ENGRMAE 112 Propulsion (2015-2016)

ENGRMAE 112 Propulsion

(Required for AE. Selected Elective for ME.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRMAE 112 Propulsion (Credit Units: 4) Application of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics to basic flow processes and cycle performance in propulsion systems: gas turbines, ramjets, scramjets, and rockets. Prerequisite: MAE 130B. (Design units: 1)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0201146592.

Recommended Textbook:

Aerothermodynamics of Gas Turbine and Rocket Propulsion, by Gordon C. Oates, AIAA Educational Series, 1988.

William A. Sirignano
Relationship to Student Outcomes
This course relates to Student Outcomes: EAC a, EAC c, EAC e, EAC j, EAC k.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Formulate and solve propulsion engineering problems; e.g., determine thrust and efficiency. (EAC e)

2. Analyze aerospace engine components and engine performance: e.g., electrostatic accelerators, combustors, afterburners, inlets, fans, compressors, turbines, nozzles, by-pass flows. (EAC a)

3. Develop preliminary design of aerospace engines and engine components: e.g,. ramjets, turbojets, turbofans, turboprops, chemical rockets, electric rockets. (EAC c)

4. Use standard propulsion engineering techniques: e.g., one-dimensional-flow analysis, chemical-thermodynamic analyses. (EAC k)

5. Understand contemporary aerospace propulsion issues. (EAC j)

Prerequisites by Topic

Introduction to Thermodynamics (MAE91) and Introduction to Viscous and Compressible Flows (MAE130B).

Lecture Topics:
  • The Jet Propulsion Principles, Mass, Momentum, and Energy Balances. Efficiency and Performance Measures.
  • Thermodynamics of Gases, Gas Mixtures, Heat of Combustion.
  • Review of One-Dimensional Flow of a Perfect Gas.
  • Basic Principles and Structures of Air-breathing Engines.
  • Engine Component Performance - Combustors and Afterburners.
  • Engine Component Performance -- Nozzles.
  • Chemical Rockets, Liquid Propellants and Solid Propellants.
  • Engine Component Performance -- Inlets.
  • Ramjets and Scramjets.
  • Engine Component Performance -- Axial Compressors.
  • Engine Component Performance -- Axial Turbines.
  • Turbojets.
  • Turbofan, Turboprop, and Turboshaft Engines.
  • Aircraft Engine Matching.
  • Other Advanced Gas Turbine Cycles.
  • Electric Rockets.
  • Advanced Space Propulsion Concepts.
Class Schedule:

Meets for 4 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Homeworks might require use of a computer and a high level of computer language such as Fortran, C, or Matlab.

Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

Contributes toward the Engineering Topics and/or Design experience for both Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering majors.

Design Content Description

Some homework problems involve preliminary-design analyses of nozzles, inlets, turbomachinery, chemical rockets, electric rockets, ramjet, turbojet, and turbofan engines.

Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion: 0%
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework 20%
  • Midterms 45%
  • Final 35%
  • Total 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 3.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 1.0 credit units

August 6, 2014
Senate Approved:
January 8, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr