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Mechanical Engineering (ME)

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USP Codes are listed in brackets by the 2003 USP code followed by the 2015 USP code (i.e. [QB<>Q]).

JumpLink3005. Engineering Experimentation. 3. A combined lecture/laboratory course introducing students to experimental methods in the context of dynamics. Written technical communication, intermediate structured programming, experimental design, fundamental statistics, and uncertainty methods (numerical and analytical) are emphasized. Collaborative writing and teamwork is introduced. Cross listed with ESE 3005. Prerequisites: Completion of the ME Success Curriculum, ES 1060, ES 2120.

3010. Intermediate Mechanics of Materials. 3. Expansion of the principles of solid mechanics: stress, strain, principal stresses, elastic and plastic behavior, failure theories and the use of energy methods. Analysis and design of thick-walled pressure vessels, noncircular cross sections under torsion, nonsymmetric beams under bending and curved beams. Prerequisite: Completion of the ME Success Curriculum, ES 2410.

3020. System Dynamics. 3. Theoretical and experimental study of the dynamics of linear and non-linear lumped parameter models of mechanical, electrical, electronic, fluid, thermal and mixed systems. Cross listed with ESE 3020. Prerequisites: Completion of the ME Success Curriculum, ES 2210 and MATH 2310. (Normally offered fall semester)

3040. Thermodynamics II. 3. Consideration of advanced thermodynamic topics including Maxwell's relations, compressible flow, and combustion. Applications to design of refrigeration cycles, humidification systems, and Rankine cycles. Cross listed with ESE 3040. Prerequisites: Completion of the ME Success Curriculum, CHEM 1020 and ES 2310. (Normally offered fall semester)

3060. Numerical Methods for Engineers. 3. Numerical solutions of problems commonly encountered in mechanical engineering including differentiation, integration, differential equations, system of linear and nonlinear equations, and optimization. The structured programming approach will be emphasized and applications from solid mechanics, thermal fluid sciences, materials science, and dynamic systems will be covered. Cross listed with ESE 3060. Prerequisites: Completion of the ME Success Curriculum, ES 1060, and MATH 2310 or concurrent enrollment.

3160 [2140; 2160]. Thermal/Fluid Science Lab. 3. A laboratory course to introduce students to experimental methods for temperature measure and pressure/flow characteristics of fluids. Continuation of experience with communication (written, oral, and digital), intermediate programming, experimental design, data nalysis, and teamwork skills is emphasized. Cross listed with ESE 3160. Prerequisites: Completion of the ME Success Curriculum, ES 2330; ME/ESE 3005.

3170. Machine Design. 3. Application of engineering mechanics and materials science to the analysis and design of mechanical components such as bolted connections, springs, gears, bearings and shafts. Design for dynamic loading conditions. Principles of hydrodynamic lubrication. Introduction to computer-aided design. Case studies with appropriate topics. Prerequisite: Completion of the ME Success Curriculum, ES 2410. (Normally offered spring semester)

3360 [ES 3360, ES 4360]. Fundamentals of Transport Phenomena. 3. Basic concepts of heat and mass transfer and their applications to problems involving engineering analysis and design. Topics include steady-state and transient conduction, free and forced convection (heat and mass), radiation and heat exchangers. Cross listed with ARE/ESE 3360. Prerequisites: Completion of the ME Success Curriculum, MATH 2310, ES 2310, and ES 2330.

3400. Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning of Buildings. 3. Qualitative and quantitative study in concepts of basic air-conditioning with focus on buildings including building envelope, moist air thermodynamics, human comfort, thermal load calculations, thermal behavior of buildings, HVAC systems/equipment, and design of space air-conditioning and its relationship to architectural design. Cross listed with ARE 3400. Prerequisites: ES 2310, ARE 2410 or ME 3360, ES 2330 or concurrent enrollment.

3450 [ES 3450]. Properties of Materials. 3. Mechanical, electrical, thermal and chemical properties of materials. Theoretical treatment of structure of solids and design for specified properties. Prerequisites: Completion of the ME Success Curriculum, CHEM 1020 and ES 2310. (Normally offered spring semester)

JumpLink4010. Mechanical Vibrations. 3. The theory of single and multi-degree-of-freedom systems with an introduction to continuous systems. Determination of equations of motion, including natural frequency for free vibration and amplitude of forced vibration. Design of discrete and continuous systems for transient and harmonic excitations. Prerequisites: Completion of the ME Success Curriculum, ES 2120, ES 2410, and MATH 2310. (Normally offered fall semester)

4020. Design of Mechanical/Electronic Systems. 3. Theoretical and experimental study of sensors and actuators, interfacing sensors and actuators to a microcomputer, discrete and continuous controller design, analog and digital electronics, and real-time programming for control. Prerequisite: Completion of the ME Success Curriculum, ME 3020. (Normally offered spring semester)

4040. Introduction to Finite Elements. 3. An introduction to the theory and application of finite elements to the solution of various problems with emphasis on structural mechanics. The course includes development of the underlying matrix equations, the treatment of element generation and properties, and implementation of boundary conditions. Dual listed with ME 5040. Prerequisites: Completion of the ME Success Curriculum, MATH 2310 and (CE/ARE 4200 or MATH 2250 or ME 3010 or ME 3060).

4060 [3070]. Systems Design I. 3. [{none}<>COM3] First of a two-course design sequence constituting a capstone design experience. Student multidisciplinary teams prepare a project proposal or SOQ, generate a morphological study of their project and prepare project plans and specifications. Project management methods are also presented. Prerequisites: Completion of the ME Success Curriculum, ME 3010 (or concurrent enrollment), ME 3170, and ME/ESE/ARE 3360. (Normally offered fall semester)

4070. Systems Design II. 3. [WC<>{none}] Continuation of a two-course design sequence. The design teams refine their designs, fabricate the project, test the project for compliance with the design specifications, write a comprehensive engineering design report including socioeconomic factors, and prepare and deliver a presentation of the project in a public forum. Prerequisites: Completion of the ME Success Curriculum, ME 4060 and WB. (Normally offered spring semester)

4100. Manufacturing Processes. 3. Details of manufacturing processes used in production of metal, plastic and ceramic components with an emphasis on science and mechanics of processes. Prerequisites: Completion of the ME Success Curriculum, ME 3010 and ME 3450.

4150. Mechanical Behavior of Materials. 3. Commonly encountered phenomenological and mechanistic behaviors that lead to mechanical failure are examined. Understanding the origin of mechanical failure of components allows for robust design of mechanical systems. Metallic, polymeric, and ceramic materials are covered. Prerequisite: Completion of the ME Success Curriculum, ME 3450.

4210. Introduction to Composite Materials. 3. Applications, mechanical properties and fabrication of fiber reinforced composite materials; stress analysis of laminated, anisotropic composite structures; study of special problems unique to composites. Prerequisite: Completion of the ME Success Curriculum, ME 3010. (Normally offered fall semester)

4215. Composite Materials Design and Manufacturing. 3. Introduction to composite material manufacturing processes. Aspects of constiuent material production, as well as design, fabrication, and testing of composite materials. Laboratory  exercises, such as laminating, filament winding, pultrusion and compression molding. Prerequisite: Completion of the ME Success Curriculum, ME 4210. (Normally offered spring semester)

4240. Gas Dynamics I. 3. Thermodynamics of a compressible fluid; one-dimensional isentropic flow, normal and oblique shocks, expansion wave, flows with friction and heat transfer. Prerequisites: Completion of the ME Success Curriculum, ES 2310 and ES 2330.

4330. Internal Combustion Engines. 3. Thermodynamic analysis and design of Otto and Diesel cycles for vehicle applications and stationary power generation. A substantial laboratory component will examine design and manufacturing issues, as well as engine performance in a variety of scenarios. Cross listed with ESE 4330. Prerequisites: Completion of the ME Success Curriculum, ME/ESE 3040 and ME/ARE/ESE 3360.

4340. Gas Turbine Engines. 3. Thermodynamic analysis and design of ground-based and aero-propulsion gas turbine engines. Prerequisites: Completion of the ME Success Curriculum, ES 2310 and ES 2330. (Normally offered spring semester)

4350. Airplane Aerodynamics and Flight. 3. Introduces students to the fundamentals of airfoil and wing design, airplane aerodynamics, and airplane stability. Links these fundamental ideas to the design and performance of real aircraft. Prerequisites: Completion of the ME Success Curriculum, ES 2330. (Normally offered spring semester)

4360. Introduction to Nuclear Energy. 3. Introduction to the fundamentals of nuclear engineering, including power plant design and the fuel cycle. Topics include the fuel cycle and fuel design, reactor physics, reactor theory and design, reactor thermo-hydraulics, radiation protection and safety, and fuel reprocessing and recycling. Cross listed with ESE 4360. Prerequisites: Completion of the ME Success Curriculum, MATH 2310, ME/ESE 3040, and ME/ARE/ESE 3360.

4380. Steam Plant Engineering I. 3. Consideration of detailed component design for major subsytems in steam plants, including various boiler types, steam turbines, coal pulverizers, coal gasifiers, heat exchangers, air heaters, sulfur scrubbers, and ash removal systems. Applications to solar, geothermal, biomass, nuclear, natural gas, and coal-fired plants will be presented. Integration of steam plants in combined cycles and coal gasification cycles will be discussed. Cross listed with ESE 4380.  Prerequisites: Completion of the ME Success Curriculum, ME/ESE 3040 and ME/ESE/ARE 3360.

4430. HVAC Systems Analysis and Design. 3. Engineering design and performance analysis procedures for commercial building mechanical systems including energy conservation techniques. Relationship to aesthetic, architectural and structural elements are considered. Cross listed with ARE 4430. Prerequisites: ARE/ME 3400 and ARE/ME 3360 or concurrent. (Normally offered alternate spring semesters)

4450 [3110]. Principles of Materials Selection. 3. A review of the economic and engineering aspects of materials selection. A detailed study of the properties, applications and limitations of engineering materials systems. Emphasis is on metal alloy systems, but non-metallics are included. Forming and joining processes are outlined. Prerequisite: Completion of the ME Success Curriculum, ME 3450. (Normally offered spring semester)

4460. Solar and Geothermal Engineering. 3. An introduction to the engineering of solar-powered energy systems, including evaluation of the energy resource, passive design considerations, economics of active solar systems, design of flat plate collectors and water heating systems, and design of concentrating collectors for larger building or electrical generation applications. Design considerations for geothermal energy systems for both small-scale and commercial-scale applications. Cross listed with ESE 4460. Prerequisite: Completion of the ME Success Curriculum, ESE/ME/ARE 3360.

4470. Wind and Ocean Energy Engineering. 3. Introduction to the harvesting of wind and ocean energy, including discussions of the wind resource, wind turbine aerodynamics, blade materials, turbine dynamics, electrical systems, control systems, and energy storage. An overview of ocean energy capture systems is also presented. Cross listed with ESE 4470. Prerequisites: Completion of the ME Success Curriculum, ES 2210, ES 2310, ES 2330, and ES 2410.

4474. Topics in Mechanical Engineering I. 1‑3 (Max. 6). Directed research in mechanical engineering. Prerequisite: Completion of the ME Success Curriculum, junior standing in engineering. (Offered both semesters)

4480. Building Air and Hydronic Systems. 3. Design and analysis of building air and hydronic systems with focus on the application, design and analysis of thermal energy distribution systems (air and hydronic systems) for building space air conditioning. Requires enrollment in associated laboratory session. Cross listed with ARE 4480. Prerequisite: Completion of the ME Success Curriculum, ME/ARE 4430.

4490. Modeling and Optimization of Energy Systems. 3. Application of principles of thermodynamics, fluids, and heat and mass transfer in the component and system-level design of energy/thermal systems, including modeling, simulation and optimization techniques. Examples are drawn from building environmental control, energy conversion and thermal industrial processes. Students work on projects for integration of these components in the design of energy/thermal systems. Requires enrollment in associated laboratory session. Cross listed with ARE 4490. Prerequisites: Completion of the ME Success Curriculum, ME/ESE/ARE 3360 and ME/ARE 3400.

JumpLink5040. Introduction to Finite Element Analysis. 3. An introduction to the theory and application of finite elements to the solution of various problems with emphasis on structural mechanics. Includes development of the underlying matrix equations, the treatment of element generation and properties, and implementation of boundary conditions. Dual listed with ME 4040. Prerequisites: MATH 2310 and (CE 4200 or ARE 4200 or ME 3010).

5045. Advanced Finite Element Analysis. 3. Advanced topics in finite element analysis with emphasis on mathematical foundations of the method, numerical algorithms for software implementation, and analysis of problems with material and geometric nonlinear behavior.  Cross listed with CE 5045. Prerequisite: ME 4040 or ME 5040 or CE 5040.

5140. Computational Methods I. 3. First semester of a three-semester computational methods series. Second and third courses of this series offered in MATH Department. Review of iterative solutions of linear and nonlinear systems of equations, poloynomial interpolation/approximation, numerical integration and differentiation, and basic ideas of Monte Carlo methods. Comparison of numerical techniques for programming time and space requirements, as well as convergence and stability. Identical to: PETE 5140, CE  5140, CHE 5140 and COSC 5310 and MATH 5310. Prerequisites: MATH 3310, COSC 1010.

5422. Advanced Vibrations. 3. Advanced principles of dynamics: Hamilton's principle, Lagrange's equations, modal analysis of discrete systems.  Analysis of continuous systems; natural modes, approximate methods, forced vibration. Introduction to random vibration. Prerequisite: ME 4010.

5431. Analysis of Composite Materials. 3. An introduction to the methods of analysis applied to heterogenous material systems. Emphasis of this course is on stress based formulations and failure analysis of fiber reinforced materials including laminates. Multiscale analysis and appropriate computational methods will be described and utilized. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5432. Advanced Materials Science. 3. An analysis of the relationships between the structures of materials and their mechanical and physical properties, leading to the application of these relationships to the design of materials for advanced engineering systems. Topics include crystallography, lattice defects, transport phenomena, phase transformations, fracture, environmental effects, and control of microstructure by processing. Prerequisites: ME 3450.

5434. Computational Materials Science. 3. Fundamentals of quantum and statistical physics with application to modeling and simulation of engineering materials at the atomic scale. Course includes simulation of structural and mechanical properties of nanostructured materials. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5435. Failure of Engineering Materials. 3. Introduction to failure of common engineering materials. Considers both experimental and analytical techniques for failure analysis and prevention. Topics include overload, fracture mechanics, fatigue, environmentally assisted fatigue, and creep. Prerequisite: ME 3450 or equivalent.

5438. Plasticity and Viscoelasticity. 3. Analysis of stress and deformation of idealized plastic and viscoelastic solids. Limit theorems in plasticity. Time-dependent behavior of viscoelastic materials. Prerequisite: ME 5472 or equivalent.

5440. Fluid Mechanics. 3. Lagrangian and Eulerian descriptions, conservation laws, stress and rate-of-stress tensors, Navier-Stokes equations, energy equations, vorticity and circulation inviscid and potential flows, laminar flows, turbulent flows, boundary-layer theory. Cross listed with CHE 5440.

5442. Advanced Fluid Mechanics. 3. Introduction to inviscid and viscous hydrodynamic stability; closure in turbulent flows; vorticity and vortex dynamics, theoretical aerodynamics, numerical simulations of viscous flows, experimental methods in fluid flows. Prerequisite: ME 5440.

5444. Optical Diagnostics in the Thermal and Fluid Sciences. 3. An introduction to optical measurement schemes used in gas and liquid flows. Topics include a review of relevant optical principles and lasers, and in-depth coverage of laser velocimetry, droplet and particle sizing, and temperature measurement. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5446. Turbulence. 3. Basic notions, properties and scales in turbulent flows. Transport equations; Reynold's stresses, mixing and phenomenological theories. Turbulence dynamics; mean and fluctuating kinetic energy balances, vorticity and temperature fluctuations. Statistical description of turbulence; correlations and spectra, transport, isotropy and homogeneity. Shear flows; plane jets, wakes and boundary layers (including planetary). Turbulent diffusion. Cross listed with CHE 5446. Prerequisite: ME 5440.

5448. Experimental Fluid Dynamics. 3. Provides an introduction to the design of fluid dynamics experiments.  Specific instrumentation will be discussed and methods of analyzing and assessing data will be presented. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5450. Conduction and Radiation. 3. Applications of principles of heat transfer and thermodynamics to solution of steady-state and transient problems. Classical heat conduction theory. Radiation heat transfer theory. Prerequisite: MATH 4440 or concurrent registration.

5452. Convection Heat Transfer. 3. Convection, including heat and momentum transfer. Boundary layer theory. Laminar and turbulent flows, steady and unsteady formulations including differential and integral descriptions. High velocity, compressible systems. Cross listed with CHE 5452. Prerequisite: ES 3360 or consent of instructor.

5455. Introduction to Combustion Engineering. 3. An introduction to the basic physics and chemistry of combustion engineering and its applications, including chemical thermodynamics, chemical kinetics and fuel oxidation mechanism, multicomponent conservation equations, laminar nonpremixed flames, droplet combustion, carbon particle combustion, and applications to modern IC engines, biomass and clean coal systems. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5461. Computational Fluid Dynamics I. 3. An introduction to the fundamental techniques and theory of computational fluid dynamics. Topics include discretization methods (finite difference, finite volume, and finite element methods), numerical stability, consistency and convergence, and solution techniques such as explicit, implicit and multigrid methods. The emphasis will be on modern techniques for compressible flows. Prerequisite: MATH 5310 or equivalent.

5462. Computational Fluid Dynamics II. 3. A study of advanced techniques in modern-day scientific computing as applied to Computational Fluid Dynamics. These include unstructured mesh generation using Delaunay triangulation, searching and sorting techniques, and efficient data structures. Other topics cover efficient hardware implementation including cache-effects and parallel computing and sensitivity analysis for design optimization. Prerequisite: ME 5461.

5472. Continuum Mechanics. 3. The basic laws of the physical behavior of continuous media. Stress and deformation at a point; fundamental equations of balance of mass, momentum, and energy; second law of thermodynamics; curvilinear coordinate analysis. Applications to linear elasticity and fluid mechanics. Prerequisite: MATH 5310 or equivalent.

5474. Energy Methods. 3. Introduction to variational calculus with applications in solid mechanics. The basic theorems of virtual work, minimum potential energy, and complementary energy are developed. Direct methods such as Castigliano's theorem as well as the approximate methods of Ritz and Galerkin are developed and used to obtain solutions for a variety of problems in solid mechanics. Prerequisite: ME 3010.

5475. Topics in Mechanical Engineering II. 1-6 (Max 6). Directed research in mechanical engineering. Prerequisite: senior or graduate standing in engineering.

5476. Topics in Mechanical Engineering III. 1-6 (Max. 6). Directed research in mechanical engineering. Prerequisite: graduate standing in engineering.

5478. Seminar in Mechanical Engineer. 2. Prerequisite: graduate standing in engineering.

5900. Practicum in College Teaching. 1-3 (Max. 3). Work in classroom with a major professor. Students are expected to give some lectures and gain classroom experience. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5920. Continuing Registration: On Campus. 1-2 (Max. 16). Prerequisite: advanced degree candidacy.

5940. Continuing Registration: Off Campus. 1-2 (Max. 16). Prerequisite: advanced degree candidacy.

5959. Enrichment Studies. 1-3 (Max. 99). Designed to provide an enrichment experience in a variety of topics. Note: credit in this course may not be included in a graduate program of study for degree purposes.

5960. Thesis Research. 1-12 (Max. 24). Designed for students who are involved in research for their thesis project. Also used for students whose coursework is complete and are writing their thesis. Prerequisite: enrollment in a graduate degree program.

5961. Graduate Projects. 1-4 (Max. 4). Limited to those students enrolled in a Plan B graduate program. Students should be involved in non-course scholarly activities in support of their Plan B project. Prerequisites: enrollment in Plan B program and have departmental approval.

5980. Dissertation Research. 1-12 (Max. 48). Designed for students who are involved in research for their dissertation project. Also used for students whose coursework is complete and are writing their dissertation. Prerequisite: enrollment in a graduate level degree program.

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