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Mechanical Engineering

Course Description: Graduate

G0000: Selected Topics in Mechanical Engineering
G0200: Applied Fluid Mechanics
G0300: Computer Aided Manufacturing
G0400: Industry Oriented Design Project
G0500: Mechanical Vibrations
G0600: Thermal Systems Design
G2300: Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning
G4000: Applied Stress Analysis
G4100: Mechatronics: Principles and Practice
G4300: Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics
G4400: nano/Micromechanics
G4500: Mechanics and Physics of material Behavior
G4600: Computational Fluid Dynamics
G4700: Physical Properties of Materials
G4800: Auto Safety Design
G4900: Advanced Topics in Fluid Dynamics
G5000: Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics

I0000: Seminars
Recent developments in mechanical engineering and related fields; economic and social effects. The students report on assigned subjects. Prereq: departmental approval. Variable cr.

I3100: Steam and Gas Turbines
Classification of modern turbomachines. Concepts in applied thermo-fluid mechanics. Similarity in design; wind tunnels and cascade of aerofoils; loss mechanisms; radial equilibrium theory; performance prediction; erosion and high temperature problems; instrumentation. Prereqs: ME 33100, ME 35600.
3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

I3600: Conduction Heat Transfer
Formulation of the basic governing equations in rectangular, cylindrical and spherical coordinates. Consideration of linear and nonlinear problems. Topics include: conduction with energy generation, transpiration cooling, conduction in non-stationary systems, phase transformation, and ablation. Exact analytic solutions. Application of the integral method. Prereqs: Math 39200 and ME 43300, or ChE 34200.
3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

I3700: Convection Heat Transfer
Conservation equations for mass, momentum and energy. Boundary layer approximations. Laminar heat transfer from flat plates and tubes. Heat transfer in free convection. Turbulent flow heat transfer. Boiling and condensation. Heat exchanger theory. Prereq: ME 43300 or ChE 34200.
3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

I5800: Trajectories and Orbits
Kepler's laws. The central force field. Ballistic trajectories. Minimum energy orbital transfer. Earth orbits and orbital parameters. Hohmann transfer. Two body and many body problems. Consideration of translunar trajectories and deep space problems. Prereq: ME 24700 or equivalant.
3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

I6200: Advanced Concepts in Mechanical Vibrations
Natural modes of vibrations in continuous systems. Approximate methods, including Rayleigh-Ritz, Galerkin's Method, and Holtzer's Method. Transform methods for solution of continuous systems, the method of characteristics. Random excitations. Prereq: ME I6000.
3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

I6500: Computer Aided Design
Computer aided engineering design methodology; components of hardware, software and the use of commercial CAD systems in mechanical engineering design. Basic concepts of CAD and engineering analysis. Pro-Engineering Analysis Code; Splines and Coon’s surfaces; geometric and wire frame modeling techniques. Simulation and modeling of an engineering problem; engineering assumptions. Introduction to finite element methods; mesh generation; simulation of loadings, and boundary conditions. Postprocessing and evaluation of results. Applications of these concepts to specific engineering design projects. Prereqs: ME 14500, ME 33000, ME 47200 (or equivalent) Math 39200.
3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

I6700: Composite Materials
Introduction, definition and classification of composites. Manufacturing, applications and advantages of composites. Macromechanics of a lamina. Anisotropic stress-strain relations. Strength and stiffness. Experimental determination of strength and stiffness properties. Failure theories. Stiffness and strength prediction theories. Classical lamination theory. Symmetric, anti-symmetric and non-symmetric laminates. Failure analysis of laminates. Interlaminar stresses, delamination, joining of composites; adhesively bonded joints. Structural applications. Prereq: ME 33000 or equivalent.
3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

I6800: Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos

This course is built around the concrete mechanical system, for example, the pendulum. Definition of dynamical systems, phase space flows and invariant subspaces. Local and global bifurcation theory: saddle-node, transcritical, pitchfork, and hopf bifurcation, stability of homoclinic orbits, center manifolds and normal forms. Chaos: fractal geometry and dimension, lyapunov exponents, routes to chaos ( period doubling, quasi-periodicity, intermittency), spatio-temporal chaos. Prereq: Math 39100 or equivalent.
3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

I6900: Experimental Methods in Fluid Mechanics
Introduction to fundamental concepts of experimentation: Error analysis, accuracy and precision. Analog to digital conversion. Sampling considerations. Data reduction. Time series analysis. Dynamical processes, Spectral and correlation functions. Probability and statistical variance. Engineering use of statistical averages. Frequency response and spatial resolution. Flow visualization techniques. Image processing. Particle Image Velocimetry. Laser Doppler and hot wire anemometry. Laser diagnostics in combustion. Spectroscopy and chromatography. Mie and Raman scattering. Laboratory demonstrations and hands-on experience with several modern techniques.
3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

J0200: Computation and Modeling of Turbulent Flows
Discusses and introduces state-of-the-art engineering calculation methods for turbulent flows with or without heat transfer, and presents a general introduction to the physics of turbulence necessary for mathematical description and modeling of physical phenomena in turbulent flow. Prereqs: Math 39200, ME 35600.
3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

I9700: Report
In-depth analysis of a specific topic by means of a written report using a number of technical papers, reports or articles as references. Topic to be chosen by a student in consultation with a professor. Prereq: completion of 12 credits toward the master's degree in Mechanical Engineering. 0 cr.

I9800: Project
Theoretical or experimental project under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Student submits a written proposal, performs the required work, and submits a written final report. Prereq: written departmental approval. 3 cr.

I9900: Research for the Master's Thesis
Variable cr.

J9900: Research for the Doctoral Dissertation
Variable cr.

Other Engineering Courses
Other appropriate Engineering courses are listed in the engineering introductory section of this Bulletin and include the following:

I0800: Foundation of Fluid Mechanics I
I0900: Foundation of Fluid Mechanics II
I1100: Engineering Analysis
I1400: Applied Partial Differential Equations
I1500: Introduction to Numerical Methods
I1700: Finite Element Methods in Engineering
I2400: Turbulent Flows
I3200: Statistical Thermodynamics
I4200: Continuum Mechanics
I5200: Behavior of Inelastic Bodies and Structures
I6400: Wave Propogation in Solids and Fluids
I9100: Mass Transfer
J5000: Theory of Elasticity