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Erian Armanios211B Woolf Hall817.272.2603
Aerospace EngineeringM.S., M.Engr., Ph.D.
Thesis (M.S.) and Non-Thesis (M.Engr.)
Donald R. Wilson
206B Woolf Hall
Chan, Dutton, Lawrence, Lu, Seath, Wang, Wilson
Chudoba, Dennis, Dogan, Huang, Subbarao
Dalley, Fairchild, Payne
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 who wishes to attain any of the following specific objectives:
Admission to the graduate program in AE is based on equal weighting of the following six criteria:
Applicants who demonstrate skills, experience or interests that meet the needs of the AE Graduate Program will be considered for fellowships or assistantships.
The Aerospace Engineering Graduate Program, in fulfillment of its responsibility to graduate highly qualified professional engineers, has established certain policies and procedures. In addition to the requirements of the Graduate School listed elsewhere, to continue in the program each aerospace engineering graduate student must:
At such time as questions are raised by aerospace engineering graduate faculty regarding either of the above, the student will be notified and will be provided the opportunity to respond to the Committee on Graduate Studies in Aerospace Engineering. The Committee on Graduate Studies will review the student's performance and make a recommendation concerning the student's eligibility to continue in the program. Appeal of a decision on continuation may be made through normal procedures outlined in the section of this catalog entitled "Grievances Other than Grades."
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 these courses. Normally, all master's and doctoral candidates in aerospace engineering shall enroll in the Graduate Seminar (AE 5101) a minimum of three times (see course description). Repeat enrollments shall require an oral presentation of thesis/dissertation results. 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.
The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering offers both the Master of Science and the Master of Engineering degrees in Aerospace Engineering.
The Master of Science degree requires a minimum of 24 hours of coursework, plus a minimum of 6 hours of thesis registration, and the presentation and defense of an acceptable thesis. Additional research credit hours are often needed for the Master of Science degree. The thesis may be oriented toward either research or advanced engineering analysis and design. Students pursuing the Master of Science option must select a faculty member to act as a Supervising Professor. The Supervising Professor will help to form an appropriate plan of study for elective courses, guide the student through his or her research project, and take care of any required administrative tasks.
The Master of Engineering is a non-thesis program of advanced study, requiring 36 hours of coursework. Credit for up to six hours of the 36 hour requirement may be satisfied by completion of a research project course. The Master of Engineering option is often selected by distance education students. Although the Master of Engineering is a non-thesis degree, students pursuing this option must still select a faculty member to act as a Supervising Professor. The Supervising Professor will assist the student as described above.
Both Master's degree plans require completion of an aerospace engineering core, consisting of courses from the following four areas:
MS students are required to take one course each from three of the four core areas, whereas MEngr students are required to take one course each from all four core areas. In addition to the core courses, a minimum of three credit hours of graduate seminar are also required for the MS degree program, and a minimum of one semester hour of graduate seminar for the MEngr degree program,
Both Master’s degree plans also require completion of six credits in a minor area. In most cases, the minor is satisfied by taking AE 5351 Analytical Methods in Engineering, AE 5352 Engineering Analysis, or approved mathematics courses. For students with exceptional mathematics background, the minor may be composed of two courses selected by the student and Supervising Professor that are deemed supportive of the student's area of concentration and meet approval of the Graduate Advisor.
The balance of the required coursework hours may be chosen by 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.
The Ph.D. degree can be tailored to satisfy the individual student's aspirations in choice of the area of specialization, while at the same time providing a broad range of knowledge in the major technical areas comprising the field of aerospace engineering. The program will generally require two to three years of full-time study beyond the Master's degree and will include a scholarly dissertation that provides an original contribution to the literature in aerospace engineering.
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 master's level coursework, or the equivalent. This exam is offered twice per year, during the week preceeding 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.
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.
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 X) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded X. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an X, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned cannot change a grade of X. 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 thesis courses and nine-hour dissertation 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.)
AE5101- GRADUATE SEMINAR (1 - 0)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. 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.
AE5191- ADVANCED STUDIES IN AEROSPACE ENGINEERING (1 - 0)May be repeated for credit. May be graded P/F.
AE5291- ADVANCED STUDIES IN AEROSPACE ENGINEERING (2 - 0)May be repeated for credit. May be graded P/F.
AE5301- ADVANCED TOPICS IN AEROSPACE ENGINEERING (3 - 0)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 - 0)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: consent of the instructor.
AE5311- ADVANCED TOPICS IN ASTRONAUTICS (3 - 0)Topics include orbital mechanics, Keplerian mechanics, orbit determination, perturbations, numerical techniques, and applied optimal estimation.
AE5312- ANALYTICAL METHODS IN MECHANICS (3 - 0)Principles of dynamics of particles and particle systems; Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics; canonical transformations; dynamic system stability; and introduction to dynamical systems analysis using methods such as phase space analysis, surface of sections, etc.
AE5313- FLUID DYNAMICS (3 - 0)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 - 0)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 - 0)Fundamental relationships between the mechanical behavior and the composition of multiphase media; failure criteria discussed. Offered as AE 5315, ME 5348, and MSE 5348. Credit will be granted only once.
AE5319- ADVANCED FINITE ELEMENT METHODS (3 - 0)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 - 0)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 - 0)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 - 0)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 - 0)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 - 0)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 - 0)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 - 0)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 - 0)General features of hypersonic flow fields. Inviscid hypersonic flow: thin shock layer theory, Newtonian flow, constant density solutions, small disturbance theory, method of characteristics.
AE5335- LINEAR SYSTEM THEORY (3 - 0)To equip the student with knowledge of systems applications of the state-space concept and real-time solution techniques. State-space formulations, reference trajectory, linearization, linear vector spaces, the state transition matrix and its properties; and controllability and observability concepts treated. Offered as AE 5335 and ME 5307. Credit will be granted only once.
AE5336- KALMAN FILTERING (3 - 0)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 - 0)Nonlinear systems; phase plane 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 SPACECRAFT MANEUVERS (3 - 0)Linear and nonlinear optimization methods; optimal control; continuous time Ricatti equation; bang-bang control; singular arcs; differential inclusions; collocation techniques; design of optimal spacecraft trajectories.
AE5340- STRUCTURAL ASPECTS OF DESIGN (3 - 3)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 - 0)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 - 0)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 - 0)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 - 0)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 - 0)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 - 0)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 - 0)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 - 0)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 - 0)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 - 0)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 - 0)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 - 0)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- INTRODUTION TO HELICOPTER AND TILTROTOR SIMULATION (3 - 0)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 - 0)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 - 0)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 - 0)An advanced course on flight vehicle design. The course concentrates on systems engineering aspects for managing a modern flight vehicle development programme. Key techniques are introduced which enable the design team to visualize the design space and to arrive at a robust design compromise. Prerequisites: MAE 4350, MAE 4351, consent of the instructor.
AE5369- FLIGHT VEHICLE TESTING AND FLIGHT SIMULATION (3 - 0)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.
AE5380- DESIGN OF DIGITAL CONTROL SYSTEMS (3 - 0)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 - 0)May be repeated for credit. May be graded P/F.
AE5398- THESIS (3 - 0)Graded R/F only. Co-requisite: AE 5101.
AE5698- THESIS (6 - 0)Graded P/R/F. Co-requisite: AE 5101.
AE5998- THESIS (9 - 0)Graded P/R/F. Co-requisite: AE 5101.
AE6197- RESEARCH IN AEROSPACE ENGINEERING (1 - 0)May be repeated for credit. Co-requisite: AE 5101.
AE6297- RESEARCH IN AEROSPACE ENGINEERING (2 - 0)May be repeated for credit. Co-requisite: AE 5101.
AE6397- RESEARCH IN AEROSPACE ENGINEERING (3 - 0)May be repeated for credit. Co-requisite: AE 5101.
AE6399- DISSERTATION (3 - 0)Graded F, R. Prerequisite: admission to candidacy for the Doctor of Philosophy degree. Corequisite: AE 5101.
AE6699- DISSERTATION (6 - 0)Graded F, R. Prerequisite: admission to candidacy for the Doctor of Philosophy degree. Corequisite: AE 5101.
AE6999- DISSERTATION (9 - 0)Graded F, R, P. Prerequisite: admission to candidacy for the Doctor of Philosophy degree. Corequisite: AE 5101.
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