Introduction to Aircraft Structures

Welcome to part one in a five-part series on airframe structures and control surfaces. The aim of this mini-series is to provide an introduction to aircraft structures and the control surfaces attached to the wing and tail.

Part one is an overview and focuses on loads generation, structural design philosophies, and the material used in airframe manufacture.
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Fuselage Structural Design and Layout

Welcome to part two in this five-part series on airframe structures. In this post we’ll be focusing on the fuselage; specifically, we discuss the design of a typical semi-monocoque structure, and the various structural components and loadings that contribute to the final design.
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Introduction to Wing Structural Design

Welcome to part 6 of a series on an Introduction to Aircraft Design. In part 5 we looked at the role that the airfoil profile plays in determining the flying characteristics associated with its selection. In our final introductory post on the wing we look at a typical wing structure, the various loads that the wing is expected to carry during operation, and introduce the methodology behind designing a semi-monocoque wing structure.

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Fuselage Sizing and Design

This is part 7 of a series on the Fundamentals of Aircraft Design. In part 6 we looked at the structural make-up of the wing. In this post, we move away from the wing and introduce the aircraft fuselage: we’ll look at the various ways to construct a fuselage, how to size it correctly, and introduce the various loads that the fuselage structure is expected to carry during operation.

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