Undergraduate Course Descriptions 2010-2011
Last updated 10/8/2010

09114/Mechanical Engineering (ME)


General Education

0843. Technology Transformations (3 s.h.) RCI: GS. $.

(Formerly: GE-SCI 0062.)

Expand your knowledge by looking at how various technologies such as electricity, automobiles, airplanes, telephones, bridges, highways, electronics, computers, and information technology have transformed the world around us. What would we do without them? Where do they come from? How do they work? Technology is developed by people who have the ideas, design the machines and processes, and suffer the costs and benefits of technological changes in our society. Learn about science and technology through history of discovery, invention and innovation through lectures and labs. We will also study several promising fields which may lead us to the future of technology.

Note: This course fulfills a Science & Technology (GS) requirement for students under GenEd and Science & Technology Second Level (SB) for students under Core.

0844. The Bionic Human (3 s.h.) RCI: GS. $.

Can we replace our “worn-out” body parts with space-age materials? Will the day come when an injured athlete buys a tendon for the next big game? Why are your parents spending so much time at the doctor? We are on the verge of building “the bionic human” by repairing many of our body parts indefinitely. Become familiar with bio-engineered technologies for age-, disease-, sports-, and accident-related injuries. Learn why weight bearing exercise strengthens bones, the difference between MRI, CAT scan, and X-Ray, and what the folks at the Food and Drug Administration do. By the time you finish this course, you’ll know how a pig heart could save your life, how stem cell research could affect your future, the purpose of animal testing, and why walking through airport security could be a problem if you have had your hip replaced.

Note: This course fulfills a Science & Technology (GS) requirement for students under GenEd and Science & Technology Second Level (SB) for students under Core.

Lower Division Courses

1001. Introduction to Mechanical Engineering (2 s.h.)

(Formerly: ME 0001.)

Provides an understanding of the study and practice associated with mechanical engineering and technology disciplines. Understand the importance of good communications and teamwork skills in a successful engineering and technology career. Understand the basics of problem solving and design. Discipline-specific labs.

1019. Automotive Design I (1 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: ME 0180.)

Design of automotive chassis, suspension, and drive train for participation in Society of Automotive Engineers competitions. Grade based on participation (50%) and/or design report (50%).

1029. Automotive Design II (1 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: ME 0181.)

Continuation of ME 1019 (0180). Grade based on participation (50%) and/or design report (50%).

1039. Automotive Design III (1 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: ME 0182.)

Continuation of ME 1029 (0181). Grade based on participation (50%) and/or design report (50%).

Upper Division Courses

2305. Measurements & Dynamics Laboratory (1 s.h.) S SS. $.

(Formerly: ME 0004.)

Co-Requisite: ENGRG 2332 (0132).

Basic measurements and measurement principles. Experiments and simulations of static and dynamic systems. Statistical analysis of results, written reports and journals.

3301. Machine Theory and Design (3 s.h.) F. $.

(Formerly: ME 0231.)

Prerequisite: ENGRG 1117 (0011), ENGRG 2332 (0132), and ENGRG 2333 (0133).

Cross Listed with ET 4342 (0342): Machine Elements.

Course includes design process, statistical method, stress and deflection, materials, failure criteria from static and dynamic loadings. Analysis of mechanical components including screws, welded parts, gears, belts and shafts. Team design projects with written reports and presentations.

3302. Kinematics of Mechanisms (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite: ENGRG 2332. Co-Requisite: ENGRG 3117.

This course builds on the concepts of kinematics first presented in sophomore level Dynamics and explores its application to mechanical design. Starting with an introduction to links, joints and kinematic chains, students will learn the analysis and design of spatial mechanisms with an emphasis on position, velocity and acceleration of linkages. In addition to graphical and numerical analysis, computer aided mechanism design will be performed using SolidWorks Motion.

3305. Materials Laboratory (1 s.h.) F. $.

(Formerly: ME 0005.)

Prerequisite: ENGRG 2333 (0133). Co-Requisite: ENGRG 3496 (W233) or ET 3396 (W223).

Laboratory experiments related to the nature and properties of materials, including: stress, strain, factures, microstructure, metallography, and nondestructive testing.

3421. Dynamic Systems (3 s.h.) S.

(Formerly: ME 0221.)

Prerequisite: ENGRG 2332 (0132); MATH 3041 (0251); MATH 2101 (0147).

A study of the dynamic response of physical systems, concentrating on mechanical systems in translation, rotation, and combined motion. Mathematical models are developed using interacting elements, inter-connecting laws, and physical laws. Both the state variable and input-output analysis are considered. Solutions for the model response include using the following techniques: analytical, Laplace Transform, transfer function, matrix methods, and numerical analysis. Design project.

3506. Fluids and Energy Laboratory (1 s.h.) S SS. $.

(Formerly: ME 0006.)

Co-Requisite: ENGRG 3553 (0253) or ET 2521 (0222); ENGRG 3571 (0271) or ET 3532 (0232).

This laboratory aims to familiarize the students with different data acquisition techniques and devices to measure and control the vibratory behavior of various systems. Experiments will include pressure and velocity measurements as well as modern transducers and pressure/flow regulators.

4040. Special Topics (1 to 4 s.h.)

Prerequisite: Junior standing (completion of 60 credits), or Senior standing (completion of 90 credits), or permission of department chair.

A course designed to present new and emerging areas of engineering. The course may also be used to present areas not normally taught in the College. Course requirements vary with the topic and instructor. Offered as needed or as appropriate.

4173. Data Acquisition and Analysis for Engineers (3 s.h.) F. $.

(Formerly: ME 0375.)

Prerequisite: ME 2305 (0004), ME 3506 (0006), EE 2122 (0066), and permission of instructor.

Cross Listed with ENGRG 5117 (0611): Experimental Methods.

Course content includes the use of microcomputers for automated data acquisition, process control, and data analysis. The principles and applications of sensors, transducers, recording instruments, signal conditioning, and control instrumentation, and sampling theory. Data analysis using Fourier transform and least squares method. Computer software development for interfacing and graphics. Hands-on lab and design project required.

4191. Independent Research in Mechanical Engineering (2 to 5 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: ME 0398.)

Arranged each semester, please consult with the instructor.

4311. Mechanics of Composite Materials (3 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: ME 0317.)

Prerequisite: ENGRG 2333 (0133), ENGRG 3496 (W233), MATH 3041 (0251), MATH 2101 (0147).

Cross Listed with ME 5312 (0517).

Introduction to the behavior of composite materials and their use in engineering structures: behavior and properties of the constituent fibers and matrics, micromechanical predictions of composite properties, anisotropic elasticity, behavior of composite laminae, classical lamination theory; fracture mechanisms, failure theories; behavior of composite plates and beams.

4312. Deformation & Fracture of Engineering Materials (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite: Senior status or permission of instructor, ME 3301 (0231), ENGRG 3496 (W233).

Cross Listed with ENGRG 5311 (0505).

Elastic and plastic deformation of materials; introduction to dislocation theory; failure analysis. Topics include loading in real-life situations, variable loading, failure theories, buckling and instability, fatigue analysis, and fracture mechanics. Case histories are introduced from a variety of industries including automotive, aerospace, utilities, oil and gas, petrochemical and biomedical. Helpful techniques are introduced such as operating stress maps.

4313. Metallurgy (3 s.h.) S.

(Formerly: ME 0333.)

Prerequisite: ENGRG 3496 (W233).

Course topics include physical and mechanical metallurgy, phase transformations, phase diagrams. Emphasis on heat treating, forming, welding, and other fabrication processes. Term design project.

4382. Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering (1 to 6 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: ME 0390.)

Arranged each semester, please consult with the instructor.

4405. Vibrations and Controls Laboratory (1 s.h.) F. $.

(Formerly: ME 0007.)

Co-Requisite: ME 4422 (0382).

This laboratory aims to familiarize the students with different data acquisition techniques and devices to measure and control the vibratory behavior of various systems. Experiments will include, but not be limited to, vibration behavior and control of single degree of freedom and continuous systems.

4422. Mechanical Vibrations (3 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: ME 0382.)

Prerequisite: MATH 2101 (0147), MATH 3041 (0251) and ME 3421 (0221); ENGRG 2332 (0132).

The study of single degree, two degrees, and multi-degrees of freedom systems, harmonic and non-harmonic excitation, damped and undamped response, free, forced, transient, and random vibrations, resonance beating, force transmission, isolation, base, and self excitation. Term design project. Computer numerical methods.

4506. Energy Conversion Laboratory (1 s.h.) S. $.

(Formerly: ME 0008.)

Prerequisite: ME 3506 (0006); ENGRG 3553 (0253), ENGRG 3571 (0271), ME 4572 (0372). Co-Requisite: ME 4571 (0371).

This laboratory will emphasize advanced measurement techniques in energy systems. Computer based data acquisition and statistics are integral parts of the course. Experiments will include: gas and liquid measurements, heat and mass transfer, and engine measurements.

4512. Compressible Fluid Dynamics (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite: ENGRG 3553 (0253) and ENGRG 3571 (0271). Special authorization required for non-majors.

Cross Listed with ME 5512.

This course will introduce students to the subject of high speed gas dynamics. Compressible flows exhibit fundamentally different behavior from that observed in low speed, constant density fluids. Such flows are found in aerodynamics, combustors, turbines, jets, gas pipelines, and wind tunnel test facilities. Students will study phenomena associated with supersonic flows, including normal and oblique shocks, expansion fans, and compressible flows with friction and/or heat transfer. An introduction to high temperature and rarefied gas dynamics will also be included.

4571. Advanced Thermodynamics and Combustion (3 s.h.) S.

(Formerly: ME 0371.)

Prerequisite: ENGRG 3571 (0271).

Review of basic concepts, first and second laws, entropy (statistical and classical), power and refrigeration cycles, thermodynamic relationships, mixtures, chemical reactions and equilibrium, introduction to combustion process. Term design project.

4572. Heat and Mass Transfer (3 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: ME 0372.)

Prerequisite: MATH 3041 (0251) and ENGRG 3553 (0253) and ENGRG 3571 (0271).

Principles and applications of heat transfer by conduction, convection, and radiation processes. Combined modes of heat transfer. Graphic and numerical solutions. Steady and unsteady as well as multi-dimensional conduction heat transfer. Forced and free convection. Heat exchanger theory. Introduction to radiation. Term design project. Computer Numerical methods.

4573. Internal Combustion Engines (1 s.h.) S.

(Formerly: ME 0381.)

Prerequisite: Special authorization required for all students. Co-Requisite: ME 4571 (0371) or permission of instructor.

Types of engines, design considerations, combustion, friction, emission.

4574. Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (3 s.h.) F. $.

(Formerly: ME 0385.)

Prerequisite: ENGRG 3553 (0253) and ENGRG 3571 (0271).

Cross Listed with ET 4532 (0335): HVAC.

Course content includes human comfort criteria, heating and cooling loads, HVAC system types, room air distribution, terminal unit selection, fans and ducts, pumps and piping, computer-aided design; term design project.

4575. Renewable and Alternative Energy (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite: ENGRG 3571 (0271).

Cross Listed with ME 5575.

Current state of renewable and alternative energy; different scenarios of producing energy: mechanical heat engines, ocean thermal energy converters, thermoelectricity, solar radiation, biomass, photovoltaic converters, wind energy, and ocean engines; design of hydrogen-powered systems: polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells.

4576. Photovoltaic System Design for Engineers (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite: ENGRG 3571 (0271); special authorization required for non-majors.

Cross Listed with ME 5576.

The course will introduce students to the photovoltaic system design. It will begin by providing a basic understanding of the properties of sunlight, review the relevant semiconductor concepts and provide an in-depth understanding of the principles governing conventional solar cell operation. Focus will then be placed on the intricacies of solar cell design exploring such aspects as module fabrication, standalone and grid-connected system requirements, and photovoltaic material specific issues. The remainder of the course will be devoted to requirements, design and economics of specific purpose photovoltaic applications.

4731. Cardiovascular Fluid Dynamics (3 s.h.) S.

(Formerly: ME 0354.)

Prerequisite: MATH 3041 (0251), ENGRG 3553 (0253).

Cross Listed with ME 5731.

Mechanics of blood circulation, fluid mechanics of the heart, blood flow in arteries, unsteady flow in veins, current concepts in circulatory assist devices, biofluidics, and other selected topics.

4734. Forensic Engineering (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite: ENGRG 2333 and 3553.

The purpose of this course is to expose students to rigorous engineering techniques and methodologies utilized in forensic engineering, accident reconstruction, failure analysis and the analysis of injury biomechanics. Additionally, the role of engineering accident reconstruction and biomechanical injury analysis in the engineering design process to ensure product safety will also be discussed, as will the role of standards in engineering design.

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