Aerospace 590 is a directed study course, where a student is able to get one-on-one research training with an individual faculty member.

Students may earn up to six MSE credits through 590 courses. AERO 590 maybe taken during the summer semester.

To register for a direct study course

  1. Review the list below of direct study offerings to get an idea of the types of research projects that qualify
  2. Decide how many credits to enroll in 590 for during one semester (students may enroll for 1-6 credits per semester, but most take 590 for two or three credits at one time)
  3. Identify a faculty member with a common research interest, or submit a research proposal to a faculty member
  4. Ask permission to take a direct study course with an individual faculty member by emailing them directly
  5. If the faculty member approves, contact Linda Weiss for an override code for AEROSP 590 with the faculty member. Be sure to let her know how many credits you’ll be taking: [email protected]  |  734-764-3310
  6. Register for the class using the override code (note: this is not automatic – you will need to register for the course on Wolverine Access)

Those interested in taking AEROSP 590 with Professor Gamba as your research advisor, please take a look at our research page to explore and familiarize yourself with on going experiments in the Gas Dynamics Imaging Laboratory. Professor Gamba recommends you wait until your second semester as a masters student to apply. In the meantime, you can do a literature survey of what has been done in your proposed area of research. Potential AEORSP 590 opportunities will be posted here as they become available.

Courses and topics relevant to our research

  • AEROSP 520 – Compressible Flow
    • Shocktubes and Method of Characteristics
    • Normal and Oblique Shock waves
    • Expansion fans
    • Flow through constant area ducts
  • AEROSP 533 – Combustion
    • Equivalence ratio, and mixture fraction concepts
    • Chemical reactions and flame structure
    • Laminar flame speed
    • Detonation wave structure (ZND model)
    • Chapman–Jouguet Detonations
  • AEROSP 532 – Molecular Gas Dynamics
    • Equilibrium vs Non-equilibrium
    • Boltzmann Distribution
    • Partition functions and molecular energy levels
    • Translational, rotational, vibrational and electronic temperatures
    • Relaxation rates

Additionally, AEROSP 525 – Turbulence is also good to know though not as directly applicable as the others.