Master of Engineering Courses

The following are the recommended core courses in the Department of Aerospace Engineering.Some of these courses may be replaced by the technical electives listed and by other approved technical courses that meet the student's professional interests.  Technical electives must be approved by the academic advisor.


Aerospace Engineering

ENAE601 Astrodynamics (3)
Prerequisite: ENAE404 and ENAE441.
Mathematics and applications of orbit theory, building upon the foundations developed in ENAE 404 and ENAE 441. Topics include two body orbits, solutions of Kepler's equation, the two-point boundary value problem, rendezvous techniques, and Encke's method.
ENAE602 Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Control (3)
Prerequisite: ENAE404 and ENAE432.
Rigid body rotational dynamics of spacecraft; forced and unforced motion, torques produced by the orbital environment; orbit/attitude coupling; gas jet, momentum wheel, and magnetic torque actuators. Elementary feedback attitude regulators and algorithms for linear and nonlinear attitude tracking.
ENAE641 Linear System Dynamics (3)
Prerequisite: ENAE432.
Linear systems; state space, multi-input, multi-output models; eigenstructure; controllability, observability, singular value analysis; multivariable Nyquist condition; observer design; introduction to Kalman filtering. Full state feedback techniques including pole placement and LQR/LQG techniques; introduction to loop shaping and robustness.
ENAE642 Atmospheric Flight Control (3)
Prerequisite: ENAE403 and ENAE432; or students who have taken courses with similar or comparable course content may contact the department.
Exposure to flight guidance and control. Draws heavily from vehicle dynamics as well as feedback theory, and careful treatment of the non-linear aspects of the problem is critical. Conventional sythesis techniques are stressed, although modern methods are not ignored. Multivariable system analysis is included, along with flight-control design objectives and hardware limitations. Emphasis on aircraft and missiles.
ENAE651 Smart Structures (3)
Topics related to the analysis, design, and implementation of smart structures and systems: modeling of beams and plates with induced strain actuation; shape memory alloys; electro-rheological fluids; magnetostrictor and electrostricter actuators and fiber optic sensors.
ENAE652 Computational Structural Mechanics (3)
Restriction: Permission of instructor; and permission of ENGR-Aerospace Engineering department. Credit only granted for: ENME674, ENAE652, or ENPM652
Fundamentals of structural mechanics and computational modeling. Finite element modeling of two- and three-dimensional solids, plates and shells. Geometrically nonlinear behavior. Structural stability such as buckling and postbuckling.
ENAE654 Mechanics of Composite Structures (3)
Prerequisite: ENAE 452 or permission of both department and instructor.. Corequisite: ENAE 423 or equivalent.
An introduction to structures composed of composite materials and their applications in aerospace. In particular, filamentary composite materials are studied. Material types and fabrication techniques, material properties, micromechanics, anisotropic elasticity, introduction to failure concepts.
ENAE655 Structural Dynamics (3)
Prerequisite: ENAE 452 or permission of department.
Advanced principles of dynamics necessary for structural analysis; solutions of eigenvalue problems for discrete and continuous elastic systems, solutions to forced response boundary value problems by direct, modal, and transform methods.
ENAE684 Computational Fluid Dynamics I (3)
Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Aerospace Engineering department.
Partial differential equations applied to flow modelling, fundamental numerical techniques for the solution of these equations, elliptic, parabolic, and hyperbolic equations, elements of finite difference solutions, explicit and implicit techniques. Applications to fundamental flow problems.
ENAE696 Spacecraft Thermal Design (3)
Thermal sources in space. Black-body radiation; absorptivity and emissivity; radiative thermal equilibrium. Mutually radiating plates, view angles, and interior conduction. Techniques of spacecraft thermal analysis; approaches to passive and active thermal control.
ENAE741 Interplanetary Navigation and Guidance (3)
Prerequisite: ENAE601 and ENAE432.
Interplanetary trajectory construction; patched and multiconic techniques. Methods of orbit and attitude determination; applied Kalman filtering. Guidance algorithms and B-plane targeting. Interplanetary navigation utilizing in situ and radio techniques.

Aerospace Engineering

ENAE631 Helicopter Aerodynamics I (3)
Prerequisite: ENAE414 and ENAE311. Or permission of ENGR-Aerospace Engineering department; and permission of instructor.
A history of rotary-wing aircraft, introduction to hovering theory, hovering and axial flight performance, factors affecting hovering and vertical flight performance, autorotation in vertical descent, concepts of blade motion and control, aerodynamics of forward flight, forward flight performance, operational envelope, and introduction to rotor acoustics.
ENAE632 Helicopter Aerodynamics II (3)
Prerequisite: ENAE631; and (ENAE414 and ENAE311; or students who have taken courses with similar or comparable course content may contact the department). Or permission of ENGR-Aerospace Engineering department.
Basic aerodynamic design issues associated with main rotors and tail rotors, discussion of detailed aerodynamic characteristics of rotor airfoils, modeling of rotor airfoil characteristics, review of classical methods of modeling unsteady aerodynamics, the problem of dynamic stall, review of methods of rotor analysis, physical description and modeling of rotor vortical wakes, discussion of aerodynamic interactional phenomena on rotorcraft, advanced rotor tip design, physics and modeling of rotor acoustics.
ENAE633 Helicopter Dynamics (3)
Prerequisite: ENAE631. Or permission of ENGR-Aerospace Engineering department; and permission of instructor.
Flap dynamics. Mathematical methods to solve rotor dynamics problems. Flap-lag-torsion dynamics and identify structural and inertial coupling terms. Overview on rotary wing unsteady aerodynamics. Basic theory of blade aeroelastic stability and ground and air resonance stability, vibration analyses and suppression.
ENAE634 Helicopter Design (3)
Prerequisite: ENAE631. Or permission of ENGR-Aerospace Engineering department; and permission of instructor.
Principles and practice of the preliminary design of helicopters and similar rotary wing aircrafts. Design trend studies, configuration selection and sizing methods, performance and handling qualities analyses, structural concepts, vibration reduction and noise. Required independent design project conforming to a standard helicopter request for proposal (RFP).
ENAE635 Helicopter Stability and Control (3)
Prerequisite: ENAE642 and ENAE631. Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Aerospace Engineering department.
Advanced dynamics as required to model rotorcraft for flight dynamic studies. Development of helicopter simulation models and specifications of handling qualities. Methods for calculation of trim, poles, frequency response, and free flight response to pilot inputs.
ENAE653 Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis of Continua (3)
Prerequisite: ENAE652; or students who have taken courses with similar or comparable course content may contact the department.
Finite element formulation of nonlinear and time dependent processes. Introduction to tensors, nonlinear elasticity, plasticity and creep. Application to nonlinear solids including aerospace structures, such as shells undergoing finite rotations.
ENAE656 Aeroelasticity (3)
Prerequisite: ENAE655. Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Aerospace Engineering department.
Topics in aeroelasticity: wing divergence; aileron reversal; flexibility effects on aircraft stability derivatives; wing, empennage and aircraft flutter; panel flutter; aircraft gust response; and aeroservoelasticity of airplanes.
ENAE663 Introduction to Plasmas for Space Propulsion and Power (3)
Prerequisite: PHYS411; and permission of instructor. Credit only granted for: ENAE788L or ENAE663. Formerly: ENAE788L.
Characteristics of plasmas, motion of charged particles in fields, collisional processes, kinetic theory, fluid desctiption of plasmas, transpot properties, equilibrium vs. non-equilibrium, generation of plasmas.
ENAE665 Advanced Airbreathing Propulsion (3)
Prerequisite: ENAE674 and ENAE455; or students who have taken courses with similar or comparable course content may contact the department. Restriction: Permission of instructor.
Advanced treatment of airbreathing propulsion technologies, propulsion system analysis, and engine/airframe integration. Topics will vary, but may include novel engine cycles, advanced gas turbine systems, pulsed systems, and high-speed engines, including scramjets and combined cycle systems.
ENAE667 Advanced Space Propulsion and Power (3)
Prerequisite: ENAE663. Restriction: Permission of instructor.
Advanced treatment of selected space propulsion and power technologies, methods of analysis and performance estimation. Topics will vary each year as time permits, but may include cold gas systems, chemical, nuclear, arcjets, beamed energy, and electric propulsion systems, as well as other advanced concepts.
ENAE672 Low Reynolds Number Aerodynamics (3)
Prerequisite: ENAE414; and permission of instructor.
Survey and review of incompressible flow concepts including potential flow, lift and drag, and the Navier-Stokes equations with a focus on low Reynolds number applications. Boundary layers, separation, and transition. Viscous flows. Vortex-dominated flows and vortex dynamics. Introduction to unsteady and three-dimensional aerodynamics such as dynamic stall, Wagner effect, and flapping wings.
ENAE674 Aerodynamics of Compressible Fluids (3)
Prerequisite: ENAE471. Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Aerospace Engineering department.
One-dimensional flow of a perfect compressible fluid. Shock waves. Two-dimensional linearized theory of compressible flow. Two-dimensional transonic and hypersonic flows. Exact solutions of two-dimensional isotropic flow. Linearized theory of three-dimensional potential flow. Exact solution of axially symmetrical potential flow. One-dimensional flow with friction and heat addition.
ENAE676 Turbulence (3)
Prerequisite: ENAE672. Recommended: ENAE674.
Physical and statistical descriptions of turbulence; review of phenomenological theories for turbulent flows; scales of motion; correlations and spectra; homogeneous turbulent flows; inhomogeneous shear flows; turbulent flows in pipes and channels; turbulent boundary layers; theory of methods for turbulent flows (Reynolds stress equations, LES, DES, DNS); experimental methods for turbulence measurements.
ENAE681 Engineering Optimization (3)
Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Aerospace Engineering department.
Methods for unconstrained and constrained minimization of functions of several variables. Sensitivity analysis for systems of algebraic equations, eigenvalue problems, and systems of ordinary differential equations. Methods for transformation of an optimization problem into a sequence of approximate problems. Optimum design sensitivity analysis.
ENAE682 Hypersonic Aerodynamics (3)
Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Aerospace Engineering department.
Hypersonic shock and expansion waves, Newtonian theory, Mach methods, numerical solutions to hypersonic inviscid flows, hypersonic boundary layer theory, viscous interactions, numerical solutions to hypersonic viscous flows. Applications to hypersonic vehicles.
ENAE683 High Temperature Gas Dynamics (3)
Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Aerospace Engineering department.
Aspects of physical chemistry and statistical thermodynamics necessary for the analysis of high temperature flows, equilibrium and nonequilibrium chemically reacting flows, shock waves, nozzle flows, viscous chemically reacting flow, blunt body flows, chemically reacting boundary layers, elements of radiative gas dynamics and applications to hypersonic vehicles.
ENAE685 Computational Fluid Dynamics II (3)
Prerequisite: ENAE684. Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Aerospace Engineering department.
Continuation of ENAE 684. Basic algorithms for the numerical solution of two and three dimensional inviscid and viscous flows. Applications to internal and external flow problems.
ENAE691 Satellite Design (3)
Prerequisite: ENAE483.
Systems design of Earth-orbiting satellites, including geostationary communications satellites and low Earth orbit constellations. Basics of orbital motion, communications, and instrument design. Spacecraft systems, structural design, thermal design, power generation, and attitude determination and control. Launch vehicle interfacing and mission operations.
ENAE692 Introduction to Space Robotics (3)
Analysis techniques for manipulator kinematics and dynamics. DH parameters, serial and parallel manipulators, approaches to redundancy. Applications of robots to space operations, including manipulators on free-flying bases, satellite servicing, and planetary surface mobility. Sensors, actuators, and mechanism design. Command and control with humans in the loop.
ENAE694 Spacecraft Communications (3)
Brief overview of satellite orbits. Radio frequency communications, noise, and bandwidth limitations. Link budget analysis. Modulation and multiplexing approaches, multiple access systems. Satellite transponder and Earth station technology.
ENAE697 Space Human Factors and Life Support (3)
Engineering requirements supporting humans in space. Life support design: radiation effects and mitigation strategies; requirements for atmosphere; water, food, and temperature control. Accommodations for human productivity in space: physical and psychological requirements; work station design; and safety implication of system architectures. Design and operations for extra-vehicular activity.
ENAE742 Robust Multivariable Control (3)
Limitations on achievable performance in multivariable feedback systems due to uncertainty. Singular values, matrix norms, multivariable Nyquist stability theory, uncertainty modeling in aerospace systems. Loop-shaping, generalization of Bode design principles. Characterizing the uncertainty, robustness and performance analysis, and synthesis, primarily in the frequency domain. Current research directions. Aerospace examples are used to complement the theory.
ENAE743 Applied Nonlinear Control of Aerospace Vehicles (3)
Prerequisite: ENAE641.
Modern methods of analysis and synthesis of multivariable nonlinear control techniques for aircraft, spacecraft, and space manipulator systems. Topics include passivity and Lyapunov theory, feedback linearization, nonlinear observers, Hamiltonian methods, robust controller design, and an introduction to adaptive nonlinear control methods.
ENAE757 Advanced Structural Dynamics (3)
Prerequisite: ENAE655; or students who have taken courses with similar or comparable course content may contact the department.
Model correlation and updating of multi degree-of-freedom structural systems. Wave propagation analysis of structural dynamics. Structural health monitoring and damage detection methods. Stationary and non-stationary methods for vibration analysis. Applications include rotorcraft, aircraft, and spacecraft structures.
ENAE791 Launch and Entry Vehicle Design (3)
Prerequisite: ENAE601.
Design of aerospace vehicles for atmospheric transit to and from space. Generic formulation of atmospheric flight dynamics. Ballistic and lifting entry trajectories. Estimation of vehicle aerodynamic properties and aerothermodynamic heating. Entry thermal protection design. Trajectory analysis of sounding rockets and orbital launch vehicles. Serial, parallel, and hybrid multistaging schemes, optimal multistaging. Constrained trajectory optimization. Launch vehicle economic and reliability analysis, flight termination systems, sensors and actuators.
ENPM652 Applied Finite Element Methods (3)
For engineering and science students with little or no previous knowledge of the FEM. Study of FEM, using straightforward mathematics. Students should understand basic concepts and equations of elasticity and thermal heat flow, be familiar with simple matrix algebra. Covers stress analysis and thermal analysis problems. ANSYS finite element code will be used for examples and homework solutions. Basic problem solving procedure will be developed for using finite element computer codes.
ENPM671 Advanced Mechanics of Materials (3)
Formulate and quantitatively state the mechanical/physical responses of structural components and configurations subjected to loads, temperature, pre-strains etc. The two methods of anlysis employed are the mechanics of materials approach and the theory of elasticity approach. Analysis and design of components of structural/machine systems as experienced in aeronautical, civil, mechanical and nuclear engineering.

Aerospace Engineering

ENPM620 Computer Aided Engineering Analysis (3)
Prerequisite: Permission of ENGR-CDL-Office of Advanced Engineering Education.
Computer assisted approach to the solution of engineering problems. Review and extension of undergraduate material in applied mathematics including linear algebra, vector calculus, differential equations, and probability and statistics.
ENPM672 Fundamentals for Thermal Systems (3)
Prerequisite: Undergraduate engineering, physics or chemistry degree.
Included in this course is an introduction to thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer. Emphasis is on gaining an understanding of the physical concepts through the solving of numerical problems associated with simple thermal fluid processes and cycles. Both ideal gases and multiphase fluids will be considered as the working fluids.

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