This is a full listing from the College catalog of all Mechanical Engineering courses. The courses required for the major or minor in ME are listed at https://me.lafayette.edu/curriculum/

ME - Mechanical Engineering

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.

Prerequisite
MATH 161, PHYS 131 or PHYS 151

ME 240 - Dynamics

Particle and rigid body kinematics and kinetics. Work, energy, and power. Linear impulse and momentum, angular impulse and momentum, impact. Students learn the fundamentals of MATLAB programming and practice these skills in the context of moving mechanical systems.

Prerequisite
ES 226; MATH 263;

ME 250 - Energy and Global Climate Change-Creating a Sustainable Future

This seminar will explore scientific, ethical, political, technological, and social issues regarding the global climate change, energy needs of the society, energy conversion and sustainability. Science shows that increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is causing the global warming. Since there is no consensus about this viewpoint in the areas of politics, economics, and policy making, the seminar will offer a rich forum of discussions of opposing views. Increased fossil energy use driven by population explosion will also be discussed. [STSC, V, W]

ME 290-291 - Introduction to Independent Study-Research

An opportunity for students to undertake independent study/research projects during the sophomore and/or junior 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.

ME 331 - Instrumentation and Data Acquisition

Introduction to the theory and devices involved in the measurement of physical properties of systems. Students will become acquainted with the techniques and difficulties associated with the use of different instruments. Fundamental concepts in computer-based data acquisition, signal conditioning, measurement error, and uncertainty analysis are also covered. The co-requisite laboratory course 311L is structured to provide the hands-on experience and writing skills to deepen the understanding of concepts discussed in the lecture. [W]

Prerequisite
ES 230

ME 336 - Materials Characterization and Failure

Materials Characterization and Failure is a one-semester course that expands on students' introductory materials science knowledge from the perspective of engineering design and analysis. This course investigates the microstructural behavior of metals and ceramics that drives macroscopic material performance. Emphasis is placed on understanding why specific material selections are appropriate choices for a given application. Topics covered include elasticity, plasticity, strengthening mechanisms, and fatigue. Case studies will be presented that relate course material to engineering failures.

Prerequisite
CHEM 122 or 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.

Prerequisite
CHEM 121, PHYS 131, MATH 264

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.

Prerequisite
MATH 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 fatigue analysis and statistics as design methods.

Prerequisite
ES 230; MATH 264

ME 354 - Thermodynamics

The study of the basic concepts of thermodynamics, including energy, heat, work, enthalpy, and entropy. The study of the first and second laws of thermodynamics for open and closed systems. The application of these laws to the analysis of gas power cycles, vapor power cycles, and refrigeration systems. An introduction to gas mixtures and combustion.

Prerequisite
CHEM 121, PHYS 131, MATH 264

ME 355 - Mechanical Engineering Design

Students learn methods to design, analyze, and select mechanical components, systems, and structural elements (power transmission systems, pressure vessels, intermediate and eccentric columns, fasteners, and bearings). Static, cyclic, and transient/impact loadings are considered. Students apply closed-form, empirical, and finite element methods of life, load, stress, and deflection analysis to the determination of component behavior and geometry, and material selection. Students are introduced to factor-of-safety, static failure, and fatigue analysis theories as design methodologies.

Prerequisite
ES 230, ES 231 and 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.

Prerequisite
ME 354

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.

Prerequisite
ME 354

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.

Prerequisite
ME 355

ME 390 - 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.

ME 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.

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.

ME 454 - Advanced Thermodynamics

The study of thermodynamic properties and mixtures with multi-component phase and chemical equilibria as well as reacting systems. Focus is placed on application of energy analysis, real gas properties, analysis of complex thermodynamic systems, and advanced concepts such as the kinetic theory of gases and non-equilibrium combustion.

Prerequisite
ME 354

ME 455 - Advanced Mechanical Engineering Design

This elective course teaches students interested in mechanical design advanced methods and topics related to the design and analysis of mechanical components and systems. Design topics and methodologies typically include: theories of failure, optimization, non-linear structural and material behaviors, modern software tools, statistics, reliability, and instructor selected topics. An experiential approach is applied to the teaching of this material. Specific course topics are at the discretion of the instructor.

Prerequisite
ME 355

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.

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.

Prerequisite
ME 240, ME 352, ME 355

ME 475 - Thermal/Fluids Systems

A capstone course in which students design and conduct experiments to explore the concepts of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer using modern instrumentation and data acquisition systems. Typical experiments include steam power generation, refrigeration, gas turbine (jet) engine performance, wind tunnel measurements, heat exchanger characterization, and internal combustion engine performance. Students perform thorough data analysis and interpretation, and communicate their work in written reports and oral presentation. [W]

Prerequisite
ME 331, ME 470

ME 477 - The Need for Speed: Motorsport Engineering

Motorsport Engineering is a one semester course that applies concepts from thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, rigid body dynamics, vibrations, and system dynamics to model and analyze the motion and design of performance road vehicles. Topics include steady state and transient phenomena in chassis, aerodynamics, and power train modeling of cars and trucks. Students will be given the opportunity to analyze data from real vehicles, perform experiments involving engines and aerodynamics, and build a vehicle simulation from the ground up.

Prerequisite
ME 240, ME 354

ME 478 - Control Systems and Mechatronics

Classical feedback control theory is ap- plied 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.

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.

Prerequisite
ME 352
Corequisite
ME 478

ME 480 - Control Systems and Mechatronics

A study of the basic principles and modes of operation of automatic control systems intended to familiarize students with the concepts and design of feedback control systems. The effect of closed-loop classical control on the transient response, error, stability, and frequency response of dynamic systems is investigated. Digital control theory is introduced. Laboratory work includes the use of programmable logic controllers to implement Boolean logic and the analytical and experimental study of closed-loop control systems implemented using operational amplifiers, as well as DC motors, stepper motors, transistor-based motor drive circuits, and AC circuits.

Prerequisite
ME 352

ME 482 - Advanced Fluid Dynamics with Applications

An elective course in which students will learn to analyze complex 2-D and 3-D fluid flows. Applications can include internal and external flows. Students will learn analytical techniques to model overall performance and make component selections based on system requirements. Students will learn the fundamentals of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and apply that understanding to the use of a commercial CFD program to simulate the flow in a real engineering application.

Prerequisite
ME 362 or CHE 311 or CE 251

ME 483 - Power Plants

The application of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and other engineering principles to the design and operation of power plants.

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.

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.

Prerequisite
ME 354, ME 362

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.

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 course.

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. [W]

Prerequisite
PHYS 131 or PHYS 151 and junior/senior standing or instructor approval

ME 493 - Biomechanics: Analysis of Fundamental Human Motions

This course will study the methods of kinematic and kinetic analysis of fundamental human motions such as walking, jumping, throwing, and batting. Basic skeletal-muscular anatomical structures, kinesiology, and biomechanical conventions are introduced. Motion capture methods are utilized to record basic human motions for subsequent analyses. Methods of analytical and computer modeling are taught as means for analyzing the fundamental kinematic and kinetic behaviors. Human performance and limitations, sports implements, and muscle modeling are included.

Prerequisite
Mechanical Engineering major with senior status or permission of instructor

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/ME 498) must fully participate in the lecture portion of ME 497 and ME 498. [One W credit only upon completion of both 495 and 496]

ME 497 - Senior Design Project I

Project of the student's choice is carried through from problem formulation to completion. This sequence represents the students' 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
ME 210, ME 354, ME 355
Corequisite
ME 470, ME 478

ME 498 - Senior Design Project II

Project of the student's choice is carried through from problem formulation to completion. This sequence represents the students' 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.

Corequisite
ME 470, ME 478

ME 372 - Engineering Design Optimization

An introduction to the theory and practical application of design optimization in the context of engineering. The course will focus on analytic and iterative gradient optimization approaches for single-objective problems with continuous variables. Additional topics will include multi-objective optimization, discrete optimization, topology optimization, and genetic algorithms. Course topics will be practiced and applied in group projects that optimize real-world engineering designs.

Prerequisite
MATH 264 and one of the following: ME 240, CM 151, CM 261, or permission of instructor