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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 208  Manufacturing Laboratory  1 Credit (0,1)

This course is intended to introduce students to the practical aspects of mechanical systems. Mechanical assembly and disassembly of mechanical components will include topics such as basic hand tools, fasteners, and bearings. CAD and CAM tools will be used to design basic components, create manufacturing drawings, manufacture parts using CNCs, welding, and basic fabrication techniques, and inspect components.
Prerequisites: EGR 120.

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)

******OFFERED ON PRESCOTT CAMPUS ONLY******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: ES 204 Corequisites: AE 430 or EE 401 and EE 402.

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)

Design process of machine components; mechanical material properties required for design of machine components, application of stress and deformation equations to machine components in various loading modes: axial, shear, bending, torsion, as well as combined loading, stress concentrations, static failure theories and fatigue analysis.
Prerequisites: ES 202.

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

******OFFERED ON PRESCOTT CAMPUS ONLY******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 309  Airbreathing and Rocket Propulsion  3 Credits (3,0)

******OFFERED ON PRESCOTT CAMPUS ONLY******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 and solid propellant motors.
Prerequisites: 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: 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 (0,1)

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 316  Thermodynamics II  3 Credits (3,0)

This is the second course in thermodynamics. Topics include energy conversion, vapor power cycles, gas power cycles, refrigeration, psychrometrics, and combustion
Prerequisites: ES 305.

ME 320  Fundamentals of Biomechanics  3 Credits (3,0)

Fundamentals and principles of musculoskeletal anatomy; kinematics and kinetics related to human movement; biodynamic analysis of forces in human function and movement as well as estimation of energy and power requirements in human activity; introduction to the mechanical properties of muscle and tendon, and quantitative analysis of the musculoskeletal system; as well as an overview of various biomechanical data collection and analysis.
Prerequisites: ES 204.

ME 325  Modeling and Simulation of Complex Engineering Problems  2 Credits (2,0)

Computer aided modeling and simulation of complex problems arising in mechanical engineering. Theory and application of numerical methods for the solution of algebraic systems, differential equations, curve fitting, data analysis, decomposition, and optimization. Case-based approach to identify, formulate, and solve a wide-range of multidisciplinary engineering problems with no obvious or non-unique solutions and involving a significant number of technical issues.
Prerequisites: ES 202 and ES 204 and MA 345 Corequisites: ME 326.

ME 326  Modeling and Simulation of Complex Engineering Problems Lab  1 Credit (0,1)

Companion laboratory for ME 325. Computer aided modeling and simulation of complex problems arising in mechanical engineering. Advanced programming and scripting techniques for a project-based approach to identify, formulate, and solve a wide-range of multidisciplinary engineering problems with no obvious or non-unique solutions and involving a significant number of technical issues.
Prerequisites: ES 202 and ES 204 and MA 345 Corequisites: ME 325.

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 309.

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 Corequisites: ME 313 and ME 314.

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)

******OFFERED ON PRESCOTT CAMPUS ONLY******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: ME 302.

ME 407  Preliminary Design for 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.
Prerequisites: ME 304 and ME 404 or (ME 313 and ME 314) and ME 326 and Senior standing Corequisites: ME 407L.

ME 408  Clean Thermal Power Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

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: AE/ME students need C or better in 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 (3,0)

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: AE/ME students need C or better in ES 305 Corequisites: MA 345.

ME 413  Preliminary Design for 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 and ME 325 and ME 326 Corequisites: ME 413L.

ME 414  Preliminary Design for Energy Systems  4 Credits (3,3)

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 and ME 325 and ME 326 Corequisites: ME 414L.

ME 417  Advanced Propulsion  3 Credits (3,0)

******OFFERED ON PRESCOTT CAMPUS ONLY******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 408.

ME 424  Automation and Rapid Prototyping  3 Credits (3,0)

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 (3,0)

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 for High Performance Vehicles with Laboratory  4 Credits (3,3)

This is a continuation of the preliminary design course and is the capstone course for the degree.
Prerequisites: ME 413 Corequisites: ME 433L.

ME 434  Senior Design for Energy Systems  4 Credits (3,3)

This is a continuation of the preliminary design course and is the capstone course for the degree.
Prerequisites: ME 414 Corequisites: ME 434L.

ME 436  Advanced Machine Design  3 Credits (3,0)

Design and analysis of mechanical systems for fluctuating loading.Fatigue analysis. Application of engineering mechanics analysis and design fundamentals to mechanical components such as shafts, screws, fasteners, joints and gears. Computer methods of stress and deformation analysis using finite element analysis (FEA). CAD simulation and FEA is performed using appropriate software.

ME 437  Senior Design for Robotic Systems with Laboratory  4 Credits (3,3)

This is a continuation of the preliminary design course and is the capstone course for the degree.
Prerequisites: ME 407 Corequisites: ME 437L.

ME 438  Model-Based Control System Design  2 Credits (2,0)

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 and ME 313 and ME 314 Corequisites: ME 438L and ME 400.

ME 438L  Model-Based Control System Design Laboratory  1 Credit (0,1)

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 (3,0)

Principles and foundations of fluid mechanics applied to the human cardiovascular system. Cardiovascular structure and function. Anatomy and physiology of blood and blood vessels. Lumped parameter models for analysis of blood flow in arteries, heart valves, and mechanical assist devices.
Prerequisites: ES 309.

ME 443  Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning  3 Credits (3,0)

Application of thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid flow to understand the psychrometric performance of systems and equipment. Evaluating heating and cooling loads for buildings, based on solar radiation, thermal comfort and indoor air quality.
Prerequisites: ES 305 Corequisites: ES 403.

ME 445  Sustainable Design  3 Credits (3,0)

Sustainable Design addresses the trend of developing high performance, efficient, and healthy designs by defining effective ways to utilize energy. Students will examine the energy issue from the macro perspective to the micro perspective of the design and discover some of the natural and mechanical means of heating, cooling and ventilation for improved indoor air quality and cost savings. Students will analyze the energy use breakdown as a critical component of successful sustainable designs.
Prerequisites: ES 305 Corequisites: ES 403.

ME 448  Preliminary Design in Biomedical Systems  4 Credits (4,0)

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 student 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 ME 325 and ME 326 Corequisites: ME 448L.

ME 458  Senior Design in Biomedical Systems  4 Credits (4,0)

This is a continuation of the preliminary design course and is the capstone course for the degree.
Prerequisites: ME 448 Corequisites: ME 458L.

ME 460  Biosolid Mechanics  3 Credits (3,0)

Introduction to the mechanical behavior of biological systems with application to soft tissues. Fundamentals and principles of solid mechanics applied to biological systems with an emphasis on understanding the mechanical behaviors of normal and pathological tissues. Stress-strain analysis of living tissues subjected to static loading: cartilage and bone. Mathematical formulations for the characterization and behavior of biological structures and biomaterials used in different biomedical applications and introductory theory of finite element analysis.
Prerequisites: ME 304 or AE 318.

ME 499  Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering  1-6 Credit

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