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ENAE 100 The Aerospace Engineering Profession (1 credit)

Prerequisite: None.
Recommended: ENES 100 and MATH 140.
Overview of salient aspects of professional practice of Aerospace Engineering. Introduction to the range of technical expertise needed to succeed in the profession and the objectives of the various parts of the Aerospace Engineering program at UMCP in supporting students' efforts in gaining the required knowledge and skills. Familiarization with Departmental faculty and their areas of research, creation of links with other students, professional society student chapters, and available resources. Discussion of ethical issues, business requirements, and their interactions with technical developments.
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ENAE200 Aerospace Engineering Profession II (1 credit)

Prerequisite: permission of department.
Recommended: ENAE100.
Overview of the engineering profession as it pertains to the role of the engineer in society, professional practice and ethical standards, career development, opportunities and need for lifelong learning, importance of safety and standards, effective written, visual, and oral communications, and the impact of the engineering profession on global issues.
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ENAE 202 Aerospace Computing (3 credits)

Prerequisite: None.
Introduction to basic computational tools for the solution of engineering problems. C++ and Matlab programming including branching and loops, functions, file handling, arrays, and data structures. Students will be introduced to object-oriented programming, basic computing, algorithms, and principles of software engineering.
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ENAE 283 Introduction to Aerospace Systems (3 credits)

Prerequisite: ENES 102, PHYS 161 and MATH 141
Co-requisite: PHYS 260 and PHYS 261
Introduction to airplanes and space vehicles as aerospace systems. Fundamentals that describe these systems. Elements of aerodynamics, airfoils, and wings. Airplane performance, stability, and control. Aircraft and rocket propulsion. Fundamentals of orbital motion. Aspects of vehicle conceptual design.
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ENAE 283H Introduction to Aerospace Systems (3 credits)

Prerequisite: ENES 102 , PHYS 161 and MATH 141
Co-requisite: PHYS 260 and PHYS 261
Introduction to airplanes and space vehicles as aerospace systems. Fundamentals that describe these systems. Elements of aerodynamics, airfoils, and wings. Airplane performance, stability, and control. Aircraft and rocket propulsion. Fundamentals of orbital motion. Aspects of vehicle conceptual design.
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ENAE 301 Dynamics of Aerospace Systems (3 credits)

Prerequisite: ENAE 283, PHYS 161 and MATH 246
Kinematics and dynamics of three dimensional motion of point masses and rigid bodies with introduction to more general systems. Primary emphasis on Newtonian methods with introduction of LaGrange's equations and Hamilton's principle. Practice in numerical solutions of equations of motion using MATLAB or similar high level computer mathematics systems.
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ENAE 311 Aerodynamics I (3 credits)

Prerequisite: ENAE 283 and MATH 246
Fundamentals of aerodynamics. Elements of compressible flow. Normal and oblique shock waves. Flows through nozzles, diffusers and wind tunnels. Elements of the method of characteristics and finite difference solutions for compressible flows. Aspects of hypersonic flow.
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ENAE 311H Aerodynamics I (3 credits)

Prerequisite: ENAE 283 and MATH 246
Fundamentals of aerodynamics. Elements of compressible flow. Normal and oblique shock waves. Flows through nozzles, diffusers and wind tunnels. Elements of the method of characteristics and finite difference solutions for compressible flows. Aspects of hypersonic flow.
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ENAE 324 Aerospace Structures I (4 credits)

Prerequisite: ENES 220
Analysis of torsion, beam bending, plate bending, buckling, and their applications to aerospace.
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ENAE 362 Aerospace Instrumentation and Experimentation (3 credits)

Prerequisite: ENAE283 and MATH246
Basic instrumentation electronics including dc electronics, ac electronics, semiconductors, electro-optics and digital electronics. Sensing devices, used to carry out experiments in measurements, bridge circuits, optical devices and introduction to computer based data acquisition. Topics chosen to support measurements in aerodynamics, flight structures, and flight control.
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ENAE380 Flight Software Systems (3 credits)

Prerequisite: ENAE202 and ENAE283. Junior standing. For ENAE majors only.
Avionics using advanced sensor and computing technologies are at the heart of every modern Aerospace vehicle. Advanced software systems to improve cockpit safety and enable unmanned and deep-space missions. Object-oriented programming and software engineering concepts required to design and build complex flight software systems. Software validation, verification and real-time performance analysis to assess flight software system reliability and robustness. Human-machine interface design for piloted systems. Automatic onboard data acquisition and decision-making for unmanned air and space vehicles. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week.
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ENAE 398H Honors Research Project ( 3 credits)

Undergraduate honors research project conducted under the direction of an AE faculty member in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the College of Engineering Honors Program.

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ENAE 403 Aircraft Flight Dynamics (3 credits)

Prerequisite: ENAE 414 and ENAE 432
Study of motion of aircraft, equations of motion, aerodynamic force representation, longitudinal and lateral motions, response to controls and to atmospheric disturbances, handling qualities criteria and other figures of merit.
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ENAE 404 Space Flight Dynamics (3 credits)

Prerequisite: ENAE 301
Three-dimensional motion under central fields. Solutions to orbital motion, orbital elements, time elements. Kepler's laws. Orbital maneuvering, rendezvous and station-keeping. Rigid-body attitude dynamics, spacecraft attitude dynamics and controls.
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ENAE 414 Aerodynamics II (3 credits)

Prerequisite: ENAE 311
Aerodynamics of inviscid incompressible flows. Aerodynamic forces and moments. Fluid statics/buoyancy force. Vorticity, circulation, the stream function and the velocity potential. Bernoulli's and Laplace's equations. Flows in low speed wind tunnels and airspeed measurement. Potential flows involving sources and sinks, doublets, and vorteces. Development of the theory of airfoils and wings.
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ENAE 415 Helicopter Theory (3 credits)

Prerequisite: ENAE 414
Elementary exposition on the theory and practice of aerodynamics applied to helicopters and other rotary wing aircraft.
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ENAE 420 Computational Structural Mechanics (3 credits)

Prerequisite: ENES220, Math 241 and Linear Algebra. For ENAE majors only or with permission of the department.
Introductory of finite element methods for aerospace engineering modeling and analysis; equips students with ability to understand manuals of commercial finite element analysis software.
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ENAE 423 Vibration & Aeroelasticity (3 credits)

Prerequisite: ENAE 324. ENAE majors only or permission of department.
Dynamic response of single and multiple degrees of freedom systems, finite element modeling, wing divergence, aileron reversal, wing and panel flutter.
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ENAE 423H Vibration & Aeroelasticity (3 credits)

Prerequisite: ENAE 324. ENAE majors only or permission of department.
Dynamic response of single and multiple degrees of freedom systems, finite element modeling, wing divergence, aileron reversal, wing and panel flutter.
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ENAE 425 Mechanics of Composite Structures (3 credits)

Prerequisite: ENAE 324 and MATH246
An introduction to structures composed of composite materials and their applications in aerospace. In particular, filamentary composite materials are studied. Material types and fabrication techniques, material properties, micromechanics, anisotropic elasticity introduction to failure concepts.
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ENAE 432 Control of Aerospace Systems (3 credits)

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in ENAE 283 and ENAE 301
Introduction to the feedback control of dynamic systems, Laplace Transforms and transfer function techniques; frequency response and Bode diagrams. Stability analysis via root locus and Nyquist techniques. Performance specifications in time and frequency domains, and design of compensation strategies to meet performance goals.
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ENAE 441 Space Navigation and Guidance (3 credits)

Prerequisite: ENAE 404 and ENAE 432
Principles of navigation. Celestial, radio, and inertial navigation schemes. Navigational and guidance requirements for orbital, planetary, and atmospheric entry missions. Fundamentals of communications and information theory. Link budgets, antennas and telemetry systems.
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ENAE 455 Aircraft Propulsion and Power (3 credits)

Prerequisite: ENAE 414, ENAE 311 and ENES 232
Thermodynamic cycle analysis, aerothermochemistry of fuels and propellants, operating principles and performance of ramjets, turbojets, turbofans and other variations of airbreathing aircraft power units.
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ENAE 457 Space Propulsion and Power (3 credits)

Prerequisite: ENAE 311, PHYS 270 , PHYS 271, and ENES 232
Thermodynamic cycle and analysis, aerothermochemistry of fuels and propellants, operating principles of chemical rocket, ion and other exoatmospheric power units.
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ENAE 464 Aerospace Engineering Laboratory (3 credits)

Prerequisite: ENAE 311, ENAE 324, ENAE 362, and ENAE 432
Application of fundamental measuring techniques to measurements in aerospace engineering. Includes experiments in aerodynamics, structures, propulsion, flight dynamics and astrodynamics. Correlation of theory with experimental results.
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ENAE 471 Aircraft Flight Testing (3 credits)

Prerequisite: ENAE 414
Co-requisite: ENAE 403
Provides basic introduction to aircraft flight testing and demonstrates need for systematic, well-proven technique to allow for accurate airplane performance. Concepts in aerodynamics, airplane performance, stability, and control. Emphasis on single engine general aviation type aircraft.
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ENAE 481 Principles of Aircraft Design (3 credits)

Prerequisite: ENAE 324, ENAE 362 and ENAE 432
Co-requisite: ENAE 414
Aircraft design principles blending both synthesis and analysis. The iterative nature of the design process. Applied aerodynamics. Elements of aircraft performance calculation and optimization. Design of aircraft including payload, crew and avionics provisions, propulsion selection and sizing, aerodynamic configuration optimization, mass properties, stability and control characteristics, and vehicle subsystems. Individual student projects in aircraft design.
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ENAE 482 Aeronautical Systems Design (3 credits)

Prerequisite: ENAE 403, ENAE 423, ENAE 455, and ENAE 481
Senior capstone design course in the Aeronautics track. Introduction of computerized methods for sizing and performance analysis. More comprehensive methods to predict weight, aerodynamics and propulsion system characteristics. Consideration in design disciplines such as vulnerability, maintainability, produceability, etc. Groups of students will complete, brief and report on a major design study to specific requirements.
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ENAE 483 Principles of Space Systems Design (3 credits)

Prerequisite: ENAE 324, ENAE 362, ENAE 404, and ENAE 432
Principles of space systems analysis and vehicle design. Launch vehicle performance analysis and optimization. Design of vehicle systems including avionics, power, propulsion, life support, human factors, structures, actuator and mechanisms, and thermal control. Design processes, and design synthesis. Individual student projects in vehicle design.
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ENAE 484 Space Systems Design (3 credits)

Prerequisite: ENAE 423, ENAE 441, ENAE 457, and ENAE 483
Senior capstone design course in the Space track. group preliminary design of a space system, including system and subsystem design, configuration control, costing, risk analysis, and programmatic development. Course also emphasizes written and oral engineering communications.
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ENAE 488R Topics in Aerospace Engineering: Planetary Rover Development; (3 credits)

ENAE 499 Elective Research (1-3 credits)

Prerequisite: Senior standing in ENAE major and permission of department, instructor, and student's advisor. Repeatable to 6 credits but only 3 credits count towards elective. Original research projects terminating in a written report.

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