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Aerospace Engineering studies include Aeronautics, Astronautics as well as specialization courses in Aerospace. Listed below are the courses offered and their content.

A pdf file of the short version: Curriculum 

Semester 1

Adv. Math., Statistics and Optimization:

Learn how to apply advanced mathematics to problems in engineering. Topics taught include Lagrange Multipliers, Curve Integrals, Surface Integrals, Integral Theorems (Green, Gauß, Stokes), , Eigenvalues, Eigenvectors, ODE and PDE, Systems of Differential Equations,  Statistics and others
CAD for Aerospace Projects:
Computational Aided Design is one of the mandatory tools for every engineer nowadays. You will learn how to operate the CAD software.  Learn how to use CATIA V5; one of the most frequently used CAD software packages in industry and how to design various aircraft structural components by exploiting the advanced features of CATIA.  
Adv. Finite Element Computation:
Understand the theory behind Finite Elements Methods (FEM) and apply it immediately. This course teaches you all you need to know about ANSYS, one of the major FEM software packages in industry. Learn how to build FEM for technical applications and choose the appropriate modeling techniques.
Aerospace Project Management and System Engineering:

Make the first steps towards managing a project. Learn how to define and organize a typical aerospace project, understand the process of compliance verification and perform cost and schedule planning. Learn the means of project control and information exchange between internal and external team members such as meetings, audits, progress reports and many others
Quality Management in Aeronautics:

Get familiar with quality standards and methods (QM). Understand the impact of QM processes on aeronautical activities and learn common compliance approaches in general aviation. Understand the link between quality and safety - brief introduction into risk management.
Aerospace Players and Trends 1:
Get a glimpse into various topics from external experts. Hear guest lecturers & experts tell their story: their view of industry and research; how everything and everyone in this field is related.
Physics of Flight:
Understand the principles of atmospheric flight. The application leads to aerodynamics and subsequently to aircraft propulsion and performance, as well as the controllability and stability of aircraft and its simulation.
Computational Fluid Dynamics:
Understand a Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) simulation, e.g. of an airfoil. Learn about the numerical methods (e.g. conservation laws, finite volume method, upwinding, pressure-velocity, boundary conditions coupling) and the user-defined settings (e.g. turbulence models) and how the results are interpreted correctly.

Semester 2

Aerothermodynamics 1:
Understand concepts related to flow dynamics and thermodynamics for supersonic and hypersonic Mach numbers. Learn how to apply your knowledge by using industrial type of numerical software packages.
Satellite Technologies:
Mission goal: launch a satellite! Learn about the technical components of a space craft, their design and the underlying physical principals which determine a successful mission.
Aircraft Design:
Learn everything about subsonic aircraft layouts, the main components and system and how they interact. Apply methods to calculate aircraft flight performance and procedures as well as to setup an aircraft layout adapted to a mission profile.
Aircraft Systems and Technologies:
An aircraft is a highly complex system consisting of systems for flight control, hydraulics and pneumatics, avionics, propulsion and many others. Get to know each of them and understand the interactions between them.
Autonomy and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles:

Are unmanned aerial vehicles the future air travel or will they only be part of a more complex system? Learn everything about the technology but also about the logistics and legislative of UAVs. 
Space Propulsion:
Some people consider the search for advanced space propulsion systems as the key for future space exploration. Learn everything about the various technologies we are using nowadays and the ones we will soon be using.
Junior Team Project:
Here is where you put theory to work: make your own satellite, plane wing etc. while learning to work in a diverse team…closer to real life than you expect… 
Lightweight Construction:

Why worry about weight? Materials have different properties and they have to fit to the planned mission. Discover the world of construction of “light” but durable.

Composite Manufacturing Processes:


Since the composite material (reinforcement and matrix) is created during the manufacturing of the part, the process itself influences the mechanical properties. The vacuum infusion process (draping, resin filling and process induced deformations during curing) is analyzed in experiments and in theory evaluations.

Semester 3

Aerothermodynamics 2:

More in-depth look at flow dynamics and thermodynamics for supersonic and hypersonic Mach numbers.
Air-Breathing Propulsion: 
Apply your knowledge in thermodynamics and flow dynamics in the field of air-breathing propulsion. Understand how the most advanced propulsion systems for aircrafts function and how to improve them.
Aerospace Players and Trends 2:
Further industry related topics from external experts. Hear guest lecturers & experts tell their story: their view of industry and research; how everything and everyone in this field is related.
Senior Team Project:
Now the theory goes to work in an industrial setting: how does it work outside of the classroom and lab? Soft skills come into play here too.
Space Applications:
Navigation and telecommunication are only two examples of how we put space to work these days. Learn how space born systems help to ensure the quality of life we are enjoying these days and how data produced in space directly impact your life.
Space Mission Analysis and Design:
What is needed to conduct a space mission? Learn everything about mission design starting from its conceptual phase, choice of launchers, orbital mechanics, mission operations and many others. Practice your knowledge in case studies and learn how to successfully plan and execute a space mission.
Dynamics of Flight and Flight Control:
It is said, that a F-16 can be flown by everybody. Get to know the theory and the technologies which allow such an extraordinary achievement. Understand the principles behind aircraft orientation, configuration. Learn the underlying aerodynamics along with airplane statics and their applications in airplane control systems.
Spacecraft Environment and Interactions:
Space is a hostile environment and far from being empty. Independently if we consider manned or unmanned systems, an aerospace engineer needs to consider a multitude of interactions: particles, magnetic fields, electromagnetic radiation, space debris etc. macroscopic matter etc.
Aerospace Materials and Processes:
Present aerospace systems would not be possible without high performance materials and processes. An aerospace engineer needs to know them and understand their potentials as well as their limitations.

Semester 4

Master Thesis Seminar

Master Thesis Seminar and writing of Master Thesis

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