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Mechanical Engineering

5117. Finite Element Analysis   (3 s.h.)

Concepts and techniques of finite element and finite difference methods; mesh generation techniques; computer graphics presentation methods. Application to solids, liquids, and gases in the areas of stress, strain, deflection elasticity, heat transfer, fluid flow, and combustion.

5312. Mechanics of Composite Materials   (3 s.h.)

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

5511. Thermodynamic Properties   (3 s.h.)

Review of quantum mechanics and introduction to statistical mechanics. Statistical thermodynamics and various models of matter. Accuracy and trends of the predicted properties of various materials.

5731. Cardiovascular Fluid Dynamics   (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite: MATH 251, ENGR 253.

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.

5732. Tissue Biomechanics (3 s.h.)

Tissue Biomechanics course is an introductory course about the mechanical properties of living tissues. The emphasis of the course is on the meaning of constitutive models for bio-solids and bio-fluids. Topics include a review of elastic, viscous, and viscoelastic constitutive models; biovisoelastic solids; mechanical properties of blood vessels; mechanics of skelatal and heart muscles.

9991. Directed Research (3 s.h.)

Under the guidance of a faculty member, the student will conduct independent research on a selected topic in engineering

9995. Project  (3 s.h.)

A project assigned with the approval of the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Committee and conducted under the supervision of a graduate faculty advisor. An oral presentation in an open siminar and a written report are required to complete the independent project. Projects related to industrial applications are encouraged. For non-thesis students only.

9996. Thesis (3 s.h.)

Master's thesis. May be taken twice.