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.

Courses

AE 299  Special Topics in Aerospace Engineering  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics.

AE 301  Aerodynamics I  3 Credits (3,0)

******OFFERED ON PRESCOTT CAMPUS ONLY******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

AE 302  Aerodynamics II  3 Credits (3,0)

******OFFERED ON PRESCOTT CAMPUS ONLY****** Study of both compressible flow and viscous flow. Compressible flow topics of supersonic flow, shock waves, expansion fans, shock-expansion theory, thin airfoil theory, thermo-dynamics of gas flow, reversible and irreversible processes, Isentropic duct flow and flow through a nozzle. Viscous flow topics of basic anatomy of a boundary layer, laminar and turbulent flows, transition points, determination of skin friction drag on an airfoil, solutions to the boundary layer equations.
Prerequisites: AE/ME students must have a C or better in ES 206 and ES 208

AE 313  Space Mechanics  3 Credits (3,0)

Vector-based solution of the two-body problem and the solution for the position and time problem, Kepler's equations, used to analyze orbits, ground tracks, orbit transfer, interplanetary trajectories, and interception and rendezvous.
Prerequisites: AE/ME students must have a C or better in EGR 115 and ES 204 Corequisites: MA 345

AE 314  Experimental Aerodynamics  1 Credit (1,0)

Wind tunnel design, instrumentation, scaling effects, data acquisition, and data reduction as well as good experimental practices. The Experimental Aerodynamics Lab AE 315 must be taken during the same semester as AE 314.
Prerequisites: AE/ME students must have a C or better in COM 221 and AE 301 Corequisites: AE 315

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

Sequence of experiments that demonstrate basic aerodynamic theory while developing skills in the use of classic and modern experimental apparatus, the practice of good experimental technique, and the writing of experimental reports along with the requirements of designing an experiment. Specific experiments depend on the apparatus availability and instructor preference. The Experimental Aerodynamics Lab, AE 315, must be taken during the same semester as AE 314.
Prerequisites: AE/ME students must have a C or better in COM 221 and AE 301 Corequisites: AE 314

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

A lecture, research, and project-based course in practical aircraft aerodynamics, performance and static stability. Aircraft environment, component and total aircraft viscous and compressible aerodynamics, aircraft instantaneous and sustained performance, and development of aircraft static stability derivatives. Projects on 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. Group work on aerodynamic and performance analysis and comparison to published aircraft data. Preparation for aircraft preliminary design.
Prerequisites: AE/ME students must have C or better in ES 201 Corequisites: ES 206

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. Thermal Stresses. 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 324  Experimental Space Systems Engineering  2 Credits (2,0)

Lectured-based course that supports the Space Systems Engineering Laboratory (AE 326). Subsystems of a typical spacecraft, experimental methods, data acquisition, and data reduction. The course must be taken during the same semester as AE 326.
Prerequisites: AE/ME students must have a C or better in AE 313 Corequisites: AE 326 and [(EE 335 and EE 336) or (EE 223 and EE 224)]

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

******OFFERED ON PRESCOTT CAMPUS ONLY******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 324.
Corequisites: AE 324

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 Topics in Aerospace Engineering  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics.

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/ME students must have C or better in 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: AE/ME students must have C or better in ES 202 and ES 320

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

******OFFERED ON PRESCOTT CAMPUS ONLY****** 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/ME student must have C or better in AE 314

AE 413  Airplane Stability and 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 AE 301 and AE 317 and ES 204 and MA 345

AE 414  Space Propulsion  3 Credits (3,0)

Introduction to the basic principles of liquid and solid propulsion systems. Flight performance parameters for single and multi-stage vehicles. Thermo-chemistry of the combustion process. Performance enhancements of nuclear rockets and electric propulsion.
Prerequisites: AE/ME students must have C or better in ES 206 and (AE 301 or AE 302 or ME 309)

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.

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 design are utilized.
Prerequisites: AE/ME students must have C or better in 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 vehicle 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)

Deflection and stress analysis of determinate and indeterminate aerospace structures under axial, bending, and torsion loads. Topics covered include work and energy principles, non-idealized structures, idealized semi-monocoque structures, some discussion of plate buckling, finite element modeling and computer-aided analysis.
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.
Prerequisites: AE/ME students need C or better in AE 301

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

Conceptual and preliminary design of an aircraft. Conceptual sizing and configuration studies. Analysis of a candidate design, resulting in a design package consisting of performance specifications, aerodynamic calculations, internal arrangement, weight and balance, stability and control predictions, and structural sizing and layout.
Prerequisites: AE/ME students must have C or better in (EGR 200 or EGR 201) and at least 3 of the following: (AE 413 or AE 423) AE 314 AE 315 ME 309 Corequisites: COM 420 and EGR 310

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

Detail design of aircraft, which may include component part or test article design. Design of an aircraft or test article from the general layout to the design of its detail parts and necessary tools.
Prerequisites: AE/ME students must have C or better in AE 314 AE 315 AE 318 (AE 413 or AE 423) EGR 310 AE 420 and ME 309 Corequisites: COM 430

AE 423  Airplane Stability, Dynamics, and Control  3 Credits (3,0)

A lecture, research, and project-based course in static and dynamic aircraft stability, and airplane control. Aircraft equations of motion and stability derivatives. Static and dynamic stability of aircraft including the 10 fundamental static stability criteria and the dynamic modes of motion. Aircraft responses within the framework of the corresponding civil/military regulations. Control surface design, control effectiveness and size requirements, handling qualities, airplane control theory, and open and closed loop feedback. Application of developed theories to group projects that are underpinned by real examples and data to prepare students for aircraft detailed design.
Prerequisites: Pre-Requisite is AE/ME student must have a C or better in AE 301 ES 204 MA 345 and AE 317

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

Fundamentals of spacecraft attitude dynamics including attitude parameterization, determination, disturbances in space, stability analysis, numerical simulations to predict the attitude change under the influence of disturbance torques, and methods to control the spacecraft attitude for space missions.
Prerequisites: AE 313. AE/ME students must have C or better in AE 313

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

Application of spacecraft preliminary design principles to meet mission objectives. Design of a complete space-related system to meet industry preliminary design standards, resulting in a design package consisting of objectives, requirements, specifications, calculations, CAD drawings, weight and various other system and subsystem budgets, a series of trade studies, and design reviews and reports.
Prerequisites: AE/ME students need C or better in (EGR 200 or EGR 201) 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.
Prerequisites: AE 313 must have a C or better

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

******OFFERED ON PRESCOTT CAMPUS ONLY****** Modeling, analysis, and control of dynamical systems. Transfer functions, block diagram algebra. Routh Hurwitz stability criteria. Introduction to system design using various tools and techniques such as root locus, Bode plots, 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)

******OFFERED ON PRESCOTT CAMPUS ONLY****** 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/ME students need C or better in AE 302 and MA 441

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

******OFFERED ON PRESCOTT CAMPUS ONLY****** 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: AE/ME students need C or better in EGR 115 and MA 345

AE 437  Advanced Space Propulsion  3 Credits (3,0)

******OFFERED ON PRESCOTT CAMPUS ONLY****** 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/ME students must have C or better in 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 the detail design and integration of space-related subsystems and systems. Integration of multiple subsystems into a single functional model is a key component of the course.
Prerequisites: AE/ME students need C or better in AE 318 and AE 426 and AE 427 and AE 324 and AE 326 and CEC 325 and CEC 326 Corequisites: AE 430 and COM 430

AE 499  Special Topics in Aerospace Engineering  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics.