This course will introduce you to lightweight design and its goals. You will learn basic rules for weight optimization of a structure on a material and structural level. The important aspect of cost management in the process of light weight design is discussed. You will get a deeper understanding of how structures work and how they are designed regarding lightweight optimum.
To get the most out of your time the course is subdivided into six weeks, each consists of lectures and exercises. During lectures, you will get all the theoretical background of lightweight design. Exercises will merge your theoretical knowledge with the practical use of calculation methods.
You will learn how to exploit the full capacity of structures by considering nonlinearities, such as plasticity or stability. Different instability problems such as Euler buckling, lateral torsional buckling and lateral buckling, will be discussed in detail. Another aspect which must not be neglected are the shear stresses due to shear force or torsion in thin-walled structures.
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Who should attend?
Basic knowledge of Engineering Mechanics
Course delivery details
This course is offered through RWTH Aachen University, a partner institute of EdX.
8-10 hours per week
- Verified Track -$139
- Audit Track - Free
Certification / Credits
What you'll learn
- The fundamental principles and rules of lightweight design
- A deeper understanding of how structures work
- A first insight in the nonlinear calculation methods and lightweight design algorithms
- The ability to make the right decisions in the early phase of future product developments
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