Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Courses

AEM
120
N
Hours
4
Aerospace Science For Educators

Students develop meaningful understanding and use of engineering and science knowledge and critical-thinking skills and come to appreciate engineering and science as part of the daily life of a scientifically literate professional.

Natural Science
AEM
121
Hours
1
Introduction to Aerospace Engineering I

To survey aerospace history, discuss pertinent topics and introduce basic concepts that promote an understanding of aerospace engineering and the profession.

Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: MATH 125 or MATH 145
AEM
201
Hours
3
Statics

The study of forces, couples and resultants of force systems; free-body diagrams; two- and three-dimensional equilibrium, and problems involving friction; and centroids, center of gravity, and distributed forces.

Prerequisite(s): [ (MATH 125 or MATH 145) and (PH 105 or PH 125) and (ENGR 103 or ENGR 123) ] or [ (MATH 126 or MATH 146) and (PH 105 or PH 125) ]
AEM
249
Hours
3
Algorithm Devl Implementation

Syntax and data structures, algorithm development, and data plotting using currently relevant technical computing programing language(s). Prior knowledge of programming is not required, but the course is appropriate for students with prior programming experience.

Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: MATH 125 or MATH 145
AEM
250
Hours
3
Mechanics Of Materials I

Concepts of stress and strain; analysis of stresses and deformation in bodies loaded by axial, torsional, and bending loads; combined loads analysis; statically indeterminate members; thermal stresses; columns; and thin-walled pressure vessels.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 126 or MATH 146 and AEM 201
AEM
251
Hours
1
Mechanics Of Materials I Lab

Mechanical tests of metallic and nonmetallic materials in the elastic and inelastic ranges; use of materials testing for acceptance tests, for the determination of properties of materials, and for illustration of the validity of assumptions made in mechanics of materials.

Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: AEM 250
AEM
264
Hours
3
Dynamics

Kinematics of particles and rigid bodies, Newton's laws of motion, and principles of work-energy and impulse-momentum for particles and rigid bodies.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 126 or MATH 146; and AEM 201
AEM
311
Hours
3
Fluid Mechanics

Fluid statics, application of conservation laws to simple systems, dimensional analysis and similitude, and flow in open and closed conduits.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 227 or MATH 247; and AEM 201
AEM
313
Hours
3
Aerodynamics

Introduction to subsonic aerodynamics, including properties of the atmosphere; aerodynamic characteristics of airfoils, wings, and other components; lift and drag phenomena; and topics of current interest.

Prerequisite(s): AEM 311 and AEM 264
Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: MATH 238
AEM
341
Hours
3
Aerospace Structures

Methods of analyzing stressed skin structures of the types that are typically found in aircraft, missiles and space vehicles. Unsymmetrical bending and bending and twisting of multiple cell structures are also covered.

Prerequisite(s): AEM 249 or CS 100 or CS 110 or (RRS 101 and RRS 102), and AEM 250
AEM
349
C
Hours
3
Applied Numerical Methods

Elements of analytical and numerical analysis with engineering applications including, but not limited to, differential equations, linear algebra, root-finding, Gaussian elimination, and Runge-Kutta integration.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 237 and MATH 238 and (AEM 249 or CS 100 or CS 110 or (RRS 101 and RRS 102))
Computer Science
AEM
351
Hours
1
Aerospace Structures Laboratory

Strain gage mounting and bridge circuits analysis; strain measurement in axial, bending, and torsional members resembling aerospace structures using axial and rosette strain gages; stress measurements in wing structural subcomponents (skin, stiffener, spar, rib, stringer) under bending loads using strain data; design, fabrication, and testing of a stiffened panel.

Prerequisite(s): AEM 251
Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: AEM 341
AEM
360
Hours
3
Astronautics

Survey of topics and basic concepts in astronautics: orbital mechanics, space environment, attitude determination & control, telecommunications, space structures, rocket propulsion, and spacecraft systems.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 238 and AEM 311
AEM
368
Hours
3
Flight Mechanics

This course is a combination of aircraft performance and static flight mechanics. Aircraft performance, including the straight and level flight, climb and glide, range and endurance, takeoff and landing, turning, performance testing, is introduced for propeller-driven and jet-engine aircraft. Flight mechanics deals with the trim and static stability of aircraft for steady flight conditions, based on the aerodynamic coefficients and stability derivatives derived from the aerodynamic build-up of complete aircraft.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 237 and MATH 238 and AEM 264 and AEM 311 and (AEM 249 or CS 100 or CS 110 or (RRS 101 and RRS 102))
AEM
402
W
Hours
3
Integrated Aerospace Design I

Project planning and preliminary design techniques for an aerospace system. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course. A student who does not write with the skill normally required of an upper-division student will not earn a passing grade, no matter how well the student performs in other areas of the course.

Prerequisite(s): AEM 313 and AEM 341 and AEM 360 and AEM 368 and AEM 413 or AEM 513
Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: AEM 408 or AEM 508
Writing
AEM
404
Hours
3
Integrated Aerospace Design II

Detailed design of aircraft or space vehicles, including weight and balance, power plant selection, exterior layout, performance, stability, and control. Involves group efforts on selected projects.

Prerequisite(s): AEM 402
AEM
408
Hours
3
Propulsion Systems

Principles of air-breathing jet engines (turboshaft, turboprop, turbojet, ramjet, scramjet) and their applications, aircraft engine matching, introduction to rocket propulsion principles.

Prerequisite(s): AEM 413
AEM
413
Hours
3
Compressible Flow

Dynamics of compressible fluids: shock waves, one-dimensional flow, expansion waves in two-dimensional flow and compressible flow over aerodynamic bodies.

Prerequisite(s): AEM 311 and ME 215
AEM
414
Hours
3
Experimental Aerodynamics

This course provides a laboratory counterpart to concepts discussed in aerodynamics and fluid mechanics. Course topics include statistical and uncertainty analysis techniques, design of experiments, computer-based data-acquisition, sensors for fluid mechanic measurements, and aerodynamic measurement techniques and facilities.

Prerequisite(s): AEM 313
AEM
415
Hours
3
Micro-Aerial Vehicles (MAVs)

This course surveys topics related to micro air vehicles (MAVs). These are small, flying vehicles generally classified by a maximum length of 15 cm. It is intended to be interdisciplinary in nature, involving seniors and first-year graduate students from different engineering academic departments.

Prerequisite(s): instructor approval
AEM
416
Hours
3
Helicopter Theory

Critical examination of the propulsive airscrew, including induced velocity relations, flow patterns, and similarity. Practical applications are approached through existing theory and practice.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 238 and AEM 264 and AEM 311
AEM
417
Hours
3
Aircraft Systems

The principal objective of this course is to establish, develop, and refine capability in the integrated analysis and interdependency of aircraft systems.

Prerequisite(s): AEM 468 or ECE 475 or ME 475
AEM
420
C
Hours
3
Computational Fluid Dynamics

Introduction to basic mathematical concepts and engineering problems associated with numerical modeling of fluid systems. Application of the state of the art numerical models to engineering problems. Fundamentals of Finite Difference and Finite Volume Methods and their applications in fluid dynamics and heat transfer problems will be covered. Computing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course.

Prerequisite(s): AEM 311 and (ME 349 or AEM 349), and MATH 238
Computer Science
AEM
425
Hours
3
Spacecraft Dynamics and Control

Formulate, understand, and apply rigid body dynamics to a spacecraft. Determine the orientation of the spacecraft. Demonstrate the ability stabilize a spacecraft (gravity gradient, momentum-bias, spin stabilization). Perform analytic and numerical analysis to understand its behavior.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 237 and AEM 264 and AEM 360 and (AEM 349 or ME 349)
AEM
428
Hours
3
Space Propulsion

This course introduces the student to analyses of space and launch-vehicle propulsion and design. Topics covered include mono-propellant, bi-propellant solid and liquid rockets, nuclear rocket, and cold-gas thruster designs. Other advanced schemes such as solar and laser propulsion are also introduced.

Prerequisite(s): AEM 408
AEM
446
Hours
3
Intermediate Solid Mechanics

Introduction to plane elasticity, failure theories, energy methods, thick walled cylinders and spinning disks, shear center and of unsymmetrical bending of beams, curved beams, beams on elastic foundations, torsion of non-circular cross-sections, thick-walled pressure vessels and other topics.

Prerequisite(s): AEM 250
AEM
448
Hours
3
Stochastic Mechanics

This course develops, analyzes and discusses the application of uncertainty quantification in engineering systems and design methodologies to include uncertainties in the systems. Topics include: classification of uncertainties and methods of quantification, perturbation approaches, polynomial chaos, sampling techniques, random processes and Bayesian analysis.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 238
AEM
451
Hours
3
Aircraft Structural Design

Design of tension, compression bending, torsion, and stiffened panel members. Analytical investigation involving aircraft structural components.

Prerequisite(s): AEM 341
AEM
452
Hours
3
Composite Materials

First exposure to composite materials. Focus on how heterogeneity/anisotrophy in composites influence thermomechanical behavior. The behavior of both continuous and short fiber reinforced composites will be emphasized. Stress analysis for design, manufacturing processes and test methods of composite materials will be covered.

Prerequisite(s): AEM 250 and AEM 341 or CE 331 or ME 350
AEM
453
Hours
3
Multiscale Analysis of Advanced Composites

Concepts of multiscale analysis, nano-mechanics, micromechanics - principles of Analysis of heterogeneous systems, information transfer between multiple spatial and temporal scales, included atomistic-to-continuum coupling, continuum-to-continuum coupling, and temporal bridging.

Prerequisite(s): AEM 250
AEM
455
Hours
3
Nondestructive Evaluation

Fundamental theories, limitations and instrumentation of nondestructive test methods used for metal, polymer and composites materials. The ultrasonic, acoustic emission, vibration, thermography, eddy current, penetrant, and radiography methods are emphasized.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 238, and PH 105 or PH 125
AEM
461
C
Hours
3
Computational Methods for Aerospace Structures

Development of the fundamentals of the finite-element method from matrix and energy methods. Use of the finite-element method for detailed design of aerospace structures. Modeling techniques for static and dynamic analyses. Computing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 227 or MATH 247, AEM 341 and (AEM 349 or ME 349)
Computer Science
AEM
468
Hours
3
Flight Dynamics & Control

Flight vehicle equations of motion, trimmed steady flight, linearized aircraft equations of motion, dynamic response, transfer functions, state-space representation, stability analysis, stability margins, feedback control, stability augmentation systems, PID control, loop-shaping control, cascade-loop control, attitude control, line-following guidance.

Prerequisite(s): AEM 249 or CS 100 or CS 110 or (RRS 101 and RRS 102), (AEM 349 or ME 349), and AEM 368
AEM
469
Hours
3
Orbital Mechanics

Introduction to engineering application of celestial mechanics; to formulate, understand, and apply fundamentals in orbital mechanics to trajectory design process. Perform analytic and numerical analysis to understand its behavior. Kepler's laws, coordinate transformations, and related studies.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 237 and MATH 238 and AEM 264 and (AEM 349 or ME 349) and AEM 360
AEM
470
Hours
3
Mechanical Vibrations

Free and forced vibrations, both undamped and damped. Systems with many degrees of freedom are formulated and analyzed by matrix methods. Experimental techniques of vibration measurement are introduced.

Prerequisite(s): AEM 264 and MATH 238 and AEM 250
AEM
474
Hours
3
Structural Dynamics

Study of dynamic behaviors of elastic structures (interaction of elastic and inertial forces) with emphasis on aeronautical applications. Introduction of concepts and tools used in structural dynamics, including the Newtonian and variational methods. Basic numerical integration schemes to solve time-domain responses of elastic structures.

Prerequisite(s): AEM 264 and MATH 237 and MATH 238 and AEM 341
AEM
475
Hours
3
Fundamentals of Aeroelasticity

Study of fluid-structure interactions between aerodynamic loads and static and/or dynamic deformations of flexible wings, as well as the influence of the interactions on aircraft performance. Concepts such as divergence, buffeting, and flutter, and rejection of external disturbances (e.g., gust alleviation) are introduced.

Prerequisite(s): AEM 313 and AEM 474
AEM
482
Hours
3
Space Systems

Concepts in systems engineering of space systems: systems engineering, space systems, satellites, space transportation systems, space environment, attitude determination and control, telecommunications, space structures, rocket propulsion, and spacecraft systems.

Prerequisite(s): AEM 360
AEM
484
Hours
3
Space Environment

This course provides an introduction to the effects of the space environment on spacecraft. The harsh space environment introduces several unique challenges to the spacecraft designer. Focus on the impact of this environment and how best to mitigate these effects through early design choices will give the satellite designer better tools. Topics include: geomagnetic field, gravitational field of the Earth, Earth's magnetosphere, vacuum, solar UV, atmospheric drag, atomic oxygen, free and trapped radiation particles, plasma, spacecraft charging, micrometeoroids.

Prerequisite(s): AEM 360
AEM
488
Hours
3
Advanced Space Propulsion and Power

This course will explore concepts, theory, and performance of electrical, nuclear, and exotic space propulsion systems for use in space. This exploration will include fundamental physical processes exploited by these propulsion schemes. The course will also include concept, theory and performance of power generation methods in space. Systems studied will include low and high power systems intended for short term or long term applications. Thermal, solar and nuclear devices and the energy conversion means for converting energy from these sources into useful electrical power will be studied.

Prerequisite(s): AEM 311
AEM
489
Hours
3
Space Law

Discussion-based course that provides an examination of legal and ethical issues regarding outer space. Topics discussed include: the historical development of international and domestic space law; international treaties, principles, and resolutions; specific issues relevant to contemporary space law; and US statutes governing space flight and resources.

Prerequisite(s): AEM 360
AEM
491
Hours
1-6
Special Problems

Assigned problems are explored on an individual basis. Credit is based on the amount of work undertaken.

AEM
492
Hours
1-6
Special Problems

Assigned problems are explored on an individual basis. Credit is based on the amount of work undertaken.

AEM
495
W
Hours
3
Senior Seminar

Selected topics from recent developments in the aeronautical and space engineering fields. There are visiting lecturers and extensive student participation. Several nontechnical topics of immediate interest to seniors are explored. Each student must complete a personal resume. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course. A student who does not write with the skill normally required of an upper-division student will not earn a passing grade, no matter how well the student performs in other areas of the course.

Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: AEM 402
Writing