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Graduate Catalog 2015-16


414-3 GAS DYNAMICS. Basic equations of compressible flow, isentropic flow of perfect gas; normal shock waves, oblique shock waves: flow with friction and heat loss, applications. Prerequisite: ME 315.

417-3 HEATING, VENTILATING AND AIR-CONDITIONING (HVAC). Air-conditioning systems, psychrometrics, indoor air quality, heating and cooling loads, pumps and fans, duct design, refrigeration. Prerequisite: ME 410 with grade of D or better or concurrent enrollment.

419-3 GAS TURBINES.  Quasi-one-dimensional compressible flow; ideal and non-ideal gas turbine cycles, gas turbines for power, turbojet, and turbofan; component performance; engine off-design performance; and engine design considerations. Prerequisites: ME 312 and ME 315.

432-3 VEHICLE DYNAMICS AND TECHNOLOGY. One dimensional dynamics of a vehicle, acceleration performance, breaking performance, power train, tire mechanism, steering mechanism, low and high speed cornering, and suspension system. Prerequisite: ME 350 with C or better.

433-3 FUZZY LOGIC AND APPLICATIONS. (Same as ECE 433) Fundamentals of fuzzy sets, basic operations, fuzzy arithmetic, and fuzzy systems. Examples of applications in various fields of engineering and science. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

442-3 MICROELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEMS. Fundamental science, design, and fabrication of MEMS and microsystems, scaling laws, MEMS flexures, capacitive, piezoelectric, piezoresistive, and thermal sensing actuation. Prerequisite: ME 315, ME 356, ME 380, with grade of C or better, or Graduate standing.

450-3 AUTOMATIC CONTROL. Modeling of dynamical systems, linearizations, stability and feedback control, Routh-Hurwitz criteria, time domain and frequency domain response, Root Locus, feedback compensator design. Prerequisite: ME 356.

452-3 VIBRATIONS. Vibration of single and multi-degree of freedom systems, natural frequencies and modes, vibration isolation, structural response to ground excitation. Prerequisites: ME 262; MATH 305.

454-3 ROBOTICS-DYNAMICS AND CONTROL. (Same as ECE 467) Robotics, robot kinematics and inverse kinematics, trajectory planning, differential motion and virtual work principle, dynamics and control. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

458-3 MECHATRONICS. Dynamic response; fundamentals of electronic and logic circuits; sensors and instrumentation for strains, movements and fluid flow; actuators and power transmission devices; feedback control. Two hours lecture and one laboratory session per week.  Approved for graduate credit. Prerequisites: ME 356.

460-3 NONDESTRUCTIVE EVALUATION METHODS. (same as CE 460) Nondestructive evaluations methods for engineering materials. Ultrasonic inspection for defect detection, weld inspection plus methods of dye penetrate, acoustic emissions, and eddy currents are studied.

466-3 DIGITAL CONTROL. (Same as ECE 466) Topics include finite difference equations, z-transforms and state variable representation, analysis and synthesis of linear sampled-data control systems using classical and modern control theory. Prerequisite: ME 450 or ECE 365.

470-3 STRESS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN. Three-dimensional torsion and bending, stress and strain transformations, yield criteria and plasticity theory, finite element method, case studies and engineering design. Prerequisite: CE 242.

530-3 ADVANCED DYNAMICS. Kinematics and dynamics of particles in three dimensions, Virtual Work Principle, nonholonomic constraints, Lagrange's equations, three-dimensional rigid body kinematics and dynamics.

532-3 ADVANCED MECHANISMS AND SYNTHESIS. Kinematics of two- and three-dimensional mechanisms. Synthesis of four and six bar mechanisms using three or more precision points. Balancing of rotating mechanisms. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

540-3 CONTINUUM MECHANICS. Equations for continuous media for both solid and fluid systems. General equations of motion including equilibrium, compatibility, and boundary conditions. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

544-3 THEORY OF ELASTICITY. Elastic equations and boundary conditions. Variational development of equations. Solutions for stress around a hole and beams on an elastic foundation. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

546-3 PLATES AND SHELLS. (Same as CE 546) Membrane theory of shells. Bending of shells and circular and rectangular plates. Indeterminate shell problems. Prerequisites: CE 445; ME 470, or consent of instructor.

547-3 ELASTIC STABILITY. (Same as CE 547) Elastic stability of columns and simple frames. Lateral and torsional buckling of beams. Buckling of plates. Design code considerations of buckling. Prerequisites: CE 445; ME 470, or consent of instructor.

548-3 FINITE ELEMENTS. (Same as CE 548) Rayleigh-Ritz method, piecewise approximation, nodal load calculations, derivation of two- and three-dimensional elements, bending elements. Finite element computer programs. Practice with actual programs. Prerequisites: CE 445; ME 470, or consent of instructor.

550-3 MODERN CONTROL. Analysis and design of control systems; state-variable description; controllability, observability, non-linearity and perturbation theory; stability, state feedback design, robust control. Prerequisite: ME 450.

560-3 ADVANCED VIBRATION WITH APPLICATIONS. Lagrange equations, vibration of continuous systems, finite elements, component-mode synthesis and other approximation methods, introduction to random and nonlinear vibration. Prerequisite: ME 452 or equivalent.

562-3 DISCONTINUOUS DYNAMICAL SYSTEMS. Discontinuous dynamical systems, accessible and inaccessible domains, flow switchability and singularity at the boundary, bifurcations, flows and motion complexity. Prerequisites: ME 530 with B or better, MATH 501 with C or better, or consent of instructor.

563-3 OPTIMAL CONTROL. (Same as ECE 563) Description of system and evaluation of its performance, dynamic programming, calculus of variations and Pontryagin's minimum principle, iterative numerical techniques. Prerequisites: ME 450; ECE 365.

573-3 ADVANCED THERMODYNAMICS. Fundamental concepts, thermodynamic relations, topics from statistical thermodynamics including Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac quantum statistics, partition functions. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

575-3 ADVANCED FLUID MECHANICS. Incompressible fluids; potential flows; viscous flows; solution of Navier-Stokes equations; low and high Reynolds number flows; laminar and turbulent boundary layers. Prerequisite: ME 315.

576-3 TURBULENT FLOW.  Reynolds averaged Navier-Stokes equations (RANS), turbulent energy transport; Closure issues and modeling; Turbulent statistics and applications; Large eddy simulation (LES) and direct numerical simulation (DNS) and CFD considerations. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Mechanical Engineering.

580-3 COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS. Model equations, finite differences and finite volume methods, diffusion problems, convection-diffusion problems, solution algorithm, unsteady flows, turbulence modeling. Prerequisite: ME 410; CS 145, or equivalent.

585-3 CONVECTIVE HEAT TRANSFER. Conservation principles for mass, momentum, and energy; differential equations of laminar and turbulent boundary layers; forced and natural convections. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

587-3 INTELLIGENT ENGINEERING SYSTEMS. Designing intelligent systems solving complex engineering problems through implementing knowledge-based systems using a hybrid architecture comprising expert systems, artificial neural networks, and optimization approaches. Prerequisites: graduate standing; ME 427, or consent of instructor.

588-3 EQUILIBRIUM DYNAMICS. Energy exchanges among systems with emphasis on conservation laws. Conditions for equilibrium and consequences of energy exchanges are included using the methodology of classical thermodynamics. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

589-3 RADIATION HEAT TRANSFER. Radiation from a blackbody, properties of nonblack surfaces, radiative properties of real materials, radiation in enclosures, radiative behavior of windows and semi-transparent solids. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

591-1 to 4 INDEPENDENT STUDY. Individual investigation of a topic in Mechanical Engineering to be agreed upon with the instructor. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours provided no topic is repeated. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

592-1 to 5 TOPICS IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING. Topic of special interest; course schedule will include name of topic. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours provided no topic is repeated. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

599-1 to 6 THESIS. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: consent of adviser.

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