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AEROSPACE ENGINEERING AND MECHANICS (AEM)

Professor Sally Anne McInerny, Department Head
Office: 205 Hardaway Hall

AEM 120 Aerospace Science for Educators. (3-3) 4 hours.

Students develop meaningful understanding and use of engineering and science knowledge and critical-thinking skills and come to appreciate engineering and science as part of the daily life of a scientifically literate professional.

AEM 125 Introduction to Aerospace Engineering. (2-0) 2 hours.
Corequisites: MATH 112 and enrollment in AEM.

A survey of aerospace history and a discussion of pertinent topics to help the student understand aerospace engineering and to promote a professional awareness.

AEM 201 Statics. (3-0) 3 hours.
Prerequisite: PH 105.
Corequisites: MATH 126 and DR 125, or equivalent.

Forces and couples and resultants of force systems, free-body diagrams, equilibrium, and problems involving friction; and centroids, center of gravity, and distributed forces.

AEM 202 Particle Dynamics. (2-0) 2 hours.
Prerequisite: AEM 201.
Corequisite: MATH 227.

Kinematics of particles, Newton’s laws of motion, and principles of work-energy and impulse-momentum for particles.

AEM 205 Honors Statics. (3-0) 3 hours.
Prerequisites: Grades of “B” or higher in PH 105 and MATH 125.

Honors section of AEM 201.

AEM 249 Algorithm Development and Implementation. (3-0) 3 hours.
Prerequisite: C++ programming (e.g. CS 114 or equivalent).
Corequisite: MATH 125 or MATH 131.

Algorithm development, numerical solution of engineering problems, and structured problem solving in C/C++.

AEM 250 Mechanics of Materials I. (3-0) 3 hours.
Prerequisite: AEM 201.
Corequisite: MATH 227.

Concepts of stress and strain; analysis of stresses and deformation in bodies loaded by axial, torsional, and bending loads; combined loads analysis; statically indeterminate members; thermal stresses; columns; and thin-walled pressure vessels.

AEM 251 Mechanics of Materials Laboratory. (0-3) 1 hour.
Corequisite: AEM 250.

Mechanical tests of metallic and nonmetallic materials in the elastic and inelastic ranges; use of materials testing for acceptance tests, for the determination of properties of materials, and for illustration of the validity of assumptions made in mechanics of materials.

AEM 252 Honors Mechanics of Materials I. (3-0) 3 hours.
Prerequisites: MATH 126 and AEM 201.
Corequisites: MATH 227 and GES 126 or AEM 249.

Concepts of stress and strain; stress and deformation analysis of bodies subject to axial, torsional, bending, and thermal loads; and generalized Hook’s law, strain transformations, energy methods, curved beams, noncircular torsion, and shear center.

AEM 264 Dynamics. (3-0) 3 hours.
Prerequisite: AEM 201.
Corequisite: MATH 227.

Kinematics of particles and rigid bodies, Newton’s laws of motion, and principles of work-energy and impulse-momentum for particles and rigid bodies.

AEM 311 Fluid Mechanics. (3-0) 3 hours.
Corequisites: MATH 238, and AEM 202 or AEM 264.

Fluid statics, application of conservation laws to simple systems, dimensional analysis and similitude, and flow in open and closed conduits.

AEM 313 Aerodynamics I. (3-3) 4 hours.
Prerequisite: MATH 238 and AEM 311.
Corequisite: AEM 264.

Introductory aerodynamics, including properties of the atmosphere; aerodynamic characteristics of airfoils, wings, propellers, and other components; drag phenomena; and topics of current interest.

AEM 314 Aircraft Performance. (3-0) 3 hours.
Corequisites: AEM 349 and AEM 264.

Aircraft performance parameters, including static stability criteria.

AEM 341 Aerospace Structural Analysis. (3-0) 3 hours.
Prerequisites: AEM 249 and AEM 250.

Methods of analyzing stressed skin structures of the types that are typically found in aircraft, missiles, and space vehicles. Unsymmetrical bending and bending and twisting of multiple cell structures are also covered.

AEM 349 Engineering Analysis. (3-0) 3 hours.
Prerequisites: AEM 249.

Elements of statistics, matrix algebra, numerical analysis, and partial differential equations applied to engineering problems. Includes extensive computer applications.

AEM 368 Flight Dynamics and Controls. (3-1) 3 hours.
Prerequisites: AEM 314 and MATH 238.
Corequisite: AEM 349 or MATH 237.

Fundamentals of airplane flight dynamics, static trim, and stability.

AEM 402 Integrated Aerospace Design I. (2-3) 3 hours.
Prerequisites: AEM 413, AEM 341, and AEM 368.
Corequisite: AEM 408.

Preliminary design techniques for an aerospace system.

AEM 404 Integrated Aerospace Design II. (1-6) 3 hours.
Prerequisite: AEM 402.

Preliminary and detailed design of aircraft and space vehicles, including weight and balance, power plant selection, exterior layout, performance, stability, and control. Involves group efforts on selected projects.

AEM 408 Propulsion Systems. (3-0) 3 hours.
Prerequisite: AEM 413.

Basic propulsion dynamics, thermodynamics of fluid flow, combustion kinetics, air-breathing engines, rockets, design criteria, performance, and advanced propulsion systems.

AEM 413 Aerodynamics II. (3-3) 3 hours.
Prerequisites: AEM 313 and ME 215.

Dynamics of compressible fluids: shock waves, one-dimensional flow, expansion waves in two-dimensional flow, and compressible flow over aerodynamic bodies.

AEM 416 Helicopter Theory. (3-0) 3 hours.
Prerequisite: AEM 313.

Critical examination of the propulsive airscrew, including induced velocity relations, flow patterns, and similarity. Practical applications are approached through existing theory and practice.

AEM 425 Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Control. (3-0) 3 hours.
Prerequisite: AEM 468.

This course introduces the student to the theory and practice of spacecraft dynamics and control. The topics covered include kinematics and dynamics of angular motion, spacecraft stabilization, attitude control devices, and design of linear and nonlinear spacecraft control systems.

AEM 428 Space Propulsion. (3-0) 3 hours.
Prerequisite: AEM 408.

This course introduces the student to descriptions and analyses of space and launch-vehicle propulsion. Topics covered include advanced schemes such as nuclear, solar, and laser propulsion; power cycles; and tether systems.

AEM 451 Structural Design and Testing. (3-3) 4 hours.
Prerequisites: AEM 341, ECE 225, or ECE 320.

Prerequisite or Corequisite: AEM 461.

Design of tension, compression bending, torsion, and stiffened panel members; experimental and analytical investigations involving static and dynamic structural behavior. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course.

AEM 452 Composite Materials. (3-0) 3 hours.
Prerequisites: AEM 250 and another 3-hour structures course.

Introduction to the governing principles of the stiffness and strength of unidirectional and multidirectional fiber composite materials.

AEM 454 Engineering Reliability. (3-0) 3 hours.
Prerequisite: AEM 250.

Fundamental concepts and applications of the probabilistic approach to engineering design.

AEM 461 Computational Methods for Aerospace Structures. (3-0) 3 hours.
Prerequisites: MATH 227 and AEM 341.
Corequisite: May be taken concurrently with AEM 451.

Development of the fundamentals of the finite-element method from matrix and energy methods. Use of the finite-element method for detailed design of aerospace structures. Modeling techniques for static and dynamic analyses.

AEM 468 Flight Dynamics and Controls II. (3-0) 3 hours.
Prerequisites: AEM 349 and AEM 368.

Introduction to the dynamics of flight vehicles; equations for static and dynamic equilibrium; criteria for stability, controllability, and maneuverability; and fundamentals and mathematical models using linear differential equations.

AEM 469 Orbital Mechanics I. (3-0) 3 hours.
Prerequisites: MATH 238 and AEM 264.

Introduction to engineering application of celestial mechanics; high-speed, high-altitude aerodynamics; and other fields related to the contemporary problems of space vehicles. Fundamentals of applied dynamics, nomenclature of space flight, space environment and solar system, and two-body orbits. Kepler’s laws, coordinate transformations, and related studies.

AEM 470 Mechanical Vibrations (also ME 470). (3-0) 3 hours.
Prerequisites: AEM 250 and AEM 264.

Free and forced vibrations, both undamped and damped. Systems with many degrees of freedom are formulated and analyzed by matrix methods. Experimental techniques of vibration measurement are introduced.

AEM 471 Engineering Acoustics (also ME 471). (3-0) 3 hours.
Prerequisites: MATH 238 and AEM 264.

Fundamental physical principles underlying wave propagation and resonance in mechanical systems. Introduces applications and provides experience in acoustic and audio measurements and the associated instrumentation.

AEM 474 Structural Dynamics. (3-0) 3 hours.
Prerequisites: AEM 341 and AEM 368.
Corequisite: AEM 461.

Fundamental methods for predicting the dynamic response of structures.

AEM 475 Control-Systems Analysis. (3-0) 3 hours.
Prerequisite: MATH 238 and AEM 349.

Classical feedback control-system analysis; block diagrams, state variables, stability, root locus, and computerized analysis. Includes an introduction to modern control techniques.

AEM 480 Introductory Computational Fluid Dynamics. (3-0) 3 hours.
Prerequisite: MATH 238 and AEM 349.

Analyses of aerodynamic flow problems using a digital computer.

AEM 491 and AEM 492 Special Problems. Variable credit.

Assigned problems are explored on an individual basis. Credit is based on the amount of work undertaken.

AEM 495 Aerospace Engineering Seminar. (2-0) 2 hours.
Corequisite: AEM 402.

Selected topics from recent developments in the aeronautical and space engineering fields. There are visiting lecturers and extensive student participation. Several nontechnical topics of immediate interest to seniors are explored. Each student must complete a personal résumé and subscribe to Aerospace America. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course.

Advanced Undergraduate/Entry-level Graduate Courses

AEM 500 Intermediate Fluid Mechanics (also AEM/ME 500). (3-0) 3 hours.
Prerequisites: MATH 238, ME 215, and AEM 311.

AEM 503 Intermediate Gas Dynamics (also ME 503). (3-0) 3 hours.
Prerequisites: ME 215, AEM 311, and MATH 238.

AEM 525 Spacecraft Dynamics. (3-0) 3 hours.

Prerequisites MATH 238, ME 215, AEM 311.

AEM 552 Composite Materials. (3-0) 3 hours.

Prerequisites AEM 250 and one other course in structures.

AEM 562 Intermediate Dynamics. (3-0) 3 hours.

Prerequisites MATH 238 and AEM 264.

AEM 567 Orbital Mechanics. (3-0) 3 hours.

Prerequisites MATH 238, AEM 264.

AEM 570 Theory of Vibrations. (3-0) 3 hours.

Prerequisites AEM 264, MATH 238, and ME 570.

AEM 571 Fundamentals of Acoustics. (3-0) 3 hours.

Prerequisites AEM 264, MATH 238, and ME 571.

AEM 574 Structural Dynamics. (3-0) Three units.

Prerequisites AEM 341 and AEM 368.

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