Aerospace Engineering (AE)

AE 1350. Introduction to Aerospace Engineering. 2 Credit Hours.

Introduction to the field of aerospace engineering, discussion of basic aerospace systems and disciplines, working vocabulary of the field. Demonstration through examples. Wind tunnel visit. Students cannot receive credit for both AE 1350 and AE 1601.

AE 1355. Aerospace Systems Design Competition I. 3 Credit Hours.

Team-oriented aerospace systems design project directed by a faculty advisor. Typically a national student competition in aircraft, rotorcraft, or spacecraft design. Technical role commensurate with freshman standing.

AE 1601. Introduction to Aerospace Engineering. 1 Credit Hour.

Overview of aerospace engineering. Common terminology, introduction to use of engineering models, professional and ethical standards and experience with team-based design of aerospace systems. Students cannot receive credit for both AE 1601 and AE 1350.

AE 1750. Introduction to Bioengineering. 3 Credit Hours.

An introduction to the field of bioengineering, including the application of engineering principles and methods to problems in biology and medicine, the integration of engineering with biology, and the emerging industrial opportunities. Crosslisted with BMED, CHE, ECE, ME, and MSE 1750.

AE 1770. Introduction to Engineering Graphics and Visualization. 3 Credit Hours.

Introduction to engineering graphics and visualization including sketching, line drawing, and solid modeling. Development and interpretation of drawings and specifications for product realization. Crosslisted with CEE 1770 and ME 1770.

AE 1XXX. Aerospace Engr Elective. 1-21 Credit Hours.

AE 2010. Thermodynamics & Fluids Fundamentals. 4 Credit Hours.

Thermodynamic and fluid properties. Conservation laws, Isentropic flow, shocks and expansions, introduction to flows with friction and heat transfer. Applications to aerospace devices. Students cannot receive credit for both AE 2010 and AE 3450.

AE 2020. Low-Speed Aerodynamics. 3 Credit Hours.

Basic results, conservation laws, potential, airfoil, and wing analysis. Boundary layers on plates and airfoils. Pressure gradients. Introduction to turbulence and vortex-dominated flows.

AE 2120. Introduction to Mechanics. 3 Credit Hours.

Forces and movements; equilibrium in two and three dimensions; multiforce members; friction; stress and strain; axial loading, torsion, and bending of beams.

AE 2220. Dynamics. 3 Credit Hours.

Motion of particles and mass center of bodies, kinematics and kinetics of rigid bodies in plane motion, work-energy and impulse-momentum methods, 3-D dynamics of rigid bodies.

AE 2355. Aerospace Systems Design Competition II. 3 Credit Hours.

Team-oriented aerospace systems design project directed by a faculty advisor. Typically a national student competition in aircraft, rotorcraft, or spacecraft design. Technical role commensurate with sophomore standing.

AE 2610. Introduction to Experimental Methods in Aerospace. 1 Credit Hour.

Introduction to laboratory instrumentation and measurement techniques used in aerospace. Basic application of sensor principles, uncertainty analysis, interpretation and analysis of experimental data, and documentation.

AE 2611. Technical Communications for Aerospace Engineers. 1 Credit Hour.

Development of technical communication skills required by aerospace engineers. Includes written, oral and visual communication methods.

AE 2698. Undergraduate Research Assistantship. 1-12 Credit Hours.

Independent research conducted under the guidance of a faculty member.

AE 2699. Undergraduate Research. 1-12 Credit Hours.

Independent research conducted under the guidance of a faculty member.

AE 2801. Special Topics. 1 Credit Hour.

Normally taken by sophomores. Course material devoted to special topics in aerospace engineering.

AE 2802. Special Topics. 2 Credit Hours.

Normally taken by sophomores. Course material is devoted to special topics in aerospace engineering.

AE 2803. Special Topics. 3 Credit Hours.

Normally taken by sophomores. Course material devoted to special topics in aerospace engineering.

AE 2901. Special Problems. 1-21 Credit Hours.

Research topic selected in consultation with advisor. A brief description, endorsed by the faculty advisor, must be approved by the School.

AE 2902. Special Problems. 1-21 Credit Hours.

Research topic selected in consultation with advisor. A brief description, endorsed by the faculty advisor, must be approved by the School.

AE 2903. Special Problems. 1-21 Credit Hours.

Research topic selected in consultation with advisor. A brief description, endorsed by the faculty advisor, must be approved by the School.

AE 2XXX. Aerospace Engr Elective. 1-21 Credit Hours.

AE 3021. High-Speed Aerodynamics. 3 Credit Hours.

Compressibility effects on airfoil and wing aerodynamics: supersonic potential flow: method of characteristics; boundary layer effects on airfoil and wing performance.

AE 3030. Aerodynamics. 4 Credit Hours.

Aerodynamics of airfoils and wings in subsonic, transonic and supersonic flight. Laminar and turbulent boundary layers and effects of viscosity on aerodynamic performance.

AE 3051. Experimental Fluid Dynamics. 2 Credit Hours.

Experiments in fluid mechanics, aerodynamics, and propulsion with emphasis on data acquisition and analysis, e.g., measurement techniques, laboratory instrumentation, measurement errors/noise, and digital sampling.

AE 3090. Numerical Methods for Aerospace Engineering. 3 Credit Hours.

Basic numerical methods in Aerospace Engineering taught in Fortran or C, language instruction included. Numerical integration, interpolation, FFT, linear algebra, initial and boundary value problems.

AE 3120. Introduction to Structural Analysis. 3 Credit Hours.

Euler-Bernoulli beam theory. Deflections due to bending. Bending of beams with unsymmetrical cross-section. Stability of beams and columns. Elements of two-dimensional elasticity.

AE 3125. Aerospace Structural Analysis. 4 Credit Hours.

Principle of virtual displacement. Application to structural analysis. Basic equations of elasticity. Bendintg, shearing, and torsion of thin walled structures. Students cannot receive credit for AE 3125 and AE 3140.

AE 3140. Structural Analysis. 3 Credit Hours.

Application to structural analysis. Basic equations of elasticity. Bending, shearing and torsion of thin walled structures. Energy methods for structural analysis and application to finite element theory for trusses and beam structures. Students cannot receive credit for both AE 3140 and AE 3125.

AE 3145. Structures Laboratory. 1 Credit Hour.

Introduction to mechanical measurements, instrumentation principles and practice, measurement of stress and strain, shear center, column stability, properties of composite structural materials, fracture toughness test.

AE 3310. Introduction to Aerospace Vehicle Performance. 3 Credit Hours.

Introduction to aerospace vehicle performance: VTOL, STOL, CTOL aircraft and spacecraft. Drag estimation, thrust required and available, basic point and path performance, special performance items, maneuvers. Students cannot receive credit for both AE 3310 and AE 3330.

AE 3330. Introduction to Aerospace Vehicle Performance. 3 Credit Hours.

Orbital mechanics, orbit determination, and spacecraft maneuvers. Basics of airplane flight including climb, cruise, takeoff, and landing. Actuator disk theory and elements of rotorcraft performance. Students cannot receive credit for AE 3330 and AE 3310..

AE 3340. Design and Systems Engineering Methods. 2 Credit Hours.

Overview of aerospace design and systems engineering. Tools to organize the design process and to support design decisions. Introduction to numerical optimization and trade studies.

AE 3355. Aerospace Systems Design Competition III. 3 Credit Hours.

Team-oriented aerospace systems design project directed by a faculty advisor. Typically a national student competition in aircraft, rotorcraft, or spacecraft design. Technical or leadership role commensurate with junior standing.

AE 3450. Thermodynamics and Compressible Flow. 3 Credit Hours.

First and second laws of thermodynamics. Thermodynamic properties and state equations. Isentropic flow. Flows with shocks and expansions. Flows with friction and heat transfer. Students cannot receive credit for both AE 3450 and AE 2010.

AE 3515. System Dynamics and Control. 4 Credit Hours.

Dynamic modeling and response of systems with mechanical, hydraulic, electrical, and/or thermal elements. Classical methods of feedback control system design and analysis. Students cannot receive credit for AE 3515 and AE 3530 or AE 3515 and AE 3531.

AE 3521. Aircraft and Spacecraft Flight Dynamics. 4 Credit Hours.

Three-dimensional rigid body dynamics, aircraft and spacecraft equations of motion, principles of static stability and control, dynamic stability of uncontrolled motion, gyroscopic instruments. Students cannot receive credit for both AE 3521 and AE 4531.

AE 3530. System Dynamics and Vibration. 3 Credit Hours.

Modeling and analysis of lumped- and distributed-parameter systems, free and forced vibration in mechanical systems, free vibration in structural systems. Students cannot receive credit for both AE 3530 and ME 3017 or AE 3530 and AE 3515.

AE 3531. Control System Analysis and Design. 3 Credit Hours.

Control system performance analysis and specifications, classical methods of control system analysis and design, introduction to modern control methods. Students cannot receive credit for AE 3531 and AE 3515 or AE 3531 and ME 4452.

AE 3610. Experiments in Fluid and Solid Mechanics. 2 Credit Hours.

Experimental laboratory in solid and fluid mechanics, aerodynamics, propulsion. Emphasis on measurement techniques, analysis and interpretation of data, comparison to analytical predictions, and reporting.

AE 3801. Special Topics. 1 Credit Hour.

Normally taken by juniors. Course material devoted to special topics in aerospace engineering.

AE 3802. Special Topics. 2 Credit Hours.

Normally taken by juniors. Course material devoted to special topics in aerospace engineering.

AE 3803. Special Topics. 3 Credit Hours.

Normally taken by juniors. Course material devoted to special topics in aerospace engineering.

AE 3901. Special Problems. 1-21 Credit Hours.

Research topic selected in consultation with advisor. A brief description, endorsed by the faculty advisor, must be approved by the School.

AE 3902. Special Problems. 1-21 Credit Hours.

Research topic selected in consultation with advisor. A brief description, endorsed by the faculty advisor, must be approved by the School.

AE 3903. Special Problems. 1-21 Credit Hours.

Research topic selected in consultation with advisor. A brief description, endorsed by the faculty advisor, must be approved by the School.

AE 3XXX. Aerospace Engr Elective. 1-21 Credit Hours.

AE 4040. Computational Fluid Dynamics. 3 Credit Hours.

Discretization of PDEs, stability and accuracy considerations, iterative and time/space marching schemes, aerospace applications.

AE 4051. Flow Diagnostics. 3 Credit Hours.

Overview of experimental techniques. Flow visualization; statistical methods. Laboratory operation, data acquisition, analysis, interpretation, reporting.

AE 4060. Aeroacoustics. 3 Credit Hours.

Concepts and techniques, noise sources, data acquisition and reduction, aeroacoustic resonances, commonalities in the music of wind instruments and sources of aircraft noise, community impact.

AE 4070. Introduction to Propeller and Rotor Theory. 3 Credit Hours.

A study of the theory and equations used in the design of propellers and helicopter rotors.

AE 4080. Aerothermodynamics. 3 Credit Hours.

Convective heat transfer and viscous drag in high- temperature and high-speed flowfields. Inviscid hypersonic theory, real gas effects, and wall thermal protection strategies.

AE 4120. Introduction to Aerospace Engineering Composite Structures. 3 Credit Hours.

Introduction to composite systems. Principles of manufacturing, structural mechanics of laminated composites. Aerospace design applications. Damage tolerance.

AE 4131. Introduction to Finite Element Methods. 3 Credit Hours.

Finite Element Method and its application to linear structural problems. The basic formulations of various structural elements are discussed.

AE 4170. Structural Integrity and Durability. 3 Credit Hours.

Multiaxial stress states, inelasticity in metals and polymers, yield criteria, metal fatigue, fracture, stress intensity factors, fracture toughness, fatigue crack growth, metal creep, and polymer viscoelasticity.

AE 4220. Structural Dynamics and Aeroelasticity. 3 Credit Hours.

Structural dynamics of one-dimensional systems. Analysis of static aeroelastic phenomena, unsteady aerodynamics, and flutter. Equations of motion for complete aeroelastic systems; solution techniques.

AE 4310. Space Flight Mechanics. 3 Credit Hours.

First course in astrodynamics that encompasses two-body orbital mechanics, orbit determination, orbital maneuvers, orbital prediction, interplanetary trajectories, launch and space vehicle performance and atmospheric entry. Students cannot receive credit for both AE 4310 and AE 4532.

AE 4341. Aircraft Design. 3 Credit Hours.

Aircraft Vehicle Design. Preliminary design or case study of a complete flight vehicle, including a propulsion system, a structural system, and a control system. Students cannot receive credit for both AE 4341 and AE 4350.

AE 4342. Space System Design. 3 Credit Hours.

Spacecraft subsystems and synthesis. Students apply mission and spacecraft design principles in developing a space flight mission concept. Topics may vary. Students cannot receive credit for AE 4342 and AE 4356.

AE 4343. Rotorcraft Design. 3 Credit Hours.

Rotorcraft Vehicle Design. Preliminary design or case study of a complete rotorcraft flight vehicle, including a propulsion system, a structural system, and a control system. Students cannot receive credit for both AE 4343 and AE 4358 or AE 4343 and AE 6333.

AE 4350. Aerospace Engineering Design Project I. 3 Credit Hours.

Conceptual design methodology developed and applied incorporating center of gravity, inertias, structural layout, materials, propulsion integration, stability and control, vehicle sizing, performance, and acquisition costs. Students cannot receive credit for both AE 4350 and AE 4341.

AE 4351. Aerospace Engineering Design Project II. 3 Credit Hours.

Design methodology further developed and applied. Teams formed to prepare competitive proposals in response to given mission requirements. Designs publicly presented and defended.

AE 4355. Aerospace Systems Design Competition IV. 3 Credit Hours.

Team-oriented aerospace systems design project directed by a faculty advisor. Typically a national student competition in aircraft, rotorcraft, or spacecraft design. Technical or leadership role commensurate with senior standing.

AE 4356. Space Systems Design Project I. 3 Credit Hours.

First-semester space-oriented capstone design course. Introduction to design processes for spacecraft and launch vehicle design. Students respond to two mock-proposal requests. Topics may vary. Students cannot receive credit for both AE 4356 and AE 4342.

AE 4357. Space Systems Design Project II. 3 Credit Hours.

Second-semester team-oriented space capstone design course. Competing teams of 5-6 students respond to an instructor-provided mock-RFP for a space system. Topics may vary.

AE 4358. Rotorcraft Design I. 3 Credit Hours.

Conceptual design methodology applied to rotorcraft sizing and performance estimation for a given mission. Students cannot receive credit for both AE 4358 and AE 4343.

AE 4359. Rotorcraft Design II. 3 Credit Hours.

Detailed multidisciplinary design of a rotorcraft. Teams formed to prepare competitive proposals in response to given mission requirements. Designs publicly presented and defended.

AE 4370. Life Cycle Cost Analysis. 3 Credit Hours.

Modeling of total cost of complex systems over their entire life cycle. Modeling risk uncertainty for complex energy, environmental, and military systems.

AE 4375. Fundamentals of Computer-Aided Engineering and Design. 3 Credit Hours.

Introduction to the principles of geometric modeling; 2-D systems; 3-D wireframe,surface and solid representations; mathematical representations of curves, surfaces, solids; application to aerospace design problems.

AE 4451. Jet and Rocket Propulsion. 3 Credit Hours.

Principles of aerospace propulsion systems. Thermodynamic cycles. Thermodynamics of combustion. Turbine engine and rocket performance characteristics. Cycle/component analysis of engines and turbomachinery.

AE 4461. Introduction to Combustion. 3 Credit Hours.

Basics of combustion and combustion devices. Chemical thermodynamics, reaction rates, premixed/nonpremixed flames, ignition, stabilization, and pollutants. Applications in turbine, rocket, and internal combustion engines.

AE 4521. Vehicle Guidance and Simulation. 3 Credit Hours.

Simulation of aerospace systems. Simulation as an engineering tool. Mathematical modeling. Simulation of aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, and guidance systems. Illustrative case studies.

AE 4525. Control System Design Laboratory. 2 Credit Hours.

Experiments in system dynamics and control with emphasis on vehicle flight control system design.

AE 4531. Aircraft Flight Dynamics. 3 Credit Hours.

Three-dimensional rigid body dynamics, aircraft equations of motion, static and dynamic stability, flight control design, introduction to aeroelastic phenomena. Students cannot receive credit for both AE 4531 and AE 3521.

AE 4532. Spacecraft Flight Dynamics. 3 Credit Hours.

Cover fundamental material in orbit and attitude dynamics. Investigate orbits, rendezvous/intercept maneuvers, interplanetary transfers, attitude coordinates, attitude stability, attitude control, and attitude estimation. Students cannot receive credit for both AE 4532 and AE 4310.

AE 4552. Introduction to Humans & Autonomy. 3 Credit Hours.

Learn the fundamental principles underlying the functions performed by humans and by autonomous systems in dynamic, complex domains. Credit will not be awarded for both AE 4552 and AE 6552.

AE 4580. Introduction to Avionics Integration. 3 Credit Hours.

Avionics in modern aerospace vehicle systems, including impact on design and performance. Specific case-studies; covers: navigation, GPS, stability augmentation, radar, health monitoring, databases, human factors, and software.

AE 4610. Dynamics and Control Laboratory. 2 Credit Hours.

Experiments in dynamics and control related to aerospace engineering topics.

AE 4698. Undergraduate Research Assistantship. 1-12 Credit Hours.

Independent research conducted under the guidance of a faculty member.

AE 4699. Undergraduate Research. 1-12 Credit Hours.

Independent research conducted under the guidance of a faculty member.

AE 4701. Wind Engineering. 3 Credit Hours.

An introductory course on wind energy and its potential; modeling and design of wind turbines; analysis of the economic benefits of wind turbine systems. Credit not allowed for both AE 4701 and ME 4701.

AE 4757. Biofluid Mechanics. 3 Credit Hours.

Introduction to the study of blood flow in the cardiovascular system. Emphasis on modeling and the potential of flow studies for clinical research application. Crosslisted with CHE and ME 4757.

AE 4758. Biosolid Mechanics. 3 Credit Hours.

The mechanics of living tissue, e.g., arteries, skin, heart muscle, ligament, tendon, cartilage, and bone. Constitutive equations and some simple mechanical models. Mechanics of cells. Applications. Crosslisted with CHE and ME 4758.

AE 4760. Engineering Acoustics and Noise Control. 3 Credit Hours.

Study of acoustics related to noise and its control; acoustics terminology wave propagation, wave equation solutions, instrumentation, data processing, room acoustics, noise control, noise legislation. Crosslisted with ME 4760.

AE 4791. Mechanical Behavior of Composites. 3 Credit Hours.

Stress-strain behavior of composites, property of matrix and reinforcing materials, mechanics of fiber-reinforced composites, lamina and laminate analysis, and mechanical performance. Crosslisted with CEE, CHE, ME, MSE, and PTFE 4791.

AE 4793. Composite Materials and Processes. 3 Credit Hours.

Basic principles of selection and design of composite materials and their manufacturing and testing. Cost factors. Laboratory exercises on manufacturing and tests. Crosslisted with CEE, CHE, ME, MSE, and PTFE 4793.

AE 4794. Composite Materials and Manufacturing Testing. 3 Credit Hours.

Basic principles of selection and sign of composite materials and their manufacturing and testing. Cost factors. Laboratory exercises on manufacturing and tests. Crosslisted with CEE, CHE, ME, MSE, and PTFE 4794.

AE 4801. Special Topics. 1 Credit Hour.

Normally taken by seniors. Course material devoted to special topics in aerospace engineering.

AE 4802. Special Topics. 2 Credit Hours.

Normally taken by seniors. Course material devoted to special topics in aerospace engineering.

AE 4803. Special Topics. 3 Credit Hours.

Normally taken by seniors. Course material devoted to special topics in aerospace engineering.

AE 4804. Special Topics. 4 Credit Hours.

Normally taken by seniors. Course material devoted to special topics in aerospace engineering.

AE 4883. Special Topics. 3 Credit Hours.

AE 4901. Special Problems in Aerospace Engineering. 1-21 Credit Hours.

Research topic selected in consultation with advisor. A brief description, endorsed by the faculty advisor, must be approved by the School.

AE 4902. Special Problems in Aerospace Engineering. 1-21 Credit Hours.

Research topic selected in consultation with advisor. A brief description, endorsed by the faculty advisor, must be approved by the School.

AE 4903. Special Problems. 1-21 Credit Hours.

Research topic selected in consultation with advisor. A brief description, endorsed by the faculty advisor, must be approved by the School.

AE 4XXX. Aerospace Engr Elective. 1-21 Credit Hours.