Design of Lightweight Structures I: Composites and Metals, Certificate | Part time online | Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) | Netherlands
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Design of Lightweight Structures I: Composites and Metals

2 months
750 EUR/full
750 EUR/full
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Economics and Ecologics go hand in hand for aircraft. So how do we get structures light and keep safety, durability, maintainability and other aspects up to par? You need knowledge about design, base materials and manufacturing to get successful. The Design of Lightweight Structures I: Composites and Metals course is offered at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft).


Key facts

The Design of Lightweight Structures I: Composites and Metals course at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)y not only supports the understanding why structures are as they are, but also enlightens you in decisions you have to make to get to these light weight structures. This course uses video's created with Video scribe software, so it has more impact on the viewer then traditional filmed material. Next to these videos, written course material is available, were we selected material from CRC which is free for many students. Finally we tried to minimize the amount of mathematical expressions in this course, as those are often preventing people from the real understanding of the problem.

After succeeding this course the student should be able to explain parameters and their relationships, which play a role in the development of lightweight structures and parts.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • judge a structural design on conditions required to call a design a lightweight design.
  • identify carbon glass aramid and dyneema fibres
  • identify metals from composites on micro and macro scale.
  • relate lightweight materials to typical strong and weak points in their performance.
  • give examples of fibre morphologies
  • argue the correlation between fibre content, orientation control, fibre length, manufacturing process and application.
  • recall & argue unwanted stress distributions in composite materials


For anyone who is involved in the design process of light weight structures. You will understand why structures are as they are. You can point out areas of attention, as you will have obtained a gut feeling for design of (composite) light weight structures.


If you successfully complete your online course you will be awarded with a TU Delft certificate.

This certificate will state that you were registered as a non-degree-seeking student at TU Delft and successfully completed the course.

If you decide that you would like to apply to the full Master's program in Aerospace Engineering, you will need to go through the admission process as a regular MSc student. If you are admitted, you can then request an exemption for this course that you completed as a non-degree-seeking student. The Board of Examiners will evaluate your request and will decide whether or not you are exempted.

Programme Structure

Course Syllabus
  • Week 1 :light weight structures. From function to the trinity of light weight design. Design strategies to get to a light weight design.
  • Week 2: Composites and metals, what you need to know, and what the differences are.
  • Week 3: Manufacturing, the impact of it on your design.
  • Week 4: How does failure occur, how do we test this and what about the design allowables resulting from these tests.
  • Week 5: The basics of micro-mechanics of composites.
  • Week 6: The basics of macro-mechanics of composites, with the ABD matrix and the effects of free edges.
  • Week 7: Design of composite structures, rules of thumb, with open and filled holes. Repair of composite structures.
Assignment(s) and Assessment
  • Written exam via online proctoring.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 2 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A relevant BEng or BSc degree in a subject closely related to the content of the course or specialized program in question, such as aerospace engineering, aeronautical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering or (applied) physics.
  • If you do not meet these requirements because you do not have a relevant Bachelor's degree but you have a Bachelor's degree from a reputable institution and you think you have sufficient knowledge and experience to complete the course, you are welcome to apply, stating your motivation and reasons for admission. The faculty of aerospace engineering will decide whether you will be admitted based on the information you have provided. Appeal against this decision is not possible.

Tuition Fee

To always see correct tuition fees
  • International

    750 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 750 EUR for the full programme during 2 months.
  • EU/EEA

    750 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 750 EUR for the full programme during 2 months.


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