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ME 2233 - Thermodynamic Principles

Introduction to the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics. Thermodynamic properties of pure substances and ideal gases. Analysis of ideal and real processes including turbines, pumps, heat exchangers and compressors. Prerequisite: CHEM 1127Q (127Q) or both CHEM 1124 and 1125, PHYS 1501Q (151Q), MATH 2110Q (210Q) which may be taken concurrently.

ME 2234 - Applied Thermodynamics

Introduction to the analysis of cycles. Investigation of properties of real gases and mixtures. Introduction to elementary combustion considerations. Cycle design with consideration of specific application, alternative cycles, and equipment operation and maintenance is emphasized. Prerequisite: CHEM 1127Q (127) or both CHEM 1124 and 1125, PHYS 1501Q (151) and MATH 2110Q (210) which may be taken concurrently. 

ME 3214 - Dynamics of Particles and Rigid Bodies

Kinematics and dynamics of particles. Motion relative to a translating and rotating observer, inertial reference frames, central forces and orbits, kinematics and dynamics of groups of particles and rigid bodies, Lagrangian description of motion. Prerequisite: CEE 2120 (212), Applied Mechanics II

ME 3217 - Metal Cutting Principles

Examination of metal cutting processes including turning, shaping, drilling, and grinding. Mechanics of two and three-dimensional cutting. Principles and mechanisms of wear. Tool materials. Theoretical prediction of surface finish. Chemistry of cutting fluids. Laboratory period includes operation of machine tools. Experimental determination of cutting energies forces, stresses, and strains. The interrelationship between these and practical metal cutting conditions. Prerequisite: CEE 3110  (287) and MSE 3152  (202) (may be taken concurrently). 

ME 3220 - Mechanical Vibrations

Free and forced vibrations, with damping of linear systems with one or two degrees of freedom. Transient vibrations. Vibration isolation. Rigid rotor balancing. Elements of Laplace transforms. Prerequisite: ME 3253 (205), Math 2110Q (210Q), Math 2410Q (211Q),  CE 2120 (212).

ME 3221 - Manufacturing Automation

Introduction to Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM). Fundamentals of automated manufacturing; Computer Numerical Control (CNC); Production economics and optimization of production systems. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

ME 3222 - Production Engineering

Introduction to the modern techniques of production systems including the Decision Making Process, Economic Analysis, Demand Forecasting, Production and Process Design and Optimization, Production Scheduling, and Statistical Quality Control. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

ME 3224 - Analysis and Design Mechanisms

Application of kinematics in the analysis and synthesis of mechanisms. Type and dimensional design of linkages, cams and gears based on motion requirements and kinetostatic force transmission, in contrast to the strength requirements. Graphical, analytical and computer methods in analysis and design of mechanisms. Design considerations in mechanism synthesis. Prerequisite: MATH 2110 (210), MATH 2410 (211), CE 2110 (211).

 ME 3225 - Computer Aided Design, Modeling & Graphics

Introduction to computer-aided graphics, modeling and design. Applications of graphics software and hardware with mini- and microcomputer systems. Interactive computer graphic techniques. Extensive laboratory study of wire-frame and raster computer graphics. Static and dynamic graphic presentation methods. Prerequisite: CSE 1100, CE 3110, MATH 2110 (210), and consent of the instructor.

ME 3227 - Elements of Machine Design

Application of the fundamentals of engineering mechanics, materials, and manufacturing to the design and analysis of machine elements. Prerequisite: CE 3110.

ME 3228 - Introduction to Fatigue in Mechanical Design

Design calculation methods for fatigue life of engineering components. Crack initiation and crack propagation fatigue lives; introduction to current literature in the field. Emphasis on finite life prediction by strain life methods. Prerequisite: CE 3110.

ME 3239 - Combustion for Energy Conversion

Introduction to combustion processes and chemical kinetics. Mechanism of the formation of pollutants such as nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, soot, and unburned hydrocarbons in stationary and vehicular power plants.

ME 3242 - Heat Transfer

A study of the fundamental laws of conduction, convection, and radiation of thermal energy and of mass transfer. Application of the general laws of heat transfer, and heat exchangers and insulation. The analytical, numerical, and graphical solution of one, two and three-dimensional problems. Prerequisite: ME 2233 (233) and ME 3250 (250).

ME 3250 - Fluid Dynamics I

The laws of conservation of mass, momentum, and energy in fluid systems. Potential flow, boundary layers, introduction of compressible flow. Prerequisite: ME 2233 (233),  MATH 2110Q (210Q), and MATH 2410Q (211Q). 

ME 3251 - Fluid Dynamics II

One-dimensional compressible flow with applications to propulsion systems and gas-dynamic testing devices. Flows with friction and heat addition. Normal and oblique shock waves. Prandtl-Meyer flow. Selected topics in liquid flow. Prerequisite: ME 3250 (250).

ME 3253 - Linear Systems Theory

Mathematical modeling of dynamic systems, linearization of nonlinear behavior, Laplace domain representation of dynamics, transfer functions, block diagram algebra, signal flow graphs, Mason's rule, transient analysis of system response, convolution integral, Duhamel's integral, Green's function, stability of linear systems, Routh-Hurwitz method, root locus, frequency response, Bode and polar representations, introduction to feedback systems. Prerequisite: CE 2120 (215) and MATH 2410Q (211Q).

ME 3255 - Computational Mechanics

Topics include elementary numerical analysis, finite difference equations, initial value problems, ordinary and partial differential equations and finite element techniques. Applications include structural analysis, heat transfer and fluid flow. Prerequisite: CE 3110 (287) and MATH 2410Q (211Q).

ME 3260 - Measurement Techniques (replaced by ME 3263)

Theory and Practice of measurement including analysis and application of electromechanical transducers. Methods of measuring length, area, time, pressure, temperature, force and strain. The determination of the phase relation between a driving potential and the response of a system. The application of statistical methods to analysis of experimental data. Prerequisite: ECE 3002 (220).

ME 3262 - Introductory Thermo-Fluids Laboratory (replaced by ME 3264)

Introduction to experimental methods in Mechanical Engineering. Review and use of pressure, temperature, and flow measuring devices. Data acquisition and analysis including use of computers. Principles of good experimental design. Experiments selected mainly from within the thermo-fluids area. Prerequisite: ME 3233 (233)  (may be taken concurrently).

ME 3263 - Introduction to Sensors and Data Analysis (replaces ME 3260)

Introduction to the design and behavior of common sensors, highlighting their proper use and physical limitations. In the lab, each type of sensor is used in a practical engineering problem, with data being taken via data acquisition software. Data analysis techniques, including Gaussian statistics, uncertainty analysis, frequency domain studies, are also covered and used on the acquired data.

ME 3264 - Applied Measurements Laboratory (replaces ME 3262)

Application of fundamental measurement techniques developed in ME 3263 to various mechanical systems and processes. Hands-on laboratory experiences include measurements in energy conversion, solid mechanics, dynamics, and fluid and thermal sciences, as well as statistical methods to analysis of experimental data.

ME 4972 - Senior Design Project I

This course is the first part of the senior design experience. It will cover topics on design process, planning and costs. Design for manufacture and assembly will be covered. Both oral and written reports are required. Prerequisite: ME 3250, ME 2337 may be taken concurrently.

ME 4973 - Senior Design Project II

Projects, which have started in the previous semester, will be completed. The project analysis, design, and manufacture stages will take place. Both written and oral reports will be required. Prerequisite: ME 3260, ME 3262, ME 4972, ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 3800.

ME 3295 - Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering

Introduction to Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMs) and Devices  

This course covers the fundamental basis of MEMS and devices, such as microactuators and microsensors, as well as their principles of operation. The course will introduce the state-of-the-art micromachining techniques including surface micromachining, bulk micromachining, and related methods.

Engineering Process for Innovation and Value Creation

The primary purpose of this Class is to prepare engineers to survive in the 21st century business environment, where the world wide internet communication explosion will drive innovation to new levels. The engineering process of creation of value and innovation will be explored. The concepts and the tools required of engineering quality and engineering productivity will be developed. Guest lectures from people who have been active in innovation and starting new business will fill the course with real world examples. Prerequisite: Junior Level Engineering Courses


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