Upon course completion, students will be able to:
1. Apply the principles and concepts of mechanical and structural factors in an aviation safety environment.
2. Analyze the mechanical and structural factors that produce accidents including design, construction, manufacturing, repair, and maintenance.
3. Differentiate between the commonly used structural materials in aircraft construction and be able to determine applicability to design criteria.
4. Analyze typical air loads on an airplane in order to calculate external design loads, limit loads, and ultimate limit loads.
5. Calculate the applied bending, tension, compression, torsion, shear and combined stresses and strains on various aircraft components, given their external loads.
6. Identify and compare different types of structural failure modes in order to determine how a structure might have failed.7. Examine current maintenance procedures and practices, focusing on the problem areas in both commercial and general aviation, and how they contribute to structural or mechanical failures.
8. Explain structural and mechanical design factors as they apply to airworthiness and crashworthiness.
9. Analyze an in-flight breakup in order to determine the sequence of failures, as well as primary and secondary failures.
10. Compare advanced structural materials used in the construction of aircraft, such as composites, and be able to determine and analyze failure modes.