Current Subjects

  • Aerospace, Energy, and the Environment (MIT graduate subject)
    Addresses energy and environmental challenges facing aerospace in the 21st century. Topics include: aircraft performance and energy requirements, propulsion technologies, jet fuels and alternative fuels, lifecycle assessment of fuels, combustion, emissions, climate change due to aviation, aircraft contrails, air pollution impacts of aviation, impacts of supersonic aircraft, and aviation noise. Includes an in-depth introduction to the relevant atmospheric and combustion physics and chemistry with no prior knowledge assumed. Discussion and analysis of near-term technological, fuel-based, regulatory and operational mitigation options for aviation, and longer-term technical possibilities.
  • Aerospace Propulsion (MIT undergraduate subject)
    Presents aerospace propulsive devices as systems, with functional requirements and engineering and environmental limitations. Requirements and limitations that constrain design choices. Both air-breathing and rocket engines covered, at a level which enables rational integration of the propulsive system into an overall vehicle design. Mission analysis, fundamental performance relations, and exemplary design solutions presented.

Previous Subjects

  • Aircraft Engines and Gas Turbines (MIT graduate subject)
    Performance and characteristics of aircraft jet engines and industrial gas turbines, as determined by thermodynamic and fluid mechanic behavior of engine components: inlets, compressors, combustors, turbines, and nozzles. Discusses various engine types, including advanced turbofan configurations, limitations imposed by material properties and stresses. Emphasizes future design trends including reduction of noise, pollutant formation, fuel consumption, and weight.
  • Environmental Fluid Dynamics (Cambridge University undergraduate subject)
    Course on environmental pollution and associated fluid mechanical problems. Covers turbulence, contaminant dispersion, jets and plumes, buoyancy effects, structure of the atmosphere, atmospheric thermodynamics, atmospheric chemistry, and atmospheric radiation. Applied to problems in climate change and air quality impacts of energy systems.