Aero/hydrodynamics

Aero/Hydrodynamics is a core topic area in both Aerospace and Ocean Engineering. Analysis and understanding of Fluid Flows about vehicles is critical to the design of those vehicles. The Aero/Hydrodynamics Track will allow students with a particular interest in those topics to focus their technical electives in that area.

This Track will be available to all Aerospace and Ocean Engineering majors.

Required:

Course Title CH
AOE 3004 Boundary Layer and Heat Transfer 3

Choose a minimum of 6 credit hours from the following courses.

Course Title CH
AOE 4064 Fluid Flows in Nature 3
AOE 4144 Applied Computational Aerodynamics 3
AOE 4124 Configuration Aerodynamics 3
AOE 4174 Spacecraft Propulsion
3
AOE 4434 Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics 3
AOE 4474 Propellers and Turbines 3
ME 3134 Fundamentals of Thermodynamics 3

*Prerequisites may apply – see your advisor.

I. Purpose:

Aerospace and ocean engineering has a foundational option and eight concentrations: 

  • Aero/hydrodynamics
  • Dynamics, control and estimation
  • Energy & environment
  • Naval engineering 
  • Propulsion
  • Space engineering
  • Structures and materials
  • Vehicle and system design

The new option in aero/hydrodynamics would allow students who were interested primarily in aero/hydrodynamics to develop that specialization. 

Students will take AOE 3044: Boundary Layers and Heat Transfer and then choose two of the following:

  • AOE 4064 
  • AOE 4114 
  • AOE 4124 
  • AOE 4174 
  • AOE 4434 
  • AOE 4474
  • ME 3124
  • STAT 4714


II. Justification:

The concentration in aero/hydrodynamics will allow students with a particular interest in fluid flows around vehicles to focus their technical electives in that area and receive recognition on their transcripts.
 

III. Hours Requirement:

A total of 128 hours is required to graduate with a BS in aerospace and ocean engineering. The concentration in aero/hydrodynamics requires nine credit hours of coursework out of a total of eighteen hours of technical electives.
 

IV. Eligibility:

The concentration in aero/hydrodynamics will be available to all aerospace and ocean engineering majors. Students majoring in aerospace and ocean engineering may pursue more than one departmental concentration.
 

V. Relevance:

Aero/Hydrodynamics is a core topic area in both Aerospace and Ocean Engineering. Analysis and understanding of Fluid Flows about vehicles is critical to the design of those vehicles.
 

VI. Policies regarding intra-departmental majors and minors:

The AOE department offers majors in both aerospace and ocean engineering. Courses for the two majors overlap. Students may choose to pursue both majors simultaneously. 
 

VII. Required resources

No additional resources are requested.
 

VIII. Methods of Communication:

These changes are communicated to students by posting the option checksheet to our department website, e-mail notification via the AOE listserv, and presentation to incoming students at advising sessions. The AOE academic advisors will discuss the option with students during their advising sessions and concentration checksheets will be available in the AOE Academic Advising Center.