Aerospace Engineering (AE)

AE Class Schedule

Courses

AE 100   Intro to Aerospace Engineering   credit: 2 Hours.

Introduction to the Aerospace Engineering curriculum and career. Typical section topics include aircraft and rocket design and flight. Overviews of the topics are presented along with theory to be experimentally verified.

AE 202   Aerospace Flight Mechanics   credit: 3 Hours.

Fundamental principles of aerospace flight mechanics applied to spacecraft and aircraft. Orbital mechanics, rocket propulsion, and dynamics and control applied to spacecraft design. Aerodynamics, maneuvering, stability and flight performance applied to aircraft design. MATLAB examples and assignments. Prerequisite: Credit or concurrent registration in TAM 212.

AE 298   Special Topics   credit: 1 to 4 Hours.

Lectures and discussions relating to new areas of interest. See class schedule for topics and prerequisites. May be repeated if topics vary.

AE 302   Aerospace Flight Mechanics II   credit: 3 Hours.

Fundamentals of aircraft and spacecraft dynamics and orbital mechanics; aircraft performance in various flight attitudes; aircraft stability and control; spacecraft attitude dynamics and control; the two-body problem of orbital mechanics; orbit transfer. Prerequisite: AE 352.

AE 311   Incompressible Flow   credit: 3 Hours.

Equations of motion for incompressible flow, both inviscid and viscous; potential flow theory, inviscid airfoil theory: two- and three-dimensional, Navier-Stokes equations, laminar boundary layer and transition to turbulence. Prerequisite: Credit or concurrent registration in AE 202 and MATH 241.

AE 312   Compressible Flow   credit: 3 Hours.

Dynamics of compressible fluid; conservation of mass, momentum, and energy; one-dimensional and quasi-one-dimensional flow; oblique shock waves & Parandtl-Meyer expansion fans; unsteady wave motion; linearized theory. Application to nozzles, diffusers, airfoils, shock tubes and other geometries. Prerequisite: AE 202 and MATH 285. Credit or concurrent registration in ME 300.

AE 321   Mechs of Aerospace Structures   credit: 3 Hours.

Fundamental concepts in the linear theory of elasticity, including stress, strain, equilibrium, compatibility, material constitution and properties. Failure mechanisms and criteria. Application to plane stress-strain problems, beams in extension and bending, and shafts in torsion. Prerequisite: MATH 285 and TAM 210.

AE 323   Applied Aerospace Structures   credit: 3 Hours.

Fundamental concepts of stress, strain, equilibrium, compatibility, material constitution and properties. Analysis of beams and shafts of monocoque and semi-monocoque construction. Energy methods. Prerequisite: AE 321, MATH 241, MATH 285, and TAM 210.

AE 352   Aerospace Dynamical Systems   credit: 3 Hours.

Particle kinematics and dynamics; Lagrange's equations; vibration of multiple degree-of-freedom systems; rotational kinematics and dynamics of rigid bodies. Credit is not given for both AE 352 and TAM 412. Prerequisite: MATH 225, MATH 285, and TAM 212.

AE 353   Aerospace Control Systems   credit: 3 Hours.

Modeling of linear dynamic systems; Laplace transform techniques; linear feedback control systems; stability criteria; design techniques. Credit is not given for both AE 353 and either GE 320 or ME 340. Prerequisite: MATH 225, MATH 285, and TAM 212.

AE 370   Aerospace Numerical Methods   credit: 3 Hours.

Numerical methods used in aerospace engineering. Numerical integration, curve fitting, root finding, numerical solution of ODE, solution of linear systems of equations. Finite difference. Rayleigh-Ritz, and Finite element methods. Applications to simple structural mechanics and aerodynamics problems encountered in aerospace engineering. Prerequisite: Credit or concurrent registration in AE 311 or AE 312; credit or concurrent registration in AE 321 or AE 323.

AE 395   Honors Project   credit: 1 to 4 Hours.

Special aerospace engineering project or reading course for James Scholars in engineering. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

AE 396   Honors Seminar   credit: 1 to 4 Hours.

Special lecture sequences or discussion groups arranged each term to bring James Scholars in engineering into direct contact with the various aspects of engineering practices and philosophy. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

AE 397   Independent Study   credit: 1 to 3 Hours.

Independent theoretical and experimental projects in aerospace engineering. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

AE 398   Special Topics   credit: 1 to 4 Hours.

Lectures and discussions relating to new areas of interest. See class schedule for topics and prerequisites. May be repeated if topics vary.

AE 402   Orbital Mechanics   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Analysis of orbits in an inverse-square gravitational field; elementary rocket dynamics, impulsive orbit transfer and rendezvous, and Lambert's Theorem with applications; patched-conic trajectories, planetary gravity-assist maneuvers, and linearized orbit theory with application to simplified analytical models; perturbations. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: AE 202.

AE 403   Spacecraft Attitude Control   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Theory and applications of spacecraft attitude dynamics and control; Euler angles, direction cosines, quaternions, and Gibbs-Rodrigues parameters; attitude sensors and control actuators; spin, three-axis active, reaction wheel, control moment gyro, and gravity gradient control systems; environmental effects. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: AE 352 and AE 353.

AE 410   Computational Aerodynamics   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Computational technologies as solution tools for various aerodynamic problems; modeling and solution of one-and two-dimensional, incompressible and compressible, steady and unsteady inviscid external flow fields. Computational laboratory for practical experience. Same as CSE 461. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: AE 311; credit or concurrent enrollment in AE 312.

AE 412   Viscous Flow & Heat Transfer   credit: 4 Hours.

Momentum and thermal transport in wall boundary-layer and free shear flows, solutions to the Navier-Stokes equations for heat conducting laminar and turbulent shear flows; similarity concepts; thermal boundary layers in ducts and high-speed aerodynamic boundary layers. Same as ME 411. 4 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: AE 311 or ME 310.

AE 416   Applied Aerodynamics   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Two-dimensional and finite wing theory with emphasis on the mechanisms of lift and drag generation; Reynolds number and Mach number effects; drag analysis; high-lift wing systems; propeller and rotor aerodynamics; control surface design; application of V/STOL aerodynamics. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: AE 311.

AE 419   Aircraft Flight Mechanics   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Steady and quasi-steady aircraft flight performance; take-off and landing, climbing and diving, cruise, level turn, and energy methods; longitudinal, directional, and lateral static stability and control; longitudinal and lateral motion and dynamic stability. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: AE 202 and AE 353.

AE 433   Aerospace Propulsion   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Fundamentals of rocket and airbreathing jet propulsion devices electric propulsion; prediction of thrust, combustion reactions, specific fuel consumption, and operating performance; ramjets; turbojets; turbofans; turboprops; aerothermodynamics of inlets, combustors, and nozzles; compressors, turbines; component matching, fundamentals of electrothermal, electromagnetic elastostatis thrusters, and solar sails. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: AE 312 and PHYS 212.

AE 434   Rocket Propulsion   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Basic principles of chemical rocket propulsion and performance, rocket component design, liquid rockets, solid rocket motors, combustion processes, combustion instability. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: AE 312 and AE 433.

AE 435   Electric Propulsion   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Elements of electric propulsion as applied to near-earth and deep-space missions; impact on spacecraft design; physics of ionized gases; plasmadynamics; electrothermal, electromagnetic, and electrostatic acceleration of gases to high velocity; high-impulse thruster design and performance; the resistojet, arcjet, ion engine, Hall thruster, MPD arc thruster, and plasma gun. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: AE 433.

AE 442   Aerospace Systems Design I   credit: 3 Hours.

Principles of systems engineering as they apply to the design process for aerospace flight systems; general design methodology; application of these concepts to the initial sizing of both aircraft and spacecraft systems. Intensive technical writing. 3 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. AE 442 and AE 443 taken in sequence fulfill the Advanced Composition Requirement. Prerequisite: Credit or concurrent registration in AE 311, AE 323, and AE 352.

AE 443   Aerospace Systems Design II   credit: 3 Hours.

Continuation of AE 442. Conceptual design project of either an aircraft or spacecraft flight system to satisfy a given set of requirements. Project team organization. Emphasis on sizing, trade studies and design optimization, subsystem integration, and technical communication skills. 3 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. To fulfill the Advanced Composition Requirement, credit must be earned for both AE 442 and AE 443. Prerequisite: AE 442.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Advanced Composition

AE 451   Aeroelasticity   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

In-depth examination of aerodynamic and dynamic structural phenomena associated with flexible airplanes and missiles; divergence of linear and nonlinear elastic lifting surfaces; effect of elastic and inelastic deformations on lift distributions and stability; elastic flutter of straight and swept wings; equations of disturbed motion of elastic and inelastic aircraft; dynamic response to forces, gusts, and continuous atmospheric turbulence; creep divergence of lifting surfaces; flutter in the presence of creep; effect of temperature on inelastic divergence and flutter. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: AE 352 or TAM 412; TAM 251.

AE 454   Systems Dynamics & Control   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Examination of the common core of dynamics and control theory. Fundamental concepts of Lagrangian dynamics, state space representations, Hamiltonian and modern dynamics, stability theory, and control of dynamical systems. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: AE 353.

AE 460   Aerodynamics & Propulsion Lab   credit: 2 Hours.

Theory and application of experimental techniques in aerospace engineering with emphasis on fluid dynamic, aerodynamic, thermal, combustion, and propulsion phenomena. 2 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. Prerequisite: AE 311; credit or concurrent registration in AE 433.

AE 461   Structures & Control Lab   credit: 2 Hours.

Theory and application of experimental techniques in aerospace engineering with emphasis on structural mechanics, vibrations, dynamics, and control systems. 2 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. Prerequisite: AE 321 and AE 352. Credit or concurrent registration in AE 323 and AE 353.

AE 483   Aerospace Decision Algorithms   credit: 3 Hours.

Design, analysis, and application of decision algorithms to modern aerospace systems: global positioning systems, air traffic control systems, unmanned aerial vehicles, imaging and communication satellites, and planetary ground vehicles. 3 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. Prerequisite: AE 202, AE 352, AE 353, AE 370, IE 300, and PHYS 212.

AE 497   Independent Study   credit: 1 to 4 Hours.

Independent theoretical and experimental projects in aerospace engineering. 1 to 4 undergraduate hours. 1 to 4 graduate hours. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

AE 498   Special Topics   credit: 1 to 4 Hours.

Subject offerings of new and developing areas of knowledge in aerospace engineering intended to augment the existing curriculum. See Class Schedule or department course information for topics and prerequisite. 1 to 4 undergraduate hours. 1 to 4 graduate hours. May be repeated in the same or separate terms if topics vary to a maximum of 9 undergraduate hours or 12 graduate hours.

AE 502   Advanced Orbital Mechanics   credit: 4 Hours.

Circular-restricted three-body problem; surfaces of zero velocity, libration points, and halo orbits; perturbed two-body motion; Gauss and Lagrange planetary equations, Hamilton's principle, canonical equations and Delaunay variables; application to artificial Earth satellites; orbit determination. Prerequisite: AE 402.

AE 504   Optimal Aerospace Systems   credit: 4 Hours.

Formulation of parameter and functional optimization problems for dynamic systems; applications of optimization principles to the control and performance of aerospace vehicles, including optimal flight paths, trajectories, and feedback control. Prerequisite: AE 352.

AE 508   Optimal Space Trajectories   credit: 4 Hours.

Optimal rocket trajectories in inverse-square and linearized gravitational fields; orbital transfer, intercept, and rendezvous; high-thrust (impulsive) and low-thrust (continuous) trajectories; primer vector theory and applications; cooperative rendezvous. Prerequisite: Credit or concurrent registration in AE 504.

AE 511   Transonic Aerodynamics   credit: 4 Hours.

Fundamentals of transonic flows; transonic characteristics and flow modeling, shock wave development, properties of shock wave, transonic similarity, shock-boundary layer interactions, three-dimensional effects, transonic solution techniques, transonic design, and transonic testing. Prerequisite: ME 410.

AE 514   Boundary Layer Theory   credit: 4 Hours.

Boundary layer concept at high Reynolds numbers; self-similar solutions of incompressible and compressible boundary layers; stability of parallel and nearly-parallel wall-bounded viscous flows; transition to turbulence; turbulent boundary layers; high-speed boundary layers; strong Reynolds analogy; Morkovin's hypothesis. Prerequisite: AE 412.

AE 515   Wing Theory   credit: 4 Hours.

Theoretical analysis of the aerodynamic characteristics of two- and three-dimensional wings and multiple-body systems in subsonic and supersonic flows. Prerequisite: AE 416.

AE 522   Dynamic Response of Materials   credit: 4 Hours.

One-dimensional stress waves; three-dimensional longitudinal and shear waves, reflection and refraction of plane waves; Rayleigh and Love waves; wave guides; spherical waves, inelastic wave propagation and shock waves; dynamic fracture and shear bandings of solids; wave propagation in anisotropic media; experimental techniques; acoustic emission, ultrasounds, split Hopkinson (Kolsky) bar, plate impact experiments, optical techniques in dynamic fracture, and high-speed photography. Prerequisite: TAM 451 or TAM 551.

AE 523   Nanoscale Contact Mechanics   credit: 4 Hours.

Short- and long-range dipole and electronic interactions; particle- and surface-force interactions; contact mechanics of rigid and nonrigid media; continuum adhesion models; principles of Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM); artifacts and remedies in AFM imaging; force and scale calibration; dynamics of AC-AFM imaging; force spectroscopy; instrumented nanoindentation. Prerequisite: TAM 451 or TAM 551.

AE 525   Advanced Composite Materials   credit: 4 Hours.

An extension of TAM 428. Advanced analysis of composite materials. Anisotropic elasticity; micromechanical theories; behavior of composite plates and beams under bending, buckling, and vibration; advanced elasticity solution techniques; hygrothermal behavior of polymer composites; strength prediction theories and failure mechanisms in composites; processing of metal, ceramic, and polymer composites; analysis of residual stresses. Prerequisite: TAM 428.

AE 526   Composites Manufacturing   credit: 4 Hours.

Manufacturing methods for polymer-matrix composite materials; analysis of fiber processing techniques, interfacial treatments, and composites fabrication methods; analytical treatment of process modeling including heat transfer, cure kinetics, resin flow, and residual stresses. Term project. Prerequisite: TAM 428.

AE 528   Nonlinear Continuous Media   credit: 4 Hours.

Fundamental concepts of large deformations in nonlinear elasticity and inelasticity with applications: generalized tensors, finite deformations, stress-strain relations in terms of strain energy functions, inverse problems, solutions of tension, shear and bending problems, finite plane strain, theory of successive approximations, fiber-reinforced beams, plates and cylinders, thermodynamics of deformable media, stability considerations, and constituent relations for inelasticity. Prerequisite: AE 321 or TAM 451.

AE 529   Viscoelasticity Theory   credit: 4 Hours.

Fundamental concepts of viscoelasticity with applications: elastic-viscoelastic analogies, creep and relaxation functions, Poisson's ratio, thermomechanical reciprocity relations, variational principles, model fitting, shear center motion, thick-walled cylinders under pressure and inertia loads with material annihilation, sandwich plates, propagation of viscoelastic waves, vibration of bars, plates and shells, nonlinear elastic-viscoelastic analogy, properties of nonlinear viscoelastic stress-strain laws, creep rupture, and torsion of nonlinear bars and shells. Same as TAM 529. Prerequisite: AE 321 or TAM 451.

AE 542   Aerospace Syst Engineering I   credit: 4 Hours.

Aerospace systems engineering principles, processes and practices for the definition of spacecraft, aircraft, launch and associated systems, and the application of the systems approach across the development life cycle. Prerequisite: Any of AE 442, AE 443, ME 470, ECE 445, ECE 411; CS 492, CS 493, or CEE 465.

AE 543   Aerospace Syst Engineering II   credit: 4 Hours.

Fundamental aerospace industry methods for control of an engineering development effort of a complex aerospace system typical in development of spacecraft, launch vehicles, aircraft, remotely controlled vehicles, and associated supporting infrastructure system in current acquisition environments. Standards and techniques to control risk, integration of technologies, and exploration of "design-to" process tailoring and systematically make design decisions. Prerequisite: AE 542.

AE 550   Nonlinear Aeroelasticity   credit: 4 Hours.

Integrated fundamental treatment of the physical and mathematical aspects of nonlinear aeroelasticity. Fluid-solid interactions of unsteady aerodynamics and flexible structures and their components with applications to air-space-land vehicles, wind mills, solar sails, and gossamer structures. Physical and mathematical modeling; solution protocols to nonlinear problems; self-excited nonlinear oscillators; torsional divergence, loss of stability and control due to structural flexibility; chordwise and un-symmetric bending; viscous and structural damping, motion control; straight and swept-wind flutter; stall divergence and flutter; panel flutter; aerodynamic noise; chaotic motion; gust loads; limit cycles. Prerequisite: AE 451.

AE 554   Dynamical Systems Theory   credit: 4 Hours.

Fundamental concepts of nonlinear oscillations, structural stability, local and global bifurcations in the context of ordinary and partial differential equations; dynamic systems, structural stability and Lyapunov-Schmidt Reduction, bifurcations of equilibrium points, limit cycles and tori, the center manifold and Poincare normal forms, co-dimension two and higher order bifurcations, bifurcation theory of maps, the Birkhoff-Smale homoclinic theorem and horseshoes, Melnikov's method and Silnikov phenomena, period doubling, and other routes to chaos. Applications to engineering problems, such as aircraft at high angles of attack, pipes conveying fluid, and panel flutter. Prerequisite: AE 352 or TAM 412.

AE 555   Multivariable Control Design   credit: 4 Hours.

Frequency-response design specifications; algebraic and analytic constraints in scalar systems; uncertainty representation; Nyquist stability theory, small gain condition, and multi-input multi-output systems; singular value decomposition; robustness and u-function; linear quadratic regulator based design; recovery of LQ Design properties; Kalman filter; Riccati equations; H-infinity based design; reduction; balanced truncation; Hankel singular values; coprime factor reduction; loop shaping. Same as GE 521. Prerequisite: ECE 515.

AE 556   Robust Control   credit: 4 Hours.

Signal and system spaces; stability, robustness, and the small gain theorem; factorization and parameterization of all stabilizing controllers; performance and achievable closed loop maps; model matching; design of optimal single-input single-output systems in H-infinity, H2, L1 senses; extensions to multi-output systems; structured and unstructured uncertainty; robust performance analysis and synthesis; multi-objective control. Prerequisite: ECE 515 and MATH 446.

AE 560   Fracture Mechanics Laboratory   credit: 4 Hours.

Experimental and physical aspects of fracture mechanics including elastic crack tip stress field, thermoelasticity, thermoplasticity, optical techniques, J-integral, toughening mechanisms, dynamic fracture, and fatigue. Laboratory experiments illustrate concepts. Prerequisite: TAM 451 or TAM 551.

AE 564   Advanced Aero Propulsion Lab   credit: 4 Hours.

Theory and application of advanced diagnostic techniques used in aerodynamics and propulsion research with an emphasis placed on wind tunnel testing and advanced optical and laser-based techniques. Experience with aircraft performance measurement, wind tunnel testing, schlieren/shadowgraph photography, interferometry, spectroscopy, laser Doppler velocimetry, particle and molecular-based scattering, particle image velocimetry, pressure/temperature/shear sensitive paint, and other recently developed techniques provided through lectures and laboratory exercises.Prerequisites: AE 311, AE 312, AE 433, AE 460.

AE 590   Seminar   credit: 0 Hours.

Presentation by graduate students, staff, and guest lecturers of current topics in aerospace engineering. Approved for S/U grading only.

AE 597   Independent Study   credit: 1 to 4 Hours.

Independent theoretical and experimental projects in aerospace engineering. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

AE 598   Special Topics   credit: 1 to 4 Hours.

Subject offerings of new and developing areas of knowledge in aerospace engineering intended to augment existing formal courses. Topics and prerequisites vary for each section. See Class Schedule or departmental course information for both. May be repeated in the same or separate terms if topics vary to a maximum of 12 hours.

AE 599   Thesis Research   credit: 0 to 16 Hours.

Research in the various areas of aerospace engineering. Approved for S/U grading only. May be repeated.