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Courses: Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering (ME)

College of Engineering 

Preference in registration is given to declared engineering majors. Please consult the current Schedule of Courses for confirmed offerings each semester.

ME 113 Introduction to Engineering Design I (2) (1 Lec, 1 2-hr Lab) Introductory experience in analysis, synthesis, design, and computer-aided modeling. Teamwork and project required. Pre: high school physics or consent.

ME 213 Introduction to Engineering Design II (2) (1 Lec, 1 2-hr Lab) Introductory experience in communication, presentation, professional ethics, social responsibility, engineering economics, quality control, and computer-aided drafting. Teamwork and project required. Pre: 113.

ME 301 Mechanical Engineering Experimentation (2) (1 Lec, 1 2-hr Lab) Design of test setups and procedures to determine the performance of a product. Pre: junior standing.

ME 311 Thermodynamics (3) Basic laws, closed and open systems. Work, heat, concept of entropy. Properties of pure simple substances. Ideal gases. Introduction to power and refrigeration cycles. Pre: PHYS 170.

ME 312 Applied Thermodynamics (3) Gas mixtures, generalized thermodynamic relationships, combustion and thermochemistry, chemical equilibrium, power and refrigeration cycles. Pre: grade of C or better in 311.

ME 322 Mechanics of Fluids (3) Incompressible and compressible ideal fluids, effects of viscosity. Similitude, boundary layer flow, elementary gas dynamics. Pre: CE 271, and grade of C or better in ME 311.

ME 331 Material Science and Engineering (3) Electronic, atomic, and crystalline structure of materials and their effect on the mechanical, electrical, optical, and magnetic properties of engineering metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites. Pre: CHEM 171 and MATH 206.

ME 341 Manufacturing Processes (3) Manufacturing components. Energy requirements for various manufacturing methods. Selection and design of manufacturing methods to obtain components with desired size/shape/properties. Pre: 331 or consent.

ME 341L Manufacturing Processes Lab (1) (1 2-hr Lab) Manufacturing laboratory: tension/compression tests, cold rolling, welding, casting, statistical process control, programming and milling using a CNC machine. Pre: 341 (or concurrent) or consent.

ME 360 Computer Methods in Engineering (3) Numerical solutions for algebraic and transcendental equations, simultaneous linear algebraic equations, integration and differentiation; integration of ordinary differential equations. Engineering applications. Pre: EE 150 and MATH 232.

ME 371 Mechanics of Solids (3) Stress, strain, and constitutive relations for elastic solids. Design of shafts, beams, columns, and cylinders. Failure theories, statically indeterminate systems. Pre: CE 270 and MATH 232.

ME 372 Component Design (3) Design, analysis, and selection of machine components: shafts, screws, fasteners, welds, rolling contact bearings, journal bearings, gears, clutches, brakes, belts, and roller chains. Pre: mechanical drawing, 113, and 371; or consent.

ME 374 Kinematics/Dynamics Machinery (3) Velocity and acceleration analysis of planar mechanisms; kinematic synthesis of linkages, cams, and gears; static and dynamic force analysis of mechanisms; balancing of machinery. Pre: MATH 232 and CE 271.

ME 375 Dynamics of Machines and Systems (3) Lumped-parameter modeling of dynamic physical systems. Methods of analysis, including transform techniques. Time response and frequency response. Modal analysis. Pre: 374.

ME 401 Measurements Lab (2) (1 Lec, 1 2-hr Lab) Design of engineering instrumentation. Techniques and procedures associated with carrying out measurements within the constraints of cost, time, and accuracy. Pre: 375

ME 403 Advanced Mathematics for Engineers I (3) Applications of ordinary differential equations, Laplace transform, vector field theory, matrices, line integrals. Pre: MATH 232.

ME 417 Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (3) Principles, design, and performance of refrigeration and air-conditioning systems. Pre: 312 and 422 (or concurrent).

ME 418 Power and Propulsion (3) Principles, performance, and design of gas turbine power plants and propulsion systems. Pre: 312 and 422 (or concurrent).

ME 422 Heat Transfer (3) Steady and transient conduction. Fundamentals of radiation and convection. Heat exchangers. Pre: 322.

ME 424 Introduction to Gas Dynamics (3) One-dimensional compressible flow involving change of area, friction, heat transfer. Normal and oblique shocks. Prandtl-Meyer flow. Application to nozzles, diffusers, airfoils. Pre: 312 and 322.

ME 433 Failures in Materials (3) Analysis of component failures due to imperfections, fatigue, brittle fracture, wear, corrosion, bending, impact, and overload. Fracture mechanics. Case studies. Pre: 331 or consent.

ME 434 Materials Selection for Design (3) Methodology for the selection of materials for mechanical applications to prevent mechanical failure and environmental degradation. Design considerations associated with the use of metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites. Pre: 341, 341L, and 371.

ME 435 Experimental Methods in Materials Research (3) (1 Lec, 2 2-hr Lab) Common experimental techniques in materials testing and research: x-ray diffraction, optical and electron microscopy, thermal and mechanical properties, electrochemical methods-theory and hands-on experience. Pre: 341 and consent.

ME 436 Corrosion Engineering (3) Basics of corrosion processes and emphasis on corrosion control. Thermodynamics and kinetics of corrosion, metal alloys and their behavior, corrosion control techniques (cathodic protection, anodic protection, coatings, and inhibitors). Pre: 341 and 341L, or consent.

ME 446 Advanced Materials Manufacturing (3) (2 Lec, 1 2-hr Lab) Introduction to anisotropic materials, advanced manufacturing techniques for composite and intelligent materials, joining of composites, thin film processing and stereolithography, computer aided manufacturing and rapid prototyping, manufacturing process optimization, open-ended manufacturing projects. Pre: 341, 341L, and senior standing; or consent.

ME 451 Feedback-Control Systems (3) Principles of linear control. Design methods for feedback-control systems. Application to physical dynamic systems such as industrial robots. Pre: 375 or consent.

ME 452 Robotics (3) Principles and design methods for autonomous systems. Pre: senior standing.

ME 453 Energy Conversion Systems (3) Energy conversion and its impact on the environment. Conventional, hydroelectric, nuclear fission and fusion, solar, wind, ocean, geothermal, and biomass power; energy storage, transmission, and conservation. Pre: 312, 322, and 422 (or concurrent); or consent.

ME 454 Geothermal Energy, Resources, and Utilization (3) Sources, distribution, environmental aspects of development. Chemical and physical properties of geothermal fluids; principles of energy conversion methods. Pre: 312 or 422 (or concurrent).

ME 455 Nuclear Power Engineering (3) Nuclear reactor principles. Reactor heat transfer, heat generation, and removal. Design and analysis of reactor power plants. Pre: 312 and 422 (or concurrent).

ME 465 Computer Graphics for Design (3) Two- and three-dimensional representations of solid bodies. Programming projects from conception through demonstration. Graphics primitives; data structures; transformations; hidden-line removal; animation. Pre: senior/graduate standing in engineering or ICS, or consent.

ME 473 Mechanical Vibrations (3) Response of machines and systems to transient and periodic excitation. Vibration isolation and transmissibility. Modal analysis of multi-degree-of-freedom systems. Applications to design. Pre: 371, 375, or consent.

ME 474 Fundamentals of Acoustics (3) Plane and spherical acoustic waves. Transmission, reflection, radiation, and absorption. Near and far fields, radiation patterns. Applications to noise control. Instruments. Pre: 375, EE 211, or consent.

ME 481 Design Project I (3) (1 1-hr Lec, 2 2-hr Lab) Engineering ethics, engineering design methodology, design process, project planning, decision making, materials selection, economic analysis, quality control, finite element analysis, initiation of an open-ended design project. A-F only. Pre: 372 or consent.

ME 482 Design Project II (3) (1 Lec, 2 2-hr Lab) Continuation of design project initiated in ME 481. Extension of conceptual design to final design and a prototype. Analysis, materials and part selection, synthesis of working systems. Computer-aided design and finite element modeling. Manufacturing specifications, shop drawings, and a final report are required. A-F only. Pre: 375 and 481, or consent.

ME 491 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering (3) Specialized topics in thermosciences, mechanics, materials, systems, or design. Pre: consent.

ME 492 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering (3) Specialized topics in thermosciences, mechanics, materials, systems, or design. Pre: consent.

ME 499 Project (V) Investigation of advanced problems in mechanical engineering design or development. Student must find faculty sponsor before registering. Pre: senior standing.

ME 500 Master's Plan B/C Studies (1)

ME 611 Classical Thermodynamics (3) Critical study of foundations of thermodynamics. Definitions, laws and corollaries. Chemical, electrical, magnetic systems. Determination of equilibrium states. Pre: 312.

ME 612 Advanced Thermodynamics (3) Advanced classical thermodynamics and fundamentals of statistical thermodynamics. Availability; exergy; entropy generation minimization; thermoeconomics; statistics; quantum mechanics; ideal and dense gases; kinetic theory. Pre: 312, 322, and 422; or consent.

ME 617 Thermal Environmental Engineering (3) Physiological response to thermal environment, designs of passive and active cooling systems, student project. Pre: 417 or consent.

ME 621 Conduction Heat Transfer (3) Steady and unsteady heat conduction with and without heat sources in solids. Analytical, numerical, graphical, analog methods for solving heat conduction problems. Pre: 422.

ME 622 Convection Heat Transfer (3) Heat transfer in laminar and turbulent boundary layers. Analogy between heat, momentum, mass transfer. Pre: 422 and 626.

ME 623 Radiation Heat Transfer (3) Radiant interchange among surfaces. Gaseous radiation. Combined conduction, convection, and radiation heat transfer. Pre: 422 and senior standing.

ME 625 Numerical Methods in Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer (3) Integration of ordinary differential equations. Finite difference solutions of partial differential equations with applications to conduction and convection. Introduction to finite element methods. Pre: 422 and EE 150.

ME 626 Viscous and Turbulent Flows (3) Navier-Stokes and energy equations, their formulation, properties; some exact solutions; laminar boundary layers; laminar stability, transition, turbulence; turbulent boundary layers. Pre: 322.

ME 627 Environmental Heat, Mass, and Momentum Transfer (3) Heat and mass transfer in Earth's interior with applications to geothermal and petroleum reservoir engineering. Pre: 422 or consent.

ME 628 Chemical Reactor Analysis and Design (3) Chemical kinetics with heat and mass transfer. Balance equations applied to selected ideal reactors. Departures from ideality. Pre: 422 and 627.

ME 629 Renewable Energy Engineering I: Biomass (3) (1 Lec, 2 2-hr Lab) Experimental methods and theory of thermochemical biomass conversion: static and dynamic temperature and mass measurements, thermogravimetry, differential scanning calorimetry, GCMS and HPLC techniques. Pre: consent.

ME 631 Advanced Materials Science (3) Properties of materials interpreted from the atomistic viewpoint. Crystal structure and defects. Thermodynamics of solids; phase transformations; experimental techniques. Pre: 331.

ME 635 Corrosion Theory (3) Application of electrochemical theory and materials science to corrosion and oxidation reactions. Effect of environment, especially marine. Cathodic protection, coatings, inhibitors, treatment of water systems. Pre: 331.

ME 636 Fundamentals of Electrochemistry (3) Thermodynamics of cells, electrode kinetics, mass transfer by migration and diffusion, microelectrode techniques, forced convection, impedance, double-layer structure, and absorbed intermediates in electrode processes. Pre: consent.

ME 642 Mechanical Behavior of Engineering Materials (3) Mechanical property tests. Stress concentrations. Fracture mechanics; applications to materials failures and to selection of materials; emphasis on mechanical engineering applications. Pre: consent.

ME 646 Mechanics and Design Composites (3) Introduction to composites; anisotropic elasticity and laminate theory; hygrothermal effects; composite beams, columns, rods, plates, and shells; energy method; failure theories; joining of composites, computer-aided design in composites. Pre: 371 or consent.

ME 651 Automatic Control (3) Linear optimal feedback control, discrete time optimal control, fundamentals of adaptive control, application to motion and force control of robot arms and manipulators. Pre: 451, EE 451, or consent.

ME 657 Methods of Search and Optimization (3) Modeling, theory, numerical methods for constrained and unconstrained parameter optimization. Linear, nonlinear programming of deterministic systems. Applications. Pre: consent.

ME 662 Computer Vision (3) Image formation, filtering, edge detection and other forms of image enhancement, segmentation of image into meaningful regions, techniques for analyzing motion, creation of models representing scene and image understanding. Psychological and physiological aspects of human vision will be discussed. Pre: graduate standing. 

ME 671 Continuum Mechanics (3) Cartesian tensors in mechanics, coordinate transformations, analysis of stress and strain, principal values, invariants, equilibrium and compatibility equations, constitutive relations, field equations. Problems in elasticity. Pre: 371 or CE 370, or consent. (Cross-listed as CE 671)

ME 672 Finite Element Analysis (3) Introduction to finite element analysis and design in mechanical engineering. Applications to machine design, vibrations, elasticity, heat transfer. Pre: 371, 360, or consent.

ME 675 Digital Spectral Analysis (3) System identification using discrete Fourier transform (DFT) methods. Deterministic and random signal analysis. Windows, aliasing, FFT; Z-transform and DFT; real-time data acquisition and analysis using microcomputers. Pre: 375, EE 315, ICS 445, or consent.

ME 678 Advanced Dynamics (3) Lecture course on rigid-body dynamics. Topics include: dynamical systems; motion representation and constraints; Newtonian mechanics; Lagrangian mechanics; Hamilton's principle; stability analysis; introduction to multibody dynamics. Pre: 375 or equivalent; or consent.

ME 686 Air Pollution, Toxics, and Control (3) Chemical mechanisms of formation and destruction of major air pollutants, transport phenomena, and health and environmental impacts. Evaluation of source and control technologies. Current and pending regulations and policies. Open to nonmajors. Pre: PHYS 170 and CHEM 171 or equivalent, or consent. (Cross-listed as PH 686)

ME 691 Seminar (1) Current problems in all branches of mechanical engineering. All graduate students are required to attend; registrants are expected to present talks. Pre: graduate standing.

ME 696 Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering (V) Highly specialized topics in thermosciences, mechanics, materials, system, or design. Pre: consent.

ME 699 Directed Reading or Research (V) Directed study on subject of mutual interest to student and a staff member. Student must find faculty sponsor before registering. Pre: graduate standing.

ME 700 Thesis Research (V) Thesis for degree of MS in mechanical engineering. Pre: admission to candidacy and consent of thesis adviser.

ME 799 Directed Instruction (V) Student assists in undergraduate classroom and/or project instruction under the direction and close supervision of faculty member. CR/NC only. Pre: admission to PhD candidacy or consent.

ME 800 Dissertation Research (V) Research for doctoral dissertation. Pre: candidacy for PhD in mechanical engineering.

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