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Ray S. Fertig III

University of Wyoming

Mechanical Engineering

Dept. 3295

1000 E. University

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307.766.3647


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ME 3060 -- Numerical Methods for Engineers

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. Prerequisites: ES 1060 Corequisite: MATH 2310.

ME 3450 -- Properties of Materials (Spring)

Mechanical, electrical, thermal and chemical properties of materials. Theoretical treatment of structure of solids and designs for specified properties. Laboratory. Prerequisites: CHEM 1020 and ES 2310.

ME 4040/5040 -- Introduction to Finite Element Analysis (Fall)

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. Prerequisites: MATH 2310 and (CE/ARE 4200 or ME 3010).

ME 5472 -- Continuum Mechanics (Fall)

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 3310.

ME 5474 -- Special Topics: Computational Methods for Mechanical Engineers (Spring)

If you have ever wondered about why materials behave like they do, this is course for you! In this course, I will introduce simulation techniqes for studying material behavior at a variety of length scales ranging from the nanoscale to the macroscale. We’ll discuss the underlying fundamentals and range of applicability of each technique, coupled with hands-on experience actually utilizing these various computational tools.

Introduction will be given to the following topics:

  • Monte Carlo methods
  • Statistical Thermodynamics
  • Molecular dynamics simulations
  • Dislocation/Vortex dynamics simulations

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