Courses and Syllabi

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ME 2233 – Thermodynamic Principles 

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

ME 2234 – Applied Thermodynamics 

Introduction to the analysis of cycles. Investigation of properties of real gases and mixtures. Introduction to elementary combustion considerations. Cycle design with consideration of specific application, alternative cycles, and equipment operation and maintenance is emphasized. Prerequisite: CHEM 1127Q or both CHEM 1124 and 1125, PHYS 1501Q and MATH 2110Q  which may be taken concurrently. 

ME 3214 – Dynamics of Particles and Rigid Bodies

Kinematics and dynamics of particles. Motion relative to a translating and rotating observer, inertial reference frames, central forces and orbits, kinematics and dynamics of groups of particles and rigid bodies, Lagrangian description of motion. Prerequisite: CEE 2120, Applied Mechanics II

ME 3217 – Metal Cutting Principles

Examination of metal cutting processes including turning, shaping, drilling, and 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. Prerequisite: CEE 3110  and MSE 3152 (may be taken concurrently). 

ME 3220 – Mechanical Vibrations

Free and forced vibrations, with damping of linear systems with one or two degrees of freedom. Transient vibrations. Vibration isolation. Rigid rotor balancing. Elements of Laplace transforms. Prerequisite: ME 3253, Math 2110Q, Math 2410Q,  CE 2120.

ME 3221 – Manufacturing Automation

Introduction to Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM). Fundamentals of automated manufacturing; Computer Numerical Control (CNC); Production economics and optimization of production systems. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

ME 3222 – Production Engineering

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. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

ME 3224 – Analysis and Design Mechanisms

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. Prerequisite: MATH 2110, MATH 2410, CE 2110.

ME 3225 – Computer Aided Design, Modeling & Graphics

Introduction to computer-aided graphics, modeling and design. Applications of graphics software and hardware with mini- and microcomputer systems. Interactive computer graphic techniques. Extensive laboratory study of wire-frame and raster computer graphics. Static and dynamic graphic presentation methods. Prerequisite: CSE 1100, CE 3110, MATH 2110, and consent of the instructor.

ME 3227 – Elements of Machine Design

Application of the fundamentals of engineering mechanics, materials, and manufacturing to the design and analysis of machine elements. Prerequisite: CE 3110.

ME 3228 – Introduction to Fatigue in Mechanical Design 

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. Prerequisite: CE 3110.

ME 3239 – Combustion for Energy Conversion

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.

ME 3242 – Heat Transfer 

A study of the fundamental laws of conduction, convection, and radiation of thermal energy and of mass transfer. Application of the general laws of heat transfer, and heat exchangers and insulation. The analytical, numerical, and graphical solution of one, two and three-dimensional problems. Prerequisite: ME 2233 and ME 3250.

ME 3250 – Fluid Dynamics I 

The laws of conservation of mass, momentum, and energy in fluid systems. Potential flow, boundary layers, introduction of compressible flow. Prerequisite: ME 2233,  MATH 2110Q, and MATH 2410Q. 

ME 3251 – Fluid Dynamics II 

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. Prerequisite: ME 3250.

ME 3253 – Linear Systems Theory 

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. Prerequisite: CE 2120 and MATH 2410Q.

ME 3255 – Computational Mechanics 

Topics include elementary numerical analysis, finite difference equations, initial value problems, ordinary and partial differential equations and finite element techniques. Applications include structural analysis, heat transfer and fluid flow. Prerequisite: CE 3110 and MATH 2410Q.

ME 3263 – Introduction to Sensors and Data Analysis (replaces ME 3260) 

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.

ME 3264 – Applied Measurements Laboratory (replaces ME 3262)

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.

ME 4972 – Senior Design Project I 

This course is 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. Prerequisite: ME 3250, ME 2337 may be taken concurrently.

ME 4973 – Senior Design Project II 

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. Prerequisite: ME 3260, ME 3262, ME 4972, ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 3800.

ME 3295 – Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering

Each section of ME 3295 is a unique ME elective. Students may take different sections of ME 3295 to satisfy their ME elective requirement.