Course Information

AEROSPACE ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT



Course: EA203
Title: PRINCIPLES OF AEROSPACE ENGINEERING I
Credits: 2-2-3
Description: First of a two-course introductory sequence in the theory and practice of aeronautics and astronautics. Focus is placed on the development and application of theories relating to the study of aeronautics and atmospheric flight. This sequence prepares the beginning aerospace engineering student for future studies in either the aeronautics or astronautics track and develops engineering reasoning and problem solving practices.
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Requisites: Prereq: SM122 or equivalent.
Course: EA204
Title: PRINCIPLES OF AEROSPACE ENGINEERING II
Credits: 2-2-3
Description: Second of a two-course introductory sequence in the theory and practice of aeronautics and astronautics. The lessons in this course emphasize topics in astronautics. This sequence prepares the beginning aerospace engineering student for future studies in either the aeronautics or astronautics track and develops engineering reasoning and problem solving practices.
Offered: Spring 2018-2019
Requisites: Prereq: EA203, SP211.
Course: EA221
Title: MECHANICS FOR AEROSPACE ENGINEERS
Credits: 3-2-4
Description: This course is an introduction to solving engineering problems with a focus on statics and mechanics of materials. Topics include vector representation of forces, resultant forces and moments, equilibrium of concurrent and nonconcurrent forces, determinate and indeterminate force systems; area moments and products of inertia; support reactions and free-body diagrams for simple models of structures; internal forces and moments in slender members; Cauchy's stress, linear strain, and Hooke's law for isotropic solids; axial, bending, and torsion stress and strain in slender members; axial and hoop stresses in thin-walled pressure vessels; and failure criteria for isotropic material.
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Requisites: Prereq: SM221 and SP211.
Course: EA222
Title: MATERIALS FOR AEROSPACE ENGINEERS
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: An introductory course in materials science and engineering for aerospace engineering majors. Topics include atomic structure and microstructure of materials, physical properties of materials, and broad coverage of the processing, manufacturing, and testing methods utilized in producing materials and structures, and how to prevent failure processes. Metals, alloys, and composites common in aerospace applications are emphasized. Laboratory demonstrations and exercises used to complement and reinforce the lectures and reading assignments include composite materials manufacturing, mechanical property tests, heat treatments, fracture, fatigue, corrosion, creep, and NDE/NDI methods.
Offered: Spring 2018-2019
Requisites: Prereq: EA221, SC112.
Course: EA232
Title: DYNAMICS IN AEROSPACE ENGINEERING
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Classical vector kinematics and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies, building from one degree-of-freedom, to planar, and finally to an introduction to six degree-of-freedom problems of rigid bodies. Energy and momentum concepts and principles are also featured. Aerospace examples and applications are emphasized to build a foundation for future study of structural dynamics and aerospace vehicle dynamics and control.
Offered: Spring 2018-2019
Requisites: Prereq: EA221 or EM221. Coreq: SM212
Course: EA301
Title: AERODYNAMICS I
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: An engineering science course on the fundamentals of incompressible inviscid fluid mechanics and 2-D aerodynamics. Topics include fluid statics, flow kinematics, integral and differential forms of the governing equations, potential flow theory, and thin-airfoil theory. Applications emphasize aeronautics-relevant topics. This is the first step toward understanding the theory of flight through the atmosphere and the theory of fluid power devices, e.g., propulsion systems.
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Requisites: Prereq: EA203, SM212.
Course: EA303
Title: WIND TUNNEL LABORATORY
Credits: 1-2-2
Description: A laboratory course in wind tunnel test techniques.
Offered: Spring 2018-2019
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: EA301.
Course: EA304
Title: AERODYNAMICS II
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: This course is the second in a sequence of two courses which provides knowledge of the fundamentals of fluid mechanics and aerodynamics. Fluid mechanics as applied to the theory of flight prepare students to understand external flows over aircraft including wing design, drag build-up, and viscous phenomena. The course concludes with an introduction to modern computational fluid dynamic tools.
Offered: Spring 2018-2019
Requisites: Prereq: EA301
Course: EA305
Title: AERO GAS DYNAMICS
Credits: 2-2-3
Description: This course covers essentials of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics for Astronautics Track students. Control volume analysis is used in establishing the integral forms of the conservation equations. The conservation equations are applied to one-dimensional compressible flow. Isentropic flows in converging-only and converging-diverging nozzles are covered, including normal shocks. Shock expansion theory is applied to two-dimensional supersonic flow. Effect of wall friction (Fanno flow) is analyzed. Effect of heat transfer (Rayleigh flow) is introduced.
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Requisites: Prereq: EA203, SM212. Coreq: EM319
Course: EA308
Title: ENGINEERING ANALYSIS
Credits: 1-2-2
Description: This course introduces students to the MATLABŪ programming environment. Structured programming fundamentals are taught through the application of numerical theory and analysis to relevant engineering problems. Students learn the basics of structured programming by using MATLABŪ to solve solutions of systems of linear and nonlinear equations, implement techniques in numerical calculus, and use statistics to analyze and plot data.
Offered: Spring 2018-2019
Requisites: Coreq: SM212
Course: EA322
Title: STRUCTURAL MECHANICS FOR AEROSPACE ENGINEERS
Credits: 3-2-4
Description: Review of mechanics of materials. Introduction to linear elasticity, including stress and strain, generalized Hooke's law, and principal stresses. Form and function of aerospace structural components. Materials allowable, and factors and margins of safety. Flight and ground loads. Bending of beams having asymmetric cross-sections. Shear flow analyses of stress in idealized semimonocoque cross-sections. Elastic buckling of columns and thin-wall structures. Laboratory work with instrumented structures and computer work with solid modeling and finite element analysis are integrated.
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Requisites: Prereq: EA203, EA222, EA232, SM212.
Course: EA332
Title: GAS DYNAMICS
Credits: 2-2-3
Description: This course covers essentials of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. Control volume analysis is used in establishing the integral forms of the conservation equations. The conservation equations are applied to one-dimensional compressible flow. Isentropic flows in converging-only and converging-diverging nozzles are covered, including normal shocks. Shock expansion theory is applied to two-dimensional supersonic flow. Linearized subsonic and supersonic flows are analyzed for two-dimensional wing. Fanno and Rayleigh flows are discussed.
Offered: Spring 2018-2019
Requisites: Prereq: EA301, EM319.
Course: EA362
Title: ASTRODYNAMICS I
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Introduction to the principles of planetary and satellite motion. Topics include the classical two-body problem, orbital elements, orbit determination, orbit transfers and maneuvers, perturbations and atmospheric drag effects, ballistic missile trajectories, rendezvous, and lunar and interplanetary travel.
Offered: Spring 2018-2019
Requisites: Prereq: EA204
Course: EA364
Title: SPACECRAFT ATTITUDE DYNAMICS AND CONTROL
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Rigid body attitude dynamics and control of spacecraft. Attitude description using Euler angles, direction cosine matrices, and quaternions. Coordinate transformations. Inertia properties of rigid bodies, body-centered equations of motion, torque-free motion. On-orbit environmental disturbances and their modeling. Attitude control using electromagnetic torquers, thrusters, and momentum exchange devices. Attitude control system design and simulation.
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Requisites: Prereq: EA362, ES410.
Course: EA400
Title: INTRODUCTION TO AERONAUTICS
Credits: 3-2-4
Description: Introduces students to the applied science of air-breathing atmospheric flight. The course describes airplanes and how they fly from a design and application perspective. Included are topics in fluid dynamics, airfoil and wing theory, aircraft performance, stability, structures, and aircraft design.
Offered: Fall 2018-2019, Spring 2018-2019
Requisites: Prereq: SM122 or SM162.
Course: EA401F
Title: PERFORMANCE OF FIXED-WING AIRCRAFT
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: The basic principles for lift and drag calculations are extended to entire fixed-wing flight vehicle analysis. Topics include: Static and dynamic point performance analysis and identification of relevant flight conditions for optimized performance. Energy methods and optimum flight trajectories are introduced, as are mission analysis and assessment. Course outcomes lead to design selection criteria in EA439/440.
Offered: Spring 2018-2019
Requisites: Prereq: EA303 Coreq: EA304
Course: EA401R
Title: ROTORCRAFT PERFORMANCE
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: The basic principles of fluid mechanics are extended to the analysis of rotorcraft. Rotary-wing aerodynamics analysis methods are introduced. Basic principles are applied to helicopter static and dynamic performance analyses leading to design selection criteria.
Offered: Spring 2018-2019
Requisites: Prereq: EA303 Coreq: EA304
Course: EA405
Title: AEROSPACE PROPULSION - ASTRO
Credits: 2-2-3
Description: The principles of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics are applied to the problem of propulsion of aircraft and space vehicles. Propulsion performance parameters evaluation, rocket thrust chamber analysis, propellant selection to include thermochemistry fundamentals, rocket flight performance, propellant budget and mission analysis are covered. Liquid, solid and hybrid propellant design and analysis as well as electric propulsion fundamentals are presented. An overview of air-breathing propulsion capability and basic cycle analysis of ramjets and turbojets is also introduced.
Offered: Spring 2018-2019
Requisites: Prereq: EA305 or EA332.
Course: EA413F
Title: AIRPLANE STABILITY AND CONTROL
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Introduces fixed-wing airplane static and dynamic stability and control. Develops and provides the tools required to analyze and design the stability and control attributes of an airplane in preparation for capstone design courses.
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Requisites: Prereq: EA401F or USAFA equivalent. Coreq: ES410.
Course: EA413R
Title: ROTORCRAFT STABILITY AND CONTROL
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Rotary-wing aeromechanics analysis methods are introduced. Basic principles for rotor dynamics are extended to entire flight vehicle static and dynamic stability and control analysis.
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Requisites: Prereq: EA401R. Coreq: ES410.
Course: EA414
Title: AIRPLANE SIMULATION AND CONTROL
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Implementation of linear and non-linear airplane models for man-in-the-loop and batch simulation of airplane flight dynamics. Application of modern control methods to the design of airplane Stability Augmentation Systems and autopilots.
Offered: Spring
Requisites: Prereq: EA413; Coreq: ES410 or equivalent.
Course: EA417
Title: ELEMENTS OF FLIGHT TEST ENGINEERING
Credits: 2-2-3
Description: A lecture and laboratory course designed to provide practical application of theoretical principles learned in courses in flight performance, aerodynamics, and stability and control. Topics include flight test theory and purpose engineering test planning, flight test instrumentation, data analysis, and report writing. Activities include flight simulation, several flights in an aircraft, as well as interaction with naval flight test facilities for test data acquisition and analysis.
Offered: Spring
Requisites: Prereq: EA401 and EA413 and approval of the department chair.
Course: EA421
Title: AEROSPACE STRUCTURES II
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Introduction to the finite element methods of structural analysis as applied to atmospheric flight and space flight vehicles. Topics include formulation of the element stiffness matrices, assembly of the global structural matrix, formulation of equivalent loads, energy methods and matrix equation solution methods. A design project using a finite element computer program is carried out.
Offered: Spring
Requisites: Prereq: EA322.
Course: EA424
Title: STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: An introductory course in structural dynamics as applied to atmospheric flight and space flight vehicles. Topics include the analysis of free, damped and forced vibrations of systems with one or many degrees of freedom; vibrations of strings, beams and rectangular plates; matrix formulation of equations of motion; introduction to the finite element method of structural dynamic analysis.
Offered: Spring
Requisites: Prereq: EA322.
Course: EA425
Title: VISCOUS FLOW
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: An advanced course covering viscous flow problems including laminar, turbulent, incompressible and compressible boundary layers with heat transfer.
Offered: Spring
Requisites: Prereq: EA301.
Course: EA427
Title: AERODYNAMICS III
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: An advanced course continuing the study of compressible high-speed flow including general conservation laws for inviscid flows, unsteady flow problems, numerical techniques for supersonic flows and real gas effects. Hypersonic flow.
Offered: Spring
Requisites: Prereq: EA304.
Course: EA428
Title: COMPUTATIONAL AERODYNAMICS
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Introduction to the major numerical techniques used in computational aerodynamics. Topics include mathematical methods, boundary conditions, stability, panel methods, lattice methods, nonlinear problems, time dependent solutions and transonic flow problems.
Offered: Spring
Requisites: Prereq: EA301.
Course: EA429
Title: AEROSPACE PROPULSION - AERO
Credits: 2-2-3
Description: This course applies the fundamentals of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics to the study of air-breathing (turbojets, turbofans, and turboprops/turboshafts) and non air-breathing (rocket) air vehicle propulsion systems. Propulsive forces and performance parameters for these propulsion systems will be explored. Propeller characteristics and performance and unmanned aircraft electric propulsion systems are studied.
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Requisites: Prereq: EA332.
Course: EA430
Title: PROPULSION II
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: The second propulsion course covers turbomachinery theory including compressors, turbines, pumps, application and design methods. Combustion and cooling techniques in modern engines are introduced.
Offered: Spring
Requisites: Prereq: EA429 or EA365.
Course: EA435
Title: THE AERODYNAMICS OF V/STOL AIRCRAFT
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: An advanced course covering the aerodynamics of vertical and short takeoff and landing aircraft, including fixed wing and rotary wing types, with major emphasis on the helicopter.
Offered: Spring
Requisites: Prereq: 1/C, aeronautical track major.
Course: EA439
Title: AEROSPACE SYSTEM PRELIMINARY DESIGN
Credits: 1-4-3
Description: Preliminary design of an aerospace system in a team environment. Includes performance and stability analysis, structural design and systems integration. When followed by EA440, this course provides a two-semester capstone engineering design sequence.
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Requisites: Prereq: 1/C standing in Aeronautics Track or Department Chair approval. Coreq: EA413, EA429.
Course: EA440
Title: AEROSPACE SYSTEM DESIGN
Credits: 1-4-3
Description: Design of an aerospace system in a team environment. Includes performance and stability analysis, structural design and systems integration. When preceded by EA439, this course provides a two-semester capstone engineering design sequence.
Offered: Spring 2018-2019
Requisites: Prereq: 1/C standing in Aeronautics Track or Department Chair approval.
Course: EA461
Title: SPACE ENVIRONMENT
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Introduction to the environment of the upper atmosphere, near Earth space, and interplanetary space. Topics include: properties of the upper atmosphere and ionosphere, the geomagnetic field, radiation belts and magnetosphere of the Earth, the solar wind and interplanetary medium, remote sensing of the atmosphere and oceans, environmental implications for spacecraft design.
Offered: Fall 2018-2019
Requisites: Prereq: SP212.
Course: EA462
Title: ASTRODYNAMICS II
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: Advanced topics in astrodynamics including potential of an arbitrary body and of the earth, orbit determination from observations including numerical techniques for data smoothing, special and general perturbations of orbits and interplanetary trajectories, drag effects on low altitude orbits. Special projects.
Offered: Fall
Requisites: Prereq: EA362.
Course: EA463
Title: SPACE OPERATIONS
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: This course investigates the relationship between mission operations and the other elements of a space mission. It defines a process for translating mission objectives and requirements into a viable mission operations concept. The course focuses on how we get information to and from space and then to the user in a usable format.
Offered: Spring
Requisites: Prereq: EA362.
Course: EA465
Title: SPACECRAFT COMMUNICATIONS AND POWER
Credits: 3-0-3
Description: This course is intended to develop satellite communications and power fundamentals with emphasis on analog and digital communications, link and power budget analysis, and power subsystems.
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Requisites: Prereq: EA362. Coreq: EE331.
Course: EA467
Title: SPACECRAFT SYSTEM LABORATORY
Credits: 0-4-2
Description: Laboratory analysis of the major system elements of space systems to include ground control and power, attitude control, communications, propulsion and thermal control. Constraints imposed by system application launch vehicles, and environment are considered. Introduction to the engineering design process as well as its computer adaptations.
Offered: Fall 2018-2019
Requisites: Prereq: None; Coreq: EA465.
Course: EA469
Title: SPACE SYSTEM DESIGN I
Credits: 1-4-3
Description: Preliminary design of an aerospace system in a team environment. Includes mission objectives definition, system requirements development and conceptual and detailed design using systems engineering practices, design iteration, and prototyping. When followed by EA470, this course provides a two-semester capstone engineering design sequence.
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Requisites: Prereq: 1/C standing in Astronautics Track or Department Chair Approval.
Course: EA470
Title: SPACE SYSTEM DESIGN II
Credits: 1-4-3
Description: Hardware manufacture, software development, system integration, testing, design iteration, and operation of a space system in a team environment. When preceded by EA469, this course provides a two-semester capstone engineering design sequence.
Offered: Spring 2018-2019
Requisites: Prereq: 1/C standing in Astronautics Track or Department Chair Approval.