Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Students should be aware they must have a C or better in all pre-requisites for the courses listed in the Degree Requirements section for the Mechanical Engineering academic program.  In addition, students must have a C or better in MA 241 to enroll in  ES 201.


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 302  Introduction to Robotics I  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is an introduction to robotics with emphasis on the mathematical tools for kinematics and dynamics of robot arms. Topics include the geometry and mathematical representation of rigid body motion; forward and inverse kinematics of articulated mechanical arms; trajectory generation, splines, interpolation; manipulator dynamics; position sensing and actuation; and an introduction to topics in manipulator control and computer vision.
Prerequisites: AE/ME students must have C or better in MA 335.

ME 302L  Introduction to Robotics Laboratory  1 Credit (0,3)

This laboratory course programs a manipulator arm to perform industrial robotic applications. Topics follow ME 302 lectures on robot kinematics and dynamics.Advanced topics include visual feedback control such as using a Cognex machine vision system with the Denso robots.
Prerequisites: AE/ME students must have a C or better in ES 204 Corequisites: ME 302.

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 and ES 305.

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: AE/ME students must have a C or better in EGR 200 and 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
Corequisites: ME 304.

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 309  Airbreathing and Rocket Propulsion  3 Credits (3,0)

A study of airbreathing and rocket engines. Topics include control volume, conservation equations, and thermodynamic analyses as they apply to a propulsion system as well as components, such as inlets, compressors, burners, turbines, and nozzles. Airbreathing engine analysis will cover both on-design(Parametric Cycle Analysis) and off-design (Engine Performance Analysis) performance. Rocket analysis will address performance of both liquid andsolid propellant motors.
Prerequisites: AE/ME students must have a C or better in ES 305.

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: AE/ME students need C or better in EGR 115 or CS 223.

ME 312  Alternative Energy  3 Credits (3,0)

The course includes availability and the evaluation of thermodynamic properties, thermodynamics of compressible flow, thermodynamic power systems, mixtures of ideal gasses,; wind energy conversion, solar photovoltaic and solar thermal energy systems, introduction to combustion as applied to biomass systems, gas turbines, fuel cells and direct energy conversion. Design and optimization a power system for a stationary or a vehicles/craft. Prereq: ES 305
Prerequisites: AE/ME students must have C or better in ES 305.

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: AE/ME students must have a C or better in PS 250 and PS 253 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: AE/ME Students need C or better in 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: E/ME students need C or better in 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 Corequisites: EE 401 and ME 306.

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: AE/ME students must have a C or better in ES 305.

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: Engineering students must have C or better in CS125 and CEC 220/CEC 222 and (EE 335/EE 336 or EE 223/EE 224) Corequisites: ME 404L.

ME 404L  Mechatronics Laboratory  1 Credit (0,3)

Implementation of real-time electromechanical systems with an emphasis on microcontrollers and embedded systems. Laboratory designs support ME 404 course topics, such as the implementation of sensors, filters, actuators, and motor drivers.
Corequisites: ME 404.

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 406  Robotics II  3 Credits (3,0)

This course studies the applications and design of robotic systems. Particular emphasis is placed on aviation and space applications of robotics. Typical robotic motion is investigated as well as the requirements for control systems for the needed accuracy, repeatability, and stability. Sensors such as position, force, and acceleration are explored and the signal conditioning circuits and analog-to-digital conversion required for interfacing these sensors. Activating devices such as electric motors, linear actuators, and other motion devices are analyzed. Systems are modeled and control laws are developed. Software for computer-generated control laws are studied.
Prerequisites: AE/ME students must have C or better in ES 204 and ME 302.

ME 406L  Robotics II Laboratory  1 Credit (0,3)

This laboratory course focuses on the real-time software and computer hardware control of robotic systems necessary for senior detailed design. Multi-degree of freedom robotic manipulators are constructed with a particular emphasis on harmonic drives, AC servo motors, and associated controllers.
Corequisites: ME 406.

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: AE/ME students need C or better in ME 406 Corequisites: COM 420 and (ME 404/ME 404L or CEC 320/CEC 322) and (ME 304 or EE 302).

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: AE/ME student need C or better in 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: AE/ME students need C or better inES 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 415  Modeling and Numerical Simulations of Energy and Environmental Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

The course introduces students to the basic methods of numerical modeling for typical physical problems encountered in solid mechanics, thermal/fluid sciences, energy, and environmental systems. Students will learn how to formulate a model in terms of an algebraic or differential equation. Problems that can be solved analytically will be chosen initially and solutions will be obtained by appropriate discrete methods. Basic concepts in numerical methods, such as convergence, stability, and accuracy, will be introduced. Various computational tools will then be applied to more complex problems, with emphasis on finite element and finite difference methods, finite volume techniques, boundary element methods, and gridless Lagrangian methods. Methods of modeling convective nonlinearities, such as upwind differencing and the Simpler method, will be introduced. Discussion of structural mechanics, internal/external fluid flows, and conduction and convection heat transfer. Steady state, transient, and eigenvalue problems will be addressed with emphasis on aerospace power and environmental systems.
Prerequisites: ES 202 and ES 206 and ES 305 and MA 345 and EGR 115.

ME 416  Robotics III  2 Credits (2,0)

This course builds on the theory of mechanisms and kinematics associated with Robotics I and II and expands on those concepts to design and analyze mobile robots as they are being used to explore planets and other inaccessible areas. The focus will be on locomotion, sensors and perception, navigation and state estimation, and environment modeling. Safety and reliability and other aspects of mobile robot design such as energy supply will be studied. Finally the student will incorporate the learned material into the mobile robots available in the space systems laboratory.
Prerequisites: AE/ME students need C or better in ME 306 and AE 430.

ME 417  Advanced Propulsion  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is designed to enable the student to analyze jet engines in depth using the fundamental principles developed in AE 408/ME 309 and by extensive computer programs. Parametric engine cycle analysis will investigate both ideal and engines with losses. The performance of a particular (actual) jet engine will be analyzed to determine how its performance is affected by operational conditions (altitude, throttle positions). In addition to the turbojet, turbofan, turboprop, and turbo shaft family of jet engines, the scramjet will be analyzed.
Prerequisites: AE/ME students must have a C or better in AE 408 or ME 309.

ME 420  Detail Design of Robotic Systems with Laboratory  4 Credits (3,3)

Principles of detailed robotic and mechanical design, analysis, modeling and testing are covered and incorporated into projects to give actual experience in the detail design and integration of robotic systems and subsystems. Integration of multiple mechanical, electrical and computer subsystems into a single functional model is a key component of the course.
Prerequisites: AE 430 or EE 401 and ME 407 Corequisites: COM 430.

ME 421  Clean Energy Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

This course will emphasize energy systems for both stationary and transportation applications. General energy requirements will be discussed for industrialized societies and the effects of waste energy and undesired by-products. Clean energy process and minimizing the environmental effects. Examples of energy systems to be considered are fuel cells, wind energy, wave energy, geothermal energy, and solar energy.

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.

ME 426  Propulsion III  2 Credits (2,0)

Engines to provide the propulsion for general aviation aircraft are analyzed. While the standard Otto Cycle engines using avgas have served general aviation well, the fuel crisis and the environmental issues around the over 14,000 suburban airports in the United States have resulted in numerous proposals for new engines. The course will study the various options: electrical, diesel, rotary, turboprop, turbofan, as well as modifications to the conventional spark ignition engine.
Prerequisites: .AE/ME students need C or better in ES 305 and ME 309.

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.

ME 429  Propulsion System Preliminary Design  4 Credits (3,3)

This course is concerned with the preliminary design of a propulsion system, components and/or group of components based on a set of vehicle or propulsionsystem-specific performance requirements. Students are challenged to perform the appropriate requirements analysis, select a propulsion system type andsystem-level design characteristics to best meet the requirements. The students will then complete a paper design of the propulsion system components,ensuring proper integration with the propulsion system and, if appropriate, the vehicle for which the system is designed.
Prerequisites: AE/ME students need C or better in ME 417 Corequisites: COM 420 and EGR 200.

ME 430L  Control Systems Laboratory  1 Credit (0,3)

A companion laboratory for AE 430.
Corequisites: AE 430.

ME 431  Propulsion System Detail Design  4 Credits (3,3)

This course is concerned with the design of a propulsion system component or group of components. Students are challenged to design the component(s)for the operating environment, and ensure that it will properly interface with the neighboring components. The component(s) will be manufactured on-site orby a machine shop according to student designs. Student will then test physical hardware and compare to analytical results. Emphasis is on hardware design,manufacturing and testing.
Prerequisites: ME 429 Corequisites: COM 430.

ME 432  Advanced Alternative Energy  3 Credits (3,0)

The course is the follow-on for ME 312 Alternative Energy . It will be tailored to support the capstone design sequence in the energy track of the mechanical engineering degree. The course will focus on a primary alternative energy system (e.g. wind or solar photovoltaic or solar thermal) and energy storage. Building on the knowledge gained in ME 312, greater depth in a specific system will be gained through a thorough examination of specific system components, system trade-offs, component limitations and potential component advances. The course will focus on design and optimization of an alternative power system to stationary or vehicle/craft as appropriate.
Prerequisites: AE/ME student must have a C or better in ME 312.

ME 435  Energy Engineering Preliminary Design  4 Credits (3,3)

Alternative energy conceptual design principles are developed to meet specific system requirement. A complete alternative energy system will be designed, resulting in an engineering design package consisting of specifications, aerodynamic and/or thermodynamic calculations, system and site drawing, weight estimates, structural analysis, control system concept, and complete performance report.
Prerequisites: ME 432 Corequisites: COM 420.

ME 440  Energy Engineering Detail Design  4 Credits (3,3)

Principles of alternative energy detail and component part design, manufacture, and production are covered along with projects to give actual experience in the design alternative energy components. The design of an alternative energy system is carried from the general layout to the design of its detail parts and testing of energy system hardware.
Prerequisites: ME 435 Corequisites: COM 430.

ME 446  Thermal-Fluid Science and Energy Measurement  1 Credit (1,0)

Lecture-based course to complement the Thermal-Fluid Sciences and Energy Measurement Laboratory. This course exposes students to measurement techniques and instrumentation devices commonly used the engineering disciplines of thermal-fluid sciences and energy. Topics covered include temperature, pressure, flow, and heat transfer measurement theory and techniques. Emphasis will also be placed on the design of experiments; data analysis methods; interpretation of results necessary to understand basic fluid mechanics and heat transfer characteristics.
Prerequisites: AE/ME students must have a C or better in ME 313 and ME 314 Corequisites: ES 403 and ME 446L.

ME 446L  Thermal-Fluid Science and Energy Measurement Laboratory  1 Credit (0,1)

A laboratory course to complement the Thermal-Fluid Sciences and Energy Measurement course. This course puts into practice the measurement techniques and instrumentation devices covered in ME 446. Students will conduct experiments to measure temperature, pressure, flow, heat flux, etc. Emphasis will be placed implementation of measurement techniques and instrumentation devices; data analysis; interpretation of results; and communication of experimental results, both written and oral. Students will be working in teams during this project-based course.
Corequisites: ES 403 and ME 446.

ME 499  Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering  1-6 Credit

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