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College of Engineering and Computing

Aerospace Engineering

Undergraduate Minor

The undergraduate minor in Aerospace Engineering is part of the Mechanical Engineering department and is open to all undergraduate engineering students in the College of Engineering and Computing.

The undergraduate Aerospace Engineering minor includes 18 credit hours of aerospace-related course work.  Students interested in pursuing the Aerospace Engineering minor should let their advisor know so that they can plan for these additional course requirements. The aerospace minor requirements include:

Core Aerospace courses (9 hours)

All undergraduates with minor in Aerospace Engineering will be required to take the three core courses listed below.

The following two courses are required (6 credits):  

Static analysis of aerospace structural elements such as bars, beams, columns, plates, and shells. Topics include, but not limited to, elasticity theory, simple beam theory, boundary value problems, and structural stability.

Fundamentals of aerodynamics, elements of compressible flow, thin airfoil theory, finite wing theory, and flow through nozzles diffusers & wind tunnels.

In addition, students must choice of one of the following (3 credits):

Development of the fundamental concepts of finite element modeling. Matrix equation assembly and reduction. Mechanical engineering applications in structures, stress analysis, ideal flow, and heat transfer problems.

Introduction to fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite materials, manufacturing methods and processes. Micro-Mechanics and properties of orthotropic laminated and woven composites. Analysis of composite structures (Mechanics and Synergistic environmental effects). Structure / property relationships. Characterization of modern composite materials.

Elective Aerospace Courses (9 hours)

All undergraduates with minor in Aerospace Engineering must take a minimum of three additional courses from the following courses (9 credits):

Development of the fundamental concepts of finite element modeling. Matrix equation assembly and reduction. Mechanical engineering applications in structures, stress analysis, ideal flow, and heat transfer problems.

An introduction to closed-loop control systems; development of concepts, including transfer function, feedback, frequency response, and system stability by examples taken from mechanical engineering practice; control system design methods.

This course is designed to provide an understanding of product design principles for considering issues early to shorten product development time and ensure smooth transitions to manufacturing, thus, accelerating time-to-market.

Kinematics and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies using Newtonian Mechanics. Work/energy, impulse/momentum, 3-D motion.

Application of the conservation laws of a compressible fluid to isentropic flows, flow with friction, and flows with heating or cooling. Shock and expansion waves. Nozzle and diffuser design.

Radiant heat exchange, combined modes of heat transfer, computer techniques in heat transfer analysis and design, environmental heat transfer.

Integral and differential analysis of fluids. Potential flow. Boundary layer analysis. Flow in closed and open channels. Flow dynamics of turbomachinery. Steady and unsteady flows.

Micromechanisms of the deformation and fracture of structural materials; brittle versus ductile behavior; fatigue and creep; strengthening mechanisms; mechanical testing techniques; methods in analysis of mechanical failures.

A multidisciplinary introductory course addressing the engineering field of adaptive materials and smart structures.

Topics in stress analysis; including unsymmetrical bending, three-dimensional stress-strain; torsion; rotational stress; thick-walled pressure vessels; beams on elastic foundations; and stress concentration.

Introduction to fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite materials, manufacturing methods and processes. Micro-Mechanics and properties of orthotropic laminated and woven composites. Analysis of composite structures (Mechanics and Synergistic environmental effects). Structure / property relationships. Characterization of modern composite materials.

Chemical thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, and combustion phenomena in energy production. Application to the modeling of coal combustion, incineration, and combustion engines.


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