The course is concerned with the concept of structural stability. This concept is applied to discrete and continuous basic structural elements (beams, frames, plates and shells). The fundamental concepts are introduced on the basis of the governing differential equations. The course includes the following topics:

  • Equations of motion, nonlinear equilibrium equations, stationary potential energy criterion.
  • Stability analysis for the basic structural elements.
  • Design methods for stability of basic structural elements.

After completing this course, the student should have acquired a basic understanding of the concepts used in stability analysis of beams, frames. He should be able to apply this knowledge to characteristic aerospace analysis cases.  There are five assignments in this course. If all assignments are completed the students are eligible for the oral exam.

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