Description

Mechanical engineering is a broad field of study that significantly impacts many technologies, including those that expand our energy resources and improve medical care. Mechanical engineers are concerned with all forms of energy conversion and transmission; the flow of fluids and heat; the development, design, manufacturing, and operation of machinery and equipment; material structure and properties; solid and applied mechanics; and transportation processes. The course of study is designed to give the student fundamental preparation to enter the fields of research, design, operation, production, sales, or management.

The mechanical engineering curriculum is structured so that students are well prepared in the fundamental areas of solid mechanics, thermal-fluid sciences, systems and design engineering, and materials engineering. Students can develop an emphasis area of study by concentrating elective courses in specific interdisciplinary areas such as aerospace engineering, automotive engineering, robotics, biomedical engineering, computational methods, manufacturing, nanotechnology and others depending upon the technical courses available and the interest of the student.

Mission and Objectives

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at the University of Nebraska is to impact society locally and globally through our educational programs, research, and service, developing knowledge and sharing our expertise in the best traditions of land-grant universities. We strive for excellence in teaching and learning at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, seek to develop novel educational opportunities, grow our public and private support for research and education, and expand our scholarship, outreach and service.

Program Educational Objectives

Within a few years of graduation, our mechanical engineering graduates are expected to:

  1. have started successful careers based on their education or have completed a professional degree or a graduate degree in engineering or related field;
  2. have begun life-long learning and development in order to remain current in their knowledge and skills and to advance in their careers; and
  3. have established a record of professionalism, leadership, respect and integrity in working to serve humanity and to use resources responsibly.

Student Outcomes

The educational program leading to the BS in mechanical engineering ensures that students attain the following outcomes:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  • an ability to communicate effectively;
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning;
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues;
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Major Department Admission

Admittance to Degree Program

Students are expected to meet minimum college entrance requirements. After being admitted to the college as pre-mechanical engineering students, students wishing to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering must further be admitted to the degree program. Students who have completed 43 credit hours applicable to their mechanical engineering degree are considered for formal admission to the mechanical engineering degree program. Typically, this occurs the semester the student is enrolled in MECH 200 Engineering Thermodynamics or MATL 360 Elements of Materials Science. Those exceeding 61 credit hours must receive formal admission to the mechanical engineering degree program if they are to continue to take mechanical engineering courses. Transfer students must have at least 12 credit hours of course work from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln on record before an application will be considered.

The requirements for admission to the degree program are a major GPA of 2.7 (that is, not counting elective courses), completion of MECH 223 Engineering Statics, no more than four withdrawals and no more than three repeated courses. Those who are not admitted to the degree program the first time are advised of the outcome and are automatically reviewed again at the end of that semester. If after two reviews a student is not admitted to the degree program, the student is advised of other majors, in engineering or elsewhere, in which they may be likely to find success.

Other

Hands-on Opportunities

One major focus of the Department is to provide students with many hands-on opportunities both within the curriculum (through formal laboratory courses) and through extracurricular activities. Brief descriptions of some of the laboratories in the department are given below.


The Materials Laboratory is designed to study the development of microstructures during processing, and to correlate the properties of materials with the observed structures. Undergraduates utilize arc melting facilities for solidification processing and alloy formation, rolling mills for deformation processing, and a variety of furnaces for thermal treatments. Characterization facilities include x-ray diffractometry and optical microscopy, while property measurements are completed using hardness testing (including microhardness), tensile testing, and impact testing facilities. Other facilities associated with the materials laboratory include rapid solidification processing facilities and electron microscopy facilities.

The Measurements Laboratory is associated with the required MECH 380 Mechanical Engineering Measurements course which includes two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory work each week. The course covers the fundamentals of mechanical engineering measurements including data analysis (statistics, graphing, spectral analysis), signal conditioning, data readout, and the measurement of length/displacement, rate of rotation, stress/strain, temperature, pressure, fluid velocity, fluid flow rate, vibration/acceleration, and sound. The MECH 380 Lab has four workbenches. Each workbench has a set of basic measurement equipment including a digital oscilloscope, an electronic counter, a digital multimeter, a DC power supply, a function generator, and a computer-based data acquisition system consisting of a personal computer with data acquisition software and interfaced analog-to-digital converter and digital counter cards. In addition, on a week-to-week basis, specialized equipment is brought out of the cabinets and set up for each of the nine (some one week, some two week) labs.

The Kinematics and Machine Design Laboratory is a teaching laboratory for undergraduate students. The laboratory consists of equipment and instruments for conducting experiments in kinematics and machine design. One piece of major equipment is the rapid prototyping machine, which accepts design specifications from a computer and forms a prototype of the design using plastic fused deposition. This machine provides the student with experience in design integration from concept to product. Accessories in this laboratory include desktop computers, a wide-carriage printer, and other instruments. Kawasaki also donated a retired robot that is now utilized in this laboratory.

The Thermal Fluids Laboratory involves design, execution and evaluation of physical experiments in the areas of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer. There are three major, heavily-instrumented experiments:

  1. a two stage air-compressor with intercooling,
  2. a versatile air conditioning unit, and
  3. a Ford gasoline engine with a Superflow water brake dynamometer, supported with a data acquisition system.

The course involves design, execution and evaluation of physical experiments in the areas of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer. In addition, the facilities include “table top” instrumentation for viscosity measurement, measurement of pressure distribution on an airfoil, flow visualization and head loss across a valve on which students conduct experiments.

The Mechatronics Laboratory is well-equipped for teaching courses in mechatronics, robotics, and controls. It is used primarily for MECH 457 Mechatronic Systems Design and MECH 450 Mechanical Engineering Control Systems Design, but is also used for other courses, and by both undergraduate and graduate students working on research projects. The laboratory contains desktop computers, modular robots, digital oscilloscopes, function generators, computer controllers, soldering systems, and many other accessories.

The Department also has computational facilities available to students. The computer lab has a suite of personal computers with a full complement of computing resources available to students.

Research Laboratories. These laboratories, extensions of those described above, are equipped for research in the fields of fluid mechanics, heat transfer, thermodynamics, turbulence, flow visualization, fluid mechanics, measurements, turbomachinery and engine research, combustion, materials, mechanical design, dynamics, computational, solid and applied mechanics, biomedical engineering, and controls. Many of our undergraduate students gain valuable experience working on research projects under the guidance of professors. These are funded by research grants or the University’s UCARE program.

Some of the extracurricular opportunities for students to gain hands-on engineering experience include SAE Baja, SAE Formula (both through Husker Motorsports), NASA microgravity, AIAA competitions, and others.

College Requirements

College Admission

College Entrance Requirements

Students must have high school credit for (one unit is equal to one high school year):

  1. 4 units of mathematics: 2 of algebra, 1 of geometry, 1 of precalculus and trigonometry.
  2. 4 units of English.
  3. 3 units of natural science that must include 1 unit of physics and 1 unit of chemistry (chemistry requirement waived for students in construction management).
  4. 2 units of a single foreign language.
  5. 3 units of social studies.
  6. Students having a composite ACT score of 28 or greater (or equivalent SAT score) will be admitted to the College of Engineering even if they lack any one of the following: trigonometry, chemistry, or physics.
  7. Students having an ACT score of 19 or less in English (or equivalent SAT score) must take ENGL 150 Writing and Inquiry or ENGL 151 Writing and Argument.

A total of 16 units is required for admission.

Students must have an ACT (enhanced) score of 24 or greater (or equivalent SAT). Students who lack entrance requirements may be admitted based on ACT scores, high school rank and credits, or may be admitted to pre-engineering status in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center. Pre-engineering students are advised within the College of Engineering.

Students for whom English is not their language of nurture must meet the minimum English proficiency requirements of the University.

Students who lack entrance units may complete precollege training by Independent Study through the UNL Office of On-line and Distance Education, in summer courses, or as a part of their first or second semester course loads while in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center or other Colleges at UNL.

Students should consult their advisor, their department chair, or Engineering Student Services if they have questions on current policies.

Other Admission Requirements

Students who transfer to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln from other accredited colleges or universities and wish to be admitted to the College of Engineering (COE) must meet COE freshman entrance requirements and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for Nebraska residents or 3.0 for non-residents. Students not meeting either of these requirements must enroll in the Explore Center or another UNL college until they meet COE admission requirements.

The COE accepts courses for transfer for which a C or better grade was received. Although UNL accepts D grades from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and at Omaha, not all majors in the COE accept such low grades. Students must conform to the requirements of their intended major and, in any case, are strongly encouraged to repeat courses with a grade of C- or less.

All transfer students must adopt the curricular requirements of the undergraduate catalog current at the time of transfer to the COE—not that in use when they entered UNL. Upon admission to UNL, students wishing to pursue degree programs in the COE will be classified and subject to the policies defined in the subsequent section.

College Degree Requirements

Grade Rules

Grade Appeals

In the event of a dispute involving any college policies or grades, the student should appeal to his/her instructor, and appropriate department chair or school director (in that order). If a satisfactory solution is not achieved, the student may appeal his/her case through the College Academic Appeals Committee on his/her campus.

Catalog Rule

Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the catalog for the academic year in which they are first admitted at UNL. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a subsequent catalog for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL in the College of Engineering. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single catalog year. The catalog which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

Learning Outcomes

Majors in mechanical engineering will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering. (a)
  2. Design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data. (b)
  3. Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability. (c)
  4. Function on multidisciplinary teams. (d)
  5. Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems. (e)
  6. Understand professional and ethical responsibility. (f)
  7. Communicate effectively. (g)
  8. Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context. (h)
  9. Recognize the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning. (i)
  10. Have knowledge of contemporary issues. (j)
  11. Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. (k)

Major Requirements

Requirements for the Degree (Lincoln campus)

First Semester
CHEM 109General Chemistry I 14
ENGR 10Freshman Engineering Seminar0
ENGR 100Interpersonal Skills for Engineering Leaders 23
MATH 106Calculus I5
ACE Electives
Choose courses from not yet satisfied ACE outcomes 5, 6, 7,or 93
Credit Hours Subtotal: 15
Second Semester
CHEM 110General Chemistry II4
CSCE 155NComputer Science I: Engineering and Science Focus3
MATH 107Calculus II4
PHYS 211General Physics I4
PHYS 221General Physics Laboratory I 31
Credit Hours Subtotal: 16
Third Semester
BSEN 206 / CONE 206Engineering Economics3
ENGR 20Sophomore Engineering Seminar0
MATH 208Calculus III4
MECH 130Introduction to CAD3
MECH 223Engineering Statics3
PHYS 212General Physics II4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 17
Fourth Semester
MATH 221Differential Equations3
MATL 360Elements of Materials Science4
MECH 200Engineering Thermodynamics3
MECH 325Mechanics of Elastic Bodies3
MECH 373Engineering Dynamics3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 16
Fifth Semester
ECEN 211Elements of Electrical Engineering I3
ECEN 231Electrical Engineering Laboratory1
JGEN 200Technical Communication I3
MATH 314Linear Algebra3
MECH 300Thermal Systems and Design3
MECH 342Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 16
Sixth Semester
MECH 321Engineering Statistics and Data Analysis3
or STAT 380 / MATH 380 Statistics and Applications
MECH 310Fluid Mechanics3
MECH 343Elements of Machine Design3
MECH 350Introduction to Dynamics and Control of Engineering Systems3
MECH 380Mechanical Engineering Measurements3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 15
Seventh Semester
MECH 370Manufacturing Methods and Processes3
MECH 420Heat Transfer3
MECH 446Mechanical Engineering Design I 43
MECH 488Kinematics and Machine Design Laboratory2
Mechanical Engineering Technical Elective
Design and technical electives must be chosen from a list of approved 400-level mechanical engineering elective courses. Consult advisor for suggested choices.3
ACE Elective
Choose one course from not yet satisfied ACE outcomes 5, 6, 7, or 93
Credit Hours Subtotal: 17
Eighth Semester
ENGR 400Professional Ethics and Social Responsibilities1
MECH 447Mechanical Engineering Design II2
MECH 487Thermal Fluids Laboratory2
Mechanical Engineering Design Elective
Design and technical electives must be chosen from a list of approved 400-level mechanical engineering elective courses. Consult advisor for suggested choices.3
Senior Elective
Senior electives may be either another mechanical engineering technical elective, another mechanical engineering design elective, or, with prior written approval of your advisor, a 300 or higher level engineering, science, or math course.3
ACE Electives
Choose courses from not yet satisfied ACE outcomes 5, 6, 7, or 96
Credit Hours Subtotal: 17
Total Credit Hours129
1

CHEM 111 Chemistry for Engineering and Technology may be substituted for the CHEM 109 General Chemistry I/CHEM 110 General Chemistry II sequence. 

2

Or, instead, COMM 210 Communicating in Small Groups, COMM 283 Interpersonal Communication, or COMM 286 Business and Professional Communication may be taken in the Third Semester.

3

Or, instead, PHYS 222 General Physics Laboratory II (1 cr) may be taken in the Third Semester.

4

The capstone design sequence must be taken in the order shown in the curriculum and should be taken in the last two semesters of the program (MECH 446 Mechanical Engineering Design I and MECH 447 Mechanical Engineering Design II).

MATL260
Elements of Materials Science

Prerequisites: Open to College of Engineering Students only.

Description: Relation of atomic, molecular, and crystal structure to the physical, mechanical, and chemical properties of metals, alloys, polymers, and ceramics.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MATL262
Materials Laboratory I

Prerequisites: Open to College of Engineering Students only.

Description: Engineering behavior of materials with emphasis on macroscopic properties; relationship between these properties, processing history, composition and microstructure. Introduction to the use of metallographic tools used in interpretation.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LAB

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

MATL360
Elements of Materials Science

Prerequisites: CHEM 109 or 111; PHYS 212; MECH 223 or parallel.

Description: Relation of atomic, molecular and crystal structure to the physical, mechanical and chemical properties of metals, alloys, polymers and ceramics. Experience in investigation of properties of engineering materials.

This course is a prerequisite for: MECH 343

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

MATL460
Mechanical Aspects of MaterialsCrosslisted with MATL 860

Prerequisites: MECH 325 and MATL 360, or equivalent.

Description: Emphasizes those principles at the atomistic or molecular level that relate mechanical properties and behavior of different classes of materials to their structure and environment.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MATL461
Materials Laboratory IICrosslisted with MATL 861

Prerequisites: MATL 360.

Description: Application of scientific principles in the laboratory to the analysis of materials problems and selection of engineering materials.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LAB

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MATL462
X-ray DiffractionCrosslisted with MATL 862

Prerequisites: PHYS 212.

Description: Principles of crystallography. Production and properties of X-rays. Interaction of X-rays with atoms and the nature of diffraction (direction and the intensities of diffracted beams). Diffraction patterns and intensity measurements.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MATL465
Applied Physical Metallurgy and DesignCrosslisted with MATL 865

Prerequisites: MATL 360 or equivalent.

Description: Principles of alloying; alloy selection; modification of the physical properties of structural alloys by thermal, mechanical, and chemical treatment; solidification and joining phenomena.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MATL466
Materials Selection for Mechanical DesignCrosslisted with MATL 866

Prerequisites: Open to College of Engineering Students only.

Description: Rational selection procedure for the most suitable materials for each particular mechanical design. Introduction of materials selection charts and the concept of materials performance indices. Case studies in mechanical design, taking materials selections, shape and process into account. Projects on materials selection at the design concept and the design embodiment stages.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MATL467
Principles of Powder MetallurgyCrosslisted with MATL 867

Prerequisites: MECH 200; MECH 325; MATL 360 or equivalent.

Description: Basic principles of powder metallurgy, with emphasis on methods of producing metal powders, determination of their characteristics; the mechanics of powder compaction; sintering methods and effects; and engineering applications.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MATL468
Failure Analysis: Prevention and ControlCrosslisted with MATL 868

Prerequisites: Open to College of Engineering Students only.

Description: Metallurgical tools for analysis of failures; types and modes of failures; sources of design and manufacturing defects. Case histories utilized to illustrate modes of failures and principles and practices for analysis. Design concepts and remedial design emphasized with these case studies. Several projects involving case analyses and design by students included.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MATL469
Physical Materials SystemsCrosslisted with MATL 869

Prerequisites: PHYS 212 and MATL 360.

Description: Development of the principles controlling the formation of the structure of engineering materials. Phase diagrams, diffusion, interfaces and microstructures, solidification and diffusional transformation and diffusionless transformations.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MATL470
Thermodynamics of AlloysCrosslisted with MATL 870

Prerequisites: MATL 360 and MECH 200, or equivalent; MATH 208 or parallel.

Description: Materials thermodynamics of closed systems, introduction to liquid and solid solution alloys, relationship to gas phase, application to binary systems.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MATL471
Electron Microscopy of MaterialsCrosslisted with MATL 871

Prerequisites: PHYS 212.

Description: Introduction to electron beam instruments. Electron interactions with materials. Basic aspects of electron diffraction, image formation and spectrum generation by materials. Acquisition and analysis of images, diffraction patterns and spectral data. Resolution and sensitivity limits of electron probe methods. Practical experience in the use of electron microscopes for characterization of materials.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MATL472
Kinetics of AlloysCrosslisted with MATL 872

Prerequisites: MATL 360 or equivalent; MATH 221/MATH 821.

Description: Kinetics of gas-liquid-solid reactions in alloy systems; analysis of diffusion models applicable to such systems.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MATL473
CorrosionCrosslisted with MATL 873

Prerequisites: CHEM 109 or equivalent.

Description: Fundamentals of corrosion engineering, underlying principles, corrosion control, and materials selection and environmental control.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MATL474
Extractive MetallurgyCrosslisted with MATL 874

Prerequisites: MATL 360 and MECH 200 or equivalent.

Description: Unit operations and processes utilized in production of ferrous, nonferrous, and refractory metals. Examples of production techniques for metal bearing ores, scrap metals, and domestic waste. Control of impurity and alloy content and their relationship to physical properties.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MATL477
Organic and Inorganic Electronic Materials and DevicesCrosslisted with MATL 877

Prerequisites: Permission

Description: The course introduces the optical and electronic processes in inorganic and organic molecules and polymers that govern the behavior of practical organic electronic and optoelectronic devices.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MATL498
Laboratory and Analytical InvestigationCrosslisted with MATL 898

Prerequisites: Open to College of Engineering Students only.

Description: Investigation and written report of research into specific problems in any major area of materials engineering.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:LAB

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

MECH100
Introduction to Mechanical Engineering

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

MECH130
Introduction to CAD

Description: Principles and accepted practices of geometric design. Computer generation of 2D and 3D models for mechanical systems. Introduction to engineering design practices such as specifications, dimensioning, and tolerance.

This course is a prerequisite for: AGEN 470, BSEN 470; MECH 342; MECH 381

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH200
Engineering Thermodynamics

Prerequisites: Open to College of Engineering Students only.

Description: First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics, properties of gases and vapors. Sources of energy and its conversion to work.

This course is a prerequisite for: AGEN 344, BSEN 344; MECH 300

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH200H
Honors: Engineering Thermodynamics I

Prerequisites: Open to College of Engineering Students only.

Description: First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics, properties of gases and vapors. 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.

This course is a prerequisite for: AGEN 344, BSEN 344; MECH 300

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH220
Statics

Prerequisites: Open to College of Engineering Students only.

Description: Fundamental concepts, equilibrium of force systems, analysis of simple frames and trusses. Centroid and moments of inertia and friction.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH223
Engineering Statics

Prerequisites: MATH 107 (grade of C or better), PHYS 211 (grade of C or better)

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.

This course is a prerequisite for: AGEN 324, BSEN 324; CIVE 361; MATL 360; MECH 325H; MECH 373; MECH 373H

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH223H
Honors: Engineering Statics

Prerequisites: Open to College of Engineering Students only.

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.

This course is a prerequisite for: AGEN 324, BSEN 324; CIVE 361; MATL 360; MECH 325H; MECH 373; MECH 373H

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH250
Mechanics I

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

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

MECH300
Thermal Systems and Design

Prerequisites: MECH 200, CSCE 155N

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.

This course is a prerequisite for: MECH 446; MECH 487

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH310
Fluid MechanicsCrosslisted with MECH 310H

Prerequisites: MECH 373; MATH 221

Parallel: MECH 200, or BSEN 244 or by permission for non-ME students.

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.

This course is a prerequisite for: AGEN 325, BSEN 325; AGEN 344, BSEN 344; BSEN 425, CIVE 425; CIVE 352; MECH 446

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH310H
Fluid MechanicsCrosslisted with MECH 310

Prerequisites: MECH 373; MATH 221

Parallel: MECH 200, or BSEN 244 or by permission for non-ME students.

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.

This course is a prerequisite for: AGEN 325, BSEN 325; AGEN 344, BSEN 344; BSEN 425, CIVE 425; CIVE 352; MECH 446

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH311
Fluid Mechanics Laboratory

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LAB

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

MECH321
Engineering Statistics and Data Analysis

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH324
Strength of Materials

Prerequisites: MECH 220 or 223.

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH325
Mechanics of Elastic Bodies

Prerequisites: MECH 223, MATH 208

Description: Concept of stress and strain considering axial, torsional, and bending forces. Shear and moments. Introduction to combined stresses and column theory.

This course is a prerequisite for: CIVE 334; CIVE 341; CIVE 378; MECH 343

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH325H
Honors: Mechanics of Elastic Bodies

Prerequisites: MECH 223, MATH 208

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.

This course is a prerequisite for: CIVE 334; CIVE 378; MECH 343

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH330
Mechanical Engineering Analysis

Prerequisites: MATH 221; CSCE 155N, MECH 325 and 373; MECH 200.

Description: Conceptual modeling of mechanical engineering systems. Analytical exploration of engineering behavior of conceptual models. Case studies drawn from mechanical engineering problems.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH342
Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery

Prerequisites: MECH 130 and MECH 373

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.

This course is a prerequisite for: MECH 343

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH343
Elements of Machine Design

Prerequisites: MECH 325; BSEN 206; JGEN 200 or 300; MECH 342; MATL 360; MECH 321 or STAT 380 or parallel.

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.

This course is a prerequisite for: MECH 446

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH350
Introduction to Dynamics and Control of Engineering Systems

Prerequisites: MECH 373; ECEN 211; CSCE 155N or AGEN/BSEN 212A; MATH 314 or parallel.

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

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH351
Mechanics II

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

MECH370
Manufacturing Methods and Processes

Prerequisites: Open to College of Engineering Students only.

Description: Introduction to traditional and modern manufacturing processes and methods to include: foundry; forming processes; welding; metal removal theory and practices; modern manufacturing systems and automation; and economics of process selection.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH373
Engineering Dynamics

Prerequisites: MECH 223, MATH 208. Open to College of Engineering Students only

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.

This course is a prerequisite for: CIVE 310; CIVE 310H; MECH 310, MECH 310H; MECH 342; MECH 350

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH373H
Honors: Engineering Dynamics

Prerequisites: Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation; MECH 223 or 223H; MATH 208.

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.

This course is a prerequisite for: CIVE 310; CIVE 310H; MECH 310, MECH 310H; MECH 342; MECH 350

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH380
Mechanical Engineering Measurements

Prerequisites: ECEN 231; JGEN 200 or 300; MECH 321 or STAT 380 or parallel; MECH 350 and MECH 310, or parallel.

Description: Theory, statistics, applications and design of mechanical engineering experiments.

This course is a prerequisite for: MECH 487

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH381
Elements of Computer-Aided Design

Prerequisites: MATH 221; MECH 130 or CSCE 155N or permission

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH399
Undergraduate Research and Thesis

Prerequisites: Open to College of Engineering Students only.

Description: Engineering design or laboratory investigation that an undergraduate is qualified to undertake.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-5
Max credits per semester:5
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-5

ACE:

MECH403
Internal Combustion EnginesCrosslisted with MECH 803

Prerequisites: Open to College of Engineering Students only.

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH404
Theory of CombustionCrosslisted with MECH 804

Prerequisites: Open to College of Engineering Students only.

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH405
TurbomachineryCrosslisted with MECH 805

Prerequisites: MECH 300 and MECH 310/CIVE 310

Description: Thermodynamic analysis and design of axial and radial flow turbines, compressors, and pumps. Fundamentals of the operating characteristics and performance parameters of turbomachines will be evaluated. Cavitation and blade element theory.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH406
Air Conditioning Systems DesignCrosslisted with MECH 806

Prerequisites: Open to College of Engineering Students only.

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH407
Power Plant Systems DesignCrosslisted with MECH 807

Prerequisites: MECH 300 or equivalent.

Description: Application of thermodynamic and fluid dynamic principles to the design of Power Plants. Comprehensive design project is an integral part of the course.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH408
Heat Exchanger DesignCrosslisted with MECH 808

Prerequisites: Open to College of Engineering Students only.

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH413
AerodynamicsCrosslisted with MECH 813

Prerequisites: Open to College of Engineering Students only.

Description: Subsonic and supersonic air flow theory, dynamics of flight, performance parameters, rotoranalysis, and special topics.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH414
Compressible FlowCrosslisted with MECH 814

Prerequisites: MECH 300 and MECH 310/CIVE 310.

Description: Analysis of the flow of compressible fluids by means of the momentum equation, continuity equation, and the laws of thermodynamics and some application of thermodynamic laws to incompressible fluids.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH415
Two-Phase FlowCrosslisted with MECH 815

Prerequisites: MECH310/CIVE 310 and MECH 380, or parallel.

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH416
Engineering AcousticsCrosslisted with MECH 816

Prerequisites: Open to College of Engineering Students only.

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH420
Heat TransferCrosslisted with MECH 820

Prerequisites: MECH 310

Description: Heat transfer by conduction, convection, and radiation. Correlation of theory with experimental data and engineering design.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH421
Elements of Nuclear EngineeringCrosslisted with MECH 821, ENGR 421

Prerequisites: ENGR 300 or 301 or 310; MATH 208/208H; and PHYS 212/212H

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH422
Industrial Quality ControlCrosslisted with MECH 822

Prerequisites: MECH 321 or STAT 380

Description: Statistical process control and quality assurance techniques in manufacturing. Control charts, acceptance sampling, and analyses and design of quality control systems.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH424
Laser Material Processing with Compressible Flow PerspectiveCrosslisted with MECH 824

Prerequisites: Permission.

Description: Fundamentals of laser material processing. Laser material interactions from the compressible flow perspective. Analytical, semi-analytical, and numerical approaches.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH425
Solar Energy EngineeringCrosslisted with MECH 825

Prerequisites: Open to College of Engineering Students only.

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH426
Heat Transfer at Nanoscales and in Ultrashort Time DomainsCrosslisted with MECH 826

Prerequisites: MECH 420.

Description: Heat transfer in nanoscale and nanostructured materials. Heat transfer in ultrafast laser materials processing.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH431
Computational Heat Transfer and Fluid FlowCrosslisted with MECH 831

Prerequisites: Open to College of Engineering Students only.

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH434
Facility Planning and Design

Prerequisites: ENGR 315

Description: Design, analysis and layout of facilities: queuing, material handling systems, material flow analysis, systematic layout planning and design of warehouse facilities.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH436
Introduction to Continuum BiomechanicsCrosslisted with MECH 836

Prerequisites: MECH 373; MECH 310 and 420.

Description: Introduction to biomechanics. Basic anatomy, biomaterials, kinematics, dynamics, visco-elasticity, bio-fluid mechanics, and bio-heat transfer.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH437
Biomedical Device DesignCrosslisted with MECH 837

Prerequisites: ENGM 223, 325, and 373, or equivalent

Description: Design of devices intended for use in biomedical environments. Introduction to modeling of the bio-environments, 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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH438
Mechanics of BiomaterialsCrosslisted with MECH 838

Prerequisites: MECH 343 or parallel

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH442
Intermediate KinematicsCrosslisted with MECH 842

Prerequisites: Open to College of Engineering Students only.

Description: Analytical cam design. Geometry of constrained plane motion and application to the design of mechanisms. Analysis and synthesis of pin-jointed linkage mechanisms.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH444
Intermediate Dynamics of MachineryCrosslisted with MECH 844

Prerequisites: Open to College of Engineering Students only.

Description: Fundamentals of vibration, vibration and impact in machines, balance of rotors, flexible rotor dynamics and instabilities, parametric vibration, advanced dynamics and design of cam mechanisms, and dynamics of flywheel.

This course is a prerequisite for: MECH 915

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH445
Mechanical Engineering Design ConceptsCrosslisted with MECH 845

Prerequisites: Open to College of Engineering Students only.

Description: Development of design concepts. Introduction to synthesis techniques and mathematical analysis methods. Applications of these techniques to mechanical engineering design projects.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH446
Mechanical Engineering Design I

Prerequisites: MECH 300, MECH 310, MECH 343, MECH 350, professional admission to Mechanical Engineering BS program

Description: Synthesis, design, and a written report on two projects, plus a proposal for the students final design project in MECH 447. The two projects should span the general areas of mechanical engineering developing breadth, resourcefulness, creativity and most importantly, the use of the design process. Guest lectures by practicing designers will be a part of the class when appropriate.

This course is a prerequisite for: MECH 447

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

MECH447
Mechanical Engineering Design II

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Course Format:LAB
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:2

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

MECH448
Advanced Mechanics of MaterialsCrosslisted with MECH 848

Prerequisites: Open to College of Engineering Students only.

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.

This course is a prerequisite for: MECH 915; MECH 933; MECH 935; MECH 938

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH449
Advanced DynamicsCrosslisted with MECH 849

Prerequisites: MECH 373 and MATH 221/821. Open to College of Engineering Students only

Description: Particle Dynamics usung Newton's laws, energy principles, momentum principles. Rigid body dynamics using Euler's equations and Lagrange's equations. Variable mass systems. Gyroscopic motion.

This course is a prerequisite for: MECH 935

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH450
Mechanical Engineering Control Systems DesignCrosslisted with MECH 850

Prerequisites: Open to College of Engineering Students only.

Description: Applications of control systems analysis and synthesis for mechanical engineering equipment. Control systems for pneumatic, hydraulic, kinematic, electromechanical, and thermal systems.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH451
Introduction to Finite Element Analysis

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH452
Experimental Stress Analysis ICrosslisted with MECH 852

Prerequisites: Open to College of Engineering Students only.

Description: Investigation of the basic theories and techniques associated with the analysis of stress using mechanical strain gages, electric strain gages, brittle lacquer, photoelasticity, and membrane analogy.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH453
Robotics: Kinematics and DesignCrosslisted with MECH 853

Prerequisites: Open to College of Engineering Students only.

Description: Robotics synthesize some aspects of human function by the use of mechanisms, sensors, actuators, and computers.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH454
Introduction to Continuum ModelingCrosslisted with MECH 854

Prerequisites: MATH 221/821, MECH 325 and MECH 373

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH455
Vehicle DynamicsCrosslisted with MECH 855

Prerequisites: MECH 343 and 350.

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH456
Dynamics of Internal Combustion EnginesCrosslisted with MECH 856

Prerequisites: MECH 342 and 343.

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH457
Mechatronic Systems DesignCrosslisted with MECH 857

Prerequisites: ECEN 231; MECH 350 or parallel.

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH458
Digital Control of Mechanical SystemsCrosslisted with MECH 858

Prerequisites: MECH 450

Description: Introduction to digital measurement and control of mechanical systems. Applications of analysis and synthesis of discrete time systems.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH470
Theory and Practice of Materials ProcessingCrosslisted with MECH 870

Description: Theory, practice and application of conventional machining, forming and non-traditional machining processes with emphasis on tool life, dynamics of machine tools and adaptive control.

This course is a prerequisite for: MECH 970

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH474
Manufacturing Systems ICrosslisted with MECH 874

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH475
Introduction to Vibrations and Acoustics

Prerequisites: MECH 373 and MATH 221.

Description: Linear response of one and two degree of freedom systems. Rotating imbalance, vibration isolation. Fundamentals of wave motion, vibrating strings and bars. Acoustic wave equation, acoustic impedances, sound propagation, traveling wave solutions, separation of variables. The Helmholtz resonator. Acoustic waves in pipes. Experiments in mechanical vibrations and acoustics.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH476
Manufacturing Information SystemsCrosslisted with MECH 876

Prerequisites: Senior standing; CSCE 155A, CSCE 155E, CSCE 155H, CSCE 155N, or CSCE 155T or equivalent

Description: An exploration of information systems and their impact in a manufacturing environment. Software, hardware, database systems, enterprise resource planning, networking, and the Internet.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH480
Numerical Methods in EngineeringCrosslisted with MECH 880

Prerequisites: MATH 221/821; and Computer Programming. Linear Algebra recommended.

Credit towards the degree cannot be earned in both CSCE/MATH 440/840 and MECH 480/880.

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).

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH483
Engineering Analysis with Finite ElementsCrosslisted with MECH 883

Prerequisites: MECH 310; MECH 343; MECH 350; MECH 420 or parallel

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

MECH487
Thermal Fluids Laboratory

Prerequisites: MECH 300 and 380; MECH 420/820 or parallel. Open to College of Engineering Students only.

Description: Design, execution, and evaluation of physical experiments in the areas of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Course Format:LAB

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

MECH488
Kinematics and Machine Design Laboratory

Prerequisites: Open to College of Engineering Students only.

Description: Design projects and physical experiments in the area of machine design and kinematics.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

MECH491
Special Topics in Engineering MechanicsCrosslisted with MECH 891

Prerequisites: Open to College of Engineering Students only.

Description: Treatment of special topics in engineering mechanics by experimental, computational and/or theoretical methods. Topics vary from term to term.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

MECH498
Laboratory and Analytical InvestigationsCrosslisted with MECH 898

Prerequisites: Open to College of Engineering Students only.

Description: Investigation and written report of research into specific problem in any major area of mechanical engineering.

Course details
Credit Hours:6.00
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:LAB

Credit Hours:6.00

ACE:

MECH499H
Honors Thesis

Prerequisites: Open to College of Engineering Students only.

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.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

PLEASE NOTE
This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic advisor. Advisors also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.