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AE 520       Aerodynamics of Compressible Flow                                                  ​                     (3-0-3)

Review of compressible inviscid gas dynamics. Unsteady wave motion; linearized flow. Numerical techniques for steady supersonic flow; three-dimensional flow; transonic flow; hypersonic flow; high-temperature flow. Introduction to computational aerodynamics.

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing


AE 524       Aerodynamics of Viscous Flow                                                                                 (3-0-3)

Review of potential flow. Dynamics of viscous flow; laminar boundary layer for incompressible and compressible flows; flow instabilities and transition flow; turbulent flow. Airfoil design and flow about three-dimensional bodies. Navier-Stokes equation. Numerical solutions of viscous flow with aerospace application.

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing


AE 528       Aerospace Computational Fluid Dynamics                                                              (3-0-3)

Introduction to computational fluid dynamics. Partial differential equations impact on CFD. Grids, discretization and transformation with CFD techniques. Numerical solutions in aerospace applications.

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing


AE 530       Aerospace Structures I                                                                                              (3-0-3)

Analysis of stress and strain; constitutive relations of elastic materials, isotropic and anisotropic; beam, plate and shell theories. Introduction to composite structures. Modeling of thermal stresses and practical applications in aerospace structures. Numerical solutions in aerospace structures.

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing


AE 534       Aerospace Structures II                                                                                            (3-0-3)

Discrete systems structural vibration; dynamics of continuous structures; vehicle structural dynamics; flutter of elastic structures exposed to aerodynamic loading. Introduction to aero-elastic phenomenon and methods of analysis. Case studies of aerospace structural vibration and flutter. Numerical solutions in aerospace structures.

Prerequisite: AE 530


AE 540       Flight Dynamics and Control I                                                                                 (3-0-3)

Review of the equation of motion, static and dynamic stability. Response to control or inputs. Classical approach for automatic control theory. Modern control theory and application to auto pilot design. Numerical solutions in flight dynamics and control.

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing


AE 544       Flight Dynamics and Control II                                                                                (3-0-3)

Review of atmospheric flight. Dynamic effects of structural flexibility. Flying and handling qualities. Parametric optimization and optimal control design. Altitude, flight path and tracking, active, digital adaptive control systems. Helicopter flight control. Application on atmospheric and space vehicles. Numerical solutions in flight dynamics and control.

Prerequisite: AE 540


AE 546       Fundamentals of Helicopter Flight                                                                          (3-0-3)

Introduction to hovering theory; hovering and axial flight performance; concepts of blade motion and control; aerodynamics and performance of forward flight. Introduction to aeroacoustics. Methods to solve rotor dynamics problems. Helicopter stability and control.

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing


AE 548       Aerospace Avionics, Navigation and Guidance                                                      (3-0-3)

Principles of avionics, navigation and guidance. Deterministic and stochastic linear perturbation theory. Position fixing and celestial navigation with redundant measurements. Recursive navigation and Kalman filtering. Pursuit guidance, proportional navigation, ballistic guidance and velocity-to-be-gained guidance. Hardware mechanization.

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing


AE 550       Aircraft Propulsion                                                                                                    (3-0-3)

Advanced analysis of aircraft propulsion; gas turbine cycles for aircraft propulsion. Engine off-design performance. The environmental impact. Aircraft propulsion case study design. Numerical solutions in aircraft propulsion.

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing


AE 554       Rocket Propulsion                                                                                                      (3-0-3)

Advanced analysis of rocket propulsion; multi stage rockets, trajectories in power flight; electric propulsion, space propulsion. The environmental impact. Rocket propulsion case study design. Numerical solutions in rocket propulsion.

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing


AE 560       Aerospace and Aviation Maintenance                                                                      (3-0-3)

General regulations for aerospace and aviation maintenance. Hydraulic, power, electrical and electronic, instrument landing and support systems maintenance. Troubleshooting procedures, evaluation, repair, installation and inspection techniques. Aviation maintenance systems management, maintenance planning, forecasting and cost control, reliability; safety and flight schedule. Field project.

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing


AE 564       Air Traffic Control                                                                                                      (3-0-3)

Fundamental of air traffic control (ATC) system. Federal aviation administration (FAA).Navigational aids, airspace, communication, federal aviation regulations (FARs), ATC procedures control tower operations; non-radar operations, radar operations. Instrument flight rules (IFR) in the enroute and terminal ATC facilities; human factors; air traffic safety and management. Aviation weather. Field Project.

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing


AE 566       Flight and Aviation Safety                                                                                         (3-0-3)

Personal and organizational safety procedures and goals; safety philosophies, human factors. Principles of accident investigation, aircraft accident reports; accident prevention programs and accident statistics; impact of accident on aviation industry. Air traffic control factors. Aviation and airport securities. Field project.

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing


AE 568       Flight and Aviation Law                                                                                             (3-0-3)

Bilateral and multilateral agreements and security interest in aircraft; international conferences; airline dispatch operations; federal aviation regulations; flight management for aviation/aerospace systems; airport planning and design standards; airport administration and finance; airline management; international aviation management; airline/airport marketing; role of transportation engineering. Field Project.

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing


AE 570       Fundamentals of Astronautics                                                                                  (3-0-3)

Introduction to the solar system, launching. Fundamental law of astrodynamics (space mechanics); orbit maneuvering and determination. Applications in rocket trajectories; optimal trajectories. Communication satellite and space craft altitude. Re-entry and hypersonic heating consideration.

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing


AE 590       Special Topics                                                                                                             (3-0-3)

Advanced topics are selected from the broad area of aerospace engineering to provide the student with knowledge of recent advances in the analysis and design in aerospace engineering and in aviation including optimization of aerospace engineering designs, aerodynamics and gas dynamics, aerospace structures and materials, flight dynamics and control, propulsion, helicopter flight, avionics, navigation and guidance, aircraft maintenance, flight and aviation safety, air traffic control, aviation law, astronautics and other related fields such as marine engineering. The contents of the course will be provided in detail one semester before the offering. Approval of the department graduate committee and the graduate council must be secured before offering this course.

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing


AE 599       Seminar                                                                                                                      (1-0-0)

Graduate students working towards the M.S. degree in any emphasis area of aerospace engineering (aerodynamics and gas dynamics, aerospace structures, flight dynamics and control, and propulsion) and aviation are required to attend the seminars given by faculty, visiting scholars and fellow graduate students. Additionally each student must present at least one seminar on a timely research topic. Among other things, this course is designed to give the student an overview of research in the department, and a familiarity with the research methodology, journals and professional societies in his discipline. This course is graded on a pass or fail basis.

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing


AE 606       Independent Research                                                                                              (0-0-3)

This course is intended to allow the student to conduct research in advanced problems in his MS research area. The student is expected to deliver a public seminar and a report on his research outcomes at the end of the course.

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing


AE 610       M.S. Thesis                                                                                                                 (0-0-6)

Involves individual studies by students in the field of aerospace engineering and aviation. The work should be original and the concept, data and the conclusions should contribute new knowledge to the field of aerospace engineering. The quality of the work should reflect the student's proficiency in research and creative thinking. Following preliminary studies and a literature survey on the thesis subject, each student will present his proposed thesis subject orally and also submit a written proposal to the college of graduate studies for approval. On satisfactory completion of his thesis work, the student is required to make a formal defense of his research thesis.

Co-Requisite: AE 599​