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Mechanical Engineering

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

Prerequisites: MATH 2010 and MATH 3041.

This course covers concepts and techniques of finite element and finite difference methods; mesh generation techniques; computer graphics presentation methods; and 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.)

Prerequisite: ENGR 5314.

This course offers an 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, and behavior of composite plates and beams.

5511. Thermodynamic Properties   (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  ENGR 3751.

This course reviews quantum mechanics and introduces statistical mechanics. It also covers statistical thermodynamics and various models of matter, as well as accuracy and trends of the predicted properties of various materials.

5512. Compressible Fluid Dynamics   (3 s.h.)

Prerequisites: ENGR 3553 and MATH 3041.

This course introduces students to the subject of high speed gas dynamics. Compressible flows exhibit fundamentally different behavior from those in low speed, constant density fluids. Such flows are found in aerodynamics, combustors, turbines, jets, gas pipelines, and wind tunnel facilities. Students 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 rarified gas dynamics is also included.

5575. Renewable and Alternative Energy   (3 s.h.)

Prerequisites: ENGR 3751 and MATH 3041.

The objective of the course is to establish the theoretical basis for the description of regular and chaotic dynamic systems. Students learn to understand the basic ideas of dynamic systems and the nature of chaotic behavior so they can apply these ideas to particular systems. They also learn how to choose the appropriate modeling techniques and hypothesis to establish a mathematical model of a qualitatively described phenomenon. Discussed applications include examples from fluid mechanics, physics, and biology.

5576. Photovoltaic System Design for Engineering   (3 s.h.)

Prerequisites: ENGR 3571 and MATH 3041.    

This course deals with the characteristics of sunlight, solar cell architectures, semiconductors and P-N Junctions, behavior of solar cells, cell properties and design, PV cell interconnections and module fabrication, mechanical and thermal fatigue associated with thermal cycling, stand alone and grid interactive design criteria, economic of photovoltaics, government policy issues for photovoltaics, photovoltaic system components, remote area supply systems, grid connection photovoltaic systems, and next generation nano-based architectures.

5731. Cardiovascular Fluid Dynamics   (3 s.h.)
Prerequisites: ENGR 3553 and MATH 3041.

This course deals with the 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.)

Prerequisite: ENGR 5314.

This is an introductory course about the mechanical properties of living tissues. Emphasis 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; and mechanics of skeletal and heart muscles.

9991. Directed Research   (3 s.h.)

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

9995. Project   (3 s.h.)

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

9996. Thesis   (3 s.h.)

This course is for those engaged in preparing a master's thesis. It may be taken twice.


Updated 5.12.10