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MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (ME)
 
Note: Students must obtain Professional Component Standing before they can enroll in any 300-level engineering course.
 
ME 123 Introduction to Design and Ethics 3 cr
An introduction to the techniques used in the design of engineering systems, including problem identification, brainstorming alternative solutions, establishing criteria and constraints, implementing and evaluating solutions, and oral and written communication of the results. Professional engineering codes will be used as the starting point to discuss ethics in engineering design. One and one-half hours of design. Prerequisites: EH 101. Fee.
 
ME 135 Engineering Graphics 3 cr
Graphical representation of objects. Isometric, oblique, and auxiliary views. Sketching and computer aided graphics. Introduction to descriptive geometry: points, lines and planes. One-half hour of design. Prerequisites: MA 112 and 113 or 115. Fee.
 
ME 312 Mechanical Engineering Thermodynamics 3 cr
Thermodynamic power and refrigeration cycles, gas mixtures, psychometrics, and combustion. One-half hour of design. Prerequisites: EG 270 and ME 123. Fee.
 
ME 314 Machine Component Design 3 cr
Analysis and optimization of machine elements to accomplish given tasks within limits of stress and size. One hour of design. Prerequisites: EG 284, 315, and ME 123. Fee.
 
ME 316 Instrumentation (W) 3 cr
Measuring system analysis and design, signal conditioning, analysis of data, statistical error analysis, communication of results. Prerequisites: EG 220, MA 238 and PH 202. Fee.
 
ME 317 Heat Transfer 3 cr
Steady and transient multi-dimensional conduction, forced and natural convection, radiation and heat exchangers. One-half hour of design. Prerequisites: EG 270, EG 360, MA 238, and ME 328. Fee.
 
ME 326 Materials Science 3 cr
Mechanical, chemical, and physical properties of materials. Relationship between structure, processing, and properties of engineering materials. One-half hour of design. Prerequisites: PH 202. Fee.
 
ME 328 Mechanical Engineering Analysis 3 cr
Numerical solutions of differential equations with applications to ME simulation and design. Introduction to Finite Elements. One-half hour of design. Prerequisites: CIS 227, EG 315, MA 227, 237, 238 and ME 123. Fee.
 
ME 336 Materials Science Laboratory 1 cr
Experimental study of the effect of thermal and mechanical processings of properties. Prerequisite: ME 326. Fee.
 
ME 365 Design of Fluid Power Systems 3 cr
Fluid power components are studied in detail. Design of complete hydraulic systems is stressed. One hour of design. Prerequisites: EG 284, 315, 360, and ME 328. Fee.
 
ME 411 Thermal System Design 3 cr
Thermal system design using principles of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and numerical simulation. Communication of results. Three hours of design. Prerequisites: EG 360, ME 312, ME 317, and ME 328. Fee.
 
ME 412 Thermal Science Laboratory 1 cr
Experimental study of thermal science principles and systems. Communication of results. Prerequisites: EG 360, ME 312, 316, and 317. Fee.
 
ME 414

M E Capstone Design

3 cr
Capstone design course for mechanical engineering students. Team-oriented design projects from industry and faculty. Oral and written design presentations. Three hours of design. Prerequisites: EG 230, ME 411, and 421. Fee.
 
ME 417 Dynamics of Machines 3 cr
A study of the effects of external forces and moments on the motion of machines. Topics include the study of the position, velocity and acceleration of machine components during operation and the determination of forces on the connections and members. One hour of design. Prerequisites: EG 284, 315, ME 328. Fee.
 
ME 421 Mechanical Systems Design 3 cr
A study of design techniques as applied to mechanical components and systems. Computer simulation and numerical techniques. Communication of results. Three hours of design. Prerequisites: ME 314 and 328. Fee.
 
ME 422 Gas Turbines 3 cr
Introduction to gas turbines covering thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, combustion, cycle analysis, compressors, turbines, and component matching. One hour of design. Prerequisites: EG 360 and ME 312. Fee.
 
ME 426 Dynamic Systems and Control 3 cr
Modeling dynamic systems. Introduction to the principles of feedback control systems. Analysis of linear systems. Prerequisites: MA 238, ME 316, and ME 328. Fee.
 
ME 429 Controls Laboratory 1 cr
Design and implementation of analog and digital feedback control systems. Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers. Control applications for microprocessors. One-half hour of design. Prerequisite: ME 426, and 441. Fee.
 
ME 430 Mechanism Synthesis 3 cr
Kinematic synthesis of planar linkages for function, path, and motion generation. Topics include: degrees of freedom; graphical, linear analytical, and nonlinear analytical methods; and curvature theory. This course is dual-listed with an equivalent 500-level mechanical engineering course. One hour of design. Prerequisites: EG 284 and ME 328. Fee.
 
ME 431 Gas Dynamics 3 cr
Introduction to compressible fluid flow. Conservation laws, is entropic flow, adiabatic flow, flow with heat transfer, and normal shock. One hour of design. Prerequisites: EG 360 and ME 312. Fee.
 
ME 432 Advanced Thermodynamics 3 cr
Continuation of mechanical engineering thermodynamics to develop a broader and deeper understanding of thermal energy transformations. One hour of design. Prerequisite: ME 312. Fee.
 
ME 438 Finite Element Analysis 3 cr
Introduction to the finite element method. Engineering application to stress-strain analysis is emphasized. Other field problems are also considered. This course is dual-listed with an equivalent 500-level mechanical engineering course. Prerequisite: ME 328. Fee.
 
ME 439 Boundary Elements I 3 cr
Fundamental concepts of the boundary element method of numerically solving partial differential equations. Application to potential flow problems in heat transfer. This course is dual listed with an equivalent 500-level mechanical engineering course. Prerequisites: ME 328 and consent of instructor.
 
ME 441 Microprocessors for Mechanical Engineers 3 cr
Basic concepts of programming and applying microprocessors to the control of mechanical systems. Assembly language programming. Memory decoding and use. Input and output circuits. Interfacing with the PIA. Prerequisites: EG 220 and ME 316. Fee.
 
ME 450

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning

3 cr
Addresses the heating and cooling of buildings. Covers related engineering sciences, cooling and heating loads, systems, and equipment. One hour of design. Prerequisites: EG 360, ME 312, and 317. Fee.
 
ME 451

Refrigeration Systems

3 cr
Study of refrigeration systems including solution of typical engineering design problems. Concepts from fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and heat transfer are used. One hour of design. Prerequisites: EG 360, ME 312, and 317. Fee.
 
ME 452

Combustion

3 cr
Introduction to the theory of combustion processes, chemical equilibrium, adiabatic flame temperatures, reaction kinetics. This course is dual listed with an equivalent 500-level mechanical engineering course. Prerequisite: ME 312. Fee.
 
ME 453

IC Engines

3 cr
Fuel-air cycles. Fuel, air and exhaust flows. Heat and mass losses. Engine performance. One hour design. Prerequisites: EG 360, ME 312, and 317. Fee.
 
ME 472

Vibration Analysis and Synthesis

3 cr
Steady state and transient vibration analysis of discrete and continuous systems. Vibration problems as related to design are also included. One hour of design. Prerequisites: EG 284, 315, MA 238, ME 316, and 328. Fee.
 
ME 474

Noise and Vibration Control

3 cr
Principles of acoustics; human response to noise; control of noise and vibration by means of isolation, sound barriers, and absorption. One hour of design. Prerequisite: ME 472. Fee.
 
ME 490

Special Topics

1-3 cr
Topics of current mechanical engineering interest. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Fee.
 

ME 494

Directed Independent Study

1-3 cr
Selected mechanical engineering topics of special or current interest not available in regularly scheduled courses. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Fee.
 
ME 499

Honors Senior Project (H)

3 cr
Under the advice and guidance of a faculty mentor, honors students will identify and carry out a research project, relevant to the field of Mechanical Engineering study, that will lead to a formal presentation at the Annual Honors Student Colloquium. The senior project will be judged and graded by three faculty chaired by the honors mentor. This course is required for Honors recognition. A minimum of 4 credit hours is required, but students may enroll for a maximum of six (6) credit hours over two semesters. Prerequisite: Senior status plus completion of a project prospectus.
 
ME 518

Advanced Mechanical Engineering Analysis

3 cr
Application of numerical methods including finite difference; finite element and boundary element techniques to the solution of problems in Mechanical Engineering. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Fee.
 
ME 520

Advanced Fluid Mechanics

3 cr
Analysis of steady and unsteady motion of a viscous fluid. Topics include: conservation equations, Newtonian fluids and the Navier-Stokes equations, vorticity, analytical solutions, boundary layers, instability of viscous flows. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Fee.
 
ME 522

Hydrodynamic Instability

3 cr
Normal mode analysis; linear stability analysis; Raleigh-Benard, Taylor, Raleigh-Taylor, Kevin-Helmholtz, Gortler instability; Orr-Sommerfield equation and TS Wave; Bifurcation. Prerequisite: ME 520, Consent of instructor. Fee.
 
ME 525

Boundary Layer Theory

3 cr
Development of Navier-Stokes and boundary layer equations, perturbation theory application and boundary layer transition. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Fee.
 
ME 530

Mechanism Synthesis

3 cr
Kinematic synthesis of planar linkages for function, path, and motion generation. Topics include: degrees of freedom; graphical, linear analytical, and nonlinear analytical methods; and curvature theory. This course is dual-listed with an equivalent 400-level mechanical engineering course. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Fee.
 
ME 538 Finite Element Analysis 3 cr
Introduction to the finite element method. Engineering application to stress-strain analysis is emphasized. Other field problems are also considered. This course is dual-listed with an equivalent 400-level mechanical engineering course. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Fee.
 
ME 539 Boundary Elements I 3 cr
Fundamental concepts of the boundary element method of numerically solving partial differential equations. Application to potential flow problems in heat transfer. This course is dual listed with an equivalent 400-level mechanical engineering course. Prerequisites: ME 328.
 
ME 540 Advanced Heat Transfer 3 cr
Steady and transient conduction, external and internal forced convection, natural convection, radiation with participating media, boiling heat transfer, Stefan condition. Prerequisite: ME 317, Consent of instructor. Fee.
 
ME 541 Conduction Heat Transfer 3 cr
Closed form analytical and approximate numerical solutions of one, two- and three- dimensional steady state and transient problems in conduction of heat transfer. Prerequisites: MA 507, Consent of instructor. Fee.
 
ME 542

Convection Heat Transfer

3 cr
Fundamental laws of motion and energy balance for a viscous fluid, classical solution of the Navier-Stokes and energy equations, laminar/turbulent hydrodynamic and thermal boundary layers, convection heat transfer in laminar/turbulent internal flows. Prerequisites: EG 360, ME 317, Consent of instructor. Fee.
 
ME 543 Radiation Heat Transfer 3 cr
Blackbody radiation, diffuse-gray surfaces, radiative exchange in a multi-surface enclosure, gas radiation in enclosures with participating media, introduction to available numerical methods. Prerequisites: ME 317, Consent of instructor. Fee.
 
ME 544 Heat Transfer with Change of Phase 3 cr
Boiling heat transfer and critical heat flux, condensation heat transfer, Stefan problem, freezing and melting, ablation, introduction to available numerical techniques. Prerequisites: ME 540 or 542, Consent of instructor. Fee.
 
ME 545 Experimental Methods in 3 cr
  Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer  
Uncertainty analysis, system response, sampling theory and FFT, differential pressure measurement and multi-hole probes, thermo-couple and RTD, thermal anemometry, LDV and other non-intrusive optical methods, flow visualization. Prerequisites: EG 360, ME 316, 317, Consent of instructor. Fee.
 
ME 550 Combustion 3 cr
Introduction to the theory of combustion processes, chemical equilibrium, adiabatic flame temperature, reaction kinetics, flame structure. This course is dual-listed with an equivalent 400-level mechanical engineering course. Prerequisites: ME 312, Consent of instructor. Fee.
 
ME 551 Classical Thermodynamics 3 cr
Postulational treatment of the physical laws of equilibrium, equations of state, processes, equilibrium, stability, reactive systems, phase transition. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Fee.
 
ME 552 Statistical Thermodynamics 3 cr
Principles of kinetic theory, quantum mechanics, and statistical mechanics with particular reference to thermodynamic systems. Conclusions of classical thermodynamics are established from the microscopic viewpoint. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Fee.
 
ME 560

Compressible Fluid Flow

3 cr
Foundations of fluid dynamics and thermodynamics of one dimensional flow and heat transfer, isentropic flow, shock waves and method of characteristics. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Fee.
 
ME 561

Turbomachinery

3 cr
Energy transfer between fluid and rotor; fluid flow in turbomachines, centrifugal and axial-flow pumps and compressors; radial and axial flow turbines. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Fee.
 
ME 562 Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer I 3 cr
Derivation of conservation equations, numerical solution of inviscial and viscous incompressible flow problems, emphasis on finite volume method, introduction to finite element and spectral method. Prerequisites: EG 360, Consent of instructor. Fee.
 
ME 563 Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer II 3 cr
Governing equations in general coordinates, differential geometry for curvilinear coordinates, grid generations, numerical uncertainties. Prerequisites: ME 562, Consent of instructor. Fee.
 
ME 564 Turbulent Flow 3 cr
Reynolds equations, statistics of turbulence, analysis of free and wall turbulence, turbulence models. Prerequisites: ME 520, Consent of instructor. Fee.
 
ME 565 Lubrication 3 cr
Friction of solids and fluids. Lubricants. Theory of sliding bearings. Multidimensional bearings with constant forces and velocities. Solid, hydrodynamic and gas lubrication. Design of bearings. Prerequisites: EG 360 and ME 317, Consent of instructor. Fee.
 
ME 571 Advanced Engineering Dynamics 3 cr
Three-dimensional kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies, energy, momentum, and stability; application of Lagrange's equations to machinery and gyrodynamics. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Fee.
 

ME 572

Advanced Vibrations 3 cr
Free and forced vibrations of mechanical systems having lumped mass and elasticity; introduction to vibrations of continuous systems; engineering applications. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Fee.
 
ME 573

Vibrations of Continuous Systems

3 cr
Equations of motion for strings, membranes, bars, and plates with various boundary conditions, steady state and transient solutions, exact and approximate methods; wave propagation in elastic media. Prerequisites: ME 472, MA 507, consent of instructor. Fee.
 
ME 574 Nonlinear Vibrations 3 cr
Vibrations of damped and undamped systems with nonlinear restoring forces; free and forced oscillations in self-sustained systems; Hills equation and its application to the study of the stability of nonlinear oscillations. Prerequisites: ME 572, MA 508, Consent of instructor. Fee.
 
ME 575 Continuum Mechanics 3 cr
Cartesian tensor analysis. Analysis of stress and strain, fundamental laws of continuum mechanics. Constitutive equations, application to solid and fluid mechanics. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Fee.
 
ME 582 Advanced Materials Science 3 cr
Classical and quantum mechanical model of atoms, bonding, magnetism, superconductivity, high strength low density materials, corrosion, biomedical materials. Prerequisites: ME 326, MA 507 and 508. Fee.
 
ME 583 Applied Elasticity 3 cr
Classical problems in elasticity, torsion and bending theory, plane problems in rectangular and polar coordinates; axisymmetric problems, thermoelasticity. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Fee.
 
ME 584 Introductory Metal Theory 3 cr
Theories of metals to explain electrical conductivity and scattering process, electronic and lattice heat capacity, magnetic behavior, cohesion and lattice constant. Prerequisites: MA 507, Consent of instructor. Fee.
 
ME 585 Theory of Plates 3 cr
Basic equations of rectangular and circular plates with various boundary conditions; classical solutions and approximate methods in the theory of thin plates. Prerequisites: ME 583, MA 507, Consent of instructor. Fee.
 
ME 586 Theory of Shells 3 cr
Introduction to differential geometry; general equations for arbitrary shells; shallow shell theory with applications; solutions to membrane and bending theory for shells of revolution. Prerequisites: ME 585, Consent of instructor. Fee.
 
ME 589 Biomechanics 3 cr
Discrete mass and continuum mechanics description of biological materials; biodynamics of limb and gross body motions, various models for injury to head, neck, torso, and extremities. Prerequisites: EG 284, 315, MA 238, Consent of instructor. Fee.
 
ME 590 Special Topics 1-3 cr
Topics of current mechanical engineering interest. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Fee.
 
ME 592 Directed Independent Study 1-3 cr
Directed study, under the guidance of a faculty advisor, of a topic from the field of Mechanical Engineering not offered in a regularly scheduled course. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
 
ME 594 Projects in Mechanical Engineering 1-3 cr
May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Approved proposal and consent of director of engineering graduate studies. Fee.
 

ME 599

Thesis 1-6 cr
Thesis research may be taken more than once. Prerequisite: Approved prospectus. Fee.
 

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