Mechanical Engineering (ME)

ME 510. Thermal Design of Internal Combustion Engines3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): ME 310.

Description: Thermodynamics and fluid mechanics of internal combustion engine design. Combustion stoichiometry, thermochemistry, and properties of working fluids. Ideal and real engine cycles. Fluid flow processes, combustion processes, pollutant formation and control. Engine operating characteristics.

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ME 512. Finite Element Methods for Mechanical Design I3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Prerequisite(s): ME 422.

Description: Matrix analysis of static and dynamic structural systems and steady-state heat transfer. Computer aided design of trusses, frames, plane stress structures, as well as one- and two-dimensional thermal systems including conduction and convection.

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ME 513. Energy Conversion3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): ME 310.

Description: A study of nuclear and fossil-fueled steam generators, plus internal combustion prime movers and alternate energy sources. A computerized design project will be required.

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ME 521. Mechanical Vibrations3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): ME 422.

Description: The theory of vibrating mechanical systems. Modeling of lumped parameter and distributed parameter systems. Free and forced vibration. Damping. Periodic and transient motion. Concept of normal modes. Multiple degree-of-freedom systems. Design applications.

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ME 523. Intermediate Dynamics3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): ME 206 and ME 422.

Description: Extension of the dynamics concepts introduced in ME 206. Utilization of rotational coordinate systems and vector dynamics in 3-dimensional motion. LaGrangian analytical methods. Stability of motion. Computer methods for dynamic modeling. Emphasis on design modifications and evaluation using CAE software.

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ME 526. Vehicle Dynamics and Handling3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): ME 380.

Description: Design of passenger and commercial vehicles for optimal dynamic performance with a focus on architecture layout, characterization of critical subsystems, and CAE-based kinematic and kinetic modeling.

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ME 530. Mechanical Design of Consumer Appliances3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Description: Application of classical, computational, and experimental methods and analyses to the design of mechanical systems characteristic of consumer appliances. Topics include component analysis and design, failure mechanisms, and organization with respect to life, reliability, performance, and cost.

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ME 531. Consumer Appliance Energy Systems3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Description: Analysis and design of energy systems in home appliances. Topics include thermal-fluid process fundamentals, energy transport, storage, use, and conversion, energy system components and materials, and the affect of extreme environments on components and finishes.

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ME 532. Experimental Stress Analysis3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): ME 323, ME 414 and ME 415 or graduate standing in Mechanical Engineering.

Description: Fundamentals of experimental stress analysis. Brittle coating methods, photoelastic coating and electrical strain gage techniques, strain measurements under static and dynamic loading.

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ME 534. Experimental Vibrations3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Summer Odd Years

Prerequisite(s): ME 435.

Description: Experimental techniques for identifying the modal parameters of mechanical and structural systems. Review of multiple degree-of-freedom vibration modeling and analysis. Measurement of frequency response functions. Excitation techniques,instrumentation, Fourier analysis and signal processing. Acoustical modal analysis. Experiments on real mechanical and structural systems.

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ME 535. Control System Design3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): ME 435.

Description: Basic concepts and principles of feedback control systems. Formulation of linear control problems by classical methods. Analysis and synthesis techniques as used in the design of automatic, dynamic control systems. Study of transient and steady state response, use of time and frequency domain concepts. System performance specifications. Design applications.

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ME 542. Gas Turbines3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): ME 310 and ME 401.

Description: Theory and design of various types of gas turbine engines used for power and propulsion. Thermodynamic cycle analysis; design basics of turbomachinery, nozzles, diffusers and combustion chambers; engine performance analysis.

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ME 544. Design of Fluid Power Systems3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): ME 380 and ME 401.

Description: Design methodology of hydraulic circuits and fluid power components. Study of rotary/linear actuators, hydrostatic transmissions, temperature control, cotamination control, pneumatics,valves, and control components. Applied design projects and laboratory modules are required.

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ME 555. Introduction to Micro and Nanotechnology3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): CHE 253 or equivalent; Senior or Graduate standing in an engineering program.

Description: Design, fabrication and application of micro- and nano-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS). Scaling laws governing micro-and nanoscale physics. Use of MEMS/NEMS devices in electronics, as sensors, and for medical applications.

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ME 562. Composite Materials3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): ME 422.

Description: Overview of composite materials, stress/strain analysis of a polymer matrix fiber-reinforced composite ply, classical lamination theory, failure criteria, design approaches, manufacturing methods, and applications for structural polymeric composites.

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ME 565. Advanced Engineering Mathematics I3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): ENGR 201 and ENGR 205 or equivalent.

Description: Formulation and solution of mathematical models for mechanical engineering problems leading to ordinary and partial differential equations. Transform solution methods and linear algebra concepts, including real and complex- domain eigenvalue problem solutions.

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ME 566. Advanced Engineering Mathematics II3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): ME 565 or equivalent.

Description: Analysis of engineering systems and phenomena yielding complex domain models and solutions. Power series,Taylor series, and Laurent series. Complex analysis and potential theory. Numerical analysis for complex domain systems. Introduction to optimization and linear programming.

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ME 570. Sustainable Energy Systems3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): ME 310 and ME 311.

Description: Analysis and design of sustainable energy systems, and exploration of concepts such as carbon capture storage for making fossil energy systems more environmentally acceptable.

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ME 572. Energy Storage Systems3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): ME 440.

Description: Study of the principles and analysis of energy systems. Introduction to energy storage systems and their applications; thermal and mechanical energy storage, storage of organic fuels, hydrogen, and electrochemical energy.

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ME 575. Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering1-4 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): Faculty consent.

Description: A special topics course in mechanical engineering topics not covered by regularly scheduled courses.

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ME 580. Air Pollution Control3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 202, ME 310 or equivalent.

Description: Origin and fate of air pollutants, combustion and pollutant formation processes, control of emissions of gaseous and particulate pollutants and design of various pollution control devices.

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ME 585. Design and Energy Analysis of Consumer Appliances4.5 Units

Description: Application of classical, computational, and experimental methods and analysis to the design of mechanical and energy systems. Topics include material impacts on design, structural component design, and design and analysis of thermal fluid, and acoustic systems.

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ME 588. Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering1-4 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): Faculty consent.

Description: A theoretical or experimental investigation of a problem area related to mechanical engineering.

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ME 595. Measurement, Reliability, and Thermal Design of Electromechanical Systems4.5 Units

Prerequisite(s): ME 585.

Description: Application of classical, computational, and experimental methods and analyses to the design of electromechanical systems. Topics include reliability and failure analysis, measurement and control of electromechanical systems, and analysis and design optimization of thermal systems.

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ME 602. Graduate Internship in Mechanical Engineering2 Units

Grading Basis: Pass/Fail

Prerequisite(s): Students must be admitted for Graduate study, and a sponsored member of the Graduate Intern Program.

Description: Supervised professional experience in industry at the graduate level. This course provides the structure and focus for the graduate intern field assignment to ensure that the assignment is appropriate and consistent with the intern's graduate course of study and professional development. May be repeated for credit.

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ME 606. Continuum Mechanics3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate School Standing, ME 311 and ME 323.

Description: Emphasizes the basic principles of continuum mechanics and the central role these principles play in the formulation of the fundamental equations of fluids and solid mechanics.

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ME 610. Data Acquisition and Signal Analysis3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate/Graduate Professional standing in Mechanical Engineering or instructor permission.

Description: Implementation of PC-based data acquisition systems for dynamic signal analysis. The LabView graphical programming language will be used to design virtual instruments for data collection and signal analysis.

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ME 612. Finite Element Methods for Mechanical Design II3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ME 512.

Description: Use of general purpose software for practical structural, thermal, and fluid design applications, including nonlinear and transient effects. Advanced modeling techniques, and analysis guideline with emphasis on interpretation of results.

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ME 614. Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ME 440.

Description: Psychometric principles. Detailed calculation of heat loses and heat gain for both heating and cooling of buildings. Basic concepts of refrigeration. Design of actual systems and selection of equipment. Automatic controls. Codes and standards. A design project will be required.

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ME 618. Heat Exchanger Design3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ME 401 and ME 440.

Description: Thermal and hydraulic design of heat exchangers. Selection and optimum design of heat exchangers. Cost and construction of heat exchangers.

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ME 620. Advanced Mechanics of Solids3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ME 432 or equivalent.

Description: Analysis of stress and strain. Topics include failure theories, unsymmetric bending, curved beams, shear center, torsion, beams on elastic foundations, beams with combined axial and lateral loads, thick-wall cylinders, rotating disc, introduction to elastic stability.

Note: Cross-listed with CE 620.

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ME 621. Noise and Vibration Control3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ME 422 and ME 414.

Description: Practical aspects of noise and vibration control are studied. Methods for measuring and analyzing noise and vibration. Methods for selecting design criteria. Methods for quieting a product.

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ME 625. Mechanical Design of Internal Combustion Engines3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ME 310, ME 380, and ME 442, or equivalents.

Description: Principles and procedures for the mechanical design of internal combustion engine components and systems for strength,endurance,and optimal performance. Design projects and computer applications are emphasized,

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ME 626. Vehicle Body Structure Design3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ME 380 and ME 442, or equivalent.

Description: Principles of structural analysis and design for commercial and passenger vehicle bodies. Body architecture. Fabrication/assembly options. NVH assessment and optimiization. Material selection for safety,reliabilty, cost reduction and weight reduction.

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ME 630. Turbomachinery3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ME 310 and ME 401.

Description: The thermodynamics and fluid mechanics of turbomachinery. Dimensional analysis and performance mapping. Preliminary design procedures. Blading and flow path design. Experimental and theoretical methods for determination of flow losses. Flow field calculations and performance prediction.

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ME 638. Computational Methods in Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate School or Professional School Standing.

Description: Solutions of the momentum and thermal boundary-layer equations; methods of solving boundary-value problems using digital computers. Finite-difference methods, finite-element methods, and other methods for solving equations of fluid flow and heat transfer. Turbulence models.

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ME 639. Injury Biomechanics3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ME 649 or BE 354 or equivalent or permission of the instructor.

Description: Application of mechanics to the study of human injury. Response of the human body to injurious conditions. Injury tolerance of the human body. Applications to child abuse, transportation safety and medico-legal environment.

Note: Cross-listed with BE 639.

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ME 640. Optimum Design Methods3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ME 422 or equivalent.

Description: Methods and applications of engineering design optimization. Strategies for problem formulation. Transformation methods, search techniques, linearization methods and quadratic approximation methods. Solution evaluation.

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ME 641. Advanced Mechanics of Machinery3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ME 442 and ME 521.

Description: Machine analysis and design for high speed, high performance applications. Rigid-body kinematics and dynamics of mechanisms, balancing of machinery. Cam-follower mechanisms. Mathematical modeling of mechanisms composed of elastically deformable elements such as gears, bearings, linkages and acuators. Transient and steady-state dynamic response. Failure modes and prevention. A design project is required.

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ME 644. Mechatronics3 Units

Description: Introduction to multi-domain systems. Mechanical, electrical, electronic, electromechanical system dynamics. Emphasis on modeling and simulation of hybrid systems using modern computer-aided tools.

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ME 645. Mechanical Engineering Structured Research Project3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate/professional school standing.

Description: Structured research in a mechanical engineering discipline. A proposal, activity reports and final report are required. Research results are presented for faculty and peer review, and must also be documented in a scholarly paper targeted toward a journal or technical conference. Intended for candidates for the Master of Engineering degree choosing the non-thesis curriculum alternative.

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ME 646. Design for Manufacturability and Reliability3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ME 442 and IE 360.

Description: Introduction to manufacturing concerns such as efficient assembly, producibility, and quality that should be considered early in the design process. Topics include the product development cycle, manufacturing process selection, tolerancing, design for assembly, quality control techniques, Taguchi's robust design methodology, quality function deployment, value engineering and reliability-based design. Life cycle optimization.

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ME 647. Advanced Design Methods3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ME 442 and ME 497.

Description: Practical techniques for product definition, concept generation and selection, value analysis, parameter design, design for manufacture, life cycle design and product structuring.

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ME 650. Biofluid Mechanics3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ME 401.

Description: Application of the Navier-Stokes equation to flow in the human body and to other biological systems.

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ME 651. Kinematics and Kinetics of Human Movement3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ME 206.

Description: Development of analytical tools for evaluating three-dimensional kinematics and kinetics of human motion.

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ME 652. Advanced Human Biodynamics3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ME 651.

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ME 661. Advanced Thermodynamics3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate School or Professional School Standing.

Description: Review of thermodynamic fundamentals, with application to selected topics. Irreversible, non-equilibrium thermodynamics.

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ME 662. Intermediate Heat Transfer3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ME 440.

Description: Classical heat conduction solutions and numerical techniques. Intermediate convection and radiative heat transfer topics.

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ME 667. Solar Energy Applications3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ME 401 and ME 440.

Description: Theory of solar radiation transmission,absorption and reflectance. Heat transfer in solar energy devices. Design methods for heating of buildings by solar energy. Active and passive solar applications.

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ME 668. Advanced Mechanical Vibrations3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ME 521.

Description: Analytical and computational methods for mechanical vibration problems. Formulation and solution techniques. Modeling and applications.

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ME 669. Advanced Dynamics3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate School or Professional School Standing.

Description: Kinematics and dynamics of rigid-body motion. An introduction to variational mechanics, including generalized coordinates and Lagrange's equations of motion. Stability of motion, including the Routh-Hurwitz criterion and the Liapounov direct method.

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ME 671. Advanced Fluid Mechanics3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ME 401.

Description: A study of the Navier-Stokes equation, with application to laminar and turbulent-flow fields for various geometries. Computer applications.

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ME 675. Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering1-6 Units

Prerequisite(s): Faculty consent.

Description: An advanced course in mechanical engineering topics not covered by regularly scheduled courses.

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ME 688. Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering1-6 Units

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ME 690. Master of Science Thesis in Mechanical Engineering1-6 Units

Description: Experimental and/or theoretical thesis research performed as part of Master of Science degree requirements.

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ME 694. Mechanical Engineering Seminar0 Units

Grading Basis: Pass/Fail

Prerequisite(s): Graduate/professional school standing.

Description: Presentations on research projects and current literature. Course begins in the fall semester and concludes in the spring semester.

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ME 695. Platform Engineering Project3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ME 530, ME 531, and ECE 532.

Description: Major product development project involving a multidiscliplinary team working on design and/or research problems associated with consumer appliance technologies. Concurrent topics on project realization and management. A proposal, activity reports and final report are required. Project results are presented for faculty and peer review.

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ME 697. Master of Engineering Thesis in Mechanical Engineering1-8 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate/Professional School standing.

Description: Original design or research activity in a mechanical engineering discipline, under the direction of a faculty member. A written thesis must be presented to a faculty committee and defended. Intended for candidates for the Master of Engineering degree choosing the thesis curriculum alternative.

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ME 700. Dissertation Research in Mechanical Engineering1-18 Units

Prerequisite(s): Completion of doctoral program core and permission of dissertation director.

Description: Original research activity in an appropriate mechanical engineering discipline, under the direction of a Mechanical Engineering graduate faculty member.

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