Aerospace Structures

Aerospace Structures

This page contains information useful to those interested in the design or research of aerospace structures.

Structure Types:

Aerospace structure types include launch vehicles, ( Atlas, Delta), missiles (ALCM, Harpoon), Hypersonic vehicles (Space Shuttle), military aircraft ( F-16, F-18) and commercial aircraft ( Boeing 777, MD-11).

Structure Components:

Aerospace structures typically consist of thin plates with stiffeners for the external surfaces, bulkheads and frames to support the shape and fasteners such as welds, rivets, screws and bolts to hold the components together.

Reference Documents:

  1. Books
    1. Aircraft Structures, Peery, McGraw-Hill
    2. Analysis and Design of Flight Vehicle Structures, Bruhn, Jacobs Publishing
  2. Presentations
    1. Composite Materials (Analysis)


  1. Aerospace Industries Association
  2. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  3. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Other Resources:

  1. Defense Technical Information Center
  2. NASA Langley Research Center
  3. NASA Scientific and Technical Information