This course gives delegates the skills and knowledge in the design and stress of a simple structural assembly such as part of a mechanism.
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The course provides awareness of the standards and definitions of structures and materials, practical experience of stress analysis and knowledge of detail design and good practice.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration12-17 weeks
  • LocationExternal
  • Cost £1,400. Concessions available

Course structure

The courses are delivered through Blackboard in the form of narrated power-point presentation including video and other reference material. The narration is available in written form for those without audio access. The tutor regulates the flow of the work to ensure the cohort of delegates learn together and complete assignments in a timely fashion. The course lasts approximately 12-17 weeks at five hours per week, therefore minimal disruption to work and family commitments.

What you will learn

The key learning points explore the standards and definitions of structures and materials, stress analysis and details design. The course encourages the debate of structural issues with experts from a position of sound basic knowledge across a broad spectrum of industry.

Delegates’ performance on the course is measured by Cranfield academic tutors through a number of assignments, online discussion with other members of the cohort, and contribution to a group project. Successful completion is recognised by a graded attendance certificate which can be used as a demonstration of CPD and commitment to ongoing learning required for Professional Registration such as IEng and CEng.

Core content

Standards and definitions of structures and materials

Delegates will be able to:

  • Define the loads applied to, and be familiar with, the design requirements for simple structural mechanisms
  • Identify and compare material specifications commonly used in structural mechanisms
  • Define corrosion protection

Stress Analysis

  • Construct shear force, bending moment diagrams
  • Apply engineers theory of bending
  • Calculate torsional shear stresses in closed circular sections, allowable strengths of rivets and bolts
  • Undertake stress analysis of lugs
  • Gain an awareness of other stress analysis approaches and tools and other structural requirements such as stiffness

Detail Design

  • Classify component parts of a structure
  • Select approved standard parts from an approved source of data
  • Design bolted joints such as a lever fork end design, including acceptable methods of locking
  • Gain an awareness of software tools and techniques such as CATIA
  • Share good design practice across the business

Who should attend

This course is aimed at technicians, graduates, developing engineers and non-engineering professionals interacting with engineers, who need to understand the principles of structural design.


BAE Systems


Group discounts may be available.

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

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