Aerospace & Mechanical
Engineering

Master of Science in Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

(Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics)

The program prepares students for professional careers in engineering companies that develop products using computational tools of fluid and solid mechanics. The program also provides the necessary background for pursuing higher degrees, Engineer and Ph.D., in aerospace and mechanical engineering with specializations in computational fluid mechanics, computational solid mechanics and computational heat transfer. The degree course work provides a necessary background in basic aerospace and mechanical engineering disciplines (solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer), engineering mathematics and numerical methods. The advanced computational technical electives provide practical examples using existing numerical programs to simulate structures, heat transfer and fluid flows as well as commercial mathematical packages for analyzing data and simulations.

Admission requirements follow the general admission rules for aerospace and mechanical engineering graduate programs. The program requires completion of a minimum of 27 units and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 for graduation. The program with thesis requires 28 units, four of which are thesis units.

REQUIRED CORE COURSES (21 UNITS)

UNITS

AME 404

Computational Solutions to Engineering Problems

3

AME 509

Applied Elasticity, or

 

  CE 507

  Mechanics of Solids I

3

AME 525

Engineering Analysis

3

AME 526

Engineering Analytical Methods

3

AME 530a

Dynamics of Incompressible Fluids

3

AME 535a

Introduction to Computational Fluid Mechanics

3

CE 529a

Finite Element Analysis

3

Select a computational technical elective from the following list or other electives approved by a graduate advisor: 3 units.

COMPUTATIONAL TECHNICAL ELECTIVES (3 UNITS)

UNITS

AME 415

Turbine Design and Analysis

3

AME 535b

Introduction to Computational Fluid Mechanics

3

ASTE 545

Computational Techniques in Rarefied Gas Dynamics

3

CE 529b

Finite Element Analysis

3

3

CE 551

Computer-Aided Engineering Project

3

MASC 575

Basics of Atomistic Simulation of Materials

3

MASC 576

Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Materials and Processes

3

Math 504ab

Numerical Solution of Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations

3

Select a technical elective from the following list or other electives approved by a graduate advisor: 3 units.

TECHNICAL ELECTIVES (3 UNITS)

UNITS

AME 511

Compressible Gas Dynamics

3

AME 516

Convection Processes

3

AME 590

Directed Research

1-12

AME 599

Special Topics

2-4, max 9

CE 541a

Dynamics of Structures

3

CE 542

Theory of Plates

3

One core class requirement may be waived at the discretion of a graduate adviser if a student documents that he or she completed or is enrolled in an equivalent course. The waived class must be replaced by a technical elective. Credit for one course of not more than 4 units from another accredited institution may be approved by a graduate adviser. The Master's Thesis (4 units) may be substituted for a technical elective class (3 units).