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Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Courses

ME 199  Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in Mechanical Engineering.

ME 200  Machine Shop Laboratory  1 Credit (0,1)

Introduction to machine shop techniques including familiarization with riveting, sheet metal forming, welding, and machining.

ME 299  Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in Mechanical Engineering.

ME 303  Vehicle Dynamics  3 Credits (3,0)

Design considerations and analysis of high-performance land vehicles including passenger and competition automobiles, and off-road vehicles. Modeling and analysis of the kinematics and dynamics of vehicles. Gear shift strategies. Dynamic models of steering, vertical suspension response, and longitudinal acceleration developed using computational tools.
Prerequisites: ES 202 and ES 204.

ME 304  Introduction to Machine Design  3 Credits (3,0)

Detail design of machine components; application of analytical methods in the design of simple machines. Failure mode analysis, theories of failure, yield, fracture, deflection, and fatigue analysis of machine elements. Introduction to computer methods of stress and deflection analysis using finite element analysis.
Prerequisites: ES 202 and ES 204.

ME 305  Machine Design Laboratory  1 Credit (0,3)

A companion laboratory to ME 304.Pre-requisite: Mechanical Engineering majors only.

ME 306  Robotic Mechanisms  3 Credits (3,0)

This course studies the application and design of robotic systems. Rover drives, suspension systems, tracked vehicles, gimbal-mounted cameras/sensors and walking robots are covered with an emphasis on space and aerial robotic applications. Several hands-on projects will be conducted and a final design project is required.
Prerequisites: ES 204.

ME 307  Energy Conversion and Storage  3 Credits (3,0)

Improved and innovative energy conversion systems will play a critical role in meeting future energy needs. This course covers energy conversion and storage and introduces common concepts and tools used in this field, with particular emphasis on electromechanical energy conversion systems. Students who have taken this course should be able to analyze several alternative systems and determine which system is most compatible for an application. Applications to renewable energy projects, including photovoltaics, wind turbines, and others.
Prerequisites: EE 327.

ME 311  Robotics Technologies for Unmanned Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

An introduction to robotics with emphasis on sensors, actuators and computer control. Topics include the terminology used to describe unmanned systems, such as fly-by-wire control, teleoperation, and autonomy. Technologies studied include range finding systems (e.g., sonar, radar, ladar), position determination systems (e.g., GPS and landmark-based systems), optical sensors (infrared and visible light imaging), inertial guidance systems, servomotors, and safety systems. The course includes a microprocessor-based robotics project.
Prerequisites: EGR 115 or CS 223.

ME 313  Instrumentation and Data Acquisition  2 Credits (2,0)

This course will be a combination of theoretical and applied topics related to instrumentation, data acquisition, and hardware interfacing with mechatronic systems. This course covers aspects related to interfacing sensors and actuators with computers including sampling rates; sources of error and time delay; analog and digital signal conditioning circuits; and the influence of EMI, grounding, and noise in the power supply. Students will be exposed to data acquisition and control software (e.g., Labview).
Prerequisites: EE 327 Corequisites: ME 314.

ME 314  Instrumentation and Data Acquisition Laboratory  1 Credit

The purposes of this course is threefold: (1) to teach the student the principles of a variety of measuring devices and how to take measurements and analyze the experimental data, (2) to expose students to data acquisition hardware and software, and (3) to expose students to project based learning.
Corequisites: ME 313.

ME 399  Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in Mechanical Engineering.

ME 400  Vibration and Acoustics  3 Credits (3,0)

Basic concepts of vibration; free and undamped vibration; energy methods and Rayleigh's method for determination of natural frequencies; viscously damped vibration; various damping mechanisms; torsional vibration; harmonically excited vibration; transient vibration; multi degrees of freedom systems; rotor dynamics; basic principles of acoustics and wave propagation; electroacoustics; transducers, noise measurements; applications to land, airborne, and space vehicle acoustics generated by a structure's vibration or by aerodynamic sources.
Prerequisites: MA 345 and ES 202 and ES 204.

ME 401  Advanced Fluid Dynamics  3 Credits (3,0)

Development of application of Navier-Stokes equations, estimation of drag and lift, isentropic flow, normal and oblique shock waves, Fanno and Rayleigh flow, turbomachinery, introduction to computational fluid dynamics, application of CFD software.
Prerequisites: ES 206.

ME 402  Robotic Arms  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is an introduction to robotics with an emphasis on the kinematics and dynamics of robotic arms. The Space Shuttle arm and the Mars Rover arms will be analyzed. Topics include forward and inverse kinematics, trajectory generation, interpolation, and position sensing. Students will complete a project in which they program a robotic arm and/or a robotic welder.
Prerequisites: ES 204.

ME 403  Thermal Power Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

Availability and evaluation of thermodynamic properties. The thermodynamics of compressible flow. Thermodynamic power and refrigeration cycles and systems; psychometrics and environmental control; mixtures of ideal gases; introduction to combustion; internal combustion engines, gas turbines, fuel cells; and direct energy conversion. Design and optimization of power systems and climate control with applications to land vehicles, robotics, aircraft, and spacecraft.
Prerequisites: ES 305 and MA 345.

ME 404  Mechatronics  3 Credits (3,0)

Integration of mechanical, electrical, and computer systems. Application and interfacing of microcontrollers, sensors, actuators, and other electrical components commonly used in smart electromechanical devices.
Prerequisites: ES 204 and EE 327.

ME 405  Vehicle Power Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

Design and performance of internal combustion (IC) engines. Engine cycle analysis, air and fuel induction, fuel-air thermochemistry and combustion, emissions, friction and heat transfer. Alternative chemical fuels, fuel cells, and gas-electric hybrid systems. Numerical models of reciprocating IC engine performance developed using computational tools.
Prerequisites: ES 305.

ME 407  Preliminary Design of Robotic Systems with Laboratory  4 Credits (3,3)

Mechanical design principles are developed and applied for robotic applications. The topic is selected and approved by the Mechanical Engineering Department. Principles of conceptual and detailed mechanical design, component design, manufacture, and production are covered. A complete system is designed, resulting in a complete set of specifications, supporting analysis, drawings, and performance report. For Senior undergraduate students only.
Prerequisites: ME 304 and ME 404.

ME 408  Clean Thermal Power Systems  3 Credits

Students will apply engineering science principles to the analysis and design of plants for clean energy production, with emphasis on efficiency, performance and environmental impact. Clean energy plant configurations to be addressed include nuclear, geothermal, ocean thermal, fossil and biomass fueled. Classic vapor and gas power cycles are examined. Fundamentals of turbo-machinery performance and scaling laws are presented. Use of vendor data to select suitable plant components is addressed. The thermodynamics of combustion and psychometrics are introduced. Students develop MatLab models to facilitate power plant analysis and design projects.
Prerequisites: ES 305 Corequisites: MA 345.

ME 409  Vehicle Aerodynamics  3 Credits (3,0)

Aerodynamics of high-performance land vehicles including passenger and competition automobiles. Influence of vehicle design on aerodynamic drag, lift, and moments. Vehicle performance, handling, and stability considerations. Effect of aerodynamics on noise, safety, and passenger comfort. Internal flows including engine cooling. Computational fluid dynamics for evaluation of vehicle aerodynamic performance and design.
Prerequisites: ES 201 and ES 204 and ES 206 and ES 305.

ME 410  Advanced Machine Design  2 Credits (2,0)

Design and analysis of mechanics system for fluctuating loading. Fatigue analysis. Application of design fundamentals to mechanical components, and integration of components to form systems. Fatigue failure of systems. Mechanical design of such systems as bearings, transmission gears, springs, joints, brakes, and clutches. Indeterminate systems.
Prerequisites: ES 320 and ME 304.

ME 411  Clean Kinetic Power Systems  3 Credits

Students will apply fundamentals of aerodynamics, controls, and structural dynamics to the analysis and design of wind and water turbines for clean energy production, with emphasis on efficiency and performance. Wind and water resource characterization. Aerodynamic prediction using 1-D momentum theory, Betz limit, blade element momentum method, and modern 3-D computational fluid dynamics. Turbine control strategies and safety issues. Beam theory for turbine blades. Structural dynamics model for wind and water turbine performance prediction. Statistical assessment of performance using resource characterization. Students will develop MatLab models to conduct wind and water turbine system analysis and design projects.
Prerequisites: ES 305 Corequisites: MA 345.

ME 413  Preliminary Design of High Performance Vehicles with Laboratory  4 Credits (3,3)

Mechanical design principles are developed and applied for high performance vehicles. The topic is selected and approved by the Mechanical Engineering Department. Principles of conceptual and detailed mechanical design, and component design, manufacture, and production are covered. A complete system is designed, resulting in a complete set of specifications, supporting analysis, drawings, and performance report. For Senior undergraduate students only.
Prerequisites: ME 304 and ES 305.

ME 414  Preliminary Designs in Clean Energy  4 Credits

This course is designed to introduce students to engineering design and the design process through applied mechanical engineering related design projects. Emphasis shall be placed on professionalism, creativity, engineering, design logic and communication. The course will include material on selected subjects chosen to help bring together the students' knowledge. A large and long-term project (from fall through spring semester) will be assigned to facilitate practical implementation of engineering design and the design process.
Prerequisites: ME 304 and ES 403.

ME 424  Automation and Rapid Prototyping  3 Credits

Participants will study rapid prototyping and automated fabrication including the generation of suitable CAD models, current rapid prototyping fabrication technologies, and automation. The rapid prototyping processes will be illustrated by the design and fabrication of parts by the students.
Prerequisites: ME 304 or AE 318.

ME 428  Design for Manufacturing and Assembly  3 Credits

Manufacturing processes and life cycle design for the aerospace industry. Tolerances and materials properties. Design for manufacturing and associated costs for various manufacturing processes (machining, casting, molding, stamping, forming, forging, and extrusion) with aviation-related case studies. Design for product assembly and total assembly cost with case studies. Selection of materials and processes using design manufacturing guidelines, standards, and tolerance fittings. Simulations using computer graphics software. Design for manufacturing course project.
Prerequisites: MA 345 and MA 412 and ME 304 or AE 318.

ME 433  Senior Design of High Performance Vehicles with Laboratory  4 Credits

This is a continuation of the preliminary design course and is the capstone course for the degree.
Prerequisites: ME 413.

ME 434  Senior Design in Clean Energy with Laboratory  4 Credits

This is a continuation of the preliminary design course and is the capstone course for the degree.
Prerequisites: ME 414.

ME 437  Senior Design of Robotic Systems with Laboratory  4 Credits

This is a continuation of the preliminary design course and is the capstone course for the degree.
Prerequisites: ME 407.

ME 438  Model-Based Control System Design  2 Credits

This course is an introduction to model-based design, an efficient and systematic control design approach widely used in industry to reduce develop costs and improve time to market..This course will familiarize students with the control system design and simulation tool Matlab/Simulink and expose students to each stage of the model-based design process including plant modeling, control system synthesis and analysis, system simulation, and controller programming.
Prerequisites: MA 345 Corequisites: ME 438L.

ME 438L  Model-Based Control System Design Laboratory  1 Credit

This course is the lab session companion to the lecture course ME 438 Model-Based Control System Design. This course will familiarize students with the simulation tool and laboratory instrumentation used in mode-based control system design. By completing the lab assignments, students will go through each stage of the,model-based design process including plant modeling, control system synthesis and analysis, system simulation, and controller programming.
Prerequisites: MA 345 Corequisites: ME 438.

ME 442  Biofluid Mechanics  3 Credits

Principles and foundations of fluid mechanics and computational methods applied to the human cardiovascular system. Anatomy and modeling of arterial vessels; blood flow in arteries; and coupled fluid-structure interactions in vasculature. Introduction to Bioheat transfer and blood perfusion. viscoelastic modeling of biological tissues; and biomaterials used in different biomedical applications.
Prerequisites: ES 305.

ME 444  Biomechanics  3 Credits

Fundamentals and principles of biomechanics. An overview of musculoskeletal anatomy; application of statics to biomechanics; biodynamic analysis of forces in human function and movement as well as estimation of energy and power requirements in human activity; stress-strain analysis in biological tissues; viscoelastic modeling of biological tissues; and biomaterials used in different biomedical applications.
Prerequisites: ME 304 or AE 318 or CIV 304.

ME 448  Preliminary Design in Bio-Mechanical Systems with Laboratory  4 Credits

This course is designed to introduce students to engineering design and the design process through applied mechanical engineering related design projects. Emphasis shall be placed on professionalism, creativity, engineering, design logic and communication. The course will include material on selected subjects chosen to help bring together the students? knowledge. A large and long-term project (from fall through spring semester) will be assigned to facilitate practical implementation of engineering design and the design process.Students on the Bio-Mechanical Systems track may participate in a number of existing projects. The entire group will be responsible for ensuring its completeness and organization. Students will work in interdisciplinary teams using concurrent engineering and systems engineering principles, as well as biofluid mechanics, bioheat transfer, and biomechanics, applied to the conceptualization, design, development, and implementation of a bio-mechanical device, system, and/or process.The project must be carried through the conceptual and embodiment phases. This is the first of a two-semester sequence. In Senior Design, the students will be required to complete the detail design phase and build and test a prototype according to the design specification selected. At the end of each term, a single overall report will be required from each group that details the team?s work and integrates the various components into the complete design.Each student will be required to maintain an engineering logbook of the efforts on the project, keeping track of the time spent, the tasks being worked on, etc. In parallel, each student will be required to maintain a portfolio of his or her efforts that is synchronous with the logbook. Both the logbook and portfolio shall be submitted to the instructor at the end of each term.
Prerequisites: ME 304.

ME 458  Senior Design in Bio-Mechanical Systems with Laboratory  4 Credits

This course is designed to introduce students to engineering design and the design process through applied mechanical engineering related design projects. Emphasis shall be placed on professionalism, creativity, engineering, design logic and communication. The course will include material on selected subjects chosen to help bring together the students? knowledge. A large and long-term project (from fall through spring semester) will be assigned to facilitate practical implementation of engineering design and the design process.Students on the Bio-Mechanical Systems track may participate in a number of existing projects. The entire group will be responsible for ensuring its completeness and organization. Students will work in interdisciplinary teams using concurrent engineering and systems engineering principles, as well as biofluid mechanics, bioheat transfer, and biomechanics, applied to the conceptualization, design, development, and implementation of a bio-mechanical device, system, and/or process.In Senior Design, students are required to complete the detailed design phase and build and test a prototype according to the design specification selected in the preliminary design phase. At the end of each term, a single overall report will be required from each group that details the team?s work and integrates the various components into the complete design.Each student will be required to maintain an engineering logbook of the efforts on the project, keeping track of the time spent, the tasks being worked on, etc. In parallel, each student will be required to maintain a portfolio of his or her efforts that is synchronous with the logbook. Both the logbook and portfolio shall be submitted to the instructor at the end of each term.
Prerequisites: ME 448.

ME 499  Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in Mechanical Engineering.