Academic Catalog

Mechanical Engineering (4600)

4600:165. Tools for Mechanical Engineering. (3 Credits)

Corequisite: 3450:149. Personal computer DOS system, word processing, spreadsheet, computer-aided drafting, math calculating package, mechanical graphics, and introduction to mechanical engineering program and curriculum.

4600:203. Dynamics. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 3450:222, 3650:291, 4300:201. Corequisite: 3450:223. Kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies. Principles of work, energy, momentum and impulse.

4600:260. Engineering Analysis I. (2 Credits)

Prerequisite: 3450:222; corequisite: 3450:223. Introduction to numerical methods in mechanical engineering; applications of computer tools (MatLab).

4600:300. Thermodynamics I. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: 3450:223 and admission to the College of Engineering. Corequisite: 3650:292. Basic concepts of thermodynamics. Pure substances, closed and open systems, the first and second laws of thermodynamics. Entropy, vapor power cycles and vapor compression refrigeration.

4600:301. Thermodynamics II. (2 Credits)

Prerequisites: 3450:335, 4600:300 and admission to the College of Engineering. Absorption refrigeration. Gas cycles. Thermodynamics of state, gas mixtures and gas-vapor mixtures. Combustion.

4600:305. Thermal Science. (2 Credits)

Prerequisite: 3450:223 and admission to the College of Engineering. Corequisite: 3650:292. Credit not allowed for both 300 and 305. Introduction to first and second laws of thermodynamics, perfect gas relationships, equations of state, cycle analysis. Introduction to conduction, convection and radiation heat transfer.

4600:310. Fluid Mechanics I. (2 Credits)

Prerequisites: 3450:223, 4600:203 and admission to the College of Engineering. Properties and behavior of gases and liquids at rest and in motion. Energy equation. Flow in conduits. Forces on body submerged in moving fluid. Dimensional analysis and similitude.

4600:311. Fluid Mechanics II. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 4600:310 and admission to the College of Engineering. Navier-Stokes equations. The boundary layer. External viscous flows and potential flow. Fundamentals of compressible flow. Concepts of computational fluid dynamics.

4600:315. Heat Transfer. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: 4600:300, [4600:310 or 4800:360], [4600:360 or 4800:220] and admission to the College of Engineering. Fundamentals of heat transfer by conduction, convection and radiation.

4600:321. Kinematics of Machines. (2 Credits)

Prerequisites: 4600:165, 4600:203 and admission to the College of Engineering. Displacements, velocities, accelerations and introduction to plan motion mechanisms. Introduction to design of gears, gear trains and cams.

4600:336. Analysis of Mechanical Components. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 4300:202 and admission to the College of Engineering. Corequisite: 3450:335. Analysis of stress and strain at a point. Mohr's circles, shear centers, elastic instability. Stresses in thick and thin cylinders. Fatigue analysis.

4600:337. Design of Mechanical Components. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: [4600:336 or 4900:336] and admission to the College of Engineering. Application of stress analysis to design of fasteners, welds, springs, ball bearings and gears. Introduction to journal bearings and lubrication. Component design projects.

4600:340. Systems Dynamics & Response. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: 3450:335, 4600:203 and admission to the College of Engineering. A unified approach to modeling, analysis, response and stability of engineering systems: analog, digital and hybrid computer simulation of interdisciplinary engineering problems are included.

4600:360. Engineering Analysis II. (2 Credits)

Prerequisites: 3450:335, 4600:260 and admission to the College of Engineering. Numerical methods of solution of mechanical engineering problems.

4600:380. Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering. (2 Credits)

Prerequisites: 3150:153 and admission to the College of Engineering. Corequisite: 4300:202. Introduction to metallurgy and advanced engineering materials including polymers, composites and ceramics. Topics include structure of materials, macroscopic mechanical behavior, phase change and heat treatment of metals, and theories of failure.

4600:400. Thermal System Components. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: 4600:301, 4600:311, 4600:315 and admission to the College of Engineering. Performance analysis and design of basic components of thermal energy exchange and conversion systems. Components studied include heat exchangers, pumps, compressors, turbines and expansion engines.

4600:402. Senior Seminar. (1 Credit)

Prerequisite: Admission to the College of Engineering. Corequisites: 4600:400, 4600:441, 4600:460 and [4600:401 or 4600:461 or 4700:499]. Students need further education in ethics, codes and standards, intellectual property, product liability, safety issues, technical writing, diversity, and job opportunities.

4600:410. Heating & Air Conditioning. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: 4600:301 or permission. Corequisite: 4600:315 or permission. Thermodynamics of gas mixtures. Design and selection of air conditioning equipment. Control of gas mixtures, heating, cooling and humidity.

4600:411. Compressible Fluid Mechanics. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: 4600:301, 4600:311 and admission to the College of Engineering. Subsonic and supersonic flow in nozzles, diffusers and ducts. One-dimensional reactive gas dynamics. Prandtl-Myer theory. Applications to design and analysis of compressors, turbines and propulsion devices.

4600:412. Fundamentals of Flight. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: 4600:311 and admission to the College of Engineering. Introduction to basic aerodynamics, airplane performance, stability and control, astronautics and propulsion. Design considerations are emphasized.

4600:413. Introduction to Aerodynamics. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: 4600:311 and admission to the College of Engineering. Introduction of aerodynamic concepts; includes conformal transformations, theory of thin airfoils, two-dimensional airfoil theory, wings of finite span, lifting line theories, lumped vortex, vortex lattice, and panel methods.

4600:414. Introduction to Aerospace Propulsion. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: 4600:311 and admission to the College of Engineering. Introduction to propulsion systems currently used in aerospace fields; propulsion principles for turbojets, turbofans, ramjets, chemical rockets, and electrical rocket propulsion.

4600:415. Energy Conversion. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: 4600:301 or permission. Corequisite: 4600:315 or permission. Topics from fields of internal combustion engines, cycle analysis, modern conversion devices.

4600:416. Heat Transfer Processes. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 4600:315 or permission. Analysis, design of extended surfaces. Natural convection and mixed convection, combined modes of heat transfer and heat transfer with phase changes.

4600:420. Introduction to Finite Element Method. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: 4300:202, 4600:315 and admission to the College of Engineering. Introduction to matrix and finite element methods. Stiffness and flexibility formulations in solid mechanics and thermal sciences. Basic finite element methods and its implementation.

4600:422. Experimental Stress Analysis I. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 4600:336 or permission. Experimental methods of determining stress or strain: brittle lacquer, strain gages, photoelasticity, full field techniques.

4600:430. Machine Dynamics. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 4600:321 or permission. Static and dynamic forces in machines, products of inertia, dynamic equivalence, flywheels. Balancing of rotating, reciprocating, cyclic plane motion. Computer simulation of transient mechanism dynamics, other topics in advanced dynamics.

4600:431. Fundamentals of Mechanical Vibrations. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: 3450:335, 4600:203 and admission to the College of Engineering or permission. Undamped and forced vibrations of systems having one or two degrees of freedom.

4600:432. Vehicle Dynamics. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: 4600:203 or permission and 3450:335 or permission. Application of dynamic systems analysis techniques to road vehicles. Newtonian and Lagrangian methods. Tire/road interface. Ride characteristics, handling and stability. Digital simulation.

4600:440. System Dynamics & Control. (4 Credits)

See department for course description.

4600:441. Control Systems Design. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: 4600:340 and admission to the College of Engineering or permission. Methods of feedback control design such as minimized error, root-locus, frequency domain. Compensation techniques. Multivariable and nonlinear design methods and computer-aided control design.

4600:442. Industrial Automatic Control. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 4600:441 or permission. Operation of basic control mechanisms. Study of mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, fluidic control systems, including application areas. Tuning of control devices for optimum performance of system. Case studies on control applications from industry, e.g. boilers, furnaces, process heaters.

4600:443. Optimization Methods in Mechanical Engineering. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 4600:360 or permission. Development and method of solution of optimization problems in mechanical engineering. The use of dynamic programming and operational research methods for optimization including computer utilization and applications.

4600:444. Robot Design, Control & Application. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: [4600:321 or 4600:441] or permission. Robot design and control. Kinematic transformations, velocities and accelerations, path trajectories and dynamics, control and sensing in robotics. The automated factory with robot applications.

4600:450. Introduction to Computational Fluid Flow & Convection. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: 4600:315 or permission, 4600:360 or permission. Numerical modeling of fluid/thermal systems; numerical solution of the momentum and thermal boundary layer equations; flow simulation using advanced heat transfer/fluid/graphics packages.

4600:460. Concepts of Design. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 4600:337 and admission to the College of Engineering. Design process. Creativity and inventiveness. Tools of decision making, engineering economics, reliability, optimization. Case studies.

4600:461. ME Senior Design Project I. (2 Credits)

Prerequisite: Admission to the College of Engineering. Corequisites: 4600:400, 4600:441 and 4600:460. Detailed senior design project. Design, feasibility, and cost analysis.

4600:462. Pressure Vessel Design. (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: 4600:336 or permission. Introduction to modern pressure vessel technology. Topics include basic structural considerations, materials and their environment and design-construction features.

4600:463. Computer Aided Design & Manufacturing. (3 Credits)

Prerequisites: 4600:165 or permission, 4600:360 or permission. The use of computer systems to assist in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimization of engineering designs, and to plan, manage, and control manufacturing plants.

4600:471. ME Senior Design Project II. (2 Credits)

Prerequisites: 4600:461 and admission to the College of Engineering. Detailed senior design project. Final design and implementation.

4600:483. Measurements Laboratory. (2 Credits)

Prerequisites: 4600:300, 4600:310 and admission to the College of Engineering. Corequisite: 4600:340. Development of methods to measure temperature, pressure, flow rate, viscosity and motion. Includes both lecture and laboratory experience and emphasizes calibration and accuracy of appropriate instruments.

4600:484. Mechanical Engineering Laboratory. (2 Credits)

Prerequisite: 4600:301, 4600:311, 4600:315, 4600:380, 4600:431, 4600:483 and admission to the College of Engineering. Corequisite: 4600:441. Laboratory experiments in area of dynamics, vibrations, thermodynamics, fluids, heat transfer and controls.

4600:486. Special Topics: Mechanical Engineering. (1-3 Credits)

Prerequisite: Permission. Brief description of current content to be announced in schedule of classes.

4600:497. Honors Project in Mechanical Engineering. (4 Credits)

Prerequisite: senior standing in Honors Program. Individual creative project in thermal science, mechanics or design relevant to mechanical engineering, supervised by faculty member of the department.

4600:498. Experimental Investigation in Mechanical Engineering. (1-2 Credits)

Individual independent laboratory investigations in areas relevant to mechanical engineering. Student suggests a project and makes appropriate arrangements with faculty for supervision.