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Aerodynamics—Graduate Certificate

Aerodynamics

Develop best-practice skills in aerodynamics analysis.

Aerodynamics, or the fluid dynamics of gases, deals with the flows observed in a wide range of transportation systems, such as airplanes, cars and trains. This certificate develops a foundation of fundamental fluid dynamics of gases from low to high speed flows. Students will learn how to interpret the experimental and computational data while developing theoretical understanding. Gain the skills to become an aerodynamics engineer.

3 courses in 3 semesters.

Department Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Admissions requirement Acceptance to the Graduate School.
Contact Jason Blough
Length 3 courses in 2-3 semesters
Effort 3 hours per credit per week
Each course 3 credits
Total credits 9
Course type Online or on-campus
Modality Watch class recordings on demand
Cost Based on credits and course type
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Progress quickly with a compact curriculum.

Work with the program advisor to select courses that fit your interests and pre-requisite skills.

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Here are some of the pre-requisite courses for this certificate.

MEEM 3201 - introductory Fluid Mechanics & Heat Transfer

Course emphasizes internal flow and modes of heat transfer: control volume analysis of mass, momentum and energy, pipe and duct flow, dimensional analysis, steady and unsteady heat conduction, internal convection and application of boundary conditions, and simple heat exchanger design.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-4-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Mechanical Engineering
  • Pre-Requisite(s): MEEM 2201 and MEEM 2911 and MA 3160

Take a 3 credit required course.

MEEM 5210 - Advanced Fluid Mechanics

Develops control volume forms of balance laws governing fluid motion and applies to problems involving rockets, pumps, sprinklers, etc. Derives and studies differential forms of governing equations for incompressible viscous flows. Some analytical solutions are obtained and students are exposed to rationale behind computational solution in conjunction with CFD software demonstration. Also covers qualitative aspects of lift and drag, loss of stability of laminar flows, turbulence, and vortex shedding.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate; Must be enrolled in one of the following College(s): College of Engineering

Take 6 credits of elective courses.

Select 2 courses, but only one at the 4000 level.

MEEM 5215 - Computational Fluids Engineering

This course introduces students into the theoretical and practical aspects of computational methods in fluid mechanics and thermal transport problems. Computer based tools are used to reinforce principles on advanced topics in thermo-fluids science.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate; Must be enrolled in one of the following College(s): College of Engineering

MEEM 5230 - Advanced Heat Transfer

Advanced topics on conduction, convection, radiation, and heat exchangers are covered. Emphasis is on problem formulation, exact solutions, empirical correlations/results, and on computational techniques.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate; Must be enrolled in one of the following College(s): College of Engineering

MEEM 5240 - Comp Fluid Dynamics for Engg

Introduces finite-difference and finite-volume methods used in solving fluid dynamics and heat transfer problems. Covers numerical grid generation, turbulence modeling, and application to some selected problems.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2001-2002 academic year
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate; Must be enrolled in one of the following College(s): College of Engineering

MEEM 5265 - Physical Gasdynamics

Equilibrium gaskinetic theory, chemical thermodynamics, introduction to quantum and statistical mechanics, flow with finite rate (e.g. vibrational energy relaxations, and chemical reactions), nonequilibrium kinetic theory, selected gaskinetic related computational methods.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following College(s): College of Engineering
  • Pre-Requisite(s): MEEM 4901(C) or ENT 4950(C) or Graduate Status >= 1

MEEM 4202 - Intermediate Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer

Intermediate fluid mechanics and heat transfer topics are covered. These include necessary considerations of: differential analysis of fluid flows based on Navier-Stokes equations, lift and drag, convective heat transfer in external flows, radiation, and simple considerations of condensation and boiling.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Eng-Eng Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics
  • Pre-Requisite(s): MEEM 3201 and (MA 3520(C) or MA 3521(C) or MA 3530(C) or MA 3560(C))

MEEM 4230 - Compressible Flow/Gas Dynamics

Fundamentals of one-dimensional gas dynamics, including flow in nozzles and diffusers, normal shocks, frictional flows, and flows with heat transfer or energy release; introduction to oblique shocks.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): MEEM 3201

The minimum completion time is one semester.

Here are typical schedules. Two or three semesters are recommended.

Sample Plan 1

Fall  
MEEM 5210, MEEM 5230, MEEM 5215  

Sample Plan 2

Fall Spring
MEEM 5210, MEEM 5230 MEEM 5240

Sample Plan 3

Fall Spring
MEEM 5210 MEEM 5240
Fall  
MEEM 5230  

Interested in taking a single, online course? Enroll as a non-degree seeking student.

Upon completion of the Certificate the student should be able to:

  1.  Solve the fundamental problems in aerodynamics given a physical description of a system, following the standard process of
    1. define a suitable control surface or volume
    2. list the appropriate set of governing equations
    3. apply the necessary simplifications and approximations
    4. solve the governing equations analytically or numerically
  2. Apply the standard solution procedure to specific aerodynamics problems,
  3. Communicate the analysis process in aerodynamics, through written project reports, including: statement of assumptions, derivation of governing equations, solution processes, and validation of the solutions.

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Meet the online certified instructors.

Students have the flexibility to review class recordings later.

Jeffrey Allen

Jeffrey Allen

John F. and Joan M. Calder Endowed Professor in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Teaching Statement

Dr. Allen teaches in such topics as fluid mechanics, principles of energy conversion, and microfluidics.

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Sajjad Bigham

Sajjad Bigham

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

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Chunpei Cai

Chunpei Cai

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Teaching Statement

Dr. Cai is interested in fluid dynamics, aerospace and space engineering, gas dynamics, and electric propulsion.

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L. King

L. King

Richard and Elizabeth Henes Endowed Professor (Space Systems), Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Teaching Statement

Dr. King's areas of expertise include space propulsion, plasma physics, and optical fluid diagnostics.

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Seong-Young Lee

Seong-Young Lee

Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics

Teaching Statement

Dr. Lee is interested in turbulent and spray combustion, including high-pressure diesel and gasoline spray and fundamental turbulent flames.

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Hassan Masoud

Hassan Masoud

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics

Teaching Statement

Dr. Masoud lectures on advanced heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and transport phenomena.

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Amitabh Narain

Amitabh Narain

Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics

Teaching Statement

Dr. Narain has expertise in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and system design.

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Fernando Ponta

Fernando Ponta

Richard and Elizabeth Henes Professor (Wind Energy), Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Teaching Statement

Dr. Ponta's area of expertise is in theoretical and computational continuum mechanics, vortex dynamics, and advanced numerical methods for fluid-structure interaction analysis.

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Kazuya Tajiri

Kazuya Tajiri

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics

Teaching Statement

Dr. Tajiri lectures on applied thermodynamics, fuel cell technology, and other topics related to propulsion and energy conversion.

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Song-Lin (Jason) Yang

Song-Lin (Jason) Yang

Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics

Teaching Statement

Dr. Yang is interested in computational fluid dynamics, heat transfer, engine flow simulation, and aerodynamics.

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