Aerospace Engineering (AE)


AE 201  Aerospace Flight Vehicles  3 Credits (3,0)

History of atmospheric and exo-atmospheric flight, properties of the atmosphere, concepts of internal and external fluid flows, dimensional analysis, airfoil shapes and experimental results of airfoil performance, propulsion including reciprocating and gas turbines, airplane and rocket vehicle performance, introduction to space systems.
Prerequisites: EGR 115 and ES 201.

AE 299  Special Topic in Aerospace Engineering  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in aerospace engineering.

AE 307  Incompressible Aerodynamics  3 Credits (3,0)

Aerodynamics forces and moments, dimensional analysis, conservation equations and fundamental principles, elementary solutions of inviscid incompressible flow, flow around airfoils and wings (including thin airfoil theory, panel methods, lifting line and lifting surface theories), viscous flow, laminar and turbulent boundary layers.
Prerequisites: AE 201 and ES 204 and MA 345.

AE 308  Compressible Aerodynamics  3 Credits (3,0)

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with the fundamental knowledge necessary to understand compressible aerodynamics.
Prerequisites: AE 201 and ES 305.

AE 313  Space Mechanics  3 Credits (3,0)

This course presents a vector-based solution of the two-body problem and the solution for the position and time problem (Kepler's equations). These are used to analyze orbits, satellite launch, ground tracks, orbit transfer, interplanetary trajectories, and interception and rendezvous. Using three-dimensional vector dynamics, the motion and stability of rigid and semi-rigid spacecraft are studied as are the means for controlling spacecraft orientation.
Prerequisites: EGR 115 and ES 204 and MA 345.

AE 314  Experimental Aerodynamics  1 Credit (1,0)

This course supports the Experimental Aerodynamics lab by providing lectures based in practice and theory. Topics include wind tunnel design, instrumentation, scaling effects, tunnel wall corrections, data acquisition, and data reduction as well as good experimental practices.
Prerequisites: COM 221 and AE 307 and AE 308 Corequisites: AE 315.

AE 315  Experimental Aerodynamics Laboratory  1 Credit (0,3)

This laboratory consists of a sequence of experiments that demonstrate basic aerodynamic theory while developing skills in the use of classic and modern experiment apparatus, the practice of good experimental technique, and the writing of experimental reports. Specific experiments depend on apparatus availability and instructor preference.
Prerequisites: AE 307 and AE 308 and COM 221 Corequisites: AE 314.

AE 316  Aerospace Engineering Materials  3 Credits (3,0)

Structure, properties, and processing of engineering materials. Crystal structure, defects, imperfections, and strengthening mechanisms. Mechanical properties, fracture mechanics, fatigue and creep, and material failures. Phase diagrams and transformations. Degradation of materials. Characteristics of ferrous and nonferrous metals and alloys, ceramics, polymers, and composite materials. Emphasis on materials and processes used in the aerospace industry.
Prerequisites: ES 202 and PS 139 and PS 141.

AE 318  Aerospace Structures I  3 Credits (3,0)

Methods of stress analysis of statically determinate lightweight structural systems. Applications include space structures and semimonocoque structures. Inertia force and load factor computation. Topics in applied elasticity. Three-dimensional beam bending. Shear flow. Materials considerations. Finite element modeling and computer-aided analysis.
Prerequisites: ES 202.

AE 350  Project Engineering  3 Credits (3,0)

Role of the engineer in project management with emphasis on systematic evaluation of the benefits and costs of projects involving engineering design and analysis. Proposal preparation and presentation, engineering contracts, negotiation techniques. Value engineering. Pre-Requisite: Junior standing.

AE 399  Special Topic in Aerospace Engineering  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in aerospace engineering.

AE 403  Jet Propulsion  3 Credits (3,0)

An introduction to airbreathing propulsion and the gas turbine engine. Topics include control volumes; the conservation equations; combustion processes; efficiencies; fuel consumption; ideal and real ramjets; gas turbine engine cycles; diffuser and nozzle flows and preliminary component analysis.
Prerequisites: AE 307 and AE 308.

AE 409  Aircraft Composite Structures  3 Credits (3,1.5)

Introduction to reinforced plastic composite structural materials and their use in modern aircraft. Discussion of basic material properties, testing procedures, design and analysis using classical lamination theory, and fabrication techniques, including some hands-on demonstrations.
Prerequisites: AE 316 and ES 202.

AE 411  Advanced Experimental Aerodynamics  3 Credits (2,3)

This course is a technical elective and consists of a series of advanced experiments using the wind tunnel. Model design and construction, testing procedure, control surface testing, propeller testing, use of wind tunnel data, scale effects, complete model testing. Includes introduction to supersonic testing.
Prerequisites: AE 314 and AE 315.

AE 413  Airplane Stability & Control  3 Credits (3,0)

Development of longitudinal, lateral and directional stability and control equations. Control surface design. Control effectiveness and size requirements. Dynamic control theory. Handling characteristics and maneuvering stability of aircraft.

AE 414  Space Propulsion  3 Credits (3,0)

This course provides the student with an introduction to the basic principles of liquid and solid propulsion systems. Flight performance parameters are presented for single and multistage vehicles. The thermo-chemistry of the combustion process will also be discussed. Performance enhancements of nuclear rockets and electric propulsion will be covered.

AE 415  In-Flight Laboratory  3 Credits (2,3)

Development of longitudinal and lateral-directional, static and dynamic stability and excess power, rate of climb, turn rate, and load factor performance theory, with laboratory concept validation.
Prerequisites: AE 413.

AE 416  Aerospace Structures and Instrumentation  1 Credit (1,0)

Lecture-based course to support the Structures and Instrumentation Laboratory. Course emphasizes aerospace vehicle testing through instrumentation, data acquisition, and data reduction. Test plans and designs are utilized.
Prerequisites: AE 316 and COM 221 and EE 327 and 328 or EE 335 and EE 336 Corequisites: AE 417.

AE 417  Aerospace Structures and Instrumentation Laboratory  1 Credit (0,3)

Principles of modern aerospace vehicles testing and instrumentation. Basic electrical measurements and devices such as strain gages, piezoelectric sensors, and thermocouples. Topics could include measurement of fluid pressure and flow, temperature, thermal and transport properties, strain, motion, vibration, force and torque. Experimental static and dynamic analysis of structures. Processing and analyzing experimental data, report writing and data presentation.
Prerequisites: COM 221 and AE 316 and EE 327/328 or EE 335/336 Corequisites: AE 416.

AE 418  Aerospace Structures II  3 Credits (3,0)

Methods of computer-aided deflection and stress analysis of redundant lightweight structural systems by means of virtual work principles and their energy counterparts. Introduction to finite element theory. Buckling considerations. Applications include space structures and semimonocoque structures.
Prerequisites: AE 318.

AE 420  Aircraft Preliminary Design  4 Credits (3,3)

Airplane conceptual design principles are developed to meet modern aerodynamic, propulsion, structural and performance specifications. A complete airplane is designed, resulting in a design package consisting of specifications, aerodynamic calculations, inboard profile drawing, weight and balance, general arrangement drawing, aerodynamic drag analysis and complete performance report.
Prerequisites: AE 314 and AE 315 and AE 413 and AE 403 and COM 219.

AE 421  Aircraft Detail Design  4 Credits (3,3)

Principles of aircraft detail and component part design, manufacture, and production are covered along with projects to give actual experience in the design of aircraft components. The design of an aircraft is carried from the general layout to the design of its detail parts and the design of necessary tools.
Prerequisites: AE 418 and AE 420 and AE 316.

AE 425  Aircraft Acoustics and Noise Control  3 Credits (3,0)

Sound wave characteristics, levels and directivity. Hearing and psychological effects of noise. Noise control criteria and regulations. Instrumentation. Noise sources. Acoustics of walls, barriers and enclosures. Acoustical materials and structures. Noise characteristics of jet and propeller aircraft, including helicopters.
Prerequisites: AE 301.

AE 426  Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics  3 Credits (3,0)

Fundamentals of spacecraft attitude dynamics. Three-dimensional rigid-body kinematics. Stability and dynamics of symmetric and tri-inertial bodies. Attitude, nutation, and spin-control maneuvers for spin-stabilized spacecraft. Effects of energy dissipation. Momentum-biased spacecraft dynamics. Stability, modeling, and simulation of spin-stabilized and momentum-biased spacecraft. Elements of three-axis stabilized spacecraft. Effects of gravity gradient, solar radiation pressure, atmospheric drag, and magnetic torque on spacecraft attitude.
Prerequisites: AE 313.

AE 427  Spacecraft Preliminary Design  4 Credits (3,3)

Spacecraft preliminary design principles are developed to meet mission objectives. A complete spacecraft is designed, resulting in a design package consisting of specifications, calculations, CAD drawings, weight and various subsystem budgets, and a series of trade studies, reviews, and design reports.
Prerequisites: AE 314 and AE 315 and AE 414 and COM 219 Corequisites: AE 426.

AE 432  Flight Dynamics and Control  3 Credits (3,0)

Aircraft equations of motion. State variable representation of the equations of motion. Longitudinal motion (stick fixed) and lateral motion (stick fixed). Aircraft response to atmospheric inputs. Automatic control theory. Application of classical and modern control theory to aircraft autopilot design.
Prerequisites: AE 413.

AE 433  Aerodynamics of the Helicopter  3 Credits (3,0)

The development of rotating-wing aircraft and the helicopter. Hovering theory and vertical flight performance analysis. Auto-rotation, physical concepts of blade motion and control, aerodynamics and performance of forward flight. Blade stall, stability and vibration problems. Design problems.
Prerequisites: AE 307 and MA 441.

AE 434  Spacecraft Control  3 Credits (3,0)

A review of spacecraft equations of motion and state variable representation of the equations of motion. Automatic control theory, the classical approach as well as the modern control approach. Attitude control with thrusters, attitude control with reaction wheels, and attitude stabilization with spin. Attitude control during thrust maneuvers. Control of translational motion.
Corequisites: AE 426.

AE 435  Air-Breathing Propulsion Preliminary Design  4 Credits (3,3)

This course is concerned with the preliminary design, subject to specifications, of an air-breathing engine for aircraft propulsion. A complete engine is designed and presented with proposed engine layout, cycle calculations, installed performance, and engine sizing information. Calculations demonstrating that the proposed engine satisfies requirements are also presented.
Prerequisites: AE 314 and AE 315 and AE 403 and AE 413 and COM 219.

AE 436  Introduction to Optimization  3 Credits (3,0)

This course will cover mathematical optimization methods, problem formulation, and optimality criteria, linear programming methods for optimality problems, numerical methods for unconstrained and constrained problems, sequential linear programming, genetic algorithms, and hybrid optimal control.
Prerequisites: EGR 115 and MA 345.

AE 440  Air-Breathing Propulsion Detail Design  4 Credits (3,3)

This course is concerned with the design of the various components of an air-breathing engine, starting with the general layout. The students are grouped into teams and each team is charged with the design of a major component (inlet, fan, compressor, combustor, turbine, nozzle, support systems). The components are then integrated to verify that they function together.
Prerequisites: AE 418 and AE 435.

AE 442  Experimental Dynamics and Control  1 Credit (1,0)

Linear Control. Open loop and close loop system feedback analysis. Modeling, linearization and parameter system identification and validation of dynamical systems. State space system representation, system block diagrams, feedback and transfer functions. Control design based on transient and steady state specifications. Concepts of stability and controllability. Stability criteria. Control design and analysis of dynamical systems in time and frequency domains.

AE 443  Experimental Dynamics and Control Laboratory  1 Credit (0,3)

Laboratory for the dynamics and control of systems. Course emphasizes dynamical systems testing through instrumentation, amplifiers, analog-to-digital converters, boolean algebra, logic gates and microprocessors, data acquisition and data analysis. This lab includes modeling of dynamics for flexible link systems, rotational systems including electrical servos and transformers; experimental determination of the system natural frequency. Control design and implementation based on time domain transient and steady state requirements; pole placement and state feedback control design and implementation. Full-state-feedback vs. partial-state-feedback analysis. Finding first and second order system parameters. System response analysis to various input types. Sensor bias removal techniques and actuator saturation. Processing and analysis of experimental and simulated data; report writing and data presentation.

AE 445  Spacecraft Detail Design  4 Credits (3,3)

Principles of spacecraft detail and subsystem design, analysis, modeling, manufacture, and test are covered and incorporated into projects to give actual experience in detail design and integration of spacecraft subsystems and systems. Integration of multiple subsystems into a single functional model is a key component to the course.
Prerequisites: AE 318 and AE 427 and AE 434.

AE 499  Special Topic in Aerospace Engineering  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in aerospace engineering.