von Ohain Fuels and Combustion Center Develops Two New Graduate Courses
Growing interest in graduate education in fuels, combustion, and propulsion systems has created a need for advanced, state-of-the art courses in these areas. Recently, the von Ohain Fuels and Combustion Center has developed two new graduate courses to meet this need.
MEE/AEE 560: Advanced Propulsion Systems
This course is primarily intended for mechanical, aerospace, and chemical engineers with background in fluid mechanics and thermodynamics.
Syllabus: Introduction and history, types of propulsion systems, thermodynamics review and simple cycle analysis, thermodynamics of high speed gas flow, aircraft gas turbine engine, parametric cycle analysis of various types of gas turbine engines, component and engine performance analyses (interturbine burners), advanced cycles with regeneration, reheating, and intercooling, variable and inverse cycle engines, hybrid propulsion systems (turbo-ramjets, rocket-ram-scramjets, etc.), advanced propulsion systems,, pulse detonation engine theory and concepts, thermal management of high-speed flight, energy management and vehicle synthesis.
MEE/AEE 590: Aerospace Fuels Science
Aerospace Fuels Science and its emerging technologies are important for both military and commercial flight vehicles. Aerospace Fuels Science is a multi-disciplinary area that draws from the fields of chemistry, aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, and biology. This course is of relevance to designers of thermal management systems (engine & airframe), fuel system engineers, and chemists and engineers concerned with fuel quality and distribution. Prerequisites are: undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering.
Syllabus: Introduction to fuels, History of aviation fuels (1903-2003) with relevant engine details, Production (refining) & distribution of fuels (including evolving non-petroleum fuels), Fuel specifications/test methods/quality assurance/additives, Introduction to kerosene rocket propellants, Drivers for evolution in fuels, Jet fuel composition, Thermal stability of fuels, Chemical kinetics overview, Autoxidation and pyrolysis of fuels, Fuel additives, Fuel analysis techniques, Aircraft fuel systems and thermal management, and Computational modeling and simulation.