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Course in light weight structures

Course in light weight structures

Course in light weight structures

Hello there,
I wish to take a short open course in Lightweight structures. On searching the edx,coursera etc I couldn't find any such courses under structural engineering or civil engineering. So alternatively i was thinking to take some courses in aeronautical engineering category. As I'm coming from a civil engineering background could someone help me which course should i take under aeronautical engineering in order to study about lightweight structures?.
Thanks in advance

RE: Course in light weight structures

For light weight structures, aluminum alloys are the 'natural material of choice' for light weight structures... unless of course, you REALLY mean 'composites'.

The Aluminum Association has several design manuals for lightweight structures that a CE will be far more familiar with... as 'starters'.
AA ASD-2017 Aluminum Standards and Data

AA ADM Aluminum Design Manual

AA T8 Design for Aluminum - A Guide for Automotive Engineers

AA ABC Aluminum in Bridge Construction: Perspective on Design, Construction and Performance

AA 23 Welding Aluminum: Theory and Practice Second Edition

AA 38 Structural Design with Aluminum

Aircraft structures need a whole different 'perspective, background' for reasons that are a bit complex to list, in this forum and my available time.

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RE: Course in light weight structures

There are basically only two things you can do:
> minimize the physical structure's volume, while still maintaining adequate structural performance
> minimize the physical density, while still maintaining adequate structural performance

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RE: Course in light weight structures

This online course from Technical University Delft seems to be exactly what you are asking for:


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Weight reduction is a key factor in the development of materials and components for use in many industries. Lightweight structures are widely used for this purpose. However, these structures present challenges: they need to be light but also safe, durable and easy to maintain. How can this be done?

This course provides an introduction to lightweight structures, starting with the "trinity" - the interaction between shape design, base material and manufacturing. The evidence gained from both successes and failures demonstrates that the interaction between these three elements is crucial for successful designs and end products.

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RE: Course in light weight structures

Hi sparweb , This was exactly the course I was looking for. Thank you.

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