Aerospace Engineering

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
309 Furnas Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716.645.2593
Fax: 716.645.3875
Web: www.mae.buffalo.edu/

D. Joseph Mook
Chair

Abani K. Patra
Director of Undergraduate Studies

About the Program

The four-year undergraduate program leading to the BS degree in aerospace engineering prepares students for careers in aerospace and related technologies. This includes the traditional aeronautics and astronautics applications (e.g.,subsonic and supersonic aircraft, satellites, space shuttle, space station), as well as aerospace-related component development (design of structures, devices, and instruments) and vehicle and propulsion system design.

Because of the rapid pace of development and the extreme diversity of the aerospace field, the undergraduate aerospace engineering program stresses knowledge of the profession's fundamentals- the foundation for lifelong learning. While many students enter industry directly after completing the BS program, a significant number elect to pursue graduate work in engineering or other fields.

The objective is to provide students with broad knowledge in applied mathematics, physics, and the engineering sciences during the first and second years. During the third and fourth years, students build upon this foundation by learning the specialized topics of aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, vehicle design, and stability and control.

Opportunities for Undergraduate Research and Practical Experience

Students are encouraged to participate in work experience classes and research opportunities as part of their undergraduate education.

Work experience is available through the Engineering Career Institute program in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, as well as departmental co-op and internship classes. The Engineering Career Institute (EAS 396, 1 academic credit) provides career-effectiveness skills and co-op placement assistance during the junior year. This may be followed by one to three co-op work experiences (EAS 496, 2 academic credit hours). Descriptions of co-op courses may be found at http://undergrad-catalog.buffalo.edu/academicprograms/ase.shtml.

Undergraduate research experiences are available for course credit (Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity or Independent Study) or as an assistant in the research laboratory of a faculty member. The Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity serves as a clearing house for information regarding undergraduate research opportunities.

Career Opportunities/Further Study

A variety of industries require the talents of aerospace engineers. The automotive industry, for example, has recently seen increased interest in aerospace technologies, such as aerodynamics, feedback control, propulsion, system dynamics, and lightweight structures. The aerospace engineering program also prepares students for service in aerospace-related government agencies, such as NASA, the FAA, and the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marine flying services.

Note: Please see the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences entry in this catalog for preengineering requirements.

Aerospace Engineering - B.S.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.0 in engineering courses.

Advising Notes

To remain in good standing and to graduate, students must meet minimum GPA requirements in engineering courses as specified by the Dean of Engineering.

Required Courses

CHE 107 General Chemistry for Engineers
EAS 140 Engineering Solutions
EAS 200 EE Concepts/Nonmajors
EAS 204 Thermodynamics
EAS 207 Statics
EAS 208 Dynamics
EAS 209 Mechanics of Solids
EAS 230 Higher Level Language
MAE 177 Introduction to Engineering Drawing and CAD
MAE 277 Introduction to Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Practice
MAE 334 Introduction to Instrumentation and Computers
MAE 335 Fluid Mechanics
MAE 336 Heat Transfer
MAE 338 Fluid and Heat Transfer Laboratory
MAE 340 Systems Analysis
MAE 376 Numerical Methods
MAE 377 Product Design in a CAD Environment
MAE 381 Engineering Materials
MAE 385 Engineering Materials Laboratory
MAE 415 Analysis of Structures
MAE 416 Aerospace Structures
MAE 422 Gas Dynamics
MAE 423 Introduction to Propulsion
MAE 424 Aerodynamics
MAE 434 Aircraft Design
MAE 436 Flight Dynamics
MAE 451 Design Process and Methods
MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II
MTH 241 College Calculus III
MTH 306 Introduction to Differential Equations
PHY 107 General Physics I
PHY 108/PHY 158 General Physics II/Lab
One applied math elective
One science elective
One technical elective

Summary
Total credit hours required for the major: 116

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall�CHE 107, EAS 140, MTH 141
Spring� EAS 230, MAE 177, MTH 142, PHY 107

SECOND YEAR
Fall�EAS 204, EAS 207, MAE 277, MTH 241, PHY 108/PHY 158
Spring�EAS 200, EAS 208, EAS 209, MTH 306, one science elective

THIRD YEAR
Fall�MAE 334, MAE 335, MAE 376, MAE 377, MAE 381
Spring�MAE 336, MAE 340, MAE 385, MAE 422, one applied math elective

FOURTH YEAR
Fall�MAE 338, MAE 415, MAE 423, MAE 424, MAE 436, MAE 451
Spring�MAE 416, MAE 434, one technical elective

Electives and Course Groupings

EAS 305 Applied Probability
EAS 308 Engineering Statistics
EAS 451 Modern Methods of Engineering Computations
MAE 428 Analytical Methods
MTH 309 Introductory Linear Algebra
MTH 417 Survey of Multivariable Calculus
MTH 418 Survey of Partial Differential Equations

Aerospace Engineering/Business Administration - B.S / M.B.A

Acceptance Criteria

Good standing as an aerospace engineering undergraduate and acceptance as a graduate student by the School of Management.

Advising Notes

Students apply directly to the School of Management during their junior year to be admitted to the MBA Program. The MBA courses shown below are representative of those currently required but may change prior to a student�s acceptance into the MBA Program. Students should confirm MBA program requirements upon their application and acceptance to that program directly with the School of Management.

Required Courses

CHE 107 General Chemistry for Engineers
EAS 140 Engineering Solutions
EAS 200 EE Concepts/Nonmajors
EAS 204 Thermodynamics
EAS 207 Statics
EAS 208 Dynamics
EAS 209 Mechanics of Solids
EAS 230 Higher-Level Language
EAS 308 Statistics
MAE 177 Introduction to Engineering Drawing and CAD
MAE 277 Introduction to Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Practice
MAE 311 Machines and Mechanisms I
MAE 334 Introduction to Instrumentation and Computers
MAE 335 Fluid Mechanics
MAE 336 Heat Transfer
MAE 338 Fluid and Heat Transfer Laboratory
MAE 340 Systems Analysis
MAE 376 Applied Math for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineers
MAE 377 Product Design in a CAD Environment
MAE 381 Engineering Materials
MAE 385 Engineering Materials Laboratory
MAE 415 Analysis of Structures
MAE 416 Aerospace Structures
MAE 422 Gas Dynamics
MAE 423 Introduction to Propulsion
MAE 424 Aerodynamics
MAE 434 Aircraft Design
MAE 436 Flight Dynamics
MAE 451 Design Process and Methods
MGA 604 Introduction to Financial Accounting
MGB 601 Behavioral and Organizational Concepts for Management
MGE 601 Economics for Managers
MGF 631 Financial Management
MGM 625 Marketing Management
MGS 630 Operations and Service Management
MGS 641 Strategic Management
MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II
MTH 241 College Calculus III
MTH 306 Introduction to Differential Equations
PHY 107 General Physics I
PHY 108/PHY 158 General Physics II/Lab
One applied math elective
Eight MBA electives
Two MBA flex core courses

Summary
Total required credit hours for the undergraduate portion: 111
Total required credit hours for the BS/MBA: 162

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall�CHE 107, EAS 140, MTH 141
Spring� EAS 230, MAE 177, MTH 142, PHY 107

SECOND YEAR
Fall�EAS 204, EAS 207, MAE 277, MTH 241, PHY 108/PHY 158
Spring�EAS 200, EAS 208, EAS 209, MTH 306, one science elective

THIRD YEAR
Fall�MAE 334, MAE 335, MAE 376, MAE 377, MAE 381
Spring�MAE 336, MAE 340, MAE 385, MAE 422, one applied math elective

FOURTH YEAR
Fall�MAE 338, MAE 423, MAE 424, MAE 436, MGA 604, MGB 601, MGE 601
Spring�MGF 631, MGM 625, MGS 630, two MBA flex core courses, one MBA elective

FIFTH YEAR
Fall�MAE 415, MAE 451, four MBA electives
Spring�MAE 416, MAE 434, MGS 641, three MBA electives

Contact the School of Management for flex core courses and electives options.

Refer to the School of Management's MBA Handbook for requirements for MBA candidates.

Upon completion of undergraduate program requirements and all management requirements, the combined degree is conferred at the end of the fifth year.

Course Descriptions

MAE 177 Introduction to Engineering Drawing and CAD

Credits:  2
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Provides a first exposure to mechanical design for mechanical and aerospace engineers. Includes the nature and visual representation of mechanical components and principles of engineering drawing and sketching for mechanical design. Utilizes up-to-date computer-aided design software (such as AutoCad) for mechanical drawings and mechanical designs.

MAE 277 Introduction to Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Practice

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  EAS 140, MAE 177
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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An overview of engineering in industry; introduces engineering design concepts, reverse engineering, case studies including a hands-on project, basics of manufacturing processes, elementary modeling of engineering systems, and technical communications.

MAE 311 Machines and Mechanisms I

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  EAS 209
Corequisites:  MAE 381
Type:  LEC

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Examines analysis and design of machine elements; including theories of failure, fatigue strength, and endurance limits; fluctuating stresses; Goodman diagram; and fatigue design under torsional and combined stresses. Also covers design of bolted connections, fasteners, welds, springs, ball and roller bearings, journal bearings, gears, clutches, and brakes.

MAE 334 Introduction to Instrumentation and Computers

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  EAS 209
Corequisites:  EAS 200
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Introduces data acquisition using A/D converters, fundamentals of transducers, static and dynamic response, amplifiers, theory of A/D and D/A converters, error analysis, and elementary statistics. Two lectures and one three-hour laboratory weekly.

MAE 335 Fluid Mechanics

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  EAS 209
Corequisites:  EAS 204
Type:  LEC

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Hydro- and aerostatics; substantial derivatives; Reynolds transport equation; control volume approach for conservation of mass, linear momentum, moment of momentum, and the first law of thermodynamics; dimensional analysis and similitude; laminar and turbulent pipe flow of liquids; boundary-layer theory; one-dimensional, compressible flow; potential flow.

MAE 336 Heat Transfer

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  EAS 204, EAS 209
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces the transport of heat by conduction, convection, and radiation. Topics include transient and steady-state, one- and multidimensional heat conduction (treated both analytically and numerically); single-phase, laminar and turbulent, and forced and natural convection both within ducts and on external surfaces (dimensional analysis and empirical correlations); two-phase transport (boiling and condensation); radiative properties of materials and analysis of radiative heat transfer in enclosures; and analysis of heat exchangers.

MAE 338 Fluid and Heat Transfer Laboratory

Credits:  1
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  MAE 335, MAE 336
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Complements coursework in fluid mechanics and heat transfer.

MAE 340 Systems Analysis

Credits:  4
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  EAS 208, MAE 334
Corequisites:  MAE 376
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Explores system dynamics; characterization of electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic system components; characterization of transducers; use of state space and matrix notation in system modeling and analysis; formulation methods for systems containing multiterminal components; formulation of state equations; digital computer simulation techniques; and analog computer concepts. Three lectures and one three-hour lab per week.

MAE 364 Manufacturing Processes

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  MAE 381
Type:  LEC

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Examines manufacturing processes including casting, forming, cutting, joining, and molding of various engineering materials (metals and non-metals). Also studies manufacturing considerations in design including material and process selection, tooling, product quality, and properties/processing tradeoffs. Includes quality control and automation issues.

MAE 376 Applied Mathematics for MAE

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  EAS 230, MTH 306
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Reviews the solution of engineering problems using computational methods. Topics include linear algebra, sets of linear and nonlinear equations, an introduction to Matlab, ordinary differential equations, and matrix eigenvalues. Also covers topics in statistics (particularly with normal distributions) and engineering applications involving error analysis. Considers interpolation, splines, and nonlinear curve fitting as time permits.

MAE 377 Product Design in a CAD Environment

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp Su
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  EAS 209, MAE 277
Type:  LEC

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Examines mechanical design of functional, pragmatic products from inception through implementation, including topics in computer-aided-design (CAD). Discusses the design process in the context of product redesign assignments using CAD. Includes a final design project with professional documentation including sketches, detailed and assembly CAD drawings, a comprehensive written design analysis, and cost breakdown.

MAE 381 Engineering Materials I

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  CHE 107
Corequisites:  EAS 209
Type:  LEC

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Introduces the physics and chemistry of engineering materials including metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites. Covers the relationships among the processing, internal structure, material properties, and applications. Internal structure includes crystal structure, imperfections, and phases. Processing includes annealing, precipitation hardening, and heat treatment of steel. Properties include mechanical properties and corrosion behavior. Also considers current industrial needs.

MAE 385 Engineering Materials Laboratory

Credits:  1
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  MAE 381
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Involves experiments designed to illustrate the relationships among the processing, internal structure and properties of engineering materials, emphasizing metals and their heat treatment, microstructure and mechanical properties. Provides hands-on experience in metallography, heat treatment and mechanical testing, including team work. Requires laboratory report writing.

MAE 412 Machines and Mechanisms II

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  EAS 208, MAE 376
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Studies kinematics and dynamics of machinery; including linkages, geometry of motion, mobility, cam design, gear trains, and computing mechanisms. Also covers velocity and acceleration analysis by graphical, analytical, and numerical techniques; static and dynamic force analysis in machinery; engine analysis; flywheels; and balancing.

MAE 415 Analysis of Structures

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  EAS 209, MTH 306
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Examines the theory of elastic structural components; including elastic stress analysis; equilibrium, strain displacement, and compatibility; yield criteria; plate theory; axisymmetric elements; thin axisymmetric cylinders; elastic stability of plates and beams; energy methods; finite element analysis and numerical methods.

MAE 416 Aerospace Structures

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  MAE 415
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Explores the theory of light structures; including beam bending, shear stress, shear center, and composite beams; shearflow, warping stresses, and secondary warping; torsion of thin-walled single and multicell tubes; deformation of struts, plates, frames, and trusses; stress analysis of connections; composite structures and sandwich construction. Also covers computer implementation with applications to aircraft and aerospace structures.

MAE 417 Applied Orthopedic Biomechanics

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  EAS 209
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Studies the design of implants and prosthetics in relation to the biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system. Topics include bone physiology, testing methods (tension, compression, bending, torsion, shear, and fatigue, including nondestructive testing), strain gage application, composite theory of bone, stress fractures and fatigue properties in the musculoskeletal system, fracture healing, external/internal fixation (Ilizarov, etc.), aging and osteoporosis, pathology of osteoarthritis, joint replacement and arthroplasty, and spin biomechanics.

MAE 420 Biomechanics of the Musculoskeletal System

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  EAS 209
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Reviews basic aspects of anatomy, including forces transmitted in the body, bones as structural members, and joint and muscle forces. Also considers kinematics of body motions, instantaneous centers of joint motions, behavior of normal and abnormal joints, remodeling, biomaterials, and ligaments and tendons. Also studies functions of orthotics and prostheses, including design considerations. Involves a weekly seminar and one or two laboratory sessions.

MAE 422 Gas Dynamics

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  MAE 335
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Examines fundamentals of gas dynamics and compressible aerodynamics; including one-dimensional isentropic flow, one-dimensional flow with friction and with heating or cooling, and normal shocks. Also explores multidimensional flows, Prandtl-Meyer flow, oblique shocks, small perturbation theory, and supersonic airfoil theory.

MAE 423 Introduction to Propulsion

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  MAE 335
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Reviews combustion thermodynamics; flow in nozzle, diffuser, and constant area duct with shock; analysis and performance of air breathing and chemical rocket propulsion systems; performance of single and multi-staged rocket vehicles; and space missions.

MAE 424 Aerodynamics

Credits:  4
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  MAE 335
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Examines flow over airfoils and wings; ideal flow theory, singularity solutions, superposition, source, and vortex panel methods; method of source panels; 2-D airfoil theory, pressure distributions and lift; effects of compressibility; finite wings; viscous aerodynamics; boundary-layer theory; and friction drag. Involces an aerodynamics laboratory experience, including airfoil characteristics, boundary-layer measurements, and jet flow.

MAE 425 Spacecraft Control and Dynamics

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  MAE 376
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces the concepts of spacecraft orbital mechanics and attitude dynamics. Orbital mechanics is the study of the positional motion, while attitude dynamics describes the orientation of the spacecraft. Topics include: review of rotational kinematics and dynamics, orbital mechanics, gravity turn and trajectory optimization, orbit lifetimes, three body problem, orbit perturbations, orbit determination, spacecraft dynamics, spinning and three axis stabilized spacecraft, and attitude determination.

MAE 428 Analytical Methods

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  MAE 376
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Covers solution methods for practical problems in mechanical and aerospace engineering, involving partial differential equations. Explores Fourier series, orthogonal functions, Laplace transforms, examples of partial differential equations (e.g. waves and heat conduction equations), method of separation of variables, and Bessel functions. Also involvees an introduction to complex variable theory, and application to potential flow.

MAE 429 Finite Element Techniques

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  MAE 311, MAE 376
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Provides a detailed presentation of finite element techniques in the areas of solid mechanics, structures, heat transfer, and fluid flow. Selects applications from mechanical and aerospace engineering. Stresses computer applications.

MAE 431 Energy Systems

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  EAS 204, MAE 335
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Continuation of thermodynamics (EAS 204). Studies availability, psychrometrics, real gases, combustion thermochemistry, phase and chemical equilibrium, fuel cells, flow through nozzles, and blade passages.

MAE 434 Aircraft Design

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  MAE 436
Corequisites:  MAE 416
Type:  LEC

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Involves practice predicting performance of existing designs with comparison to actual performance; and analyzes performance of new, student-designed aircraft. Conceptual aircraft design for specific mission profiles is facilitated by course-licensed software.

MAE 436 Flight Dynamics

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  EAS 208, MAE 340
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Reviews practical aerodynamics of wings and bodies, as well as performance of aircraft and missiles in the atmosphere. Topics include longitudinal, lateral, and directional static stability; control effectiveness; control forces; basic equations of motion of flight vehicles; aerodynamics, thrust and gravity forces; and stability derivatives. Analyzes aircraft and missile dynamic stability, as well as typical model responses to control inputs. Further studies autopilots, stability augmentation, and analysis of the pilot as a control-system element.

MAE 438 Smart Materials

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  MAE 381
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces students to smart materials, which refer to materials that can sense a certain stimulus and, in some cases, even react to the stimulus in a positive way so as to counteract negative effects of the stimulus. Emphasizes strain/stress sensors and actuators. Topics include electrically conducting materials, piezoelectric and electrostrictive materials, magnetostrictive materials, electrorheological and magnetorheological fluids, electrolytic polymer gels, shape memory materials, layered materials, smart concrete, optical fibers, and photoelastic materials.

MAE 439 Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  MAE 336
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Reviews psychrometrics, physiological factors, heating and cooling load calculations, refrigeration methods and applications to air conditioning, cryogenic methods, fan and duct analyses, and solar energy applications.

MAE 442 Computer-Aided Analysis in Fluid and Thermal Sciences

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  MAE 335, MAE 336, MAE 376
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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For seniors and beginning graduate students interested in computer-based analysis of engineering problems in fluid mechanics and heat transfer. Emphasizes applications of computer analysis to engineering design of fluid/thermal systems. Surveys the general governing equations and methods to solve them, including finite-difference, finite-volume, panel methods, and finite element methods. Introduces state-of-the-art computer tools for analysis and graphical representation of results. Gives students a broad view of computational fluid mechanics for engineering applications in the fluid/thermal sciences.

MAE 443 Continuous Control System

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  MAE 340
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Examines system modeling and identification of plants to be controlled; use of feedback control systems; design of feedback control laws including P, I, D; block diagrams, transfer functions, and frequency response functions; control system design and analysis in the time domain, Laplace domain, and frequency domain; computer simulation of control systems; design for stability, speed of response, and accuracy; root locus, Bode, and Nyquist plots; compensation strategies; and state space control design and analysis.

MAE 444 Digital Control Systems

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  MAE 443
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Characterization of discrete time systems; analysis of discrete control systems by time-domain and transform techniques; discrete state variable techniques; synthesis of discrete systems; engineering consideration of computer controlled systems.

MAE 448 Issues in Concurrent Design

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  senior standing
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Current interest in incorporating quality and manufacturing concerns in the early stages of the design process has resulted in such concepts as concurrent engineering, total quality management, quality function deployment, robust design, Taguchi�s quality functions, teaming approaches for complex design, and many others. The course addresses these concepts, particularly as they pertain to complex engineering design. Investigates industrial case studies and design projects incorporating some or all of the above concepts, provides first-hand experience.

MAE 449 Design of Complex Engineering Systems

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  senior standing
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Applies domain-independent design methods and decision-support theories and tools to the design of large-scale, complex systems. Covers the role of design, decision-making, and open engineering systems in a globally competitive society. Topics include descriptive and prescriptive models of design, decision theory, utility theory, game theory, design of experiments, approximation, and stochastic and deterministic processes.

MAE 451 Design Process and Methods

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  senior standing
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Discusses the fundamental concepts and activities of design processes. Investigates domain-independent topics of design processes. These topics include idea conception, teamwork, quality, experimental design, optimization, and technical communication. In addition, discusses fundamental methods of design, including decision making, conceptual design, cost evaluation, ethics issues, and intellectual property issues, which are investigated through interactive lectures and individual and group exercises.

MAE 453 Inelastic Stress Analysis

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  MAE 415
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Examines the physical basis of inelastic behavior of materials; inelastic constitutive laws; thermoelastic, viscoelastic, plastic, and nonlinear creep; applications; flexure of beams; torsion of bars; and plane strain.

MAE 454 Road Vehicle Dynamics

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  EAS 208, MAE 340
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Covers the forces and torques generated by tires (under both traction and braking) and by the relative wind; two-wheel and four-wheel models of a vehicle; simplified stability and control of transients; steady-state response to external disturbances; effects of the roll degree of freedom; equations of motion in body-fixed coordinates; lateral load transfer; force-moment analysis; and applications of feedback-control theory to the design of subsystems for improved performance.

MAE 458 Tribology

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  senior standing or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Explores friction, lubrication, and wear; contact of real surfaces; mechanics of friction; surface failures; boundary lubrication; fluid properties; thin-film lubrication; thick-film lubrication; and bearing and lubricant selection.

MAE 460 Special Topics

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Topics in various fields of specialization. Usually requires permission of instructor for registration.

MAE 464 Manufacturing Automation

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  MAE 364
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces the theory of automation as related to manufacturing and design integration, including hardware, software, and algorithm issues involved in fast and flexible product development cycles. Studies strategies of automated manufacturing systems; CAD-CAM; and integration, programming, and simulation. Additional topics include Robotics (e.g. applications in welding, material handling, and human intensive processes), Reverse Engineering (e.g. modeling product from laser and CMM data of parts), Virtual Environments (e.g. industrial applications of virtual reality and prototyping), Intelligent Diagnostics (e.g. sensor fusion for machine tool monitoring), Automated Inspection (e.g. computer vision and methods of automated quality control), and Design for Manufacturing (e.g. issues involved in concurrent product development).

MAE 465 Environmental Acoustics

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces engineering acoustics and applications. Covers fundamentals of wave motion; propagation of plane and spherical waves; transmission and absorption of sound; microphones, amplifiers, and instrumentation for sound measurement; effects of noise on hearing, and speech interference; environmental noise criteria; sound quality; room acoustics; enclosures, resonators, filters and mufflers; and sources of noise, including their mechanisms, identification, and reduction.

MAE 467 Vibration and Shock

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  MAE 340, MAE 311 or MAE 415
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Examines mechanical vibration and shock; including free and forced, periodic, and aperiodic vibration of single-degree and multidegree of freedom systems.

MAE 470 Thermodynamics of Engineering Materials

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  EAS 204, MAE 381
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Applies the laws of classical thermodynamics to the investigation of the general physical behavior required of all materials. In addition to the usual thermal and fluid (pressure) effects, we also consider electrical, magnetic, surface, and imposed stress/strain effects as well as their interactions. We analyze various attributes of pure (unary) and multicomponent systems such as: phase stability, metastability, and instability; and the construction and interpretation of phase diagrams. Finally, we introduce elementary principles of statistical thermodynamics and atomic/molecular mechanics in order to illustrate how thermodynamic properties may be predicted from first principles.

MAE 472 Guidance, Navigation & Control

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  EAS 208, MAE 340, knowledge of matrix theory
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces the concepts of guidance, navigation and control (GN&C) of dynamical vehicles. Guidance equipment and software is first used to compute the vehicle location required to satisfy mission requirements. Navigation then tracks the vehicle's actual location, and control then transports the vehicle to the required location. Introduces theoretical foundations to perform basic GN&C operations. Topics include review of rotational kinematics and dynamics, orbital mechanics, Kalman filtering, GPS tracking and navigation, attitude and orbit determination, and advanced GN&C techniques. Gives examples using spacecraft, aircraft, launch, and missile vehicles.

MAE 473 Graphics in Computer-Aided Design

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  senior standing
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Examines basic programming concepts in computer-aided design (CAD) for mechanical engineers, including interactive computing in design; the role of graphics in CAD; 2-D graphics; computer graphic operations, including curve generation and splines; and 3-D graphics, including data structures, rotation, translation, reflection, isometric and perspective projection, hidden line removal, shading, surface generation, solid modeling concepts, and object-oriented programming. Involves computer programming projects in C++.

MAE 476 Mechatronics

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  MAE 334
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Studies the theory and practice of hardware and software interfacing of microprocessors with analog and digital sensor/actuators to realize mechatronic systems. Coverage includes microprocessor architectures, programming, digital and analog circuits, sensors, actuators, communication protocols, and real-time and operator interface issues as applicable to the design and implementation of simple mechatronic subsystems. Lectures emphasize basics of theory, architecture, and operation and are supplemented by labs aimed at building basic competence by hands-on practical implementation.

MAE 477 Computer-Aided Design Applications

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  senior standing
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Considers concepts in computer-aided engineering, including principles of computer graphics, finite element analysis, kinematic analysis, and animation of mechanical systems. Studies the use of integrated CAD/CAE tools. Incorporates projects in solid modeling, stress analysis of machine parts and structures, and mechanism response and animation.

MAE 478 Cardiovascular Biomechanics

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  EAS 209, MAE 335, senior standing in engineering
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces the mechanical behavior of the cardiovascular system, basic physiology, and application of engineering fundamentals to obtain quantitative descriptions. Major topics include rheology of blood, mechanics of the heart, dynamics of blood flow in the heart and circulation, control of cardiac output, blood pressure, and regional blood flow.

MAE 482 Introduction to Composite Materials

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  MAE 381, permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Provides a basic understanding of composite materials (manufacturing and mechanical properties). Examines behavior of unidirectional and short-fiber composites; analysis of laminated composites; performance of composites, including fracture, fatigue, and creep under various conditions; fracture modes of composites; manufacturing and micro-structural characterization of composites; experimental characterization and statistical analysis; and polymeric, metallic, and ceramic composites.

MAE 484 Principles and Materials for Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS)

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  MAE 381
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Current interest in micro-electro-mechanical systems or MEMS is driven by the need to provide a physical window to the micro-electronics systems, allowing them to sense and control motion, light, sound, heat, and other physical forces. Such micro-systems that integrate microelectronics and sensing elements on the same chip present an interesting engineering problem in terms of their design, fabrication, and choice of materials. Addresses the design, fabrication, and materials issues involving MEMS. Displays these issues within the context of MEMS for mechanical sensing and actuation, magnetic devices, thermal devices, automotive applications, and Bio-MEMS for biomedical applications.

MAE 487 Modern Theory of Materials

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  MAE 381, PHY 207
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Develops fundamentals of modern theories of solids. Topics include reciprocal lattices, diffraction theory, electron energy bands, and phonon dispersion.

MAE 494 Design Project

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  senior standing
Corequisites:  MAE 451
Type:  TUT

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Students working in teams of two or three under the supervision of a faculty member complete an original engineering design, which in some cases results in hardware. Design problems are drawn from industry and initiated by faculty. Where practical, two or more teams compete to solve the same problem. Teams meet individually with faculty on a weekly basis to discuss their projects.

MAE 496 Engineering Project

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  Senior standing and permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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Provides experience in real-world engineering problems for senior mechanical and aerospace students. Assigns projects from local industry. Normally requires students to spend eight hours weekly in an engineering office. Students must present written and oral reports.

MAE 498 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity

Credits:  1 - 3
Semester: F Sp Su
Prerequisites:  Permission of Instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Students collaborate with faculty research mentors on an ongoing faculty research project or conduct independent research under the guidance of a faculty member. This experience provides students with an inquiry based learning opportunity and engages them as active learners in a research setting.

MAE 499 Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering

Credits:  1 - 12
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Independent research projects or reading courses may be arranged with individual faculty members. Students must be accepted by a faculty member for work on a specific topic before registering.

 

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