Mechanical Engineering Courses
An introduction to the discipline of mechanical engineering and the role of the mechanical engineer, including both mechanical and thermal/fluid stems. Focus is on learning about the discipline through a series of student hands-on activities. Credit will not be given for this course for students who have passed ME 215.
Survey of thermal engineering topics for engineers outside mechanical engineering. To include an overview of subjects typically covered in courses about fluid mechanics, thermo-dynamics I and II, and heat transfer. An emphasis is placed on qualitative concepts of transport and conservation as they relate to thermal-fluids in order to increase the understanding of thermal engineering applications.
Basic propulsion dynamics, thermodynamics of fluid flow, combustion kinetics, air-breathing engines, rockets, design criteria, performance and advanced propulsion systems.
Elements of statistics, matrix algebra, numerical analysis, and partial differential equations applied to engineering problems; includes extensive computer applications. Computing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course.
The analysis of stresses of machine elements and the topics of fatigue strength, wear and failure criteria. Also includes the design of fasteners covering both bolted and welded joints, as well as an introduction to finite element analysis.
Introduction to selection and use of electrical, pneumatic, and other components of mechanical system instrumentation and control. Specific components include modern electrical measurement devices, signal conditioning, force and torque measurement, proximity sensors, AC and DC motors, etc. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course.
Dynamics of four-wheeled vehicles, including acceleration and braking performance, road loads, ride comfort, steady-state cornering, suspensions, steering systems, and rollover. Vehicle dynamics system modeling programs are introduced and used for detailed investigations of the effect of system design parameters on performance.
An introduction to the modeling, analysis and control of dynamic systems. The course takes the student from initial modeling through analysis of the system response and finally into the control of the system. Specific systems include mechanical devices, electrical circuits, and electromechanical systems. Computing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course.
A survey of classical and modern manufacturing processes. Emphasis is on technical fundamentals and practical applications. Components include geometric and service attributes of manufactured products, metal casting processes, forming processes, machine processes and joining processes. Practical project experience included.
Study of thermal systems emphasizing large power generation systems. Topics include Rankine and gas turbine cycles, fossil fuels combustion, boiler characteristics, cogeneration, combined cycle plants, environmental effects of power generation, and alternative energy concepts.
Analysis of energy systems, including fossil fuels, steam, cogeneration, waste heat recovery, heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, control and energy-management systems. Topics include conservation in electrical load, lighting, building envelope, and insulation; alternative energy sources; economic analysis; energy auditing; and fuel sources and supplies.
Contemporary issues surrounding the challenge of providing energy for societal and economic development are examined. Depletion of fossil fuel resources and the impact of fossil fuel use on the environment and climate are considered. Alternative Sustainable sources of energy production are explored.
Theory, design, and performance of combustion engines; fuels, oxidants, and propellants; and combustion, dissociation, ionization, and engine emissions.
This course covers the selection and application of machine elements in dynamic systems. Specific components covered include transmission elements (gears and pulleys), mechanisms (linkages and cams), shafting, bearing systems and prime movers.
Selection and use of basic thermal systems measurement instrumentation. Techniques of analysis and design of thermal systems, including piping networks, heat exchangers, and pumping systems. Hands on experience with these systems. Statistical design of experiments. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course.
Fundamental physical principles underlying wave propagation and resonance in mechanical systems. Introduces applications and provides experience in acoustic and audio measurements, and the associated instrumentation.
Introduction and application of several technologies used in computer-aided design/manufacturing; computer-aided design, solid modeling, rapid prototyping, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, machining process optimization, NC programming CNC machines, software-based product, and process design in machining.
Basics of computer-aided design, including solid modeling, model assembly, structural and thermal analysis, mechanism simulation and parametric/optimization study. Interactive computer programs are used to design and analyze mechanical componens/devices.
Introduction to concepts and techniques of engineering design with supporting mathematical material. Guest lecturers present professional aspects of engineering. The Capstone Design Project is begun and carried on through ME 490 (ME 489 and ME 490 are taken in consecutive semesters).
In this semester-long internship experience, three-student teams serve as consultants to an industrial client. Emphasis is on conducting a professional design study and preparing written and oral presentations of the project.
This is a special topics lecture class or an assigned problem class. Credit is based on the amount of work undertaken.
An individual analytical, experimental or design project. Research on an assigned problem culminates in a required report.