AEROSPACE ENGINEERING AND MECHANICS (AEM)
Professor Sally Anne McInerny, Department Head
Office: 205 Hardaway Hall
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.
Forces and couples and resultants of force systems, free-body diagrams, equilibrium, and problems involving friction; and centroids, center of gravity, and distributed forces.
Kinematics of particles, Newton’s laws of motion, and principles of work-energy and impulse-momentum for particles.
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++.
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.
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.
Kinematics of particles and rigid bodies, Newton’s laws of motion, and principles of work-energy and impulse-momentum for particles and rigid bodies.
Fluid statics, application of conservation laws to simple systems, dimensional analysis and similitude, and flow in open and closed conduits.
Introductory aerodynamics, including properties of the atmosphere; aerodynamic characteristics of airfoils, wings, propellers, and other components; drag phenomena; and topics of current interest.
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.
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.
Basic propulsion dynamics, thermodynamics of fluid flow, combustion kinetics, air-breathing engines, rockets, design criteria, performance, and advanced propulsion systems.
Dynamics of compressible fluids: shock waves, one-dimensional flow, expansion waves in two-dimensional flow, and compressible flow over aerodynamic bodies.
Critical examination of the propulsive airscrew, including induced velocity relations, flow patterns, and similarity. Practical applications are approached through existing theory and practice.
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.
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.
Introduction to the governing principles of the stiffness and strength of unidirectional and multidirectional fiber composite materials.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fundamental methods for predicting the dynamic response of structures.
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.
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 503 Intermediate Gas Dynamics (also ME 503). (3-0) 3 hours.
Prerequisites: ME 215, AEM 311, and MATH 238.
Prerequisites AEM 250 and one other course in structures.