Learn about aircraft design, analysis, development, and manufacturing with an Aeronautical Engineering degree from Southern New Hampshire University. Through this program, you'll have the opportunity to apply knowledge and theories learned in the classroom to practical, real-world situations. You'll develop projects from concept to completion, and build confidence and competence when it comes to solving engineering design problems.
SNHU has modelled its engineering programs in accordance with the international CDIO initiative, "an innovative educational framework for producing the next generation of engineers that stresses engineering fundamentals set in the context of Conceiving, Designing, Implementing, and Operating real-world systems and products." CDIO is a prominent engineering educational philosophy and is intended to achieve a fine balance between project-based, hands-on learning and traditional, theory-based engineering education. No matter your interest, the program will help you develop the necessary skills to begin your chosen career.
When you enroll in the Aeronautical Engineering program at SNHU, you're signing up for a wide-ranging series of courses that will help you understand the full scope of the industry. The expert faculty members at SNHU are dedicated to helping you realize and guide your education and job goals down the path to a successful career in the industry.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of majoring in Aeronautical Engineering at SNHU include:
Graduates from the Aeronautical Engineering program at SNHU will be able to put engineering theories and concepts into practice. Whether you're looking for a career in military aircraft piloting, aircraft design, aircraft flight testing, jet engine testing, guidance and control, or one of many other great career paths, this program will ensure that you are well prepared to enter the workforce.
By gaining a thorough understanding of the problems that aeronautical engineers face on a daily basis and being able to apply your knowledge and skills to overcome them, you will make yourself a valuable asset to companies within your field. Whether your goal is to enter public sector, private sector, or even the military, this program will put you one step closer to achieving your goals.
Upon completion of the Aeronautical Engineering degree program at Southern New Hampshire University, graduates should:
Free elective Credits: 15
This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts, principles, procedures, and computations regarding modern instrumentation and measurement systems. Students will gain a sound understanding of a language (LabVIEW ) used to describe modern instrumentation, measurement, and control systems and an appreciation of the various types of systems in common use in industry. Students will use this software to create virtual instruments. Particular emphasis will be given to electrical, mechanical, flow, and thermal measurement systems. The course will also cover statistical analysis to evaluate the quality of measurements, standard methods of characterizing measurement results, and methods for characterizing measurement system response. The students work in teams to conceive-design-implement-operate a project incorporating multiple sensors and data acquisition and analysis.
This course provides an introduction to the essentials of electrical engineering. Topics to be covered include resistive circuits, nodal and mesh analysis using Kirchhoff's laws, superposition, Norton & Th venin equivalences, capacitance & inductance, 1st order transient analysis, RC, RL & RLC circuits, Laplace transform, and frequency response. A simulation software package is employed throughout this course to analyze various electric circuits. An introduction to the selection and performance of electric motors is provided.
This course provides students an opportunity to model, analyze, and design control systems. It includes mathematical modeling of linear systems for time and frequency domain analysis, transfer function and state variable representations for analyzing control system's performance and stability; and closed-loop control design techniques by frequency response, and root-locus methods. It also involves computer programming and simulation exercises. This course gives a basic understanding and analysis tools of various control systems used in the aeronautical, mechanical, and electric and electronics industries.
This is a first course in linear algebra and matrices. Topics include systems of linear equations, linear independence, matrices of linear transformations, matrix algebra, determinants, vector spaces, eigenvalues and eigenvectors. After mastering the basic concepts and skills, students will use their knowledge of linear algebra to model a selection of applied mathematics problems in business, science, computer science and economics.
This is the continuation of PHY-215 with similar characteristics; i.e., it is a calculus based physics course and stresses problem-solving. Topics covered include temperature, thermal equilibrium, thermal expansion, calorimetry, periodic waves, mathematical descriptions of a wave, speed of transverse waves, sound waves in gases, electric charges, atomic structure, Coulomb's Law, Kirchhoff's rules, magnetic fields and flux, motion of charged particles in a magnetic field, reflection and refraction, total internal refraction, Fermat's Principles of Least Time, geometrical optics, refraction of spherical surfaces, lenses, and an introductory topic of modern physics. The required lab component of this course covers introductory methods and techniques of laboratory experimentation in topics covered in this course. Students learn about procedures for measuring physical quantities and methods for collecting and analyzing experimental data. Students are required to complete 12 experiments in areas such as Thermophysics, Sound and Waves, Electricity, Magnetism, Optics, or Atomic and Nuclear Physics.
This is the second course in the engineering design sequence and expands the capabilities introduced in EG110. Additional high-level software tools for use in interactive algorithm development, data visualization, simulation, and data analysis are introduced. Microsoft Project will be introduced as a project management tool for design projects. Team projects, presentations, and reports will continue as in EG110. Successful completion of the design project will require the team to integrate their mechanical design, manufacturing, project management, computer control system, programming, and presentation skills.
This course explores the definitions and concepts of forces and moments, and their applicability to the analysis of static, rigid mechanical systems. Specific topics include free body diagrams, resultants and equivalent force systems, static equilibrium, shear and bending diagrams, static analysis of trusses and frames, friction forces, and calculation of centroids and area moments of inertia.
This course provides an introduction to the concepts and applications of mechanics of fluid. The course begins by introducing the student to fluid properties. This is followed by a discussion of fluid statics, including pressure distribution and forces on submerged, curved and plane surfaces. The student will then learn how to derive and apply integral formulations of conservation of mass, momentum, and energy with emphasis on control-volume applications. Dimensional analysis is studied and applied. The latter part of the course focuses on pipe flows with consideration of head loss, use of the Moody diagram, and analysis of pipe networks. Finally, the concepts of drag and lift are introduced. Students will perform three laboratory experiments in this course.
This course enhances the students understanding of stress and strain, and their linear-elastic relationship through Hooke's Law. The stress induced in simple beams and columns, as subjected to axial, torsional, bending, and shear loading, is extensively covered. The concept of state of plane-stress, as a result of combined loadings (superposition), and transformation to principal components, is covered. Based on allowable stress, basic beam design is introduced. Methods to determine the deformation of beams and shafts are covered. The concepts are supported by software-based stress analysis and the application of computational software in structural design.
This course develops the student's ability to solve non-equilibrium problems, extending mechanics beyond statics to the mechanics of motion. Vector analysis, trigonometry, and calculus are used to analyze advanced problems involving motion. The first component of the course covers particle motion (translational motion kinematics, kinetics via general equations of motion, energy methods, and conservation of momentum). Particle dynamics are explored by analyzing data from an actual flight in an instrumented airplane. The second component of the course covers rigid body motion (translational and rotational kinematics, kinematics via general equations of motion, energy methods, and conservation of momentum). A final course team project deals with the analysis of a complex dynamics problem.
This course provides the materials science and engineering background that can be applied to structural/thermal analysis, and material selection. The course focuses on metallic materials and process-structure-property relationships, with some reference to ceramics and polymers. Part 1 emphasizes the fundamentals of materials science such as atomic structure, arrangement, and movement and is supported by a laboratory exercise in microscopy and grain size. Part 2 emphasizes the relationship between micro-structure and material properties, with a focus on mechanical and thermal behavior, including an introduction to fracture mechanics. Two laboratory exercises support the testing and characterization methods associated with property measurement. Part 3 introduces the processing and application driven selection of materials, including metals, ceramics, and polymers. The focus is on the required mechanical or thermal properties for basic designs by way of a defined performance metric.
This course provides the student with a working knowledge of thermodynamic concepts and the problem solving ability to set up and apply the appropriate laws in the thermodynamic analysis of engineering systems. Energy, heat, and work are defined and used in the First Law of Thermodynamics. Other thermodynamic properties and equations of state are introduced with emphasis on tabular and graphical forms for simple compressible systems and on the ideal gas. Phases and phase transitions are discussed and energy analysis of both open and closed systems is examined. The Second Law of Thermodynamics and the property entropy are introduced, and their macro and microscopic implications are discussed. Emphasis is placed on the consequences of irreversibility and the limitation this places on the behavior of engineering systems.
This course provides students an opportunity to study the one-dimensional and quasi-one-dimensional compressible fluid flow with an emphasis on supersonic flow. The fundamental equations (continuity, momentum, and energy) that govern the characteristics of compressible flow are derived. The Mach number and various flow regimes are introduced. The phenomena and sources of normal shock waves, oblique shock waves, and Prandtl-Meyer expansion waves and their analysis techniques are presented. Other topics are: nozzles, diffusers, one-dimensional flow with heat addition (Rayleigh flow), one-dimensional flow with friction (Fanno flow), moving shock waves, shock tubes, and linearized supersonic theory.
This course is the third course in the five-semester design sequence and provides a concurrent engineering design experience. In concurrent engineering design all phases of product development are considered simultaneously. This is an approach that is being used in industry to improve quality and reduce design cycle time. Students will continue to build their design experience from the previous two design courses. Working directly from their solid model data bases they will perform finite element analysis (to determine stresses and deformations), motion and dynamic analysis, manufacturing simulation, CNC code generation for use with lathes and milling machines, assembly modeling and tolerance checking, as well as drafting and documentation. As in the previous two design courses, teamwork, report writing, and oral presentation skills will be stressed. Principles of ethical reasoning will be introduced to develop an understanding of the relationship among societal needs and the constraints imposed on engineers in addressing those needs. The basics of statistics will also be covered including descriptive statistics (constructing frequency tables, histograms, finding mean, standard deviation, and Z scores), inferential statistics including confidence intervals, and linear and quadratic regression.
This course studies the fundamentals of incompressible fluid flow, compressible flow, subsonic and supersonic flow, inviscid flow, laminar and turbulent flow, and potential flow, followed by their theoretical applications on airfoil theory and finite wing theory, including Kutta-Joukowski law, linear thin airfoil theory, and Prandtl's lifting-line theory. The course also introduces fundamental aerodynamic concepts and phenomenon such as wing tip vortex, downwash, induced drag, induced angle, spanwise efficiency factors, friction drag, pressure drag, and aerodynamic center.
This course provides a description of aircraft materials, structural components and their functionalities. The maneuvering loads and flight envelope are introduced. The analysis of aircraft thin-walled structural components when subjected to torsion, bending, and shear loads is covered in detail. A design project utilizing commercial finite element software provides students with real-world experience.
This course provides a basic understanding of, and analysis tools for, various aerospace propulsion systems. Students apply the fundamentals of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics to complex propulsion systems. Subjects included are: analysis of various common aircraft propulsion systems with emphasis on jet engines (turbojet, turbofan, and turboprop) and their subsystems (including afterburners and exhaust nozzles). Reciprocating engines (including propeller momentum and blade element theories and propeller efficiency analysis) and rocket engines (both solid and liquid propellants) are covered.
In this course students learn aircraft design techniques and apply aeronautical science concepts to aircraft design. It brings together most of the aeronautical subjects studied so far and requires the students to demonstrate creativity in the application of these concepts. Design procedures, processes, steps and tools related to aircraft are introduced and applied to the three major phases of design: conceptual design, preliminary design, and detail design. The course includes an aircraft design project, with problem sets and lectures devoted to various aspects of the design and analysis of a complete air vehicle.
In this course, the equations of motion for steady state rectilinear flight are derived and applied to various flight conditions, such as pressure and temperature as functions of altitude and other atmospheric variables. Students learn to calculate all performance specifications of an aircraft such as maximum speed, maximum endurance, range, ceiling, take-off run, rate of climb, fastest turn, and tightest turn. Both propeller-driven and jet aircraft are covered. As part of this course, students plan and conduct three flight tests using a specially instrumented DWC Cessna 172 aircraft; they evaluate the results of the flight tests and compare them with theoretical calculations.
This is a basic course in the stability and control of aircraft which are two pre-requisites of a safe flight. The six degree-of freedom differential equations of motion are introduced, after which the linearized perturbed state equations of motion are derived. Important topics in this course are: longitudinal static and dynamic stability, stick fixed and stick free neutral points and static margin, lateral-directional static and dynamic stability, trim conditions, longitudinal-lateral-directional coupling, control and maneuverability, stick fixed and stick free maneuver points, stability and control derivatives and handling qualities and control response. As part of this course, students will plan and conduct three flight tests using a specially instrumented DWC Cessna 172 aircraft; they will evaluate the results of the flight tests and compare them with theoretical calculations.
NOTE: All Engineering Major courses require a minimum grade of C-.
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