AE Course Description

AE 300        Engineering Thermo-Fluids I

Introduction. Pressure and fluid statics. Conservation of mass. Momentum equation. Properties of pure substances and mixtures. First law of thermodynamics. Specific heats and enthalpy. Energy equation. Second law of thermodynamics and irreversibility. Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics applications.

Prerequisites    MATH 207, PHYS 281


AE 302        Engineering Thermo-Fluids II

Conservation of energy. Modes of heat transfer. Generalized 1-D heat conduction, thermal resistance, and unsteady heat conduction. Convection, hydrodynamic and thermal boundary layers. Convective heat transfer coefficient and dimensionless groups. Correlations for predicting convective heat transfer coefficient. Heat exchangers. Radiation, black body radiation, Stefan-Boltzmann law, Grey body radiation, Kirchoff's law for black and grey bodies, and Radiant interchange between surfaces.

Prerequisites     AE 300, MATH 204


AE 303       Fundamentals of Aerospace Design

Fundamentals of aerospace engineering are introduced through hands on design project. Topics are treated when required in the design process including: history and configurations of aircraft, design philosophy, mission specifications, weight estimation, aerodynamics, propulsion, performance, stability and control, structures, design implementation, and cost estimation.  By the end of the course the design teams should build and test their prototypes and communicate the details of their designs both orally and in writing.

Prerequisites      AE 300, IE 202


AE 311       Incompressible Flow

Two-Dimensional Inviscid Fluid Flow, Stream Function and Velocity Potential, Superposition of Elementary Flows, Source Panel Methods, Thin airfoil theory, Vortex Panel Methods, Finite Wings. Vortex Lattice Method, Incompressible Boundary Layer, Aerodynamic Design.

Prerequisites      AE 303, EE 201, EE 300


AE 331       Aerospace Structures I

Aircraft structural details. Review of statics and strength of materials. Properties of sections (centroids, moments of inertia, etc.). Equilibrium of force systems (truss, beam and frame structures and landing gear). Normal force, Shear force and bending moment diagrams (NFD, SFD & BMD). General loads on aircraft. Torsion (stresses and deflections). Bending normal stresses. Bending shear stresses (solid and open sections). Shear flow in closed thin-walled sections. MATLAB & GUI development of structural analysis tools (NFD, SFD & BMD). Lab Experiments.

Prerequisites      MENG 270, AE 303


AE 333       Flight Vehicle Materials

Crystal structures. Imperfections in solids. Requirements from aerospace structural materials. Design philosophy (safe-life and damage-tolerant design). Aerospace applications of fracture mechanics­. Airframe fatigue. Creep. Oxidation. Composite materials. Computer applications.

Prerequisites      MENG 270, AE 303


AE 362       Flight Dynamics

Aircraft static longitudinal stability. Neutral point. Longitudinal control. Center of gravity limits. Hinge moments. Stick free stability. Stick force. Speed stability. Directional static stability. Directional control. Roll static stability. Roll control. Unsteady equations of motion. Small disturbance theory. Stability derivatives. Linearized equations of motion. Dynamic stability. Reduced-order models. Longitudinal and lateral stability modes.  Flying qualities. Introduction to state feedback and pole placement.

Prerequisites      AE 311, MENG 262, EE 201


AE 371       Propulsion I

Introduction: review of basic laws, chemical reactions. Engine types. Thermodynamics of gas flow. Thermodynamics and performance of jet engines. Thermodynamics and performance of rocket engines.  Thermodynamics and performance of piston engines.  Application for engine cycle design.

Prerequisites      CHEM 281, AE 302, AE 303


AE 390       Summer Training

10 weeks of supervised hands-on work experience at a recognized firm in a capacity which ensures that the student applies his engineering knowledge and acquires professional experience in his field of study at KAU.  The student is required to communicate, clearly and concisely, training details and gained experience both orally and in writing. The student is evaluated based on his abilities to perform professionally, demonstrate technical competence, work efficiently, and to remain business focused, quality oriented, and committed to personal professional development.

Prerequisites      AE 331, AE 362


AE 412       Compressible Flow

Principles from Thermodynamics. Conservation laws governing compressible flow. Generalized flow in nozzles. Isentropic flow. Normal shock relations. Nozzle flow with shock waves. Oblique shock waves and expansion waves. Normal and Mach reflection. Airfoils in supersonic flow. Shock expansion method. Thin airfoil theory. Unsteady gas dynamics. Moving shock waves and expansion waves. Shock tube theory. Aerodynamic facilities. Design of wind tunnels.

Prerequisites      AE 302, AE 311


AE 413       Viscous Flow

Review of conservation equations. Simple problems of viscous flow, Thin films flows, Creeping flow, Low Reynolds number flow, High Reynolds number turbulent flow, Convective heat transfer, Basics of numerical simulation of fluid flow, Solving viscous flow problems using Fluent.

Prerequisites      AE 311


AE 414       Experimental Aerodynamics

Experiments that accentuate instruments and experimental procedures. Wind tunnel types. Wind tunnel calibration. External and internal balance measurements. Pressure distribution measurement in shear layers. Measurement of laminar and turbulent boundary layers on a flat plate. Hot wire anemometry. Mach number measurement in supersonic flow.

Prerequisites      AE 311


AE 415        Hypersonic Aerodynamics

Hypersonic shock and expansion wave theories. Local surface inclination methods. Hypersonic inviscid flow fields. Approximate and exact methods. Hypersonic boundary layer theory. Hypersonic aerodynamic heating. Entry and heating problems. Hypersonic viscous interactions. High temperature gas dynamic. Equilibrium and non-equilibrium flows. Viscous high temperature flows.

Prerequisites      AE 412


AE 419       Computational Fluid Dynamics

Introduction to CFD. Navier Stokes Equations. Partial Differential Equations (PDE's). Basics of numerical methods for solving PDE's. Finite Difference Methods. Numerical Solutions of Hyperbolic PDE's. Numerical Solutions of Parabolic PDE's. Numerical Solutions of Elliptic PDE's. Finite Volume Methods. Numerical Grid Generation. Fluent (Commercial CFD package): Preprocessing: problem setup including geometry, grid generation, and solution model selection. Processing: solution process Post processing: results analysis, Performing parametric studies using Fluent.

Prerequisites      AE 311


AE 432       Aerospace Structures II

Introduction to the Theory of Elasticity. Structural instability of columns and thin plates. Analysis methods (Virtual work and energy and matrix methods including FEM) for stress and deflection calculations in determinant and indeterminate structures. Thin plate theory. Composite materials analysis and design.  FEA using ABAQUS.  Lab experiments. Light aircraft design and build project.

Prerequisites      AE 331, AE 333


AE 434       Experimental Structural Mechanics

Basic methods in the experimental analysis of aerospace structures. Computerized data acquisition and analysis. Measurement of stresses, strains, and displacements using strain gauges. Vibration assessment. Experimental structural design of aircraft components. Computer simulations and commercial Computer-aided engineering tools. Experimental assessment of structural damage. Experimental assessment of repaired aircraft components. Manufacturing of aircraft parts using composite materials. Universal test and CNC machines. Non destructive Evaluation (NDE) techniques; Photo-Stress and LASER techniques.

Prerequisites      AE 432


AE 436       Aircraft Structural Design

Structural design of wing, fuselage, tail-plane, fin, and landing gear. Design of ribs, frames, stiffeners, webs, and skins. Spar design. Diagonal semi tension field beams. Optimum design. Computer applications.

Prerequisites      AE 432


AE 451       Avionic Systems

An introduction to modern avionic systems. Topics include: Terrestrial and Satellite Navigation Aids, Landing Systems, Surveillance Systems, Air-Ground and Onboard Communications, and Autopilots.

Prerequisites      AE 362, EE 251


AE 457       Data Acquisition and Signal Processing      

Introducing and Navigating LabView, Software Development Method and Virtual Instrument (VI) implementation, Developing Modular Applications, Design Techniques and Patterns, Data Acquisition Hardware and Software, Signal Conditioning and Signal Processing, Digital Signals and DSP, Digital Filters design.

Prerequisites      AE 303, EE 251


AE 461       Performance of Aerospace Vehicles

Aircraft performance in steady flight. Straight and level flight. Flight limitations. Drag, power, and performance curves in terms of thrust and power. Gliding flight. Range and endurance. Climbing flight. Aircraft performance in accelerated flight. Takeoff and landing. Turning flight. Introduction to helicopters performance. Thrust and torque theory. Rotor flow effects and power requirement. Vertical climb Space flight. Rocket Performance. Trajectories and escape velocity. Circular & elliptic Orbits.

Prerequisites      AE 303


AE 463       Aerospace Control Systems

Flight control system elements and configuration, mathematical modeling for control design, transfer functions, state-space representation, block diagram reduction, first-order, second-order, and higher-order linear system characteristics, open versus closed-loop control, stability and performance of linear feedback control systems, Routh-Hurwitz stability criterion, root-locus technique, frequency response, Bode plot, Nyquist stability criterion, Nyquist plot, autopilot stability and command augmentation systems, introduction to modern control theory, linear state feedback, linear quadratic regulators, servoelasticity and other aerospace control system design considerations.

Prerequisites      AE 362, EE 251


AE 465       Aircraft Design

Aircraft Sizing, Determination of takeoff, empty, and fuel weight, sensitivity analysis to takeoff weight, selection of the overall configuration, discussion of the aircraft systems, cost prediction.

Prerequisites      AE 362


AE 472       Propulsion II

Introduction: review of AE 371- Preliminary aero-thermodynamic design of the different gas turbine engine fixed components: inlets, combustors and afterburners, and exhaust nozzles- Preliminary aero-thermodynamic design of the different gas turbine engine turbomachinary: axial and centrifugal compressors and axial turbines- Engine components matching, acceleration and stresses- Application to the design of gas turbine engine components.

Prerequisites      AE 371, AE 412


AE 473       Space Vehicle Propulsion 

Types and performance of rocket vehicles, Chemical rockets, characteristics, propellants and combustion, expansion in nozzles, thrust chambers, Electrical rocket propulsion, Advanced propulsion concepts.

Prerequisites      AE 372, AE 412


AE 481      Air Transport Engineering

Describe and define fleet planning, and the importance of fleet selection, and market Adaptability, Fleet flexibility, Fleet continuity, and Fleet life cycle, fleet selection, cost prediction.

Prerequisites      AE 362, IE 255


AE 497       Aeronautical Engineering Seminar

Literature review methodologies and sources. Review of a recently published topics pertaining to contemporary social, economic or environmental issues in aeronautical engineering. Delivering a seminar lecture by a team of students based on a term paper prepared by them.

Prerequisites      AE 412, AE 432


AE 498       Special Topics in Aeronautical Engineering

Selected topics to develop the skills and knowledge in a given field of Aeronautical Engineering.

Prerequisites      AE 412, AE 432


AE 499       Senior Project

The student is required to function on multidisciplinary team to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints. A standard engineering design process is followed including the selection of a client defined problem, literature review, problem formulation (objectives, constraints, and evaluation criteria), generation of design alternatives, work plan, preliminary design of the selected alternative, design refinement, detailed design, design evaluation, and documentations. The student is required to communicate, clearly and concisely, the details of his design both orally and in writing in several stages during the design process including a final public presentation to a jury composed of several subject-related professionals

Prerequisites       AE 412, AE 432, IE 255

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