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Ae 100
Research in Aerospace
Units to be arranged in accordance with work accomplished
Open to suitably qualified undergraduates and firstyear graduate students under the direction of the staff. Credit is based on the satisfactory completion of a substantive research report, which must be approved by the Ae 100 adviser and by the option representative.
Ae/APh/CE/ME 101 abc
Fluid Mechanics
9 units (306)

first, second, third terms
Prerequisites: APh 17 or ME 11 abc, and ME 12 or equivalent, ACM 95/100 or equivalent (may be taken concurrently).
Fundamentals of fluid mechanics. Microscopic and macroscopic properties of liquids and gases; the continuum hypothesis; review of thermodynamics; general equations of motion; kinematics; stresses; constitutive relations; vorticity, circulation; Bernoulli's equation; potential flow; thinairfoil theory; surface gravity waves; buoyancydriven flows; rotating flows; viscous creeping flow; viscous boundary layers; introduction to stability and turbulence; quasi onedimensional compressible flow; shock waves; unsteady compressible flow; and acoustics.
Instructors:
Dimotakis, Pullin
Ae/AM/CE/ME 102 abc
Mechanics of Structures and Solids
9 units (306)

first, second, third terms
Prerequisites: ME 12 abc.
Introduction to continuum mechanics: kinematics, balance laws, constitutive laws with an emphasis on solids. Static and dynamic stress analysis. Two and threedimensional theory of stressed elastic solids. Wave propagation. Analysis of rods, plates and shells with applications in a variety of fields. Variational theorems and approximate solutions. Elastic stability.
Instructors:
Lapusta, Rosakis, Ravichandran
Ae 103 ab
Aerospace Control Systems
9 units (306)

second and third terms
Prerequisites: CDS 110 (or equivalent), CDS 131 or permission of instructor.
Part a: Optimizationbased design of control systems, including optimal control and receding horizon control. Introductory random processes and optimal estimation. Kalman filtering and nonlinear filtering methods for autonomous systems. Part b: Nonlinear control design for aerospace systems, flight dynamics, and attitude dynamics. Guidance, navigation, and control of autonomous aerospace systems.
Instructor:
Fragoso
Ae/APh 104 abc
Experimental Methods
9 units (306) first term; (063) second, third terms

first, second, third terms
Prerequisites: ACM 95/100 ab or equivalent (may be taken concurrently), Ae/APh/CE/ME 101 abc or equivalent (may be taken concurrently).
Lectures on experiment design and implementation. Measurement methods, transducer fundamentals, instrumentation, optical systems, signal processing, noise theory, analog and digital electronic fundamentals, with data acquisition and processing systems. Experiments (second and third terms) in solid and fluid mechanics with emphasis on current research methods. Ae/APh 104 a offered 202021.
Ae 105 abc
Space Engineering
9 units (306) first term, (243) second term, (081) third term

first, second, third terms
Prerequisites: ME 11 abc and ME 12 abc or equivalent.
Part a: Design of space missions based on astrodynamics. Topics include conic orbits with perturbations (J2, drag, and solar radiation pressure), Lambert's Theorem, periodic orbits and ground tracks, invariant manifolds, and the variational equation with mission applications to planetary flybys, constellation, formation flying, and low energy planetary capture and landing. Part b: Introduction to spacecraft systems and subsystems, mission design, rocket mechanics, launch vehicles, and space environments; spacecraft mechanical, structural, and thermal design; communication and power systems; preliminary discussion and setup for team project leading to system requirements review. Part c: Team project leading to preliminary design review and critical design review
Instructor:
Chung
CE/Ae/AM 108 ab
Computational Mechanics
9 units (351)

first, second terms
Prerequisites: Ae/AM/ME/CE 102 abc or Ae/GE/ME 160 ab, or instructor's permission.
Numerical methods and techniques for solving initial boundary value problems in continuum mechanics (from heat conduction to statics and dynamics of solids and structures). Finite difference methods, direct methods, variational methods, finite elements in small strains and at finite deformation for applications in structural mechanics and solid mechanics. Solution of the partial differential equations of heat transfer, solid and structural mechanics, and fluid mechanics. Transient and nonlinear problems. Computational aspects and development and use of finite element code. Not offered 202021.
Ae 115 ab
Spacecraft Navigation
9 units (306)

first, second terms
Prerequisites: CDS 110 a.
This course will survey all aspects of modern spacecraft navigation, including astrodynamics, tracking systems for both lowEarth and deepspace applications (including the Global Positioning System and the Deep Space Network observables), and the statistical orbit determination problem (in both the batch and sequential Kalman filter implementations). The course will describe some of the scientific applications directly derived from precision orbital knowledge, such as planetary gravity field and topography modeling. Numerous examples drawn from actual missions as navigated at JPL will be discussed. Not offered 202021.
APh/Ph/Ae 116
Physics of Thermal and Mass Transport in Hydrodynamic Systems
9 units (306)

third term
Prerequisites: ACM 95 or equivalent and APh/Ph 115 or equivalent.
Contemporary research in many areas of physics requires some knowledge of how momentum transport in fluids couples to diffusive phenomena driven by thermal or concentration gradients. This course will first examine processes driven purely by diffusion and progress toward description of systems governed by steady and unsteady convectiondiffusion and reactiondiffusion. Topics will include Fickian dynamics, thermal transfer in Peltier devices, LifshitzSlyozov growth during phase separation, thermocouple measurements of oscillatory fields, reactiondiffusion phenomena in biophysical systems, buoyancy driven flows, and boundary layer formation. Students must have working knowledge of vector calculus, ODEs, PDEs, complex variables and basic tensor analysis. Advanced solution methods such as singular perturbation, SturmLiouville and Green's function analysis will be taught in class as needed.
Instructor:
Troian
Ae/ME 118
Classical Thermodynamics
9 units (306)

second term
Prerequisites: ME 11 abc, ME 12, or equivalent.
Fundamentals of classical thermodynamics. Basic postulates and laws of thermodynamics, work and heat, entropy and available work, and thermal systems. Equations of state, compressibility functions, and the Law of Corresponding States. Thermodynamic potentials, chemical and phase equilibrium, phase transitions, and thermodynamic properties of solids, liquids, and gases. Examples will be drawn from fluid dynamics, solid mechanics, and thermal science applications.
Instructor:
Minnich
Ae/ME 120
Combustion Fundamentals
9 units (306)

third term
Prerequisites: Recommended: ME 118 and 119 or equivalent.
The course will cover chemical equilibrium, chemical kinetics, combustion chemistry, transport phenomena, and the governing equations for multicomponent gas mixtures. Topics will be chosen from nonpremixed and premixed flames, laminar and turbulent flames, combustiongenerated pollutants, and numerical simulations of reacting flows.
Instructor:
Blanquart
Ae 121 abc
Space Propulsion
9 units (306)

first, second, third terms
Prerequisites: Open to all graduate students and to seniors with instructor's permission.
Ae 121 is designed to introduce the fundamentals of chemical, electric and advanced propulsion technologies. The course focuses on the thermochemistry and aerodynamics of chemical and electrothermal propulsion systems, the physics of ionized gases and electrostatic and electromagnetic processes in electric thrusters. These analyses provide the opportunity to introduce the basic concepts of nonequilibrium gas dynamics and kinetic theory. Specific technologies such as launch vehicle rocket engines, monopropellant engines, arcjets, ion thrusters, magnetoplasmadynamic engines and Hall thrusters will be discussed. Ae 121 also provides an introduction to advanced propulsion concepts such as solar sails and antimatter rockets.
Instructor:
Polk
Ae 150 abc
Aerospace Engineering Seminar
1 unit

first, second, third terms
Speakers from campus and outside research and manufacturing organizations discuss current problems and advances in aerospace engineering. Graded pass/fail.
Instructor:
Meiron
EE/Ae 157 ab
Introduction to the Physics of Remote Sensing
9 units (306)

first, second terms
Prerequisites: Ph 2 or equivalent.
An overview of the physics behind space remote sensing instruments. Topics include the interaction of electromagnetic waves with natural surfaces, including scattering of microwaves, microwave and thermal emission from atmospheres and surfaces, and spectral reflection from natural surfaces and atmospheres in the nearinfrared and visible regions of the spectrum. The class also discusses the design of modern space sensors and associated technology, including sensor design, new observation techniques, ongoing developments, and data interpretation. Examples of applications and instrumentation in geology, planetology, oceanography, astronomy, and atmospheric research.
Instructor:
van Zyl
Ae 159
Optical Engineering
9 units (306)

third term
Prerequisites: Ph 2, EE/Ae 157, or equivalent; APh 23 desirable.
This class covers both the fundamentals of optical engineering and the development of space optical systems. Emphasis is on the design and engineering of optical, UV and IR systems for scientific remote sensing and imaging applications. Material covered is: first order optics to find the location, size and orientation of an image; geometrical aberration theory balancing tolerancing optical systems; transmittance, Etendu vignetting; radiative transfer; scalar vector wave propagationphysical optics; scalar diffraction image formation coherence; interferometry for the measurement of optical surfaces astronomy; optical metrology wavefront sensing control (A/O); segmented and sparse aperture telescopes; and design topics in coronagraphy, Fourier transform spectrometers, grating spectrometers, and large aperture telescopes. Space optics issues discussed will be segmented sparse aperture telescopes, radiation damage to glass, thermal and UV contamination. Not offered 202021.
Ae/Ge/ME 160 ab
Continuum Mechanics of Fluids and Solids
9 units (306)

first, second terms
Elements of Cartesian tensors. Configurations and motions of a body. Kinematicsstudy of deformations, rotations and stretches, polar decomposition. Lagrangian and Eulerian strain velocity and spin tensor fields. Irrotational motions, rigid motions. Kineticsbalance laws. Linear and angular momentum, force, traction stress. Cauchy's theorem, properties of Cauchy's stress. Equations of motion, equilibrium equations. Power theorem, nominal (PiolaKirchoff) stress. Thermodynamics of bodies. Internal energy, heat flux, heat supply. Laws of thermodynamics, notions of entropy, absolute temperature. Entropy inequality (ClausiusDuhem). Examples of special classes of constitutive laws for materials without memory. Objective rates, corotational, convected rates. Principles of materials frame indifference. Examples: the isotropic NavierStokes fluid, the isotropic thermoelastic solid. Basics of finite differences, finite elements, and boundary integral methods, and their applications to continuum mechanics problems illustrating a variety of classes of constitutive laws. Part a will be offered in 202021.
Instructor:
Lapusta
Ae/CE 165 ab
Mechanics of Composite Materials and Structures
9 units (225)

first, second terms
Prerequisites: Ae/AM/CE/ME 102 a.
Introduction and fabrication technology, elastic deformation of composites, stiffness bounds, on and offaxis elastic constants for a lamina, elastic deformation of multidirectional laminates (lamination theory, ABD matrix), effective hygrothermal properties, mechanisms of yield and failure for a laminate, strength of a single ply, failure models, splitting and delamination. Experimental methods for characterization and testing of composite materials. Design criteria, application of design methods to select a suitable laminate using composite design software, hand layup of a simple laminate and measurement of its stiffness and thermoelastic coefficients.
Instructor:
Pellegrino
Ae 200
Advanced Research in Aerospace
Units to be arranged
Ae.E. or Ph.D. thesis level research under the direction of the staff. A written research report must be submitted during finals week each term.
Ae 201 a
Advanced Fluid Mechanics
9 units (306)

second term
Prerequisites: Ae/APh/CE/ME 101 abc or equivalent; AM 125 abc or ACM/IDS 101 (may be taken concurrently).
Foundations of the mechanics of real fluids. Basic concepts will be emphasized. Subjects covered will include a selection from the following topics: physical properties of real gases; the equations of motion of viscous and inviscid fluids; the dynamical significance of vorticity; vortex dynamics; exact solutions; motion at high Reynolds numbers; hydrodynamic stability; boundary layers; flow past bodies; compressible flow; subsonic, transonic, and supersonic flow; shock waves. Not offered 202021.
Ae 204 ab
Technical Fluid Mechanics
9 units (306)

second, third terms
Prerequisites: Ae/APh/CE/ME 101 abc or equivalent.
External and internal flow problems encountered in engineering, for which only empirical methods exist. Turbulent shear flow, separation, transition, threedimensional and nonsteady effects. Basis of engineering practice in the design of devices such as mixers, ejectors, diffusers, and control valves. Studies of flowinduced oscillations, wind effects on structures, vehicle aerodynamics.
Instructor:
Gharib
Ae 205 ab
Advanced Space Project
9 units (243)

second, third terms
Prerequisites: Ae105 abc.
This is an advanced course on the design and implementation of space projects and it is currently focused on the flight project Autonomous Assembly of a Reconfigurable Space Telescope (AAReST). The objective is to be ready for launch and operation in 2015. Each student will be responsible for a specific activity, chosen from the following: optimization of telescope system architecture; design, assembly and testing of telescope optics; telescope calibration procedure and algorithms for wavefront control; thermal analysis; boom design and deployment test methods; effects of spacecraft dynamics on telescope performance; environmental testing of telescope system. Each student will prepare a survey of the state of the art for the selected activity, and then develop a design/implementation plan, execute the plan and present the results in a final report. Not offered 202021.
Ae 208 abc
GALCIT Colloquium
1 unit

first, second, third terms
A seminar course in fluid, solid, space, and bio mechanics. Weekly lectures on current developments are presented by staff members, graduate students, and visiting scientists and engineers. Graded pass/fail.
Instructors:
McKeon, Chung
Ae/AM/MS/ME 213
Mechanics and Materials Aspects of Fracture
9 units (306)

first term
Prerequisites: Ae/AM/CE/ME 102 abc (concurrently) or equivalent and instructor's permission.
Analytical and experimental techniques in the study of fracture in metallic and nonmetallic solids. Mechanics of brittle and ductile fracture; connections between the continuum descriptions of fracture and micromechanisms. Discussion of elasticplastic fracture analysis and fracture criteria. Special topics include fracture by cleavage, void growth, rate sensitivity, crack deflection and toughening mechanisms, as well as fracture of nontraditional materials. Fatigue crack growth and life prediction techniques will also be discussed. In addition, "dynamic" stress wave dominated, failure initiation growth and arrest phenomena will be covered. This will include traditional dynamic fracture considerations as well as discussions of failure by adiabatic shear localization. Not offered 202021.
Ae/AM/CE/ME 214 ab
Computational Solid Mechanics
9 units (351)

second, third terms
Prerequisites: ACM 100 ab or equivalent; CE/AM/Ae 108 ab or equivalent or instructor's permission; Ae/AM/CE/ME 102 abc or Ae/Ge/ME 160 ab or instructor's permission.
Introduction to the use of numerical methods in the solution of solid mechanics and multiscale mechanics problems. First term: Variational principles. Finite element analysis. Variational problems in linear and finite kinematics. Time integration, initial boundary value problems. Elasticity and inelasticity. Constitutive modeling. Error estimation. Accuracy, stability and convergence. Iterative solution methods. Adaptive strategies. Second term: Multiscale modeling strategies. Computational homogenization in linear and finite kinematics. Spectral methods. Atomistic modeling and atomistictocontinuum coupling techniques. Not offered 202021.
Ae/AM/ME 215
Dynamic Behavior of Materials
9 units (306)

third term
Prerequisites: ACM 100 abc or AM 125 abc; Ae/AM/CE/ME 102 abc.
Fundamentals of theory of wave propagation; plane waves, wave guides, dispersion relations; dynamic plasticity, adiabatic shear banding; dynamic fracture; shock waves, equation of state. Not offered 202021.
Ae/ME/APh 218
Statistical Mechanics
9 units (306)

third term
Prerequisites: Ae/ME 118, or equivalent.
Overview of probability and statistics, and the MaxwellBoltzmann distribution. Overview and elements of Quantum Mechanics, degenerate energy states, particles in a box, and energystate phase space. Statistics of indistinguishable elementary particles, FermiDirac and BoseEinstein statistics, partition functions, connections with classical thermodynamics, and the Law of Equipartition. Examples from equilibrium in fluids, solidstate physics, and others. Not offered 202021.
Ae 220
Theory of Structures
9 units (306)

second term
Prerequisites: Ae/AM/CE/ME 102 abc.
Fundamentals of buckling and stability, total potential energy and direct equilibrium approaches; classification of instabilities into snapthrough and bifurcations; eigenvalues and eigenvectors of stiffness matrix; RayleighRitz estimates of buckling loads; buckling of columns; imperfection sensitivity; elasticplastic buckling; buckling of plates and shells. Selected topics: localization and wrinkling; design of imperfection insensitive shells and other topics. Not offered 202021.
Ae/CE 221
Space Structures
9 units (306)

first term
This course examines the links between form, geometric shape, and structural performance. It deals with different ways of breaking up a continuum, and how this affects global structural properties; structural concepts and preliminary design methods that are used in tension structures and deployable structures. Geometric foundations, polyhedra and tessellations, surfaces; space frames, examples of space frames, stiffness and structural efficiency of frames with different repeating units; sandwich plates; cable and membrane structures, formfinding, wrinklefree pneumatic domes, balloons, tensionstabilized struts, tensegrity domes; deployable and adaptive structures, coiled rods and their applications, flexible shells, membranes, structural mechanisms, actuators, concepts for adaptive trusses and manipulators. Not offered 202021.
Ae/AM/ME 223
Plasticity
9 units (306)

second term
Prerequisites: Ae/AM/CE/ME 102 abc or instructor's permission.
Theory of dislocations in crystalline media. Characteristics of dislocations and their influence on the mechanical behavior in various crystal structures. Application of dislocation theory to single and polycrystal plasticity. Theory of the inelastic behavior of materials with negligible time effects. Experimental background for metals and fundamental postulates for plastic stressstrain relations. Variational principles for incremental elasticplastic problems, uniqueness. Upper and lower bound theorems of limit analysis and shakedown. Slip line theory and applications. Additional topics may include soils, creep and ratesensitive effects in metals, the thermodynamics of plastic deformation, and experimental methods in plasticity. Not offered 202021.
ME/MS/Ae/AM 224
Multifunctional Materials
9 units (306)

third term
Prerequisites: MS 115 or equivalent, Ae/AM/CE/ME 102abc or APh105abc (may be waived with instructor's permission).
Multiscale view of materials and different approaches of introducing functionality; Electronic aspects and multiferroic materials; Symmetry breaking phase transformations, microstructure: shapememory alloys, ferroelectrics, liquid crystal elastomers; Composite materials and metamaterials: multifunctional structures.
Instructor:
Bhattacharya
Ae/AM/ME/Ge 225
Special Topics in Solid Mechanics
Units to be arranged

first, second, third terms
Subject matter changes depending on staff and student interest.
Ae/ACM/ME 232 ab
Computational Fluid Dynamics
9 units (306)

second, third terms
Prerequisites: Ae/APh/CE/ME 101 abc or equivalent; ACM 100 abc or equivalent.
Development and analysis of algorithms used in the solution of fluid mechanics problems. Numerical analysis of discretization schemes for partial differential equations including interpolation, integration, spatial discretization, systems of ordinary differential equations; stability, accuracy, aliasing, Gibbs and Runge phenomena, numerical dissipation and dispersion; boundary conditions. Survey of finite difference, finite element, finite volume and spectral approximations for the numerical solution of the incompressible and compressible Euler and NavierStokes equations, including shockcapturing methods.
Instructors:
Meiron, Pullin
Ae 233
Hydrodynamic Stability
9 units (306)

first term
Prerequisites: Ae/APh/CE/ME 101 abc or equivalent.
Laminarstability theory as a guide to laminarturbulent transition. Rayleigh equation, instability criteria, and response to small inviscid disturbances. Discussion of KelvinHelmholtz, RayleighTaylor, RichtmyerMeshkov, and other instabilities, for example, in geophysical flows. The OrrSommerfeld equation, the dual role of viscosity, and boundarylayer stability. Weakly nonlinear stability theory and phenomenological theories of turbulence.
Instructor:
McKeon
Ae 234 ab
Hypersonic Aerodynamics
9 units (306)

second, third terms
Prerequisites: Ae/APh/CE/ME 101 abc or equivalent, AM 125 abc, or instructor's permission.
An advanced course dealing with aerodynamic problems of flight at hypersonic speeds. Topics are selected from hypersonic smalldisturbance theory, bluntbody theory, boundary layers and shock waves in real gases, heat and mass transfer, testing facilities and experiment.
Instructor:
Austin
Ae 235
Rarefied Gasdynamics
9 units (306)

first term
Molecular description of matter; distribution functions; discretevelocity gases. Kinetic theory: freepath theory, internal degrees of freedom. Boltzmann equation: BBGKY hierarchy and closure, H theorem, Euler equations, ChapmanEnskog procedure, freemolecule flows. Collisionless and transitional flows. Direct simulation Monte Carlo methods. Applications. Not offered 202021.
Ae 237 ab
Nonsteady Gasdynamics
9 units (306)

second, third terms
Part a: dynamics of shock waves, expansion waves, and related discontinuities in gases. Adiabatic phasetransformation waves. Interaction of waves in one and twodimensional flows. Boundary layers and shock structure. Applications and shock tube techniques. Part b: shock and detonation waves in solids and liquids. Equations of state for hydrodynamic computations in solids, liquids, and explosive reaction products. CJ and ZND models of detonation in solids and liquids. Propagation of shock waves and initiation of reaction in explosives. Interactions of detonation waves with water and metals. Not offered 202021.
Ae 239 ab
Turbulence
9 units (306)

second, third terms
Prerequisites: Ae/APh/CE/ME 101 abc; AM 125 abc or ACM/IDS 101.
Reynoldsaveraged equations and the problem of closure. Statistical description of turbulence. Homogeneous isotropic turbulence and structure of fine scales. Turbulent shear flows. Physical and spectral models. Subgridscale modeling. Turbulent mixing. Structure of low and high Reynolds number wall turbulence. Only part a will be offered in 202021.
Instructor:
McKeon
Ae 240
Special Topics in Fluid Mechanics
Units to be arranged

first, second, third terms
Subject matter changes depending upon staff and student interest. (1) Educational exchange at Ecole Polytechnique. Students participating in the Ecole Polytechnique educational exchange must register for 36 units while they are on detached duty at Ecole Polytechnique. For further information refer to the graduate option information for Aerospace.
Instructor:
Meiron
Ae 241
Special Topics in Experimental Fluid and Solid Mechanics
Units to be arranged

first, second, third terms
Prerequisites: Ae/APh 104 or equivalent or instructor's permission.
Subject matter changes depending upon staff and student interest.
Ae/BE 242
Biological Flows: Propulsion
9 units (306)

third term
Prerequisites: Ae/APh/CE/ME 101 abc or equivalent or ChE 103 a.
Physical principles of unsteady fluid momentum transport: equations of motion, dimensional analysis, conservation laws. Unsteady vortex dynamics: vorticity generation and dynamics, vortex dipoles/rings, wake structure in unsteady flows. Life in moving fluids: unsteady drag, addedmass effects, virtual buoyancy, bounding and schooling, wake capture. Thrust generation by flapping, undulating, rowing, jetting. Low Reynolds number propulsion. Bioinspired design of propulsion devices. Not offered 202021.
MedE/BE/Ae 243
Physiological Mechanics
9 units (306)

second term
Prerequisites: Ae/APh/CE/ME 101 abc or equivalent or ChE 103 a.
Internal flows: steady and pulsatile blood flow in compliant vessels, internal flows in organisms. Fluid dynamics of the human circulatory system: heart, veins, and arteries (microcirculation). Mass and momentum transport across membranes and endothelial layers. Fluid mechanics of the respiratory system. Renal circulation and circulatory system. Biological pumps. Low and High Reynolds number locomotion.
Instructor:
TBD
Ae 250
Reading and Independent Study
Units to be arranged

first, second, third terms
Graded pass/fail only.
Ae/CDS/ME 251 ab
Closed Loop Flow Control
9 units (306 a, 161 b)

second, third terms
Prerequisites: ACM 100abc, Ae/APh/CE/ME 101abc or equivalent.
This course seeks to introduce students to recent developments in theoretical and practical aspects of applying control to flow phenomena and fluid systems. Lecture topics in the second term drawn from: the objectives of flow control; a review of relevant concepts from classical and modern control theory; highfidelity and reducedorder modeling; principles and design of actuators and sensors. Third term: laboratory work in open and closedloop control of boundary layers, turbulence, aerodynamic forces, bluff body drag, combustion oscillations and flowacoustic oscillations. Not offered 202021.
Ae/AM/CE/ME 265 ab
Static and Dynamic Failure of Brittle Solids and Interfaces, from the Micro to the Mega
9 units (306)

first term
Prerequisites: Ae/AM/CE/ME 102 abc (concurrently) or equivalent and/or instructor's permission.
Linear elastic fracture mechanics of homogeneous brittle solids (e.g. geomaterials, ceramics, metallic glasses); small scale yielding concepts; experimental methods in fracture, fracture of bimaterial interfaces with applications to composites as well as bonded and layered engineering and geological structures; thinfilm and microelectronic components and systems; dynamic fracture mechanics of homogeneous engineering materials; dynamic shear dominated failure of coherent and incoherent interfaces at all length scales; dynamic rupture of frictional interfaces with application to earthquake source mechanics; allowable rupture speeds regimes and connections to earthquake seismology and the generation of Tsunamis. Only Part a will be offered in 202021.
Instructor:
Rosakis
ME/Ge/Ae 266 ab
Dynamic Fracture and Frictional Faulting
9 units (306)

third term
Prerequisites: Ae/AM/CE/ME 102 abc or Ae/Ge/ME 160 ab or instructor's permission.
Introduction to elastodynamics and waves in solids. Dynamic fracture theory, energy concepts, cohesive zone models. Friction laws, nucleation of frictional instabilities, dynamic rupture of frictional interfaces. Radiation from moving cracks. Thermal effects during dynamic fracture and faulting. Crack branching and faulting along nonplanar interfaces. Related dynamic phenomena, such as adiabatic shear localization. Applications to engineering phenomena and physics and mechanics of earthquakes. Not offered 20202021.
Published Date:
July 28, 2022