Mechanical Engineering (ME)

ME 206. Mechanics II: Dynamics3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): ENGR 102 and CEE 205.

Description: Study of motions and forces in engineering systems. Kinematics and kinetics of particles; equations of motion. Energy and momentum methods. Introduction to rigid body dynamics. Engineering applications.

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ME 251. Thermodynamics I3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): ENGR 102 and PHYS 298.

Description: This course covers: fundamental thermodynamic concepts involving heat and work; obtaining properties for typical working fluids, real and ideal gases; first and second laws of thermodynamics; entropy and reversible and irreversible processes; and basic cycles.

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ME 280. Structured Programming for Mechanical Engineering2 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Prerequisite(s): CECS 121.

Description: Software development using structured computer programming. Design and implementation of programs with application to mechanical engineering problems such as numerical solution methods and kinematics. Uses a suitable programming language such as MATLAB.

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ME 288. Mechanical Engineering Cooperative Education Seminar0 Units

Grading Basis: Pass/Fail

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): CEE 205.

Description: Discussion of the policies and procedures for cooperative education and instruction in self-directed job search techniques, including interviewing skills, resume preparation, and guidelines for the co-op report. This is a prerequisite for each cooperative education term.

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ME 289. Mechanical Engineering Cooperative Education I1 Unit

Grading Basis: Pass/Fail

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): ME 288.

Description: Full-time technical work experience related to the student's academic program.

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ME 310. Thermodynamics II3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): ME 251.

Description: Exergy analysis and second law efficiency. Power and refrigeration cycles. Thermodynamic relations and real gas behavior. Ideal gas mixtures and psychrometrics. Thermochemistry. Chemical equilibrium.

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ME 311. Fluid Mechanics I3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Prerequisite(s): ME 206 and ME 251.

Description: Characteristics of fluids. Fluid statics and kinematics. Applications of the Bernoulli equation. Conservative equations in integral and differential form. Dimensional analysis and modeling.

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ME 312. Fluid Mechanics Laboratory1 Unit

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Corequisite(s): ME 311.

Description: Experimental measurements of static and dynamic fluid properties. Concepts of laboratory testing. Introduction to technical report writing.

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ME 323. Mechanics of Materials3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Summer

Prerequisite(s): CEE 205 and ENGR 201.

Description: Analysis of stress and strain. Hooke's law. Deflections. Statically indeterminate problems. Buckling of columns. Energy methods.

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ME 324. Mechanics of Materials Laboratory1 Unit

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Summer

Corequisite(s): ME 323.

Description: Experimental measurements of mechanical material properties and experimental verification of solid mechanics theory. Concepts of laboratory testing. Introduction to technical report writing.

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ME 380. Computer Aided Design2 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Prerequisite(s): ENGR 151 and ME 323.

Description: An introduction to the engineering design process emphasizing the use of modern computer-based analysis, design and presentation tools for mechanical engineering applications.

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ME 381. Introduction to Manufacturing2 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Prerequisite(s): CHE 253 and ME 251.

Corequisite(s): ME 380.

Description: Introduction to manufacturing processes,with an emphasis on considerations for mechanical engineering design. Topics covered include casting,machining, forming,assembly, and modern methods for both polymer and metal materials.

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ME 389. Mechanical Engineering Cooperative Education II1 Unit

Grading Basis: Pass/Fail

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): ME 289.

Description: Full-time technical work experience related to the student's academic program.

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ME 401. Fluid Mechanics II3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Prerequisite(s): ME 311 and ENGR 205.

Description: Differential analysis of fluid flow, viscous flow in pipes, flow over immersed bodies, compressible flow and turbomachinery.

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ME 414. Mechanical Measurements3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Prerequisite(s): ENGR 205, ME 312, and ME 324.

Description: General consideration of signals and utilization of instruments to measure physical properties of systems. Review and introduction of useful mathematical concepts such as statistical data analysis. Introduction to digital data acquisition and signal processing.

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ME 415. Senior Mechanical Engineering Laboratory1 Unit

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Corequisite(s): ME 414.

Description: Experiments in heat transfer, mechanics, acoustics, pumps, electrical circuits, sound dynamics, and HVAC systems.

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ME 422. Machine Design I3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Prerequisite(s): ME 323 and CHE 253.

Description: Fundamental concepts related to the design of mechanical components and machines. The engineering design process. Design for strength and reliability. Open-ended design projects are assigned.

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ME 432. Intermediate Mechanics of Materials3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ME 323.

Description: Principle of virtual work. Principle of minimum potential energy. Matrix formulation of static and dynamic structural mechanics problems with a strong emphasis on computer applications.

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ME 435. System Dynamics3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): ECE 252, ENGR 205 and ME 311.

Description: Modeling of mechanical, fluid, electrical, and mixed systems. Determination of time and frequency domain response of such systems to transient and periodic inputs. Specific applications.

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ME 440. Heat Transfer3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Prerequisite(s): ME 401.

Description: A study of the fundamental laws and applications of heat transfer by conduction, convection, and radiation.

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ME 442. Machine Design II3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Prerequisite(s): ME 422.

Description: Design and application of machine elements such as springs, rolling element bearings, gearing, and journal bearings. Open-ended design projects are assigned.

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ME 489. Mechanical Engineering Cooperative Education III1 Unit

Grading Basis: Pass/Fail

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): ME 389.

Description: Full-time technical work experience related to the student's academic program.

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ME 497. Mechanical Engineering Capstone Design Project - CUE3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Prerequisite(s): ME 442.

Description: Team-oriented design of a mechanism, system or process satisfying a set of open-ended requirements. Written reports and oral presentations are required.

Course Attribute(s): CUE - This course fulfills the Culminating Undergraduate Experience (CUE) requirement for certain degree programs. CUE courses are advanced-level courses intended for majors with at least 90 earned credits/senior-level status.

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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: Fall, Spring, Summer

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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