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Mechanical Engineering Courses

215: Engineering Materials Laboratory.

3-0-1. Preq., credit or registration in MEMT 201. A laboratory course studying the experimental behavior of engineering materials. Labs will include hardness testing, impact testing, tensile testing, and heat treating of materials.

292: Mechanical Engineering Computer Applications.

0-3-3. Coreq., MATH 245. Application of modern computer programming principles to mechanical engineering problems. Numerical solutions of linear and nonlinear algebraic equations, numerical quadrature problems, and ordinary differential equations.

321: Manufacturing Processes.

3-1-2. Preq., MEMT 201 and MEEN 350. A study of the processes used in manufacturing machine parts. Designing for manufacturability. Laboratory is operational practice and demonstrations of machine tools, foundry, and welding.

332: Thermodynamics II.

0-3-3. Preq., MEEN 350, ENGR 222, and cumulative GPA ≥ 2.0 on Math 240 through Math 244. Continuation of ENGR 222. Cycle analysis and design, study of gas mixtures, thermodynamic property relations, chemical reactions, combustion, and thermodynamics of fluid flow.

334: Thermodynamics II.

0-2-2. Preq., ENGR 222, and cumulative GPA ≥ 2.0 on Math 240 through Math 244. Continuation of ENGR 222. Study of gas mixtures, thermodynamic property relations, chemical reactions, combustion, and thermodynamics of fluid flow.

350: Computer-Aided Modeling.

3-0-1. Preq., GPA ≥ 2.0 on Math 240 through Math 244, and Cumulative GPA ≥ 2.7 on all coursework. Construction of virtual system models using constructive solid geometry, swept volumes, and trimmed parametric surfaces with engineering applications.

351: Computer-Aided Modeling.

3-1-2. Preq., Cumulative GPA ≥ 2.0 on Math 240 through Math 244. Construction of virtual systems models using constructive solid geometry, swept volumes, and trimmed parametric surfaces with engineering applications.

353: Heat Transfer.

0-3-3. Preq., MATH 313, MEEN 332, 350. Fundamental concepts of heat transfer including conduction, convection, and radiation. Introduction to thermal systems design.

361: Advanced Mechanics of Materials.

0-3-3. Preq., MEEN 350, MEMT 203, 211. Theories of stress and strain, failure criteria, energy methods, design for static strength, design for fatigue strength.

363: Dynamics of Machine Elements.

0-3-3. Preq., MEEN 350 and MEMT 203. Kinematics and kinetics of machine elements such as linkages, cams, and gear trains.

371: Dynamic Systems.

3-2-3. Preq., MEEN 350, ENGR 221, MATH 245, 313, MEMT 203, 313. Modeling and design of dynamic mechanical and fluid systems. Introduction to linear vibrations and automatic controls. Numerical and Laplace transform solutions to ordinary differential equations.

382: Basic Measurements.

3-1-2. Preq., ENGR 221, and cumulative GPA≥ 2.0 on Math 240 through Math 244. Techniques and instruments for making and analyzing measurements in engineering.

400: Mechanical Engineering Seminar.

3-0-1. Preq., credit or registration in MEEN 480. Professionalism, ethics, and service for mechanical engineers.

413: Composite Materials Design.

0-3-3. Preq., MEEN 361. An introduction to modern composite materials. Application of lamination theory to analysis of composites. Deformation and failure of composites. Structural design using composite materials. (G)

414: Failure Analysis.

0-3-3. Preq., MEEN 361. An introduction to failure analysis. Using analysis of failed parts to determine the cause of failure. Using failure analysis techniques to design to avoid failure.

431: Energy Conversion Systems.

0-3-3. Preq., MEEN 332. Analysis and design of energy conversion systems. Emphasis on steam turbine and gas turbine electrical power plants. Introduction to emerging energy conversion technologies.

434: Cryogenic Systems.

0-3-3. Preq., MEEN 332. Analysis and design of systems which produce, maintain, or utilize low temperatures; liquefaction systems; refrigeration systems; separation and purification systems; storage systems. (G)

435: Internal Combustion Engines.

0-3-3. Preq., MEEN 332, 353. Theory of IC engines. Fuels, combustion, and thermodynamics. Carburetion, fuel injection, and lubrication. Mechanical design of a typical engine.

436: Air Conditioning and Refrigeration.

0-3-3. Preq., MEEN 332 and 353, MEMT 313. Analysis and design of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems for residential, commercial, and industrial applications.

446: Advanced Fluid Mechanics.

3-2-3. Preq., MEMT 313 and MATH 245. Principles of viscous fluid flow including dimensional analysis and similarity, duct flows, boundary layer flow, turbomachinery, flow measurement and control, and design of fluid systems. (G)

448: Gas Dynamics.

0-3-3. Preq., MEEN 332 and MATH 245. Study of the fundamental laws applied to compressible fluid flow. Isentropic flow, normal and oblique shocks, Prandtl-Meyer, Fanno, Rayleigh flow, and supersonic design.(G)

449: Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics.

0-3-3. Preq., MATH 313 and MEMT 313. The fundamentals of computational fluid dynamics (CFD); review of numerical methods and fluid mechanics; application of numerical techniques for solution of sample fluid dynamics problems.

450: Special Problems.

1-4 hours credit. Preq., senior standing and consent of instructor. Topics selected will vary from term to term for the purpose of covering selected topics of current importance or special interest.

451: Thermal Design.

3-2-3. Preq., MEEN 353 and MEMT 313. Design of thermal components and systems.

Machine Element Design.

0-3-3. Preq., MEEN 361. Application of strength of materials to the design of typical machine elements.

465: Machine Element Design.

0-2-2. Preq., MEEN 361. Application of principles of strength of materials to the design of typical machine elements.

469: Prevention of Mechanical Failure.

0-3-3. Preq., MEEN 361. Analysis, prediction and prevention of failures in a structure or machine part during the design phase. (G)

475: Mechatronics.

4-2-3. Preq., MEEN 371. A study of the interface between controllers and physical systems; principles of electromechanical design, digital and analog circuitry, actuation, sensing, embedded control, and real-time programming.

476: Feedback Control Systems.

3-2-3. Preq., MEEN 371. The analysis, design and synthesis of mechanical systems employing feedback control. Methods of determining system stability. Typical mechanical control elements and their transfer functions.

477: Mechanical Vibrations.

3-2-3. Preq., MEEN 371. Introduction to free and forced linear vibration of discrete and continuous mechanical systems. Analysis of translational and rotational systems using analytical and numerical methods.

478: Engineering Acoustics.

0-3-3. Preq., MATH 245. Analysis and design of systems for noise control, including vibration isolation, silencers, room acoustic treatment, and acoustic barriers. (G)

480: Capstone Design Project I.

3-0-1. Preq., MEEN 215, 321, ENGL 363 and credit or registration in INEN 300, MEEN 451, 462. Open-ended, team-based engineering design project that draws on the student’s entire academic experience with emphasis on idea generation and conceptual design.

481: Capstone Design Project II.

3-0-1. Preq., MEEN 480. A continuation of MEEN 480 project with emphasis on detailed system design.

482: Capstone Design Project III.

3-0-1. Preq., MEEN 481. A continuation of MEEN 481 project with an emphasis on prototype construction and testing.

486: Mechanical Engineering Laboratory.

3-0-1. Preq., MEEN 353,361, 382, MEMT 313. Design and performance of laboratory experiments in mechanical engineering.

488: Solids Modeling in Engineering Design.

0-3-3. Preq., MEEN 350. Engineering design using 3-D graphics, constructive solid geometry, boundary (G)

497: Finite Element Methods for Engineers.

0-3-3. Preq., MEEN 350, 353, and 361. Introduction to approximation methods in engineering using finite elements. Physical and mathematical theory, computer applications.

499: Technical Enrichment Course.

3-0-1. (6) Preq., consent of instructor. (Pass/Fail). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours of credit. Varying new technologies. Does not count toward graduation in Mechanical Engineering. Contact the department for more information.

531: Advanced Thermodynamics.

0-3-3. Fundamental laws of thermodynamics; entropy and entropy production; kinetic theory of gasses; statistical thermodynamics; quantum thermodynamics for various systems.

542: Advanced Heat Transfer I.

0-3-3. Steady and transient conduction heat transfer; analytical solutions; approximate solutions; numerical methods.

543: Advanced Heat Transfer II.

0-3-3. Continuation of MEEN 542. Principles of forced and natural convection in laminar and turbulent flow; thermal radiation.

545: Potential Flow.

0-3-3. Basic principles and analytical methods for the motion of an inviscid, incompressible fluid. Eulerian equations. Conformal transformation. Mapping of flows. Rotation, circulation, and vorticity.

546: Viscous Flow I.

0-3-3. Study of the governing principles and methods in viscous fluid flow. Solutions of the integral and differential equations for laminar flow. Digital computer applications.

547: Viscous Flow II.

0-3-3. Preq., MEEN 546. Study of transition, turbulence, and compressibility in viscous flow. Theory of stability of laminar flows. Fundamentals of turbulent flow.

549: Computational Fluid Dynamics.

0-3-3. The fundamentals of computational fluid dynamics (CFD); review of numerical methods and fluid mechanics; application of numerical techniques for solution of sample fluid dynamics problems.

550: Special Problems.

1-4 semester hours. Advanced problems in mechanical engineering. The problems and projects will be treated by current methods used in professional practice.

551: Research and Thesis in Mechanical Engineering.

(Pass/Fail). Preq.,12 semester hours of graduate work. Registration in any quarter is for 3 semester hours or multiples thereof. Maximum credit applicable towards the degree is 6 semester hours.

553: Thermal Stresses.

0-3-3. Thermal stresses in structures; plane stress problems; thermal stresses in plates and shells; thermoelastic instability; thermal fatigue; creep and inelastic thermal stresses at high temperatures.

555: Practicum.

0-3-3 (6). (Pass/Fail). Preq., 12 semester hours of graduate work. Analytical and/or experimental solution of an engineering problem; technical literature survey required; development of engineering research techniques.

557: Special Topics: Mechanical Engineering.

0-3-3 (9). The topic or topics will be selected by the instructor from the various sub-areas of mechanical engineering. May be repeated as topics change.

566: Design Optimization.

0-3-3. Preq., MEEN 467. Constrained nonlinear minimization algorithms applied to mechanical engineering design problems.

568: Advanced Vibrations.

0-3-3. Analytical and numerical treatment of nonlinear and multidegree-of-freedom vibration problems in mechanical engineering.

571: Advanced Engineering Dynamics.

0-3-3. Fundamentals of Newtonian dynamics principles of work and energy, D’Alembert’s principle, Hamilton’s principle, LaGrange equation. Central force motion, virial theorem. Rigid body motion and robotics.

593: Advanced Finite Element Methods.

0-3-3. Development of the finite methods element using the variational formulation. Applications in structures, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer.