Aerospace Engineering | 2010-2011 Graduate Catalog | The University of Texas at Arlington 

Aerospace Engineering

College of Engineering

 

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Degrees / Certificates

Master’s Degrees

Aerospace Engineering, M.Engr.

Aerospace Engineering, M.S.

Doctoral Degrees

Aerospace Engineering, BS to Ph.D.

Aerospace Engineering, Ph.D.

Department Information

Courses



Objective

Admission Requirements

Core Areas in the Aerospace Engineering Program

Degree Requirements

 

Objective

The overall objective of the graduate program in Aerospace Engineering is to develop in a student the ability to define a technical problem, establish an appropriate mathematical or experimental model based on a firm understanding of the physical nature of the problem, analyze the problem by theoretical, numerical, or experimental techniques, and evaluate the results. Although this ability is developed in the context of aerospace problems, it is applicable to the engineering of any physical system. The program is designed for a student with any of the following specific objectives:

  1. A sound foundation in advanced mathematics, science, and engineering which will equip the student well for research and development work or for further advanced study toward a doctoral degree in engineering.
  2. A program of advanced study which allows specialization in one of the following areas:
    • Fluid dynamics, aerodynamics and propulsion (theoretical and applied aerodynamics, gasdynamics, viscous fluid mechanics, turbulence, computational and experimental fluid dynamics, bio-fluidics, hypersonic flow theory, high-temperature gasdynamics, V/STOL and rotorcraft aerodynamics, air-breathing and rocket propulsion);
    • Structural mechanics and structures (solid mechanics, aerospace structures, structural dynamics, composite structures and material characterization, damage tolerance and durability, smart structures, structure optimization, sensor technolgy, high-temperature structures and materials, aeroelasticity);
    • Flight mechanics and controls (atmospheric and space flight mechanics, orbital mechanics, guidance, navigation and control);
    • Vehicle design (conceptual aircraft design, atmospheric flight vehicle design, spacecraft design, computer-aided engineering).
  3. A balanced but non-specialized program of advanced study in aerodynamics, astronautics, flight dynamics, structural analysis, propulsion, and fluid mechanics, with emphasis on experimental techniques and modern mathematical analysis.

 

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the masters or doctoral degrees must have either a baccalaureate or masters degree in engineering or science. Applicants who have completed a bachelors degree and wish to pursue a doctoral degree without completing a masters degree may apply for admission in the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) to Ph.D. Track. The minimum admission requirements to this highly competitive track are the same as those for all doctoral applicants. Doctoral candidates shall also demonstrate through previous academic preparation the potential to carry out independent research in Aerospace Engineering. All applicants must meet the general requirements of the Graduate School as stated in the section of this catalog entitled "Admission Requirements and Procedures". Applicants not meeting all criteria may be admitted on a provisional or probationary basis.

For applicants with no prior training in engineering or with insufficient undergraduate Aerospace Engineering coursework, the same minimum criteria will apply. Additionally, their records will be reviewed in relation to their mathematics, engineering, and science backgrounds, and probationary status may be a basis for acceptance of such applicants, with specific undergraduate remedial work required.


The UT Arlington Aerospace Engineering Program uses the following guidelines in the admission review process:

Unconditional Admission

Unconditional admission into the Aerospace Engineering Program requires the submission of items 1 through 5 below for each degree program. To be unconditionally admitted, an applicant must at least meet conditions 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Masters Program
  1. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work in an appropriate engineering or science discipline. (For some international applicants where GPA calculations based on a 4.0 system are not performed, a minimum performance level of 65 percentile is expected. This minimum expectation may be higher for some countries, where less stringent grading criteria are used.) Performance in core Aerospace Engineering courses is of particular importance.
  2. A GRE score of at least 400 (verbal) and 700 (quantitative). For those applicants whose GRE verbal score falls below 400, high TOEFL scores may be considered to offset the GRE verbal score.
  3. Three favorable recommendations, via the university's recommendation form or via recommendation letter.
  4. A Statement of Purpose detailing the applicant's background, education, professional goals, technical interests, and research interests.
  5. An applicant whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL, TSE, or IELTS English proficiency test scores. Minimum performance levels expected for each test are: paper-based TOEFL score of 550 with a TWE of 3.5, computer-based TOEFL score of 223, TSE-A score of 45, IELTS score of 6.5, or TOEFL iBT total score of 84 with sectional scores that meet or exceed 22 for the writing section, 21 for the speaking section, 20 for the reading section, and 20 for the listening section.

 

Doctoral Program
  1. Minimum GPA of 3.3 in the last 60 hours taken in the major field of study in an appropriate engineering or science discipline. (For some international applicants where GPA calculations based on a 4.0 system are not performed, a minimum performance level of 70 percentile is expected. This minimum expectation may be higher for some countries, where less stringent grading criteria are used.) Performance in core Aerospace Engineering courses is of particular importance.
  2. A GRE score of at least 450 (verbal) and 750 (quantitative). For those applicants whose GRE verbal score falls below 450, high TOEFL scores may be considered to offset to the GRE verbal score.
  3. Three favorable recommendations, via the university's recommendation form or via recommendation letter.
  4. A Statement of Purpose detailing the applicant's background, education, professional goals, technical interests, and research interests.
  5. An applicant whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL, TSE, or IELTS English proficiency test scores. Minimum performance levels expected for each test are: paper-based TOEFL score of 560 with a TWE of 3.5, computer-based TOEFL score of 230, TSE-A score of 45, IELTS score of 7.0, or TOEFL iBT total score of 89 with sectional scores that meet or exceed 23 for the writing section, 21 for the speaking section, 24 for the reading section, and 21 for the listening section.

 

Probationary Admission

Probationary admission into the Aerospace Engineering Program may be permitted under the following conditions for each degree program:

Masters Program
  1. If the applicant meets any three of the items 1, 2, 3, and 4 above for the masters program.
  2. An applicant whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL, TSE, or IELTS English proficiency test scores. Minimum performance levels expected for each test are: paper-based TOEFL score of 550 with a TWE of 3.5, computer-based TOEFL score of 223, TSE-A score of 45, IELTS score of 6.5, or TOEFL iBT total score of 84 with sectional scores that meet or exceed 22 for the writing section, 21 for the speaking section, 20 for the reading section, and 20 for the listening section.

 

Doctoral Program
  1. If an applicant meets any three of the items 1, 2, 3, and 4 above for the doctoral program.
  2. An applicant whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL, TSE, or IELTS English proficiency test scores. Minimum performance levels expected for each test are: paper-based TOEFL score of 560 with a TWE of 3.5, computer-based TOEFL score of 230, TSE-A score of 45, IELTS score of 7.0, or TOEFL iBT total score of 89 with sectional scores that meet or exceed 23 for the writing section, 21 for the speaking section, 24 for the reading section, and 21 for the listening section.

 

Provisional Admission

An applicant who is unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline, but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements, may be granted provisional admission.

Deferred

If an applicant does not present adequate evidence of meeting admission requirements, the admission decision may be deferred until admission records are complete or the requirements are met.

Denial of Admission

A candidate may be denied admission if he/she has less than satisfactory performance in two out of the first three admission criteria.

Waiver of the Graduate Record Examination

A waiver of the Graduate Record Examination may be considered for a UT Arlington graduate who has completed a BSAE degree within the past 3 years. The student's GPA must equal or exceed 3.0 in each of two calculations: (a) in the last 60 hours of study and (b) in all undergraduate coursework completed at UT Arlington. The GRE waiver may be extended to include non-UT Arlington candidates that have undergraduate degrees in Aerospace Engineering (with GPA of 3.25 or above) from U.S. universities with an ABET accredited engineering program or other select U.S. universities subject to graduate advisor's approval. The waiver of the GRE applies only to applicants for the masters degree programs. Interested applicants should contact the Aerospace Engineering Graduate Advisor.

Criteria for Award of Fellowships and Assistantships

Applicants who demonstrate skills, experience or interests that meet the needs of the AE Graduate Program will be considered for fellowships or assistantships.

Fast Track Program for Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering

The Fast Track Program enables outstanding UT Arlington senior undergraduate students in Aerospace Engineering to satisfy degree requirements leading to a masters degree in Aerospace Engineering while completing their undergraduate studies. When senior-level students are within 15 hours of completing their undergraduate degree requirements, they may take up to 9 hours of graduate level coursework designated by the Aerospace Engineering Program to satisfy both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. In the limiting case, a student completing the maximum allowable hours (9) while in undergraduate status would have to take only 24 additional hours to meet minimum requirements for graduation in a 33 hour thesis masters degree program (M.S.) or 28 additional hours for a 37 hour non-thesis masters degree program (M. Engr.)

Interested UT Arlington undergraduate Aerospace Engineering students should apply to the Aerospace Engineering Program when they are within 30 hours of completing their bachelors degrees. They must have completed at least 30 hours at UT Arlington, achieving a GPA of at least 3.0 in those courses, and have an overall GPA of 3.0 or better in all college courses. Additionally, they must have completed at least 16 hours of specified undergraduate foundation courses with a minimum GPA of 3.3 in those courses. Program details are provided in the UT Arlington Undergraduate Catalog. Contact the Undergraduate Advisor or Graduate Advisor in Aerospace Engineering for more information about the program.

B.S. to Ph.D. Program

The B.S. to Ph.D. Program is an accelerated program in which the student bypasses the M.S. thesis and proceeds directly to the Ph.D. dissertation research. Requirements for unconditional admission to the B.S. to Ph.D. Degree Program include:

  • An overall GPA, as calculated by the Graduate School, of 3.3 or higher in undergraduate coursework.
  • Relevance of the student's previous degrees to the AE curriculum.
  • Reputation of the universities or colleges the student has attended.
  • A GRE score of at least 500 (verbal) and 750 (quantitative).
  • Three satisfactory written recommendation forms from prior professors or supervisors.
  • A written essay on the student's goals and reasons for pursuing graduate studies.

 

Core Areas in the Aerospace Engineering Program

The four core areas in the Aerospace Engineering program along with the recommended courses in each core area are listed below:

  1. Fluid Mechanics, Aerodynamics and Propulsion
    • AE 5313 Fluid Dynamics
    • AE 5342 Gas Dynamics
    • AE 5326 Air-Breathing Propulsion
  2. Solid Mechanics and Structures
    • AE 5330 Finite Element Methods
    • AE 5340 Structural Aspects of Design
    • AE 5331 Structural Dynamics
  3. Flight Mechanics and Controls
    • AE 5302 Advanced Flight Mechanics
  4. Flight Vehicle Design
    • AE 5368 Flight Vehicle Synthesis and Systems Engineering

 

Degree Requirements

All Graduate Degrees

  • All entering students must be proficient in mathematics, engineering analysis, and computer programming. (Students not meeting these requirements may be admitted on a probationary basis and given a plan of remedial undergraduate coursework).
  • No graduate credit will be granted for courses that are required in the undergraduate Aerospace Engineering curriculum.
  • The Master of Science and Doctoral candidates in Aerospace Engineering shall enroll in the Graduate Seminar (AE 5101) a minimum of three times (see course description).

 

All candidates are required to select a Supervising Professor and obtain an approved program of work in the second full semester or after 12 hours are completed.

Master of Science or Master of Engineering

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering offers both the Master of Science and the Master of Engineering degrees in Aerospace Engineering.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree

The Master of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering is a research-oriented program in which completion of a thesis is mandatory. A minimum of 33 credit hours is required as follows:

  • Two core courses (one course from either core areas one or two and one course from another of the four core areas, six credit hours)
  • Two math or engineering analysis courses (six credit hours)
  • Four courses (twelve credit hours) related to a specialty in Aerospace Engineering
  • Six credit hours of thesis. The student must enroll in AE 5398 or AE 6297 every semester in which the student is actively involved in thesis preparation or research, except that the student must enroll in AE 5698 in the semester of graduation.
  • A minimum of three credit hours of Graduate Seminar (AE 5101)

 

Requirements for the Master of Engineering Degree

The Master of Engineering Degree in Aerospace Engineering is an engineering practice-oriented program. A minimum of 37 credit hours is required as follows:

  • Three core courses (one course each from core areas one and two and a third course from either areas three or four, nine credit hours)
  • Two math/engineering analysis courses (six credit hours)
  • Seven elective courses (21 credit hours) in engineering, mathematics, and/or science relating to the student's interest areas. The elective courses must include a minimum of three hours and as many as six hours of special project courses (AE 5391).
  • A minimum of one credit hour of Graduate Seminar (AE 5101)

For both the M.S. and the M. Engr. degrees, the balance of the required coursework hours may be chosen in consultation with the Supervising Professor to meet the student's needs and interests. Normally these additional elective courses should be selected from the offerings of the Program in Aerospace Engineering or the Program in Mechanical Engineering. Courses taken outside the two programs require approval of the student's Supervising Professor as well as the Graduate Advisor.

Doctor of Philosophy

  • The Ph.D. degree requires a minimum of 24 hours of graduate-level course work beyond the Masters degree, and will include a scholarly dissertation that provides a significant original contribution to Aerospace Engineering.
  • The Ph.D. degree course requirements can be tailored to satisfy the individual student's aspirations in choice of the area of specialization. However, to meet the educational goals of a broad-based technical background in Aerospace Engineering, it is expected that each student will take sufficient course work to obtain in-depth knowledge in at least two core areas of Aerospace Engineering.
  • Students whose background is in a field other than Aerospace Engineering must satisfy the Masters degree core requirements.
  • There is no foreign langurage requirement for the Ph.D.
  • Diagnostic Exam: All students entering the Ph.D. program are required to take the Ph.D. Diagnostic Exam. The diagnostic evaluation report must be filed in the Graduate School by the student's Graduate Advisor during the student's first year of doctoral program work but no later than the completion of the first 18 semester hours of coursework beyond appropriate Masters level coursework, or the equivalent. This exam is offered twice per year, during the week preceding the start of classes for the fall and spring semesters. Possible outcomes of this evaluation are: 1) continuation in the doctoral program, 2) approval to continue with certain specified remedial work, 3) failure with approval to retake, 4) termination in the program.
  • Comprehensive Exam: Students are eligible to take the comprehensive examination after satisfying all requirements stipulated by the Diagnostic Exam Committee and giving evidence to their doctoral committee of adequate academic achievement by having completed all or most coursework requirements. The comprehensive examination is used to determine if the student has the necessary background and specialization required for the dissertation research and if the student can organize and conduct the research. An applicant must pass this examination to be admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree.

B.S. to Ph.D. Track

  • In addition to the requirements listed above for the Ph.D. degree, a B.S.-Ph.D. Track student will be required to enroll in at least three hours of research each semester during the student's first two years, receiving a pass/fail grade (no R grade) in these hours.
  • A student may be exempted from enrolling in research hours in the student's initial semester.
  • A B.S.-Ph.D. Track student must have a faculty research (dissertation) advisor prior to the start of the student's second full semester.
  • A B.S.-Ph.D. student must take the Ph.D. diagnostic examination prior to the start of the student's fourth full semester.

Please Note:

The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.

An incomplete grade (the grade of I) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded I. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an I, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an I was earned cannot change a grade of I. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.

Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses.) The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour dissertation courses and nine-hour thesis courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either “Graded P/F/R” or “Graded R.” Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate graduate advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled “R” Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)

Courses (AE)

AE5101 – GRADUATE SEMINAR

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

May be repeated as often as required. Enrollment is mandatory for first semester graduate students and for students enrolled in thesis, dissertation, or research courses. This course is open to Graduate AE/ME Majors only. Purpose is to acquaint peers and faculty with research in progress at UTA. During each enrollment after the first, students present progress reports on their research. The last report serves as a rehearsal for the oral defense.May be graded P/F.

 

AE5191 – ADVANCED STUDIES IN AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

May be repeated for credit. May be graded P/F.

 

AE5291 – ADVANCED STUDIES IN AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

2 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Project work performed under a non-thesis degree will normally be accomplished under this course number, with prior approval of the Committee on Graduate Studies. May be repeated for credit.

 

AE5301 – ADVANCED TOPICS IN AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

May be repeated for credit as topics change. Topics include: hypersonic aerodynamics, transonic aerodynamics, unsteady aerodynamics and optimum aerodynamic shapes.

 

AE5302 – ADVANCED FLIGHT MECHANICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Rigid body motion. Kinematics and dynamics of aerospace vehicles. Linear and nonlinear control of aircraft and spacecraft. Advanced aircraft and spacecraft modeling and control issues. Prerequisite: MAE 2315 and MAE 4310.

 

AE5305 – DYNAMIC SYSTEMS MODELING

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

To equip the student with the capability of determining the necessary equations for distributed and lumped parameter modeling of mixed physical system types including mechanical, fluid, electrical, and thermal components. Models are formulated for computer simulation and analysis for systems with deterministic and stochastic inputs. Topics of random vibration and system identification are included.

 

AE5309 – COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Role of graphics; image representation, batch and interactive computing, methods of automated mathematical model generation, mainframe and microcomputing in engineering design. Application in mechanical, structural, thermal, controls areas of mechanical engineering. Also offered as ME 5309. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5310 – FINITE ELEMENT METHODS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Finite element method in the study of static response of complex structures and of continual applications to field problems; analytical methods emphasized and digital computer application undertaken. Also offered as ME 5310. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5311 – ADVANCED TOPICS IN ASTRONAUTICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Topics include orbital mechanics, Keplerian mechanics, orbit determination, perturbations, numerical techniques, and applied optimal estimation.

 

AE5312 – CONTINUUM MECHANICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Study of the underlying physical and mathematical principles relating to the behavior of continuous media; interrelationships between fluid and solid mechanics. Also offered as ME 5312. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5313 – FLUID DYNAMICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Basic conservation laws, flow kinematics, special forms of the governing equations, two-dimensional potential flows, surface waves and some exact solutions of viscous incompressible flows. Offered as AE 5313 and ME 5313.

 

AE5314 – FRACTURE MECHANICS IN STRUCTURAL DESIGN

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Linear elastic fracture mechanics, general yielding fracture mechanics, damage tolerance and durability design, fail safe and safe life design criteria, analysis of fatigue crack growth, residual strength analysis. Also offered as ME 5314. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5315 – FUNDAMENTALS OF COMPOSITES

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Fundamental relationships between the mechanical and hygrothermal behavior and the composition of multiphase media; failure criteria. Offered as AE 5315, ME 5348, and MSE 5348. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5319 – ADVANCED FINITE ELEMENT METHODS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Continuation of AE 5330. Modeling of large systems, composite and incompressible materials, substructuring, mesh generation, solids applications, nonlinear problems. Also offered as ME 5319. Credit will be granted only once. Prerequisite: AE 5330 or ME 5310 or equivalent.

 

AE5322 – AEROELASTICITY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Math models for the steady aerodynamics and structural stiffness of aircraft wings are presented and combined into a static aeroelastic math model. Loss of wing lift due to static aeroelasticity as well as the structural instability called aeroelastic divergence are covered.

 

AE5325 – ADVANCED COMPOSITES

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Review of current state-of-the-art applications of composites: composite structural analysis; structural properties, damage characterization and failure mechanisms; stiffness loss due to damage, notched sensitivity; delamination; impact; fatigue characteristics; composite material testing; material allowables; characteristics of composite joints. Also offered as ME 5349 and MSE 5349. Credit will be granted only once. Prerequisite: ME 5348 or MSE 5348 or AE 5315 or consent of the instructor.

 

AE5326 – AIR-BREATHING PROPULSION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Development of thrust and efficiency equations, thermodynamic cycle analysis, cycle design methods of aerospace propulsion systems, component performance analysis methods, component matching and dynamic interactions, and vehicle/propulsion-system integration.

 

AE5327 – COMPUTATIONAL AERODYNAMICS I

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Solution of engineering problems by finite- difference methods, emphasis on aerodynamic problems characterized by single linear and non-linear equations, introduction to and application of major algorithms used in solving aerodynamics problems by computational methods.

 

AE5328 – COMPUTATIONAL AERODYNAMICS II

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Review of the fundamental equations of aerodynamics, development of methods for solving Euler, boundary-layer, Navier-Stokes, and parabolized Navier-Stokes equations, application to practical aerodynamic analysis and design problems.

 

AE5330 – FINITE ELEMENT METHODS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Finite element method in the study of static response of complex structures and of continual applications to field problems; analytical methods emphasized and digital computer application undertaken. Also offered as ME 5310. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5331 – STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Natural frequencies; forced and random response of complex structural systems studies through the use of the finite element method; computational aspects of these problems discussed, and digital computer applications undertaken. Also offered as ME 5311. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5332 – HYPERSONIC FLOW

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

General features of hypersonic flow fields. Inviscid hypersonic flow: thin shock layer theory, Newtonian flow, constant density solutions, small disturbance theory, method of characteristics.

 

AE5334 – FUTURE SPACECRAFT PROPULSION SYSTEMS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course focuses on next generation spacecraft propulsion systems, from earth orbit launchers to astronomical/space exploration vehicles. The course demonstrates the logical expansion of propulsion concepts while considering design constraints imposed by the mission requirements. The material presented assesses the industrial capability required to construct and operate modern spacecraft. A step-by-step approach to the design of new space propulsion systems for future operations is suggested. Nuclear and high-energy space propulsion systems are reviewed for their role in fast Solar System exploration. Finally, the material presented looks ahead to possible future developments of propulsion systems for journeys to the stars.

 

AE5336 – OPTIMAL ESTIMATION OF DYNAMIC SYSTEMS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Kalman filter design and implementation. Optimal filtering for discrete-time and continuous-time dynamical systems with noise. Wiener filtering. State-space determination. Also offered as ME 5336 and EE 5322. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5337 – TOPICS IN NONLINEAR SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND CONTROLS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Nonlinear systems; phase pLn analysis; Poincare-Bendixon theorems; nonlinear system stability; limit cycles and oscillations; center manifold theorem, Lyapunov methods in control; variable structure control; feedback linearization; backstepping techniques. Offered as AE 5337 and ME 5374. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5338 – OPTIMAL CONTROL OF DYNAMIC SYSTEMS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Linear and nonlinear optimization methods; optimal control; continuous time Ricatti equation; bang-bang control; singular arcs; differential inclusions; collocation techniques; design of optimal dynamic system trajectories. Also offered as ME 5338. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5340 – STRUCTURAL ASPECTS OF DESIGN

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Emphasis on determination of stresses and prediction of failure in machine and structural components; stress-strain relations in elastic and plastic regions; static failure and failure criteria; residual stress and strain due to yielding; contact stress; notched sensitivity; strain-fatigue life relationship; characteristics of cracks in structural components; creep and creep rupture. Also offered as ME 5339. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5341 – AEROSPACE STRUCTURES

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

May be repeated for credit as topics change. Topics may include: the static and dynamic response of structural members and machine elements with and without damage under complex loads. Normal mode method for undamped and proportionally damped systems, component mode synthesis, generally damped systems, complex modes, effect of design modification on system response. Finite element method in the study of the static response of complex structures and of continua; applications to field problems; analytical methods emphasized, and digital computer application undertaken.

 

AE5342 – GASDYNAMICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Review of fundamental compressible flow theory, method of characteristics for perfect gases, the Rankine-Hugoniot conditions, linearized flow theory. Also offered as ME 5342. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5343 – HIGH TEMPERATURE GASDYNAMICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Surveys kinetic theory, statistical mechanics, and chemical reaction rate theory. Application to the prediction of thermodynamic properties of gases and the analysis of problems in high-temperature gasdynamics.

 

AE5347 – ROCKET PROPULSION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Thrust and efficiency relations, trajectory analysis, introduction to design and performance analysis of chemical (liquid and solid), electrical and nuclear rocket systems, combined cycle propulsion systems, and pulse detonation rockets.

 

AE5348 – HYPERSONIC PROPULSION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Design and performance analysis of propulsion systems for sustained flight at hypersonic speeds, airframe/propulsion system integration, supersonic combustion, finite-rate chemistry effects, radiative cooling.

 

AE5351 – ANALYTIC METHODS ENGINEERING

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Introduction to advanced analytic methods in engineering. Methods include multivariable calculus and field theory, Fourier series, Fourier and Laplace Transforms. Offered as ME 5331 and AE 5351. Prerequisite: Undergraduate degree in engineering, physics, or mathematics.

 

AE5352 – ENGINEERING ANALYSIS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Introduction to partial differential equations and complex variable theory with application to modeling of physical systems. Also offered as ME 5352. Credit will be granted only once. Prerequisite: undergraduate degree in engineering, physics, or mathematics.

 

AE5360 – MULTIDISCIPLINARY INVERSE DESIGN AND OPTIMIZATION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

For a new design of any realistic device to be competitive, it must satisfy a number of often conflicting requirements, objectives, and constraints. This course offers a variety of basic concepts and methodologies for inverse design and optimization with practical applications in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, elasticity, and electromagnetism. Offered as AE 5360 and ME 5360. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5361 – MULTIDISCIPLINARY COMPUTATIONS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Concurrent engineering analysis involving fluid flow, heat transfer, elasticity, and electromagnetism; design optimization methods for multidisciplinary problems; examples of practical applications. Also offered as ME 5361. Credit will be granted only once. Prerequisite: Reasonable programming skills in FORTRAN or C (C). Consent of the instructor.

 

AE5362 – GUIDANCE, NAVIGATION, AND CONTROL OF AEROSPACE SYSTEMS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Equilibrium glide trajectories for atmospheric flight. Design of guidance and navigation system for various aerospace vehicles. Discussion of the various guidance systems used in a homing missile seeker system, etc. Equilibrium glide trajectories for atmospheric flight, energy guidance methods. Selection and trade-off between various navigation components such as the IMU, GPS and other navigation components. Basics of Kalman filtering.

 

AE5363 – INTRODUCTION TO ROTORCRAFT ANALYSIS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

History of rotorcraft. Behavior of the rotor blade in hover and forward flight. Rotor configurations, dynamic coupling with the fuselage, elastic and aeroelastic effects. Also offered as ME 5363. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5364 – INTRODUCTION TO AERODYNAMICS OF ROTORCRAFT

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Practical aerodynamics of rotors and other components of rotorcraft. Introduction to performance, handling qualities, and general flight mechanics related to rotorcraft design, test, and certification requirements. Emphasis is on real rotorcraft mission capabilities as defined by the customer. Also offered as ME 5364. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5365 – INTRODUCTION TO HELICOPTER AND TILTROTOR SIMULATION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Dynamic and aerodynamic modeling of rotorcraft elements using vector mechanics, linear algebra, calculus and numerical methods. Special emphasis on rotors, aerodynamic interference, proper axis system representation, model assembly methods and trimming. Offered as AE 5365 and ME 5365. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5366 – BOUNDARY LAYERS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

An introductory course on boundary layers. The coverage emphasizes the physical understanding and the mathematical foundations of boundary layers, including applications. Topics covered include laminar and turbulent incompressible and compressible layers, and an introduction to boundary layer transition. Also offered as ME 5381.

 

AE5367 – HIGH-SPEED AIRCRAFT AND SPACE ACCESS VEHICLE DESIGN

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

An introductory course on high-speed aircraft and space access vehicle design. The course concentrates on reusable flight vehicles. Topics covered are historical case studies, design disciplines, design space visualization and proof of design convergence. Prerequisites: consent of the instructor.

 

AE5368 – FLIGHT VEHICLE SYNTHESIS AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

An introductory course on multi-disciplinary design decision-making applied to flight vehicle design. The course introduces decision-making techniques leading to efficient aerospace product design. The following main topics are covered: a) management domain, b) operational domain, c) engineering domain. Prerequisites: MAE 4350, MAE 4351, consent of the instructor.

 

AE5369 – FLIGHT VEHICLE TESTING AND FLIGHT SIMULATION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

An introductory course on flight test techniques and flight simulation. The course introduces flight vehicle certification from the perspective of the designer and test pilot. Classical flight test procedures and flight simulation techniques are introduced. Prerequisites: MAE 4350, MAE 4351, consent of the instructor.

 

AE5372 – PARAMETRIC SIZING OF HIGH-SPEED AIRCRAFT

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

An introductory course on high-speed aircraft design. Aimed to develop insight into basic concepts underlining the analysis and design of supersonic and hypersonic aircraft. Topics covered are historical case studies, design disciplines, and design methodologies. Prerequisite: MAE 4350, MAE 4351, and consent of instructor.

 

AE5380 – DESIGN OF DIGITAL CONTROL SYSTEMS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Sampling and data reconstruction. Z-transforms and state variable descriptions of discrete-time systems. Linear quadratic optimal control and state estimation. Quantization and other nonlinearities. Computer simulations and/or laboratory implementation of real-time control systems. Construction of discrete-time mathematical model system. Analysis of system behavior using discrete-time model and evaluation of the system performance. Discrete controller design techniques such as root locus, frequency response, and state space techniques. Evaluate and test the system performance using digital simulations. Also offered as ME 5380. Credit will be granted only once. Prerequisite: Undergraduate Level Introduction to Automatic Control Course.

 

AE5391 – ADVANCED STUDIES IN AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

May be repeated for credit. May be graded P/F.

 

AE5398 – THESIS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Graded R/F only. Co-requisite: AE 5101.

 

AE5698 – THESIS

6 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Graded P/R/F. Co-requisite: AE 5101.

 

AE5998 – THESIS

9 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Graded P/R/F. Co-requisite: AE 5101.

 

AE6197 – RESEARCH IN AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

May be repeated for credit. Co-requisite: AE 5101.

 

AE6297 – RESEARCH IN AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

2 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

May be repeated for credit. Co-requisite: AE 5101.

 

AE6397 – RESEARCH IN AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

May be repeated for credit. Co-requisite: AE 5101.

 

AE6399 – DISSERTATION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Graded F, R. Prerequisite: admission to candidacy for the Doctor of Philosophy degree. Corequisite: AE 5101.

 

AE6697 – RESEARCH IN AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

6 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

May be repeated for credit. Graded P/F/R/W. Corequisite: AE 5101.

 

AE6699 – DISSERTATION

6 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Graded F, R. Prerequisite: admission to candidacy for the Doctor of Philosophy degree. Corequisite: AE 5101.

 

AE6999 – DISSERTATION

9 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Graded F, R, P. Prerequisite: admission to candidacy for the Doctor of Philosophy degree. Corequisite: AE 5101.