Course detail

Aircraft Manufacture I

FSI-OT1Acad. year: 2020/2021

The course Aircraft Production I acquaints students with basic technological methods and procedures applied in aircraft production. Possibilities and procedures of heat treatment of light alloys and steels are discussed. Production of aircraft parts by sheet and solid forming using a solid and non-rigid tool. Production technology of composite and sandwich structures. Riveting of aircraft structures.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students acquire the knowledge necessary for evaluation of technological methods, design from technology point of view and for technology planning of heat treatment, forming, composite manufacture and joining.


Basic knowledge of the structure, phase transformations and properties of metal structural materials. Basic technological principles and methods of materials processing - heat treatment, forming.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Abibov,A.L.: Technologija samoletostrojenija, , 0 (RU)
Žák,J.-Samek,R.-Bumbálek,B.: Speciální letecké technologie I,VUT Brno,1990
Metals Handbook, Volume 14: Forming and forging, ASM International (EN)
Flaška,M.-Růžička,A.-Štekner,B.: Speciální letecké technologie, , 0
Smith, Z.: Advanced Composite Techniques, Aeronautical Press, NAPA, California 2005, ISBN 0-9642828-4-4
Metals Handbook Vol.2, Heat treating cleaning and finishing.
Metals Handbook Volume 14,Forming and forging, ASM International
Metals Handbook Volume 21, Composite Materials, ASM International
Baker,A.: Composite materials for aircraft structures, AIAA 2004, Reston. (EN)
Strong, A.B.: Fundamentals of composites manufacturing, SME Michigan, ISBN 89-60496 (EN)
Mazumdar,S.K.: Composite manufacturing, CRC Press, 2002, ISBN 0-8493-0585-3.
ASM Handbook Vol.04 Heat Treating (EN)
F.C.Campbell: Manufacturing Technology for Aerospace Structural Materials. Elsevier, 2006. ISBN-13: 978-1-85-617495-4. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Exercises are focused on practical topics presented in lectures. Teaching is suplemented by practical laboratory work.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Condition for granting the credit is 90% attendance at seminars. It is also necessary to submit completed and sophisticated computational exercises. Obtaining the credit is a condition for admission to the exam. The exam is written.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The objective of the course Aircraft Manufacture I is to inform of aircraft manufacture specific attributes and methods and procedures, which are necessary for design specialists.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance at seminars is compulsory. In the case of legitimate absence, students are required to work out an alternative individual assignment. Continuous checking is done during seminars.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme N-LKT-P Master's

    specialization STL , 1. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Specific features of aircraft production
2. Heat treatment of light alloys
3. Hardening of aircraft steels
4. Formability of aircraft materials, prepare operations for forming
5. Bending and drawing with solid and rubber tools, fluid forming
6. Stretch forming, spinning and non conventional forming
7. Manufacture of structural parts from tubes, bars and shapes
8. Extrusion and forging
9. Manufacture of composite structures
10.Manufacture of composite structure
11.Manufacture of sandwich structures
12.Riveting, rivets - types and materials
13.Riveting methods, joint damages

Laboratory exercise

2 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


12.Strength of rivet joint with solid rivets
13.Strength of rivet joint with blind rivets


11 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Heat treatment of aircraft component
2. Heat treatment of aircraft component
3. Optimisation of steel heat treatment
4. Formability of aircraft metal materials
5. Manufacture of component by bending
6. Elastoforming - technological technique
7. Elastoforming - technological technique
8. Forming limits of bars and tubes
9. Aluminium die forging
10.Machining and forming of sandwich panel
11.Design of rivet joint