Course detail: Aircraft Structures: Analysis and Design - ONLINE

This course provides an introduction to the analysis and design of aircraft structures. Course content includes design criteria, structural design concepts, loads and load paths, metallic and composite materials, static strength, buckling and crippling, durability and damage tolerance, practical design considerations, certification and repair. Analysis exercises and a design project are included to better involve students in the learning process.

  • Structural design overview
  • Aircraft loads
  • Metals
  • Fiber-reinforced composites
  • Material selection
  • Design to static strength
  • Mechanical joints
  • Mechanics of thin-walled and built-up structure
  • Design to buckling and stiffness requirements
  • Component design concepts
  • Design for damage tolerance
  • Design for durability
  • Certification of structure
  • Continued airworthiness aging fleets
Course Schedule
When this course is offered online for open enrollment delivery, it meets for 10 live-online sessions held 2 times per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) for 3 hours. Additional Q&A sessions will be held for up to 30 minutes directly following each of the live-online sessions. All live sessions are recorded and made available online the following day.
For in-house training, contact us at for your custom scheduling needs.

Who Should Attend?
This course is designed for engineers, engineering managers, certification authorities and educators whose responsibilities include aircraft structures.

Course preview webinar: Sobering Stories of Aircraft Structural Inadequacy

Course Fee
Early Online Registration fee: $2,195*
Regular Online Registration fee: $2,395
*Early registration fee is available if you register and pay at least 7 days prior to the course start
Registration is open until the first day of the course; however, early registration is encouraged. 
The online course fee includes individual access to the Zoom course meetings and to course materials, readings, videos, and resources in Blackboard, the University of Kansas Learning Management System.
No additional textbook purchases are required outside the course fee.

U.S. Federal Employee Discount
This course is available to U.S. federal employees at 10% off the registration fee. To receive the federal employee discount, you must enter the code FGVT116 during the checkout process. Please note that you must validate your eligibility to receive this discount by entering your U.S. government email address (ending in .gov or .mil) when creating your online registration profile. This discount is available for both the early registration and regular registration fees.

Netherlands Defence Academy Discount
This course is available to Netherlands Defence Academy employees at a discounted registration fee. Please contact the NDA Procurement and Contracting department for details. Please note that you cannot register using our online system when requesting this discount.

Certificate Track
Aircraft Design
Aircraft Structures

Classroom hours / CEUs
35 classroom hours
3.5 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
Technical Requirements and Details for Aerospace Online Short Courses
AERO0105 Course Information and Outline (PDF Document)

Available sessions