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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 four-year curriculum is extended over a five-year 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 wide-ranging 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 multi-disciplinary, 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 non-technical skills that include: communication skills, teamwork, leadership, ethical and societal responsibility considerations.

4. Provide students with applied engineering experiences through hands-on 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 co-major 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 non-destructive 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. (1.5-4.5) 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. (2-2) 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. (1-0) 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. (0-2) 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. (3-0) 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 multi-variable calculus to fluid mechanics and aerodynamics.

Aer E 243L. Aerodynamics Laboratory I. (0-3) 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. (3-0) 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.) (0-2) 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. (1-0) 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. (1-0) 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 in-flight 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. (3-0) 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. (0-3) 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. (2.5-0.5) 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. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: 355. Linear system analysis. Control system designs using root-locus and frequency response methods. Applications in flight control systems. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Aer E 340. Introduction to Aerodynamics and Space Flight. (3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: Math 265, Phys 221. Aerodynamics of flight vehicles. Dynamics of space flight. For nonaerospace engineering students.

Aer E 343. Aerodynamics II. (3-0) 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. (0-2) 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. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Math 265, E M 345. Introduction to astrodynamics. Two-body motion. Geocentric, lunar and interplanetary trajectories and applications. Launch and atmospheric re-entry trajectories. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Aer E 355. Aircraft Flight Dynamics and Control. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: 261, Math 267, E M 345. Aircraft rigid body equations of motion, linearization, and modal analysis. Longitudinal and lateral-directional static and dynamic stability analysis. Flight handling characteristics analysis. Longitudinal and lateral-directional open loop response to aircraft control inputs. Aircraft flight handling qualities. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Aer E 361. Computational Techniques for Aerospace Design. (1-4) 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. (1-0) 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. (1-0) 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. (3-0) 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. (3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: 411, 343. Liquid and solid rocket propulsion, including cold gas, bi-propellant and mono-propellant 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. (2.5-1) 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. (3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: 321, Math 266 or 267. Single and multiple degree of freedom vibration. Free and forced vibration. Matrix methods. Modal analysis, static aeroelasticity-divergence, control surface reversal. Dynamic aeroelasticty-flutter. Application of finite element technique (ANSYS) to aeroelasticity problems. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Aer E 423. Composite Flight Structures. (2-2) 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. (1-6) 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. (3-0) 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 state-space methods. Introduction to sample-data systems. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Aer E 441. Viscous Flow Theory. (3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: 343. Navier-Stokes 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. (3-0) 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. (3-0) 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. (3-0) 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 N-body problem. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Aer E 461. Modern Design Methodology with Aerospace Applications. (2-2) 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. (1-4) 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. (3-0) 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. Non-destructive Evaluation
K. Wind Engineering
L. Multi-functional Ultra-light Structures
M. Senior Project

Aer E 491. Aerospace Seminar. (1-0) 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. (1-0) 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. (3-0) 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). (3-0) 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 B-spline 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. (3-0) 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. Linear-quadratic regulator and pole-placement design applications.

Aer E 532. Compressible Fluid Flow. (Same as M E 532.) (3-0) 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 Prandtl-Glauert similarity. Method of characteristics. Subsonic, transonic, supersonic and hypersonic flows.

Aer E 541. Incompressible Flow Aerodynamics. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: 343 or M E 335. Kinematics and dynamics of fluid flow. Derivation of the Navier-Stokes, Euler and potential flow equations. Introduction to generalized curvilinear coordinates. Ideal fluids. Two-dimensional and three-dimensional potential flow. Complex variable methods.

Aer E 543. Viscous Flow Aerodynamics. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: 541. Navier-Stokes 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. (3-0) 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.) (3-0) 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.) (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: 546. Application of computational methods to current problems in fluid mechanics and heat transfer. Methods for solving the Navier-Stokes 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. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: 351. Review of 2-body problem. Orbit perturbation analysis. Gravity field expansions and effects on orbiters. 3-body problem with applications.

Aer E 556. Guidance and Navigation of Aerospace Vehicles. (3-0) 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.) (3-0) 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. Life-cycle 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.) (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: 565. Avionics functions. Applications of systems engineering principles to avionics. Top-down 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.) (3-0) 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.) (3-0) 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.) (3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: 577. The optimal control problem. Variational approach. Pontryagin’s principle. Hamilton-Jacobi equation. Dynamic programming. Time-optimal, 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.) (3-0) 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.) (3-0) 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 z-transform. Design of digital control systems using transform methods; root locus, frequency response and direct design methods. Design using state-space 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.) (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: 331 or E E 321 or M E 414 or Math 415; and Math 307. State variable and input-output descriptions of linear continuous-time 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.) (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: 577. Well-posedness of nonlinear control systems. Approximate analysis methods. Poincaré perturbation method and describing function method. Lyapunov stability theory. Absolute stability of feedback systems. Input-output stability. Large-scale systems.

Aer E 579. Adaptive Control. (Same as E E 579, Math 579, M E 579.) (3-0) 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. (1-0) Cr. 1.

Aer E 631. Modern Flight Control Systems. (3-0) 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. (3-0) 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. (3-0) 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. (3-0) 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.) (3-0) 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 pressure-based schemes, pseudo-compressibility 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.) (3-0) 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.) (1-0) 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. (3-0) 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. (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered 2004. Prereq: 661, 541. 1st and 2nd order boundary-layer theory. Coordinate expansions. Triple-deck theory. Compressible boundary layers. Two and three-dimensional, steady and unsteady flow separation. Internal and external flows. Wave-packet 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 satisfactory-fail grading basis only.

Aer E 699. Research.

 

 

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