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ME 210: Manufacturing and Design

This course introduces techniques in computer-aided design (CAD) and manufacturing as applied to mechanical components and systems. Manufacturing processes, their underlying physical phenomena, and their relevance to mechanical design are studied. Laboratory work includes the drawing and construction of a pre-designed mechanical system using CAD, conventional fabrication techniques, and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM). All course topics are applied to the design, construction, and competition of a major group project. Lecture/laboratory. Offered: Spring semester
Corequisite: ME 240; Math 264


ME 240: Dynamics

This course explores particle and rigid body kinematics and kinetics; work, energy, and power; linear impulse and momentum; angular impulse and momentum and impact. Includes MATLAB programming and numerical modeling. Offered: Spring semester.
Prerequisite: ES 226; Math 263


ME 331: Instrumentation and Data Acquisition

Engineering instrumentation is introduced and further examined in the laboratory. The fundamental concepts of measurement error, calibration, statistical and uncertainty analysis, signal conditioning, and computer-based data acquisition are covered. Emphasis is on measurement techniques used for quantities of particular importance to the mechnical engineer which include temperature, pressure, flow rate, displacement, speed, force, strain, torque, and power. The fundamentals of DC circuits and electrical instrumentation are also covered. Offered: Fall semester.
Prerequisite: ES 230


ME 336: Engineering Materials and Manufacturing Processes

Processes used to manufacture/fabricate products from metals and alloys, ceramics and glasses to polymers and composites are explored. Different types and uses of materials from each group are discussed. Also included are properties and behavior of these materials as they affect manufacturing methods, and effects of different processes on properties and performance of manufactured products.
Prerequisite: ES 231 or permission of instructor


ME 350: Thermodynamics I

The study of the basic concepts and laws of thermodynamics applicable to all types of thermodynamic systems. Offered: Fall semester.
Prerequisite: Chemistry 121; Physics 131; Math 264


ME 351: Introduction to Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer

A study of the basic laws of thermodynamics and heat transfer with selected applications to engineering systems or devices. For non-mechanical engineering majors. Offered: Fall semester.
Prerequisite: Chemistry 121; Physics 131; Math 263


ME 352: Dynamics of Physical Systems and Electrical Circuits

Dynamic physical systems are modeled as networks of interacting energetic elements. Analogies are drawn between mechanical, fluid, electrical, and hybrid systems. Systems are represented using single ordinary differential equations, state-space, and transfer functions. AC and DC circuits and electromechanical systems are analyzed. Offered: Spring semester.
Prerequisite: Mathematics 264; ME 331


ME 353: Engineering Design I

This course introduces students to the design/selection of mechanical components such as shafts, bearings, gears, fasteners, springs, clutches, brakes, and joints. Students apply closed form and finite element methods of stress and deflection analysis to the determination of component geometry and the selection of materials. Students are introduced to fatique analysis and statistics as design methods. Offered: Fall semester.
Prerequisite: ES 230; Math 264


ME 360: Thermodynamics II

The application of thermodynamic principles to the study of gas and steam power cycles, refrigeration cycles, mixtures, compressible flow, and combustion and chemical reactions. Introduction to advanced thermodynamic theory. Offered: Spring semester.
Prerequisite: ME 350


ME 361: Dynamics of Machines

A combination of analytical and computer methods in the kinematic and kinetic analysis of mechanisms and machines. The analysis and design of cams and gear trains is included. CAE applications and open-ended design projects give students the opportunity to link course topics with real-world machines. Offered: Spring semester.
Prerequisite: ME 240, 353


ME 362: Fluid Mechanics

The basic laws of physics and thermodynamics are applied to the study of fluid phenomena. Topics include conservation of mass, momentum, and energy. Basic laws are applied to hydrostatics, external and internal incompressible flow, and fluid machinery. Offered: Spring semester.
Prerequisite: ME 350


ME 371: Engineering Design II

Design and analysis of mechanical systems considering theories of static failure, material selection, fatigue, finite element analysis, impact loading, and statistics/reliability. Offered: Spring semester.
Prerequisite: ME 353


ME 380: Bioengineering Design Clinic

This course provides an introduction to Bioengineering Design. Engineering designs are developed through processes that have a number of stages, beginning with conceptual design and culminating in detailed design. At the heart of this course is the completion of a major coneptual and embodiment design project for a specific client from clinical medicine or the bioengineering industry. Student teams will produce a prototype of their design and document their process with a written report and presentation.


ME 390, 391: Independent Study/Research

An opportunity for selected students to undertake independent study/research projects during the junior and/or senior year. Projects are selected based on the background and interests of the student, and the availability of staff. A proposal is submitted to a faculty member who serves as the adviser, and to the department head for approval. Each student is required to submit a final paper embodying the results of the study/research.
This is a Technical Elective.


ME 395-397: Special Topics

This course considers recent advances and/or subjects of current interest to students and members of the staff. Topic(s) for a given semester are announced prior to registration.
This is a Technical Elective.


ME 470: Heat Transfer

A study of the basic phenomena of heat transfer which includes treatment of steady and non-steady state conduction in one and two dimensions, natural and forced convection, and thermal radiation. Offered: Fall semester.
Prerequisite: ME 362


ME 472: Advanced Dynamics

A study of vibrations of mechanical systems that includes the treatment of the free and forced vibrations of lumped mass and continuous systems. The physical behavior of these systems under steady state and transient vibration is investigated. Matrix methods are utilized in the treatment of multi degree-of-freedom systems. Offered: Spring semester. This is a Technical Elective.
Prerequisite: ME 240, 352, 353


ME 475: Thermal/Fluids Systems

A capstone course in which students conduct experiments to reinforce the concepts of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer using modern instrumentation and data acquisition systems. Typical experiments include steam power generation, refrigeration, fluid viscosity, wind tunnel measurements, flow meter performance, piping losses, boundary layer measurements, heat transfer by conduction and convection, heat exchanger performance, and internal combustion engine performance. Offered: Spring semester.
Prerequisite: ME 331, 470


ME 476: Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning

The application of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and other engineering principles to the design of interior environmental control systems. Consideration is given to the total energy concept of environmental control in light of present energy concerns. This is a Technical Elective.
Prerequisite: ME 350, 362; Pre- or corequisite: ME 470


ME 477: Internal Combustion Engines

The application of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and other engineering principles to the design, performance, and economy of internal combustion engines and gas turbines. This course also includes the effect and control of automotive emissions. This is a Technical Elective.
Prerequisite: ME 350, 362


ME 478: Control Systems and Mechatronics

Classical feedback control theory is applied to dynamic systems. The effect of closed-loop control on the transient response, error, stability, and frequency response of systems is investigated. Control systems are designed using computer simulation. Boolean logic and its implementation in ladder logic are applied to the control of mechanical systems. Modern control theory and digital control theory are introduced. Offered: Fall semester.
Prerequisite: ME 352; Corequisite: ME 479


ME 479: Control Systems and Mechatronics Design and Analysis

Analog controllers are designed and built to implement velocity and position control of a rotational servomechanism. The performance of controllers is evaluated and compared to design predictions. Programmable logic controllers are used to implement ladder logic. Op-amp circuits and power electronics are investigated. DC, AC, and stepping motors are explored. Offered: Fall semester.
Prerequisite: ME 352; Corequisite: ME 478


ME 483: Power Plants

The application of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and other engineering principles to the design and operation of power plants. This is a Technical Elective.
Prerequisite: ME 470


ME 484: Applied Finite Element Method Analysis

Advanced finite element analysis of components and systems in support of mechanical design. Topics may include complex three-dimensional solid modeling, meshing and error analysis, results verification, optimal design, nonlinear analysis, and design project applications. Effective written and oral presentation results are emphasized.
Prerequisite: ES 230


ME 485: Continuum Mechanics

An introduction to continuum mechanics and the mechanics of deformable solids. Topics include vectors and tensors, Lagrangian and Eulerian strain tensors, first and second Piola-Kirchhoff stress tensors, equations of conservation of mass and momentum, constitutive laws for solids, and infinitesimal elasticity. This is a technical elective.
Prerequisite: ES 230


ME 486: Compressible Flow

A study of the behavior of compressible fluids including isentropic flow, Fanno and Rayleigh processes, normal and two-dimensional shock waves, and application to selected problems in modern high-speed flows.This is a Technical Elective.
Prerequisite: ME 350, 362


ME 487: Principles of Thermal Design

The study of thermal design and application through synthesis of thermodynamic, fluid mechanic, and heat transfer principles. The course emphasizes design methodologies including modeling and simulation of thermal equipment and systems, optimization, search methods, and dynamic programming. This is a Technical Elective.
Prerequisite: ME 362, 470


ME 488: Robotics

Introduction to fundamentals of robotics and related automation technologies. Emphasis is placed on robot mechanics, work cell design, manufacturing applications, and programming and control. This is a Technical Elective.
Prerequisite: ME 361


ME 489: Introduction to Biomedical Engineering

Introduces fundamentals and applications of the transport processes— thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and mass transfer—in the human body and in other biomedical systems. Students study the modeling of normal and abnormal human physiology and the devices for medical therapy. Students develop the tools necessary to obtain quantitative information on biomedical problems involving transport processes. This is a technical elective.
Prerequisite: ME 362, or permission of instructor


ME 490: Fundamentals of Finite Element Theory

This course explores the underlying theory and computational implementation of the finite element method. Students will gain an understanding of finite element formulations, understand how the formulations can be adapted to solve problems in a variety of engineering areas, develop computational tools needed to apply the finite element method, and apply these tools to engineering problems. Student-generated, instructor-supplied, and some commercial software will be employed throughout the course. This is a technical elective.
Prerequisite: Math 264; ES 230


ME 492: Biomechanics

A one-semester course involving the application of solid and fluid mechanics to biological systems. Students will learn the fundamental cell biology and physiology necessary to understand these systems; understand how researchers in biomechanics address biological problems using engineering principles; advance their knowledge of mechanics; and develop the necessary skills to apply the concepts of engineering mechanics to biological systems. Likely topics include musculoskeletal (bone and muscle) mechanics, neuromuscular mechanics and control, and the physics of blood and air flow in the circulatory and respiratory systems. This is a technical elective.
Prerequisite: Physics 131 or 151 and junior/senior standing or instructor approval

ME 493: Numerical Applications in Mechanical Analysis and Design

In this course, various solution techniques to numerically solve mechanical engineering problems are studied. Problem topics are generated from mechanical design, mechanism and thermal analysis, and special subjects such as dynamics of satellites and interplanetary spacecraft. Both user generated codes and standard software libraries are employed. This is a Technical Elective.
Prerequisite: Math 264


ME 495, 496: Thesis

This program is designed in accordance with the honors program of the College. Enrollment is limited to selected seniors in Mechanical Engineering. Students who take the honors sequence in place of the senior design sequence (ME 497/498) must fully participate in the lecture portion of ME 497 and 498. This is a Technical Elective.


ME 497, 498: Senior Design Project I, II

Project of the student’s choice is carried through from problem formulation to completion. This sequence represents the student’s major design experience and is based on knowledge and skills acquired in earlier courses. Design criteria and objectives are formulated, and realistic constraints including economic, environmental, sustainability, manufacturability, ethical, health and safety, social, and political are considered. Engineering analysis and synthesis techniques are applied and iterated to obtain an optimal design solution. Students design and conduct experiments to verify design performance. Students document their achievements through oral and written presentations.
Prerequisite: For ME 497: ME 210, 350, 353; Corequisite: ME 470, 478