Mechanical Engineering Courses

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ME EN
500
(MeEn-CEEn) Design and Materials Applications.
3
Materials selection in design; effects of materials properties, structure and geometry on performance; process selection and property modification techniques; basics of material failure mechanism.
Prerequisites: 
Ce En 321 or Me En 372; Ce En 203; Me En 250; or equivalents.
ME EN
501
(MeEn-CEEn) Stress Analysis and Design of Mechanical Structures.
3
Stress analysis and deflection of structures; general bending and torsion, with computer applications to mechanical and aerospace structure design.
Prerequisites: 
ME EN 372; or CE EN 321
ME EN
503
(MeEn-CEEn) Plasticity and Fracture.
3
Tensor algebra; stress and deformation tensors; relationships between dislocation slip, yielding, plastic constitutive behavior, and microstructure development; cracks and linear elastic fracture mechanics.
Prerequisites: 
ME EN 250 & CE EN 203
ME EN
504
(Me En-CE En) Computer Structural Analysis and Optimization.
3
Matrix stiffness method for 1D, 2D, and 3D skeletal structure classes. Implementing the matrix stiffness method as a computer program. Nonlinear second-order structural analysis. Structural optimization techniques including stress-ratio method, gradient-based methods, and genetic algorithms.
Prerequisites: 
ME EN 372 & MATH 302; or ME EN 372 & MATH 313; or CE EN 321 & MATH 313
ME EN
505
Applied Engineering Math.
3
Advanced engineering mathematics that builds a foundation for graduate mechanical engineering courses and research. Topics include tensor analysis, vector calculus, and solution methods for partial differential equations.
Prerequisites: 
MATH 303; or MATH 334; or equivalent.
ME EN
507
(Me En-CE En) Linear Finite Element Methods.
3
Linear static finite element analysis of elastic solids; problem formulation, finite element discretization, and equation solving; stability, interpolation theory, and error estimates. Introduction to underlying continuum mechanics principles. Isogeometric analysis as a generalization of classical finite element analysis; basic principles of analysis-suitable computational geometry.
Prerequisites: 
ME EN 372; or CE EN 321
ME EN
510
Compressible Fluid Flow.
3
One-dimensional analysis of compressible flow with area change, friction, heat transfer, shock waves, and combined effects, including experimental methods.
Prerequisites: 
ME EN 312; Me En 312 or equivalent.
ME EN
512
Intermediate Fluid Dynamics.
3
Fluid transport properties, review of integral analysis, Navier-Stokes equations, exact and similarity solutions, boundary layers, vorticity, jets and wakes.
Prerequisites: 
ME EN 312; or instructor's consent, Me En 505 previous or concurrent enrollment.
ME EN
521
Intermediate Thermodynamics.
3
Review of first and second law analysis; exergy; equations of state and other thermodynamic relations; properties of mixtures and multiphase systems; chemical reactions and equilibrium.
Prerequisites: 
ME EN 321
ME EN
522
Combustion.
3
Introduction to first- and second-law ideal gas combustion systems along with elementary models of homogeneous and heterogeneous premixed and/or diffusion flames.
Prerequisites: 
CHEM 105 & ME EN 340 & ME EN 422; or CH EN 373 & CH EN 376
ME EN
523
(Me En-CE En) Aircraft Structures.
3
Requirements, objectives, loads, materials, and tools for design of airframe structures; static behavior of thin-wall structures; durability and damage tolerance; certification and testing. Airframe component team design project.
Prerequisites: 
CE EN 304 & CE EN 321; or ME EN 250 & ME EN 372
ME EN
534
Dynamics of Mechanical Systems.
3
Hamiltonian and Lagrangian dynamics, generalized coordinates, linear and angular momentum, Euler angles, rigid-body motions, and gyroscopic effects. Theory taught with applications integrated.
Prerequisites: 
ME EN 335
ME EN
535
Mechanical Vibrations.
3
Introduction to energy methods for system modeling, eigenvalues and mode shapes, frequency response, and spectral characterization of vibrations.
Prerequisites: 
ME EN 335; or equivalent.
ME EN
537
Advanced Mechanisms, Robotics.
3
Kinematics and dynamics of advanced mechanisms, such as robots, with computer simulation of mechanism motion.
Prerequisites: 
ME EN 437; or equivalent.
ME EN
538
Compliant Mechanisms.
3
Design and analysis of compliant mechanisms and compliant structures. Large-deflection analysis/force displacement relationships; mechanisms synthesis.
Prerequisites: 
ME EN 372; Me En 475 or concurrent enrollment; or instructor's consent.
ME EN
540
Intermediate Heat and Mass Transfer.
3
Analytical approaches to conduction, convection, and radiation heat transfer. Introduction to mass transfer.
Prerequisites: 
ME EN 340; or equivalent; concurrent enrollment in Me En 505.
ME EN
541
Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer.
3
Fluid dynamics and heat transfer analysis by numerical methods. Theory and implementation of finite difference and finite volume methods.
Prerequisites: 
ME EN 312 & ME EN 340; or instructor's consent.
ME EN
550
(Me En-EC En) Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS).
3
Design, fabrication, and applications of MEMS. Mechanical properties governing their design and reliability and the processing technologies used to fabricate them.
Prerequisites: 
EC EN 450; or ME EN 372; or equivalent.
ME EN
552
Neuromechanics of Movement.
3
Biomechanics and neural control of human movement. Dynamics of neuromusculoskeletal system; human-machine interaction; movement disorders and assistive/rehabilitative technology; current research techniques.
Prerequisites: 
ME EN 335; or instructor's consent.
ME EN
555
Introduction to Biomechanical Engineering.
3
Mechanics of biological systems. A continuum mechanics-based approach to the structure, function, mechanical response, and active remodeling of hard and soft tissues of the body.
Prerequisites: 
ME EN 372; or equivalent.
ME EN
556
Materials Modeling: Methods in Atomistic, Mesoscale, and Continuum Simulations.
3
Theory and application of various computer simulations to model, understand, and predict the properties of real materials. Specific topics include: first-principles atomistic models, empirical potential atomistic models, mesoscale models, and continuum finite element analysis.
Prerequisites: 
ME EN 452
ME EN
558
Metallurgy.
3
Fundamental principles of physical metallurgy and their application to design.
Prerequisites: 
ME EN 250; or instructor's consent.
ME EN
561
(Me En-Phscs) Fundamentals of Acoustics.
3
Vibrating systems, elastic media, mechanical energy, and radiation. Sound generation, transmission, reflection, and reception.
Prerequisites: 
PHSCS 318; or equivalent; Phscs 461 or concurrent enrollment.
ME EN
562
(Me En-Phscs 660) Acoustic Systems.
3
Analyzing and modeling electro-mechano-acoustic systems. Transducers, calibration, and acoustical measurements. Sound sources, arrays, coupling, radiation, and directivity. Duct acoustics and acoustic filters.
Prerequisites: 
PHSCS 561; or instructor's consent.
ME EN
570
(Me En-CE En) Computer-Aided Engineering Software Development.
3
Programming methods for development of engineering software. Data structures, architecture, libraries, and graphical user interfaces, with applications to CAD systems.
Prerequisites: 
ME EN 373; or ME EN 273; or C programming.
ME EN
574
Product Development Automation.
3
Design automation, network modeling of design systems, mass customization, agent-based methods, transnational design systems. Aerospace, automotive, and consumer product applications.
Prerequisites: 
ME EN 476; Me En 475; or equivalents.
ME EN
575
(Me En-CE En) Optimization Techniques in Engineering.
3
Application of computational optimization techniques to constrained engineering design. Theory and application of gradient-based and gradient-free algorithms for unconstrained and constrained nonlinear problems. Robust design methods.
Prerequisites: 
MATH 302; or MATH 313; C, C++, or similar computer language.
ME EN
576
Product Design.
3
Emerging design methodology and design strategies for complex systems, including decomposition methods and sensitivity analysis. Advanced CAD/CAE/CAM technologies applied to design.
Prerequisites: 
ME EN 475; or instructor's consent.
ME EN
578
CAD/Cam Applications.
3
Principles and practices involved in parametric surface and solid modeling, associativity, NC tool path generation, etc. Construction of complete CAD models for design, analysis, and manufacture.
Prerequisites: 
ME EN 471 & ME EN 570
ME EN
579
Global Product Development.
3
Preparing students to be leaders in globally-influenced product development organizations. Includes visits to U.S. and overseas companies and universities.
Prerequisites: 
ME EN 476; Me En 475 or equivalents; senior or graduate status.
ME EN
585
Manufacturing Competitiveness: Quality and Productivity.
3
Production strategies to improve quality, decrease cost, and increase throughput to create market advantage; effective production management systems; applying quality improvement tools to process data; theory of constraints and lean production.
Prerequisites: 
ME EN 282; or ME EN 382
ME EN
595
R
Topics in Materials.
0.5-18
Prerequisites: 
Departmental consent.
ME EN
595
R
Topics in Mechanical Design.
0.5-18
Prerequisites: 
Departmental consent.
ME EN
595
R
Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering.
0.5-18
Prerequisites: 
Departmental consent.
ME EN
602
(Me En-CE En) Composite Structures.
3
Design and analysis of advanced composite structures; deflections, buckling, and vibration of thin plates and sandwich plates; design guidelines; design examples; project.
Prerequisites: 
ME EN 372; or CE EN 304
ME EN
604
(Me En-CE En) Continuum and Solid Mechanics.
3
Derivation of partial differential equations of continuum mechanics. Closed-form solution of classical problems in elasticity. Theory of beams, plates, and axisymmetric shells with closed-form solutions. Large displacement strain tensors, stress tensors, equilibrium equations, beam theory, and plate theory. Constitutive theory including nonlinear elasticity, viscoelasticity, plasticity, and hyperelasticity.
Prerequisites: 
ME EN 372; or CE EN 321
ME EN
607
(Me En-CE En) Nonlinear Finite Element Methods.
3
Nonlinear dynamic finite element analysis of solids. Nonlinear continuum mechanics, finite element formulation, and elementary solution algorithms for nonlinear algebraic problems. focusing on hyperelastic solids. Advanced topics in isogeometric analysis, computational analysis-suitable geometry, and adaptivity. An introduction to dynamics; basic methods of time integration, such as Newmark and "alpha" methods.
Prerequisites: 
ME EN 507; or CE EN 507
ME EN
611
Turbulence.
3
Introduction to turbulence, flow instability and transition, concept of scale, Reynolds averaging, wall-bounded and free shear flows, closure modes, and measurement techniques.
Prerequisites: 
ME EN 512
ME EN
612
Environmental Fluid Dynamics.
3
Fluid dynamics of the atmosphere and oceans related to free surface, two layer, and continuously stratified flows emphasizing linear and nonlinear free-surface and internal gravity waves.
Prerequisites: 
Me En 512 or instructor's consent.
ME EN
613
Experimental Fluid Mechanics.
3
Experimental methods for analyzing fluid flow and heat transfer. Theory and application of techniques in velocimetry, pressure sensing, thermometry, and flow visualization.
Prerequisites: 
Me En 312 or equivalent.
ME EN
633
(Me En-EC En 673) Digital Control Systems.
3
Design of digital controllers for dynamical systems, analysis using the z-transform, digital filter implementation, application of transform-based classical design methods, and modern state-space techniques.
Prerequisites: 
Me En 431 or EC En 483 or equivalent.
ME EN
634
(Me En-EC En 674) Flight Dynamics and Control.
3
Dynamics of flight, stability, and control derivatives, longitudinal and lateral control design; state-space control strategies for aircraft; and unmanned air vehicle applications.
Prerequisites: 
Me En 431 or EC En 483 or equivalent.
ME EN
642
Radiative Heat Transfer.
3
Advanced engineering analysis of radiant heat exchange between surfaces, in enclosures, and in absorbing, emitting, and scattering media.
Prerequisites: 
ME EN 540
ME EN
643
Convective Heat Transfer
3
Advanced engineering analysis of convective heat transfer in internal and external laminar and turbulent flows.
Prerequisites: 
ME EN 512; or equivalent.
ME EN
651
Microstructure and Properties.
3
Representations of inhomogenous material microstructure, crystallography, orientation distribution functions, Fourier representations, bounding theories for defect-insensitive properties, grain boundaries and grain boundary engineering, microstructure sensitive design.
Prerequisites: 
ME EN 500
ME EN
671
Advanced Strategies for Product Development.
3
Theory of advanced strategies for product development. New concepts developed, tested, and applied to real products.
Prerequisites: 
MeEn 475 or instructor's consent.
ME EN
673
Advanced Design Tool Development.
3
Development and implementation of advanced tools and methods for mechanical design.
Prerequisites: 
MeEn 570 and instructor's consent.
ME EN
684
Production System Design.
3
Designing manufacturing systems for competitive advantage. Factory layout, simulation and design, and tooling design. Integration of manufacturing design into product development process.
Prerequisites: 
MeEn 671 or instructor's consent.
ME EN
695
R
Special Problems for Master's Students
1-3
Prerequisites: 
Department chair's consent.
ME EN
699
R
Master's Thesis.
1-9
ME EN
733
(Me En-EC En 773) Linear System Theory.
3
Mathematical introduction to time-varying linear systems; state-space descriptions, controllability, observability, Lyapunov stability, observer-based control. Design of linear quadratic regulators and infinite-horizon Kalman filters.
Prerequisites: 
EC EN 671; Me En 431 or EC En 483 or equivalent.
ME EN
734
(Me En-EC En 774) Non-Linear System Theory.
3
Mathematical introduction to non-linear dynamic systems. Topics include Lyapunov methods, passivity, input-output stability, and non-linear feedback design.
Prerequisites: 
EC EN 671; Me En 431 or EC En 483 or equivalent.
ME EN
795
R
Selected Topics in Mechanical Engineering.
1-3
ME EN
799
R
Doctoral Dissertation.
1-18
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