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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

College of Engineering

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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering - MAE Graduate Courses

GRADUATE LEVEL

501. Engineering Analysis I (3)

Prerequisite: MATH 370A.
Differential equations, series solutions of differential equations (special functions), boundary-value problems and characteristic function representation, Laplace transforms, Fourier analysis, partial differential equations, formulating and solving problems in engineering for systems of differential equations and partial differential equations, complex analysis.
(Lecture-problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

502. Engineering Analysis II (3)

Prerequisite: MAE 501.
Linear algebra, matrix computations, systems of differential equations, eigenvalue problems, iterative solution of systems of algebraic equations, numerical methods for ordinary and partial differential equations, systems of nonlinear equations, optimization.
(Lecture-problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F)

505. Quantitative Methods for Engineering Managers (3)

Prerequisite: MAE 501 or 502 or equivalents.
Concepts and methods using quantitative approaches in engineering management decision-making. Computer-based tools used in management decision-making for subjective approaches. Probabilistic methods, forms of linear program model, network analysis, dynamic programming, Monte Carlo simulation and queuing models. Methods formulating problems are emphasized.
(Lecture-problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

506. Management of Engineering Technology and Innovation (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate engineering standing.
Analysis of the principles and theory of engineering administrative organizations, information systems, management functions, decision making tools, strategies and administrative policy formulations.
(Lecture-problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

507. Engineering Project Management (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate engineering standing.
Theory and philosophies of project management, principles of internal and industrial organization planning and control systems, motion in time study, industrial statistics, industrial research as aid to decision making.
(Lecture-problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

508./408. Systems Engineering and Integration (3)

Prerequisite: Senior standing or consent of instructor.
Tools and methods employed by systems engineers in aerospace industry. Development of system functions, requirements, verification and validation, and interfaces in context of integrated product teams and the product life cycle. Trade studies and risk management. Projects assigned, written reports and oral presentations are required.
Additional projects required for MAE 508. (Lecture-Problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

512./612. Computer Aided Design in Mechanical Engineering (3)

Prerequisites: MAE 490A, 501, 502. (Master’s students register in MAE 512 or 612; Ph.D. students register in MAE 612).
Computer graphics in CAD/CAM. Includes geometrical transformations, viewing in three dimensions, modeling and object hierarchy, represenation of 3D shapes, shading models and imaging databases and data transfer.
(Lecture-problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

521. Engineering Metallurgy II (3)

Prerequisite: MAE 322.
Properties and uses of structural steels: heat treatable steels; titanium alloys; nickel and cobalt base alloys; refractory metals; ultra high-strength steels; stainless steels; and metal matrix composite materials. Designing for fracture resistance.
(Lecture-Problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

522./422. Composite Materials (3)

Prerequiste: MAE 373.
Stress-strain relations for anisotropic materials. Classical lamination theory. Strength and failure theories for laminae and laminates. Micromechanics. Applications of composite structures. Additional projects will be required for MAE 522.
(Lecture-problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

527. Metals and Plastics Manufacturing Processes (3)

Prerequisite: MAE 322.
Theory of metal forming and plastics processing. Includes metal forging and rolling, metal and plastics extrusion, plastics injection molding, casting. Discussion of appropriate manufacturing methods.
(Lecture-problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

529. Structural Analysis of Composite Laminates (3)

Prerequisite: MAE 522 or consent of instructor.
Beams, columns and rods of composite materials. Bending, vibration and buckling analysis of composite laminates. Shells of composite materials. Joining of composite material structures.
(Lecture-Problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

531. Advanced Heat Transfer (3)

Prerequisites: MAE 431, 501.
Advanced topics in conduction and convection heat transfer, analytical and numerical solutions to multidimensional heat conduction equations in various geometries. Solutions to laminar and turbulent convective heat transfer problems. External and internal flows, free and forced convection, and mass transfer from external surfaces. Applications in thermal systems design.
(Lecture-problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

532. Combustion I (3)

Prerequisites: MAE 336, 431.
Fundamentals of combustion engineering: fuels; chemical thermodynamics and chemical kinetics; premixed and diffusion flames; ignition and extinction; Hugoniot curves; flammability and explosion limits; pollutant formation and control; applications in spark-, and charged-ignition internal combustion engines; gas-fired and oil-fired furnaces.
(Lecture-Problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

533. Gas Dynamics (3)

Prerequisite: MAE 333 or equivalent. Isentropic flow, normal and oblique shocks,
Prandtl-Meyer flow, shock expansion theory, method of characteristics, nozzle flow, flow in ducts with friction and heat transfer, solutions of linearized potential equation with applications, slender body theory, similarity rules, transonic flow, shock wave/boundary layer interactions.
(Lecture-Problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

535./435. Computational Fluid Dynamics I (3)

Prerequisites: MATH 370A, MAE 333.
Numerical methods for elliptic, parabolic, and hyperbolic equations, finite difference and finite volume methods, analysis of consistency, stability, and convergence, panel method, modeling and computation of boundary layer flows, etc.
Additional projects will be required for MAE 535. (Lecture-Problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

537. Advanced Fluid Dynamics I (3)

Prerequisites: CE 335, MAE 431.
Dynamics of ideal, real and compressible flows, potential flow, vortex flow, the Navier Stokes equations, integral and differential equations for laminar flow, exact solutions for laminar flow, steady and unsteady compressible flows.
(Lecture-problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

538./438. Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (3)

Prerequisites: MAE 330, CE 335.
Basic HVAC system calculations. Thermodynamics and psychometrics, design conditions and load estimating, residential and non-residential heating and cooling load calculations, energy estimating methods, duct and pipe siding, and life cycle costs.
Additional projects required for MAE 538. (Lecture-Problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

551./451. Aircraft Preliminary Design and Performance (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Complete aircraft preliminary design, including mission definition, specifications and regulations. Preliminary takeoff weight and weight empty for a specific mission. Aircraft geometric characteristics are developed. Detailed aerodynamic data are estimated and used to calculate aircraft performance. The design project is conducted in teams for MAE 451 and individually for MAE 551.
(Lecture-Design Project 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

553./453. Stability and Control of Aerospace Vehicles (3)

Prerequisite: MAE 350 or equivalent.
Physical dependence of airplane stability and control characteristics on airplane configuration and flight condition. Equations for the static longitudinal, lateral and directional stability of airplanes. Neutral points, control effectiveness, trim in maneuvering flight. Configuration determinants. Transient modes. Additional Projects required for MAE 553.
(Lecture-problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

554./454. Avionics Systems (3)

Prerequisite: MAE 553.
Avionics systems requirements definition and design. Systems used for guidance and navigation. Components of avionics systems (software, integrated circuits, devices, etc.). Integration of optics and electronics. Testing and certification.
(Lecture-Problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

563. Linear Finite Element Analysis (3)

Prerequisite: MAE 409A.
Finite element(FE) forms of differential equations. Isoparametric concepts. Dynamic response of damped elastic structures, modal and direct integration analysis. Automatic mesh generation via solid modeling using IDEAS, automatic adaptation to popular software such as: STRUDL, NASTRAN, ANSYS, and ABAQUS. FE fluid flow and heat transfer analysis.
(Lecture-problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

565. Advanced Aerospace Structures (3)

Prerequisite: MAE 465 or consent of instructor.
Application of energy principles and finite element method to aerospace structural components, plates and shells without stiffeners, structural dynamics, material and geometric nonlinear problems. FEA for composite structures, application to simple wings, finite element modeling techniques, application of finite element computer programs.
(Lecture-problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

567. Advanced Mechanics of Deformable Bodies (3)

Prerequisites: MAE 373, 374, 471 or consent of instructor.
Analysis of stress and deflection in unsymmetrical bending, shear center for beams, curved beams. Stress concentration, deformation beyond the elastic limit. Energy method; Castigliano’s Theorem; Rayleigh-Ritz technique.
(Lecture-problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

568. Creep and Fatigue (3)

Prerequisites: MAE 322, 373, or consent of instructor.
Phenomena of creep and fatigue; effect on stress distribution in structural elements; buckling caused by creep; effects of space environment on fatigue; cumulative fatigue damage at normal and elevated temperatures.
(Lecture-problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

572. Structural Design Optimization (3)

Prerequisite: MAE 373 or consent of instructor.
Structural optimization using calculus of variations. Method of Lagrange multipliers, unconstrained and constrained optimization, fast reanalysis techniques, sequential approximate optimization, sensitivity calculations of structural response, variational sensitivity analysis, approximation techniques, optimal design of laminated composite materials etc.
(Lecture-Problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

573. Modern Control of Dynamic Systems (3)

Prerequisite: MAE 476.
Advanced topics in analysis and design of modern control systems in mechanical engineering. Topics include state space, Riccati and Liapunov equations, Linear Quadratic Regulator (LQR), Kalman filter, etc. Optimization via calculus of variations, Pontryagin’s minimum principle. Control of distributed-parameter systems with applications to structural dynamics.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-problems 3 hours)

574./474. Computer-Aided Manufacturing (3)

Prerequisites: MAE 322, 490A.
Fundamental concepts in automation. High volume discrete parts production systems. Numerical control manufacturing systems. Computer process monitoring. Direct digital control. Group techniques. Flexible manufacturing systems. Additional projects will be required from M.S. students in a wide–range of Engineering applications.
(Lecture–problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

575. Robot Modeling and Control (3)

Prerequisites: MAE 371, MATH 370A.
Detailed study of rigid body dynamics with emphasis on robot arm analysis. Three–dimensional kinematic analysis. Rotational and homogeneous transformations. Eulerian angles. Denavit Hartenberg representation. Kinematic chains. Recursive formulas. Euler’s moment equations and gyrodynamics. Multi–body analysis. Lagrange’s equations. Special topics.
(Lecture–problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

576. Engineering Vibrations (3)

Prerequisite: MAE 376.
Fundamentals of mechanical vibrations, types of oscillatory motions. Single-Degree-of-Freedom (SDOF) and Multiple-Degree-of-Freedom (MDOF) systems. Free and forced vibrations, damping, vibration isolation, vibration measuring instruments, Modal analysis. Lagrange’s equations. Introduction to Finite Element Method and modal testing.
(Lecture-problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

578. Haptic Systems for Virtual Reality and Teleoperation

Prerequisites: MAE 501; MAE 376 or 490B and 476 or equivalent.
The course introduces haptic systems, which involve virtual and teleoperated environments that are displayed through force and/or tactile feedback. Topics covered include: human haptic sensing and control, design of haptic interfaces, teleoperation, modeling of virtual environments, control and stability issues.
(Lecture-Problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

579. Engineering Acoustics (3)

Prerequisites: MAE 376, 502.
Theory and application of acoustical principles to generation, transmission, measurement and control of sound.
(Lecture-Problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

581. Space Vehicle Design (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate engineering standing or consent of instructor.
Space environments and their impact on spacecraft design. Space mission design. Payloads and communications. Integration of attitude determination and control, thermal, propulsion, configuration, telemetry, power, structures, and data handling subsystems.
(Lecture-Problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

582. Rocket and Spacecraft Propulsion (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate engineering standing or consent of instructor.
Thrust and specific impulse. Compressible flows. Detailed analysis of liquid, solid and hybrid propulsion systems. Includes propellants, injection systems, combustion and chemical equilibrium, thrust chambers, nozzles and plumes. Electro-thermal thrusters. Plasmas and electromagnetic thrusters.
(Lecture-Problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

583. Astrodynamics (3)

Prerequisite: MAE 502.
Physical principles. Two-body and central force motion. Coordinate and time systems. Trajectory correction maneuvers. Position and velocity in conic orbits. Lambert’s Problem. Celestial mechanics. Orbital perturbations. Numerical methods in orbital mechanics and mission analysis.
(Lecture-problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

585. Spacecraft Attitude Determination and Control (3)

Prerequisite: MAE 501 or equivalent. Rigid-body dynamics.
Control systems. Spacecraft attitude dynamics and control. Stabilization methods and maneuvers. Impact of flexible structures.
(Lecture-Problems 3 hours) Letter grading only (A-F).

590./690. Advanced Topics in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate engineering standing or consent of instructor.
Selected topics from recent advances in mechanical engineering.
Course content will vary from year to year. Topics will be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics.
(Lecture-problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

595./495. Rapid Product Development (3)

Prerequisite: MAE 490A.
Creating different design proposals for a specified period. Manufacturing design models via rapid prototyping. Simplified finite element analysis and optimization of different design proposals. Quality control process via a 3–D scanner and data acquisition software. Product readiness for casting, mold flow analysis. Additional projects required from M.S. students.
(Lecture-problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

612./512. Computer Aided Design in Mechanical Engineering (3)

Prerequisites: MAE 490A, 501, 502. (Master’s students register in MAE 512 or 612; Ph.D. students register in MAE 612).
Computer graphics in CAD/CAM. Includes geometrical transformations, viewing in three dimensions, modeling and object hierarchy, represenation of 3D shapes, shading models and imaging databases and data transfer. Additional projects required for MAE 612.
(Lecture-problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

635./735. Computational Fluid Dynamics II (3)

Prerequisite: MAE 535.
Computational methods for solving Euler and Navier-Stokes equations, implicit and explicit schemes, upwind differencing and artificial diffusion, multi-grid techniques and convergence acceleration, unstructured grid techniques, turbulence modeling, application to inviscid and viscous subsonic, transonic, and supersonic flows, inverse problems and aerodynamic shape optimization.
(Lecture-Problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

637. Advanced Fluid Dynamics II (3)

Prerequisites: MAE 431, 501, 537.
Transition to turbulent flow, wall bounded and free turbulent shear flows, numerical methods for turbulent flow, turbulence modeling.
(Lecture-problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

663./763. Nonlinear Optimized Structures (3)

Prerequisite: MAE 563, or consent of instructor. (Master’s students register in MAE 663, Ph.D. students register in MAE 763.)
Analysis, optimization of frame with automatic mesh generation using I-DEAS, with popular software such as: STRUDL, NASTRAN etc. Generation, idealization of complex structures. Sensitivity, Buckling analysis etc. Required topics for Ph.D. students: advanced numerical methods for flutter and random analysis.
(Lecture-problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

669. Design of Composite Structures (3)

Prerequisite: MAE 522 or consent of instructor.
Design concepts and guidelines of composite structures. Strength and stiffness design of composite laminates. Optimum design. Fatigue and creep of composite structures. Design of bolted and bonded joints.
(Lecture-Problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

672. Stress Analysis in Design (3)

Prerequisite: MAE 567 or consent of instructor.
Modes of failure and failure criteria. Stability of mechanical models, elastic bars and frames by kinetic and energy approaches; design of columns, beam columns and framed columns. Plastic collapse and limit analysis. Experimental methods of stress analysis.
(Lecture-problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

673. Theory of Elasticity and Plasticity (3)

Prerequisite: MAE 567.
Equations of the mechanics of elastic bodies. Plane problem. Bending, torsion, and extension of Prismatic Bodies. Three-dimensional problem. Propagation of waves in elastic media. Approximate methods. Theory of plasticity.
(Lecture-problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

678. Robust Control (3)

Prerequisites: MAE 476 (or an equivalent undergraduate course in classical control systems and state-space design methods), MAE 502 (or an equivalent course in linear algebra and matrix theory). Experience in basic programming and MATLAB are highly recommended.
The course introduces robust analysis and design for multivariable feedback control systems with uncertain dynamics or unknown parameters. Topics include: uncertainty modeling; robust stability; robust performance; mu synthesis; H infinity control; and applications of linear matrix inequalities.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-Problems 3 hours)

690./590. Advanced Topics in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate engineering standing or consent of instructor.
Selected topics from recent advances in mechanical engineering. Course content will vary from year to year. Topics will be announced in the Schedule of Classes. Additional projects required for MAE 690.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units with different topics. (Lecture-problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

691. Directed Studies (1-3)

Study of information in engineering and scientific literature on a current topic under the direction of a faculty member. Preparation of a written report based on this reading.
Letter grade only (A-F).

697. Directed Research (1-6)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
Theoretical and experimental problems in mechanical and aerospace engineering requiring extensive research and analysis. Submission of a final report and its approval by an evaluating committee are required.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Not open for credit to students who are enrolled in MAE 698. Letter grade only (A-F).

698. Thesis (1-6)

Prerequisite: Enrollment is limited to students advanced to candidacy or eligible for it.
Department Graduate Advisor must be consulted and a Thesis Permission form submitted for each semester of enrollment. Planning, preparation, and completion of a thesis in mechanical and aerospace engineering.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Not open for credit to students who are enrolled in MAE 697. Letter grade only (A-F).

735./635. Computational Fluid Dynamics II (3)

Prerequisite: MAE 535.
Methods for solving Euler and Navier-Stokes equations, implicit and explicit schemes, upwind differencing and artificial diffusion, multi-grid techniques and convergence acceleration, unstructured grid techniques, turbulence modeling, application to inviscid and viscous subsonic, transonic, and supersonic flows,etc.
Additional projects required for MAE 735.(Lecture-Problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

763./663. Nonlinear Optimized Structures (3)

Prerequisite: MAE 563, or consent of instructor. (Master’s students register in MAE 663, Ph.D. students register in MAE 763.)
Analysis, optimization of frame with automatic mesh generation using I-DEAS, with popular software such as: STRUDL, NASTRAN etc. Generation, idealization of complex structures. Sensitivity, Buckling analysis etc. Required topics for Ph.D. students: advanced numerical methods for flutter and random analysis.
(Lecture-problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

795. Advanced Directed Studies (4)

Prerequisite: MS or equivalent and formally admitted to the Ph.D. program in Engineering and Industrial Applied Mathematics.
Explorations of theoretical and experimental (if applicable) engineering problems in great depth with emphasis on mathematical modeling and analysis. Students must present the findings in a formal report.
May be repeated to a maximum of 8 units. Letter grade only (A-F).

797. Advanced Directed Research (4)

Prerequisite: MS or equivalent and formally admitted to the Ph.D. program in Engineering and Industrial Applied Mathematics.
Explorations of theoretical and experimental (if applicable) Engineering problems in great depth with emphasis on mathematical modeling and analysis. Students must present the findings in a formal report and a seminar.
May be repeated to a maximum of 8 units. Letter grade only (A-F).

798. Doctoral Dissertation (4-12)

Prerequisite: Enrollment is limited to students formally admitted to the Ph.D. program in Engineering and Industrial Applied Mathematics who have passed the preliminary examinations and research tool tests on completion of at least 48 units of course work.
A written dissertation proposal containing an outline of the research to be undertaken and references to relevant source material must be submitted. Only upon a positive recommendation may a student embark on a dissertation.
Minimum of 4 units per semester. Letter grade only (A-F).