Aerospace Engineering (AE)

Students should be aware they must have a C or better in all pre-requisites for the courses listed in the Degree Requirements section for the Aerospace Engineering academic program.  In addition, students must have a C or better in MA 241 to enroll in  ES 201.


AE 299  Special Topic in Aerospace Engineering  1-6 Credit

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

AE 301  Aerodynamics I  3 Credits (3,0)

The atmosphere. Incompressible and compressible one-dimensional flow. Airspeed measurement. Two-dimensional potential flow. Circulation theory of lift. Thin airfoil theory. Viscous flow. Boundary layers. Finite wing theory. Drag in incompressible flow. Wing-body interactions.
Prerequisites: AE/ME student must have a C or better in ES 206 and MA 243 Corequisites: ES 305.

AE 302  Aerodynamics II  3 Credits (3,0)

Laminar and turbulent flows, transition point, determination of skin friction drag on an airfoil. Obtaining equations for streamline, for particle path, and for streakline in a flow field. Compressible flow, shock waves, thermodynamics of gas flow. Reversible and irreversible processes. Changes in pressure, density and temperature across shock waves. Isentropic duct flow and flow through a nozzle. Static performance and maneuvers in flight. Propeller theory.
Prerequisites: AE/ME students must have a C or better in AE 301 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: AE/ME students must have a C or better in 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: AE/ME students must have a C or better in COM 221 Corequisites: AE 302 and 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/ME students must have a C or better in COM 221 Corequisites: AE 302 and AE 314.

AE 317  Aircraft Flight Mechanics & Performance  3 Credits (3,0)

A lecture, research, and project-based course in practical aircraft aerodynamics, performance and static stability. Topics include the aircraft environment, component and total aircraft viscous and compressible aerodynamics, aircraft instantaneous and sustained performance, and development of aircraft static stability derivatives. Projects include determination and presentation of performance parameters (using EXCEL) of airfoils, wings, and total aircraft lift, drag, thrust/power, flight envelopes, turning capability, specific excess power, and static stability requirements. Students work in groups and select an existing aircraft to analyze the calculated parameters and compare to published aircraft data. Course will prepare students for aircraft preliminary design.
Prerequisites: ES 204.

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: AE/ME students must have a C or better in ES 202.

AE 325  Experimental Space Systems Engineering  1 Credit (1.25,0)

Lecture-based course to support the Space Systems Engineering Laboratory. Course covers subsystems of spacecraft, experimental methods, data acquisition, and data reduction. The Experimental Space Systems Engineering Lab, AE 326, must be taken during the same semester as AE 325.
Prerequisites: AE/ME students must have a C or better in PS 250 Corequisites: EP394 and AE 326.

AE 326  Experimental Space Systems Engineering Lab  1 Credit (0,3)

Laboratory for the fundamentals of spacecraft systems. A lab covering each of the major subsystems of spacecraft, which may include propulsion, attitude control, power, telemetry and command, communications, structures and vibrations, materials and mechanisms, thermal control, and mass properties. The Experimental Space Systems Engineering Lab, AE 326, must be taken during the same semester as AE 325.
Prerequisites: PS 253 Corequisites: EP 394 and AE 325.

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
Prerequisites: Junior Standing.

AE 399  Special Topic in Aerospace Engineering  1-6 Credit

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

AE 401  Advanced Aerodynamics I  3 Credits (3,0)

An advanced-level presentation of the theory and applications of incompressible aerodynamics. Kinematics and dynamics of fluid flow. Flow about a body. Shock tube flow. Thin airfoil and finite wing theory. Approximation techniques; numerical methods. Introduction to compressible flow.
Prerequisites: AE 302 and MA 441.

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: ES 202 and ES 320.

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.

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.
Prerequisites: AE/ME students must have a C or better in ES 204 and MA 345 Corequisites: AE 302.

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.
Prerequisites: AE 301 and ES 305.

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 318 or ME 304 and COM 221 and EE 335 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 EE 335 and AE 318 or ME 304.

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/ME students must have a C or better in AE 318.

AE 419  Fundamentals of Wind Energy  3 Credits (3,0)

This course provides an introduction to the generation of electricity using wind power. Topics include wind characteristics, wind turbine design, aerodynamics of horizontal axis wind turbines incorporating blade element theory and blade optimization. Additional aspects covered include turbine control, electrical and structural characteristics, fatigue and economics. The course culminates in a group design and manufacture of a miniature computer controlled wind turbine.

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 413 and EGR 200 Corequisites: COM 420.

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.

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/ME students must have C or better in 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 313 and EGR 200 and EP 394 Corequisites: AE 426 and COM 420.

AE 428  Advanced Space Mechanics  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is a study of advanced topics in Celestial Mechanics with an emphasis on Astrodynamics. It is designed to present a theoretical, computational, and physical understanding of modern spacecraft dynamics that will give students the ability to communicate knowledgeably on advanced Astrodynamics applications. Students will investigate the Relative Two-Body Problem in inertial coordinate systems such as Cartesian, Polar, and Spherical; and non-inertial coordinate systems such as Earth-Centered-Earth-Fixed and Topocentric-Horizon coordinates. These results will then be compared and contrasted to the outcomes of ellipsoidal and spherical harmonic gravity fields. Students will also investigate the time-dependent and time-independent Lambert's Problem along with Linear Orbit Theory and its use in relative spacecraft motion, rendezvous, and docking operations. Analytical and numerical solutions of the Three-Body Problem and the general N-Body Problem will also be discussed in detail.

AE 430  Control System Analysis and Design  3 Credits (3,0)

Modeling, analysis, and control of dynamical systems with aerospace applications. Transfer functions, block diagram algebra. Routh Hurwitz stability criteria. Introduction to system design using root locus, Bode and Nyquist diagrams.
Prerequisites: AE/ME students must have a C or better in ES 204 and MA 345.

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 302 and MA 441.

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 437  Advanced Space Propulsion  3 Credits (3,0)

Advanced Space Propulsion covers the exotic propulsion concepts beyond the typical existing liquid, hybrid, solid and electric propulsion systems. The course emphasizes the advanced concepts to orbit and also emphasizes deep space travel including interstellar and propulsion at relativistic speeds. Topics include fusion propulsion, Bussard ramjets, matter-antimatter propulsion, antigravity, space drives, warp drives and faster-than-light travel.
Prerequisites: AE 408 or AE 414 or ME 309.

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 426 and AE 427 Corequisites: AE 430 and COM 430.

AE 499  Special Topic in Aerospace Engineering  1-6 Credit

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