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Overview of mechanical engineering. Introduction to problem layout, and development of basic skills required to solve mechanical engineering problems. Collection, manipulation and presentation of engineering data.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
Principles and accepted practices of geometric design. Computer generation of 2D and 3D models for mechanical systems. Introduction to engineering design practices such as specifications, dimensioning, and tolerance.
This course is a prerequisite for: BSEN 470, IMSE 375, MECH 342, MECH 381
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 1, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics, properties of gases and vapors. Sources of energy and its conversion to work.
This course is a prerequisite for: BSEN 344, MATL 467, MATL 470, MATL 474, MECH 300, MECH 330, MECH 413, MECH 445
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation; PHYS 212; MECH 223.
First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics, properties of gases and vapors. Sources of energy and its conversion to work. Honors students will be expected to study beyond the students in the normal sections and do a special project.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
MECH 220
Prereqs:
For students in architecture and construction management.
Fundamental concepts, equilibrium of force systems, analysis of simple frames and trusses. Centroid and moments of inertia and friction.
This course is a prerequisite for: ARCH 331, MECH 324
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Action of forces on engineering structures and machines. Force systems, static equilibrium of frames and machines. Friction, center of gravity, moment of inertia, vector algebra.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation; MATH 107 and PHYS 211.
Bodies in equilibrium. Vector algebra, equivalent force systems, distributed loads, and center of gravity. Analysis of trusses, frames, and machines. Friction, wedges, crews, and belts. Area moments of inertia.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
MECH 250
Prereqs:
Parallel: MATH 208. For electrical engineering majors.
Force actions in static coplanar systems with applications to engineering structures and machines. Resultants, moments, couples, equivalent force systems, vector algebra. Static equilibrium conditions and equations.
This course is a prerequisite for: MECH 351
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Applications of control-volume analysis (mass, energy, and momentum), both transient and steady; mixtures of gases and vapors; introduction to combustion; thermodynamic relations and establishment of data banks of thermal properties; applications of computer-aided engineering to processes and cycles; methodologies and case studies for thermal systems design; execution of small-scaled design projects.
This course is a prerequisite for: MECH 403, MECH 404, MECH 405, MECH 406, MECH 407, MECH 408, MECH 414, MECH 446, MECH 487
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
MECH 310
Prereqs:
Parallel: MECH 200.
Fluid statics, equations of continuity, momentum, and energy dimensional analysis and dynamic similitude. Applications to: flow meters; fluid pumps and turbines; viscous flow and lubrication; flow in closed conduits and open channels. Two-dimensional potential flow.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
MECH/CIVE 310 or parallel.
Fluid mechanics experiments and demonstrations. Conservation principles; determination of fluid properties, velocity, pressure, and flow measurements; pipe flow; open channel flow; and instrumentation techniques.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
For students in architecture and construction management.
Stress and strain analysis in elastic materials. Use of properties of materials in the analysis and design of welded and riveted connections, statically determinate and indeterminate flexure members, columns. Combined stresses, axial, eccentric and torsional loading. Observations of laboratory tests for axially loaded specimens. Introduction to shear and moment diagrams.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Concept of stress and strain considering axial, torsional, and bending forces. Shear and moments. Introduction to combined stresses and column theory.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation; MECH 223 or 223H; MATH 208.
Introduction to the mechanics of elastic bodies. Concepts of stress and strain. Extension, bending, and torsion. Shear and moment diagrams. Principal stresses. Deflection of statically determinate and indeterminate beams. Buckling of columns. Special advanced topics.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Conceptual modeling of mechanical engineering systems. Analytical exploration of engineering behavior of conceptual models. Case studies drawn from mechanical engineering problems.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Analysis of the motions of linkage and cam mechanisms. Methods of design of linkage and cam mechanisms. Gear theory. Analysis and design of ordinary and planetary gear trains. Determination of static and dynamic forces in machines. Balancing of machines. Flywheel design. Dynamics of cam mechanisms. Vibration of machines.
This course is a prerequisite for: MECH 343, MECH 442, MECH 444, MECH 445, MECH 456, MECH 488
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Design of machine elements under different conditions of loading. Design work includes a project of broader scope (done primarily out of class) requiring a breadth of knowledge. Failure theories for static and dynamic loading of bolts, springs, bearings, and shafts.
This course is a prerequisite for: MECH 446, MECH 455
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
MECH 373; ELEC 211; MATH 314 or parallel.
Unified treatment of the dynamics and control of engineering systems. Emphasis on physical aspects, formulation of mathematical models, application of various mathematical methods, and interpretation of results in terms of the synthesis and analysis of real systems.
This course is a prerequisite for: MECH 380, MECH 444, MECH 445, MECH 446, MECH 450, MECH 453, MECH 457
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
MECH 351
Prereqs:
For electrical engineering majors.
Application of Newton's laws to engineering problems involving coplanar kinematics and kinetics of particles. Work, energy, impulse, and momentum. Conservative systems. Periodic motion.
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Introduction to traditional and modern manufacturing processes and methods to include: foundry; forming processes; welding; metal removal theory and practices; modern manufacturing systems and automation; and economics of process selection.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
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Force action related to displacement, velocity, and acceleration of rigid bodies. Kinematics of plane motion, kinetics of translation and rotation. Mass moment of inertia, vibration, work, energy and power, impulse and momentum.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation; MECH 223 or 223H; MATH 208.
Motion of particles and rigid bodies under the action of forces and moments. Kinematics of plane motion: displacement, velocity, and acceleration. Kinetics of translation and rotation; work, energy and power; impulse, momentum and impact. Introduction to vibration analysis.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
ELEC 231; JGEN 200 or 300; IMSE 321 or STAT 380 or parallel; MECH 350 and MECH 310, or parallel.
Theory, statistics, applications and design of mechanical engineering experiments.
This course is a prerequisite for: MECH 415, MECH 488
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
MATH 221; MECH 130 or CSCE 155N or permission.
Principles and techniques currently used for the computer-aided design (CAD). Applications of interactive graphics devices for drafting, design, and analysis. Modelling and analogy of engineering systems. Elementary finite element, Bode, and numerical analyses. CAD case studies and term project.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission.
Engineering design or laboratory investigation that an undergraduate is qualified to undertake.
Credit Hours: 1-5
Max credits per degree: 6
Course Format: Independent Study
Course Delivery: Classroom
MECH 401/801
Elements of Nuclear EngineeringCrosslisted as ENGR 401
Prereqs:
Survey of nuclear engineering concepts and applications. Nuclear reactions, radioactivity, radiation interaction with matter, reactor physics, risk and dose assessment, applications in medicine, industry, agriculture, and research.
This course is a prerequisite for: ENGR 420
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
MECH 300 or equivalent.
Basic cycle analysis and engine types, fundamental thermodynamics and operating characteristics of various engines are analyzed, combustion processes for spark and compression-ignition engines, fuels, testing procedures, and lubrication systems are evaluated. Emphasis on the thermodynamic evaluation of the performance and understanding the basic operation of various engine types.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
MECH 404/804
Prereqs:
Stoichiometric analysis of combustion processes. Energy transfer, flame propagation, and transformation velocities during combustion. Combustor applications and design considerations. Emission formation and methods of control.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
MECH 405/805
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Thermodynamic analysis and design of axial and radial flow turbines, compressors, and pumps. Fundamentals of the operating characteristics and performance parameters of turbomachines will be evaluated. Cavitation and blade element theory.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
MECH 300 or equivalent.
Application of thermodynamic and fluid dynamic principles to the design of air conditioning systems. Comprehensive design project is an integral part of the course.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
MECH 300 or equivalent.
Application of thermodynamic and fluid dynamic principles to the design of Power Plants. Comprehensive design project is an integral part of the course.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
MECH 408/808
Prereqs:
MECH 300 or equivalent.
Design methodology for various heat exchangers employed in mechanical engineering. Introduction to computer-aided design as applied to heat exchangers. Practical exercises in actual design tasks.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
MECH 413/813
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Subsonic and supersonic air flow theory, dynamics of flight, performance parameters, rotoranalysis, and special topics.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
MECH 414/814
Prereqs:
Analysis of the flow of compressible fluids by means of the momentum equation, continuity equation, and the laws of thermodynamics and some application of thermodynamic laws to incompressible fluids.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
MECH 415/815
Prereqs:
MECH310/CIVE 310 and MECH 380, or parallel.
Transport phenomena of homogeneous and heterogeneous types of mixtures such as solid-liquid, liquid-liquid, and liquid-gas. Properties of components and mixtures. Flow induced vibrations and parameter distributions. Optimization and design problems in multiphase systems.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
MECH 416/816
Prereqs:
Transverse and longitudinal traveling waves. Acoustic wave equation of fluids. The reflection, transmission, radiation, reception, absorption, and attenuation of sound. Acoustic cavities and waveguides. Sound propagation in pipes, resonators and filters.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
MECH 420/820
Prereqs:
Heat transfer by conduction, convection, and radiation. Correlation of theory with experimental data and engineering design.
This course is a prerequisite for: AREN 412, MECH 404, MECH 425, MECH 426, MECH 431, MECH 487
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission.
Fundamentals of laser material processing. Laser material interactions from the compressible flow perspective. Analytical, semi-analytical, and numerical approaches.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
MECH 420 or permission.
Conversion of solar energy into more useful forms with emphasis on environmental heating and cooling applications. Includes solar energy availability, solar collectors and design, solar systems and their simulation and solar economics.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
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Heat transfer in nanoscale and nanostructured materials. Heat transfer in ultrafast laser materials processing.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
MECH 310; MATH 314; MECH 420 or parallel.
Finite difference methods for steady and transient diffusion and convection-diffusion problems. Finite volume technique for the solution of multi-dimensional fluid flow, and heat and mass transfer problems.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
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Introduction to biomechanics. Basic anatomy, biomaterials, kinematics, dynamics, visco-elasticity, bio-fluid mechanics, and bio-heat transfer.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
MECH 223, 325, and 373; or equivalent.

Biomedical Device Design (3cr) Lec 3. Prereq: MECH 223, 325, & 373 or equivalent. Design of devices intended for use in biomedical environments. Introduction to modeling of the bio-environment, biomaterials and material selection. Overview of design methodologies and strategies used in biomedical device design from a material properties perspective. Introduction to federal regulation and other pertinent issues.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
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Analytical cam design. Geometry of constrained plane motion and application to the design of mechanisms. Analysis and synthesis of pin-jointed linkage mechanisms.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Fundamentals of vibration, vibration and impact in machines, balance of rotors, flexible rotor dynamics and instabilities, parametric vibration, advanced dynamics and design of cam mechanisms, and dynamics of flywheel.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Development of design concepts. Introduction to synthesis techniques and mathematical analysis methods. Applications of these techniques to mechanical engineering design projects.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
MECH 300, MECH 310, MECH 343, MECH 350, professional admission to Mechanical Engineering BS program.
Synthesis, design, and a written report on two projects, plus a proposal for the students final design project in MECH 447. The two projects should span the general areas of mechanical engineering developing breadth, resourcefulness, creativity and most importantly, the use of the design process. Guest lectures by practicing designers will be a part of the class when appropriate.
This course is a prerequisite for: MECH 447
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
Prereqs:
MECH 446, professional admission to Mechanical Engineering BS program.
Definition, scope, analysis, synthesis, and the design for the solution of a comprehensive engineering problem in any major area of mechanical engineering.
Credit Hours: 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
Prereqs:
Stresses and strains at a point. Theories of failure. Thick-walled pressure vessels and spinning discs. Torsion of noncircular sections. Torsion of thin-walled sections, open, closed, and multicelled. Bending of unsymmetrical sections. Cross shear and shear center. Curved beams. Introduction to elastic energy methods.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
MECH 449/849
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Particle dynamics using Newton's laws, energy principles, momentum principles. Rigid body dynamics using Euler's equations and Lagrange's equations. Variable mass systems. Gyroscopic motion.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
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Applications of control systems analysis and synthesis for mechanical engineering equipment. Control systems for pneumatic, hydraulic, kinematic, electromechanical, and thermal systems.
This course is a prerequisite for: MECH 458
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Matrix methods of analysis. Finite element stiffness method. Computer programs. Applications to structures and soils. Introduction to finite element analysis of fluid flow.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
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Investigation of the basic theories and techniques associated with the analysis of stress using mechanical strain gages, electric strain gages, brittle lacquer, photoelasticity, and membrane analogy.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
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Robotics synthesize some aspects of human function by the use of mechanisms, sensors, actuators, and computers.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
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Basic concepts of continuum modeling. Development of models and solutions to various mechanical, thermal and electrical systems. Thermo-mechanical and electro-mechanical coupling effects. Differential equations, dimensional methods and similarity.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
MECH 455/855
Prereqs:
Introduction to basic mechanics governing automotive vehicle dynamic acceleration, braking, ride, handling and stability. Analytical methods, including computer simulation, in vehicle dynamics. The different components and subsystems of a vehicle that influence vehicle dynamic performance.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Basics of design of the internal combustion engines. Design of various engine parts such as pistons, connecting rods, valve trains, crankshafts, and the vibration dampers. Dynamics of the engine. The vibration of the crankshaft assembly and the valve train. Balancing of the engines.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
ELEC 231; MECH 350 or parallel.
Lab sessions allow for constructing mechatronic systems. Lab time arranged. A comprehensive design project included. Theory, application, simulation, and design of systems that integrate mechanical, computer, and electronic components.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
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Introduction to digital measurement and control of mechanical systems. Applications of analysis and synthesis of discrete time systems.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Linear response of one and two degree of freedom systems. Rotating imbalance, vibration isolation. Fundamentals of wave motion, vibrating strings and bars. Acoustic wave equation, acoustic impedances, sound propagation, traveling wave solutions, separation of variables. The Helmholtz resonator. Acoustic waves in pipes. Experiments in mechanical vibrations and acoustics.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
MATH 221/821; and Computer Programming. Linear Algebra recommended.
Credit towards the degree cannot be earned in both CSCE/MATH 340/840 and MECH 480/880.
Numerical algorithms and their convergence properties in: solving nonlinear equations; direct and iterative schemes for linear systems of equations; eigenvalue problems; polynomial and spline interpolation; curve fitting; numerical integration and differentiation; initial and boundary values problems for Ordinary Differential Equations (ODEs) and systems of ODEs with applications to engineering; finite difference methods for partial differential equations (potential problems, heat-equation, wave-equation).
This course is a prerequisite for: CHME 496
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
MECH 300 and 380; MECH 420/820 or parallel.
Design, execution, and evaluation of physical experiments in the areas of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer.
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
MECH 342 and 343; MECh 380 or parallel.
Design projects and physical experiments in the area of machine design and kinematics.
Credit Hours: 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission.
See current Schedule of Classes for offerings.
Treatment of special topics in engineering mechanics by experimental, computational and/or theoretical methods. Topics vary from term to term.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Max credits per degree: 6
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Investigation and written report of research into specific problem in any major area of mechanical engineering.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Max credits per degree: 6
Course Format: Lab
Course Delivery: Classroom
MECH 499H
Prereqs:
Senior standing in mechanical engineering; admission to the University Honors Program.
Honors thesis research project meeting the requirements of the University Honors Program. Independent research project executed under the guidance of a member of the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering which contributes to the advancement of knowledge in the field. Culminates in the presentation of an honors thesis to the department and college.
Credit Hours: 1-3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Basic topics in real analysis and linear algebra with examples of applications from diverse branches of engineering and applied physics.
Credit Hours: 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
MECH *801 or permission
Continuation of MECH *801 topics in complex analysis, linear algebra, ordinary and partial differential equations, and other areas of applied mathematics. Examples of applications from diverse branches of engineering and applied physics.
Credit Hours: 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
MECH 810
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Dynamics and kinematics of laminar flows of viscous fluids. Development of the equations of motion in general and some exact solutions to them. Flows with small to large (laminar) Reynolds numbers including fundamental concepts of the boundary layer on a flat plate.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
MECH 812
Prereqs:
MECH *810, MATH 822 or 824 or MECH *890
Vorticity dynamics. Ideal flows in a plane and in axisymmetric and three-dimensional geometries. Advanced boundary layer theory. Introduction to stability and turbulent flows.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
MECH 325, 373, or equivalent, or permission
Electrostatics, equations of piezoelectricity, static solutions, propagation of plane waves, waves in plates, surface waves, equations for piezoelectric rods and plates in extension and flexure, finite element formulation, finite element analysis of static, time-harmonic, and transient problems with applications in smart structures and piezoelectric devices.
Credit Hours: 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
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Particle dynamics using Newton’s laws, energy principles, momentum principles. Rigid body dynamics using Euler’s equations and Lagrange’s equations. Variable mass systems. Gyroscopic motion.
Credit Hours: 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
MECH 851
Prereqs:
MECH 325 and MECH 880 or permission
Matrix methods of analysis. The finite element stiffness method. Computer programs. Applications to structures and soils. Introduction to finite element analysis of fluid flow.
Credit Hours: 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
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Variational principles, Lagranges’ equation. Equations of motion for multi-degree of freedom systems. Free vibration eigenvalue problem: modal analysis. Forced vibrations: general solutions, resonance, effect of damping, and superposition. Vibrations of continuous systems: vibrations frequencies and mode shapes for bars, membranes, beams, and plates. Experimental methods and techniques.
Credit Hours: 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
MATH *820 or 821
Introduction to nuclear physics, radiation interaction with matter, reactor fundamentals, and the application of equipment and principles associated with reactor safety and operations.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
MECH 888
Nonlinear Optimization in EngineeringCrosslisted as IMSE 888
Prereqs:
MATH 208/208H and 314/814; MECH 480/880; and permission
Nonlinear optimization using gradient-based and evolutionary methods. Constrained and unconstrained nonlinear optimization, Karush-Kuhn-Tucker conditions, penalty and barrier methods. Applications to optimal design in sciences and engineering.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
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Engineering mathematics review. Formulation and solution of engineering problems including basic laws, lumped parameter models, and continuous systems. Examples drawn from all areas of mechanical engineering.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
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MECH 899
Prereqs:
Admission to masters degree program and permission of major adviser
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 6-10
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Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
Classical thermodynamics providing precise and true understanding; advanced methodologies and applications to mechanical engineering tasks; axiomatic foundations of classical thermodynamics, engineering applications to working substances in motion; systematic generalizations to exotic substances; and selected topics as illustrations.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
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Prereqs:
MECH 804 or equivalent
Detailed analysis of modern combustion wave theory, particularly chain reaction calculations and flame temperature determination. Gas dynamics of flames. Advanced mass transfer as applied to combustion. Aerodynamics of flame stabilization by vortices. Critical examination of present experimental techniques and results.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
MECH 848 and permission
The continuum. Geometrical foundations of continuum mechanics. Rectilinear and curvilinear frames. Elements of tensor analysis. Analysis of stress. Analysis of strain. Equations of motion. Constitutive equations. Fundamental laws. Applications to deformable systems.
Credit Hours: 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
MECH *812 or permission
Selected topics from one or two of the following fields: magneto-fluid-mechanics, three-dimensional boundary layers, fluid-mechanical stability, hypersonic flow, theory of turbulence, rarefied gas dynamics or other current research interest area.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
MECH 848; MECH 849; or permission.
Waves in rods, beams, strings, and membranes. Sound waves in air. Dilational and distortional waves. Reflection and refraction of waves. Rayleigh surface waves. Love waves. Applications of transform theory and the method of stationary phase to wave analysis. Waves in anisotropic and viscoelastic media.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
MECH 916
Prereqs:
MECH *812
Methods of description and basic equations of turbulent flows. Isotropic and homogeneous turbulence, energy spectra and correlations. Introduction to measurements. Transition theory and experimental evidence. Wall turbulence, engineering calculations of turbulent boundary layers. Free turbulent jets and wakes.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
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Derivation and implementation of the finite element method. Introduction to the theory of finite element methods for elliptic boundary-value problems. Applications to time-independent physical phenomena (e.g., deformation of elastic bodies, heat conduction, steady-state fluid flow, electrostatics, flow through porous media). Basic coding techniques. A basic understanding of ordinary differential equations and matrix algebra as well as some programming skills are assumed.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
MECH 820 or permission
Theory of heat conduction; analytical, numerical, graphical and analog methods of solution.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
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Prereqs:
MECH 820 or permission
Theory of heat transfer by convection. Analytical, numerical, and empirical solutions. Selected applications.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
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Prereqs:
MECH 820 or permission
Theory of heat transfer by thermal radiation. Formulation and analytical and numerical solutions. Selected applications.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
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Prereqs:
MECH 848 or permission
Introduction to composite materials. Properties of an anisotropic lamina. Laminated composites. Failure theories. Analysis of composite structures.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
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Prereqs:
MECH 831, *890
Review of basic finite element methods including field problems and continuum solid mechanics problems. Advanced linear methods: eigenvalues and mode superposition, convection-diffusion problems, Stokes flow problems. Nonlinear methods for heat transfer, fluid flow, and solid mechanics.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
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Plane stress and strain. Solution of two-dimensional problems by polynomials. Two-dimensional problems in polar coordinates. Triaxial stress and strain. Torsion of noncircular cross section. Bending of prismatical bars. Hydrodynamical analogies.
Credit Hours: 3
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Foundation of the theory of large deformation. Equations of linear elasticity. Complex representation of the general solution of the equations of plane theory of elasticity. Conformal mapping. Solutions of problems in three-dimensional elasticity in terms of potential functions. Axially symmetric problems. Variational methods.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
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Physical systems in solid mechanics which lead to nonlinear differential equations. Graphical, numerical, and exact solutions of the governing differential equations. Physical interpretation of the solution.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
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Lateral buckling of beams; failure of columns; bending and buckling of thin plates and shells. Consideration of classical and modern theories.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
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Basic equations for the bending and stretching of thin plates with small deformations. General theory of deformation of thin shells with small deflections. Large deformations theories of plates and shells. Effect of edge conditions.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Large deflection shell theory. Critical examination of effects of boundary conditions. Additional topics from folded plates, orthotropic plates and shells, sandwich plates and shells, use of complex transformations.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
MECH 939
Prereqs:
MECH 848 or MECH 913, MATH 821 or MATH 822, or premission.
Introduction to linear and nonlinear viscoelastic material behavior. One dimensional response. Linearity of material response. Quasi-static and dynamic problems. Time-temperature superposition. Viscoelastic beams. Multidimensional response. Nonlinear response.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
MECH 848 or permission
Modes of failure. Elastic stress field near cracks. Theories of brittle fracture. Elastic fracture mechanics. Elastic-plastic analysis of crack extension. Fracture toughness testing.
Credit Hours: 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
MECH 848 or permission
Mathematical theory of straight dislocations in isotropic and anisotropic elastic media. Dislocations on and near an interface. Dislocation interactions. Discrete and continuously distributed dislocations. Applications to mechanics of materials: grain boundaries and dislocation pile-ups. Applications to fracture mechanics: Griffith-Inglish crack, Zener-Stroh-Koehler crack, Bilby-Cottrell-Swinden-Dugdale crack.
Credit Hours: 3
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Basic concepts of plasticity. Yield conditions and yield surfaces. Torsion of cylindrical bars and Saint Venant-Mises and Prandtl-Reuss theories. General theory of plane strain and shear lines. Steady and pseudo-steady plastic flow. Extremum principles. Engineering applications.
Credit Hours: 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
MECH 943
Prereqs:
MECH 842 or permission
The student’s competence in designing machine members to withstand various static and dynamic loads, to analyze failure, and to design members for optimum balance of weight, cost, and reliability is advanced to a level beyond that of MECH 843. Impact loading, fatigue, optimum design of mechanical components, lubrication, and environmental considerations (mechanical properties at high and low temperature, creep, stress corrosion, fretting corrosion, etc.) are tested. Laboratory includes completion of one or more realistic individual design projects and the use of engineering case studies to illustrate more complex interactive design than would be feasible to actually carry out in one semester.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 2
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Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
MECH 845; STAT 880; or permission
Application of probability to the design of machine elements. Rational determination of component factor of safety based on probability densities of strength and of in-service stress. Statistical study of cumulative damage resulting from varying magnitude stress cycles. Probability of survival of fatigue-life design.
Credit Hours: 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
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Design and analysis of structures that undergo impact. Nonlinear, large-deformation finite element analysis of structures. Vehicle crashworthiness, roadside safety design, sheet metal forming, and projectile impacts.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
MECH 851 or 918, or permission
Theory and application of finite element methods. Topic varies with interest of instructor and may include: finite elements for the analysis of fracture; mixed variational formulations; hybrid stress elements; plasticity; non-linear elasticity; large deformations of structures; plate and shell elements; transverse shear effects in beams, plates and shells; “locking” phenomena; treatment of singularities; dynamics of large systems; “enhanced” strain methods; methods for solving non-linear algebraic systems; architecture of computer codes for non-linear finite element analysis; and treatment of constraints arising in nearly incompressible material models.
Credit Hours: 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
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Surface strains and their measurement, principally by bonded wire resistance strain gages. Static and dynamic measurements using both oscilloscope and direct writing oscillograph, associated electrical circuits. Use of brittle coating in conjunction with strain gages. Evaluation of stresses from strain data.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 2
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Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
MECH 457/457 or permission
Theory, application, simulation, and design of systems that integrate mechanical, computer, and electronics components. Analyze, design, simulate, and build mechatronic systems.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
MECH *875
Variational mechanics, Hamilton’s principle, and energy formulations for linearly elastic bodies. Eigenvalue and boundary value problems. Non-self adjoint systems. Approximate methods: Ritz and Galerkin. Gyroscopic systems. Nonconservative systems. Perturbation theory for the eigenvalue problem. Dynamics of constrained systems.
Credit Hours: 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
MECH 991
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1
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Course Delivery: Classroom
Semester projects involving research into a specific problem in any major area of mechanical engineering.
Credit Hours: 1-12
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Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Admission to doctoral degree program and permission of supervisory committee chair
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-24
Max credits per degree: 55
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Course Delivery: Classroom