Design and Analysis of Composite Structures: With Applications to Aerospace Structures

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Design and Analysis of Composite Structures enables graduate students and engineers to generate meaningful and robust designs of complex composite structures. Combining analysis and design methods for structural components, the book begins with simple topics such as skins and stiffeners and progresses through to entire components of fuselages and wings.

Starting with basic mathematical derivation followed by simplifications used in real-world design, Design and Analysis of Composite Structures presents the level of accuracy and range of applicability of each method. Examples taken from actual applications are worked out in detail to show how the concepts are applied, solving the same design problem with different methods based on different drivers (e.g. cost or weight) to show how the final configuration changes as the requirements and approach change.

  • Provides a toolkit of analysis and design methods to most situations encountered in practice, as well as analytical frameworks and the means to solving them for tackling less frequent problems.
  • Presents solutions applicable to optimization schemes without having to run finite element models at each iteration, speeding up the design process and allowing examination of several more alternatives than traditional approaches.
  • Includes guidelines showing how decisions based on manufacturing considerations affect weight and how weight optimization may adversely affect the cost.
  • Accompanied by a website at hosting lecture slides and solutions to the exercises for instructors.

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Christos Kassapoglou received his BS degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics and two MS degrees (Aeronautics and Astronautics and Mechanical Engineering) all from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since 1984 he has worked in industry, first at Beech Aircraft on the all-composite Starship I and then at Sikorsky Aircraft in the Structures Research Group specializing on analysis of composite structures of the all-composite Comanche and other helicopters, and leading internally funded research and programs funded by NASA and the US Army. Since 2001 he has been consulting with various companies in the US on



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