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Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MCE)

Chairperson: Professor Shukla

201 Graphics for Mechanical Engineering (3)

Introduction to the principles of graphic representation in mechanical design, with emphasis on computer-aided drafting, orthographic projection, isometric and auxiliary views, sections, dimensioning. (Lec. 2, Lab. 3)

262 Statics (3)

Newton’s laws of force systems in equilibrium and their effects on particles, systems of particles, and rigid bodies. Both scalar and vector methods of analysis are developed. (Lec. 3) Pre: MTH 141 and credit or concurrent enrollment in EGR 106.

263 Dynamics (3)

Kinematic and kinetic study of motion of particles, systems of particles, and rigid bodies, acted upon by unbalanced force systems, using both scalar and vector methods; development of methods of analysis based on the direct application of Newton’s laws, work-energy, and impulse-momentum principles. (Lec. 3) Pre: 262.

301 Application of Mechanics in Design (3)

Concepts of engineering design, material selection, failure theories, fracture and fatigue, and finite-element analysis. Application to the design of mechanical components such as shafts, bolts, welded joints, and springs. (Lec. 3) Pre: CVE 220.

302 Design of Machinery (3)

Analysis and design of mechanisms and machine elements including linkages, gear trains, cam-follower systems, bearings, brakes and clutches, flexible mechanical elements, and intermittent and other devices. Graphical, analytical, and computer-aided synthesis techniques. (Lec. 3) Pre: 201 and 263 and 301.

313 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Experimentation (3)

Report writing, computer-assisted data acquisition and control, statistical and other measures of data uncertainty, propagation of uncertainty, curve fitting. Introduces basic instrumentation for measuring pressure, temperature, velocity, and strain. (Lec. 2, Lab. 3) Pre: CVE 220 and 341 and 354.

341 Fundamentals of Thermodynamics (3)

Basic principles and laws of thermodynamics and their relation to pure substances, ideal gases, and real gases. Use of thermodynamic property tables. Development of concepts of reversibility and availability. First and Second Law application to engineering systems; power and refrigeration cycles. (Lec. 3) Pre: 263, MTH 243, and credit or concurrent enrollment in PHY 205.

354 Fluid Mechanics (3)

Physical properties of fluids, development of continuity, energy, and momentum concepts using vector methods; application to problems involving viscous and nonviscous fluids including boundary layer flows, flows in closed conduits and around immersed bodies. (Lec. 3) Pre: 263 and MTH 243.

366 System Dynamics (3)

Systems analysis emphasizing control and vibration. Time and frequency domain techniques. Modeling of typical mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, and thermal systems. Transfer functions and block diagram methods. Elementary control laws. (Lec. 3) Pre: 263 and MTH 244.

372 Engineering Analysis I (3)

Application of advanced mathematical methods and computer software to solution of mechanical engineering problems with emphasis on the techniques of engineering analysis. (Lec. 3) Pre: EGR 106, MTH 244, and junior standing.

401 Mechanical Engineering Capstone Design I (3)

Application of engineering skills using a team-based approach. Design process methodology and communication of solutions to real-world engineering problems. First of a two-course sequence. (Lec. 2, Lab. 3) Pre: 302 and 366 and 448 and CHE 333 and IME 240. Must be taken in the semester prior to 402. Not for graduate credit.

402 Mechanical Engineering Capstone Design II (3)

Application of engineering skills using a team-based approach. Design process methodology and communication of solutions to real-world engineering problems. Second of a two course sequence. (Lec. 2, Lab. 3) Pre: 401. Must be taken in the semester following 401. Not for graduate credit.

414 Mechanical Engineering Experimentation (3)

Course aims to build on foundation from 313 and to apply experimental tools to topics from the two main emphasis areas in the undergraduate curriculum, mechanical systems and thermal systems. (Lec. 2, Lab. 3) Pre: 313 and concurrent registration in 448. Not for graduate credit.

426 Advanced Mechanics of Materials (3)

Introduction to continuum mechanics: stress, strain and deformation, constitutive equations. Theories of failure. Shear center and unsymmetrical bending of beam. Curved beams. Energy method. Torsion. (Lec. 3) Pre: 301.

431 Computer Control of Mechanical Systems (3)

Use of computers to control mechanical systems. Advanced control algorithms. Computer-aided design methods. Digital control algorithms and software implementation. Interfacing and digital controller hardware. (Lec. 3) Pre: 366.

433 Mechantronics (3)

Design of microprocessor-controlled electro-mechanical systems. Topics covered include: real-time programming, motion control elements, interfacing of sensors and actuators, basic electronics, and microprocessor architecture. Pre: 366 and ELE 220 or permission of instructor.

434 Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (3)

Application of the principles of thermodynamics and heat transfer to environmental problems. Topics will include thermal control of living spaces, solar heating and cooling, heat pumps, minimum energy consumption. (Lec. 3) Pre: 341.

437 Turbomachinery Design (3)

Application of the principles of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics to the design of rotating machinery such as turbines, compressors, centrifugal and axial flow pumps. (Lec. 3) Pre: 341 and 354.

438 Internal Combustion Engines (3)

Principles, design, and operation of internal combustion engines, including cycles, combustion, fuels, detonation, carburetion, cooling, supercharging, ignition, friction, and lubrication. Gasoline and diesel, two- and four-stroke cycles, and performance of various engines including the Wankel rotary. (Lec. 3) Pre: 341.

439 Applied Energy Conversion (3)

Modern power systems including steam and gas turbines, nuclear power stations, fuel cells, and thermionic and thermoelectric devices. (Lec. 3) Pre: 448 or permission of instructor.

440 Mechanics of Composite Materials (3)

Introduction to the basic concepts of the mechanical behavior of composite materials. Analysis and performance of fiber-reinforced composites. Special design considerations and experimental characterization of composites. (Lec. 3) Pre: 314 and CVE 220, or permission of instructor.

446 Metal Deformation Processes

See Industrial and Systems Engineering 446.

448 Heat and Mass Transfer (3)

Transfer of heat by conduction, convection, and radiation in steady and unsteady states. Theory and application of dimensional analysis; heat and mass transfer in equipment such as heat exchangers and steam condensers. (Lec. 3) Pre: 341 and 354 and 372. Not for graduate credit.

449 Product Design for Manufacture

See Industrial and Systems Engineering 449.

454 Tribology (3)

Introductory course on the basic principles of tribology (friction, wear, lubrication); fundamentals of surface contact; friction theories; wear mechanisms; temperature considerations in sliding contacts; lubrication regimes; materials selection; design of bearings; advanced applications; experimental analysis. (Lec. 3) Pre: CVE 220 and MCE 354.

455 Advanced Fluid Mechanics (3)

Continuation of 354. Selected topics in advanced fluid mechanics including potential flows, compressible flow, fluid machinery, and electric and magnetic field effects. (Lec. 3) Pre: 354.

464 Vibrations (3)

Elementary theory of mechanical vibrations, including the one-degree-of-freedom system, multimass systems, vibration isolation, torsional vibration, beam vibration, critical speeds, and vibration instruments. (Lec. 3) Pre: 366 or permission of instructor.

465 Experimental Mechanics (3)

Theory and application of various experimental techniques used in solid mechanics such as acoustic emission, holography, interferometry, strain gauges, brittle coatings, and photoelasticity. (Lec. 2, Lab. 3) Pre: 314 and CVE 220.

466 Introduction to Finite Element Method (3)

Application of the finite element method to problems in mechanical engineering including plane elasticity, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics. Basic concepts, matrix formulation, interpolation functions, basic element types, and implementation to problem solution. (Lec. 3) Pre: 301 and 372.

491, 492 Special Problems (1-6 each)

Advanced work under the supervision of a faculty member arranged to suit the individual requirements of the student. (Independent Study) Pre: permission of chairperson. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits. Not for graduate credit.

501, 502 Graduate Seminar (1 each)

Seminars and discussions presented by faculty members of academia and industry. Attendance is required of all students in graduate residence. (Seminar) S/U credit.

503 Linear Control Systems

See Electrical Engineering 503.

504 Optimal Control Theory

See Electrical Engineering 504.

523 Advanced Kinematics I (3)

Analytical kinematic and dynamic analysis of planar mechanisms, graph theory, topological synthesis, topological analysis, Burmester theory, mechanism design software. (Lec. 3) Pre: 302 or equivalent.

530 Real-Time Monitoring and Control (3)

Fundamentals of the development of real-time software for monitoring and control. Synchronous programming, timing, interrupt programming, operator’s console control, and scheduling. Laboratory exercises. (Lec. 3) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

532 Precision Machine Design (3)

Fundamentals of design and the integration of precision mechanical components and machines. Quasi-static and dynamic errors, sensors, contact and noncontact bearings, power generation devices, and system integration. (Lec. 3) Pre: 401 or graduate standing.

541 Advanced Thermodynamics I (3)

Advanced study of classical thermodynamics with emphasis on basic concepts, laws, and thermodynamic relationships. Selected topics of current interest including areas of irreversible thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and the thermodynamics of solids. (Lec. 3) Pre: 341 or permission of instructor.

545 Heat Transfer (3)

Conduction in two and three dimensions and conducting systems with radiation and fluid motion. Solutions obtained by mathematics, computer-numerical methods, and analog devices. (Lec. 3) Pre: 448.

546 Convection Heat Transfer (3)

Relationship between heat transfer and fluid flow with emphasis on the solution of governing equations by exact methods, integral methods, and similarity techniques. (Lec. 3) Pre: 448.

549 Advanced Product Design for Manufacture

See Industrial and Systems Engineering 549.

550 Theory of Continuous Media (3)

Foundations for advanced studies in mechanical and thermal behavior of solids and fluids. Cartesian and general tensors, small and large deformation theory, Cauchy and Piola-Kirchhoff stress, conservation principles, constitutive laws with applications to materials of engineering interest. (Lec. 3) Pre: CVE 220, MCE 354, 372 or equivalent.

551 Fluid Mechanics I (3)

Basic treatment of real fluid flows using the continuum mechanics approach. Exact solutions of the governing equations. Laminar shear flows and boundary layer theory, turbulent transition. (Lec. 3) Pre: 354 or equivalent.

552 Advanced Experimental Methods (3)

Theory and application of various experimental techniques used in fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, and tribology. Emphasis on mechanical and chemical methods of wear detection, and strain and optical techniques of stress evaluation. (Lec. 2, Lab. 3) Pre: MCE 354 and CVE 220 or permission of Instructor.

561 Computational Methods in Solid Mechanics (3)

Finite and boundary element methods based on variational and weighted residual concepts implementation to statis and dynamic field problems in elasticity, plasticity, and heat conduction. Pre: 466 and 571 or permission of instructor.

562 Computational Methods in Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer (3)

Computational techniques and applications for practical problems concerning multidimensional fluid flow, heat and mass transfer, and chemical reactions. (Lec. 3) Pre: undergraduate work in fluid mechanics and heat transfer or permission of instructor.

563 Advanced Dynamics (3)

Newtonian mechanics, motion in rotating coordinate systems, Lagrangian Mechanics, Hamilton’s principle. Variational methods, nonconservative and nonholonomic systems; matrix-tensor specifications of rigid body motions, normal coordinates. Hamilton’s equation of motion, canonical transformation, Hamilton-Jacobi theory. (Lec. 3) Pre: 366 and 372 or equivalent.

564 Advanced Vibrations (3)

Theory of vibration of lumped-parameter multi-degree-of-freedom systems; distributed-parameter systems; exact and approximate solutions; nonlinear and random vibrations. Experimental methods and design procedures. (Lec. 3) Pre: 366 or 464 or equivalent.

565 Wave Motion and Vibration of Continuous Media (3)

Wave motion and vibrations of strings, rods, beams, plates, and membranes; dynamic elasticity theory; Rayleigh surface waves; solutions using separation of variables and integral transforms. (Lec. 3) Pre: CVE 220, MCE 372, 464, or equivalent.

566 The Mechanics of Robot Manipulators (3)

Detailed analysis of the kinematics, dynamics, and control of industrial-type robot manipulator systems. (Lec. 3) Pre: 302, 366, or permission of instructor.

567 Experimental Nonlinear Dynamics (3)

Fundamentals of the experimental analysis of nonlinear dynamical systems; mathematical concepts and algorithmic tools to characterize, analyze, model and predict dynamics of nonlinear systems. (Lec. 3) Pre: 366 or 464 or equivalent.

568 Theory of Plates

See Civil Engineering 568.

571 Theory of Elasticity I (3)

Development of the basic field equations; general concepts of stress and strain; generalized Hooke’s law; plane problems; stress functions; Saint Venant torsion and flexure; introduction to three-dimensional problems. (Lec. 3) Pre: CVE 220, MCE 372 or equivalent.

576 Fracture Mechanics (3)

Fundamentals of linear and nonlinear materials behavior, linear elastic fracture mechanics, stress analysis and energy viewpoints, two- and three- dimensional problems, elastic-plastic considerations, dynamic and time-dependent fracture, fatigue crack growth, micro-mechanics of fracture processes, experimental techniques, application to design. (Lec. (3) Pre: 426 or 571 or permission of instructor.

577, 578 Seminar in Sensors and Surface Technology (1)

Students, faculty, and invited outside speakers present and discuss selected topics related to research interests of the Sensors and Surface Technology Partnership. (Seminar) Pre: permission of instructor. May be repeated. S/U credit.

599 Master’s Thesis Research

Number of credits is determined each semester in consultation with the major professor or program committee. (Independent Study) S/U credit.

663 Nonlinear Dynamics (3)

Nonlinear dynamics theory and its applications to mechanical, chemical, electromagnetic or biological oscillators; stability, phase analysis, limit cycles, bifurcations, perturbation methods, chaos, fractals, strange attractors, and other advanced topics. (Lec. 3) Pre: 563 or 546 or permission of instructor.

653 Fluid Mechanics II (3)

Continuation of 551, including turbulent modeling, turbulent shear flows and boundary layers, incompressible irrotational flows, and selected topics such as an introduction to non-Newtonian fluid behavior, geophysical flows, or numerical methods. (Lec. 3) Pre: 551.

671 Theory of Elasticity II (3)

Continuation of 571; advanced topics selected from complex variable methods; anisotropic solutions; thermoelasticity; displacement potentials and stress functions for three-dimensional problems; micromechanics modeling; variational, approximate, and numerical methods. (Lec. 3) Pre: 571 or equivalent.

678 Micromechanics (3)

Mechanics of material behavior from the micro structural viewpoint; physical mechanisms of deformation and fracture; continuum mechanics and thermodynamics; rheological classification of solids; thermodynamics and viscoelasticity; plasticity and viscoplasticity; damage mechanisms; applications to metals, ceramics, and composites. (Lec. 3) Pre: 571, CHE 333 or equivalent.

679 Theory of Plasticity (3)

Uniaxial behavior of plasticity; perfect plasticity, plastic potential; work-hardening materials, loading surface and loading rules, flow rules; stress-strain relationships; nonlinear kinematic hardening models; foundation of state-variable approaches, viscoplasticity; applications to engineering materials. (Lec. 3) Pre: 571 or permission of instructor.

680 Advanced Topics in Solid Mechanics (3)

Advanced studies in the mechanics of solids with specific topics determined by current department interests. Designed for students with at least one year of previous graduate studies. (Lec. 3) Pre: permission of instructor. May not be repeated.

691, 692 Special Problems (1-6 each)

Advanced work under the supervision of a faculty member arranged to suit the individual requirements of the student. (Independent Study) Pre: permission of chairperson. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

699 Doctoral Dissertation Research

Number of credits is determined each semester in consultation with the major professor or program committee. (Independent Study) S/U credit.

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