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AE 220      Introduction to Aerospace Engineering                                                                   (3-0-3)

Introduction to overview of aerospace engineering, airplane, and the atmosphere. Basic aerodynamics and gas dynamics of incompressible flows, airfoils and wings, lift, drag, moments, circulation, boundary layers, and skin friction. Performance of aircraft, level flight, climb, range, endurance, and take-off and landing. Introduction to stability and control; structures and materials; propulsion of flight vehicles; and space flight (astronautics). 

Prerequisite: PHYS 102

AE 240      AE Design                                                                                                                    (2-0-2)

This course is a sophomore level design course that introduces the basic elements of engineering design with emphasis on teamwork and communication skills. The theme of the course includes design, build and test components associated with a specific aerospace related design project. The students are taught the theory and design techniques related to the project. The students are required to a ccomplish the design project in teams and communicate their preliminary results in verbal (presentation) and written form (report) by mid semester. The remaining half of the semester is devoted to building, testing and evaluating the design. The course culminates with a final design presentation and a final design report.

Prerequisite: MATH 102 and PHYS 102

AE 313      AE Systems and Control                                                                                             (2-3-3)

Introduction to automatic flight control systems, Modeling and analysis of linear dynamic systems; Feedback control system design using root-locus and frequency response techniques; Introduction to modern control theory and pole placement technique; Aerospace control applications.

Prerequisite: ME 201 and MATH 202 or equivalent

AE 325      Gas Dynamics I                                                                                                           (3-0-3) 

Fundamentals of compressible fluid flow (gas dynamics) in relation to effects of area change (nozzles and diffusers), friction and heat interaction (Fanno, Rayleigh line, and isothermal flow), combustion waves (deflagration, explosion, and detonation waves), normal and oblique shock waves and their effects on flow properties (extended diffusers and supersonic airfoils). Applications to flow through pipelines, subsonic, sonic, and supersonic flights, turbo machinery and combustion.

Prerequisite: AE 220

AE 328      Flight Structures I                                                                                                       (3-0-3)

Statistically determinate and indeterminate structures; aerodynamics and inertia loads, load factors, stresses in beams, shear flow in thin webs, closed section box beams; deflection analysis of structural systems; introduction to buckling; application to wing and fuselage stress analysis; Rayleight-Ritz and introduction to the finite element method; elasticity of structures stress-strain relationships; vehicle materials; fatigue; strength-weight comparisons of materials; and sandwich construction including composite materials.

Prerequisite: CE 203 and MATH 201 

AE 333     Aerodynamics I                                                             ​                                               (3-0-3)

General fluid flow equation, potential parallel flow theory with some applications of aerodynamics, thin airfoil theory and finite wing in incompressible inviscid flow. Introduction to viscous flow and boundary layers.

Prerequisite: AE 220 

AE 351     Aerospace Engineering Cooperative Work*                                                              (0-0-9)

A period of 28 weeks of industrial employment for Aerospace Engineering students to work in appropriate industries or firms. Students are evaluated on their performance on the job and are required to submit an extensive formal report on their experience.

Prerequisite: ENGL 214, AE 220, and approval of the Department. 

* AE 350, AE 351, and AE 352 are the numbers of the same course, i.e., Aerospace Engineering Cooperative Work. The course duration is two semesters (one Summer and one semester before or after the Summer). It is numbered AE 350, which is the starting of the AE Cooperative Work in the Summer semester and AE 352, which is the end of AE Cooperative Work in the Summer semester. AE 351 is the number given to AE Cooperative Work in Fall semester after AE 350 or Spring semester before AE 352.

AE 355     Experimental & Computational Methods for Aerospace Engineering                   (0-3-1)

Experimental data analysis using statistics formulae, probability, and reliability; Laboratory experiments by using the basic instruments for measuring displacement, area, pressure, flow, temperature, force, torque, and vibration; Usage of data acquisition and processing devices in the experiments; Solution of systems of algebraic equations; Numerical solution of ordinary differential equations; Computer aided aerospace design and analysis; Introduction to finite difference methods and computational fluid dynamics.

Prerequisite: AE 220 and SE 301

AE 399     Summer Training                                                                                                        (0-0-0)

A continuous period of 8 weeks of summer training spent in the industry working in any of the fields of Aerospace Engineering. The training should be carried out in an organization with an interest in one or more of these fields. On completion of the program, the student is required to submit a formal written report of his work.

Prerequisite: ENGL 214 and approval of the Department.

AE 411     Senior Design Project I                                                                                              (1-0-1)

A course that integrates various components of the curriculum in comprehensive engineering experience so that the basic sciences, mathematics, and engineering sciences which the student has learned in his freshman-to-senior years of study can be applied. It considers design of a complete project or system including establishment of objectives and criteria, formulation of the problem statements, preparation of specifications, consideration of alternative solutions, feasibility considerations, and detailed engineering designs. The design should take into consideration appropriate constraints such as economic factors, safety, reliability, ethics and environmental and social impact. Submission of a written report is an essential requirement for completion of the course. Team design projects, where appropriate, are highly encouraged.

Prerequisite: Senior standing and approval of the Department.

AE 412     Senior Design Project II                                                                                             (2-0-2)

Continuation and completion of project started in AE 411. Public oral presentation and submission of final written report of the design project are essential requirements for the completion of the course.

Prerequisite: AE 411

AE 420     Aerospace Engineering Lab I                                                                                     (0-3-1)

Laboratory experiments related to aerospace fields including wind tunnel and other equipment testing to demonstrate various phenomena, such as pressure distribution, lift, and drag measurement on different bodies. The course will include three parts, i.e., Fluid Dynamics, Aerodynamics and Gas Dynamics, and Propulsion. The course will utilize statistics, probability, and reliability basics with the fundamental principles of instrumentation.

Prerequisite: AE 220

AE 421     Aerospace Engineering Lab II                                                                                    (0-3-1)

Laboratory experiments related to two parts of aerospace flight: flight structures and materials; and flight dynamics and control, including demonstration and familiarization with basic components of the airframe construction (e.g. , landing gear mechanism, aircraft wing, part of fuselage), and flight simulator model performance stability (e.g. , lift and drag measurement and neutral point location and trim curves). The course includes films and visits to the industries in aerospace fields. The course utilizes statistical and reliability techniques for instrument data analysis.

Prerequisite: Senior standing and AE 220

AE 422     Flight Propulsion I                                                                                                      (3-0-3)

Introduction to Joule-Brayton cycle. Aerodynamics of aerospace vehicle engines, combustion, thrust and efficiency. Gas turbine engines: Turbojet, turbofan, turboprop; ramjet and scramjet, typical engine performance. Aerothermodynamics of inlets, combustors and nozzles. Introduction to propellers, turbo-compressors and turbines. Introduction to rockets and performance of rocket vehicle engines. Chemical and electrical drive rocket engines.

Prerequisite: ME 203 and ME 311

AE 426     Flight Dynamics I                                                                                                        (3-0-3)

Flight performance. Statics and dynamic flight stability and control of flight vehicle. Rocket trajectories and satellite orbits.

Prerequisite: AE 220

AE 427     Aerospace System Design                                                                                          (3-0-3)

This is an integrated aerospace design course which include theory, background, and methods of aerospace system (e.g. I aircraft, rockets, and spacecraft) design; including requirements and specifications of design, integration of aerodynamics, structure, propulsion, and flight dynamics and control; performance analysis and prediction; and complete project of aerospace system.

Prerequisite: Senior standing and AE 220

AE Elective​ Courses  ​▲​​

AE 401     Aerospace System Maintenance                                                                                (2-3-3)

Aviation maintenance regulation, records, and documents; servicing procedures and ground operation, aviation material. Hydraulic, electrical avionic, ignition, environmental, and fuel systems, engine overhaul. Installation and repair; heat exchangers; inspection testing; weight and balance computation. Aerospace maintenance and its management with economical considerations; including visits to the field.

Prerequisite: ME 215 or equivalent.

AE 402     Aerospace Avionics                                                                                                     (2-3-3)

Theory of operation and utilization of various types of avionic equipment. Radio wave propagation, VHF communication, and VOR navigation system; instrument landing systems; automatic direction finder; distance measuring equipment; transponders. Weather radar and area navigation systems. Avionic system integration and flight control. Avionics equipment troubleshooting and repair; including visits to the field.

Prerequisite: EE 204 or equivalent

AE 403     Aerospace Materials                                                                                                    (3-0-3) 

Structure of materials; Mechanical properties of materials; Diffusion and heat treatment; Solidification and strengthening; Aluminum alloys, titanium alloys, nickel alloys, super alloys and their applications in aircraft structure and engine; Composite and ceramic material; Environmental effects and corrosion; Material behavior and selection processes for aerospace engineering systems applications. Visit to the field.

Prerequisite: Senior Standing

AE 410     Astronautics                                                                                                                 (3-0-3)

​Solar system; rocket propulsion and staging of power trajectories; dynamics and control of spacecraft; satellite altitude control; astrodynamics; lunar and interplanetary trajectories; re-entry and heating consideration; aerospace plane.

Prerequisite: PHYS 102
 
AE 414     Flight and Air Traffic Control                                                                                      (3-0-3)

Introduction to air traffic control system; Navigation, communication and surveillance systems; Air traffic control procedures and organizations; Air traffic control at airport operation area; Non-radar and radar separation techniques; Human factors in air traffic control operations; Air traffic safety and management; Field project.

Prerequisite: Senior standing
 
AE 415     Flight and Aviation Safety                                                                                          (3-0-3)

Regulatory organizations and their responsibilities;  Basics of safety; Review of aviation safety statistics; Human factor in flight and ground safety; Aircraft safety systems; Principles of accident investigation; Safety management system; Accident prevention; Risk management; Aviation and airport securities.

Prerequisite: Senior standing
 
AE 416     Flight and Aviation Management                                                                             (3-0-3)

Air transportation regulations; Economic characteristics of airlines; Airline organization and management. Functional departments of airlines; Flight scheduling and fleet planning. Airline pricing strategies and airline marketing; Freight and cargo operations; Airline financing; Airport design and operations; Airport planning and administration; Field project.

Prerequisite: Senior standing
 
AE 417     Flight and Aviation Law                                                                                             (3-0-3)

Legal environment of aviation; Federal Aviation Regulations; Basic principles of liability; Aircraft accident investigation law; Airline liability; Aircraft transactions; Airport and airspace law; Aviation security laws; International laws and treaties affecting aviation; Case studies.

Prerequisite: Senior standing
 
AE 418     Flight and Aviation Economics                                                                                  (3-0-3)

The aviation industry; International regulatory framework; Airline cost structures; Demand of the airline service; Airline pricing and revenue; Air cargo; Airport economics; Airport operations; Economics of charter operation;  Financial challenges facing the air transport industry; Case studies.

​Prerequisite: Senior standing

AE 428     Flight Structures II                                                                                                      (3-0-3)

Theory and analysis of structures of flight vehicles, plate theory, thermal stresses, buckling and failure, introduction to structural dynamics; analysis of aeroelastic phenomena and flutter; composite materials; crack-growth calculation and wear out models.

Prerequisite: AE 328 or equivalent
 
AE 429     Gas Dynamics II                                                                                                          (3-0-3)

Linearized flow; method of characteristics, conical flow. Experimental methods in gas dynamics.

Prerequisite: AE 325 or equivalent
 
AE 433     Aerodynamics II                                                                                                         (3-0-3)

Viscous flow and Navier-stokes equations; laminar and turbulent boundary layer; transition flow; unsteady flow; flow instabilities. High speed aerodynamics and aerodynamic heating. Introduction to hypersonic flow. Experimental methods in aerodynamics.

Prerequisite: AE 333 or equivalent
 
AE 442     Flight Propulsion II                                                                                                    (3-0-3)

Rocket and power plants performance, dynamics, and control of turbo-engines. RAM/SCRAM jets engines. Blades element theory for propellers; turbo-compressors, turbines; chemical, nuclear, and electrical propulsion rockets. Introduction to space propulsion system.

Prerequisite: AE 422 or equivalent
 
AE 446     Flight Dynamics II                                                                                                      (3-0-3)

Fundamentals of atmospheric flight; stability and control analysis; matrix approach to the general motion and transfer function; elastic flight vehicle; automatic flight control. Introduction to space flight dynamics; application to missile, spacecraft, and satellite attitude controls.

Prerequisite: AE 426 or equivalent

AE 448     Fundamentals of Helicopter                                                                                     (3-0-3)

Introduction to helicopters; its various configurations and rotor types; Hovering theory; Vertical and forward flight performance analysis; Dynamics and control of rotor; Helicopter stability in hovering and forward flight; Helicopter vibration analysis during flight; Design of basic helicopter components.

Prerequisite: ME 201 and MATH 202 or equivalent

AE 499     Special Topics in Aerospace Engineering                                                                (3-0-3)​

Topics are selected from the broad area of Aerospace Engineering to provide students with the knowledge of recent advancements in the analysis and design in Aerospace Engineering and in aviation including optimization of Aerospace System Design, Aerodynamics, 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.

Prerequisites: To be set by the Department. 

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