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USA Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin 2007-2008

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. Teamwork and team roles will be emphasized along with computer skills for computation, writing, graphics, and presentations. One and one-half hours of design. Pre-requisite: EH 101. Fee.   

ME 135     Engineering Graphics and Communications     3 cr   

Graphical representation of objects orthographic, oblique, and isometric views. Freehand lettering and sketching, computer aided graphics, presentation of graphics based on numerical data using spreadsheet, word processor and presentation software. Fee.   
ME 228     Mechanical Engineering Analysis I     3 cr    
Introduction to numerical methods with applications to ME simulation and design. Introduction to MATLAB and engineering applications. Introduction to numerical differentiation and integration. Pre-requisite: MA 126. Co-requisite: MA 237. Fee.    

ME 312     Mechanical Engineering Thermodynamics     3 cr   

Thermodynamic power and refrigeration cycles, gas mixtures, psychometrics, and combustion. One-half hour of design. Pre-requisite: EG 270. 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. Pre-requisites: EG 284, EG 315. Fee.   

ME 316     Instrumentation and Experimental Methods    3 cr   

Measuring system analysis and design, signal conditioning, analysis of data, statistical error analysis, digital data collection and analysis, communication of results. This course is a Co-requisite with ME 319 Instrumentation Laboratory. The same grade will be given in both courses. Pre-requisites: EG 220, MA 238, PH 202. Co-requisite: ME 319. 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. Pre-requisites: EG 270, EG 360, MA 238, ME 328. Fee.   

ME 319    Instrumentation Lab (W)     1 cr   

Laboratory component of ME 316 Instrumentation. This course is a Co-requisite with ME 316 Instrumentation. The same grade will be given in both courses. Pre-requisites: EG 220, MA 238, PH 202. Co-requisite: ME 316. 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. Pre-requisites: CH 131, EG 315, PH 202. Fee.   

ME 328    Mechanical Engineering Analysis II     3 cr   

Numerical solutions of differential equations with applications to ME simulation and design. Introduction to Finite Elements. One-half hour of design. Pre-requisites: ME 228, EG 315, MA 227, MA 237, MA 238. Fee.   

ME 336     Materials Science Laboratory (W)     1 cr   

Experimental study of the effect of thermal and mechanical processings of properties. Pre-requisite: 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. Pre-requisites: EG 284, EG 315, EG 360, 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. Pre-requisites: EG 360, ME 312, ME 317, ME 328. Fee.   

ME 412    Thermal Science Laboratory     1 cr   

Experimental study of thermal science principles and systems. Communication of results. Pre-requisites: EG 360, ME 312, ME 316, ME 317. Fee.   

ME 413    Capstone Design I     2 cr   

First capstone design course for mechanical engineering students. Team-oriented projects from industry and faculty. Two hours of design. Pre-requisites: EG 231, ME 312, ME 314, ME 317. Fee.    

ME 414    Capstone Design II     2 cr   

Continuation of Capstone Design I course for mechanical engineering students. Team-oriented design projects from industry and faculty. Oral and written design presentation. Two hours of design. Pre-requisite: ME 413. 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. Pre-requisites: EG 284, EG 315, ME 328. Fee.   

ME 419    Computer Aided Design & Manufacturing     3 cr   

Introduction to computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) principles and their practical applications as fundamental elements of contemporary product design and manufacturing. This course is dual listed with an equivalent 500-level mechanical engineering course. One hour of design. Pre-requisites: ME 135, ME 314. 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. Pre-requisites: ME 314, ME 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. Pre-requisites: EG 360, 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. Pre-requisites: MA 238, ME 316, 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. Pre-requisite: ME 426. 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. Pre-requisites: EG 284, ME 328. Fee.   

ME 431     Gas Dynamics    3 cr   

Introduction to compressible fluid flow. Conservation laws, isentropic flow, adiabatic flow, flow with heat transfer, and normal shock. One hour of design. Pre-requisites: EG 360, 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. Pre-requisite: 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. Pre-requisite: 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. Pre-requisites: ME 328 and consent of instructor. Fee.    

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. Pre-requisites: EG 220, 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. Pre-requisites: 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. Pre-requisites: EG 360, ME 312, ME 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. Pre-requisite: 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. Pre-requisites: EG 360, ME 312, ME 317. Fee.   

ME 460     Intro to Marine Engineering     3 cr    
Categorization of Ships, ship Geonmetry and Hydrostatics, Ship Stability, Ship Hazards, Resistance and Power. Propellers and Propulsion Systems, Ship Dynamics and Control. Pre-requisites: EG 315 and EG 360. Fee    
ME 461    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. Pre-requisites: EG 360 and ME 312. One hour of design. Fee.    
ME 466     Aerospace Propulsion     3 cr    
Introduction to air breathing propulsion. Covers thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, combustion, cycle analysis, inlets and nozzles, compressors, turbines, and component matching. 1 hour design. Pre-requisites: EG 360, ME 312, and ME 317. Fee.    

ME 467     Introduction to Biomedical Engineering     3 cr    
Survey of topics and current issues in the field of biomedical engineering. Topics include biomechanics, biomedical instrumentation, biomaterials engineering, biomedical imaging, cellular mechanics, tissue engineering, biomedical design and ethics. A portion of the course is devoted to basic biology concepts and principles. Students will review literature and discuss technical and technological developments relevant to biomedical engineering. Fee.    
ME 468     Concepts of Aircraft Design     3 cr    
Introduction to aircraft design, including an understanding of the various components leading to a good conceptual design. Introduction to parameters in aerospace analysis and how they may impact a design. Application of design concepts to an RFP (request for proposal) for design competition. Pre-requisites: ME 324 or EG 360 or CE 365, ME 312, ME 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. Pre-requisites: EG 284, EG 315, MA 238, ME 316, ME 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. Pre-requisite: ME 472. Fee.   

ME 490   

Special Topics

1-3 cr   

Topics of current mechanical engineering interest. Pre-requisite: 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. Pre-requisite: 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. Pre-requisites: Senior status plus completion of a project prospectus. Fee.    

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. Fee.   

ME 519    Computer Aided Design & Manufacturing     3 cr   

Introduction to computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) principles and their practical applications as fundamental elements of contemporary product design and manufacturing. This course is dual listed with an equivalent 400-level mechanical engineering course. 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. 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. Pre-requisite: ME 520. Fee.   

ME 525   

Boundary Layer Theory

3 cr   

Development of Navier-Stokes and boundary layer equations, perturbation theory application and boundary layer transition. 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. 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. Pre-requisite: MA 507 or MA 508. 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.    

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. 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 heat transfer. Pre-requisites: 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. 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. 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. Pre-requisite: ME 540 or ME 542. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Pre-requisite: ME 562. Fee.   

ME 564     Turbulent Flow     3 cr   

Reynolds equations, statistics of turbulence, analysis of free and wall turbulence, turbulence models. Pre-requisite: ME 520. 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. Fee.   
ME 566     Aerospace Propulsion     3 cr    
Introduction to air breathing propulsion. Covers thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, combustion, cycle analysis, inlets and nozzles, compressors, turbines, and component matching.    
ME 567     Principles of Biomedical Engineering     3 cr    
Survey of topics and current issues in the field of biomedical engineering. Topics may include biomechanics, biomedical instrumentation, biomaterials engineering, biomedical imaging, cellular mechanics, tissue engineering, biomedical design and ethics. A portion of the course is devoted to basic biology concepts and principles. Students will review literature and discuss technical and technological developments relevant to biomedical engineering. 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. 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. Pre-requisite: MA 507 or MA 508. 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. Pre-requisite: MA 507. 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. Pre-requisites: ME 572, MA 508. 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. 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. 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. Pre-requisite: MA 507 or MA 508. 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. Pre-requisite: MA 507. 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. Pre-requisites: ME 583, MA 507. 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. Pre-requisite: ME 585. 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. Fee.   

ME 590    Special Topics    1-3 cr   

Topics of current mechanical engineering interest. Pre-requisite: 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. Pre-requisite: Consent of instructor.    

ME 594    Projects in Mechanical Engineering     1-3 cr   

May be repeated for credit. Pre-requisite: 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. Pre-requisite: Approved prospectus. Fee.    
Department of Mechanical Engineering
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