Aerospace Engineering - Curriculum 609

Program Officer

CDR Richard Arledge

Code 74,Watkins Hall, Room 107

(831) 656-2033, DSN 756-2033

rkarledg@nps.edu

Academic Associate

Joshua H. Gordis, Ph.D.

Code ME/Go, Watkins Hall, Room 313

(831) 656-2866, DSN 756-2866

jgordis@nps.edu

Brief Overview

The objective of this program is to provide graduate education, primarily in the field of Aerospace Engineering, in order to produce graduates with the technical competence to operate and maintain modern military aerospace systems.

The Aerospace Engineering program is designed to meet the specific needs of the U.S. Military, U.S. Coast Guard, and international partners with a broad-based graduate education in Aerospace Engineering with a focus on missile design, autonomous systems, and rotorcraft. The program is intended to be completed within 24 months.

This program gives the student a broad aerospace engineering education in the areas of aerodynamics, flight mechanics, propulsion, flight structures, and systems integration. Additionally, officers receive graduate level instruction in aircraft/missile design and aero-computer science.

An original research project resulting in a finished thesis is an integral part of the curriculum.

Requirements for Entry

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution or its equivalent is required, preferably in an engineering discipline. A minimum academic profile code (APC) of 323 is required.

While an undergraduate degree in engineering is preferred, special preparatory programs can accommodate officers with other backgrounds.

The program is open to military officers in the rank equivalent grade officers of O3 through O5 (U.S. services), and qualified foreign military officers. DoD employees are also eligible.

Entry Date

Aerospace Engineering is typically an eight-quarter program with preferred entry dates in January or June. Refresher quarters are offered in March and September and are recommended for non-engineering undergraduates and those out of school greater than 5 years. Time in residence may be reduced by course validations depending on the officer's specific academic background. If further information is needed, contact the Program Officer or the Academic Associate.

Degree

Requirements for the Master of Science in Engineering Science with a major in Aerospace Engineering – MSES(AE) are met as a milestone en route to satisfying the educational skill requirements of the curricular program.

Subspecialty

Completion of this curriculum qualifies an officer as an Aerospace Engineering Specialist with a subspecialty code of 5402P. The curriculum sponsor is Naval Air Systems Command.

Typical Course of Study

Quarter 1

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
MA1115Multi Variable Calculus

4

0

MA1116Vector Calculus

3

0

ME2502Dynamics

4

1

MS2201Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering

3

2

 

AE2440Introduction to Scientific Programming

3

2

-or-

EC2440Introduction to Scientific Programming

3

2

Quarter 2

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
MA2043Introduction to Matrix and Linear Algebra

4

0

MA2121Differential Equations

4

0

ME2101Engineering Thermodynamics

4

2

ME2201Introduction to Fluid Mechanics

3

2

Quarter 3

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
MA3132Partial Differential Equations and Integral Transforms

4

0

ME3201Applied Fluid Mechanics

4

1

ME3240Marine Power and Propulsion

4

2

ME2801Introduction to Control Systems

3

2

Quarter 4

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
ME2601Mechanics of Solids I

4

1

ME3205Missile Aerodynamics

4

1

ME4702Engineering Systems Risk Benefit Analysis

3

2

ME3450Computational Methods in Mechanical Engineering

3

2

MA3132Partial Differential Equations and Integral Transforms

4

0

Quarter 5

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
SE3100Fundamentals of Systems Engineering

3

2

ME3801Dynamics and Control of Marine and Autonomous Vehicles I

3

2

MS3202Properties, Performance & Failure of Engineering Materials

3

2

AE2820Introduction to Spacecraft Structures

3

2

ME4703Missile Flight and Control

4

1

Quarter 6

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
ELECTAE/ME Elective (4000-level)

ME0810Thesis Research

0

8

AE4452Advanced Missile Propulsion

4

1

ME4704Missile Design

3

2

Quarter 7

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
ELECTAE/ME Elective (4000-level)

ME0810Thesis Research

0

8

ME0810Thesis Research

0

8

AE4502Supersonic and Hypersonic Flows

4

0

Quarter 8

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
ELECTAE/ME Elective (4000-level)

ME4751Combat Survivability, Reliability and Systems Safety Engineering

4

1

ME4700Weaponeering

3

2

ME0810Thesis Research

0

8

Other Courses Available

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
ME3521Mechanical Vibration

3

2

ME3150Heat Transfer

4

1

ME3611Mechanics of Solids II

4

0

ME3711Design Of Machine Elements

4

1

ME3720Introduction to Unmanned Systems

3

2

MS3304Corrosion and Marine Environmental Deterioration

3

2

MS3606Introduction to Welding and Joining Metallurgy

3

2

ME4101Advanced Thermodynamics

4

0

ME4160Applications of Heat Transfer

4

0

ME4161Conduction Heat Transfer

4

0

ME4162Convection Heat Transfer

4

0

ME4163Radiation Heat Transfer

4

0

ME4202Compressible and Hypersonic Flow

4

0

ME4211Applied Hydrodynamics

4

0

ME4220Viscous Flow

4

0

ME4225Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer

3

2

ME4231Advanced Turbomachinery

3

2

ME4240Advanced Topics in Fluid Dynamics

4

0

ME4251Engine Design and Integration

3

2

ME4420Advanced Power and Propulsion

4

0

ME4522Finite Element Methods in Structural Dynamics

4

0

ME4525Naval Ship Shock Design and Analysis

4

0

ME4550Random Vibrations and Spectral Analysis

4

0

ME4612Advanced Mechanics of Solids

4

0

ME4613Finite Element Methods

4

0

ME4731Engineering Design Optimization

4

0

ME4811Multivariable Control of Ship Systems

3

2

ME4821Marine Navigation

3

2

ME4822Guidance, Navigation, and Control of Marine Systems

3

2

ME4823Cooperative Control of Multiple Marine Autonomous Vehicles

4

0

ME4901Advanced Topics in Mechanical (Aerospace) Engineering

V

V

AE4901

ME4902Advanced Study in Mechanical Engineering

V

V

AE4902Advanced Study in Astronautical Engineering

V

V

Educational Skill Requirements (ESRs)

Aerospace Engineering Program – Curriculum 609

Subspecialty Code: 5402P

The ESRs consist of a core of prescribed aerospace engineering skills, which all graduates must acquire; plus specialization options of advanced topics in missile design, autonomous systems, or rotorcraft, which the student may pursue as electives.

  1. Aerospace Structures and Materials: Be able to apply U.S. military standards and practices to analyze structural components of missiles systems & autonomous vehicles, using engineering analytic methods on idealized models and automated finite element methods on realistic models to determine stresses, strains, deformations and appropriate limiting conditions of yielding, fracture, buckling and fatigue.
  2. Flight Mechanics: Be able to calculate all performance parameters for rotorcraft, military autonomous aircraft, and missile systems to determine their longitudinal and lateral-directional, static and dynamic stability characteristics. Be able to analyze and design aircraft and missile guidance and control systems, including feedback stabilization schemes and stochastic processes, using classical and modern control techniques.
  3. Aircraft and Missile Propulsion: Understand the principles and operating characteristics of fixed wing, rotorcraft and missile propulsion engines and be able to analyze the performance of rocket motor and turbines through knowledge of the behavior and design characteristics of the individual components. Be able to calculate performance parameters used in engine selection and know the state-of-the-art reasons for limitations on gas turbine engine performance, as well as the potential for future gains in the field. Be able to analyze the performance of rockets and ramjets through knowledge of the behavior of individual components, and be able to make steady-state, internal ballistic calculations for solid rocket motors.
  4. Aerodynamics: Be able to use classical analytic, experimental and modern computational techniques of subsonic and supersonic aerodynamics, including laminar and turbulent boundary-layer viscous effects, without heat addition, to calculate internal flow properties through inlets, nozzles and engines and external air flow pressure distributions over wings, canards, tails, and other lifting surfaces to determine the resulting lift, drag and pitching moment.
  5. Information Processing: Be able to use current computer methods to solve aerospace engineering problems and possess knowledge of the application of dedicated avionic and systems computers on board military aircraft.
  6. Engineering Mathematics: Demonstrate analytic ability to apply differential and integral calculus, ordinary and partial differential equations, vector calculus, matrix algebra, probability and statistics and numerical analysis in the development of engineering theory and its application to engineering problems.
  7. Electrical Engineering: Understand basic electrical circuits, systems and electronic devices as a foundation for interfacing mechanical and electronic systems in aerospace systems.
  8. Systems Design: Be able to integrate all of the disciplines of aerospace engineering into a design of a missile or autonomous system or rotorcraft in response to a realistic set of military requirements, specifications, constraints and cost limitations. The design must include considerations for safety, reliability, maintainability and survivability.
  9. Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation: Apply principles of project scoping, planning, design and execution to investigate a current research, development, test or evaluation problem of interest to the Department of Defense that culminates in the publication of a thesis.