10: School of Engineering and Applied Science

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Mechanical Engineering

ME 242 - (3) (Y)
Introduction to Mechanical Engineering

Prerequisites: ENGR 160, PHYS 142E
Overview of the mechanical engineer's role as analyst, designer, and manager. Introduction to manufacturing tools, equipment, and processes; properties of materials relative to manufacture and design; engineering design graphics with Autocad; blueprint reading, sectioning, auxiliary views; analysis and design of mechanical devices; engineering project management and control with computer aided project organization; applications of project management to plant layout and production lines; and plant tours to local industry. Labs include hands on experience with tools and materials, dissection of automobile transmissions and other devices. Two lectures, one laboratory period.

ME 302 - (3) (Y)
Fluid Mechanics

Prerequisites: APMA 206, ENGR 202
Introduction to fluid flow concepts and equations; integral and differential forms of mass, momentum, and energy conservation with emphasis on one-dimensional flow; fluid statics; Bernoulli's equation; viscous effects; Couette flow, Poiseuille flow, pipe flow; introduction to boundary layers; one-dimensional compressible flow; normal shock waves; flow with friction; flow with heat addition; isothermal flow; and applications.

ME 320 - (3) (SI)
Computer Graphics

Prerequisites: CS 101 or CS 182
Overview of graphics fundamentals, including two- and three-dimensional coordinate geometry and matrix transformations used for viewing; visual realism and rendering; curves and surfaces; and engineering data visualization techniques. Assignments are balanced between several using a modern 3-D, PC-based rendering package and others implemented in a high-level programming language.

ME 323 - (3) (Y)
Thermal Systems Analysis

Prerequisite: ENGR 202
Analysis of the thermodynamics of reactive and nonreactive, multi-component systems; energy cycles; and thermodynamic analysis of energy conversion systems. Cross-listed as AE 323.

ME 329 - (3) (Y)
Elements of Heat and Mass Transfer

Prerequisites: ME 302 or AE 305, CS 182; corequisite: APMA 341
Analysis of steady state and transient heat conduction in solids with elementary analytical and numerical solution techniques; fundamentals of radiant heat transfer including considerations for black, gray, and diffuse surfaces and the electrical analogy for network analysis; free and forced convective heat transfer with applications of boundary layer theory, Reynolds analogy, and dimensional analysis; introduction to mass transfer by diffusion using the heat-mass transfer analogy. Cross-listed as ME 329.

ME 339 - (3) (Y)
Engineering Materials: Properties and Applications

Prerequisite: CHEM 151; corequisite: ENGR 306
Introduction to physical-chemical/microstructural and the working mechanical properties, along with the common/practical applications, for materials of wide interest in engineering design. Coverage includes common metal (ferrous and nonferrous), polymer, ceramic, and composite materials. Also included: standard materials names/designations, standard forming methods (casting, rolling, extruding, etc.), usual strengthening means (alloying, heat treatment, cold working, etc.) temperature and temperature-history effects, common processing methods (machining/shaping, attachment, coating, etc., techniques), common properties measurement and other testing methods, oxidation/corrosion processes (along with protection means), sources of abrupt failure (fatigue, embrittlement, etc.), creep and viscoelastic behaviors. Engineering application advantages and disadvantages for specific materials, forming and processing methods, etc., illustrated through case-study examples.

ME 346 - (3) (Y)
Elements of Mechanical Design

Prerequisites: ME 242, ENGR 306; corequisite: ME 339
Application of mechanical analysis to the basic design of machine elements. Basic concepts in statistics and reliability analysis, advanced strength of materials, and fatigue analysis. Practical design and applications of materials to fastening systems, power screws, springs, bearings, gears, brake clutches and flexible power transmission elements.

ME 370 - (3) (Y)
Introduction to Composite Mechanics

Prerequisites: ENGR 306 or equivalent
Introduction to engineering properties and advantages of advanced fibrous composites; anisotropic, thermo-mechanical constitutive theory for plane stress analysis; thermal-mechanical stress analysis of laminates subjected to inplane and bending loads; engineering properties of laminates; test methods and material response (in the laboratory); designing with composites; computer implementation. Cross-listed as AE 370 and CE 370.

ME 383 - (2) (Y)
Experimental Methods Laboratory

Prerequisite: PHYS 241E, ENGR 202; corequisite: ME 302, ENGR 306, ME 323
Analysis of the basic concepts and methods in engineering measurements including systems, quantities, units, techniques, statistics and uncertainties; and practical applications in the fields of fluid and solid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, electrical circuitry, and mechanical devices. Emphasis given to developing skills in experimentation and familiarity with instruments. One hour lecture, three hours laboratory, plus preparation of reports.

ME 384 - (2) (Y)
Applied Engineering Laboratory

Prerequisite: MAE 383 or permission of instructor
Application of solid and fluid mechanics and thermodynamics to practical machines, processes, and cycles. Studies include compressors, internal combustion engines, cooling devices, system dynamics, wind tunnels and gas processes. Experiment planning, data analysis, and report writing. One hour lecture, three hours laboratory per week.

ME 414 - (3) (Y)
Thermal Environment Engineering

Prerequisite: ME 302
Analysis and synthesis of systems to produce control of the thermal environment. Emphasis on design for optimum control of climate within enclosures for human occupancy, processes or special equipment.

ME 421 - (3) (SI)
Principles of Air Pollution

Prerequisite: Either AE 305, CHE 314, CE 315, ME 323, or NE 301
Study of the gaseous and particulate air pollutants and their effects on visibility, animate and inanimate receptors. Evaluation of source emissions and principles of control. Introduction to meteorological factors governing distribution and removal of air pollutants. Air quality measurements. Legal aspects of air pollution. Study of noise pollution.

ME 431 - (3) (Y)
Energy Systems I

Prerequisites: ME 323, ME 429
Design of systems for the useful conversion of energy. Typical applications include various combustion systems which generate electricity and the control of air pollutant emissions from combustion systems. Special considerations include the control and performance features present in such operating systems, as well as the economic optimization of capital and operating expense.

ME 432 - (3) (Y)
Energy Systems II

Prerequisite: ME 431, ME 429
Design of systems for useful conversion of energy. Typical applications include building air conditioning systems, heat exchangers and energy storage systems. Special considerations include the control and performance features present in such operating systems, as well as the economic optimization of capital and operating expense.

ME 433 - (3)(Y)
Air Breathing Propulsion

Prerequisite: ME 302 or corequisite: AE 306
Brief review of mechanics and thermodynamics of compressible fluids. Analysis of the basic mechanisms for thrust generation in aerospace propulsion systems; the steady one-dimensional flow approximation; performance and cycle analysis of air-breathing engines, emphasizing jet engines (turbojet, turbofan, turboprop) and ramjets; aerothermodynamics of inlets, diffusers, combustors, and nozzles; performance of turbo-machinery: axial-flow and centrifugal compressors; turbines; and the matching of engine components. Cross-listed as AE 433.

ME 434 - (3) (Y)
Spacecraft Propulsion

Prerequisite: ME 302, CHEM 152, or permission of instructor; corequisite: AE 306
Analysis of combustion thermodynamics; performance of rocket vehicles; space mission requirements; idealized analysis of chemical rocket engine; properties and performance of chemical rocket propellants; rocket combustion chambers and exhaust nozzles; heat transfer effects; properties of ionized gases; electrical rocket propulsion; nuclear rockets; and comparative performance of propulsion systems for space flight. Cross-listed as AE 434.

ME 443 - (3) (SI)
Mechanical Vibrations

Prerequisite: ENGR 207
Study of free and forced vibration of damped and undamped single and multiple degree of freedom systems. Modeling of discrete and continuous mass systems. Application to vibration measurement instruments. Analysis of concepts of modal analysis; concepts of linear stability. Application to rotating machinery including the design of bearings and supports. Discussion of static and dynamic balancing; influence coefficients; and least squares method.

ME 445 - (3) (Y)
Introduction to Automatic Controls

Prerequisite: ENGR 207
Discussion of the mathematics of feedback control systems; transfer functions; basic servo theory; stability analysis; root locus techniques; and graphical methods. Applications to analysis and design of mechanical systems, with emphasis on hydraulic, pneumatic, and electromechanical devices.

ME 447 - (3) (Y)
Machine Design I

Prerequisites: ME 346
Study of the design process and project management; case histories; manufacturing issues related to design; lubrication and hydrodynamic bearings; dynamic finite element analysis; and application to design for vibration suppression. Individual and team projects. Two lecture hours and two laboratory hours per week.

ME 448 - (3) (Y)
Machine Design II

Prerequisite: ME 346, or permission of instructor
A continuation of ME 447. Application of the design process to projects. Organization of design teams to work on specific semester-long design projects including oral presentations and written reports. Two lecture hours and two laboratory hours per week.

ME 450 - (3) (Y)
Financial Engineering

General principles of taxation: calculation of income taxes; economic considerations in practical engineering problems and in business decisions; costs, interest, depreciation, amortization, present worth, rate of return on investments; some facets of initiating small businesses. Detailed attention to the significance of compounded interest to long-term financial projects.

ME 461, 462 - (3) (SI)
Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering

Prerequisite: Fourth year standing and permission of instructor
Application of basic engineering science, design methods, and systems analysis to developing areas and current problems in mechanical engineering. The topics for each semester are announced at the time of preregistration.

ME 471 - (2) (Y)
Digital Instrumentation and Control

Prerequisite: ME/AE 383
Introduction to the basic concepts and equipment involved in digital data acquisition, filtering, and control. Topics include the mechanics of digital data acquisition and generation as well as signal processing. Applications to signal analysis and system control are explored. One lecture hour and three laboratory hours per week.

ME 472 - (2) (Y)
Electromechanical Systems

Prerequisite: ME 471
Instruction on fundamentals of commonly used electromechanical devices, followed by experimental determination of characteristics of practical systems. Included are basics of magnetic and electrical devices, A.C. and D.C. motors, matching motors to loads, solid state power control devices and circuits, and power distribution. One lecture hour, two laboratory hours per week.

ME 484, 485 - (1 1/2) (Y)
Special Project

Prerequisite: Professional standing, prior approval by a faculty member who will be project supervisor
Individual investigation. A survey, analysis, or apparatus project in the mechanical engineering field, concluded with the submission of a formal report. Subject originates with students wishing to develop a technical idea of personal interest. One hour conference per week.

ME 487 - (3) (Y)
Machine and Process Technology

Prerequisite: ME 339
Familiarization with concepts of mass production tooling and automation. Metallurgical and mechanical aspects of machining and metal forming. Experiments with machine tools. Two lecture hours, three laboratory hours.

ME 488 - (2) (Y)
Senior Mechanical Engineering Laboratory

Prerequisites: ME 329, ME 384
Laboratory projects drawn from all of the basic fields natural to the profession of mechanical engineering. The laboratory purpose is to learn to apply the experimental method in the solution of engineering problems. One lecture hour, three laboratory hours.

Note   Courses at the 600 level and above are listed in the Graduate Record.

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