Description: Overview of mechanical engineering. Introduction to problem layout, and development of basic skills required to solve mechanical engineering problems. Collection, manipulation and presentation of engineering data.
Description: First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics, properties of gases and vapors, and cycles. Sources of energy and its conversion to work. Honors students will be expected to study beyond the students in the normal sections and do a special project.
Description: Action of forces on engineering structures and machines. Force systems, static equilibrium of frames and machines. Friction, center of gravity, moment of inertia, vector algebra.
Description: Bodies in equilibrium. Vector algebra, equivalent force systems, distributed loads, and center of gravity. Analysis of trusses, frames, and machines. Friction, wedges, crews, and belts. Area moments of inertia.
Prerequisites: PHYS 211.
Parallel: MATH 208. For electrical engineering majors.
Description: Force actions in static coplanar systems with applications to engineering structures and machines. Resultants, moments, couples, equivalent force systems, vector algebra. Static equilibrium conditions and equations.
This course is a prerequisite for: MECH 351
Description: Applications of control-volume analysis (mass, energy, and momentum), both transient and steady; mixtures of gases and vapors; introduction to combustion; thermodynamic relations and establishment of data banks of thermal properties; applications of computer-aided engineering to processes and cycles; methodologies and case studies for thermal systems design; execution of small-scaled design projects.
Description: Fluid statics, equations of continuity, momentum, and energy dimensional analysis and dynamic similitude. Applications to: flow meters; fluid pumps and turbines; viscous flow and lubrication; flow in closed conduits and open channels. Two-dimensional potential flow.
Prerequisites: MECH/CIVE 310 or parallel.
Description: Fluid mechanics experiments and demonstrations. Conservation principles; determination of fluid properties, velocity, pressure, and flow measurements; pipe flow; open channel flow; and instrumentation techniques.
This course is a substitute for MATH 314 for mechanical engineering students.
Description: Application-based linear algebra concepts and introduction to numerical computations using Matlab. Topics include: linear systems and numerical solvers; eigenvalue and eigenvector computations; methods for root finding and curve fitting; norms and convergence of numerical methods; numerical integration, differentiation, and initial-value ODE problems.
Prerequisites: MATH 208
Description: An applications-oriented course for formulating and solving engineering statistical problems. Includes Descriptive statistics, probability distributions, variability, sampling, confidence intervals, tests of significance, basics of statistical process control, and design of experiments.
For students in architecture and construction management.
Description: Stress and strain analysis in elastic materials. Use of properties of materials in the analysis and design of welded and riveted connections, statically determinate and indeterminate flexure members, columns. Combined stresses, axial, eccentric and torsional loading. Observations of laboratory tests for axially loaded specimens. Introduction to shear and moment diagrams.
Description: Concept of stress and strain considering axial, torsional, and bending forces. Shear and moments. Introduction to combined stresses and column theory.
Description: Introduction to the mechanics of elastic bodies. Concepts of stress and strain. Extension, bending, and torsion. Shear and moment diagrams. Principal stresses. Deflection of statically determinate and indeterminate beams. Buckling of columns. Special advanced topics.
Description: Conceptual modeling of mechanical engineering systems. Analytical exploration of engineering behavior of conceptual models. Case studies drawn from mechanical engineering problems.
This course is a prerequisite for: MECH 350
Description: Analysis of the motions of linkage and cam mechanisms. Methods of design of linkage and cam mechanisms. Gear theory. Analysis and design of ordinary and planetary gear trains. Determination of static and dynamic forces in machines. Balancing of machines. Flywheel design. Dynamics of cam mechanisms. Vibration of machines.
Description: Design of machine elements under different conditions of loading. Design work includes a project of broader scope (done primarily out of class) requiring a breadth of knowledge. Failure theories for static and dynamic loading of bolts, springs, bearings, and shafts.
Description: Unified treatment of the dynamics and control of engineering systems. Emphasis on physical aspects, formulation of mathematical models, application of various mathematical methods, and interpretation of results in terms of the synthesis and analysis of real systems.
This course is a prerequisite for: MECH 446
Prerequisites: MECH 250.
For electrical engineering majors.
Description: Application of Newton's laws to engineering problems involving coplanar kinematics and kinetics of particles. Work, energy, impulse, and momentum. Conservative systems. Periodic motion.
Description: Force action related to displacement, velocity, and acceleration of rigid bodies. Kinematics of plane motion, kinetics of translation and rotation. Mass moment of inertia, vibration, work, energy and power, impulse and momentum.
Description: Motion of particles and rigid bodies under the action of forces and moments. Kinematics of plane motion: displacement, velocity, and acceleration. Kinetics of translation and rotation; work, energy and power; impulse, momentum and impact. Introduction to vibration analysis.
Description: Principles and techniques currently used for the computer-aided design (CAD). Applications of interactive graphics devices for drafting, design, and analysis. Modelling and analogy of engineering systems. Elementary finite element, Bode, and numerical analyses. CAD case studies and term project.
Description: Engineering design or laboratory investigation that an undergraduate is qualified to undertake.
Description: Basic cycle analysis and engine types, fundamental thermodynamics and operating characteristics of various engines are analyzed, combustion processes for spark and compression-ignition engines, fuels, testing procedures, and lubrication systems are evaluated. Emphasis on the thermodynamic evaluation of the performance and understanding the basic operation of various engine types.
Description: Stoichiometric analysis of combustion processes. Energy transfer, flame propagation, and transformation velocities during combustion. Combustor applications and design considerations. Emission formation and methods of control.
This course is a prerequisite for: MECH 904
Description: Application of thermodynamic and fluid dynamic principles to the design of air conditioning systems. Comprehensive design project is an integral part of the course.
Description: Application of thermodynamic and fluid dynamic principles to the design of Power Plants. Comprehensive design project is an integral part of the course.
Description: Design methodology for various heat exchangers employed in mechanical engineering. Introduction to computer-aided design as applied to heat exchangers. Practical exercises in actual design tasks.
Description: Transport phenomena of homogeneous and heterogeneous types of mixtures such as solid-liquid, liquid-liquid, and liquid-gas. Properties of components and mixtures. Flow induced vibrations and parameter distributions. Optimization and design problems in multiphase systems.
Description: Transverse and longitudinal traveling waves. Acoustic wave equation of fluids. The reflection, transmission, radiation, reception, absorption, and attenuation of sound. Acoustic cavities and waveguides. Sound propagation in pipes, resonators and filters.
Description: Survey of nuclear engineering concepts and applications. Nuclear reactions, radioactivity, radiation interaction with matter, reactor physics, risk and dose assessment, applications in medicine, industry, agriculture, and research.
Description: Fundamentals of laser material processing. Laser material interactions from the compressible flow perspective. Analytical, semi-analytical, and numerical approaches.
Prerequisites: MECH 420 or permission.
Description: Conversion of solar energy into more useful forms with emphasis on environmental heating and cooling applications. Includes solar energy availability, solar collectors and design, solar systems and their simulation and solar economics.
Prerequisites: MECH 420.
Description: Heat transfer in nanoscale and nanostructured materials. Heat transfer in ultrafast laser materials processing.
Prerequisites: MECH 420 or parallel.
Description: Indirect measurement of thermal properties and heat flux are explored with various methods, and optimization, with examples drawn from engineering practice.
Description: Finite difference methods for steady and transient diffusion and convection-diffusion problems. Finite volume technique for the solution of multi-dimensional fluid flow, and heat and mass transfer problems.
This course is a prerequisite for: MECH 932
introductory knowledge of ergonomics
Description: Design, analysis and layout of facilities: queuing, material handling systems, material flow analysis, systematic layout planning and design of warehouse facilities.
Prerequisites: Senior or graduate student standing
Description: An introduction to continuum biomechanics with an emphasis on soft tissues. Case studies covering diverse applications of biomechanics in biology and medicine, including in the areas of mechanobiology, medical devices, and tissue engineering. Continuum mechanics concepts include kinematics, kinetics, balance laws, and constitutive relations. Includes some programming in MATLAB.
basic understanding of solid mechanics
Description: Design of devices intended for use in biomedical environments. Introduction to modeling of the bio-environment, bio-materials, and material selection. Overview of design methodologies and strategies used in biomedical device design from a material properties perspective. Introduction to federal regulation and other pertinent issues.
Description: Theory, application, simulation, and design of biomaterials that apply mechanical principles for solving medical problems (case studies in artery, brain, bone, etc.). Tentative Topics include Mechanical characterization of biomaterials; Bio-manufacturing a tissue; Function-structure relationship; Design and analysis of medical implants; Active response of biomaterials: growth and remodeling mechanism; Cellular behavior and measurements, etc.
Description: Biomaterials, biocompatibility, and biomaterial surface characteristics (chemistry, surface energy, topography, wettability, etc.). Protein adsorption on biomaterials. Microscale and nanoscale chemical patterning; anisotropic and isotropic micro/nanotopography; cell sensing and response to patterned substrates.
Description: Development of design concepts. Introduction to synthesis techniques and mathematical analysis methods. Applications of these techniques to mechanical engineering design projects.
This course is a prerequisite for: MECH 945
This course should be taken in the fall semester of the final full academic year, followed immediately by MECH 447 in the spring semester.
Description: The first of two courses in the capstone sequence. Practical application of the engineering design process in a team project focused on a mechanical engineering problem, including design reviews and reports.
This course is a prerequisite for: MECH 447
Prerequisites: MECH 446, professional admission to Mechanical Engineering BS program
Description: Definition, scope, analysis, synthesis, and the design for the solution of a comprehensive engineering problem in any major area of mechanical engineering.
Description: Stresses and strains at a point. Theories of failure. Thick-walled pressure vessels and spinning discs. Torsion of noncircular sections. Torsion of thin-walled sections, open, closed, and multicelled. Bending of unsymmetrical sections. Cross shear and shear center. Curved beams. Introduction to elastic energy methods.
Prerequisites: MECH 350.
Description: Applications of control systems analysis and synthesis for mechanical engineering equipment. Control systems for pneumatic, hydraulic, kinematic, electromechanical, and thermal systems.
Prerequisites: Open to College of Engineering Students only.
Description: Matrix methods of analysis. Finite element stiffness method. Computer programs. Applications to structures and soils. Introduction to finite element analysis of fluid flow.
Prerequisites: MECH 350.
Description: Robotics synthesize some aspects of human function by the use of mechanisms, sensors, actuators, and computers.
Description: Basic concepts of continuum modeling. Development of models and solutions to various mechanical, thermal and electrical systems. Thermo-mechanical and electro-mechanical coupling effects. Differential equations, dimensional methods and similarity.
Description: Introduction to basic mechanics governing automotive vehicle dynamic acceleration, braking, ride, handling and stability. Analytical methods, including computer simulation, in vehicle dynamics. The different components and subsystems of a vehicle that influence vehicle dynamic performance.
Description: Basics of design of the internal combustion engines. Design of various engine parts such as pistons, connecting rods, valve trains, crankshafts, and the vibration dampers. Dynamics of the engine. The vibration of the crankshaft assembly and the valve train. Balancing of the engines.
Lab sessions allow for constructing mechatronic systems. Lab time arranged. A comprehensive design project included.
Description: Theory, application, simulation, and design of systems that integrate mechanical, computer, and electronic components.
This course is a prerequisite for: MECH 958
Prerequisites: MECH 450
Description: Introduction to digital measurement and control of mechanical systems. Applications of analysis and synthesis of discrete time systems.
Prerequisites: MECH 370 or parallel
Description: Hands-on exposure to several aspects of Additive Manufacturing (AM): (1) design and experimentation; (2) process optimization; and (3) materials testing. Coverage of a variety of AM technologies, their advantages and limitations, and how to design for AM. Discussion of both polymer and metal technologies, and exploration of recent applications of AM across multiple industries.
Prerequisites: Open to College of Engineering Students only.
Description: Principles of automated production lines; analysis of transfer lines; group technology; flexible manufacturing systems; and just-in-time; and optimization strategies for discrete parts manufacturing.
Description: Review of rigid body dynamics; equations of motion, free vibration, damping; linear response of one, two, and multi-degree of freedom systems; forced vibrations, harmonic, periodic, impulse, and general responses; resonance and vibration isolation; rotating imbalance; Fourier transforms, digitization and analysis of experimental data.
This course is a prerequisite for: MECH 975
Description: An exploration of information systems and their impact in a manufacturing environment. Software, hardware, database systems, enterprise resource planning, networking, and the Internet.
Description: Numerical algorithms and their convergence properties in: solving nonlinear equations; direct and iterative schemes for linear systems of equations; eigenvalue problems; polynomial and spline interpolation; curve fitting; numerical integration and differentiation; initial and boundary values problems for Ordinary Differential Equations (ODEs) and systems of ODEs with applications to engineering; finite difference methods for partial differential equations (potential problems, heat-equation, wave-equation).
Description: Analysis of engineering systems using finite elements; a critical and challenging task performed during the design process for many engineering systems. Four very distinct domains are studied: Structural stress analysis, heat transfer, fluid flow, and modal analysis.
Description: Treatment of special topics in engineering mechanics by experimental, computational and/or theoretical methods. Topics vary from term to term.
Description: Special topics in mechanical engineering and related areas.
Description: Faculty-supervised independent study.
Description: Faculty-supervised research.
Prerequisites: Senior standing in mechanical engineering; admission to the University Honors Program.
Description: Honors thesis research project meeting the requirements of the University Honors Program. Independent research project executed under the guidance of a member of the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering which contributes to the advancement of knowledge in the field. Culminates in the presentation of an honors thesis to the department and college.