Mechanical Engineering

Course List
Course Number Course Title Class / Credit Hours Prerequisites / Co-requisites Course Description
ME/CE 11500 ENGINEERING DRAWING I (Lab. 3, Cr. 1)

 

A technical drawing course covering engineering geometry, orthographic projection, auxiliary views, dimensioning, and tolerance using sketching techniques, and 2-D CAD.

ME/CE 11600 ENGINEERING DRAWING II (Lab. 3, Cr. 1) Prerequisite: ME/CE 11500 with a C or better

A continuation of the technical drawing course covering 3-D parametic modeling, part assembly modeling, and detail and assembly drawings.

ME 27100/CE 27101 BASIC MECHANICS I (STATICS) (Class 3, Cr. 3) Prerequisite: MA 16300 and MA 16400 and PHYS 15200 Co-requisite: MA 26100

Review of vector algebra and equilibrium. Hydrostatics, virtual work, static stability, friction. First and second moments of areas, volumes, and masses, center of gravity. A minimum grade of C is required for the course prerequisites.

ME/CE 27500 BASIC MECHANICS II (DYNAMICS) (Class 3, Cr. 3) Prerequisite: MA 26100 and ME 27100/CE 27101

Fundamental concepts, kinematics, translation and rotation. Kinetics impulse, momentum, work, energy. Rectilinear and curvilinear translation of point masses. Plane motion of rigid bodies and vibration.

ME 29100 INDUSTRIAL PRACTICE I

 

 

For co-operative engineering students only Practice in industry and comprehensive written report of this practice.

ME 29200 INDUSTRIAL PRACTICE II

 

 

For co-operative engineering students only. Practice in industry and comprehensive written report of this practice.

ME 30500 GENERAL THERMODYNAMICS I (Class 3, Cr. 3) Prerequisite: MA 261

Properties of pure substances, work and heat, first and second laws of thermodynamics, entropy, irreversibility and availability, power and refrigeration cycles, thermodynamic relations.

ME 306000 GENERAL THERMODYNAMICS II (Class 3, Cr. 3) Prerequisite: ME 305 Thermodynamic relations.

Power and refrigeration cycles, methods of thermodynamic analysis, technical thermodynamics and design, energy conversion. Thermodynamics of combustion processes and equilibrium.

ME 31100 ENGINEERING PROJECT MANAGEMENT (Class 3, Cr. 3)

 

Introduction of principles of engineering project management and techniques. Topics include technical feasibility studies, project specifications, scheduling, validation, lifecycle costing, and economic analysis. The focus is on managing an engineering project through scheduling, budgeting, resource management, execution and control.

ME/CE 31200 FLUID MECHANICS (Class 3, Cr. 3) Prerequisite: MA 264 and ME 275

Continuum, velocity field, fluid statics, basic conservation laws for systems and control volumes, dimensional analysis, Euler and Bernoulli equations, viscous flows, boundary layer flow in channels and around submerged bodies, one-dimensional gas dynamics.

ME/CE 31300 FLUID MECHANICS LABORATORY (Lab. 3, Cr. 1) Pre or Co-requisite: ME/CE 31200

Introduction to fluid mechanics laboratory, experiments on flow patterns, velocity profile in an air pipe, wind tunnel calibration, draining of a tank, pipe friction, boundary layer studies, falling ball experiments, and viscosity measurements.

ME 32000 KINEMATIC ANALYSIS AND DESIGN (Class 2, Lab. 3, Cr. 3) Prerequisite: ME/CE 27500

Graphical, analytical, and computer techniques for analyzing displacements, velocities, and accelerations in mechanisms. Analysis and design of linkages, cams and gears. Laboratory projects include analysis, design, construction, and evaluation of mechanisms.

ME 32500 DYNAMICS OF PHYSICAL SYSTEMS (Class 3, Cr. 3) Prerequisite: ECE 20100 and ME/CE 27500

Development and solution of linear models; translational and rotational mechanical systems, electrical systems, electromechanical systems, thermal systems, hydraulic systems. The Laplace transform, transfer functions, and Bode plots, state variable representation and solutions. Computer analysis and simulation.

ME 34500 MECHANICAL ENGINEERING EXPERIMENTATION (Class 2, Lab. 3, Cr. 3) Prerequisite: CE 27300 and ME 32500

Mechanical measurements and methods of experimentation. Calibration standards, statistical replication and error minimization, transducers and instrumentation, dimensional analysis and the design of an experiment. Laboratory experiments will require formal reports and will deal with displacements, velocities, pressures, and elastics strains.

ME 39300 INDUSTRIAL PRACTICE III

 

 

For co-operative engineering students only. Practice in industry and comprehensive written report of this practice.

ME 39400 INDUSTRIAL PRACTICE IV

 

 

For co-operative engineering students only. Practice in industry and comprehensive written report of this practice.

ME 39500 INDUSTRIAL PRACTICE V

 

 

For co-operative engineering students only. Practice in industry and comprehensive written report of this practice.

ME 41600 HEAT TRANSFER (Class 3, Cr. 3) Prerequisite: ME 30500 and ME/CE 31200 and ME/CE 31300 Co-requisite: ME 41700

Steady state and transient heat transfer by conduction, laminar and turbulent convection, firm condensation and boiling, and by radiation. Combined heat and mass transfer by diffusion and convection. The analysis and design of heat exchangers for process heat transfer.

ME 41700 HEAT TRANSFER LAB (Lab. 3, Cr. 1) Pre or Co-requisite: ME 41600

Heat transmission laboratory with measurements of temperature and flows. Experiments include temperature profiles in solids, thermal conductivity, radiation, and the determination of various heat and mass transfer coefficients.

ME 42600 HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING ANALYSIS (Class 3, Cr. 3) Prerequisite: ME 41600

Psychometrics, air conditioning systems, equipment selection, duct design and piping design. Heating and cooling loads, solar radiation and heat transmission in buildings. Heat pumps. Application of air conditioning to residences, computer rooms, light commercial and high-rise buildings.

ME 42900 SENIOR ENGINEERING DESIGN I

 

 

The senior engineering design courses I and II constitute a two semester sequence of an interdisciplinary activity. The objective of these courses is to provide engineering students with supervised experience in the process and practice of engineering design. Projects are chosen by the students or the faculty. Students working in teams pursue a idea from conception to realistic design. The course is climaxed by the presentation of a substantial written report and a formal oral presentation before faculty and students.

ME 43900 SENIOR ENGINEERING DESIGN II (Class 2, Lab. 3, Cr. 3) Prerequisite: ME 42900

The senior engineering design courses I and II constitute a two-semester sequence of an interdisciplinary activity. The objective of these courses is to provide engineering students with supervised experience in the process and practice of engineering design. Projects are chosen by the students or faculty. Students working in teams pursue an idea from conception to realistic design. The course is climaxed by the presentation of a substantial written report and a formal oral presentation before faculty and students.

ME 46100 MACHINE DESIGN I (Class 3, Lab. 3, Cr. 4) Prerequisite: CE 27300 and ME 34500

Application of mechanics and mechanics of materials to the analysis and design of machine elements. Stress and deflection analysis, statistical considerations under steady and variable loading, stress principles applied to fasteners, springs, welded joints, and general mechanical elements. Fits and tolerances. Antifriction Gearings. Spur gears. Laboratory includes projects, solutions of design problems, and experiments.

ME 46600 MACHINE DESIGN II (Class 2, Lab. 3, Cr. 3) Prerequisite: ME 32000 and ME 46100

Comprehensive study in the design and analysis of gearing, rolling and journal bearings, clutches and brakes, and flexible mechanical elements. Introduction to reliability engineering. Laboratory includes projects and solution of design problems.

ME 48500 LINEAR CONTROL SYSTEMS (Class 2, Lab. 1, Cr. 3) Prerequisite: ME 32500

Introduction to classical control theory. Transfer functions, block diagram manipulation, and signal flow graphs. Transient and steady state responses; characteristics, and design. Sensitivity analysis and disturbance rejection. System stability. Root locus analysis and design. Frequency response analysis using Bode and polar plots. Nyquist criterion and Nichols chat. Controller design using Bode plots. Laboratory will include design, simulation of topics covered, and a number of practical experiments. Credit is not allowed for both ECE 384 and ME 485.

ME 48600 INTRODUCTION TO MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING (Class 2, Lab. 3, Cr. 3) Prerequisite: CE 27300 and MSE 20000

Modern manufacturing processes and methods including forming, shaping, machining, and joining. Productivity, quality improvement, material and energy conservation, automatic processing and inspection, process planning, manufacturing control, robotics, CAD, CAM, and computer integrated manufacturing.

ME 49700 MECHANICAL ENGINEERING PROJECTS (Class 0 to 6, Lab. 0 to 18, Cr. 1 to 6)

 

May be repeated for credit Junior standing or higher required Projects or special topics of contemporary importance or of special interest that are outside the scope of the standard undergraduate curriculum can be studied under the Mechanical Engineering Projects course. Interested students should seek a faculty advisor by meeting with individual faculty members who work in their area of special interest and prepare a brief description of the work to be undertaken in cooperation with their advisor.

ME 50000 ADVANCED THERMODYNAMICS (Class 3, Cr. 3) Prerequisite: ME 30600

The empirical, physical basis of the laws of thermodynamics. Availability concepts and applications. Properties and relations between properties in homogeneous and heterogeneous systems. The criteria of equilibrium. Application to variety of systems and problems including phase and reaction equilibrium.

ME 50200 NUMERICAL HEAT & MASS TRANSFER (Class 3, Cr. 3) Prerequisite: ME 41600 and ME 31200 This course is to introduce students with basic concepts and techniques in computational heat transfer and fluid dynamics, and to prepare students for development and application of computer codes for engineering design and scientific research. The topics will include finite volume methods (FVM), discrete modeling of Navier-Stokes equations and energy equations, iterative solution algorithms, grid generation, boundary conditions, convergence and accuracy, applicability and pitfalls of commercial codes, and hand-on projects. Typically offered Fall Spring Summer
ME 50500 INTERMEDIATE HEAT TRANSFER (Class 3, Cr. 3) Prerequisite: ME 41600

Heat and mass transfer by diffusion in one-dimensional, two-dimensional, transient, periodic, and phase change systems. Convective heat transfer for external and internal flows. Similarity and integral solution methods. Heat, mass, and momentum analogies. Turbulence. Buoyancy driven flows. Convection with phase change. Radiation exchange between surfaces and radiation transfer in absorbing-emitting media. Multimode heat transfer problems.

ME 50900 FLUID PROPERTIES. BASIC LAWS FOR A CONTROL VOLUME. (Class 3, Cr. 3) Prerequisite: ME/CE 31200

Kinematics of fluid flow. Dynamics of frictionless incompressible flow and basic hydrodynamics. Equations of motion for viscous flow, viscous flow applications, boundary layer theory. Wall turbulence, lift and drag of immersed bodies.

ME 51300 ENGINEERING ACOUSTICS (Class 3, Cr. 3) Prerequisites: Senior standing or consent of instructor required

The simple oscillator. Lumped acoustical elements. Electromechanical- acoustical analogies. Wave motion in strings and membranes. Introduction to linear acoustics through derivation of the wave equation and simple solutions. Plane and spherical waves. Acoustic intensity. Plane wave transmission through fluid layers and simple barriers. Sound absorption. Modeling of acoustical sources: monopoles, dipoles, quadrupoles. Mechanisms of sound generations and directionality. Sound propagation in one-dimensional systems. Introduction to room acoustics. Professirs Bolton and Mongeau.

ME 51500 QUALITY CONTROL (Class 3, Cr. 3) Prerequisite: Graduate Standing or Instructor Approval

This course examines the design in order to acquire a better product / process quality. Other aspects of design are robust design, parameter design or Taguchi techniques. This course also gives students a current understanding of the techniques and applications of design of experiments in quality engineering design. The students will learn design of quality control systems in manufacturing, use of advanced statistical process controls, sampling inspection techniques, process capability and other statistical tools. Also included are vendor sourcing and control tools, methods for establishing specifications and tolerances, quality function deployment and other quality control techniques. In addition, Six Sigma will be included.

ME 51600 ADVANCED ENGINEERING PROJECT MANAGEMENT (Class 3, Cr. 3) Prerequisite: Graduate Standing or Instructor Approval Overview and concepts of project management (principles, body of knowledge, strategies); planning successful projects (defining, specifying, delivery options, scheduling, budgeting); implementing (organizing the team, work assignments, team building, team launch, effective leadership); risk analysis, executing (performance measurement, maintaining the schedule, adjustments / mid-course corrections, record keeping, status reporting, communications, managing conflict, time management); and closeout (performance measurement, maintaining the schedule, adjustments / midcourse corrections, record keeping, status reporting, communications, managing conflict, time management).
ME 51900 INTRODUCTION TO WIND ENERGY (Class 3, Cr. 3) Prerequisite: Graduate Standing or Instructor Approval This course is intended for the undergraduate and graduate engineer or scientist who is interested in the wind energy technology; introduces the students to the technology and economics of converting wind energy to electricity and the environmental concerns of wind energy. Topics include: Introduction to renewable energy; Wind characteristics; Wind resource estimation; Wind Turbine aerodynamics; Wind energy system economics, Wind turbine sitting and Environmental aspect and impact. Typically offered Fall Spring Summer.
ME 52100 AIR QUALITY MODELING (Class 3, Cr. 3) Prerequisite: Graduate Standing or Instructor Approval This course is intended for the undergraduate and graduate engineer or scientist who is interested in the modeling of air pollution: the basic concepts of air quality and air pollution modeling; overview of practical and advanced approaches to air pollution modeling; evaluation and applications to air pollution related modeling. In order to obtain accurate assessments and forecasts of the effects of air contaminant dispersion, modeling based on solution of the nonlinear equations of fluid motion using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is a good choice. In this course, problems of engineering interest will be examined, related to both indoor and outdoor contaminant dispersion. Some of the homework problems will require use of a CFD code – several source codes will be provided as well as access to commercial CFD codes. Typically offered Fall Spring Summer.
ME 52300 ELECTRONICS SYSTEM COOLING (Class 3, Cr. 3) Prerequisite: Graduate Standing or Instructor Approval This is an introduction to thermal analysis and management of electronic equipment with focus on cooling of electronic devices. The emphasis of this course is on the application of fundamental heat transfer principles to predict thermal load, temperature distribution, and hot-spot in electronics. Topics include: Introduction to various modes of heat transfer; Fins and heat sinks- design, analysis, and optimization; thermoelectric and refrigeration cooling; nanofluids, liquid cooling, boiling heat transfer and phase change thermal storage system; heat pipes; Analysis and design studies for chip modules, printed circuit boards; and trends in thermal packaging. The course is aimed primarily to ME graduate students specializing in thermal and fluid science area. Typically offered Fall Spring Summer.
ME 52400 DESIGN & ANALYSIS – HEATING VENTILATION & AIR CONDITIONING (Class 3, Cr. 3) Prerequisite: Graduate Standing or Instructor Approval This course is an introduction to analysis and design of HVAC&R system. The emphasis is on the application of fundamental heat transfer and fluid mechanics principles to analyze HVAC systems. The topics covered includes: Introduction and basic concepts, Psychometrics, air conditioning systems, equipment selection, duct design and piping design. Heating and cooling loads, solar radiation and heat transmission in buildings. Heat pumps. Application of air conditioning to residences, computer rooms, light commercial and high-rise buildings. The course is aimed primarily to ME graduate students specializing in thermal and fluid science area. Typically offered Fall Spring Summer.
ME 53200 INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS OF STATISTICS (STATISTICAL CONCEPTS IN ENGINEERING) (Class 3, Cr. 3) Prerequisite: Graduate Standing or Instructor Approval

This course is directed toward the graduate student who has never had a statistics course or whose last statistics course was taken some time ago and a refresher course is required. The primary purpose of this course is to provide a basic understanding of fundamental probability and statistical principles, their underlying assumptions, and their use in data analysis using real-world engineering problems.

ME 53400 SYSTEMS ENGINEERING (Class 3, Cr. 3) Prerequisite: Graduate Standing or Instructor Approval In today’s environment, there is an ever-increasing need to develop and produce systems that are robust, reliable, high quality, supportable, cost-effective and responsive to the needs of the customer or user. Reflecting these worldwide trends, Systems Engineering introduces students to the full range of system engineering concepts, tools and techniques, emphasizing the application of principles and concepts of system engineering and the way these principles aid in the development, utilization and support of systems. The course covers systems engineering from both a technical and a management perspective.
ME 54300 ADVANCED ENGINEERING ECONOMICS (Class 3, Cr. 3) Prerequisite: Graduate Standing or Instructor Approval

Effective project managers have complete command of their project costs and a thorough understanding of the financial aspects of their business. This course reviews the fundamentals of accounting, examines project cost accounting principles, applications, and impact on profitability; examines the principles of project costing; covers the elements involved in cash management; introduces the framework for how projects are financed and the potential impact financing has on the projects; and a framework for using an effective project cost system. This course is aimed primarily to engineering graduate students interested in project management. Typically offered Fall, Spring, Summer.

ME 56000 KINEMATICS (Class 3, Cr. 3) Prerequisite: ME 32000

Geometry of constrained plane motion with applications to linkage design. Type and number synthesis. Path curvature, inflection circle, cubic of stationary curvature. Finite displacements, three and four separated positions. Graphical, analytical, and computer techniques.

ME 56300 MECHANICAL VIBRATIONS (Class 3, Cr. 3) Prerequisite: CE 27300 and ME 32500

Review of system with one degree of freedom. LaGrange¡¯s equations of motion for multiple degree of freedom systems. Introduction to matrix methods. Transfer functions for harmonic response, impulse response, and step response. Convolution integrals for response to arbitrary inputs. Principle frequencies and modes. Applications to critical speeds, measuring instruments, isolation, torsional systems. Introduction to nonlinear problems.

ME 57500 THEORY AND DESIGN OF CONTROL SYSTEMS (Class 3, Cr. 3)


Prerequisite: Graduate Standing or Instructor Approval

Covers the analysis and design of control systems from both a classical and modern viewpoint. with emphasis on design of controllers. Classical control design is reviewed, including both root locus and Bode domain design methodologies. The state space representation is introduced, along with notions of stability, controlling, and observability. State feedback controllers for pole placement and state observers are discussed with emphasis on their frequency domain implications.

ME 58300 DESIGN OF HEAT EXCHANGERS (Class 3, Cr. 3) Prerequisite: Graduate Standing or Instructor Approval An introduction to the thermal design theory of heat exchangers in steady state and transient operation, and thermo-mechanical design challenges as applied to various heat exchanger configurations. Topics include: Classification of heat exchangers; Methods of analyzing various heat exchanger; Pressure drop analysis and flow distribution; Design considerations for regenerators, plate-fin, shell-and-tube heat exchangers; etc; Optimization of heat exchanger design; and methods of predicting heat exchangers fouling. Typically offered Fall Spring Summer.
ME 58700 ENGINEERING OPTICS (Class 3, Cr. 3) Prerequisite: Graduate Standing or Instructor Approval

Fundamentals of geometrical and physical optics as related to problems in engineering design and research. Characteristics of imaging systems; properties of light sources; optical properties of materials. Diffraction, interference, polarization, and scattering phenomena as related to optical measurement techniques. Introduction to lasers and holography. (Laboratory work can be undertaken for additional credit by special arrangement.). Typically offered Spring.

ME 59700 ADVANCED MECHANICAL ENGINEERING PROJECTS I (Class 0 to 6, Lab. 0 to 18, Cr. 1 to 6) Prerequisites: Must be masters standing. May be repeated for credit.

Projects or special topics of contemporary importance or of special interest that are outside the scope of the standard graduate curriculum can be studied under the Mechanical Engineering Projects course. Interested students should seek a faculty advisor by meeting with individual faculty members who work in their area of special interest and prepare a brief description of the work to be undertaken in cooperation with their advisor.

ME 69800 M.S. THESIS (Class 1 to 18, Lab. 0 to 54, Cr. 1 to 18)

Permission of advisor required.

Typically offered Fall, Spring and Summer.