Mechanical Engineering (MECH ENG)
MECH ENG 1720 Introduction to Engineering Design (LAB 1.0 and LEC 2.0)
Introduction to a systematic approach to engineering design (problem clarification, concept generation, concept selection, prototyping methods, engineering ethics) and fundamental design communication techniques. Computer aided design tools are introduced to assist in design analysis.
MECH ENG 1761 Introduction to Computer Aided Design (LAB 1.0)
Introduces principles and application of computer aided design. Topics include parametric sketching, solid modelling, assemblies, mass properties, engineering drawings and file exchange. Prerequisites: Mech Eng 1720; Math 1211 or Math 1214.
MECH ENG 2001 Special Topics (IND 0.0-6.0)
This course is designed to give the department an opportunity to test a new course. Variable title.
MECH ENG 2340 Statics and Dynamics (LEC 3.0)
An introduction to the principles of mechanics pertaining to problems of equilibrium, motion, and acceleration in two dimensions. Particle and rigid body equilibrium and applications; general planar motion; force, mass, and acceleration; impulse/ momentum; work/energy. This course will not satisfy the prerequisite for Civ Eng 2210. Prerequisites: A grade of "C" or better in Physics 1135 or Physics 1111; preceded or accompanied by Math 2222.
MECH ENG 2350 Engineering Mechanics-Dynamics (LEC 2.0)
Application of the principles of mechanics to engineering problems of motion and acceleration. Topics include plane motion; force, mass and acceleration; work and energy; and impulse and momentum. Prerequisites: A grade of "C" or better in each of Civ Eng 2200 and Math 2222.
MECH ENG 2360 Dynamics (LEC 3.0)
The principles of mechanics are used to model engineering systems. Kinematics of particle motion, kinematics of plane- and three-dimensional motions of rigid bodies. Kinetics of particles and of rigid bodies. Energy and momentum methods. Prerequisite: Grade of "C" or better in each of Civ Eng 2200, Math 2222. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 2360).
MECH ENG 2519 Thermodynamics (LEC 3.0)
Energy transformations and the relation of energy to the status of matter. Fundamental laws, concepts, and modes of analysis which underlie all applications of energy conversion in engineering. Prerequisites: A grade of "C" or better in each of the following: Math 1214 (or Math 1211); Math 1215; Math 2222; Physics 1135 or Physics 1111.
MECH ENG 2527 Thermal Analysis (LEC 3.0)
Basic principles of thermodynamics and heat transfer. First and second laws of thermodynamics and applications to engineering systems. Fundamentals of heat transfer by conduction, convection, and radiation with applications. Not for mechanical engineering majors. Prerequisites: Math 1215; Physics 1135 or Physics 1111.
MECH ENG 2653 Introduction To Manufacturing Processes (LAB 1.0 and LEC 2.0)
Introduction into the fundamentals of manufacturing processes. Welding, joining, casting, forming, powder metallurgy and material removal are covered. The material is presented in a descriptive fashion with emphasis on the fundamental working of the processes, their capabilities, applications, advantages and limitations.Prerequisite: Mech Eng 1720; a grade of "C" or better in Physics 1135 or Physics 1111; preceded or accompanied by Mech Eng 1761.
MECH ENG 2761 Introduction To Mechanical Design (LAB 1.0 and LEC 1.0)
Introduction to the mechanical design process with emphasis on creativity and design visualization. A systemic approach to design is introduced, emphasizing quality design, concept identification and selection, design life cycle, project management, failure analysis, and engineering ethics. Concurrent engineering will be presented in a group design project. Prerequisites: Mech Eng 1720, Mech Eng 1761, Mech Eng 2653, preceded or accompanied by Civ Eng 2200; a grade of "C" or better in each of the following: Math 1214 (or Math 1211); Physics 1135 or Physics 1111.
MECH ENG 3001 Special Topics (LAB 0.0 and LEC 0.0)
This course is designed to give the department an opportunity to test a new course. Variable title.
MECH ENG 3002 Cooperative Engineering Training (IND 0.0-6.0)
On-the-job experience gained through cooperative education with industry, with credit arranged through departmental cooperative advisor. Grade received depends on quality of reports submitted and work supervisor's evaluation.
MECH ENG 3010 Seminar (LEC 1.0)
Discussion of current topics.
MECH ENG 3131 Thermofluid Mechanics I (LEC 3.0)
Principles of viscous and inviscid flow in ducts, nozzles, diffusers, blade passages and application to design; dimensional analysis and laws of similarity; external flows; compressible flows. Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in Mech Eng 2519.
MECH ENG 3313 Machine Dynamics (LEC 3.0)
Motion analysis using vector methods is considered for machine elements including linkages, cams, and gears. Dynamic force analysis methods are applied to balancing, flywheels, and single and multicylinder engines. Prerequisites: A grade of "C" or better in each of the following: Comp Sci 1570 or Comp Sci 1970 or Comp Sci 1971 or Comp Sci 1972; Mech Eng 2360 or Aero Eng 2360; Math 1214 (or 1211); Math 1215; Math 2222; Physics 1135 or Physics 1111.
MECH ENG 3411 Modeling and Analysis of Dynamic Systems (LEC 3.0)
Concepts of modeling mechanical systems as linear systems are studied and applied to hydraulic, pneumatic, and electromechanical systems. Analysis techniques described include matrix formulations, Laplace transforms, and time domain response methods. Prerequisites: A grade of "C" or better in each of the following: Comp Sci 1570 or Comp Sci 1970 or Comp Sci 1971 or Comp Sci 1972; Mech Eng 2360 or Aero Eng 2360; Math 1214 (or Math 1211); Math 1215; Math 2222; Math 3304; Physics 1135 or Physics 1111; Physics 2135 or Physics 2111.
MECH ENG 3521 Applied Thermodynamics (LEC 3.0)
Extended study of the laws and concepts of thermodynamics with emphasis on applications to power and refrigeration cycles, gas mixtures, psychrometrics, behavior of real gases and combustion processes. Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in Mech Eng 2519.
MECH ENG 3525 Heat Transfer (LEC 3.0)
Fundamental principles of heat transmission by radiation, conduction and convection; application of these principles to the solution of engineering problems. Prerequisites: A grade of "C" or better in each of Comp Sci 1570 or Comp Sci 1970 or Comp Sci 1971 or Comp Sci 1972, Math 3304, Mech Eng 2519.
MECH ENG 3653 Manufacturing (LEC 3.0)
Advanced analytical study of metal forming and machining processes such as forging, rolling, extrusion, wire drawing and deep drawing; mechanics of metal cutting - orthogonal, turning, milling, cutting temperature, cutting tool materials, tool wear and tool life, and abrasive processes. Prerequisites: Mech Eng 2653, Civ Eng 2211, and a grade of "C" or better in Civ Eng 2210.
MECH ENG 3708 Machine Design I (LEC 3.0)
Analysis of machine elements such as shafts, springs, screws, belts, bearings, and gears; analytical methods for the study of fatigue; comprehensive treatment of failure, safety, and reliability. Introduction to finite element methods in mechanical design. Prerequisites: Mech Eng 2653; accompanied or preceded by Mech Eng 2761; Met Eng 2110 or Aero Eng 3877; and a grade of "C" or better in Civ Eng 2210.
MECH ENG 4000 Special Problems (IND 0.0-6.0)
Problems or readings on specific subjects or projects in the department. Consent of instructor required.
MECH ENG 4001 Special Topics (LAB 0.0 and LEC 0.0)
This course is designed to give the department an opportunity to test a new course. Variable title.
MECH ENG 4099 Undergraduate Research (IND 0.0-6.0)
Designed for the undergraduate student who wishes to engage in research. Not for graduate credit. Not more than six credit hours allowed for graduation credit. Subject and credit to be arranged with the instructor.
MECH ENG 4479 Automatic Control Of Dynamic Systems (LEC 3.0)
Use of classical control methods to analyze mechanical systems. Topics include root locus, Bode plots, and Nyquist diagrams. Applications to design situations are examined. Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in Mech Eng 3411.
MECH ENG 4480 Control System Laboratory (LAB 1.0)
Experiments dealing with data acquisition, manipulation, and control of systems with particular emphasis on computer data acquisition and control applied to mechanical engineering systems. Microcomputer systems are used as measurement and control devices. Prerequisites: Preceded or accompanied by Mech Eng 4479.
MECH ENG 4761 Engineering Design (LAB 2.0 and LEC 1.0)
Real-life design projects emphasize problem definition, conceptualization, modeling, approximation techniques and optimization. Teamwork, communication, leadership and group discussions are encouraged. Student group and professional expert presentations bring awareness to diverse design issues and methodology, and professional engineering practice. Prerequisites: Preceded or accompanied each of Mech Eng 3708, 3525, 3131, 4479.
MECH ENG 4840 Mechanical Instrumentation (LAB 2.0)
Theory and application of instrumentation to measurement problems in mechanical and aerospace engineering. Experiments employing basic devices to measure quantities such as strain, pressure, force, temperature, motion, flow, and sound level are performed. Accepted procedures for recording, interpreting, and presenting experimental results are illustrated. Prerequisites: A grade of "C" or better in each of the following: Math 3304; Mech Eng 2519; Physics 2135 or Physics 2111.
MECH ENG 4842 Mechanical Engineering Systems (LAB 2.0)
A laboratory course focusing on experimental design and evaluation of complete mechanical engineering systems. Analysis of both mechanical and thermodynamic systems is included. Emphasis is on evaluating system performance and improving student written and oral communication skills. Prerequisites: Mech Eng 4840, 3521, 3131, 3525, 3313.
MECH ENG 5000 Special Problems (IND 0.0-6.0)
Problems or readings on specific subjects or projects in the department. Consent of instructor required.
MECH ENG 5001 Special Topics (LEC 0.0-6.0)
This course is designed to give the department an opportunity to test a new course. Variable title. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 5001).
MECH ENG 5131 Intermediate Thermofluid Mechanics (LEC 3.0)
Derivation of Navier-Stokes equations, analytical solutions of viscous flows; flow in pipes, flow networks; intermediate treatment of boundary layer theory; micro-fluidics and MEMS; introduction to numerical methods for solving fluid flows; and, preliminary treatise on turbulence. Prerequisite: Mech Eng 3131 or Aero Eng 3131. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 5131).
MECH ENG 5135 Fluid Machinery (LEC 3.0)
Fundamental investigation of positive displacement and turbomachinery including pumps, fans, compressors, turbines, and oil hydraulic systems. Operating characteristics, selection, and comparison of types are studied. Prerequisite: Mech Eng 3131 or Aero Eng 5135.
MECH ENG 5139 Computational Fluid Dynamics (LEC 3.0)
Introduction to the numerical solution of the Navier-Stokes equations, by finite difference methods, in both stream function-vorticity and primitive variable formulations. Course format emphasizes student development of complete computer programs utilizing a variety of solution methods. Prerequisites: Comp Sci 1570 or Comp Sci 1970 or Comp Sci 1971 or Comp Sci 1972; one course in fluid mechanics. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 5139).
MECH ENG 5205 Lubrication (LEC 3.0)
Development of basic principles of bearing analysis including manufacture and properties of lubricants, hydrodynamics and hydrostatic lubrication, journal and thrust bearings, ball and roller bearings, boundary considerations, and bearing materials. Prerequisite: Mech Eng 3131.
MECH ENG 5211 Introduction To Continuum Mechanics (LEC 3.0)
Introductory cartesian tensor analysis to aid in the development of the theory of a continuum. Kinematics of deformation, stress tensor, equations of motion, equations of mass and energy balance. Examples from specific material theories in solid and fluid mechanics. Prerequisites: Civ Eng 2210, Math 3304.
MECH ENG 5212 Introduction to Finite Element Analysis (LEC 3.0)
Variational formulation of the governing equations. Finite element model, interpolation functions, numerical integration, assembly of elements and solution procedures. Applications to solid mechanics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer problems. Two-dimensional problems. Computer implementation and use of commercial finite element codes. Prerequisites: Math 3304; senior or graduate standing. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 5212).
MECH ENG 5214 Applications Of Numerical Methods To Mechanics Problems (LEC 3.0)
Numerical solutions of statics, vibrations, and stability problems. Direct stiffness formulations are developed and user-oriented computer codes are used to solve practical structures problems. Computer graphics techniques are utilized to prepare data and display results. Prerequisites: Civ Eng 2210; Mech Eng 2360 or Aero Eng 2360.
MECH ENG 5220 Advanced Mechanics of Materials (LEC 3.0)
Comprehensive insight into mechanics of materials. Topics to include: theories of failure, torsion of noncircular sections, shear flow and shear center, unsymmetric bending, bending of curved members, beams on elastic foundation and pressurization of thick walled cylinders. Prerequisites: Civ Eng 2210, Math 3304. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 5220).
MECH ENG 5222 Introduction To Solid Mechanics (LEC 3.0)
Review of basic concepts in continuum mechanics. Finite elasticity: some universal solutions for isotropic materials, application of special mechanical models. Linear elasticity: compatibility, stress functions, superposition, special examples such as extension, torsion, bending, and plane problems. Elements of plasticity. Prerequisite: Mech Eng 5211. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 5222).
MECH ENG 5229 Smart Materials And Sensors (LAB 1.0 and LEC 2.0)
Smart structures with fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites and advanced sensors. Multi-disciplinary topics include characterization, performance, and fabrication of composite structures; fiber optic, resistance, and piezoelectric systems for strain sensing; and applications of smart composite structures. Laboratory and team activities involve manufacturing, measurement systems, instrumented structures, and performance tests on a large-scale smart composite bridge. Prerequisites: Senior standing and Math 3304. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 5229, Elec Eng 5270 and Civ Eng 5118).
MECH ENG 5234 Stability of Engineering Structures (LEC 3.0)
Solution of stability problems with applications to columns, plates and shell structures. Torsional and lateral buckling of columns. Buckling under high temperatures. Effect of imperfections introduced by a technological process on stability. Design issues related to stability requirements. Prerequisites: Civ Eng 2210; Math 3304; and Mech Eng 2350 or Mech Eng 2360 or Aero Eng 2360. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 5234).
MECH ENG 5236 Fracture Mechanics (LEC 3.0)
Linear elastic and plastic mathematical models for stresses around cracks; concepts of stress intensity; strain energy release rates; correlation of models with experiment; determination of plane stress and plane strain parameters; application to design. Prerequisite: Civ Eng 2210. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 5236).
MECH ENG 5238 Fatigue Analysis (LEC 3.0)
The mechanism of fatigue, fatigue strength of metals, fracture mechanics, influence of stress conditions on fatigue strength, stress concentrations, surface treatment effects, corrosion fatigue and fretting corrosion, fatigue of joints, components and structures, design to prevent fatigue. Prerequisite: Civ Eng 2210. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 5238).
MECH ENG 5254 Variational Formulations Of Mechanics Problems (LEC 3.0)
Introduction and study of variational problems in classical dynamics and solid mechanics emphasizing the concepts of virtual work, minimum potential energy, and complementary energy. Variational inequalities. Prerequisites: Civ Eng 2210; Math 3304; and Mech Eng 2350 or Mech Eng 2360 or Aero Eng 2360. (Co-listed with Eng Mech 354).
MECH ENG 5282 Introduction to Composite Materials & Structures (LEC 3.0)
Introduction to fiber-reinforced composite materials and structures with emphasis on analysis and design. Composite micromechanics, lamination theory and failure criteria. Design procedures for structures made of composite materials. An overview of fabrication and experimental characterization. Prerequisite: Civ Eng 2210. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 5282).
MECH ENG 5283 Industrial Applications Of Composite Materials Technology (LEC 3.0)
Composite materials-industrial applications. Fibers and matrices. Fabrication and NDI. Lamination theory overview. Composite joints. Postbuckling. Fatigue and environmental effects. Testing and certification of composite structures. A majority of the presentations will be made by engineers in the industry. Prerequisite: Civ Eng 2210. (Co-listed with Eng Mech 303).
MECH ENG 5307 Vibrations I (LEC 3.0)
Equations of motion, free and forced vibration of single degree of freedom systems and multidegree of freedom systems. Natural frequencies, resonance, modes of vibration and energy dissipation are studies. The vibration of continuous systems is introduced. Prerequisites: Mech Eng 3411 and 3313, or Aero Eng 3613 and Math 3304. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 5307).
MECH ENG 5309 Engineering Acoustics I (LEC 3.0)
Introduction to acoustical theory and measurement with emphasis on mechanical and aerospace engineering applications. Plane and spherical wave propagation, resonators and filters, absorption, room acoustics, human response to noise, noise legislation, noise control. Use of common instrumentation in several projects. Prerequisites: Mech Eng 3411 and 3313, or Aero Eng 3613 and Math 3304. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 5309).
MECH ENG 5313 Intermediate Dynamics Of Mechanical And Aerospace Systems (LEC 3.0)
Principles of dynamics are applied to problems in the design of mechanical and aerospace systems; basic concepts in kinematics and dynamics; dynamics of systems of particles; dynamics of rigid bodies, three-dimensional effects in machine elements; dynamic stability, theory and applications; methods of analytical dynamics. Prerequisite: Mech Eng 3313 or Aero Eng 3613. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 5313).
MECH ENG 5420 Signal Processing for Instrumentation and Control (LEC 3.0)
The course presents fundamental techniques for analysis and processing of experimental data and real-time signals. Continuous- and discrete-time development of signal spectra, Fourier Transform, convolution, filter design, and system identification. The emphasis is on practical problems that arise in instrumentation and control applications. Prerequisites: Math 3304; Mech Eng 3411 or permission of instructor for non-Mech Eng majors.
MECH ENG 5449 Robotic Manipulators and Mechanisms (LAB 1.0 and LEC 2.0)
Overview of industrial applications, manipulator systems and geometry. Manipulator kinematics; hand location, velocity and acceleration. Basic formulation of manipulator dynamics and control. Introduction to machine vision. Projects include robot programming, vision-aided inspection and guidance, and system integration. Prerequisites: Mech Eng 3313; Comp Sci 1970 or Comp Sci 1971 or Comp Sci 1972 or Comp Sci 1570. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 5449).
MECH ENG 5478 Mechatronics (LAB 1.0 and LEC 2.0)
This course will introduce students to the basics of mechatronics (i.e., the integration of mechanical, electrical, computer, and control systems). Students will learn the fundamentals of sensors and actuators for mechanical systems, computer interfacing, microcontrollers, real-time software, and control. Prerequisite: Mech Eng 4479 or equivalent. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 5478, Elec Eng 5870 and Comp Eng 5820).
MECH ENG 5481 Mechanical And Aerospace Control Systems (LEC 3.0)
Synthesis of mechanical and aerospace systems to perform specific control functions. Response and stability are studied. Singular value analysis for stability margins is introduced. Prerequisite: Mech Eng 4479 or Aero Eng 3361. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 5481).
MECH ENG 5519 Advanced Thermodynamics (LEC 3.0)
After a short review of classical thermodynamics, the elements of chemical reactions, chemical equilibrium, statistical thermodynamics, and the basic concepts of kinetic theory are presented. Prerequisite: Mech Eng 2519. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 5519).
MECH ENG 5523 Transport Phenomena In Manufacturing Processes (LEC 3.0)
A study of the important role that transport phenomena (heat and mass transfer and fluid flow) play during various manufacturing processes including metal casting, joining and welding extrusion, forging, crystal growth, chemical deposition, and thermal spray deposition. Prerequisites: Mech Eng 3525 and 3131.
MECH ENG 5525 Intermediate Heat Transfer (LEC 3.0)
Analytical study of conduction; theory of thermal radiation and applications; energy and momentum equations in convective heat transfer and review of empirical relations. Current topics are included. Prerequisite: Mech Eng 3525. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 5525).
MECH ENG 5527 Combustion Processes (LEC 3.0)
Application of chemical, thermodynamic, and gas dynamic principles to the combustion of solid, liquid, and gaseous fuels. Includes stoichiometry, thermochemistry, reaction mechanism, reaction velocity, temperature levels, and combustion waves. Prerequisite: Mech Eng 3521. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 5527).
MECH ENG 5533 Internal Combustion Engines (LEC 3.0)
A course dealing primarily with spark ignition and compression ignition engines. Topics include: thermodynamics, air and fuel metering, emissions and their control, performance, fuels, and matching engine and load. Significant lecture material drawn from current publications. Prerequisite: Mech Eng 3521.
MECH ENG 5535 Carbon Conversion and Energy Utilization (LEC 3.0)
An introduction to energy conversion processes involving carbon, non-carbon replacements, fuel chemistry, carbon utilization and conversions, carbon reuse and recycling; including topics such as decarbonization, combustion, other energy conversion processes involving carbon, non-energy carbon use, and life cycle and techno-economic analyses of energy systems Prerequisites: Graduate standing.
MECH ENG 5537 Fuel Cell Principles (LEC 3.0)
Fuel cell fundamentals including thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, mass transport, characterization, and modeling are discussed. Different types of fuel cells such as proton exchange membrane and solid oxide are covered together with subsystem design and system integration as well as environmental impacts. Prerequisites: MECH ENG 3521.
MECH ENG 5539 Modeling Across Scales in Computational Mechanics (LEC 3.0)
Basic principles of computational mechanics, focusing on modeling and simulation on various length scales. The goal is to mathematically represent mechanical and material behavior, and to effectively solve those equations. Fundamental principles of continuum and sub-continuum (atomic) models will be learned through lectures and hands-on Matlab coding. Prerequisites: Civ Eng 2210, Mech Eng 2519, or consent of instructor for majors that do not require either of these courses; or graduate standing. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 5539).
MECH ENG 5541 Applied Energy Conversion (LEC 3.0)
The study of the principles of energy conversion. Specific applications include fuel cells and other direct energy conversion devices used in plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Prerequisite: Mech Eng 3521.
MECH ENG 5543 Energy Efficiency of Vehicles (LEC 3.0)
Course topics include the energy consumption, energy efficiency, pollution and carbon emissions of vehicles. Energy efficiency models are developed to illustrate how to optimize the energy efficiency of vehicles. Detailed models are developed for gasoline, diesel, electric and hybrid-electric cars and trucks. Prerequisites: Math 2222, Physics 2135.
MECH ENG 5544 Non-Intrusive Measurement Methods (LEC 3.0)
Fundamentals of non-contact measurement methods for engineers. Basic engineering optics with a focus on radiation measurement methods including the effects of various sources and detectors. Prerequisites: Phys 2135; Mech 3525 or consent of instructor for non-Mech Eng majors.
MECH ENG 5566 Solar Energy Technology (LEC 3.0)
Introduction to the nature of solar radiation and associated thermal energy transfers. Methods of collecting and storing solar energy. Analysis and design of systems for utilizing solar energy, including heating and cooling. Prerequisite: Mech Eng 3525, or consent of instructor for non-Mech Eng majors.
MECH ENG 5567 Heat Pump And Refrigeration Systems (LEC 3.0)
The various methods used in the thermal design and analysis of both refrigeration and heat pumps systems are investigated. Various methods of producing heating and cooling are examined including vapor compression, absorption, air cycle, steam jet, and thermoelectric systems. Prerequisites: Mech Eng 3521, 3525.
MECH ENG 5570 Plasma Physics I (LEC 3.0)
Single particle orbits in electric and magnetic fields, moments of Boltzmann equation and introduction to fluid theory. Diffusion of plasma in electric and magnetic fields. Analysis of laboratory plasmas and magnetic confinement devices. Introduction to plasma kinetic theory. Prerequisite: Aero Eng 3131 or Mech Eng 3131 or Physics 3211 or Nuc Eng 3221 or Elec Eng 3600. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 5570, Nuc Eng 4370, Physics 4543).
MECH ENG 5571 Environmental Controls (LEC 3.0)
Theory and applications of principles of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning equipment and systems; design problems. Physiological and psychological factors relating to environmental control. Prerequisites: Mech Eng 3521 and accompanied or preceded by Mech Eng 3525; or Mech Eng 2527 and Civ Eng 3330.
MECH ENG 5575 Mechanical Systems For Environmental Control (LEC 3.0)
Analysis of refrigeration, heating, and air-distribution systems. Synthesis of environmental control systems. Prerequisites: Mech Eng 3521 and 3525; or Mech Eng 2527 and Civ Eng 3330.
MECH ENG 5606 Material Processing By High-Pressure Water Jet (LEC 3.0)
Methods of generating high pressure water jets; standard equipment, existing techniques, and basic calculations. Application of water jets to materials cutting and mineral processing. Safety rules. The course will be supported by laboratory demonstrations. Prerequisite: Mech Eng 3131 or undergraduate fluids course. (Co-listed with Min Eng 5413).
MECH ENG 5644 Interdisciplinary Problems In Manufacturing Automation (LAB 1.0 and LEC 2.0)
The course will cover material necessary to design a product and the fixtures required to manufacture the product. Participants will gain experience with CAD/CAM software while carrying out an actual manufacturing design project. (Co-listed with Chem Eng 4310, Eng Mgt 5315).
MECH ENG 5653 Computer Numerical Control of Manufacturing Processes (LAB 1.0 and LEC 2.0)
Fundamental theory and application of computer numerical controlled machine tools from the viewpoint of design principles, machine structural elements, control systems, and programming. Projects include manual and computer assisted part programming and machining. Prerequisites: Preceded or accompanied by Mech Eng 3653.
MECH ENG 5655 Manufacturing Equipment Automation (LAB 1.0 and LEC 2.0)
Manufacturing automation at the equipment level. Topics include sensors, actuators, and computer interfacing for manufacturing equipment, dynamic modeling and control of manufacturing equipment, interpolation, coordinated motion control, kinematic and geometric error modeling, and runout. Prerequisites: Preceded or accompanied by Mech Eng 4479 or equivalent.
MECH ENG 5656 Design For Manufacture (LEC 3.0)
Course covers the approach of concurrent product and process design. Topics includes: principle of DFM, New product design process, process capabilities and limitations, Taguchi method, tolerancing and system design, design for assembly and AI techniques for DFM. Prerequisites: Mech Eng 3708, Mech Eng 3653.
MECH ENG 5702 Synthesis Of Mechanisms (LEC 3.0)
Synthesis of planar mechanisms for function generation, path generation, and motion generation. Emphasis is on analytical methods for synthesis. Prerequisite: Mech Eng 3313.
MECH ENG 5704 Compliant Mechanism Design (LEC 3.0)
Introduction to compliant mechanisms; review of rigid-body mechanism analysis and synthesis methods; synthesis of planar mechanisms with force/energy constraints using graphical and analytical methods; pseudo-rigid-body models; force-deflection relationships; compliant mechanism synthesis methods; and special topics, e.g. bistable mechanisms, constant-force mechanisms, parallel mechanisms, and chain algorithm in design. Emphasis will be on applying the assimilated knowledge through a project on compliant mechanisms design. Prerequisites: Mech Eng 3313, Civ Eng 2210.
MECH ENG 5708 Rapid Product Design And Optimization (LEC 3.0)
Product Life cycle design; Finding design solutions using optimization technique; Rapid product realization using rapid prototyping and virtual prototyping techniques. Prerequisite: Mech Eng 3708.
MECH ENG 5709 Machine Design II (LEC 3.0)
A continuation of the study of machine elements; bearings, spur, bevel, worm, and helical gearing, and indeterminate machine elements; impact and shrink stresses. Prerequisite: Mech Eng 3708.
MECH ENG 5715 Concurrent Engineering (LEC 3.0)
Students will be introduced to the concurrent engineering approach to product development. They will learn to set up quantitative requirements and then use a quantitative rating process to identify the critical requirements relating to the desired product. The interaction between design, manufacturing, assembly, cost, and supportability will be covered. The students will form teams and practice the concurrent engineering process for simple products. Prerequisites: Mech Eng 3313 or Aero Eng 3131, and Civ Eng 2210. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 5715).
MECH ENG 5757 Integrated Product And Process Design (LEC 3.0)
Emphasize design policies of concurrent engineering and teamwork, and documenting of design process knowledge. Integration of product realization activities covering important aspects of a product life cycle such as "customer" needs analysis, concept generation, concept selection, product modeling, process development, and end of product life options. Prerequisites: Junior or above standing. (Co-listed with ENG MGT 5515).
MECH ENG 5758 Integrated Product Development (LAB 2.0 and LEC 1.0)
Students in design teams will simulate the industrial concurrent engineering development process. Areas covered will be design, manufacturing, assembly, process quality, cost, supply chain management, and product support. Students will produce a final engineering product at the end of the project. Prerequisite: Eng Mgt 5515 or Mech Eng 5757 or Mech Eng 3653 or Mech Eng 5708. (Co-listed with Eng Mgt 5516).
MECH ENG 5760 Probabilistic Engineering Design (LEC 3.0)
The course deals with uncertainties in engineering analysis and design at three levels - uncertainty modeling, uncertainty analysis, and design under uncertainty. It covers physics-based reliability analysis and reliability-based design, robustness assessment and robust design, their integration with design simulations, and their engineering applications. Prerequisite: Mech Eng 3708 or Aero Eng 3361. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 5760).
MECH ENG 5761 Engineering Design Methodology (LEC 3.0)
This course examines structured engineering design theory and methodologies for conceptual design and redesign of products. Topical coverage includes customer needs gathering, functional modeling, engineering specifications creation (OFD), concept generation, selection and design embodiment. Team work/hands-on projects emphasized. Prerequisite: At least Senior standing in engineering.
MECH ENG 5763 Computer Aided Design: Theory and Practice (LAB 1.0 and LEC 2.0)
Lectures cover the fundamentals of computer-aided design with emphasis on geometric modeling of curves, surfaces and solids, CAD/CAM data exchange, and computer graphics. In the lab session, students practice with commercial CAD/CAM systems including NX and SolidWorks to gain practical experience. Prerequisites: Comp Sci 1570 or Comp Sci 1970 or Comp Sci 1971 or Comp Sci 1972; Mech Eng 2761; Math 2222; at least Junior standing.
MECH ENG 5764 Introduction to Decision Analysis (LEC 3.0)
This course is an introduction to decision analysis, a decision-making method under uncertainty. The course topics include probability theory, influence diagram, decision tree, subjective probability, sensitivity analysis, value of information, risk attitude, and utility models. Prerequisite: Stat 3111 or Stat 3113 or Stat 3115 or Stat 3117.
MECH ENG 5830 Applied Computational Methods (LEC 3.0)
Detailed study of computational methods for efficient solution of selected fluids, structures, thermodynamics, and controls problems in aerospace and mechanical engineering. Besides basic numerical techniques, topics covered include gradient-based optimization and uncertainty quantification. Prerequisite: Comp Sci 1570 or Comp Sci 1970 or Comp Sci 1971 or Comp Sci 1972; Math 3304. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 5830).
MECH ENG 6000 Special Problems (IND 0.0-6.0)
Problems or readings on specific subjects or projects in the department. Consent of the instructor required.
MECH ENG 6001 Special Topics (LEC 0.0-6.0)
This course is designed to give the department an opportunity to test a new course. Variable title.
MECH ENG 6010 Seminar (LEC 0.0-1.0)
Discussion of current topics. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 6010).
MECH ENG 6040 Oral Examination (IND 0.0)
After completion of all other program requirements, oral examinations for on-campus M.S./Ph.D. students may be processed during intersession. Off-campus M.S. students must be enrolled in oral examination and must have paid an oral examination fee at the time of the defense/comprehensive examination (oral/ written). All other students must enroll for credit commensurate with uses made of facilities and/or faculties. In no case shall this be for less than three (3) semester hours for resident students.
MECH ENG 6050 Continuous Registration (IND 1.0)
Doctoral candidates who have completed all requirements for the degree except the dissertation, and are away from the campus must continue to enroll for at least one hour of credit each registration period until the degree is completed. Failure to do so may invalidate the candidacy. Billing will be automatic as will registration upon payment.
MECH ENG 6085 Internship (IND 0.0-15)
Students working toward a doctor of engineering degree will select, with the advice of their committees, appropriate problems for preparation of a dissertation. The problem selected and internship plan must conform to the purpose of providing a high level engineering experience consistent with the intent of the doctor of engineering degree.
MECH ENG 6099 Research (IND 0.0-15)
Investigations of an advanced nature leading to the preparation of a thesis or dissertation. Consent of instructor required.
MECH ENG 6123 Viscous Fluid Flow (LEC 3.0)
Fundamentals of viscous fluids for incompressible and compressible flows governed by Navier-Stokes equations; exact, approximate, and numerical solutions for steady and unsteady laminar flows; boundary layer theory for incompressible and compressible flows; stability and transition. Prerequisite: Mech Eng 5131 or Aero Eng 5131 or Mech Eng 5139 or Aero Eng 5139 or equivalent. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 6123).
MECH ENG 6131 Gas Dynamics I (LEC 3.0)
A critical analysis of the phenomena governing the flow of a compressible fluid; introduction to flow in two and three dimensions; Prandil-Meyer expansions; small perturbations in subsonic and supersonic flows; method of characteristics. Prerequisite: Mech Eng or Aero Eng 5131. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 6131).
MECH ENG 6135 Turbulent Flows - Theory, Measurements and Modeling (LEC 3.0)
Navier-Stokes equations; statistical description and mean-flow equations; behavior of free shear and wall bounded flows; the energy cascade; turbulence spectra and Kolmogorov hypothesis; measurement techniques: PIV, hot-wires, LDV; turbulence modeling for transport processes and closure schemes for RANS equations; evaluation of model constants, introduction to LES, DNS and hybrid-RANS. Prerequisite: Mech Eng 5131 or Aero Eng 5131 or Mech Eng 5139 or Aero Eng 5139 or equivalent. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 6135).
MECH ENG 6137 Physical Gas Dynamics I (LEC 3.0)
Features of high temperature gas flows including the development of the necessary background from kinetic theory, statistical mechanics, chemical thermodynamics and chemical kinetics. Equilibrium and non-equilibrium gas properties and gas flows are included. Prerequisite: Mech Eng or Aero Eng 5131. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 6137).
MECH ENG 6212 Advanced Finite Element Analysis (LEC 3.0)
Higher order, isoparametric and mixed finite elements. Eigenvalue and time-dependent problems. Solution procedures for dynamic analysis. Implicit and explicit methods. Applications to viscous incompressible fluid and plate bending problems. Three-dimensional problems. Nonlinear finite element analysis. Practical applications using commercial software. Prerequisite: Mech Eng 5212 or Aero Eng 5212. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 6212).
MECH ENG 6222 Theory of Elasticity (LEC 3.0)
Formulation and study of boundary-value problems in 2-D linear elastostatics: Equilibrium and compatibility. Stress function formulations in Cartesian and polar coordinates. Curved beam, wedge and plane contact problems. Dislocations and cracks. Thermoelasticity. Prerequisites: CIV ENG 2210. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 6222).
MECH ENG 6230 Theory and Design of Plate and Shell Structures (LEC 3.0)
Theoretical backgrounds of plate and cylindrical shell structures. Extensive coverage of design issues with the emphasis on practical problems in diverse areas of engineering. Strength, buckling and dynamics of plates manufactured from metals and composites. Review of thermoelastic applications. Prerequisite: Civ Eng 2210, Math 3304.
MECH ENG 6232 Theory Of Shells (LEC 3.0)
General theory of stress analysis of shells based on topics in differential geometry and general elasticity theory. Theory is applicable to studies of the elastic behavior of flat plates and shells, buckling and post-duckling behavior of shells, and provides a basis for all shell theories which account for anisotropy, plasticity, creep, thermal strains, internal reinforcements, and transverse shearing deformations. Prerequisite: Math 5325.
MECH ENG 6236 Advanced Fracture Mechanics (LEC 3.0)
Mathematical theories of equilibrium cracks and brittle fracture, mathematical analysis of elastic-plastic fracture mechanics, COD, R-curve and J-integral analysis. Prerequisite: Aero Eng 5236 or Mech Eng 5236.
MECH ENG 6284 Analysis of Laminated Composite Structures (LEC 3.0)
An overview of isotropic beams, plates, and shells. Bending, vibration, and buckling of laminated composite beams and plates: exact and approximate solutions. Development of composite shell theory and simplified solutions. Analysis of composite structures including transverse shear deformation and thermal effects. Prerequisite: Mech Eng 5282 or Aero Eng 5282. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 6284).
MECH ENG 6285 Mechanics Of Composite Materials (LEC 3.0)
Effective moduli of spherical, cylindrical, and lamellar systems. Micromechanics of fiber-matrix interfaces and unidirectional composites. Application of shear leg and other approximate theories to interfaces and composites including fiber pull-out, debonding and matrix cracking. Prerequisite: Mech Eng 5282 or Aero Eng 5282. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 6285).
MECH ENG 6307 Advanced Vibrations (LEC 3.0)
Advanced treatment of discrete and continuous vibratory systems. Extensive use is made of matrix methods and operator notation. Special topics include: transmission matrices, relative coordinates, time dependent boundary conditions, approximate techniques for linear systems, nonlinear systems, and random excitations. Prerequisite: Mech Eng or Aero Eng 5307. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 6307).
MECH ENG 6309 Engineering Acoustics II (LEC 3.0)
Expanded treatment of the theory of sound generation and propagation. The acoustic source, dipole, and quadrupole. Noise sources due to vibration and fluid flow. Sound propagation in the atmosphere. The transmission of sound in ducts. Propeller, fan, and jet noise. Prerequisite: Mech Eng or Aero Eng 5309. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 409).
MECH ENG 6313 Advanced Dynamics Of Machinery (LEC 3.0)
Current problems in aerospace dynamics are treated using methods of analytical mechanics; gyroscopic phenomena; the calculus of variations; stability of systems, to include approximate techniques. Prerequisite: Mech Eng or Aero Eng 5313. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 6313).
MECH ENG 6410 Optimal Control and Estimation (LEC 3.0)
Review of linear quadratic regulators, LQR extensions; constrained optimization (Pontragin's minimum principle); review of probability theory and random processes; optimal prediction and filters; frequency domain properties of LQR and Kalman filters; linear quadratic Gaussian (LQG) control; model uncertainties, frequency shaping, LQG/LTR design methodology. Prerequisites: Elec Eng 6300 or Mech Eng 5481 or Aero Eng 5481. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 6410 and Elec Eng 6310).
MECH ENG 6420 Nonlinear Control Systems (LEC 3.0)
Numerical solution methods, describing function analysis, direct and indirect methods of Liapunov stability, applications to the Lure problem - Popov circle criterion. Applications to system design and feedback linearizations. Prerequisite: Elec Eng 6300. (Co-listed with ELEC ENG 6320).
MECH ENG 6430 Robust Control Systems (LEC 3.0)
Performance and robustness of multivariable systems, linear fractional transformations, LQG/LTR advanced loop shaping, Youla parameterization, H (subscript infinity) optimal control, mixed H (subscript 2) and H (subscript infinity) control, controller synthesis for multiple objective optimal control, linear matrix inequalities theory and case studies. Prerequisite: Elec Eng 6300 or Mech Eng 5481 or Aero Eng 5481. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 6430 and Elec Eng 6330).
MECH ENG 6447 Markov Decision Processes (LEC 3.0)
Introduction to Markov Decision Processes and Dynamic Programming. Application to Inventory Control and other optimization and control topics. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in background of probability or statistics. (Co-listed with Comp Eng 6310, Mech Eng 6447, Eng Mgt 6410, Sys Eng 6217 and Comp Sci 6202).
MECH ENG 6458 Adaptive Dynamic Programming (LEC 3.0)
Review of Neurocontrol and Optimization, Introduction to Approximate Dynamic Programming (ADP), Reinforcement Learning (RL), Combined Concepts of ADP and RL - Heuristic Dynamic Programming (HDP), Dual Heuristic Programming (DHP), Global Dual Heuristic Programming (GDHP), and Case Studies. Prerequisites: Elec Eng 5370 or Comp Eng 5310. (Co-listed with Comp Eng 6320, Elec Eng 6360, Aero Eng 6458 and Sys Eng 6215).
MECH ENG 6479 Analysis And Synthesis Of Mechanical And Aerospace Systems (LEC 3.0)
A unified treatment of modern system theory for the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Controls Analyst, including analysis and synthesis of linear and nonlinear systems, compensation and optimization of continuous and discrete systems, and theory of adaptivity. Prerequisite: Mech Eng 5481 or Aero Eng 5481. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 6479).
MECH ENG 6481 Advanced Topics in Decision and Control (LEC 3.0)
This course will deal with latest topics in the areas of decision and control. Course may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: Aero Eng 5481 or Mech Eng 5481 or equivalent. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 6481).
MECH ENG 6525 Heat Transfer by Conduction (LEC 3.0)
A study of conduction heat transfer in solids by analytical and other methods. Prerequisite: Mech Eng or Aero Eng 5525. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 6525).
MECH ENG 6526 Micro-/Nano-Scale Thermophysics and Energy Transport (LEC 3.0)
Introduces advanced statistical thermodynamics, nonequilibrium thermodynamics, kinetic theory, and quantum theory to analyze thermophysics and energy transport for microscale and nanoscale systems. Covers the fundamental concepts of photons, electrons, and phonons in the forms of waves and particles. Includes applications to ultrafast laser processing. Prerequisite: Mech Eng 5525.
MECH ENG 6527 Heat Transfer by Convection (LEC 3.0)
An analytical study of convective heat transfer in laminar and turbulent flows; forced convection, natural convection, and mixed convection; combined heat and mass transfer; heat transfer with change of phase; instability of laminar flow; current topics in convection. Prerequisite: Mech Eng or Aero Eng 5525. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 6527).
MECH ENG 6529 Heat Transfer by Radiation (LEC 3.0)
A study of the nature of thermal radiation; implications from electromagnetic theory; radiative characteristics of surfaces; enclosures; configuration factors; radiosity; specular and diffuse reflection; transfer in absorbing, emitting and scattering media; combined radiation conduction and convection; experimental methods. Prerequisite: Mech Eng or Aero Eng 5525. (Co-listed with Aero Eng 6529).
MECH ENG 6541 Advanced Energy Conversion (LEC 3.0)
An analytical study of power producing systems with emphasis on new techniques and energy sources. All basic methods of energy conversion are covered from detailed physical descriptions to mathematical analysis. Included are advanced heat engines, nuclear power reactors, thermoelectric engines, magnetohydrodynamic devices, solar energy, fuel cells, and recent developments. Prerequisite: Mech Eng (or Aero Eng) 5519, or Mech Eng (or Aero Eng) 5525.
MECH ENG 6575 Advanced Environmental Control (LEC 3.0)
The study of environmental control systems including their sizing, control, and energy requirements. Use of major energy analysis programs for system evaluation. Prerequisite: Mech Eng 5575.
MECH ENG 6585 Advanced Optical Materials and Structures (LEC 3.0)
Fundamental principles and advanced topics in optical materials and structures covering areas of photonics, plasmonics and metamaterials, and nanofabrication techniques. Prerequisite: Elec Eng 5200 or equivalent.
MECH ENG 6653 Advanced Cnc Of Manufacturing Processes & Engineering Metrology (LAB 1.0 and LEC 2.0)
Advanced treatment of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) part programming and machine tool metrology. Topics include mathematical modeling and characterization of machine tools and Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs); Measurement and analysis of dimensional accuracy, surface finish, precision, and uncertainty; Machine tool error modeling and compensation; Virtual Numerical Control (VNC) Machine Tool modeling, programming, simulation and process verification/optimization. Projects include advanced CNC programming and simulation. Prerequisite: Mech Eng 5653.
MECH ENG 6655 Modeling And Control Of Manufacturing Processes (LEC 3.0)
This course covers control-oriented modeling, simulation, and control of manufacturing processes. Topics include digital control, control system hardware, servomechanisms, interpolation, coordinated motion control, regenerative chatter, and control of machining and non-traditional processes. Control algorithms are implemented on a machining center. Prerequisites: Mech Eng 5655, Mech Eng 5481.
MECH ENG 6657 Laser Aided Manufacturing And Materials Processing (LEC 3.0)
Fundamental studies in laser aided manufacturing and materials processing including laser principles and optics, physics of laser-materials interaction, interface responses for rapid solidification, theories on non-equilibrium synthesis, modeling of transport phenomena, optical sensing techniques, current topics and considerations for lasers in manufacturing. Prerequisite: Mech Eng 5525.
MECH ENG 6659 Advanced Topics in Design and Manufacturing (LEC 3.0)
Various topics in the area of design and manufacturing will be covered in this course: development of flexible manufacturing systems, CAD/CAM integration, rapid prototyping, etc. Prerequisites: Mech Eng 5655 or Mech Eng 5708 or equivalent.
MECH ENG 6663 Advanced Digital Design and Manufacturing (LEC 3.0)
This course covers freeform modeling, reverse engineering, numerical control path generation for material removal and addition, and virtual reality based digital design and manufacturing. Students learn theoretical and fundamental aspects of these topics from lectures and project exercises. Prerequisites: Mech Eng 5708 or Mech Eng 5757 or Mech Eng 5763 or equivalent.
MECH ENG 6704 Mechanics of Machinery (LEC 3.0)
Rigid-body kinematics, dynamics, and synthesis of mechanisms; cam-follower mechanisms; mathematical modeling of mechanisms containing elastic elements; transient and steady-state vibration response; parametric instability in elastic mechanisms; advanced topics in compliant mechanisms; high performance mechanisms will be emphasized. Prerequisites: Vector & matrix analysis; introductory planar kinematic & dynamic analysis of mechanisms; MECH ENG 5704 or equivalent.
MECH ENG 6761 Modern Product Design (LEC 3.0)
Modern product development, design and prototyping are examined from a product architecture standpoint in this course. Functional modeling techniques are used to establish the architecture of a product and recently developed theories and techniques for design are covered. A prototyping project is required to provide immediate application of the theories. Prerequisite: Aero Eng 5758 /Eng Mgt 4312 or Mech Eng 5708 or Mech Eng 5656.