Course detail: AERO0220 - Dynamics for Aerospace Structures

This course is designed to provide participants with a strong theoretical, as well as 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: $2,195 if you register and pay by the early registration deadline (45 days prior to the first day of class).

Regular registration course fee: $2,395 if you register and pay after the early registration deadline.

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.

Certificate Tracks
Aircraft Design, Aircraft Structures

Classroom hours / CEUs
28 classroom hours
2.8 CEUs

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AERO0220 Course Information and Outline (PDF Document)

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