Engineering Short Courses

TDA can provide corporate engineering courses (onsite at your location or at one of our offices) in the following areas. Please contact TDA at TrainingEmail to learn more.

Aircraft Structures: Loads, Strength, Durability, and Damage Tolerance

Course Objectives:

  • TDA has combined its two most popular courses into one comprehensive 4-day course covering the full range of knowledge required to excel in the field of aircraft structures, from external loads to strength to durability and damage tolerance (DADT). Both design and operational loads/DADT are covered.

Course Details:

  • This course is jointly taught by Dr. Chance McColl and Dr. Nagaraja Iyyer, two experts in the field of aircraft structures.

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Aircraft External Loads

Course Objectives:

  • Provides an overview of aircraft external loads analysis for the loads engineer, including flight (maneuver, gust, buffet), ground, and landing impact
  • Theory as well as practical, “real world” examples will be presented and solved using industry standard loads and aeroelastic software tools
  • Analysis, design, and criteria will be covered
  • Attendees will get hands-on loads development experience

Course Details:

  • Instructor: Chance McColl, PhD
  • Length: 3 days

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Aviation Integrity – A Holistic Perspective on the Impact of Personal Integrity on Structural Integrity

Course Objective:

  • Provide the student with a stimulating and thought provoking presentation that allows them to examine the implications and hazards that could be associated with any compromise in their own integrity and how that could play out jeopardizing the safety and welfare of the aircraft and aircrew
  • Based on lessons learned and personal experiences the instructor had as an operational USCG HH-65 Instructor Pilot and HC-130 pilot during his twenty year career

Course Details:

  • Instructor: Patrick J. Dwyer, CDR USCG (Ret)
  • Length: 2.5 hours

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Loads for Non-Loads Engineers

Course Objectives:

  • Provide a high-level overview of aircraft external loads analysis for the non-loads engineer, including flight (maneuver, gust, buffet), ground, and landing impact
  • Theory as well as practical, “real world” examples will be presented and discussed
  • Analysis, design, and criteria will be covered

Course Details:

  • Instructor: Chance McColl, PhD
  • Length: 2 days

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Strength and Durability of Aircraft Structures

Course Objectives:

  • Significance of Metal Fatigue – Physical and Mechanical Understanding
  • Fatigue Properties and Design against Fatigue
  • Fracture Mechanics – Concepts to Applications
  • Approaches to Dealing with Fatigue: Safe Life, Fail-Safe, Total Life, Defect Tolerant Approaches
  • Crack Initiation and Crack Growth Analysis for simple to complicated service loadings
  • Fatigue Testing and Analysis – Coupon, Element and Full-Scale Tests
  • Case Studies including examples with aircraft structural focus

Course Details:

  • Instructor: Nagaraja Iyyer, PhD
  • Length: 4 days

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Ground Loads for Fixed Wing and Rotary Wing Aircraft

Course Objectives:

  • A basic understanding of applicable static/fatigue design criteria for fixed/rotary wing aircraft operating shipboard/shore-based
  • The historical basis for these criteria
  • Dynamic model development and analytical prediction of ground loads
  • The ground loads certification activities which should be considered
  • Use of design guides in assessing fleet ground loads issues
  • Important lessons learned and impacts on current/future acquisitions

Course Details:

  • Instructors: Dale Allison, Chance McColl, PhD
  • Length: 1.5 – 2days

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Aircraft Gust Loads

Course Objective:

  • Provide an overview of aircraft gust loads analysis for the aircraft loads engineer
  • Includes requirements & criteria, time domain and frequency domain analysis techniques, relevant statistical analysis concepts, detailed gust loads derivation techniques for discrete and continuous turbulence gust, gust loads verification and validation, gust loads application in structural/fatigue testing, aeroservoelastics
  • Overview and in-class examples of numerical tools for gust loads development

Course Details:

  • Instructor: Chance McColl, PhD
  • Length: 3 days

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