Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Interim Department Head: Professor Mei Wei

Department Office: Room 480, United Technologies Engineering Building

Major requirements

2233. Thermodynamic Principles

Three credits. Prerequisite: CHEM 1127Q or both CHEM 1124Q and 1125Q; PHYS 1501Q; and MATH 2110Q which may be taken concurrently.

Introduction to the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics. Thermodynamic properties of pure substances and ideal gases. Analysis of ideal and real processes – including turbines, pumps, heat exchangers, and compressors.

2234. Applied Thermodynamics

Three credits. Prerequisite: ME 2233 or CHEG 2111.

Thermodynamic first and second law analysis of vapor and gas cycles, property relations for simple pure substances, properties of ideal gas mixtures, psychrometry, fundamentals of combustion thermodynamics, application of thermodynamics in the design of thermal engineering systems.

3214. Dynamics of Particles and Rigid Bodies

Three credits. Prerequisite: CE 2120.

Kinematics and dynamics of particles. Motion relative to translating and rotating observers; inertial reference systems; central forces and orbits. Kinematics and dynamics of groups of particles and rigid bodies. Lagrangian description of motion.

3217. Metal Cutting Principles

Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: CE 3110, which may be taken concurrently.

Examination of metal cutting processes including turning, shaping, drilling, grinding. Mechanics of two and three dimensional cutting. Principles and mechanisms of wear. Tool materials. Theoretical prediction of surface finish. Chemistry of cutting fluids. Laboratory period includes operation of machine tools. Experimental determination of cutting energies forces, stresses and strains. The interrelationship between these and practical metal cutting conditions.

3218. Advanced Manufacturing

Three credits. Prerequisite: CE 3110, and MSE 2001 or 2101.

Focuses on new and emerging manufacturing techniques such as additive manufacturing, semiconductor manufacturing and microelectronic fabrication and packaging. Fundamental physical mechanisms and processes used in different scales are introduced. Quality measures in both large scale and micro-nano scale manufacturing are discussed. Critical reliability parameters to successful manufacturing are reviewed.

3220. Mechanical Vibrations

Three credits. Prerequisite: ME 3253; MATH 2110Q, 2410Q; and CE 2120.

Free and forced vibrations, with damping, of linear systems with one and two degrees of freedom. Transient vibrations. Vibration isolation. Rigid rotor balancing. Elements of Laplace transforms.

3221. Manufacturing Automation

Three credits. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Not open to students who have passed ME 5440.

Introduction to Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM). Fundamentals of automated manufacturing; Computer Numerical Control (CNC); production economics and optimization of production systems.

3222. Production Engineering

Three credits. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Not open to students who have passed ME 5441.

Introduction to the modern techniques of Production Systems including the Decision-Making Process, Economic Analysis, Demand Forecasting, Production and Process Design and Optimization, Production Scheduling, and Statistical Quality Control.

3224. Analysis and Design of Mechanisms

Three credits. Prerequisite: MATH 2110Q and 2410Q and CE 2110.

Application of kinematics in the analysis and synthesis of mechanisms. Type and dimensional design of linkages, cams and gears based on motion requirements and kinetostatic force transmission, in contrast to the strength requirements. Graphical, analytical and computer methods in analysis and design of mechanisms. Design considerations in mechanism synthesis. Design project.

3225. Computer-Aided Design, Modeling, and Graphics

Three credits. Prerequisite: CSE 1010 or 1100 , CE 3110 , MATH 2110Q and instructor consent.

Introduction to computer-aided graphics, modeling and design. Applications of graphics software and hardware with mini- and micro-computer systems. Interactive computer graphic techniques. Extensive laboratory study of wire-frame and raster computer graphics. Static and dynamic graphic presentation methods.

3227. Design of Machine Elements

Three credits. Prerequisite: CE 3110.

Application of the fundamentals of engineering mechanics, materials and manufacturing to the design and analysis of machine elements.

3228. Introduction to Fatigue in Mechanical Design

Three credits. Prerequisite: CE 3110. Not open to students who have passed ME 5431.

Design calculation methods for fatigue life of engineering components. Crack initiation and crack propagation fatigue lives; introduction to current literature in the field. Emphasis on finite life prediction by strain life methods.

3230. Biosolid Mechanics

Three credits. Prerequisite: CE 3110.

Contemporary topics on applications of nonlinear solid mechanics to modeling of biological tissues and design of biomedical devices. Study of the theoretical aspects of nonlinear solid mechanics including kinematics, stretch, stress and hyperelastic material models along with review of current literature. Stress analysis of soft biological tissues, tissue functions and disorders, and interventional device design. The modern techniques pertinent to mechanical testing, computational modeling and simulation of soft biological tissue behaviors will also be discussed. Students are expected to review literature and actively participate in classroom discussion.

3232. Automotive Engineering

Three credits. Prerequisite: ME 2233, 2234, 3220; CE 2110, 2120.

Applied course in automotive systems and components, including topics on engine thermodynamics, combustion process, solid mechanics of components, suspension geometry and dynamics; includes a team project in designing a system or a component of a typical collegiate FSAE car.

3239. Combustion for Energy Conversion

Three credits. Prerequisite: ME 2234.

Introduction to combustion processes and chemical kinetics. Mechanism of the formation of pollutants such as nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, soot, and unburned hydrocarbons in stationary and vehicular power plants.

3242. Heat Transfer

Three credits. Prerequisite: ME 2233 and 3250.

Fundamentals of conduction, convection and radiation heat transfer. Application of the general laws of heat transfer, and heat exchange to a wide variety of practical problems. The analytical, numerical, and graphical solution of one, two, and three dimensional problems.

3250. Fluid Dynamics I

Three credits. Prerequisite: ME 2233, and MATH 2110Q and 2410Q. This course and CE 3120 may not both be taken for credit.

Laws of conservation of mass, momentum, and energy in fluid systems, fluid statics, dimensional analysis, incompressible, inviscid and viscous flows, steady and unsteady flows, internal and external flows.

3251. Fluid Dynamics II

Three credits. Prerequisite: ME 3250 or CE 3120.

One-dimensional compressible flow with applications to propulsion systems and gas-dynamic testing devices. Flows with friction and heat addition. Normal and oblique shock waves. Prandtl-Meyer flow. Selected topics in liquid flow.

3253. Linear Systems Theory

Three credits. Prerequisite: CE 2120 and MATH 2410Q.

Review of ODE solutions, mathematical modeling of dynamic systems, linearization of nonlinear behavior, Laplace domain representation of dynamics, transfer functions, block diagram algebra, signal-flow graphs, Mason’s rule, transient analysis of system response, convolution integral, Duhamel’s integral, Green’s function, stability of linear systems, Routh-Hurwitz method, root locus, frequency response, Bode and polar representations, introduction to feedback systems.

3255. Computational Mechanics

Three credits. Prerequisite: MATH 2410Q and CE 3110.

Topics include elementary numerical analysis, finite differences, initial value problems, ordinary and partial differential equations and finite element techniques. Applications include structural analysis, heat transfer, and fluid flow.

3263. Introduction to Sensors and Data Analysis

Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: ME 2233; PHYS 1502Q; CE 2110.

Introduction to the design and behavior of common sensors, highlighting their proper use and physical limitations. In the lab, each type of sensor is used in a practical engineering problem, with data being taken via data acquisition software. Data analysis techniques, including Gaussian statistics, uncertainty analysis, frequency domain studies, are also covered and used on the acquired data.

3264. Applied Measurements Laboratory

Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: ME 2234 and 3263.

Application of fundamental measurement techniques developed in ME 3263 to various mechanical systems and processes. Hands-on laboratory experiences include measurements in energy conversion, solid mechanics, dynamics, and fluid and thermal sciences, as well as statistical methods to analysis of experimental data.

3265. The Engineering Process for Innovation and Value Creation

Three credits. Prerequisite: Instructor consent.

Prepares engineers to survive in the 21st century business environment, where the worldwide internet communication explosion will drive innovation to new levels. The engineering process of creation of value and innovation will be explored. The concepts and the tools required of engineering quality and engineering productivity will be developed. Guest lectures from people who have been active in innovation and starting new businesses will fill the course with real world examples.

3268. Three-Dimensional Imaging of Materials

Three credits.

Fundamentals of 3-D imaging and state-of-the-art methods for averaged and local measurement of material microstructure; techniques such as stereology, scattering, X-ray and electron tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging; application to energy materials and energy devices such as fuel cells, batteries, and solar cells; image processing (tomographic reconstruction, segmentation, analysis), and their importance in accurate 3-D imaging of materials.

3270. Fuel Cells

Three credits. Prerequisite: ME 2233, 3242, 3250.

Advanced course on fuel cells as an alternative energy conversion technology. Subjects covered include: thermodynamics and electrochemistry of fuel cells, operating principles, types of fuel cells, overview of intermediate/high temperature fuel cells, polymer electrolyte fuel cells and direct methanol fuel cells.

3272. Micro-Nanoscale Energy Transport and Conversion

Three credits. Prerequisite: PHYS 1502Q or 1602Q; MATH 2410Q; ME 3242 or MSE 2001 or PHYS 2300 or ECE 3001.

Topics include an introduction into the fundamentals of electron and thermal transport and statistical behavior of energy carriers, theory and experiments of thermal transport in nanomaterials and nanoscale systems, derivation of classical laws and deviation at the nanoscale, and fundamentals and recent advancements in thermal-to-electrical energy conversion.

3275. Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics

Three credits. Prerequisite: ME 3242, 3250.

Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) based on pressure-based finite volume methods. Topics covered include: integral derivations of governing equations of fluid flow, finite volume discretization of diffusion and convection equations, pressure-velocity coupling algorithms based on SIMPLE method for flow field solutions and finite volume solutions of unsteady problems. The course also covers iterative and non-iterative solution methods for large systems of linear equations, as well as methods for verification and validation of computational solutions.

3276. Propulsion

Three credits. Prerequisites: ME 2234 and 3250.

Physical and chemical concepts of basic importance in modern propulsion systems, including rockets and air-breathing engines. Topics of interest include energy sources of propulsion, performance criteria, one-dimensional gas dynamics, chemical thermodynamics, deflagration, detonation, rocket flight performance, rocket staging, chemical rockets, electric propulsion, turboprop, turbofan, turbojet, ramjet, scramjet, cycle analysis, solar sails, etc.

3279. Honors Research

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to Honors students; consent of instructor.

May be used to convert independent research into course credit that may be applied toward the Honors Program requirements and will count as a technical elective. As part of the course, students will be involved in research programs of their choice in areas of emerging technologies. Research work will be directed by a Mechanical Engineering faculty member who serves as the research advisor for the course. Will typically involve collaborative efforts with graduate students and other researchers, and will provide significant independent problem solving experience to supplement the classroom experience obtained from traditional coursework.

3280. Turbines and Centrifugal Machinery

Three credits. Prerequisite: ME 3250.

Review of fundamental fluids and thermodynamics. Introduction to compressible flow concepts. Theory, design and performance of centrifugal and axial flow machinery including turbines, blowers, fans, compressors, superchargers, pumps, fluid couplings and torque converters. A detailed study of the mechanics of the transfer of energy between a fluid and a rotor. Preparation for practical design of turbomachinery.

3285. Sustainable Energy Sources and Systems

Three credits. Prerequisite: ME 2234, 3250 or may be taken concurrently.

Topics include current energy sources and usage, environmental pollution from use of fossil fuels, nuclear energy, biomass energy, geothermal energy resources and usage, hydroelectric, solar, wind and tidal energy conversion principles, hydrogen generation and usage in electrochemical devices, energy economics and effects of energy pricing on economically viable energy options.

3294. Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Seminar

One credit. One class period. Prerequisite: Open only to seniors in mechanical engineering.

Presentation and discussion of advanced topics in mechanical engineering.

3295. Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering

Credits and hours by arrangement or as announced. Prerequisite and/or consent: Announced separately for each course. This course, with a change in topic, may be repeated for credit.

A classroom course on special topics as announced.

3299. Problems in Mechanical Engineering

Hours by arrangement. Credits by arrangement, not to exceed four. Prerequisite: Open only to seniors in mechanical engineering. This course, with a change in topic, may be repeated for credit.

Designed primarily for students who wish to pursue a special line of study or investigation. The program of study is to be approved by the head of the department and by the instructor before registration is completed.

4972. Senior Design Project I

Three credits. Prerequisite: ME 3250; ME 3227, may be taken concurrently.

The first part of the senior design experience. It will cover topics on design process, planning, and costs. Design for manufacture and assembly will be covered. Both oral and written reports are required.

4973W. Senior Design Project II

Three credits. Prerequisite: ME 3263 or 3264, and 4972; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Projects which have started in the previous semester will be completed. The project analysis, design, and manufacture stages will take place. Both written and oral reports will be required.


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