Aerospace Engineering (AE)

All graduate courses must be approved in advance of enrollment by a student’s graduate advisor.

Courses numbered 500 to 799 = undergraduate/graduate. (Individual courses may be limited to undergraduate students only.); 800 to 999 = graduate.

AE 502.  Aerospace Propulsion I   3 credit hours

Survey of aerospace propulsion methods. Production of thrust and consumption of fuel. Rocket performance analysis; liquid chemical and solid propellant rocket engines. Jet engine cycle analysis; turbojet, ramjet, turbofan and turboprop engines. Analysis of piston engines and propellers. Prerequisites: AE 227, 373, ME 398. Corequisite: AE 424.

AE 512.  Experimental Methods in Aerospace   3 credit hours

A study of experimental methods and test planning, error analysis and propagation, model design, instrumentation and flow visualization. Uses electromechanical testing machines, subsonic and supersonic wind tunnels. Prerequisites: AE 333, 424.

AE 514.  Flight Dynamics and Control   3 credit hours

Static stability and control of conventional aircraft and implications in aircraft design, six degrees of freedom, time dependent equations of motion and their linearized solutions. Consideration of stability versus maneuverability and the dynamic modes of motion of the aircraft. Prerequisite: AE 415. Corequisite: AE 424.

AE 524.  Aerodynamics II   3 credit hours

Continues the discussion of potential flow from AE 424. Introduces energy equation, fundamental concepts of high speed flow, normal and oblique shock waves, Prandtl-Meyer flow, nozzles and diffusers, linearized high speed potential flow, airfoils and wings in subsonic and supersonic flow, Navier-Stokes equation, boundary layer flow, momentum integral approximation and various laminar and turbulent flow solutions, introduction to convective heat transfer. Prerequisite: AE 424.

AE 525.  Flight Structures I   3 credit hours

2 Classroom hours; 2 Lab hours. Stress analysis of flight vehicle components. Prerequisite: AE 333 (no grade lower than one that generates 2.000 or more credit points per credit hour will be accepted for this course). Corequisite: MATH 555.

AE 527.  Numerical Methods in Engineering   3 credit hours

Error analysis. Includes polynomial approximations and power series, iterative solutions of equations, matrices and systems of linear equations, numerical differentiation and integration, approximate solution of differential equations by finite differences. Prerequisite: AE 227. Corequisite: MATH 555.

AE 528.  Aerospace Design I   4 credit hours

2 Classroom hours; 4 Lab hours. Methodology of flight vehicle design; mission objectives, regulations and standards; use of hand and computer methods for configuration development and component sizing, ethics, and liability in design. Prerequisites: AE 502, 514, 525.

AE 607.  Flight Control Systems   3 credit hours

Classical design methods for stability and control augmentation and guidance systems specifically for aerospace vehicles, including block diagrams, root locus and frequency response. Sensors used in aerospace systems. Flying qualities and performance specifications for closed loop systems. Includes a review of the aircraft and spacecraft dynamic model derivation. Prerequisite: AE 514.

AE 625.  Flight Structures II   3 credit hours

2 Classroom hours; 3 Lab hours. Strength analysis and design of flight vehicle components. Introduction to energy methods and variational principles. Application of finite element method to the analysis of flight vehicle structures. Special projects in structural analysis and design. Prerequisites: AE 333, 525.

AE 628.  Aerospace Design II   4 credit hours

2 Classroom hours; 4 Lab hours. Preliminary design of flight vehicles, design iteration, sensitivity studies, optimization, economic considerations and introduction to project management. Prerequisite: AE 528.

AE 660.  Selected Topics   1-3 credit hours

New or special topics presented on sufficient demand. Repeatable for credit when subject material warrants. Prerequisite: instructor's consent.

AE 690.  Independent Study   1-3 credit hours

Arranged individual independent study in specialized areas of aerospace engineering under the supervision of a faculty member. Repeatable for credit. Prerequisite: consent of supervising faculty member.

AE 702.  Aerospace Propulsion II   3 credit hours

In-depth study of rocket and jet propulsion. Turbojet and rocket engine components. Effect of operating variables on turbojet cycles and rocket performance. Prerequisite: AE 502 or instructor's consent.

AE 703.  Rotor Aerodynamics   3 credit hours

Aerodynamics of rotors, including propellers, wind turbines and helicopters; momentum, blade element and potential flow analysis methods; helicopter dynamics, control and performance. Prerequisite: AE 424.

AE 707.  Modern Flight Control System Design I   3 credit hours

Modern multi-loop design methods for stability and control augmentation and guidance systems, specifically for aerospace vehicles. State variable model. Optimal state feedback gains and Riccati's equation, tracking systems, sensors and actuator, discretization of continuous dynamic systems, optimal design for digital controls, and effect of nonlinearities and trim conditions on design considerations. Prerequisites: AE 514 or 714, and AE 607 or EE 684 or ME 659.

AE 711.  Intermediate Aerodynamics   3 credit hours

Studies potential flow equations of motion, singularity solutions, principle of superposition, conformal mapping, thin airfoil theory, finite wing theory, effects of fluid inertia, three-dimensional singularities, swept wing theory, delta wing theory, introduction to panel methods and an introduction to automobile aerodynamics. Prerequisite: AE 424 or ME 521.

AE 712.  Advanced Aerodynamics Laboratory   3 credit hours

2 Classroom hours; 2 Lab hours. Advanced topics in wind tunnel testing, including analysis and sensitivity, modeling techniques, flexure design and calibration, control surface loads and moments, laser velocimetry, hot film anemometry, dynamic signal processing, flow measurement probes, flow visualization using smoke tunnels and water tunnel. Prerequisite: AE 512 or instructor's consent.

AE 714.  Advanced Flight Dynamics I   3 credit hours

Review of the equations of motion for aircraft. Nonlinear effects and aircraft response. Stability and control of elastic aircraft. Response to turbulence. Prerequisite: AE 514 or instructor's consent.

AE 715.  Intermediate Space Dynamics   3 credit hours

Advanced topics in orbital mechanics-vector mechanics perspective of the two-body problem; fast transfers; interplanetary missions including gravity assist maneuver and intercept problem; atmospheric entry. Prerequisite: AE 415 or instructor's consent.

AE 716.  Compressible Fluid Flow   3 credit hours

Analysis of compressible fluid flow for one- and two-dimensional cases, moving shock waves, one-dimensional flow with friction and heat addition, linearized potential equation, method of characteristics, conical shocks and subsonic similarity laws. Prerequisites: AE 424, ME 521 or equivalent.

AE 719.  Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics   3 credit hours

Classification of partial differential equations, numerical solution of parabolic, elliptic and hyperbolic differential equations, stability analysis, boundary conditions, scalar representation of the Navier-Stokes equations, incompressible Navier-Stokes equations. Prerequisite: AE 424 or ME 521.

AE 722.  Finite Element Analysis of Structures I   3 credit hours

Advanced treatment of the theoretical concepts and principles necessary for the application of the finite element method in the solution of differential equations in engineering. Prerequisites: AE 333, 625 or equivalent, or instructor's consent.

AE 731.  Theory of Elasticity   3 credit hours

Develops the equations of the theory of elasticity and uses them to determine stress and displacement fields in linear elastic isotropic bodies; uses Airy stress functions to obtain solutions, and introduces energy principles and variational methods. Prerequisite: instructor's consent.

AE 733.  Advanced Mechanics of Materials   3 credit hours

An extension of AE 333. Includes transformation of stress and strain in three dimensions, noncircular torsional members, curved beams, beams with unsymmetric cross sections, energy methods and the finite element method of analysis, stress concentration, theories of failure and fracture mechanics. Prerequisite: AE 333.

AE 737.  Mechanics of Damage Tolerance   3 credit hours

An introduction to the mechanics of damage tolerance emphasizing stress analysis oriented fracture mechanics. Includes stress intensity, fracture toughness, residual strength, fatigue crack growth rate, fatigue crack propagation and damage tolerance concepts. Prerequisite: AE 525 or instructor's consent.

AE 753.  Mechanics of Laminated Composites   3 credit hours

A descriptive classification of advanced composite materials and their constituents; mechanics of lamina and laminates, testing for material properties, lamina and laminate failure criteria, laminate strain allowables, structural analysis (beams and axially loaded members), design guidelines, introduction to manufacturing methods, repair and nondestructive testing. Prerequisites: AE 333, senior standing.

AE 759.  Neural Networks for System Modeling and Control   3 credit hours

Introduces specific neural network architectures used for dynamic system modeling and intelligent control. Includes theory of feed-forward, recurrent, and Hopfield networks; applications in robotics, aircraft and vehicle guidance, chemical processes and optimal control. Prerequisite: AE 607 or ME 659 or EE 684 or instructor's consent.

AE 760.  Selected Topics   1-3 credit hours

Prerequisite: instructor's consent.

AE 760AA.  Micromechanics and Multi-Scale Modeling   3 credit hours

Many materials and structures consist of multiple phases. Micromechanics models can be used to homogenize a structure at some appropriate scale for more practical modeling. Course covers the classical mean-field homogenization models. Explores several state-of-the-art numerical techniques used in micromechanics modeling, such as the method of cells, variational methods and Fourier transforms in addition to finite element techniques for periodicity.

AE 770BA.  Badge: Composite Manufacturing Technology Safety Awareness - I   0.5 credit hours

Students are provided with composite materials technologies basic knowledge, an overview of different forms of composites manufacturing, various factory workflows, and the associated regulatory guidance documents. Repeatable for credit. Graded Bg/NBg. Prerequisite: none.

AE 770BB.  Badge: Composite Manufacturing Technology Safety Awareness - II   0.5 credit hours

Educates students on the issues related to raw material manufacturing, its transport, incoming quality control and storage of composite materials. The preparation of tooling, cutting of composite preforms, layup and bagging of composite parts, and curing are discussed in detail. The use of procurement specifications and process control documents are emphasized. Repeatable for credit. Graded Bg/NBg. Prerequisite: AE 770BA.

AE 770BC.  Badge: Composite Manufacturing Technology Safety Awareness - III   0.5 credit hours

Topics include technical aspects related to trimming and drilling of composites, defects in composites, adhesive bonding and assembly, nondestructive and destructive inspection. Repeatable for credit. Graded Bg/NBg. Prerequisite: AE 770BB.

AE 770BD.  Badge: Composite Manufacturing Technology Safety Awareness - IV   0.5 credit hours

Topics include technical aspects related to painting and finishing of composites, handling and storage, manufacturing defects and their root cause analysis, and scarf repair of composites. Repeatable for credit. Graded Bg/NBg. Prerequisite: AE 770BC.

AE 770BE.  Badge: Composite Manufacturing Technology Safety Awareness - V   0.5 credit hours

Lab course provides students with hands-on experience on prepreg cutting, manual layup and bagging of simple laminated composite parts, nondestructive inspection and scarf repair. Repeatable for credit. Graded Bg/NBg. Prerequisite: AE 770BD or instructor’s consent.

AE 773.  Intermediate Dynamics   3 credit hours

An extension of AE 373. Studies the kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies for two- and three-dimensional motion. Includes an introduction to vibratory motion, dynamic stability of linear systems and Lagrange's equations. Prerequisite: AE 373.

AE 777.  Vibration Analysis   3 credit hours

A study of free, forced, damped and undamped vibrations for one and two degrees of freedom, as well as classical, numerical and energy solutions of multi-degree freedom systems. Introduces continuous systems. Prerequisites: MATH 555, AE 333, 373.

AE 801.  Structural Dynamics   3 credit hours

A study of the dynamic response of multiple degree of freedom systems and continuous systems subjected to external dynamic forcing functions. Classical, numerical and energy solutions. Prerequisite: AE 777.

AE 807.  Modern Flight Control Systems Design II   3 credit hours

Continuation of AE 707, emphasizing the effects of atmospheric turbulence and corrupted measurements, state estimation using the Kalman filter, output feedback design methods for flight controls, robustness requirements in the design, and extension to digital systems. Prerequisites: AE 707, 714.

AE 811.  Panel Methods in Aerodynamics   3 credit hours

An introduction to panel method theory and application for inviscid incompressible attached flows. Uses some two- and three-dimensional computer codes. Prerequisites: AE 711, MATH 757 or equivalent.

AE 812.  Aerodynamics of Viscous Fluids   3 credit hours

Viscous fluids flow theory and boundary layers. Prerequisite: AE 424 or ME 521.

AE 813.  Intro to Aeroelasticity   3 credit hours

Studies phenomena involving interactions among aerodynamic, inertial and elastic forces. Explores the influence of these interactions on aircraft design. Includes such specific cases as divergence, control effectiveness, control reversal, flutter, buffeting, dynamic response to rapidly applied periodic forces, aeroelastic effects on load distribution, and static and dynamic stability. Prerequisite: AE 777 or MATH 757, or instructor's consent and programming proficiency.

AE 814.  Advanced Flight Dynamics II   3 credit hours

Sensitivity analyses of flight parameters, control surface sizing, handling qualities, pilot in-the-loop analysis, trajectory optimization. Prerequisite: AE 714.

AE 817.  Transonic Aerodynamics   3 credit hours

Experimental and analytical difficulties in flow and flight near Mach one; basic equations and solution methods: linearized potential equation, shock occurrence criteria on wings, Transonic Area Rule, nozzle throat design, detached shock wave computations, computational methods. Prerequisites: AE 424 or equivalent, and AE 711 or 716.

AE 818.  Hypersonic Aerodynamics   3 credit hours

Classical hypersonic theory and approximations; Newtonian flow, flight corridors and trajectories, hot gas effects, experimental difficulties, short time test facilities, computational techniques, propulsion methods, airframe-engine integration, SCRam jets. Prerequisites: AE 711, 716 or equivalent.

AE 822.  Finite Element Analysis of Structures II   3 credit hours

Formulation of the finite element equations by variational methods; the use of isoparametric and higher order elements for analyzing two- and three-dimensional problems in solid mechanics; introduction to solutions of nonlinear problems. Prerequisites: AE 722, 731.

AE 831.  Continuum Mechanics   3 credit hours

Introductory treatment of the fundamental, unifying concepts of the mechanics of continua with applications to classical solid and fluid mechanics. Prerequisite: instructor's consent.

AE 832.  Theory of Plates And Shells   3 credit hours

Small deflections of thin elastic plates, classical solutions for rectangular and circular plates, approximate solutions for plates of various shapes, introduction to the analysis of thin shells. Prerequisite: AE 731.

AE 833.  Theory of Elastic Stability   3 credit hours

Buckling of columns, frames, beams, plates and shells. Prerequisite: AE 731.

AE 837.  Advanced Mechanics of Damage Tolerance   3 credit hours

An extension of AE 737. Includes mathematical foundations of linear elastic and nonlinear fracture mechanics, computational fracture mechanics, and mechanics of distributed cracking. Prerequisites: AE 731, 737, or instructor's consent.

AE 853.  Advanced Mechanics of Laminated Composites   3 credit hours

Includes anisotropic elasticity, classical laminate and first order shear deformation theories, FE analysis of composites, free-edge effects, failure theories, lateral deflections, elastic stability, analysis of notched laminates and sandwich structures. Prerequisites: AE 722, 731, 753, MATH 758.

AE 860.  Selected Topics   1-3 credit hours

Prerequisite: instructor's consent.

AE 876.  Thesis   1-6 credit hours

Graded S/U.

AE 878.  MS Directed Project   1-3 credit hours

A project conducted under the supervision of an academic advisor for the directed project option. Requires a written report and an oral presentation on the project. Graded S/U. Prerequisite: consent of academic advisor.

AE 890.  Independent Study   1-3 credit hours

Arranged individual independent study in specialized areas of aerospace engineering under the supervision of a faculty member. Repeatable for credit. Prerequisite: consent of supervising faculty member. ?.

AE 911.  Airfoil Design   3 credit hours

Historical development of airfoils, underlying theories and experiments, modern airfoil design philosophies and techniques, theories used in modern airfoil computation methods, application of computer programs for practical airfoil design problems including high lift and control devices. Prerequisites: AE 711, MATH 757.

AE 913.  Aerodyne Aeroelast   3 credit hours

A study of thin airfoils and finite wings in steady flow and thin airfoils oscillating in incompressible flow. Includes extension to compressible and three-dimensional airfoils and modern methods for low aspect ratio lining surfaces. Prerequisites: AE 711, 777 or instructor's consent.

AE 919.  Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics   3 credit hours

A study of structured grid generation schemes, transformation of the governing equations of fluid motion, numerical algorithms for the solution of Euler equations, parabolized Navier-Stokes equations, and Navier-Stokes equations. Explores the fundamentals of unstructured grids and finite volume schemes. Prerequisite: AE 719.

AE 936.  Theory of Plasticity   3 credit hours

Includes criteria of yielding, plastic stress-strain relationships; stress and deformation in thick-walled shells, rotating discs and cylinders, bending and torsion of prismatic bars for ideally plastic and strain-hardening materials. Includes two-dimension and axially symmetric problems of finite deformation and variational and extremum principles. Prerequisite: AE 731.

AE 960.  Advanced Selected Topics   1-3 credit hours

Prerequisite: instructor's consent.

AE 976.  PhD Dissertation   1-16 credit hours

Repeatable for credit. Graded S/U. Prerequisite: admission to doctoral aspirant status.

AE 990.  Advanced Independent Studies   1-3 credit hours

Prerequisite: instructor's consent.