Module Title:Aircraft Structures
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be taught by Lectures, Tutorials & Practical Tasks and by using Model & Actual Aircraft and Sample Questions.
Module Aim: The student will understand standard airframe components, structures and standard practices so they develop basic analytical, troubleshooting and practical skills essential to an aircraft technician.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Describe the general design concepts of an aircraft structure
LO2 Describe the various methods of aircraft construction
LO3 Identify and compare the various types of air/rotorcraft fuselage, wing and structural designs
LO4 Describe primary, secondary and tertiary flight control construction methods
LO5 Identify and explain the operational characteristics of hydraulic flight control systems
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Airframe Structures - General Concepts
Airworthiness requirements for structural strength; Structural classification, primary, secondary and tertiary; Fail safe, safe life, damage tolerance concepts; Zonal and station identification systems; Stress, strain, bending, compression, shear, torsion, tension, hoop stress, fatigue; Drains and ventilation provisions; System installation provisions; Lightning strike protection provision. Aircraft bonding Construction methods of: stressed skin fuselage, formers, stringers, longerons, bulkheads, frames, doublers, struts, ties, beams, floor structures, reinforcement, methods of skinning, anti-corrosive protection, wing, empennage and engine attachments; Structure assembly techniques: riveting, bolting, bonding; Methods of surface protection, such as chromating, anodising, painting; Surface cleaning; Airframe symmetry: methods of alignment and symmetry checks
Airframe Structures - Aeroplanes
Fuselage (ATA 52/53/56): Construction and pressurisation sealing; Wing, stabiliser, pylon and undercarriage attachments; Seat installation and cargo loading system; Doors and emergency exits: construction, mechanisms, operation and safety devices; Windows and windscreen construction and mechanisms Wings (ATA 57) Construction; Fuel storage; Landing gear, pylon, control surface and high lift/drag attachments Stabilisers (ATA 55) Construction; Control surface attachment Flight Control Surfaces (ATA 55/57) Construction and attachment; Balancing - mass and aerodynamic Nacelles/Pylons (ATA 54) Nacelles/Pylons: - Construction; - Firewalls; - Engine mounts
Flight Controls (ATA 27)
Primary controls: aileron, elevator, rudder, spoiler; Trim control; Active load control; High lift devices; Lift dump, speed brakes; System operation: manual, hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, Fly-by-wire; Artificial feel, Yaw damper, Mach trim, rudder limiter, gust locks systems; Balancing and rigging; Stall protection/warning system
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment10.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Each student will take Sketch/Drawing/Short-Answer-format Continuous Assessments, administered during term time for which a maximum of 10% will be awarded. 1,2,3,4,5 10.00 n/a
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Each student will complete a range of practical tasks, administered during term time for which a maximum of 20% will be awarded 1,2,3,4,5 20.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam Each student will sit a formal written examination at the end of the module for which a maximum of 70% will be awarded 1,2,3,4,5 70.00 End-of-Semester

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.00
Practicals Every Week 1.00
Tutorial Every Week 0.50
Total Hours 2.50

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_EEAER_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Aerospace Engineering 5 Group Elective 1
CW_EEACS_D Bachelor of Engineering in Aircraft Systems 5 Group Elective 1