This course presents the fundamentals of stress analysis, as well as detail stressing methods to meet the needs of aircraft stress analysis.  It is designed to introduce delegates to practical stress analysis, using real structural problems to illustrate the fundamental principles and practical techniques.  The course will be delivered via a mixture of lectures, tutorials, and hands-on sessions in the computer lab for finite element method.  There will be a session in the mechanical test laboratory to view the buckling process of stiffened panels in compression.  A stressing exercise of a representative aircraft structure will be introduced as a case study in the second week of the course to apply and test the knowledge learnt.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 11 - 22 Jun 2018
  • Duration2 weeks
  • LocationCranfield Campus
  • Cost

    £2900.  The course fee includes all of the materials provided plus a dinner for all participants as part of the social programme.

What you will learn

  • Understand the principles and techniques in stress analysis
  • Have a hands-on experience of solution methods and procedures in real structural design problems
  • Be aware of problem areas and appreciate good design practice in aircraft stress analysis

Core content


  • Aircraft design load and safety factors
  • Loads due to manoeuvre and gusts
  • Airworthiness requirements

Basics of stress analysis

  • The place of stress calculations in aircraft design and production
  • Strength and stiffness requirements
  • Material properties
  • Stressing data sheets and generalised stress-strain curves
  • In-plane and bending stresses
  • Section properties
  • Complex stress and design criteria
  • Structural principles and structural analysis
  • Micro-mechanics and macro-mechanics of composites
  • Finite element method theory

Detail Stressing Methods   

  • Yielding and form factors
  • Analysis of lug strength
  • Analysis of rivet/bolt groups
  • Analysis of cleat and clubfoot fitting
  • Analysis of cut-out in stiffened panels
  • Failure analysis of composite structures


  • Formulae for struts, effects of yielding
  • Torsional and local instability
  • Buckling of stiffened panels in compression and shear, post buckled behaviour
  • Imperfection sensitivity.

Aircraft Structures

  • Reinforced shells under bending and torsion
  • Fatigue and damage tolerance design of metallic structures
  • Fatigue and damage tolerance design of composite structures
  • Stressing exercise of a representative aircraft structure


  • Tutorial sessions for major topics
  • Hands-on session at the computer lab for finite element method
  • Lab demonstration of stiffened panels in compression


A typical timetable for this course is available to give you an idea of how this course is structured. Please note that this is not the actual timetable for the upcoming course and is subject to change.

Who should attend

The course is intended for new members of aircraft stress offices who may have been recruited from other departments, or from other branches of engineering. Previous delegates have come from various roles including:

  • Stress engineers
  • Aerospace designers
  • Accident investigation staff
  • Structural engineers
  • Aircraft / aerospace maintenance engineers
  • Automotive / motorsport engineers
  • Aerospace test engineers
  • Airforce, military and naval engineering staff
  • Design draftpersons
  • Airworthiness engineers
  • Certification engineers
  • Composite materials engineers.

Whilst there are no precise academic requirements, delegates are likely to hold a minimum qualification of HND or Degree in mechanical or aeronautical engineering or related subject.


  • Dr Yigeng Xu
  • Dr Hessam Ghasmnejad
  • Dr Iman Dyani
  • Dr Mehdi Yasaee
  • Mr Jason Brown 
  • Prof Joseph Loughlan

Accommodation options and prices

We are pleased to offer an exclusive accommodation package at our CMDC  hotel. Located on campus, all rooms are en-suite and available on a half-board basis from Sunday 10th June to Friday 22nd June. The cost of this package is £1683.12. If you would like to book this accommodation package* for this short course, please indicate this on the registration form. 

Alternatively, you may wish to make your own arrangement at a nearby hotel.

*Subject to availability.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.