ENGRMAE 112 Propulsion (2016-2017)

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
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

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

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

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

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

5. Understand contemporary aerospace propulsion issues.

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

July 12, 2016
Senate Approved:
January 8, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr