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Materials: technology, behaviour, fatigue, corrosion - 2021

Aeronautical materials


At the end of this summary course, participants will have covered the design, development, quality assurance, manufacture and maintenance of aeronautical structures (aircraft, engines, civil or military helicopters) as well as launchers and missiles.


The course lasts 10 days (65 hours) divided into two parts and includes:

  • 24 lectures between 1.5 and 3.5 hours
  • 3 visits to industrial sites
  • 1 discussion and recap session


This summary course focuses on the materials used for aircraft structures and engines and emphasizes the links existing between the development, the properties of use and the implementation of the different classes of materials.

Each category of metallic or non-metallic materials (organic and ceramic) is examined both theoretically and practically by specialists from the aerospace industry and the main producers of "aeronautical" materials.

Particular focus is placed on the conditions of use, the selection criteria and the damage processes, all with a wide range of illustrations of existing or developing applications as well as the sharing of experience from the experts involved.


Course level: Basic

The course requires no special knowledge and is accessible to all engineers and senior technicians with a good educational background.



A300/A310 Chief Engineer France


  • Materials selection criteria
  • Metallic materials
    • Aluminum alloys - Steels - Titanium alloy
    • Physical metallurgy and development
    • Properties, optimization of heat treatment according to the classes and form of the alloys:
      • Sheet, plate, profile, forged-die-cast, cast, etc.
    • Main applications and current developments
    • Advantages and disadvantages of different alloys
    • Maintenance and repairs
  • Composite organic matrix materials
    • Basic knowledge of the constituents:
      • Carbon fiber, glass
      • Thermosetting and thermoplastic resins
    • Use of different fiber/resin combinations
    • Features of composite materials
    • Implementation, (polymerization, draping, injection, RTM) and repairs
    • Examples of new applications and trends
  • New hybrid or "exotic" materials
  • High temperature materials
    • New metal alloys with Ni, Co, etc., base
    • Ceramics and composites with ceramic matrix
    • Properties and potential uses of these materials
  • Mechanics of materials - Fatigue - Mechanics of rupture - Expertise of fractures
    • Recap of basic knowledge (metallic and composite materials) - Practical examples
    • Consequences on the selection of materials and design
  • Assembly of aeronautical structures
    • Mechanical assembly
  • Corrosion - Surface treatments
    • Main types and cases of corrosion
    • Implementation of adapted protections: surface treatments, paints, etc.
  • Non-destructive testing of aeronautical structures
    • Recap of the basic principles - Overview of the main methods
    • Overview of new techniques
  • Maintenance, inspections and repair of aeronautical structures
  • Environmental issues
  • Future Plans


Scheduled in French:

PARIS: Part 1 : from 11th to 15th of October, 2021

PARIS: Part 2 : from 15th to 19th of November, 2021

Originally planned : Paris :

Part 1 : 8th to 12th of February, 2021

Part 2 : 1st to 5th of March, 2021

For the English realization, please, consult us.


€4,560 excluding tax (20% VAT)

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