Mechanical Engineering (ME)

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Course numbers with the # symbol included (e.g. #400) have not been taught in the last 3 years.

ME 441 - Introduction to Engineering Design and Solid Modeling

Credits: 4

Why are some products better than others? What is the definition of "better"? This course uses an inquiry-guided approach to explore the product design process via team design projects and laboratory exercises. Everyday products are examined from historical, societial, design, safety and manufacturing perspectives. Topics include ideation, sketching, design constraints, solid modeling, decision making, statistical quality control, manufacturing methods and engineering analysis. Students develop an appreciation for good design and the ability to communicate design ideas via 3-D solid models, written and oral reports. Prereq: MATH 418 or equivalent. Writing intensive.

Attributes: Inquiry (Discovery); Writing Intensive Course

ME 477 - Introduction to Solid Modeling

Credits: 1

Introduction to solid modeling and engineering drawaings using computer-aided design software. For Mechanical Engineering students, this course can only be taken with permission as an alternative to the required ME 441 Introduction to Engineering Design and Solid Modeling for students with extensive engineering design experience (e.g., high school or another university course), an engineering project based program (e.g., FIRST Robotics or Project Lead the Way), or similar experience (e.g., working in the industry). Students should not take both ME 441 and ME 477. Lecture and Lab.

ME 503 - Thermodynamics

Credits: 3

Properties of a pure substance, work and heat, laws of thermodynamics, entropy, thermodynamic relations, cycles. Prereq: PHYS 407. Pre- or Coreq: CHEM 405; MATH 528.

ME 523 - Introduction to Statics and Dynamics

Credits: 3

Overview of statics and dynamics applying concepts to particles then to rigid bodies. Topics include two- and three-dimensional force systems; laws of equilibrium; analyses of trusses and frames; friction; relative motion; impulse-momentum principles; work-energy relationships. Prereq: MATH 426; PHYS 407. Not for ME majors.

ME 525 - Statics

Credits: 3

Introduces statics. Two- and three-dimensional force systems, the concept of equilibrium, analysis of trusses and frames, centroids, bending moment and shear force diagrams, and friction. Prereq: PHYS 407 and MATH 426. Writing intensive.

Attributes: Writing Intensive Course

ME 526 - Mechanics of Materials

Credits: 3

Introduces strength of materials. Analysis of members under torsion, axial, shear and bending stresses, superposition of stresses, stability of columns. Prereq: ME 525. Writing intensive.

Attributes: Writing Intensive Course

ME 561 - Introduction to Materials Science

Credits: 4

The concepts of materials science and the relation of structure of material properties. Atomic structure, bonding material transport, mechanical properties of materials, solidification, phase diagrams, solid state transformations, and corrosion and oxidation. Laboratory exercises are carried out to demonstrate the basic concepts of the course. Prereq: one semester of introductory chemistry with a lab or equivalent; MATH 425. Writing intensive.

Attributes: Writing Intensive Course

ME 603 - Heat Transfer

Credits: 3

Analysis of phenomena; steady-state and transient conduction, radiation, and convection; engineering applications. Prereq: MATH 527, ME 608.

ME 608 - Fluid Dynamics

Credits: 3

Dynamics and thermodynamics of compressible and incompressible fluid flow; behavior of fluids as expressed by hydrostatic, continuity, momentum, and energy equations. Prereq: ME 503. Pre- or Coreq: MATH 527, IAM 550.

ME 627 - Dynamics

Credits: 3

Introduction to particle and rigid body dynamics. Rectilinear and curvilinear motion, translation and rotation, momentum and impulse principles, and work-energy relationships. Prereq: ME 525 or permission. Writing intensive.

Attributes: Writing Intensive Course

ME 643 - Machine Design

Credits: 3

Analysis, synthesis, and design of machine elements and systems. Development of engineering judgment; selection of materials stress and failure analysis; kinematic arrangement design for finite and infinite life. Open-ended design problems unify course topics. Prereq: ME 526, ME 561, ME 627. Writing intensive.

Attributes: Writing Intensive Course

ME 646 - Experimental Measurement and Data Analysis

Credits: 4

Basic and advanced techniques of engineering and scientific parameter measurement including statistical data and error analysis, curve fitting, calibration and application of transducers, and technical writing. Laboratory experiments draw on concepts from mechanics, thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics. Prereq: ME 526. Pre - or Co-req: ME 608. Writing intensive.

Attributes: Writing Intensive Course

ME 670 - Systems Modeling, Simulation, and Control

Credits: 4

Lumped parameter models for mechanical, electrical, thermal, fluid, and mixed systems. Matrix representation, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, time domain solutions, frequency response plots, and computer simulations are used to explore system response. Design of system for desired responses. Introduces feedback control, stability, and performance criteria. Prereq: ECE 537, ME 627, MATH 527. Writing intensive.

Attributes: Writing Intensive Course

ME 695 - Special Topics

Credits: 2-4

Course topics not offered in other courses. May be repeated for credit. Lab. Prereq: permission.

ME 696 - Projects

Credits: 1-4

Analytical, experimental, or design projects undertaken individually or in teams under faculty guidance. May be repeated for credit.

ME 699 - Engineering Internship

Credits: 1

Internship experience provides on-the-job reinforcement of academic programs in mechanical engineering. Contact the Mechanical Engineering department office for guidelines. May be repeated to a maximum of 3 credits. Prereq: appropriate class standing in major, 2.5 grade point average, and permission. Cr/F.

ME 705 - Thermal System Analysis and Design

Credits: 4

Engineering design of thermal systems that involve real problems and analysis of performance of the design. Design criteria include function, performance, optimization, economy, safety, and others as appropriate for the system. Required for ME seniors. Prereq: ME 503. Writing intensive.

Attributes: Writing Intensive Course

ME 706 - Renewable Energy: Physical and Engineering Principles

Credits: 3

The goal of this course is to become "Fluent in energy" and to learn about the engineering fundamentals of renewable energy technologies. The course will begin by giving an overview of U.S. energy usage and sources, as well as history and trends. Various renewable energy topics will then be discussed. Where applicable, topics will be discussed in detail from a fluid and thermal sciences point of view. Guest lecturers and a field trip may be included. This course is open to all engineering seniors. Prereq: ME 503 - Thermodynamics, ME 608 - Fluid Dynamics, or equivalent, or instructor permission.

ME 707 - Analytical Fluid Dynamics

Credits: 4

Kinematics of flow; constitutive relationships; development of the Navier-Stokes equations; vorticity theorems; potential flow. Prereq: ME 608.

ME 709 - Computational Fluid Dynamics

Credits: 3

Review of matrix methods; basics of finite differences, basics of spectral methods, stability, accuracy, Navier-Stokes solvers. Prereq: ME 603 or permission.

ME 712 - Waves in Fluids

Credits: 3

Linear and nonlinear dynamics of hyperbolic and dispersive wave systems with application to acoustic waves, surface and internal gravity waves, Rossby waves, and capillary waves. Key physical concepts include wave-generation mechanisms, wavelength and amplitude dispersion, group velocity and energy propagation, steady streaming, and mode interactions. Prereq: ME 608 or equivalent.

ME 724 - Vibration Theory and Applications

Credits: 4

Discrete vibrating systems. Linear system concepts; single-degree-of-freedom system with general excitation. Matrix theory and eigenvalue problems. Many degrees of freedom, normal mode theory for free and forced vibration. Numerical methods; introduction to continuous systems; applications to structural and mechanical systems. Prereq: ME 526; ME 627 or permission.

ME 727 - Advanced Mechanics of Solids

Credits: 4

Stress, strain, stress-strain relations, anisotropic behavior, introduction to elasticity, plane stress/strain, bending and torsion of members with general cross-sections introduction to thin plates and shells, energy methods. Prereq: ME 526 or permission.

ME 730 - Mechanical Behavior of Materials

Credits: 4

Elastic and inelastic behavior of materials in terms of micro- and macro-mechanics. Stress, strain, and constitutive relations related to recent developments in dislocation theory and other phenomena on the atomic scale and to the continuum mechanics on the macroscopic scale. Elasticity, plasticity, visoelasticity, creep, fracture, and damping. Anisotropic and heterogeneous materials. Prereq: ME 526; 561 or permission.

ME 731 - Fracture and Fatigue Engineering Material

Credits: 4

Reviews fundamentals of linear elastic fracture mechanics and strain energy release rate analyses. Discusses basic methods of design for prevention of failure by fast fracture and fatigue for metals, ceramics, and polymers with attention to the effect of material properties and subsequent property modification on each design approach. Prereq: ME 526; ME 561 or permission.

ME 735 - Mechanics of Composite Materials

Credits: 4

Classification of composites. Anisotropy of composite materials. Micromechanical predictions of elastic and hygrothermal properties. Strength and failure of composite materials. Analysis of laminates. Experimental methods for characterization of composites. Prereq: ME 526; ME 603; or permission.

ME 743 - Satellite Systems, Dynamics, and Control

Credits: 3

General satellite systems with emphasis on spacecraft dynamics and control. Topics include general satellite information such as types of satellites, missions, and orbits, as well as satellite subsystems. Basic spacecraft dynamics and orbital mechanics topics are covered. Advanced topics include attitude and orbit estimation, and automatic attitude control. Prereq: ME 670 or permission.

ME 747 - Experimental Measurement and Modeling of Complex Systems

Credits: 4

Experimental measurements for evaluation, design, and control of mechanical, electrical, and thermal/fluid phenomena. Emphasizes the dynamic response of both sensors and systems and the interactions between physical processes. Experimental examples are drawn from mechanics, material science, thermal-fluid science and controls. Prereq: ME 646; ME 670. Writing intensive.

Attributes: Writing Intensive Course

ME 755 - Senior Design Project I

Credits: 2

Part I of this two-part sequence emphasizes problem definition, analysis, development of alternative concepts, decision-making processes, synthesis of an optimum solution and the development of a conceptual design. Lectures on these and other topics are combined with seminars given by professionals from industry, government, and academia. Related topics include ISO9000 quality systems, engineering management, design review process, engineering economics, team building and communications. Students are organized into project teams to develop a conceptual design. Formal design reviews are conducted. A formal proposal documents the semester's work. Prereq: Senior standing in ME. Lab. Writing intensive.

Attributes: Writing Intensive Course

ME 756 - Senior Design Project II

Credits: 2

Continuation of Senior Design Project I, in which the proposal submitted in the previous course is developed into a prototype system. Part II emphasizes the development, assembly, testing and evaluation of the system designed in Part I. Lectures and seminars focus on the prototype development process, design verification and industry practices. A formal report documents the semester's work. Prereq: ME 755. Writing intensive.

Attributes: Writing Intensive Course

ME 757 - Coastal Engineering and Processes

Credits: 3

Introduces small amplitude and finite amplitude wave theories. Wave forecasting by significant wave method and wave spectrum method. Coastal processes and shoreline protection. Wave forces and wave structure interaction. Introduces mathematical and physical modeling. Prereq: ME 608 or permission. (Also offered as CIE 757 and OE 757.)

ME #760 - Physical Metallurgy I

Credits: 4

Introduction to physical metallurgy; dislocations; thermodynamics of materials, diffusion, phase transformations, and strengthening mechanisms in solids. Prereq: ME 561 or permission. Lab.

ME 761 - Diffraction and Imaging Methods in Materials Science

Credits: 4

Introduces x-ray diffraction and electron microscopy. Basic crystallography, reciprocal lattice, x-ray and electron diffraction, x-ray methods, transmission and scanning electron microscopy. Prereq: CHEM 403; PHYS 408 or permission. Lab.

ME 770 - Design with Microprocessors

Credits: 4

Basic operation of microprocessors and micro-controllers is explained, and interfacing these devices to sensors, displays and mechanical systems is explored. Topics include: number systems, architecture, registers, memory mapping, interrupts and interfacing for system design. Methods of programming and interfacing with mechanical/electrical systems are covered in class, and then implemented in lab. Prereq: ECE 537 or permission. Lab.

ME 772 - Control Systems

Credits: 4

Development of advanced control system design concepts such as Nyquist analysis, lead-lag compensation, state feedback, parameter sensitivity, controllability, observability, introduction to non-linear and modern control. Includes interactive computer-aided design and real-time digital control. Prereq: ME 747 or permission. (Also offered as ECE 772.) Lab.

ME 773 - Electromechanical Analysis and Design

Credits: 4

Analysis and design of electromechanical systems using lumped parameter models and magnetic finite element analysis (FEA). Electrostatic and magnetic field equations are discussed and used to derive magnetic and electric lumped model elements. Brushless dc motor is analyzed using lumped models and FEA. Various drive types are discussed and the motor system analyzed to obtain torque-speed curves. Design principles are given and utilized in a design project. Prereq: ME 670 or permission.

ME 777 - Computer Aided Engineering

Credits: 4

In this course, modules of Solid Works (beyond its basic solid modeling capabilities) and other software is used to demonstrate how computer based tools can be used in engineering practice, in particular design analysis and optimization. Emphasis placed on using knowledge from past engineering courses to obtain theoretical calculations to compare with the results from the computer software package. Prereq: ME 526 Strength of Materials; ME 627 Mechanics III; ME 603 Heat Transfer; and ME 608 Fluid Dynamics (or equivalent).

Attributes: Writing Intensive Course

ME 785 - Solid Mechanics in Manufacturing

Credits: 4

Characterization of material properties are studied with emphasis on plastic deformation. Also, numerical approaches to solve for the forces, stresses, and strains in manufacturing processes are covered. In particular, two prominent mass production manufacturing areas, metal forming and cutting, are examined. Prereq: ME 561; ME 627.

ME 786 - Introduction to Finite Element Analysis

Credits: 4

Topics include basic matrix theory, potential energy approach, direct stiffness method, calculus of variations, development of finite element theory, and modeling techniques. Applications in solid mechanics, heat transfer, fluids, and electromagnetic devices, via both commercially available codes and student-written codes. Prereq: ME 526, ME 603 or permission. Lab.

ME 795 - Special Topics

Credits: 1-4

New or specialized courses and/or independent study. May be repeated for credit.

ME 797 - Honors Seminar

Credits: 1

Course enrichment and/or additional independent study in subject matter pertaining to a 600- or 700-level ME course other than ME 695, ME 696, ME 697, or ME 795.