Energetic Concepts

Graduate Certificate in Engineering Courses

The GCEN consists of any four of the courses listed below.


ENPM 630 Fundamentals of Solid-Propellant Combustion (3) * 
There is a broad usage of solid propellant in various propulsion and gas generation systems. Engineers and scientist working on such systems are continuously challenged by problems involving complicated thermochemical processes. The specific objectives of this course are to present historical state-of-the-art developments of various aspects of solid propellant combustion and suggest future research areas by identifying technological gaps in the different areas of solid propellant combustion.

ENPM 681 Shockwave Physics I (3)
Covers the history of Shock Wave Physics becoming a scientific discipline, conservation equations for one-dimensional plane steady shocks, Eulerian coordinate system, wave stability conditions, impedance matching technique for design and analysis of experiments, select group of experimental techniques, experimental error analysis, thermodynamics of shock waves including use of consistent equations of state, derivation of plane one-dimensional differential conservation laws, and uniqueness of steady wave profiles.

ENPM 682 Shockwave Physics II (3)
Elastic-plastic solids, phase transitions, porous solids, materials with time-dependent properties, detonation waves in Ideal explosives, detonation waves in cylinders of non-ideal explosives, shock initiation of high explosives, experimental techniques for measuring detonation wave properties, Lagrangian coordinate system, ramp wave and radiation dynamic loading of material.

ENPM 683 Chemistry of Energetic Materials (3)
Overview of Functional groups of energetic molecules, Important properties in energetic molecules, Propellants, Explosives, Pyrotechnics – how do they differ chemically, Estimation of properties of EMs, Relationship between performance of explosives and energetic ingredients, Assessment of sensitivity of EMs, Thermal stability of energetic materials, Nitrocellulose and stabilizers, Chemistry of Nonideal explosives, Reactive materials, Polymorphism in energetics, Acidity and basicity of energetic materials, Crystal properties and sensitivity, Destruction of energetic materials – alkaline hydrolysis.

ENPM 684 Rocket Propulsion (3) *

Review of basic rocket propulsion principles including; performance, design, analysis, nozzle theory, and thermodynamic relationships. Students will conduct performance analyses of solid, liquid, and hybrid rocket motors. Design projects will be focused to allow students to develop a basic understanding for the challenges associated with the design of chemical rocket engines/motors. We will examine the classification of solid and liquid propellants/fuels/oxidizers and their combustion characteristics.

ENME 707 Combustion & Reacting Flows (3)
Review of basic chemical thermodynamics principles ( 1'st, 2'nd law). Students will be introduced to the concepts of mass transfer so that they can eventually solve reaction-diffusion problems later in the term. We will spend considerable time developing the foundations of chemical kinetics and combustion chemistry. Examples of the chemistry of polluting emission will be discussed as well as unusual non-tradition combustion chemistries. We then introduce the concepts of prototype reactors ( batch, plug-flow and perfectly stirred reactors) and then develop the theory of laminar premixed and diffusion flames. We will discuss two-phase combustion processes. E.g. Droplet burning and burning of solids. Other special topics will include statistical mechanical description of reaction rate theory.

*Either ENPM 630 (formerly ENPM 808G) or ENPM 684 will be considered but not both.

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