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Aerospace Engineering
(Administered by the Department of Aerospace Engineering )
Thomas J. Rudolphi, Chair of Department
Distinguished Professors: R. B.Thompson
Professors: Chimenti, Holger, Inger, McDaniel, Pierson, Rajagopalan,
Rothmayer, Rudolphi, Schmerr, Tannehill, Tsai, Zachary
Professors (Adjunct): Hsu
Distinguished Professors (Emeritus):
D. Thompson, Young
Professors (Emeritus): Akers, Greer, Iversen, Jenison, McConnell,
Munson, Rizzo, Rogge, Rohach, Weiss, Wilson
Associate Professors: Dayal, Hilliard, Hindman, Lu, Mann, Mitra,
Sarkar, Sherman, Sturges
Associate Professors (Adjunct): Biner, Cox, Roberts
Associate Professors (Collaborators): Flatau
Associate Professors (Emeritus): Hermann, Seversike, Trulin, Vogel
Assistant Professors: Bastawros, Chavez, Haan, Jacobson
Assistant Professors (Adjunct): Byrd, Gray, Kellogg, Legg, Wolter
Undergraduate Study
For undergraduate curriculum in aerospace engineering leading to
the degree bachelor of science, see College of Engineering, Curricula.
This curriculum is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission
of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
The aerospace engineer is primarily concerned with the design, analysis,
testing, and overall operation of vehicles which operate in air,
water, and space. The curriculum is designed to provide the student
with an education in the fundamental principles of aerodynamics,
flight dynamics, propulsion, structural mechanics, flight controls,
design, testing, and space technologies. A wide variety of opportunities
awaits the aerospace engineering graduate in research, development,
design, production, sales, and management in the aerospace industry,
and in many related industries in which fluid flow, control, and
transportation problems play major roles.
A cooperative education program in aerospace engineering is available
in cooperation with several industries and government agencies.
The usual fouryear curriculum is extended over a fiveyear span
to permit alternate industrial experience periods and academic periods.
This arrangement offers valuable practical experience and financial
assistance during the college years. See College of Engineering,
Cooperative Programs.
Undergraduate Mission and Educational Objectives
The Department of Aerospace Engineering maintains an internationally
recognized academic program in aerospace engineering via ongoing
consultation with students, faculty, industry, and aerospace professionals.
Results of these consultations are used in a process of continuous
academic improvement to provide the best possible education for
our students.
Mission Statement: The mission of the Aerospace Engineering Program
is to prepare the aerospace engineering student for a career with
wideranging opportunities in research, development, design, production,
sales, and management in the aerospace industry and in the many
related industries which are involved with the solution of multidisciplinary,
advanced technology problems.
Program Educational Objectives:
1. Coordinate the Aerospace Engineering Program’s mission,
educational objectives, and learning outcomes with the Iowa State
University, College of Engineering, and the Aerospace Engineering
Department mission, objectives, and outcomes.
2. Educate students to be proficient in the application of fundamental
principles of aerodynamics, flight dynamics, propulsion, structural
mechanics, flight controls, design, testing, and space technologies
to the solution of significant aerospace problems.
3. Prepare students to be successful in the workplace utilizing
nontechnical skills that include: communication skills, teamwork,
leadership, ethical and societal responsibility considerations.
4. Provide students with applied engineering experiences through
handson laboratory courses, internships, and cooperative education
experience.
5. Maintain an ongoing consultation with students, faculty, industry,
and aerospace professionals for the continuous process of academic
improvement.
Graduate Study
The department offers work for the degrees master of engineering,
master of science, and doctor of philosophy with major in aerospace
engineering, and minor work to students taking major work in other
departments. For all graduate degrees it is possible to establish
a comajor program with another graduate degree granting department.
Within the aerospace program, work is available in the following
areas: aerospace systems design, atmospheric and space flight dynamics,
computational fluid dynamics, control systems, wind engineering,
fluid mechanics, optimization, structural analysis, and nondestructive
evaluation.
The degrees master of science and doctor of philosophy require an
acceptable thesis in addition to the coursework. For the degree
master of engineering, a creative component or suitable project
is required. Appropriate credit is allotted for this requirement.
Minor work for aerospace engineering majors is usually selected
from mathematics, physics, electrical engineering, engineering mechanics,
mechanical engineering, materials science, meteorology, computer
science, and computer engineering.
The normal prerequisite to major graduate work in aerospace engineering
is the completion of a curriculum substantially equivalent to that
required of aerospace engineering students at this university. However,
because of the diversity of interests within the graduate programs
in aerospace engineering, a student whose prior undergraduate or
graduate education has been in allied engineering and/or scientific
fields may also qualify. In such cases, it may be necessary for
the student to take additional work to provide the requisite background.
A prospective graduate student is urged to specify the degree program
and the specific field(s) of interest on the application for admission.
Courses normally will be offered at the times stated in the course
description. Where no specific time of offering is stated, the course
may be offered during any semester provided there is sufficient
demand.
Courses open for nonmajor graduate credit: 311, 321, 331, 343, 351,
355, 361, 411, 412, 421, 422, 423, 426, 432, 441, 442, 446, 451,
461, 464.
Courses Primarily for Undergraduate Students
Aer E 160. Aerospace Engineering
Problems With Computational Laboratory. (1.54.5) Cr. 3.
F.S. Prereq: Credit or enrollment in Math 142, 165. Solving
aerospace engineering problems and presenting solutions through
technical reports. Graphing and curve fitting. Use of SI units.
Significant figures. Flowcharting. Use of FORTRAN and Matlab programming
environments. Introduction to solid modeling.
Aer E 161. Numerical and Graphical Techniques
for Aerospace Engineering. (22) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: Math
141 or 142 or satisfactory scores on mathematics placement examinations;
credit or enrollment in Math 165, proficiency in FORTRAN programming
languages. Computer solutions to aerospace engineering problems
using the FORTRAN language and Matlab. Development of algorithms.
Graphical description of geometrical objects with emphasis on aerospace
design.
Aer E 192. Aerospace Seminar. (10)
Cr. R. S. Professional skills development activities. Designed to
encourage involvement in a variety of aerospace engineering activities
and related professional activities. Academic program planning,
departmental symposium participation.
Aer E 202. Instrumentation
Laboratory. (02) Cr. 1. F.S. Prereq: Math 165, credit
or enrollment in Aer E 161 and Phys 221. Develop proficiency
with basic instrumentation utilized in other Aer E laboratory courses.
Computer usage. Probes and data acquisition equipment for fluid
mechanics and structural mechanics. Operation, accuracy, and errors
of instruments, experiment design, reporting results, and observation
of basic phenomena.
Aer E 243. Aerodynamics I. (30) Cr.
3. F.S. Prereq: Grade of C or better in 261, Math 265, enrollment
in 243L. Introduction to fluid mechanics and aerodynamics. Fluid
properties, statics, and kinematics. Conservation equations in differential
and integral form. Bernoulli’s equation. Dimensional analysis.
Basic potential flow concepts and solutions. Examples of numerical
methods. Applications of multivariable calculus to fluid mechanics
and aerodynamics.
Aer E 243L. Aerodynamics Laboratory I.
(03) Cr. 0.5. F.S. (8 weeks) Prereq: 202, enrollment in Aer
E 243. Introduction to fluid dynamic principles and instruments
in aerodynamics through laboratory studies and experiments. Report
writing.
Aer E 261. Introduction to Aerospace Engineering.
(30) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: 161, Math 166, Phys 221. Introduction
to aerospace disciplinary topics, including: aerodynamics, structures,
propulsion, and flight dynamics with emphasis on performance.
Aer E 265. Scientific Balloon Engineering
and Operations. (Same as Mteor 265.) (02) Cr. 1 each time
taken. F. Engineering aspects of scientific balloon flights. Integration
of science mission objectives with engineering requirements. Operations
team certification. FAA and FCC regulations, communications, and
command systems. Flight path prediction and control.
Aer E 291. Aerospace Seminar. (10)
Cr. R. F. Professional skills development activities. Designed to
encourage involvement in a variety of aerospace engineering activities
and related professional activities. Academic program planning,
departmental symposium participation.
Aer E 292. Aerospace Seminar. (10)
Cr. R. S. Professional skills development activities. Designed to
encourage involvement in a variety of aerospace engineering activities
and related professional activities. Academic program planning,
departmental symposium participation.
Aer E 298. Cooperative Education. Cr.
R. F.S.SS. Prereq: Permission of department. First professional
work period in the cooperative education program. Students must
register for this course prior to commencing work.
Aer E 301. Flight Experience.
Cr. R. F. Prereq: Credit or enrollment in 355. Two hours
of inflight training and necessary ground instruction. Course content
prescribed by the Aerospace Engineering Department. Six hours of
flight training certified in a pilot log book can be considered
by the course instructor as evidence of satisfactory performance
in the course.
Aer E 311. Gas Dynamics. (30) Cr.
3. S. Prereq: 243, M E 330, enrollment in 311L. Properties
of liquids and gases, review of thermodynamic processes and relations,
energy equation, compressible flow, shock and expansion waves, isentropic
flow, Fanno and Rayleigh flow. Nonmajor graduate credit.
Aer E 311L. Gas Dynamics Laboratory.
(03) Cr. 0.5. S. (8 weeks) Prereq: 243, 243L, enrollment in
311. Introduction to experimental compressible flow and propulsion
principles, techniques and instruments through laboratory studies
and experiments. Report writing.
Aer E 321. Flight Structures Analysis and
Laboratory. (2.50.5) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: E M 324, credit
or enrollment in 243, Mat E 272. 3 hours of lecture weekly plus
recitation and laboratory alternating weeks. Determination of flight
loads. Materials selection for flight applications. Analysis of
flight structures including trusses, beams, frames, and shear panels
employing classical and finite element methods. Laboratory experiments
on flight structures.
Aer E 331. Flight Control Systems I.
(30) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: 355. Linear system analysis. Control
system designs using rootlocus and frequency response methods.
Applications in flight control systems. Nonmajor graduate credit.
Aer E 340. Introduction to Aerodynamics and
Space Flight. (30) Cr. 3. Prereq: Math 265, Phys 221.
Aerodynamics of flight vehicles. Dynamics of space flight. For nonaerospace
engineering students.
Aer E 343. Aerodynamics II. (30)
Cr. 3. S. Prereq: Credit or enrollment in 311 and enrollment
in 343L. Incompressible, subsonic, transonic, supersonic, hypersonic
flow over airfoils and wings. Viscous flow theory. Laminar boundary
layers. Transition and turbulent flow. Nonmajor graduate credit.
Aer E 343L. Aerodynamics Laboratory II.
(02) Cr. 1. S. Prereq: Enrollment in 343. Advanced concepts
in aerodynamics and propulsion through laboratory experience. Experiments
include model tests. Techniques in subsonic and supersonic measurements.
Report writing.
Aer E 351. Astrodynamics I. (30)
Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Math 265, E M 345. Introduction to astrodynamics.
Twobody motion. Geocentric, lunar and interplanetary trajectories
and applications. Launch and atmospheric reentry trajectories.
Nonmajor graduate credit.
Aer E 355. Aircraft Flight Dynamics and Control.
(30) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: 261, Math 267, E M 345. Aircraft
rigid body equations of motion, linearization, and modal analysis.
Longitudinal and lateraldirectional static and dynamic stability
analysis. Flight handling characteristics analysis. Longitudinal
and lateraldirectional open loop response to aircraft control inputs.
Aircraft flight handling qualities. Nonmajor graduate credit.
Aer E 361. Computational Techniques for Aerospace
Design. (14) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: 243, Math 267, E M 324,
E M 345. Advanced programming, workstation environment, and
development of computational tools for aerospace analysis and design.
Nonmajor graduate credit.
Aer E 391. Aerospace Seminar. (10)
Cr. R. F. Professional skills development activities. Designed to
encourage involvement in a variety of aerospace engineering activities
and related professional activities. Academic program planning,
departmental symposium participation.
Aer E 392. Aerospace Seminar. (10)
Cr. R. S. Professional skills development activities. Designed to
encourage involvement in a variety of aerospace engineering activities
and related professional activities. Academic program planning,
departmental symposium participation.
Aer E 396. Summer Internship. Cr.
R. SS. Prereq: Permission of department. Summer professional
work period. Students must register for this course prior to commencing
work.
Aer E 397. Engineering Internship.
Cr. R. F.S. Prereq: Permission of department. Professional
work period, one semester maximum per academic year. Students must
register for this course prior to commencing work.
Aer E 398. Cooperative Education.
Cr. R. F.S.SS. Prereq: 298, permission of department. Second
professional work period in the cooperative education program. Students
must register for this course prior to commencing work.
Aer E 411. Aerospace Vehicle
Propulsion I. (30) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: 311. Momentum
theorem, thrust and propulsive efficiency. Thermodynamics of compressible
flow with heat addition. Components and principles of turbojets
and turbofans. Rocket engines and ramjet principles. Engine/airframe
integration. Nonmajor graduate credit.
Aer E 412. Aerospace Vehicle Propulsion II.
(30) Cr. 3. Prereq: 411, 343. Liquid and solid rocket propulsion,
including cold gas, bipropellant and monopropellant rocket propulsion.
Magnetohydrodynamics, Hall thrusters and electric propulsion. Space
mission requirements. Advanced and esotric space propulsion concepts.
Nonmajor graduate credit.
Aer E 421. Advanced Flight Structures.
(2.51) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: 321, Math 266 or 267. Analysis
of indeterminate flight structures including a finite element laboratory.
Static analysis of complex structural components subject to thermal
and aerodynamic loads. Analytical and finite element solutions for
stresses and displacements of membrane, plane stress, plate structures.
Buckling of beams, frames, and plate structures. Introduction to
vibration of flight structures. Steady state and transient structural
response using normal modal analysis. Nonmajor graduate credit.
Aer E 422. Vibrations and Aeroelasticity.
(30) Cr. 3. Prereq: 321, Math 266 or 267. Single and multiple
degree of freedom vibration. Free and forced vibration. Matrix methods.
Modal analysis, static aeroelasticitydivergence, control surface
reversal. Dynamic aeroelastictyflutter. Application of finite element
technique (ANSYS) to aeroelasticity problems. Nonmajor graduate
credit.
Aer E 423. Composite Flight Structures.
(22) Cr. 3. Prereq: E M 324; Mat E 272. Fabrication, testing
and analysis of composite materials used in flight structures. Basic
laminate theory of beams, plates and shells. Manufacturing and machining
considerations of various types of composites. Testing of composites
for material properties, strength and defects. Student projects
required. Nonmajor graduate credit.
Aer E 426. Design of Aerospace Structures.
(16) Cr. 3. Prereq: E M 324. Detailed design and analysis
of aerospace vehicle structures. Material selection, strength, durability
and damage tolerance, and validation analysis. Design for manufacturability.
Introduction to concepts of expert systems in design. Nonmajor graduate
credit.
Aer E 432. Flight Control Systems II.
(30) Cr. 3. Prereq: 331. Aircraft lateral directional stability
augmentation. Launch vehicle pitch control system design. Control
of flexible vehicles. Satellite attitude control. Flight control
designs based on statespace methods. Introduction to sampledata
systems. Nonmajor graduate credit.
Aer E 441. Viscous Flow Theory. (30)
Cr. 3. Prereq: 343. NavierStokes equations. Laminar and
turbulent boundary layers. Exact, approximate and numerical solutions.
Compressibility effects. Turbulence modeling. Nonmajor graduate
credit.
Aer E 442. V/STOL Aerodynamics and Performance.
(30) Cr. 3. Prereq: 355. Introduction to the aerodynamics,
performance, stability, control and critical maneuvering characteristics
of V/STOL vehicles. Topics include hovercrafts, jet flaps, ducted
fans and thrust vectored engines. Nonmajor graduate credit.
Aer E 446. Computational Fluid Dynamics.
(30) Cr. 3. Prereq: 343. Introduction to modern computational
fluid dynamics. Finite difference and finite volume methods. Explicit,
implicit, and iterative techniques. Solutions of elliptic, parabolic,
and hyperbolic equations. Emphasis on applications. Commercial software.
Nonmajor graduate credit.
Aer E 451. Astrodynamics II. (30)
Cr. 3. Prereq: 351. Orbit determination and prediction. Transfer
orbits using the universal variable formulation. Relative motion
in orbit. Perturbation methods applied to trajectory analysis. Introduction
to the Nbody problem. Nonmajor graduate credit.
Aer E 461. Modern Design Methodology with
Aerospace Applications. (22) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: 361,
311, 321, 351, 355. Introduction to modern engineering design
methodology. Computational constrained optimal design approach including
selection of objective function, characterization of constraint
system, materials and strength considerations, and sensitivity analyses.
Nonmajor graduate credit.
Aer E 462. Design of Aerospace Systems.
(14) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: 461. Fundamental principles used
in engineering design of aircraft, missile, and space systems. Preliminary
design of aerospace vehicles.
Aer E 464. Spacecraft Mission and Systems
Analysis. (30) Cr. 3. Prereq: 351. Mission design
and navigation of satellite and spacecraft missions. Introduction
to low thrust trajectory dynamics. Attitude sensing and control.
Launch vehicle integration and payload mass analysis. Scientific
measurements from space. Introduction to communication, power, thermal
and structure constraints. Nonmajor graduate credit.
Aer E 490. Independent Study. Cr.
1 to 6. Arr. Prereq: Junior or senior classification, approval
of the department.
A. Aero and/or Gas Dynamics
B. Propulsion
C. Aerospace Structures
D. Flight Dynamics
E. Spacecraft Systems
F. Flight Control Systems
G. Aeroelasticity
H. Honors
I. Design
J. Nondestructive Evaluation
K. Wind Engineering
L. Multifunctional Ultralight Structures
M. Senior Project
Aer E 491. Aerospace Seminar. (10)
Cr. R. F. S. Professional skills development activities. Designed
to encourage involvement in a variety of aerospace engineering activities
and related professional activities. Academic program planning,
departmental symposium participation.
Aer E 492. Aerospace Seminar. (10)
Cr. R. F.S. Professional skills development activities. Writing
and presentation of a technical paper at the department’s
Aerospace Symposium or at a recognized student or professional meeting
of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
Aer E 498. Cooperative Education.
Cr. R. F.S.SS. Prereq: 398, permission of department. Third
and subsequent professional work periods in the cooperative education
program. Students must register for this course before commencing
work.
Courses Primarily for Graduate Students, open
to qualified undergraduate students
Aer E 514. Advanced
Mechanics of Materials. (Same as E M 514.) See Engineering
Mechanics.
Aer E 517. Experimental Stress Analysis.
(Same as E M 517). See Engineering Mechanics.
Aer E 521. Airframe Analysis. (30)
Cr. 3. F. Prereq: 421 or E M 424. Analysis of static stresses
and deformation in continuous aircraft structures. Various analytical
and approximate methods of analysis of isotropic and anisotropic
plates and shells. Laboratory experience.
Aer E 524. Numerical Mesh Generation. (Same
as M E 524). (30) Cr. 3. Prereq: Math 385, proficiency in programming.
Introduction to modern mesh generation techniques. Structured and
unstructured mesh methods, algebraic and PDE methods, elliptic and
hyperbolic methods, variational methods, error analysis, Delaunay
triangulation, data structures, geometric modeling with Bspline
and NURBS surfaces, surface meshing.
Aer E 525. Finite Element Analysis.
(Same as E M 525). See Engineering Mechanics.
Aer E 531. Automatic Control of Flight Vehicles.
(30) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: 331. Applications of classical
and modern linear control theory to automatic control of flight
vehicles. Spacecraft attitude control. Control of flexible vehicles.
Linearquadratic regulator and poleplacement design applications.
Aer E 532. Compressible Fluid Flow.
(Same as M E 532.) (30) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: M E 335 or Aer E 541.
Thermodynamics of compressible flow. Viscous and inviscid compressible
flow equations. One dimensional steady flow; isentropic flow, normal
shock waves oblique and curved shocks, constant area flow with friction
and heat transfer. Linear theory and PrandtlGlauert similarity.
Method of characteristics. Subsonic, transonic, supersonic and hypersonic
flows.
Aer E 541. Incompressible Flow Aerodynamics.
(30) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: 343 or M E 335. Kinematics and dynamics
of fluid flow. Derivation of the NavierStokes, Euler and potential
flow equations. Introduction to generalized curvilinear coordinates.
Ideal fluids. Twodimensional and threedimensional potential flow.
Complex variable methods.
Aer E 543. Viscous Flow Aerodynamics.
(30) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: 541. NavierStokes equations. Incompressible
and compressible boundary layers. Similarity solutions. Computational
and general solution methods. Introduction to stability of laminar
flows, transition and turbulent flow.
Aer E 544. Applied Wing Theory. (30)
Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered 2005. Prereq: 532. Potential flow
methods. Linear theory. Aerodynamics of wings and bodies. Similarity
rules. Applied computational methods. Sensitivity analysis.
Aer E 546. Computational Fluid Mechanics
and Heat Transfer I. (Same as M E 546.) (30) Cr. 3. F. Introduction
to finite difference and finite volume methods used in modern engineering.
Basic concepts of discretization, consistency, and stability. Applications
of numerical methods to selected model partial differential equations.
Aer E 547. Computational Fluid Mechanics
and Heat Transfer II. (Same as M E 547.) (30) Cr. 3. S.
Prereq: 546. Application of computational methods to current
problems in fluid mechanics and heat transfer. Methods for solving
the NavierStokes and reduced equation sets such as Euler, boundary
layer, and parabolized forms of the conservation equations. Introduction
to relevant aspects of grid generation and turbulence modeling.
Aer E 551. Orbital Mechanics. (30)
Cr. 3. F. Prereq: 351. Review of 2body problem. Orbit perturbation
analysis. Gravity field expansions and effects on orbiters. 3body
problem with applications.
Aer E 556. Guidance and Navigation of Aerospace
Vehicles. (30) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: 331. Principles
of guidance systems for spacecraft, launch vehicles, homing and
ballistic missiles. Optimal guidance. Interplanetary transfer guidance
with low thrust. Principles of inertial navigation. Theory and applications
of the Global Positioning System. Celestial navigation procedures.
Application of Kalman filtering to recursive navigation theory.
Aer E 565. Systems Engineering and Analysis.
(Same as E E 565, I E 565.) (30) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Graduate
classification in engineering. Introduction to organized multidisciplinary
approach to designing and developing systems. Concepts, principles,
and practice of systems engineering as applied to large integrated
systems. Lifecycle costing, scheduling, risk management, functional
analysis, conceptual and detail design, test evaluation, and systems
engineering planning and organization.
Aer E 566. Avionics Systems Engineering.
(Same as E E 566.) (30) Cr. 3. S. Prereq:
565. Avionics functions. Applications of systems engineering
principles to avionics. Topdown design of avionics systems. Automated
design tools.
Aer E 569. Mechanics of Composite
and Combined Materials. (Same as E M
569.) See Engineering Mechanics.
Aer E 570. Wind Engineering. (Same
as E M 570. ) See Engineering Mechanics.
Aer E 572. Turbulence.
(Same as Ch E 572.) (30) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered 2005. Prereq:
541. Qualitative features of turbulence. Statistical and spectral
representation of turbulent velocity fields: averages, moments,
correlations, length and time scales and the energy cascade. Averaged
equations of motion, closure requirements, Reynolds stress, dissipation
rate. Isotropic turbulence, homogeneous shear flows, free shear
flows, wall bounded flows. Scalar transport, particulate transport.
Aer E 573. Random Signal Analysis
and Kalman Filtering. (Same as E E 573,
Math 573, M E 573.) (30) Cr 3. F. Prereq: 331 or E E 321 or
M E 370 or 411 or Math 341 or 395. Elementary notions of probability.
Random processes. Autocorrelation and spectral functions. Estimation
of spectrum from finite data. Response of linear systems to random
inputs. Discrete and continuous Kalman filter theory and applications.
Smoothing and prediction. Linearization of nonlinear dynamics.
Aer E 574. Optimal Control. (Same
as E E 574, Math 574, M E 574.) (30) Cr. 3. Prereq: 577. The
optimal control problem. Variational approach. Pontryagin’s
principle. HamiltonJacobi equation. Dynamic programming. Timeoptimal,
minimum fuel, minimum energy control systems. The regulator problem.
Structures and properties of optimal controls.
Aer E 575. Introduction to Robust
Control. (Same as E E 575, Math 575, M
E 575.) (30) Cr. 3. Prereq: 577. Introduction to modern
robust control. Model and signal uncertainty in control systems.
Uncertainty description. Stability and performance robustness to
uncertainty. Solutions to the H2, H¥, and l1 control problems.
Tools for robustness analysis and synthesis.
Aer E 576. Digital Feedback Control Systems. (Same as E E 576, Math
576, M E 576.) (30) Cr. 3. Prereq: 432 or E E 475 or M E 411 or
414 or Math 415; and Math 267. Sampled data, discrete data, and
the ztransform. Design of digital control systems using transform
methods; root locus, frequency response and direct design methods.
Design using statespace methods. Controllability, observability,
pole placement, state estimators. Digital filters in control systems.
Microcomputer implementation of digital filters. Finite wordlength
effects. Linear quadratic optimal control in digital control systems.
Simulation of digital control systems.
Aer E 577. Modern Control Systems
I. (Same as E E 577, Math 577, M E 577.)
(30) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: 331 or E E 321 or M E 414 or Math 415;
and Math 307. State variable and inputoutput descriptions of
linear continuoustime and discrete time systems. Solution of linear
dynamical equations. Controllability and observability of linear
dynamical systems. Canonical descriptions of linear equations. Irreducible
realizations of rational transfer function matrices. Canonical form
dynamical equations. State feedback. State estimators. Decoupling
by state feedback. Design of feedback systems. Stability of linear
dynamical systems.
Aer E 578. Modern Control Systems
II. (Same as E E 578, Math 578, M E 578.)
(30) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: 577. Wellposedness of nonlinear
control systems. Approximate analysis methods. Poincaré perturbation
method and describing function method. Lyapunov stability theory.
Absolute stability of feedback systems. Inputoutput stability.
Largescale systems.
Aer E 579. Adaptive Control. (Same
as E E 579, Math 579, M E 579.) (30) Cr. 3. Prereq: 577. Fundamentals
of adaptive control; terminology, parameter identification, basic
adaptive controller design techniques, analysis of stability, parameter
convergence, and robustness. Nonlinear adaptive control. Application
examples.
Aer E 590. Special Topics.
Cr. 1 to 5.
A. Aero and/or Gas Dynamics
B. Propulsion
C. Aerospace Structures
D. Flight Dynamics
E. Spacecraft Systems
F. Flight Control Systems
G. Aeroelasticity
H. Viscous Aerodynamics
I. Design
J. Hypersonics
K. Computational Aerodynamics
L. Optimization
M. Non Destructive Evaluation
N. Wind Engineering
Aer E 599. Creative Component.
Cr. 1 to 5.
Courses for Graduate Students
Aer E 620. Seminar.
(10) Cr. 1.
Aer E 631. Modern Flight Control Systems.
(30) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: 578. Applications of modern control
theory to flight control. Controller design based on optimal control
techniques. Nonlinear system theory applications. Typical aerospace
control methods such as model following, load alleviation, and flutter
suppression. Recent advances in aerospace vehicle control.
Aer E 635. Optimization in Aerospace
Engineering I. (30) Cr. 3. Prereq:
531, 541, 551. Applications of unconstrained and constrained
parameter optimization, dynamic programming, and optimal control
theory to problems in aerodynamics, aerospace structures, flight
dynamics and control, and aerospace design. Special emphasis on
numerical methods of optimization.
Aer E 636. Optimization in Aerospace
Engineering II. (30) Cr. 3. Prereq:
635. Applications of unconstrained and constrained parameter
optimization, dynamic programming, and optimal control theory to
problems in aerodynamics, aerospace structures, flight dynamics
and control, and aerospace design. Special emphasis on numerical
methods of optimization.
Aer E 641. Hypersonic Gas Dynamics.
(30) Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered 2004. Prereq:
532. High Mach number flows, Newtonian theory, small disturbance
theory, constant density solutions, thin shock layers, blunt body
problems, hypersonic boundary layers and viscous interactions, thermally
and calorically imperfect gases, vibrational relaxing and chemically
reacting flows.
Aer E 646. Computational Methods for
Internal and Low Speed Flows. (Same as
M E 646.) (30) Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered 2003. Prereq: 547.
Emphasis is on algorithms suitable for low speed and internal flows
at speeds up through transonic. Topics include pressurebased schemes,
pseudocompressibility methods, use of preconditioning to develop
algorithms suitable for all speed regimes, large eddy simulations,
algorithms for unstructured grids, and finite elements in fluids.
Aer E 647. Advanced High Speed Computational
Fluid Dynamics. (Same as M E 647.) (30)
Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered 2004. Prereq: 547. An examination
of current methods in computational fluid dynamics. Differencing
strategies. Advanced solution algorithms. Grid generation. Construction
of complex CFD algorithms. Current applications. Use of state of
the art CFD codes.
Aer E 650. Fluid Mechanics Seminar.
(Same as M E 650.) (10) Cr. 1 each time taken. F. Prereq: Permission
of instructor. Special topics of current research interest to
students and staff of departments concerned.
Aer E 661. Perturbation Methods.
(30) Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered 2003. Prereq: Math 267. Mathematical
perturbation methods with applications to ordinary differential
equations. Perturbation expansions. Order of magnitude and gauge
functions. Matched asymptotic expansions. Boundary layer problems.
Multiple scales. Resonance and mode coupling. Solvability conditions
for differential equations. Physical and engineering applications.
Aer E 662. Viscous Flow Asymptotic
Theory. (30) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered
2004. Prereq: 661, 541. 1st and 2nd order boundarylayer
theory. Coordinate expansions. Tripledeck theory. Compressible
boundary layers. Two and threedimensional, steady and unsteady
flow separation. Internal and external flows. Wavepacket propagation
in unsteady flows.
Aer E 690. Advanced Topics.
Cr. 1 to 5.
A. Aero and/or Gas Dynamics
B. Propulsion
C. Aerospace Structures
D. Flight Dynamics
E. Spacecraft Systems
F. Flight Control Systems
G. Aeroelasticity
H. Viscous Aerodynamics
I. Design
J. Hypersonics
K. Computational Aerodynamics
L. Non Destructive Evaluation
M. Wind Engineering
Aer E 697. Engineering Internship.
Cr. R. Prereq: Permission of DOGE (Director of Graduate Education),
graduate classification. One semester and one summer maximum
per academic year professional work period. Offered on a satisfactoryfail
grading basis only.
Aer E 699. Research.
