Mechanical Engineering (4600)

165 TOOLS FOR MECHANICAL ENGR 3 credits
Corequisite: 3450:149. Personal computer DOS system, word processing, spreadsheet, computer-aided drafting, math calculating package, mechanical graphics, and introduction to mechanical engineering program and curriculum.
203 DYNAMICS 3 credits
Prerequisite: 3450:222, 3650:291, 4300:201. Corequisite: 3450:223. Kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies. Principles of work, energy, momentum and impulse.
260 ENGINEERING ANALYSIS I 2 credits
Prerequisite: 3450:222; corequisite: 3450:223. Introduction to numerical methods in mechanical engineering; applications of computer tools (MatLab).
300 THERMODYNAMICS I 3 credits
Prerequisite: 3450:223. Corequisite: 3650:292. Basic concepts of thermodynamics. Pure substances, closed and open systems, the first and second laws of thermodynamics. Entropy, vapor power cycles and vapor compression refrigeration.
301 THERMODYNAMICS II 2 credits
Prerequisites: 300 and 3450:335. Absorption refrigeration. Gas cycles. Thermodynamics of state, gas mixtures and gas-vapor mixtures. Combustion.
305 THERMAL SCIENCE 2 credits
Prerequisite: 3450:223. Corequisite: 3650:292. Credit not allowed for both 300 and 305. Introduction to first and second laws of thermodynamics, perfect gas relationships, equations of state, cycle analysis. Introduction to conduction, convection and radiation heat transfer.
310 FLUID MECHANICS I 2 credits
Prerequisites: 203 and 3450:335. Properties and behavior of gases and liquids at rest and in motion. Energy equation. Flow in conduits. Forces on body submerged in moving fluid. Dimensional analysis and similitude.
311 FLUID MECHANICS II 3 credits
Prerequisite: 310. Navier-Stokes equations. The boundary layer. External viscous flows and potential flow. Fundamentals of compressible flow. Concepts of computational fluid dynamics.
315 HEAT TRANSFER 3 credits
Prerequisites: 4600:310 or 4800:360; 4600:300; 4600:360 or 4800:220. Fundamentals of heat transfer by conduction, convection and radiation.
321 KINEMATICS OF MACHINES 2 credits
Prerequisites: 165, 203. Displacements, velocities, accelerations and introduction to plan motion mechanisms. Introduction to design of gears, gear trains and cams.
336 ANALY OF MECHANICAL COMPONENTS 3 credits
Prerequisite: 4300:202. Corequisite: 3450:335. Analysis of stress and strain at a point. Mohr's circles, shear centers, elastic instability. Stresses in thick and thin cylinders. Fatigue analysis.
337 DESIGN OF MECHANICAL COMPON 3 credits
Prerequisites: 336. Application of stress analysis to design of fasteners, welds, springs, ball bearings and gears. Introduction to journal bearings and lubrication. Component design projects.
340 SYSTEMS DYNAMICS & RESPONSE 3 credits
Prerequisites: 203, 3450:335. A unified approach to modeling, analysis, response and stability of engineering systems: analog, digital and hybrid computer simulation of interdisciplinary engineering problems are included.
360 ENGINEERING ANALYSIS II 2 credits
Prerequisites: 260, 3450:335. Numerical methods of solution of mechanical engineering problems.
380 MECHANICAL METALLURGY 2 credits
Prerequisites: 3150:153; corequisite: 4300:202. Structures of common metallic materials and study of their macroscopic mechanical behavior. Phase changes and heat treatment. Theories of failure.
400 THERMAL SYSTEM COMPONENTS 3 credits
Prerequisites: 301, 311, 315. Performance analysis and design of basic components of thermal energy exchange and conversion systems. Components studied include heat exchangers, pumps, compressors, turbines and expansion engines.
402 SENIOR SEMINAR 1 credits
Corequisites: 400, 441, 460, 401 and 461 or 4700:499. Students need further education in ethics, codes and standards, intellectual property, product liability, safety issues, technical writing, diversity, and job opportunities.
410 HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING 3 credits
Prerequisites: 301 or permission. Corequisite: 315 or permission. Thermodynamics of gas mixtures. Design and selection of air conditioning equipment. Control of gas mixtures, heating, cooling and humidity.
411 COMPRESSIBLE FLUID MECHANICS 3 credits
Prerequisites: 301 and 310. Subsonic and supersonic flow in nozzles, diffusers and ducts. One-dimensional reactive gas dynamics. Prandtl-Myer theory. Applications to design and analysis of compressors, turbines and propulsion devices.
412 FUNDAMENTALS OF FLIGHT 3 credits
Prerequisite: 311. Introduction to basic aerodynamics, airplane performance, stability and control, astronautics and propulsion. Design considerations are emphasized.
413 INTRODUCTION TO AERODYNAMICS 3 credits
Prerequisite: 311. Introduction of aerodynamic concepts; includes conformal transformations, theory of thin airfoils, two-dimensional airfoil theory, wings of finite span, lifting line theories, lumped vortex, vortex lattice, and panel methods.
414 INTRO TO AEROSPACE PROPULSION 3 credits
Prerequisite: 311. Introduction to propulsion systems currently used in aerospace fields; propulsion principles for turbojets, turbofans, ramjets, chemical rockets, and electrical rocket propulsion.
415 ENERGY CONVERSION 3 credits
Prerequisites: 301 or permission. Corequisite: 315 or permission. Topics from fields of internal combustion engines, cycle analysis, modern conversion devices.
416 HEAT TRANSFER PROCESSES 3 credits
Prerequisite: 315 or permission. Analysis, design of extended surfaces. Natural convection and mixed convection, combined modes of heat transfer and heat transfer with phase changes.
420 INTRO TO FINITE ELEMENT METHOD 3 credits
Prerequisite: 315 and 4300:202. Introduction to matrix and finite element methods. Stiffness and flexibility formulations in solid mechanics and thermal sciences. Basic finite element methods and its implementation.
422 EXPERIMNTL STRESS ANALYSIS I 3 credits
Prerequisite: 336 or permission. Experimental methods of determining stress or strain: brittle lacquer, strain gages, photoelasticity, full field techniques.
430 MACHINE DYNAMICS 3 credits
Prerequisite: 321 or permission. Static and dynamic forces in machines, products of inertia, dynamic equivalence, flywheels. Balancing of rotating, reciprocating, cyclic plane motion. Computer simulation of transient mechanism dynamics, other topics in advanced dynamics.
431 FUND OF MECHANICAL VIBRATIONS 3 credits
Prerequisites: 203 or permission and 3450:335 or permission. Undamped and forced vibrations of systems having one or two degrees of freedom.
432 VEHICLE DYNAMICS 3 credits
Prerequisites: 203 or permission and 3450:335 or permission. Application of dynamic systems analysis techniques to road vehicles. Newtonian and Lagrangian methods. Tire/road interface. Ride characteristics, handling and stability. Digital simulation.
440 SYSTEM DYNAMICS & CONTROL 4 credits
See department for course description.
441 CONTROL SYSTEMS DESIGN 3 credits
Prerequisites: 340 or permission. Methods of feedback control design such as minimized error, root-locus, frequency domain. Compensation techniques. Multivariable and nonlinear design methods and computer-aided control design.
442 INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATIC CONTROL 3 credits
Prerequisite: 441 or permission. Operation of basic control mechanisms. Study of mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, fluidic control systems, including application areas. Tuning of control devices for optimum performance of system. Case studies on control applications from industry, e.g. boilers, furnaces, process heaters.
443 OPTIMZTN METHODS IN MECH ENG 3 credits
Prerequisite: 360 or permission. Development and method of solution of optimization problems in mechanical engineering. The use of dynamic programming and operational research methods for optimization including computer utilization and applications.
444 ROBOT DESIGN, CONTROL & APPL 3 credits
Prerequisites: 321 or permission, 441 or permission. Robot design and control. Kinematic transformations, velocities and accelerations, path trajectories and dynamics, control and sensing in robotics. The automated factory with robot applications.
450 INTRO: COMPUT FLUID FLW & CONV 3 credits
Prerequisites: 315 or permission, 360 or permission. Numerical modeling of fluid/thermal systems; numerical solution of the momentum and thermal boundary layer equations; flow simulation using advanced heat transfer/fluid/graphics packages.
460 CONCEPTS OF DESIGN 3 credits
Prerequisite: 337. Design process. Creativity and inventiveness. Tools of decision making, engineering economics, reliability, optimization. Case studies.
461 ME SENIOR DESIGN PROJECT I 2 credits
Corequisites: 400, 441, 460. Detailed senior design project. Design, feasibility, and cost analysis.
462 PRESSURE VESSEL DESIGN 3 credits
Prerequisite: 336 or permission. Introduction to modern pressure vessel technology. Topics include basic structural considerations, materials and their environment and design-construction features.
463 COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN & MANUFA 3 credits
Prerequisites: 165 or permission, 360 or permission. The use of computer systems to assist in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimization of engineering designs, and to plan, manage, and control manufacturing plants.
471 ME SENIOR DESIGN PROJECT II 2 credits
Prerequisite: 461. Detailed senior design project. Final design and implementation.
483 MECHANICAL ENGR MEASURMTS LAB 2 credits
Prerequisites: 300, 310. Corequisite: 340. Development of methods to measure temperature, pressure, flow rate, viscosity and motion. Includes both lecture and laboratory experience and emphasizes calibration and accuracy of appropriate instruments.
484 MECHANICAL ENGINEERING LAB 2 credits
Prerequisite: 301, 311, 315, 380, 431, 483. Corequisites: 441. Laboratory experiments in area of dynamics, vibrations, thermodynamics, fluids, heat transfer and controls.
486 ST: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING 1-3 credits
Prerequisite: permission. Brief description of current content to be announced in schedule of classes.
497 HONORS PROJ IN MECHANICAL ENGR 4 credits
Prerequisite: senior standing in Honors Program. Individual creative project in thermal science, mechanics or design relevant to mechanical engineering, supervised by faculty member of the department.
498 EXPER INVESTG IN MECHANIC ENGR 1-2 credits
Individual independent laboratory investigations in areas relevant to mechanical engineering. Student suggests a project and makes appropriate arrangements with faculty for supervision.