Energetic Concepts

Master of Engineering Courses

Each student is required to complete thirty credits of approved course work or ten courses where each course represents three credits. Five of these courses must be from the Energetic Concepts core curriculum. Five additional technical electives courses may be taken from Energetic Concepts and through our other distance learning programs (Project Management, Reliability Engineering, Sustainable Energy Engineering, Nuclear Engineering or Fire Protection Engineering) or on campus with the approval of the academic advisor.


Energetic Concepts

ENME707 Combustion and Reacting Flow (3)
Prerequisite: ENME331 and ENME332; or students who have taken courses with similar or comparable course content may contact the department.
This course covers thermochemistry and chemical kinetics of reacting flows in depth. In particular, we focus on the combustion of hydrocarbonf uels in both a phenomenological and mechanistic approach. The course co vers the specifics of premixed and nonpremixed flame systems, as wellasignition and extinction. Combustion modeling with equilibrium and chemical kinetic methods will be addressed. Environmental impact and emissi ons minimization will be covered in detail. Finally, the course will co ver available combustion diagnostic methods and their application in laboratory and real-world systems.
ENPM630 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.
ENPM681 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.
ENPM682 Shockwave Physics II (3)
Prerequisite: ENPM681.
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 raditiaton loading of material.
ENPM683 Chemistry of Energetic Materials (3)
Recommended: Background in general chemistry is strongly desired.
An introduction to the chemistry of energetic materials (explosives, propellants, and pyrotechnics), organized by traditional functional groups. Primary and secondary explosives, including the properities and syntheses of nitrate esters, nitramines, and nitro compounds, as well as other energetic compunds will be discussed. Other topics discussed are: crystallization, polymorphism, sensitivity, and various explosive and propellant compositions.
ENPM684 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.

Energetic Concepts

ENME672 Composite Materials (3)
Micromechanics of advanced composites with passive and active reinforcements, mathematical models and engineering implications, effective properties and damage mechanics, recent advances in "adaptive" or "smart" composites.
ENPM808R Advanced Topics in Engineering; Stress Waves in Elastic Solids I (3)
ENPM808Y Advanced Topics in Engineering; Fundamentals of Energetic Materials: Applications, Technology and Safety (3)
ENPM808V Chemistry of Pyrotechnics (3)
This course will cover the class of energetic materials that are used in pyrotechnic applications for the production of light, color, heat, smoke and sound. Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to identify ingredients that can be combined to produce desired pyrotechnic effects and to estimate the performance of those materials relative to other compositions. Course work will also cover methods for characterization of performance and sensitivity of pyrotechnics, technology for producing pyrotechnic mixtures or compositions, standards for qualification of pyrotechnic mixtures, the environmental effects of pyrotechnic precursors, ingredients and products, and case studies of selected pyrotechnic compositions.

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