6–10 January 2020
Hyatt Regency Orlando,
Orlando, Florida

Design of Aircraft Structures

5-6 January 2019
0800-1700 hrs
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

Member - Early (until 17 December)  $500
Member - Standard  $600
Conference Rate $700

Register Here


This comprehensive 2-day course covers: an introduction to design philosophy and criteria; airframe configuration; margin of safety concept; validation and testing; materials, material selection, design allowables and values; failure theories and interaction methods; fundamental concepts including load paths; free body diagrams; idealization and classical, empirical and finite element analysis methods. This course also includes design of structures under tensile, compressive, shear, and combined loads, and design of joints, fittings, and lugs.  An introduction to design for fail safety, durability and damage tolerance is also presented.  Design and analysis competencies are also discussed.  The course includes practice problems and a design project.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the design and analysis competencies
  • Describe airplane configurations and load paths
  • Describe design criteria and its evolution
  • Explain the verification and validation process
  • Explain design drivers for various components
  • Select material for an airplane part or component
  • Describe various analytical, empirical and finite element methods
  • Recognize differences between metals and composites
  • Explain failure theories and margin of safety calculation 

    Who Should Attend

    This course is for those industry engineers in airplane design, analysis or support and government agency engineers, as well as Manufacturing support or fleet support engineers. Aerospace engineers, mechanical engineers and civil engineers would most benefit from this course. 


    Michael Mohaghegh has worked for The Boeing Company for 50 years on programs, core groups, product development and airplane support groups. He is a Boeing Technical Fellow in aircraft structures and materials and presently the Chief Editor of the Boeing Company Design Principles Manuals. Mike is an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and is the Director of Modern Aircraft Structures Certificate Program at the University of Washington. He graduated from the University of California (Berkeley) with a BS and MS and University of Washington with a PhD in Civil Engineering.  He did post-doctoral research in Failure Analysis at the University of Washington.   He has published numerous papers and developed and taught many courses in aircraft structures and materials. 

    Course Outline

    1. Margin of Safety 
    2. Airframe Configurations 
    3. Load Paths 
    4. Design Philosophy and Criteria
    5. Verification and Validation
    6. Materials, Design Allowables and Values
    7. Material Selection
    8. Idealization and Analysis Methods 
    9. Tension, compression and Shear Structures,
    10. Failure Theories 
    11. Fasteners 
    12. Joints, Lugs and Fittings 
    13. Fatigue and Fracture
    14. Design and Analysis Competencies

      Course Materials

      Course notes will be made available about one week prior to the course event. You will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to access your course notes. Since these notes will not be distributed on site, AIAA and your course instructor highly recommend that you bring your computer with the course notes already downloaded. 

      Course Registration

      • Registration will open in September 2018.
      • AIAA offers CEUs for this course


      Please contact Jason Cole if you have any questions about courses and workshops at AIAA forums.

      Dates to Remember

      • Open for Abstract: 27 Mar 2019
      • Abstract Deadline: 11 Jun 2019
      • Manuscript Deadline: 02 Dec 2019
      • Early Mem Reg Deadline: 16 Dec 2019
      • Cancellation Deadline: 16 Dec 2019

      FAQsContact UsPoliciesMedia