ME 590 - Graduate Co-op Work Experience I (3 additive credits)
Prerequisites: permission from Department of Mechanical Engineering and Division of Career Development Services. Cooperative education internship providing on-the-job reinforcement of academic programs in mechanical engineering. Work assignments and projects are developed by the co-op office in consultation with the mechanical engineering department. Work assignments are related to student's major and are evaluated by faculty coordinators in mechanical engineering. Course cannot be used for mechanical engineering degree credit.
ME 591 - Graduate Co-op Work Experience II (3 additive credits)
Prerequisites: permission from Department of Mechanical Engineering and Division of Career Development Services. Course cannot be used for mechanical engineering degree credit.
ME 592 - Graduate Co-op Work Experience III (3 additive credits)
Prerequisites: permission from Department of Mechanical Engineering and Division of Career Development Services. Course cannot be used for mechanical engineering degree credit.
ME 593 - Graduate Co-op Work Experience IV (0 credits)
Prerequisites: One immediately prior 3-credit registration for graduate co-op work experience with the same employer. Requires approval of departmental co-op advisor and the Division of Career Development Services. Must have accompanying registration in a minimum of 3 credits of course work. Effective From: Fall 2006
ME 607 - Advanced Thermodynamics (3 credits)
Prerequisite: undergraduate thermodynamics. Basic laws of thermodynamics are applied to various thermodynamic systems. Topics include: availability, stability requirements, equation of state, property relations, properties of homogeneous mixtures, optimization applied to power generation and refrigeration cycles, and thermodynamic design of system components.
ME 608 - Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics ( 3 credits)
Prerequisites: undergraduate thermodynamics and heat transfer, and ME 616. (May be taken concurrently.) Principles and mathematical techniques of non-equilibrium thermodynamics applied to mechanical engineering problems. Topics include field theory, energy and entropy balances, variational principles, and applications to fluid flow, heat exchangers and combustion.
ME 609 - Dynamics of Compressible Fluids (3 credits)
Prerequisites: undergraduate differential equations, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics. One-dimensional reversible and irreversible compressible fluid flow, including effects of variable area, friction, mass addition, heat addition, and normal shock; two-dimensional reversible subsonic and supersonic flows, and an introduction to the method of characteristics and two-dimensional oblique shock.
ME 610 - Applied Heat Transfer (3 credits)
Prerequisites: undegraduate fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer and differential equations. Fundamentals of conduction, convection and radiation heat transfer. Practical engineering applications of heat exchangers including the design approaches by Mean Temperature Difference and Effectiveness-NTU methods, fins, convection fouling factors, and variable property analysis. Effective From: Fall 2006
ME 611 - Dynamics of Incompressible Fluids (3 credits)
Prerequisites: undergraduate fluid mechanics and ME 616. (May be taken concurrently.) An introduction to the hydrodynamics of ideal fluids; two-dimensional potential flow and stream functions; conformal mapping; and differential equations of viscous flow. Boundary layer theory and dimensional analysis are introduced.
ME 612 - Gas Dynamics (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ME 616. (May be taken concurrently.) Physical phenomena of gas dynamics and mathematical methods and techniques needed for analysis. Dynamic and thermodynamic relations for common flow situations are described through vector calculus. The nonlinearity of resulting equations and solutions such as numerical analysis, linearization or small perturbation theory, transformation of variables, and successive approximations are discussed. The method of characteristics is reviewed in detail for shock flows.
ME 613 - Radiation Heat Transfer (3 credits)
Prerequisites: undergraduate differential equations, thermodynamics, heat transfer and ME 616. (May be taken concurrently.) Heat radiation of solid bodies, gases and flames; angle factors; radiative properties of electrical conductors and non-conductors; application of radiative networks to multi-body problems; diffuse specular reflectors: artificial satellites and space vehicles; analogy between heat transfer by radiation and electrical networks; and combined conduction and radiation problems.
ME 614 - Continuum Mechanics (3 credits)
Prerequisites: Undergraduate courses in mechanics, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, and mathematics (linear algebra, differential equations, and vector calculus) or approval of the instructor. Fundamentals of the mechanics of continuous media. Specific topics include vector and tensor analysis; kinematics associated with finite deformation; the stress tensor; and the conservation laws of mass, linear momentum, angular momentum, and energy. Constitutive equations for linear and non-linear elastic solids and for inviscid and Newtonian fluids are discussed. The role of material invariance under superimposed rigid body motion and material symmetry in the formulation of appropriate constitutive equations are emphasized.
ME 615 - Advanced Mechanical Vibrations (3 credits)
Prerequisites: undergraduate differential equations and system dynamics. One-, Two- and Multiple degree of freedom systems, Lagrange's equation of motion, Runge-Kutta computation, Finite Element Method and classical methods for normal mode analysis, matrix notation and iteration procedure, and Fourier series representation for the solution of vibration problems. Effective From: Fall 2006
ME 616 - Matrix Methods in Mechanical Engineering (3 credits)
Prerequisite: undergraduate differential equations. Applications of matrix algebra and matrix calculus to engineering analysis; matrix methods in solid and fluid mechanics; vibration, elasticity, viscous fluids, and heat transfer. Matrix theory is used to show the basic unity in engineering analysis.
ME 618 - Selected Topics in Mechanical Engineering (3 credits)
Prerequisite: departmental approval. Given when interest develops. Topics may include analysis and/or design of energy or mechanical systems of current interest to mechanical engineers.
ME 619 - Nano-scale Characterization of Materials (3 credits )
The course presents the basics of nanotechnology and the principles and application of advanced instrumentation for the characterization of nanostructures. Topics include atomic force microscopy, near-field optics, dielectric spectroscopy, and light scattering. The significant component of the course is laboratory work at the W. M. Keck Foundation Laboratory and research project. Effective From: Fall 2007
ME 620 - Stress Methods in Mechanical Design (3 credits)
Prerequisites: undergraduate differential equations and strength of materials. Governing equations and solutions for analysis and design of structural and machine elements; appropriate boundary conditions to investigate pipes and rods subjected to shrink and force fits; rotating disks of uniform and variable thickness; beam and plate elements; and thermal stresses and stress concentrations in mechanical design. Effective From: Fall 2006
ME 621 - Energy Methods in Mechanical Design (3 credits)
Prerequisites: undergraduate differential equations and strength of materials. Use of energy methods to design structural and machine elements. Includes approximate solutions for problems using conservation of energy and several variational approaches; the role of energy in failure criteria; combined loads; and the relationship of variational methods to the development of finite element solutions. Effective From: Fall 2006
ME 622 - Finite Element Methods in Mechanical Engineering (3 credits)
Prerequisites: undergraduate differential equations and strength of materials. Using variational formulation and Ritz approximation, element equations for bar, beam, potential flow, heat transfer, torsion of a solid bar and plane elasticity problems are derived and solved with computer programs. Effective From: Fall 2006
ME 624 - Microlevel Modeling in Particle Technology (3 credits)
Presents methodologies for analyzing the macroscopic properties of particulate systems in terms of the underlying microlevel processes. Significant components are the mathematical modeling of particulate systems at the microlevel, analytical and numerical methods for predicting macroscopic properties from microlevel models, and comparison of theoretical predictions with experimental results. Demonstrates the importance of the interaction of these three components in the scientific process. The first part concerns the flow of dry particles where any interstitial fluid can be ignored. The second part considers the flow of particles suspended in an interstitial fluid. Also includes a class project involving development of simulations. Same as ChE 625.
ME 625 - Introduction to Robotics (3 credits)
Prerequisites: undergraduate differential equations, kinematics and demonstrated competence in computer programming and ME 616. (May be taken concurrently.) Introduction to robotics, and computer-controlled programmable robotic manipulators; robot geometries; kinematics of manipulators; differential motion; work space planning and trajectory control; dynamics; robot sensing, and robot programming.
ME 628 - Machine Vision Principles and Applications (3 credits)
Prerequisites: undergraduate differential equations and demonstrated competence in computer programming. Fundamentals of machine vision as applied to inspection, recognition, and guidance in mechanical and manufacturing processes. Emphasis on real-time machine vision algorithms for machine parts inspection and identification. Topics include lighting and optics, camera selection and calibration, image segmentation, edge detection, feature extraction, and pattern classification.
ME 630 - Analytical Methods in Machine Design (3 credits)
Prerequisites: undergraduate differential equations, machine design, and ME 616. (May be taken concurrently.) Theory and analytical methods used in machine design. Comparisons are made between approximate and exact engineering methods for evaluation of the range of applicability of solutions. Topics include advanced analysis of threaded members; keyed, splined, and shrink fits when subjected to torque; preloaded bearings; surging, presetting and buckling of coiled springs; and accurate analysis of impact stresses and stresses beyond the yield point.
ME 631 - Bearings and Bearing Lubrication (3 credits)
Prerequisites: undergraduate differential equations, machine design and ME 616. (May be taken concurrently.) The theoretical and physical aspects of lubrication: hydrostatic and hydrodynamic problems. Reynold's differential equation for pressure distribution applied to slider bearing and journal bearing problems with and without end leakage.
ME 632 - Mechanical Engineering Measurements (3 credits)
This course offers extensive mechanical engineering lab experience, including measurement fundamentals, hands-on experiments, uncertainty analysis, technique comparison, and professional engineering reports. It also focuses on the fundamental principles behind each methodology and relevant applications. The topics cover measurement in major mechanical engineering areas including thermodynamics, thermofluids, and control. Specialized experiments include fluidization, CAD/CAM, and NC machining. Comparisons of experimental results against theoretical or computational results are also required. Effective From: Fall 2009
ME 633 - Dynamics of Machinery (3 credits)
Prerequisites: undergraduate differential equations and matrix analysis. Consideration of kinematics, constraints and Jacobians, linear and angular momentum and potential energy and conservative forces of mechanical systems. Application of principle of virtual work, D?Alembert's principle, method of virtual power and Lagrange's equation to systems of particles and systems of rigid bodies.
ME 635 - Computer-Aided Design (3 credits)
Prerequisites: undergraduate linear algebra (matrices operation) and differential equations. Adaptation of computer for solving engineering design problems; design morphology; simulation and modeling; algorithms; problem-oriented languages; use of available software; computer graphics, and automated design. Effective From: Fall 2006
ME 636 - Mechanism Design: Analysis and Synthesis (3 credits)
Prerequisites: undergraduate kinematics, dynamics and demonstrated competence in computer programming and ME 616. (May be taken concurrently.) Kinematic principles combined with computer-assisted methods for designing mechanisms; complex polar notation; and dynamic and kinetostatic analysis of mechanisms. Kinematic synthesis of planar mechanisms; graphical Burmester theory for plane linkage synthesis; and planar linkage synthesis for function and path generation.
ME 637 - Kinematics of Spatial Mechanisms (3 credits)
Prerequisites: undergraduate kinematics, dynamics, knowledge of matrices and ME 616. (May be taken concurrently.) Advanced techniques for the dual-number coordinate-transformation matrix modeling to perform the displacement, velocity, static and dynamic force analysis of spatial mechanisms. Applications considered will include shaft couplings, skew four-bars, wobble plates, generalized slider-cranks and robotic manipulators.
ME 638 - Computer-Aided Machining (3 credits)
Prerequisites: demonstrated competence in computer programming, ME 305, ME 616 and ME 635 or equivalent. Introduction of computer applications to understand integrated computer-aided machining process. Included in the course are the fundamentals of motion control and NC/CNC/DNC machining, part programming and post-processors, and advances in CAM. Student projects are carried out using appropriate manufacturing software.
ME 641 - Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (3 credits)
Prerequisites: undergraduate differential equations, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. Refrigeration and air conditioning cycles; comfort analysis, psychometric chart analysis, heat and mass transfer steady and transient processes, heating and cooling design loads, energy loads and standards requirements.
ME 643 - Combustion (3 credits)
Prerequisites: Undergraduate thermodynamics & fluid mechanics. Chemical & physical process of combustion: ideal combustion, actual combustion, mass balance, energy of reaction, maximum adiabatic combustion temperature, chemical equilibrium, heating values of fuels, combustion in furnaces, internal combustion engines & other heat engines, with emphasis on the analysis & control of the products of combustion in light of environmental considerations.
ME 644 - Building Environmental Control Principles (3 credits)
Prerequisites: undergraduate thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer and differential equations. Control systems for buildings including control of temperature, moisture and air quality. Optimization of systems for control of building energy use. Modern microprocessor-based control systems, including direct digital control, proportional and integral controllers, predictive control, adaptive control, optimum start controllers and optimal control.
ME 653 - Control of Electro-Mechanical Networks (3 credits)
Prerequisites: undergraduate electrical circuits and mechanical vibrations or equivalent. Electro-mechanical systems; control loops; use of mechanical networks in dynamic systems; and stability and response to various inputs in electro-mechanical networks.
ME 655 - Introduction to Modern Control Methods (3 credits)
Prerequisites: undergraduate system dynamics and automatic controls. Introduction to modern control methods applied to mechanical and manufacturing systems. Topics include state variable feedback, observer theory, nonlinear control, optimal control, and adaptive control for both continuous and discrete systems.
ME 660 - Noise Control (3 credits)
Prerequisites: undergraduate differential equations and physics. Engineering methods for reducing noise pollution; reduction of intensity at the source; limitation of transmission paths and absorption; application to structures, machinery, ground transportation, aircraft, and noise measurement.
ME 664 - Experiments and Simulations in Particle Technology (3 credits)
Prerequisites: gradute standing and consent of the instructor. Covers a particle size analysis using sieves as well as laser diffraction technique, size reduction with ball mill, measurement of powder flow properties and internal angle of friction, measurement of angle of repose, design of mass flow hoppers using Jenike direct shear tester, measurement of minimum sintering temperature of powders, particle sedimentation, powder mixing, dry particle coating, and fluidized beds. Simulations involve various dry and fluid based particle systems, focusing on particle-particle and fluid-particle interactions. Same as ChE 664.
ME 670 - Introduction to Biomechanical Engineering (3 credits)
Prerequisites: undergraduate thermodynamics, statics, and dynamics. Introduction to biomechanical engineering of physiological systems; fluid flow, structural, motion, transport, and material aspects; energy balance of the body, and the overall interaction of the body with the environment.
ME 671 - Biomechanics of Human Structure and Motion (3 credits)
Prerequisites: undergraduate statics, kinematics, and dynamics. Principles of engineering mechanics and materials science applied to human structural and kinematic systems and to the design of prosthetic devices. Topics include anatomy; human force systems; human motion; bioengineering materials; and design of implants, supports, braces, and replacements limbs.
ME 672 - Biomaterials-Characterization (3 credits)
Prerequisites: mechanics of materials, principles of materials science and engineering. Engineering physiology, stress analysis and mechanical laboratory. Fundamental concepts on the methods and rationales used in characterization of metal, ceramic, polymeric, and biologic materials used in biomedical implant fabrication including survey of various techniques and engineering design aspects on biomaterials.
ME 675 - Mechanics of Fiber Composites (3 credits)
Prerequisites: ME 315 (see undergraduate catalog for course description) and demonstrated competence in computer programming. Introduces various design problems using fiber composites. Analysis of general fiber composite laminate and short fiber composites, fracture mechanics, fatigue, creep and viscoelasticity, thermal stresses, special layups and associated optimization problems.
ME 676 - Applied Plasticity (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ME 620 or equivalent. Fundamentals of plasticity applied to mechanical and manufacturing engineering problems. Topics include elastic-plastic analysis for beams, rings and plates. Plastic instability and slip-line fields are considered.
ME 678 - Engineering Design of Plastic Products (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Knowledge of Pro/Engineer (or IDEAS). Structure and properties of plastics including stress-strain behavior and the effect of fillers and reinforcements. Designing for impact, flexure, shear, friction, puncture, creep and fatigue. Case studies of structural, electrical, and optical applications. Effective From: Fall 2006
ME 679 - Polymer Processing Techniques (3 credits)
Prerequisites: undergraduate courses in fluid dynamics and heat transfer. Techniques for processing of plastics: extrusion, injection molding, compression molding, thermoforming, casting.
ME 680 - Polymer Processing Equipment (3 credits)
Prerequisites: ChE 645 or equivalent and undergraduate heat transfer. Application of heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics to the design and control of polymer processing equipment. Detailed consideration of extrusion, collandering, rotational molding, stamping, and injection molding.
ME 700 - Master's Project (3 credits)
Prerequisite: department approval. An extensive paper involving design, construction, and analysis, or theoretical investigation. Further information may be obtained from the graduate advisor.
ME 701 - Master's Thesis (6 credits)
Prerequisite: department approval. Projects involving design, construction, experimental, or theoretical investigation carried out under the supervision of a designated member of the mechanical engineering faculty. The completed written thesis must be defended in a publicly announced oral defense. A student must register for a minimum of 3 credits per semester until completion, although degree credit will be limited to the 6 credits indicated for the thesis.
ME 710 - Conduction Heat Transfer (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ME 610 and ME 616 or equivalent. Heat transfer by conduction: differential and integral forms of the energy equation for isotropic and anisotropic material. Analytical and numerical studies of transient and steady one-, two-, and three-dimensional heat transfer problems for a variety of boundary conditions including phase change. In addition, variational and boundary element methods are applied to heat conduction problems.
ME 711 - Convection Heat Transfer (3 credits)
Prerequisites: ME 610 and ME 616 or equivalent. Development of convective heat transfer theory: currently available methods, analytical and numerical, for predicting heat rates in forced, natural, and mixed convection in laminar and turbulent flow regimes are thoroughly studied. Studied techniques are applied to the thermal design of complex systems.
ME 712 - Mechanics of Viscous Fluids (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ME 611 and ME 616. (May be taken concurrently.) Properties and behavior of real fluids in laminar and turbulent motion. Review of tensor analysis; current mathematical and empirical laws and methods; flows in ducts; exact solutions of Navier-Stokes equations; boundary layers over surfaces and flow past bodies.
ME 713 - Non-Newtonian Fluid Dynamics (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ME611, ME616. Review of Newtonian fluid mechanics. Time dependent response and transport properties of non-Newtonian fluids in simple shear and extensional flows. Experimental techniques for measuring dynamic response and transport properties. Continuum and micromechanical constitutive models; solutions of constitutive equations.
ME 714 - Principles of Particulate Multiphase Flows (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Courses in fluid mechanics or approval of the instructor. This course provides an introduction to the fundamental principles of mass, momentum and heat transfer in particulate multiphase flows. Theories and governing equations for distinctive responses and motions of each phase and the dynamic interactions among phases are formulated. Typical industrial applications will be illustrated.
ME 717 - Selected Topics in Mechanical Engineering I (3 credits)
Prerequisite: department approval. Given when interest develops. Topics may include advanced mechanisms, aerodynamics, analysis of ME systems, design optimization, and case studies in design.
ME 721 - Thermal Stresses (3 credits)
Prerequisites: vector analysis or ME 616 or equivalent and theory of elasticity or ME 785. Thermoelasticity; reduction of thermoelastic problems to constant temperature equivalents; fundamentals of heat transfer; and elastic and inelastic stress analysis.
ME 725, ME 726, ME 727 - Independent Study I, II, III (3 credits)
Prerequisites: written permission from department chairperson plus prerequisite courses prescribed by a supervising faculty member. Areas of study in which one or more students may be interested but which is not of sufficiently broad interest to warrant a regular course offering. A maximum of two independent studies courses may be applied to a degree.
ME 734 - Analysis and Synthesis for Design (3 credits)
Prerequisites: ME 616 and ME 620 or ME 610. Fundamental concepts of advanced mathematics and their application to analysis and synthesis of mechanics, electricity, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer systems and their components.
ME 735 - Advanced Topics in Robotics (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ME 625. Introduction to advanced topics and techniques in robotics. Subjects covered include differential kinematics, calibration and accuracy, trajectory control, and compliant motion control as well as an in-depth treatment of topics discussed in ME 625.
ME 736 - Advanced Mechanism Design (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ME 636 and ME 616. Advanced methods for the synthesis of mechanisms. Topics include synthesis of planar mechanisms for three, four and five positions, multiloop linages, change of branch and order problems, and optimal synthesis of mechanisms. Synthesis of linkages for special types of motion including straight line motion, cusp points on coupler curves and adjustable mechanisms.
ME 738 - Computer Aided Engineering (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: ME 635. This course covers advanced CAD and CAE tools for visual computing simulation and analysis. Topics include modeling, assembly, CAD data exchange by exporting and importing various CAD model formats, computer simulation and analysis of structure, thermal, fluid and animation of the results of analysis. Multi-physics analyses such as thermal-structure, electric-thermal-structure in MEMS and fluid-structure interactions are studied. The laboratory component involves use of most current commercial CAD/CAE software packages. Effective From: Fall 2013
ME 752 - Design of Plates and Shells (3 credits)
Prerequisites: ME 616 or equivalent and ME 620. A study of plates and shells. Mechanical engineering design solutions for typical loading and boundary conditions through analytical and numerical methods. Plate and shell interfaces and vibration are also considered.
ME 754 - Pressure Vessel Design (3 credits)
Prerequisites: ME 616 or equivalent and ME 620. Theories in designing pressure vessels; analysis of circular plates; cylindrical and spherical shells; pressure vessel heads; pipe bends; and attachments. Consideration is also given to pressure vessel materials in fatigue and creep designs.
ME 755 - Adaptive Control Systems (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ME 655. Theory and application of self-tuning and model reference adaptive control for continuous and discrete-time deterministic systems. Topics include model-based methods for estimation and control, stability of nonlinear systems and adaptive laws. Applications of adaptive control in mechanical systems and manufacturing processes.
ME 776 - Dynamics of Polymeric Liquids (3 credits)
Prerequisites: ME 610 and ME 611. An advanced course in fluid dynamics which concentrates on the behavior of polymeric liquids. Topics include constitutive equations of polymeric liquids, fluid dynamics of rheometry and kinetic theory of polymeric fluid dynamics.
ME 785 - Theory of Deformable Solids in Mechanical Engineering I (3 credits)
Prerequisites: ME 616 or equivalent and ME 620. Measure of strain; strain tensor; stress tensor; equilibrium equations; constitutive relations; compatibility conditions; conditions for and formulation of three-dimensional problems; and the relationship of engineering theories for beams, plates, and shells to the equations of elasticity.
ME 786 - Theory of Deformable Solids in Mechanical Engineering II (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ME 785. Solutions for problems formulated in ME 785: eigenfunction solutions; operational methods; complex variables theory; three-dimensional problems; contact problems; wave propagation; and non-linear problems.
ME 790 - Doctoral Dissertation (Credits as designated)
Required of all students working toward the Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering. A minimum of 36 credits is required. The student must register for at least 6 credits of dissertation per semester until 36 credits are reached and for 3 credits each semester thereafter.
ME 791 - Graduate Seminar and Professional Presentations (0 credits)
Regular attendance required of all students in the Mechanical Engineering PhD program. Each PhD student is required to make a 15 minute presentation on a topic related to the student's research with an additional 10 minutes to address audience questions. The seminar participants eveluate each speaker. Effective From: Fall 2006
ME 792 - Pre-Doctoral Research (3 credits)
Prerequisite: permission of department chairperson. For students admitted to the doctor of philosophy program in mechanical engineering who have not yet passed the qualifying examination. Research is carried out under the supervision of designated mechanical engineering faculty. If the student's research activity culminates in doctoral research in the same area, up to a maximum of 6 credits may be applied toward the 36 credits required under ME 790.
ME 794 - Mechanical Engineering Colloquium (Non-credit)
Prerequisite: graduate standing and major in mechanical engineering. National and international experts in mechanical engineering discuss their recent research. Required of all students enrolled in mechanical engineering graduate degree programs. Students must register in this course for at least two semesters and attend at least four lectures in each semester. All doctoral students and students with assistantships must register in this course each semester and attend regularly.