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AEROSPACE ENGINEERING AND MECHANICS (AEM)
College of Science and Engineering
Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics


AEM
1905
 Freshman Seminar: Aircraft and Spacecraft
(2.0 cr [max 4.0 cr]; PrereqFr; OPT No Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically) Topics related to air and space travel with an emphasis on handson projects and activities.
AEM
2011
 Statics
(3.0 cr; PrereqPHYS 1301W, [&Math 2374 or equiv], CSE; AF or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year) Force/moment vectors, resultants. Principles of statics and freebody diagrams. Applications to simple trusses, frames, and machines. Distributed loads. Internal forces in beams. Properties of areas, second moments. Laws of friction.
AEM
2012
 Dynamics
(3.0 cr; Prereq2011, [& Math 2373 or equiv], CSE student; AF or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year) Kinematics/kinetics of particles. Newton's laws. Energy/momentum methods. Systems of particles. Kinematics/kinetics of planar motions of rigid bodies. Plane motion of rigid bodies. Mechanical vibrations.
AEM
2021
 Statics and Dynamics
(4.0 cr; PrereqPhys 1301W, [&Math 2374 or equiv], CSE; AF or Aud, fall, spring, every year) Force/moment vectors, resultants. Principles of statics and freebody diagrams. Applications to simple trusses, frames, and machines. Properties of areas, second moments. Internal forces in beams. Laws of friction. Principles of particle dynamics. Mechanical systems and rigidbody dynamics. Kinematics/dynamics of plane systems. Energy/momentum of 2D bodies/systems.
AEM
2301
 Mechanics of Flight
(3.0 cr; PrereqPHYS 1301W, [&MATH 2373 or equiv], CSE; AF or Aud, spring, every year) Standard atmospheric properties, basic aerodynamics, generation of lift/drag. Airfoils, finite wings. Elements of aircraft performance and atmospheric flight mechanics. Introduction to MatLab and simulations for aircraft design.
AEM
3031
 Deformable Body Mechanics
(3.0 cr; Prereq[2011 or 2021 or [BMEN 3011, BMEN major]], [Math 2374 or equiv], [&Math 2373 or equiv], CSE; AF or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year) Uniaxial loading/deformation. Stress/strain at point, Mohr's circle. Internal forces in beams. Material behavior, linear elasticity. Torsion of circular shafts. Bending of beams of symmetrical section. Column buckling. Statically indeterminate structures.
AEM
3100
 Software Applications in AEM
(1.0 cr [max 4.0 cr]; Prereq[CSCI 1113 or equiv], BAEM upper division; SN only, fall, spring, every year) Topics covering software applications for problems of interest.
AEM
3101
 Mathematical Modeling and Simulation in Aerospace Engineering
(2.0 cr; Prereq[MATH 2373 or equiv], AEM major; AF only, fall, every year) Mathematical modeling of engineering systems/numerical methods for their solution. Use of MATLAB. Focus on systems found in aerospace engineering/mechanics.
AEM
4000H
 Honors Research Seminar
(0.0 cr; PrereqHonors student, permission of University Honors Program, AEM major; SN only, fall, spring, every year) Research seminars in aerospace engineering and mechanics, given by faculty members and visiting scholars.
AEM
4201
 Fluid Mechanics
(4.0 cr; Prereq2012, [Math 2373 or equiv], [Math 2374 or equiv], [CSE upper div or grad student]; AF or Aud, fall, every year) First course in fluid mechanics. Stress/strain rate descriptions, fluid statics. Use of differential and finite control volume analysis with continuity. Momentum/energy equations, Bernoulli/Euler equations, vorticity, potential flow, incompressible viscous flow using NavierStokes equations, dimensional analysis, pipe flow, boundary layers, separation, introduction to turbulence.
AEM
4202
 Aerodynamics
(4.0 cr; Prerequpper div CSE or grad, 4201; AF or Aud, spring, every year) Inviscid aerodynamics. Subsonic, transonic, and supersonic airfoil theory; wing theory. Introduction to compressible flow, normal and oblique shock waves, PrandtlMeyer expansions. Linearized compressible flow. Wingbody combinations. Computational aerodynamics methods.
AEM
4203
 Aerospace Propulsion
(4.0 cr; Prereq4202, [CSE upper div or grad student]; AF or Aud, spring, every year) Basic onedimensional flows: isentropic, area change, heat addition. Overall performance characteristics of propellers, ramjets, turbojets, turbofans, rockets. Performance analysis of inlets, exhaust nozzles, compressors, burners, and turbines. Rocket flight performance, single/multistage chemical rockets, liquid/solid propellants.
AEM
4295
 Problems in Fluid Mechanics
(1.0  3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq%; fall, spring, summer, every year) Topics of current interest. Individual projects with consent of faculty sponsor.
AEM
4301
 Orbital Mechanics
(3.0 cr; Prereq[2012 or equiv], [MATH 2373 or equiv], [CSE upper div or grad student]; AF only, spring, every year) The twobody problem. Earthsatellite operations, rocket performance, reentry dynamics, space environments, interplanetary trajectories. Numerical simulations. Design project.
AEM
4303W
 Flight Dynamics and Control
(WI)
(4.0 cr; Prereq[2012, 2301, [WRIT 1301 or equiv], [CSE upper div or grad student]] or #; AF only, spring, every year) Forces/moments, trim, linearization, transfer functions, dynamic response characteristics for aircraft. Aircraft stability/control derivatives, static longitudinal/lateral stability. Phugoid, short period, spiral, roll subsidence, dutch roll modes. Handling qualities.
AEM
4305
 Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Control
(3.0 cr; Prereq[4301, [3101 or ME 3281 or EE 3015], CSE upper div] or grad student; AF or Aud, spring, every year) Kinematics/dynamics for sixdegree of freedom rigid body motions. Euler's angles/equations. Torque free motion, spin stabilization, dualspin spacecraft, nutation damping, gyroscopic attitude control, gravity gradient stabilization. Linear systems analysis, Laplace transforms, transfer functions. Linear control theory. PID controllers.
AEM
4321
 Automatic Control Systems
(3.0 cr; =[EE 4231]; Prereq[3101 or ME 3281 or EE 3015], [CSE upper div or grad student]; AF only, fall, every year) Modeling, characteristics, performance of feedback control systems. Stability, root locus, frequency response methods. Nyquist/Bode diagrams. Leadlag, PID compensators. Digital implementation, hardware considerations.
AEM
4331
 Aerospace Vehicle Design
(4.0 cr; Prereq[2301, 4202, AEM sr] or #; AF only, fall, every year) Multidisciplinary student teams perform conceptual designs of aerospace vehicles, components, missions, or systems that incorporate realistic constraints/applicable engineering standards. Papers on professional ethics/contemporary aerospace issues. Oral preliminary/critical design reviews.
AEM
4333
 Aerospace Design: Special Projects
(3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq4331 or #; spring, every year) Student groups design, build, and test aerospace projects. Projects include designs from 4331 or projects such as microgravity experiments. Students keep design log/notebook, prepare status reports, and give final oral presentation.
AEM
4371
 Helicopter Aerodynamics
(3.0 cr; Prereq2301, 3101, 4202, [CSE upper div or grad student]; fall, offered periodically) Review of basic aerodynamics, unique features of helicopters, momentum theory in axial flight/rotor flow states, momentum theory in nonaxial flight, bladeelement theory, vortex theory, helicopter equations of motion. Design project.
AEM
4391
 Independent Design Project
(3.0 cr; Prereq4331, %; AF only, spring, every year) Independent design project construction and testing under the guidance of a faculty member. Projects may include designs from 4331 and group projects are allowed. Students are responsible for finding a faculty adviser for their project. Final project report (written or oral).
AEM
4495
 Problems in Aerospace Systems
(3.0 cr; PrereqCSE upper division, %; AF only, fall, spring, summer, every year) Topics of interest or individual projects.
AEM
4501
 Aerospace Structures
(3.0 cr; PrereqCSE upper div or grad, 3031 or equiv; AF or Aud, spring, every year) Advanced strength of materials analysis of elastic structures with aerospace applications; failure modes and criteria, buckling, matrix methods for analysis, plane truss design; energy and Castigliano methods for statically determinate and indeterminate structures; torsion and bending of asymmetrical thinwalled sections. Design project.
AEM
4502
 Computational Structural Analysis
(3.0 cr; Prereq[Grade of at least C in 4501, [CSE upper div or grad student]] or #; fall, odd academic years) Application of finite element methods to problems in structural analysis. Emphasizes properly posing problems and interpreting calculation results. Use of commercial FEA packages. Introduction to theory of finite elements.
AEM
4511
 Mechanics of Composite Materials
(3.0 cr; Prereq3031, [CSE upper div or grad student]; spring, every year) Analysis, design, and applications of laminated and chopped fiber reinforced composites. Micro/macromechanical analysis of elastic constants, failure, and environmental degradation. Design project.
AEM
4581
 Mechanics of Solids
(3.0 cr; Prereq3031, [Math 2373 or equiv], [Math 2374 or equiv], [CSE upper div or grad student]; fall, even academic years) Continuum mechanics in one dimension: kinematics; mass, momentum/energy, constitutive theory. Wave propagation, heat conduction. Strings. EulerBernoulli theory. 3D deformations/stress. Topics from fracture mechanics, structural stability, vibrations, thin films, layered media, smart materials, phase transformations, 3D elastic wave propagation. Elasticity, viscoelasticity, plasticity.
AEM
4595
 Problems in Mechanics and Materials
(1.0  3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq%; fall, spring, summer, every year) Topics of current interest. Individual projects with consent of faculty sponsor.
AEM
4601
 Instrumentation Laboratory
(3.0 cr; PrereqCSci 1113, EE 3005, EE 3006, [upper div CSE or grad student]; AF or Aud, spring, every year) Introduction to lab instrumentation. Computerized data acquisition. Statistical analysis of data. Time series data, spectral analysis. Transducers for measurement of solid, fluid, and dynamical quantities. Design of experiments.
AEM
4602W
 Aeromechanics Laboratory
(WI)
(4.0 cr; Prereq4201, 4501, 4601, [WRIT 1301 or equiv], [CSE upper div or grad]; AF or Aud, fall, every year) Experimental methods/design in fluid/solid mechanics. Wind tunnel/water channel experiments with flow visualization, pressure, velocity, force measurements. Measurement of stresses/strains/displacements in solids/ structures: stress concentrations, materials behavior, structural dynamics. Computerized data acquisition/analysis, error analysis, data reduction. Experiment design. Written/oral reports. Lab ethics. Writing intensive.
AEM
4796
 Professional Experience
(3.0 cr; PrereqCSE upper div, AEM major, %; AF or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year) Work experience with substantive engineering component. Written report.
AEM
4894H
 Senior Honors Thesis
(3.0 cr; PrereqHonors student, permission of University Honors Program, AEM major; AF only, spring, every year) Writing thesis under direction of AEM faculty member.
AEM
4896
 International Professional Experience
(3.0 cr; =[01704]; PrereqCSE upper div, AEM major, %; AF only, fall, spring, summer, every year) International work experience with substantive engineering component. Written report.
AEM
5245
 Hypersonic Aerodynamics
(3.0 cr; Prereq4202, [grad studednt or upper div CSE]; AF or Aud, spring, offered periodically) Importance/properties of hypersonic flow. Hypersonic shock and expansionwave relations. Local surface inclination methods. Approximate/exact methods for hypersonic inviscid flow fields. Viscous flow: boundary layers, aerodynamic heating, hypersonic viscous interactions, computational methods. Hypersonic propulsion and vehicle design.
AEM
5251
 Computational Fluid Mechanics
(3.0 cr; Prereq[4201 or equiv], [CSci 1113 or equiv], [CSE upper div or grad student]; AF or Aud, fall, every year) Introductory concepts in finite difference and finite volume methods as applied to various ordinary/partial differential model equations in fluid mechanics. Fundamentals of spatial discretization and numerical integration. Numerical linear algebra. Introduction to engineering and scientific computing environment. Advanced topics may include finite element methods, spectral methods, grid generation, turbulence modeling.
AEM
5321
 Modern Feedback Control
(3.0 cr; =[01565]; Prereq4321 or EE 4231 or ME 5281 or equiv; fall, every year) State space theory for multipleinputmultipleoutput aerospace systems. Singular value decomposition technique, applications to performance/robustness. Linear quadratic gaussian and eigenstructure assignment design methods. Topics in H[infinity symbol]. Applications.
AEM
5333
 DesigntoFlight: Small Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles
(3.0 cr; Prereq[[4202, &4303W, 4601] or equiv], #; AF only, spring, offered periodically) Designing, assembling, modeling, simulating, testing/flying of uninhabited aerial vehicles. Rapid prototyping software tools for vehicle modeling. Guidance, navigation, flight control, realtime implementations, hardwareintheloop simulations, flight tests.
AEM
5401
 Intermediate Dynamics
(3.0 cr; PrereqCSE upper div or grad, 2012, Math 2243; AF or Aud, fall, every year) Threedimensional Newtonian mechanics, kinematics of rigid bodies, dynamics of rigid bodies, generalized coordinates, holonomic constraints, Lagrange equations, applications.
AEM
5431
 Trajectory Optimization
(3.0 cr; Prereq4321 or EE 4231 or ME 5281 or equiv; AF or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically) Parameter optimization problems. Calculus of variations. Nonlinear optimal control problems. Trajectory optimization algorithms. Steadystate aircraft flight. Minimumtime climb aircraft trajectory. Aeroassisted orbital transfer trajectories. Optimal space trajectories.
AEM
5441
 Structural Dynamics
(3.0 cr; Prereq2012, 3031, [grad student or CSE upper div]; AF or Aud, fall, offered periodically) Frequency, time domain analysis of multidegree of freedom mechanical systems. Natural frequencies, normal modes of vibration. Free/forced vibrations of strings, rods, and shafts beams. Introduction to finite elements in structural dynamics.
AEM
5451
 Optimal Estimation
(3.0 cr; =[EE 5251]; Prereq[[MATH 2243 or STAT 3021 or equiv], [4321 or EE 4231 or ME 5281 or equiv]] or #; AF or Aud, fall, even academic years) Basic probability theory. Batch/recursive least squares estimation. Filtering of linear/nonlinear systems using Kalman and extended Kalman filters. Applications to sensor fusion, fault detection, and system identification.
AEM
5495
 Topics in Aerospace Systems
(1.0  4.0 cr [max 4.0 cr]; Prereq%; AF or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year) Topics of current interest. Individual projects with faculty sponsor.
AEM
5501
 Continuum Mechanics
(3.0 cr; PrereqCSE upper div or grad, 3031, Math 2243 or equiv or #; fall, every year) Concepts common to all continuous media; elements of tensor analysis; motion, deformation, vorticity; material derivatives; mass, continuity equation; balance of linear, angular momentum; geometric characterization of stress; constitutive equations.
AEM
5503
 Theory of Elasticity
(3.0 cr; Prereq4501 or equiv, Math 2263 or equiv or #; AF or Aud, spring, every year) Introduction to the theory of elasticity, with emphasis on linear elasticity. Linear and nonlinear strain measures, boundaryvalue problem for linear elasticity, plane problems in linear elasticity, three dimensional problems in linear elasticity. Topics from nonlinear elasticity, micromechanics, contact problems, fracture mechanics.
AEM
5651
 Aeroelasticity
(3.0 cr; Prereq4202, 4301, [grad student or CSE upper div]; AF or Aud, fall, every year) Static aeroelastic phenomena, torsional divergence of a lifting surface, control surface reversal. Aeroelastic flutter, unsteady aerodynamics. Problems of gust response, buffeting. Design project.
AEM
8000
 Seminar: Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
(1.0 cr [max 4.0 cr]; PrereqDGS consent; SN or Aud, fall, spring, every year) To be determined
AEM
8201
 Fluid Mechanics I
(3.0 cr; Prereq4201 or equiv, Math 2263 or equiv; fall, every year) Mathematical and physical principles governing the motion of fluids. Kinematic, dynamic, and thermodynamic properties of fluids; stress and
deformation; equations of motion; analysis of rotational and irrotational inviscid incompressible flow; twodimensional and threedimensional potential flow.
AEM
8202
 Fluid Mechanics II
(3.0 cr; Prereq8201; spring, every year) Analysis of incompressible viscous flow; creeping flows; boundary layer flow.
AEM
8203
 Fluid Mechanics III
(3.0 cr; Prereq8202; fall, every year) Analysis of compressible flow and shock waves; method of characteristics for onedimensional unsteady flow and for twodimensional steady flow.
AEM
8207
 Hydrodynamic Stability
(3.0 cr [max 4.0 cr]; Prereq8201) Theory of hydrodynamic stability. Stability of shear flows, rotating flows, boundary layer, two fluid flows, fingering flows, RayleighTaylor instability, Kelvin Helmholtz instability, capillary instability, convective/absolute stability. Methods of linear stability, normal modes, energy theory of stability, nonlinear perturbation, bifurcation theory, transition to turbulence.
AEM
8211
 Theory of Turbulence I
(3.0 cr; Prereq8202) Reynolds equations, methods of averaging, elements of stability theory and vortex dynamics; description of large vortical structures in mixing layers and boundary layers; horseshoe vortices; flow visualization.
AEM
8212
 Theory of Turbulence II
(3.0 cr; Prereq8211) Prandtl's mixing length theory applied to classical boundary layer, pipe, jet, and wake flows; prediction methods used at Stanford Conference; law of wall; law of wake; Kepsilon method.
AEM
8213
 Turbulent Shear Flows
(3.0 cr; Prereq8201, 8202; AF or Aud) Equations of motion for turbulent flow. Isotropic/homogeneous
turbulence. Free shear flows. Wall turbulence, elements of vortex
dynamics.
AEM
8221
 Rheological Fluid Mechanics
(3.0 cr; Prereq8201 or 5501 or #) Methods of solution for flows of simple fluids with general constitutive equations. Topics from viscometric flow, extensional flow, perturbations of the rest state with steady and unsteady flow, secondary flow.
AEM
8231
 Molecular Gas Dynamics
(3.0 cr; =[ME 8361]; Prereq[4201 or equiv], [4203 or equiv], [ME 3324 or equiv]) Kinetic theory of gases, Boltzmann equation, MaxwellBoltzmann distribution, collisions, transport properties. Introduction to quantum mechanics. Statistical thermodynamics, classical/quantum statistics. Partition functions and thermodynamic properties. Irreversible thermodynamics.
AEM
8241
 Perturbation Methods in Fluid Mechanics
(3.0 cr; Prereq8202 or #) Method of matched asymptotic expansions presented through simple examples and applied to viscous flows at high and low Reynolds numbers and other problems in fluid mechanics and applied mathematics.
AEM
8251
 FiniteVolume Methods in Computational Fluid Dynamics
(3.0 cr; Prereq4201 or 8201 or equiv, CSci 1107 or equiv; spring, offered periodically) Development of finitevolume computational methods for solution of compressible NavierStokes equations. Accuracy, consistency, and stability of numerical methods; highresolution upwind shockcapturing schemes; treatment of boundary conditions; explicit and implicit formulations; considerations for high performance computers; recent developments and advanced topics.
AEM
8253
 Computational Methods in Fluid Mechanics
(3.0 cr; Prereq4201; AF or Aud) Spatial discretization. Spectral methods. Temporal discretization. Nonlinear sources of error. Incompressible NavierStokes equations. Compressible NavierStokes equations.
AEM
8261
 Nonlinear Waves in Mechanics
(3.0 cr; Prereq5501 or #) Theory of kinematic, hyperbolic, and dispersive waves, with application to traffic flow, gas dynamics, and water waves.
AEM
8271
 Experimental Methods in Fluid Mechanics
(3.0 cr; Prereq4201, #) Overview of computer organization, including external communications and A/D, D/A conversion. Measurement techniques, such as pressure measurements and hotwire and laser Doppler anemometry. Signal processing and uncertainty; computer control of experiments.
AEM
8295
 Selected Topics in Fluid Mechanics
(1.0  4.0 cr [max 8.0 cr]; Prereq%; fall, spring, summer, offered periodically) Includes individual student projects completed under guidance of a faculty sponsor.
AEM
8333
 FTE: Master's
(1.0 cr; PrereqMaster's student, adviser and DGS consent; No Grade, fall, spring, summer, every year) (No description)
AEM
8400
 Seminar: Aerospace Systems
(1.0 cr [max 4.0 cr]; PrereqAerosp Eng grad student; SN or Aud, fall, spring, every year) Developing program of research in aerospace Systems. Discussions of current research/topics of interest.
AEM
8411
 Advanced Dynamics
(3.0 cr; Prereq5401 or equiv; AF or Aud, spring, offered periodically) Advanced analytical mechanics and nonlinear dynamical systems. Review of Lagrangian mechanics. Hamilton's equations of motion. Canonical transformations and HamiltonJacobi theory. Kane's equations. Analysis of differential equations and numerical methods. Phase plane, averaging, and perturbation methods. Stability/bifurcations of equilibria.
AEM
8421
 Robust Multivariable Control Design
(3.0 cr; Prereq5321 or equiv; spring, offered periodically) Application of robust control theory to aerospace systems. Role of model uncertainty/modeling errors in design process. Control analysis and synthesis, including H[sub2] and H[infinity symbol] optimal control design and structural singular value [Greek letter mu] techniques.
AEM
8423
 Convex Optimization Methods in Control
(3.0 cr; Prereq5321 or EE 5231 or equiv; AF or Aud, fall, offered periodically) Practical aspects of convex optimization methods applied to solve design/analysis problems in control theory.
AEM
8426
 Optimization and System Sciences
(3.0 cr; Prereq5321 or 5431, CSE grad student; AF or Aud, fall, offered periodically) Review of probability concepts and random variables, nonlinear stochastic differential equations and their numerical solutions, MonteCarlo simulations, GaussMarkov process, stochastic dynamic programming, and optimal control of practical uncertain dynamic systems.
AEM
8442
 Navigation and Guidance Systems
(3.0 cr; PrereqExposure to [linear algebra, differential equations, probability, statistics]; AF or Aud) Fundamental principles of navigation. Algorithms, performance analysis of navigational systems. Radionavigation systems (DME,VOR,ILS). Satellite navigation ysstems (GPS,GLDNASS). Inertial navigation systems mechanization, error analysis.
AEM
8444
 FTE: Doctoral
(1.0 cr; PrereqDoctoral student, adviser and DGS consent; No Grade, fall, spring, summer, every year) (No description)
AEM
8451
 System Identification: Theory and Applications
(3.0 cr; Prereq4321 or equiv; AF or Aud, spring, offered periodically) Modeling methods for dynamic systems using measurement data, or in combination with first principles, based on theory of systems/signals. Primary emphasis on linear systems for control system design/simulation applications. Examples from aerospace applications.
AEM
8495
 Advanced Topics in Aerospace Systems
(1.0  4.0 cr [max 9.0 cr]; Prereq%; AF or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year) Individual student projects completed under guidance of a faculty sponsor.
AEM
8500
 Research Seminar in Mechanics of Materials
(1.0  3.0 cr [max 12.0 cr]; Prereq#; AF or Aud, fall, spring, every year) Seminars given by students, faculty, and visitors on topics drawn from current research.
AEM
8511
 Advanced Topics in Continuum Mechanics
(3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq5501 or #; AF or Aud) Constitutive equations; invariance and thermodynamic restrictions. Nonlinear elasticity theory; exact solutions, minimization, stability. NonNewtonian fluids; viscometric flows, viscometric functions, normal stress. Other topics may include reactive and/or nonreactive mixtures, nonlinear plasticity, and deformable electromagnetic continua.
AEM
8521
 Advanced Topics in Elasticity
(3.0 cr; Prereq5503; AF or Aud) Contact stresses, finite deformations, and other topics.
AEM
8523
 Elastodynamics
(3.0 cr; Prereq4581 or 5501 or #; AF or Aud) Waves and vibrations in rods, beams, and plates; dispersion; volume and surface waves; reflection; energy theorems; vibrations of bounded media and relation to technical theories; elements of nonlinear waves, inelastic waves, and stability of motion of elastic systems.
AEM
8525
 Elastic Stability of Materials
(3.0 cr; PrereqCSE grad student, familiarity with theory of linear algebra; AF or Aud, fall, even academic years) Stability/bifurcation problems. Poincare stability, Lyapunov stability, asymptotic stability. Lyapunov's general methods. Minimum potential energy criterion for elastic conservative systems. Numerical methods for continuation/branch switching. Material phase transformation, crystalline material stability, softphonon theory of phase transitions. Material instability problems in finitestrain elasticity. Stability of discrete/continuous structures.
AEM
8531
 Fracture Mechanics
(3.0 cr; Prereq5503 or #; AF or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically) Theories of mechanical breakdown. Kinetic rate theories and instability considerations; formation of equilibrium cracks and circular crack propagation under pulses; statistical aspects of strength and fracture of micromolecular systems; time and temperature dependency in fracture problems and instability of compressed material systems.
AEM
8533
 Theory of Plasticity
(3.0 cr; Prereq5203 or #) Theory of permanent deformation of ductile metals; bilinear material models, Drucker's three bar truss, and other examples; 3D continuum formulation, yield surfaces, hardening rules, and material stability; slip line theory, Prandtl punch solution; single crystal plasticity.
AEM
8541
 Mechanics of Crystalline Solids
(3.0 cr; Prereq5501 or #) Atomic theory of crystals and origins of stress in crystals. Relation between atomic and continuum description; phase transformations and analysis of microstructure; effects of shear stress, pressure, temperature, electromagnetic fields, and composition on transformation temperatures and microstructure; interfacial energy in solids.
AEM
8551
 Multiscale Methods for Bridging Length and Time Scales
(3.0 cr; PrereqBasic knowledge of [continuum mechanics, atomic forces], familiarity with partial differential equations, grad student in [engineering or mathematics or physics]; AF or Aud) Classical/emerging techniques for bridging length/time scales. Nonlinear thermoelasticity, viscous fluids, and micromagnetics from macro/atomic viewpoints. Statistical mechanics, kinetic theory of gases, weak convergence methods, quasicontinuum, effective Hamiltonians, MD, new methods for bridging time scales.
AEM
8595
 Selected Topics in Mechanics and Materials
(1.0  4.0 cr [max 8.0 cr]; Prereq%; fall, spring, summer, every year) Includes individual student projects completed under guidance of a faculty sponsor.
AEM
8666
 Doctoral PreThesis Credits
(1.0  6.0 cr [max 12.0 cr]; PrereqDoctoral student who has not passed prelim oral; no required consent for 1st/2nd registrations, up to 12 combined cr; % for 3rd/4th registrations, up to 24 combined cr; doctoral student admitted before summer 2007 may register up to four times, up to 60 combined cr; No Grade, fall, spring, summer, every year) To be determined
AEM
8777
 Thesis Credits: Master's
(1.0  18.0 cr [max 50.0 cr]; PrereqMax 18 cr per semester or summer; 10 cr total required [Plan A only]; No Grade, fall, spring, summer, every year) (No description)
AEM
8880
 Plan B Project
(1.0  3.0 cr [max 3.0 cr]; PrereqGrad aerospace engineering or mechanics major, %; fall, spring, summer, every year) Satisfies project requirement for Plan B Master's degree. May appear on M.S. program but does not count toward 20credit minimum in the major field. Topic arranged by student and advisor; written report required.
AEM
8888
 Thesis Credit: Doctoral
(1.0  24.0 cr [max 100.0 cr]; PrereqMax 18 cr per semester or summer; 24 cr required; No Grade, fall, spring, summer, every year) (No description)






