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Associate Professor C. Karr, Department Head
Office: 205 Hardaway Hall

AEM 120 Aerospace Science for Educators. (3-3) Four hours.

Students develop meaningful understanding and use of engineering and science knowledge and critical-thinking skills, and come to appreciate engineering and science as part of the daily life of a scientifically literate professional.

AEM 125 Introduction to Aerospace Engineering. (2-0) Two hours.

Corequisites: MATH 112 and enrollment in AEM.

A survey of aerospace history and a discussion of pertinent topics to help the student understand aerospace engineering and to promote a professional awareness.

AEM 130 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence Systems in Science. (4-0) Four hours.

Prerequisite: MATH 100 or equivalent.

Introduces education majors to systems in science related to artificial intelligence. An introduction to popular techniques including expert systems, neural networks, fuzzy logic, and general algorithms, this course provides students with experience using these techniques to solve basic science problems. Open only to education majors.

AEM 201 Statics. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisite: PH 105.

Corequisites: MATH 126 and DR 125.

Forces and couples and resultants of force systems, free-body diagrams, equilibrium, and problems involving friction; and centroids, center of gravity, and distributed forces.

AEM 202 Particle Dynamics. (2-0) Two hours.

Prerequisite: AEM 201.

Corequisite: MATH 227.

Kinematics of particles, Newton's laws of motion, and principles of work-energy and impulse-momentum for particles.

AEM 205 Honors Statics. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisites: Grades of "B" or higher in PH 105 and MATH 125.

Honors section of AEM 201.

AEM 249 Algorithm Development and Implementation. (3-0) Three hours.

Corequisite: MATH 125 or MATH 131.

Algorithm development, numerical solution of engineering problems, structured problem solving, C/C++, and FORTRAN programming.

AEM 250 Mechanics of Materials I. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisite: AEM 201.

Corequisite: MATH 227.

Concepts of stress and strain; analysis of stresses and deformation in bodies loaded by axial, torsional, and bending loads; combined loads analysis; statically indeterminate members; thermal stresses; columns; and thin-walled pressure vessels.

AEM 251 Mechanics of Materials Laboratory. (0-3) One hour.

Corequisite: AEM 250.

Mechanical tests of metallic and nonmetallic materials in the elastic and inelastic ranges; use of materials testing for acceptance tests, for the determination of properties of materials, and for illustration of the validity of assumptions made in mechanics of materials.

AEM 252 Honors Mechanics of Materials I. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisites: MATH 126 and AEM 201.

Corequisites: MATH 227 and GES 126 or AEM 249.

Concepts of stress and strain; stress and deformation analysis of bodies subject to axial, torsional, bending, and thermal loads; and generalized Hook's law, strain transformations, energy methods, curved beams, noncircular torsion, and shear center.

AEM 264 Dynamics. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisite: AEM 201.

Corequisite: MATH 227.

Kinematics of particles and rigid bodies, Newton's laws of motion, and principles of work-energy and impulse-momentum for particles and rigid bodies.

AEM 310 Meteorology. (3-0) Three hours.

Factors that govern weather conditions; physical properties and dynamics of the atmosphere; weather forecasting; meteorological factors affecting the design and operation of aircraft and space vehicles; and weather research.

AEM 311 Fluid Mechanics. (3-0) Three hours.

Corequisites: MATH 238, and AEM 202 or AEM 264.

Fluid statics, application of conservation laws to simple systems, dimensional analysis and similitude, and flow in open and closed conduits.

AEM 312 Fluid Mechanics Laboratory. (0-3) One hour.

Corequisite: AEM 311.

Consisting of experiments that complement the lecture course AEM 311, this course provides an understanding of classical instrumentation and techniques.

AEM 313 Aerodynamics I. (3-3) Four hours.

Prerequisite: MATH 227 and AEM 311.

Corequisite: AEM 264.

Introductory aerodynamics, including properties of the atmosphere; aerodynamic characteristics of airfoils, wings, propellers, and other components; drag phenomena; and topics of current interest.

AEM 314 Aircraft Performance. (3-0) Three hours.

Corequisites: AEM 349 and AEM 264.

Aircraft performance parameters, including static stability criteria.

AEM 341 Aircraft Structural Analysis. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisites: AEM 249 and AEM 250.

Methods of analyzing stressed skin structures of the types that are typically found in aircraft, missiles, and space vehicles. Unsymmetrical bending and bending and twisting of multiple cell structures are also covered.

AEM 349 Engineering Analysis. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisites: AEM 249 and MATH 237.

Corequisite: MATH 238.

Elements of statistics, matrix algebra, numerical analysis, and partial differential equations applied to engineering problems. Includes extensive computer applications.

AEM 361 Mechanics of Engineering Systems. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisites: MATH 238 and ECE 320; and GES 126 or AEM 249.

Forces and moments on rigid bodies, equilibrium concepts, and modeling of translational and rotational motion of mechanical systems, thermal systems, and hydraulic systems.

AEM 368 Flight Dynamics and Controls. (3-1) Three hours.

Prerequisites: AEM 314 and MATH 238.

Corequisite: MATH 237.

Fundamentals of airplane flight dynamics, static trim, and stability.

AEM 372 Dynamic Systems (also ME 372). (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisites: MATH 238, AEM 264, and ECE 320 (or ECE 225).

Corequisite: ME 349.

An introduction to the modeling, analysis, and control of dynamic systems. The course takes the student from initial modeling through analysis of the system response and finally into the control of the system. Specific systems include mechanical devices, electrical circuits, and electromechanical systems.

AEM 402 Integrated Aerospace Design I. (2-3) Three hours.

Prerequisites: AEM 313, AEM 341, and AEM 368.

Corequisite: AEM 408.

Preliminary design techniques for an aerospace system.

AEM 404 Integrated Aerospace Design II. (1-6) Three hours.

Prerequisite: AEM 402.

Preliminary and detailed design of aircraft and space vehicles, including weight and balance, power plant selection, exterior layout, performance, stability, and control. Involves group efforts on selected projects.

AEM 408 Propulsion Systems. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisite: AEM 313 or ME 313.

Basic propulsion dynamics, thermodynamics of fluid flow, combustion kinetics, air-breathing engines, rockets, design criteria, performance, and advanced propulsion systems.

AEM 413 Aerodynamics II. (3-3) Three hours.

Prerequisite: AEM 313.

Dynamics of compressible fluids: shock waves, one-dimensional flow, expansion waves in two-dimensional flow, and compressible flow over aerodynamic bodies.

AEM 416 Helicopter Theory. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisite: AEM 303.

Critical examination of the propulsive airscrew, including induced velocity relations, flow patterns, and similarity. Practical applications are approached through existing theory and practice.

AEM 420 Fluid Transients. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisites: GES 126, MATH 238, and AEM 311.

Introduction to the basic mathematical concepts, engineering problems, and solution techniques associated with transient behavior of fluid systems. Includes analysis and design of systems to control undesirable transients.

AEM 423 Principles of Simulation. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisites: AEM 349, AEM 368, and GES 126 or AEM 249.

A survey of the many technologies involved in flight simulation, including math modeling, computer implementation, visual systems and optics, sound, motion systems, and force loading.

AEM 425 Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Control. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisite: AEM 468.

This course introduces the student to the theory and practice of spacecraft dynamics and control. The topics covered include kinematics and dynamics of angular motion, spacecraft stabilization, attitude control devices, and design of linear and nonlinear spacecraft control systems.

AEM 428 Space Propulsion. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisite: AEM 408.

This course introduces the student to descriptions and analyses of space and launch-vehicle propulsion. Topics covered include advanced schemes such as nuclear, solar, and laser propulsion; power cycles; and tether systems.

AEM 441 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisites: MATH 238, PH 106, and AEM 201 or AEM 361.

Introduction to the relationship between engineering and medicine; modeling musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems; review of medical devices such as non-invasive imaging devices, biopotential electrodes and amplifiers; and assistive technology.

AEM 451 Structural Design and Testing. (3-3) Four hours.

Prerequisite: AEM 341.

Design of tension, compression bending, torsion, and stiffened panel members; experimental and analytical investigations involving static and dynamic structural behavior. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course.

AEM 454 Engineering Reliability. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisite: AEM 250.

Fundamental concepts and applications of the probabilistic approach to engineering design.

AEM 455 Composite Materials. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisites: AEM 250 and another 3-hour structures course.

Introduction to the governing principles of the stiffness and strength of uni- and multidirectional fiber composite materials.

AEM 455 Mechanical Behavior of Materials (also MTE 455). (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisite: AEM 250.

Flow and fracture of solids; uniaxial stress-strain as a reference behavior; and theories of terminal stability under impact; monotonic, sustained (creep), and repeated (fatigue) loadings of solids under various states of stress.

AEM 461 Computational Methods for Aerospace Structures. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisites: MATH 237 and AEM 341.

Development of the fundamentals of the finite-element method from matrix and energy methods. Use of the finite-element method for detailed design of aerospace structures. Modeling techniques for static and dynamic analyses.

AEM 468 Dynamics of Flight. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisites: AEM 349 and AEM 368.

Introduction to the dynamics of flight vehicles; equations for static and dynamic equilibrium; criteria for stability, controllability, and maneuverability; and fundamentals and mathematical models using linear differential equations.

AEM 469 Astrodynamics I. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisites: MATH 238 and AEM 264.

Introduction to engineering application of celestial mechanics; high-speed high-altitude aerodynamics; and other fields related to the contemporary problems of space vehicles. Fundamentals of applied dynamics, nomenclature of space flight, space environment and solar system, and two-body orbits. Kepler's laws, coordinate transformations, and related studies.

AEM 470 Mechanical Vibrations (also ME 470). (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisites: AEM 250 and ME 372.

Free and forced vibrations, both undamped and damped. Systems with many degrees of freedom are formulated and analyzed by matrix methods. Experimental techniques of vibration measurement are introduced.

AEM 474 Structural Dynamics. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisites: AEM 341 and AEM 368.

Corequisite: AEM 461.

Fundamental methods for predicting the dynamic response of structures.

AEM 475 Control-Systems Analysis. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisite: AEM 372.

Classical feedback control-system analysis; block diagrams, state variables, stability, root locus, and computerized analysis. Includes an introduction to modern control techniques.

AEM 480 Introductory Computational Fluid Dynamics. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisite: AEM 311 or AEM 303.

Analyses of aerodynamic flow problems using a digital computer.

AEM 485 Introduction to Computer-Aided Design (also ME 485). (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisites: GES 126, ME 349, ME 372, and AEM 250.

Elements of computer-aided design, including finite-element stress analysis, dynamic system simulation, and numerical optimization. Use of interactive computer programs to design mechanical systems.

AEM 491 and AEM 492 Special Problems. Variable credit.

Assigned problems are explored on an individual basis. Credit is based on the amount of work undertaken.

AEM 495 Aerospace Engineering Seminar. (2-0) Two hours.

Corequisite: AEM 402.

Selected topics from recent developments in the aeronautical and space engineering fields. There are visiting lecturers and extensive student participation. Several nontechnical topics of immediate interest to seniors are explored. Each student must complete a personal resumé and subscribe to Aerospace America. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course.

Advanced Undergraduate/Entry-level Graduate Courses

AEM 500 Intermediate Fluid Mechanics (also AEM/ME 500). (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisites: MATH 238, ME 215, and AEM 311.

AEM 503 Intermediate Gas Dynamics (also AEM 503). (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisites: ME 215, AEM 311, and MATH 238.

AEM 585 Genetic Algorithms in Optimization and Machine Learning. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing, and GES 249 or AEM 249, or CS 110 or CS 114.

AEM 587 Neural Networks. (3-0) Three hours.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing, and GES 249 or AEM 249, or CS 114 or CS 513.

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