysis process
  • Kinetic energy and momentum
  • Strain energy in structural elements
  • d'Alembert's Principle
  • Mode shapes, boundary conditions and natural frequencies
  • The nature of dynamic response
  • Newtonian dynamics: first- and second-order systems
  • Response of first-order systems to various load conditions
  • Second-order systems
  • Dynamic response of second-order systems
  • Introduction to random vibration
  • Probability density functions
  • Power spectral density functions
  • Multiple-degree-of-freedom (MDOF) Systems
  • Computation of eigenvectors and eigenvalues
  • Dynamic response of MDOF Systems
  • Common failure modes for dynamically-loaded structures
  • Practical examples for the aerospace industry
  • Shock and vibration testing
  • Introduction to MIL-STD-810G
  • Deriving environments from flight test data
  • Computing RMS values of acceleration, velocity and displacement
Who Should Attend?
This course will benefit design engineers who would like to become more familiar with the techniques and modern practices of dynamics analysis to help them be more knowledgeable and bring more capability to the work place. It is also appropriate for mechanical engineers who need to become more proficient in the area of structural dynamics due to a particular job assignment or new career opportunity. Department managers whose staff are involved in loads and dynamics work are also encouraged to attend.

Course Fees
Early registration course fee: $2,295 if you register and pay by the early registration deadline (45 days prior to the first day of class).
Regular registration course fee: $2,495 if you register and pay after the early registration deadline.

Certificate Tracks
Aircraft Design, Aircraft Structures

Classroom hours/CEUs
28 classroom hours
2.8 CEUs

Course Accessibility
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to participate in University of Kansas educational offerings. If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in our Aerospace Short Courses, please email or call 785-864-6779 at least three weeks before the first day of the event.
Please note: If you are attending an Aerospace Short Course onsite at your place of employment, please contact your company's training coordinator for accommodation requests.
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Course Resources
AERO0220 Course Information and Outline (PDF Document)

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