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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Continuing Education and Workshops

    Continuing Education Courses

    Let AIAA Continuing Education courses pave the way to your continuing and future success! As the premier association representing aeronautics and astronautics professionals, AIAA has been a conduit for continuing education for more than sixty years. AIAA offers the best instructors and courses , and is committed to keeping aerospace professionals at their technical best.


    On 2–3 August at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, AIAA will be offering a Continuing Education course in conjunction with the AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit. Please check the conference web site for up-to-date information regarding the courses.


    Register for acourse and attend the conference for FREE! (The course registration fee includes full conference participation: admittance to technical and plenary sessions; receptions, luncheons, and online proceedings.)

    Please note that course materials will not be distributed on site. AIAA and your course instructor highly recommend that you bring your computer with the course notes already downloaded. Once you have registered for the course, the course notes will be available about two weeks prior to the course event, and remain available to you in perpetuity.


    Advanced Solid Rockets (2–3 August)

    Instructors: David Poe, Gainesville, VA; Dr. Robert Frederick, Professor, University of Alabama at Huntsville Propulsion Research Center, Huntsville, AL

    Solid propulsion vital to tactical, space, strategic and launch vehicles. The course examines fundamental and advanced concepts related to solid rockets. Theoretical and practical aspects of the field are covered. This course is based on the “Advanced Solid Rocket Propulsion” graduate-level mechanical engineering course taught at the University of Alabama at Huntsville (UAH). All instructors are experienced solid rocket experts and many were involved with the UAH course. The individual presentations included in this short course include broad rocket motor and system design principles, internal ballistics modeling, propellant fundamentals, component design (motor case, nozzle, and igniters), component and motor manufacturing, combustion instability, and motor failures. 


    For detailed information on these courses, visit the Courses at Conferences page on the AIAA website.


    1st Propulsion Aerodynamics Workshop (PAW01)

    Sunday 29 July 2012

    The workshop(PAW01), sponsored by the Air Breathing Propulsion Systems Integration Technical Committee, will focus on assessing the accuracy of CFD in obtaining multi-stream air breathing jet performance and flow structure. CFD studies will be performed as a blind trial and compared with the available experimental data. Example grids will be provided for unstructured and structured solvers as well as geometry and test conditions. Participants are encouraged to also develop their own mesh and may run one or more cases, on one or more grids. The workshop provides an impartial forum that will be utilized to present the findings, discuss the results, exchange ideas, and evaluate the effectiveness of existing computer codes and modeling techniques.  


    The main objectives of the PAW01 are to:


    • Assess the numerical prediction capability(e.g., mesh, numerics, turbulent modeling) of current-generation CFD technology/codes for air breathing propulsion related aerodynamic flows.
    • Develop practical CFD guidelines for 2-D and 3-DCFD prediction of jet related flow fields.
    • Enable development of more accurate prediction methods, processes, procedures, and tools.
    • Provide an impartial forum for evaluating existing CFD codes and modeling techniques.



    For more information visit

    Application forms can be downloaded from the web site. A returned signed application with an abstract is required to initialize the process. This one-day workshop has a separate registration fee and does not include conference attendance. Participation in the studies is not required to attend the workshop. Scholarships are available for qualified academic and retired participants.


    Workshop results will be summarized into a conference paper to be presented at the next JPC conference. Best work and presentation for each of the cases will be selected and awarded.