Aerospace Engineering

Philippe H. Geubelle
306 Talbot Laboratory, 104 South Wright Street, Urbana
PH: (217) 333-2651
http://ae.illinois.edu

E-mail: aerospace@illinois.edu

For the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering

The Aerospace Engineering curriculum provides a strong fundamental background in engineering, mathematics, and science, along with the ability to apply this fundamental knowledge to the analysis and design of future aircraft and spacecraft. It also prepares students for lifelong learning and the attainment of their career goals in the field of aerospace engineering and in a wide range of other areas. The concepts of system design are introduced early in the curriculum and culminate in the yearlong senior capstone design experience (AE 442, AE 443), in which students work in teams to respond to a design challenge from industry, government, or a professional engineering society. A total of 18 hours of technical and free electives allows the student to pursue an individualized program of study.

Overview of Curricular Requirements

The curriculum requires 128 hours for graduation and is organized as follows.

Orientation and Professional Development

These courses introduce the opportunities and resources your college, department, and curriculum can offer you as you work to achieve your career goals. They also provide the skills to work effectively and successfully in the engineering profession.

AE 100Intro to Aerospace Engineering 12
ENG 100Engineering Orientation 20
Total Hours0
1

This optional course may be used to help meet free elective requirements.

2

External transfer students take ENG 300 instead.

Foundational Mathematics and Science

These courses stress the basic mathematical and scientific principles upon which the engineering discipline is based.

CHEM 102General Chemistry I3
CHEM 103General Chemistry Lab I1
MATH 221Calculus I 14
MATH 225Introductory Matrix Theory2
MATH 231Calculus II3
MATH 241Calculus III4
MATH 285Intro Differential Equations3
PHYS 211University Physics: Mechanics4
PHYS 212University Physics: Elec & Mag4
PHYS 213Univ Physics: Thermal Physics2
Total Hours30
1

MATH 220 may be substituted, with four of the five credit hours applying toward the degree. MATH 220 is appropriate for students with no background in calculus.

Aerospace Engineering Technical Core

These courses stress fundamental concepts and basic laboratory techniques that comprise the common intellectual understanding of aerospace engineering.

AE 202Aerospace Flight Mechanics3
AE 311Incompressible Flow3
AE 312Compressible Flow3
AE 321Mechs of Aerospace Structures3
AE 323Applied Aerospace Structures3
AE 352Aerospace Dynamical Systems3
AE 353Aerospace Control Systems3
AE 370Aerospace Numerical Methods3
AE 433Aerospace Propulsion3
AE 442Aerospace Systems Design I3
AE 443Aerospace Systems Design II3
AE 460Aerodynamics & Propulsion Lab2
AE 461Structures & Control Lab2
AE 483Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Navigation and Control3
ECE 205Elec & Electronic Circuits3
ECE 206Elec & Electronic Circuits Lab1
IE 300Analysis of Data 13
ME 300Thermodynamics3
MSE 280Engineering Materials3
TAM 210Introduction to Statics2
TAM 212Introductory Dynamics3
Total Hours58
1

STAT 400 may be substituted.

Technical Electives

These courses stress the rigorous analysis and design principles practiced in the major subdisciplines of aerospace engineering.

Selected from the departmentally approved list of Technical Electives, satisfying these distribution requirements: 1
Chosen from AE Technical Electives 16
Chosen from AE Technical Electives or Non-AE Technical Electives 16
Total Hours12
1

List of Technical Electives.

Liberal Education

The liberal education courses develop students’ understanding of human culture and society, build skills of inquiry and critical thinking, and lay a foundation for civic engagement and lifelong learning.

Electives from the campus General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences list. 6
Electives from the campus General Education Humanities and the Arts list. 6
Electives either from a list approved by the college, or from the campus General Education lists for Social and Behavioral Sciences or Humanities and the Arts. 6
Total Hours18

Students must also complete the campus cultural studies requirement by completing (i) one western/comparative culture(s) course and (ii) one non-western/U.S. minority culture(s) course from the General Education cultural studies lists. Most students select liberal education courses that simultaneously satisfy these cultural studies requirements. Courses from the western and non-western lists that fall into free electives or other categories may also be used satisfy the cultural studies requirements.

Composition

These courses teach fundamentals of expository writing.

RHET 105Writing and Research4
Advanced Composition (satisfied by completing the sequence AE 442 + AE 443 in the Aerospace Engineering Technical Core )
Total Hours4

Free Electives

These unrestricted electives, subject to certain exceptions as noted at the College of Engineering Advising Website, give the student the opportunity to explore any intellectual area of unique interest. This freedom plays a critical role in helping students to define research specialties or to complete minors.

Free electives. Additional unrestricted course work, subject to certain exceptions as noted at the College of Engineering advising Web site, so that there are at least 128 credit hours earned toward the degree. 6

Suggested Sequence

The schedule that follows is illustrative, showing the typical sequence in which courses would be taken by a student with no college course credit already earned and who intends to graduate in four years. Each individual's case may vary, but the position of required named courses is generally indicative of the order in which they should be taken.

First Year
First SemesterHours
AE 1001Intro to Aerospace Engineering2
ENG 100Engineering Orientation0
CHEM 102General Chemistry I3
CHEM 103General Chemistry Lab I1
MATH 2212Calculus I4
RHET 1054Writing and Research4-3
or Liberal education elective3 
Liberal education elective33
 Semester Hours17-16
Second Semester
Liberal education elective or RHET 1053,43-4
PHYS 211University Physics: Mechanics4
MATH 231Calculus II3
Liberal education elective33
MATH 225Introductory Matrix Theory2
 Semester Hours15-16
Second Year
First Semester
MATH 241Calculus III4
PHYS 212University Physics: Elec Mag4
TAM 210Introduction to Statics2
Liberal education elective33
MSE 280Engineering Materials3
 Semester Hours16
Second Semester
MATH 285Intro Differential Equations3
ME 300Thermodynamics3
PHYS 213Univ Physics: Thermal Physics2
TAM 212Introductory Dynamics3
Liberal education elective33
AE 202Aerospace Flight Mechanics3
 Semester Hours17
Third Year
First Semester
AE 311Incompressible Flow3
AE 321Mechs of Aerospace Structures3
AE 352Aerospace Dynamical Systems3
ECE 205Elec Electronic Circuits3
IE 3005Analysis of Data3
 Semester Hours15
Second Semester
AE 312Compressible Flow3
AE 323Applied Aerospace Structures3
AE 353Aerospace Control Systems3
AE 370Aerospace Numerical Methods3
Liberal education elective33
ECE 206Elec Electronic Circuits Lab1
 Semester Hours16
Fourth Year
First Semester
AE 4426Aerospace Systems Design I3
AE 460Aerodynamics Propulsion Lab2
AE 483Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Navigation and Control3
Technical elective73
Free elective4
AE 433Aerospace Propulsion3
 Semester Hours18
Second Semester
AE 4436Aerospace Systems Design II3
AE 461Structures Control Lab2
Technical electives79
 Semester Hours14
 Total Hours: 128
1

Entering freshmen are expected to enroll in AE 100 in the fall of the first year. This optional course may be used to help meet free elective requirements.

2

MATH 220 may be substituted with four of the five credit hours applying toward the degree. MATH 220 is appropriate for students with no background in calculus.

3

Liberal education electives must include 6 hours of social & behavioral sciences and 6 hours of humanities & the arts course work from the campus General Education lists. The remaining 6 hours may be selected from a list maintained by the college, or additional course work from the campus General Education lists for social & behavioral sciences or humanities & the arts. Students must also complete the campus cultural studies requirement by completing (i) one western/comparative culture(s) course and (ii) one non-western/U.S. minority culture(s) course from the General Education cultural studies lists. Most students select liberal education courses that simultaneously satisfy these cultural studies requirements. Courses from the western and non-western lists that fall into free electives or other categories may also be used satisfy the cultural studies requirements.

4

RHET 105 may be taken in the first or second semester of the first year as authorized. The alternative is a liberal education elective.

5

STAT 400 may be substituted.

6

Sequence satisfies the General Education Advanced Composition requirement.

7

Technical elective credits totaling twelve hours, selected from a departmentally approved list of Technical Electives, satisfying these distribution requirements: (i) six hours of AE Technical Electives; (ii) six hours of AE Technical Electives or Non-AE Technical Electives.

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   Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Navigation and Control   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.