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101. Introduction to Mechanical Engineering. 3 credits. Development of visualization, technical communication, and documentation skills. 3-D geometric modeling as applied to CADD applications using current methods and techniques commonly found in industry. Introduction to engineering design and analysis of a machine or system, and team problem solving. Development of an academic career plan. F,S
201. Student Design. 2 credits. Prerequisite: ME101*. Corequisite: Phys 251* or Engr 201*. Team problem solving with design and build of a machine or mechanism, typically ASME Design Contest project. Machine shop safety and introduction to fabrication processes. Special topic lectures on contemporary Mechanical Engineering issues and research activities. F
290. Laboratory Problems. 1 to 3 credits. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 credits. Consent of instructor. Laboratory investigations of interest to student and faculty. On demand.
301. Materials Science. 3 credits. Prerequisites: Chem 121*, Phys 252*. The theory of the structure of matter, the prediction and evaluation of engineering properties of materials. F
306. Fluid Mechanics. 3 credits. Prerequisites: Phys 251*, Math 265*. Fluid properties; fluid statics and dynamics; transport theory and transport analogies, conservation of mass, energy, and momentum; dimensional analysis; boundary layer concepts; pipe flows; compressible flow; open channel flow. F,S
313. Material Properties and Selection. 3 credits. Prerequisite: ME 301. Study of relationships between materials, manufacture and design of engineering component. On demand.
322. Design of Machinery. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Engr 200*, 202* and ME 101*. Analytical study of motions, velocities, accelerations and forces for design of machine elements. Introduction to spatial mechanisms, robotics, and actuator selection. F
323. Machine Component Design. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Engr 203*, ME 322. Design of machine elements such as shafts, bearings, gears, clutches, springs, threaded components, and bolted, riveted, welded, and bonded joints. Stress and failure theory analyses of the implementation of machine components are covered. S
323L. Machine Component Design Laboratory. 1 credit. Corequisite: ME 323. Application of design and analysis tools developed in the Machine Component Design course. Laboratory emphasizes creative design, analysis techniques, construction methods, and design report writing. S
341. Thermodynamics. 3 credits. Prerequisites: Phys 251*, Math 166*. Fundamental energy relationships applied to both closed and open systems. Determination of thermodynamic properties, first and second laws of thermodynamic processes and basic cycles. F,S
342. Intermediate Thermodynamics. 3 credits. Prerequisite: ME 341*. Power and refrigeration cycles. Energy analysis, psychrometrics, reacting and non-reacting mixtures. On demand.
370. Engineering Disasters and Ethics. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing. Engineering disasters will be the basis for teaching an ethics course to engineering students. Starting with the premise that most people know the difference between right and wrong (this is not a course on criminal activity!), the course explores how engineers, in spite of their best intentions, sometimes create disastrous situations. The effect of cumulative adverse detail is difficult to teach except with case studies. Also explored is cost vs. safety trade-offs, the role of lawsuits, and government regulation. F
397. Cooperative Education. 1-3 credits repeatable to 12. Prerequisite: Eligible for admission to the mechanical engineering degree program. A practical work experience with an employer closely associated with the student’s academic area. Arranged by mutual agreement among student, department and employer. S/U grading only. F,S,SS
418. Manufacturing Processes. 4 credits. Prerequisite: Engr 203*, ME 301. Descriptive and analytical study of manufacturing methods and economics as they pertain to machining, metrology and automation. Includes laboratory. F
420. Composite Materials. 3 credits. Prerequisite: ME 301. Micro- and macromechanics of composite materials, lamina fracture criteria and classical laminate theory. On Demand.
424. Systems Dynamics and Control. 3 credits. Prerequisites: Math 266, ME 322. Theory, analysis, and design of linear closed-loop control systems containing electronic, hydraulic, and mechanical components. Differential equations. LaPlace transforms, Nyquist and Bode diagrams are covered. On demand.
426. Mechanical Vibrations. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Engr 200*, Engr 202*, Math 266. Vibration analysis and design as it applies to single and multi degree freedom mechanical systems, isolation and absorption of vibration, vibration of continuous systems, numerical methods of solution. S
428. Advanced Manufacturing Processes. 3 credits. Prerequisite: ME 418. Individual projects involving the manufacturing economics and flow charts for selected products and basic technical principles of manufacturing processes. Includes laboratory. On demand.
429. Introduction to Finite Element Analysis. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Engr 203*. Finite element analysis is introduced as a design tool. Emphasis is given to modeling techniques and element types. Matrix methods are used throughout the class. On demand.
439. Introduction to Robotics. 3 credits. Prerequisites:Engr 200*, MATH 166*. A system engineering approach to robotics. Presents an introduction to manipulators, sensors, actuators, and end effectors for automation. Topics covered include kinematics, dynamics, control, programming of manipulators, pattern recognition, and computer vision.
442. Industrial Energy Management. 3 credits. Prerequisites: ME 341 or consent of instructor. In this course, fundamentals and various levels of analysis for energy management of industrial processes and commercial buildings are presented. The purpose is to be able to assess current energy utilization through an audit and then to be able to propose and evaluate various energy conservation measures. Topics include: historical energy usage; energy management vs. conservation; normalized energy usage; utility rate structures (electric and gas); energy economics; auditing tools and procedures; energy management opportunities in various systems such as steam, insulation, heat exchangers, lighting, comfort conditioning, waste heat recovery, combustion, cogeneration, fans/pumps/motors, and electrical power. On demand.
446. Gas Turbines. 3 credits. Prerequisite: ME 341*. General principles, thermodynamics, and performance of gas turbine engines. Design consideration of engine components. On demand.
449. Internal Combustion Engines. 3 credits. Prerequisite: ME 342. Fundamentals of spark ignition and compression ignition engines, related components and processes. On demand.
451. Heating and Air Conditioning. 3 credits. Prerequisite: ME 342 or consent of the instructor. Corequisite: ME 474. Psychometrics, heating and cooling loads and analysis of air conditioning systems. On demand.
464. Computational Fluid Dynamics. 3 credits. Prerequisites: ME 306 and Math 266. Provides a practical experience using computational fluid dynamics and provides supporting material in fluid dynamics, which is useful in understanding the need to resolve grids in boundary layers and other regions of high velocity gradients. The course is structured as half lecture and half laboratory. The lecture covers topics related to laminar and turbulence boundary layers with and without acceleration, turbulence modeling, wakes and jets. The laboratory provides experience in building grids using the program GAMBIT, the solid/fluid modeling and meshing program, and calculating solutions using FLUENT, a commercial flow solver. On demand.
474. Fundamentals of Heat & Mass Transfer. 3 credits. Prerequisites: Math 266, ME 306 and 341*. Convection, conduction, radiation, dimensional analysis and design of heat transfer equipment. S
476. Intermediate Fluid Mechanics. 3 credits. Prerequisites: ME 306, Math 266. Differential forms of conservation of mass, energy, and momentum for viscous fluid flow. Boundary layer theory and its applications. Principles of one-dimensional compressible flow. On demand.
477. Compressible Fluid Flow. 3 credits. Pre- or corequisites: ME 306 and 341*. Introduction to the theory and application of one-dimensional compressible flow. Course topics include isentropic flow in converging and converging/diverging nozzles, normal shock waves, oblique shock waves, Prandtl-Meyer flow, flow with friction and heat addition. On demand.
480. Mechanical Engineering Seminar. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Senior standing. Reports and presentations on current developments in mechanical engineering and engineering ethics. F
483. Mechanical Measurements Laboratory. 3 credits. Prerequisite: EE 206. Experiments and written reports on the operation and performance of instruments and basic mechanical engineering equipment. F
484. Ground Vehicle Dynamics. 3 credits. Prerequisites: ME 322 or consent of instructor. This course deals with the design of ground vehicle suspension and steering systems. Vehicle ride, handling and safety systems are covered along with passive and active suspension control. On demand.
487. Engineering Design. 2 credits. Prerequisite: ME 323, ME 323L, and either ME 474 or one elective from the Thermal Sciences group. Corequisite: ME 483. Corequisite or Prerequisite: Engr 460. The first course of a two-course sequence in Engineering Design, students will establish important features of the machine or system to be designed, perform market analysis, establish design objectives, explore alternatives, conduct research, specify constraints. F
488. Engineering Design. 3 credits. Prerequisites: ME 487. Systematic study and practice essential to the optimal design of a complete machine or system, utilizing economic and social constraints together with current mechanical and thermal design techniques. The course is a continuation of ME 487 taken the preceding semester. S
489. Senior Honors Thesis. 1 to 8 credits; total not to exceed 9. Prerequisite: consent of the Department and approval of the Honors Committee. Supervised independent study culminating in a thesis. F,S
490. Special Laboratory Problems. 1 to 3 credits. Repeatable to maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Laboratory investigations of interest to students and faculty. On demand.
* Course must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better.