Course Descriptions

AME 20211 – Introduction to Aeronautics

An introduction to the fundamental concepts in fluid mechanics, the science of flight, the atmosphere, and airplane aerodynamics. Applications of the principles of mechanics to aircraft flight performance, stability, control, and design. Fall.

AME 20213 – Measurements and Data Analysis

Introduction to experimental methods used in aerospace and mechanical engineering, including basic instrumentation, data acquisition and data analysis techniques. Fall and Spring.

AME 20214 – Introduction to Engineering Computing

Introduction to the Unix operating system and the Fortran programming language with applications to engineering computing. Fall.

AME 20216 – AME Laboratory I

Lecture component to corequisite laboratory course focused on providing introductory experimental methods utilized in aerospace and mechanical engineering. This includes basic laboratory instrumentation, data acquisition methods and analysis as well as the quantification of experimental uncertainty via statistical methods. Fall and Spring.

AME 20217 – AME Laboratory II

Weekly lectures and experimental projects designed to demonstrate experimental methods applied to solid and fluid mechanics. Emphasis on reinforcing basic measurement concepts introduced in AME Laboratory I, data analysis, written and oral communication, team-building skills, and the design of experiments. Fall and Spring.

AME 20221 – Mechanics I

Introduction to systems of forces and couples. Equilibrium of particles, rigid bodies, systems. Internal forces and moments, distributed forces, friction, virtual work. Fall.

AME 20222 – Mechanics II

Introduction to Newtonian dynamics. Kinematics and kinetics (energy, linear and angular momenta) of particles, systems of particles and rigid bodies. Spring.

AME 20231 – Thermodynamics

Basic concepts of thermodynamics. The first law of thermodynamics. Work, heat, properties of substances and state equations. The second law of thermodynamics. Applications to engineering systems. Spring.

AME 20241 – Solid Mechanics

Introduction to the concepts of stress and strain, material properties, deflections of bars under axial, torsional and bending loads, statically indeterminate problems, and stress transformations, including related experimental laboratory exercises. Spring.

AME 21267 – Design Tools I

Course focusing on Computer-Aided-Design (CAD). Topics include: Use of CAD in the design process, creating 3D models from 2D sketches, 2D engineering drawings for parts and assemblies, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, and introduction to finite element analysis and 3D printing, Overview of CAD tools. Fall and Spring.

AME 21268 – Design Tools II

A course that focuses on Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM). Topics include; use of CAM in the design process, CAD model preparation, defining the manufacturing plan, Numerically Controlled (NC) part programming, machine tool simulation, post-processing, preparing files for laser machining and 3D printing, and a continuation of finite element analysis. Students will create and analyze manufactured parts through individual and group projects. Fall and Spring.

AME 30314 – Differential Equations, Vibrations and Controls I

First of a two-course sequence that introduces methods of differential-equation solution together with common engineering applications in vibration analysis and controls. Includes second-order, linear differential equations, feedback control, single-degree of freedom vibrations, numerical solutions to systems of ordinary differential equations, and partial differential equations. Fall.

AME 30315 – Differential Equations, Vibrations and Controls II

Systems of nth-order differential equations, multiple-degree of freedom vibrations, linear feedback, s-plane controls analysis, and frequency response analysis. Spring.

AME 30331 – Fluid Mechanics

A basic course in fluid mechanics. Topics include mathematics of fluids, Euler, Navier-Stokes, Bernoulli’s equation, control volumes, differential analysis, dimensional analysis and dynamic similarity, aerodynamics, boundary layers and turbulence. Fall.

AME 30332 – Compressible Aerodynamics

An intermediate course of the study of the dynamics and thermodynamics of compressible flow for both internal and external geometries, including boundary layer effects. Applications of compressible flow principles to propulsive nozzles, flight simulation facilities and supersonic airfoil problems. Spring.

AME 30333 – Theoretical and Experimental Aerodynamics

Theoretical and applied aerodynamics, airfoil theory, lifting line theory, boundary layer theory, blade element theory, use and operation of a subsonic wind tunnel for aerodynamic measurements. Spring.

AME 30334 – Heat Transfer

An introductory course covering three modes of heat transfer: steady and unsteady conduction, elementary boundary layer analysis for laminar and turbulent convection and the basic theory of radiation. Spring.

AME 30341 – Aerospace Structures

A study of basic principles and methods for structural analysis of lightweight structures with emphasis on aerospace applications. An introduction to load analysis of aircraft, materials, fatigue, stress/deformation analysis of thin-walled structures, and aeroelasticity. Fall.

AME 30361 – Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing

Introduce the concepts of computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) using contemporary software and hardware tools. Subjects include solid-modeling, assembly and mechanism design, dimensioning and detailed drawings, rapid prototyping and numerically controlled machining. Fall and Spring.

AME 30362 – Design Methodology

Modeling and analysis of mechanical systems. Automated design decision process, introduction to statistical methods, material engineering, requirements definition and product specifications. Fall.

AME 30363 – Design of Machine Elements

Static and fatigue failure theories. Theory, design and selection of gearing, power transmitting shafts, rolling element bearings, journal bearings, fasteners, springs, brakes, and clutches. Spring.

AME 30381 – Orbital and Space Dynamics

The one- and two-body problems: geometrical elements and time dependence. Orbital determination. Linear orbits and regularization. Orbital transfer. The n-body problem; various forms of the three-body problem, including the circular restricted case, its “equilibrium” solutions and their stability. Spring.

AME 40423 – Mechanisms and Machines

This course presents the analysis and synthesis of planar mechanisms. Mechanism analysis includes gear trains, transmissions and differentials and is based on the vector loop method and kinematic coefficients. The course covers the forward and inverse dynamics problems and dynamic simulation. Mechanism synthesis is based on Freudenstein’s equation for function generation and the three position problem for rigid body guidance. Fall.

AME 40431 – Gas Turbines and Propulsion

The mechanics and thermodynamics of air-breathing propulsion devices. The mechanics of various space propulsion systems are also presented, including an introduction to rocket propulsion. Fall.

AME 40451 – Aerospace Dynamics

Introduction to analytical methods to predict static stability, control requirements and flight dynamic motions. Other topics include handling qualities and autopilot systems. Fall.

AME 40461 – Flight Mechanics and Introduction to Design

The fundamentals of flight performance are developed. Primary emphasis will be on examining how configuration design parameters affect aircraft performance. Students are introduced to aircraft preliminary design methodology. Fall.

AME 40462 – Aerospace Design

Team design project with application to an aerospace system development. Includes topics in all associated technologies, design methodology, standards and engineering ethics. Spring.

AME 40463 – Senior Design Project

A course that provides a comprehensive team-oriented, project-based design of a selected mechanical system or process. Projects involve design specification development, engineering design, documentation and prototype fabrication. Fall and Spring.