ME Courses

The official mechanical engineering course description website can be found at:  mechanical engineering course catalog.


MECHENG 2630: Thermodynamics. 3 credits.

Basic concepts and definitions, properties of ideal gases and real substances. Conservation of mass. First law of thermodynamics and entropy. Vapor power cycles.

Prerequisites: CHEM 1450 or CHEM 1240 and MATH 2740

MECHENG 3030: Dynamical Systems. 3 credits.

Mathematical modeling and response analysis of various dynamic systems. Formulation of system governing equations by Newtonian and Lagrangian approaches. Laplace transform and numerical techniques of solution. Transfer function and state-space approaches to modeling dynamic systems. Time and frequency response of dynamic systems. Computer solutions of system responses.

Prerequisites: MATH 3630, MECHENG 3430 and a "C-" or better in GENENG 2230

MECHENG 3040: Engineering Materials. 3 credits.

A study of metals and polymers. Crystal structures, microstructures, molecular structures and imperfections. Relationship between structures and observed mechanical properties. Material failure.

Prerequisite: CHEM 1450 or CHEM 1240
Corequisite: GENENG 2340

MECHENG 3230: Manufacturing Processes. 3 credits.

Overview of materials such as metals, alloys, composites and ceramics. Primary manufacturing processes such as casting, forging, rolling and extrusion. Secondary processes such as forming, bending, drawing and swaging. Mechanics and economics of metal cutting. Economics of process planning. Special processes such as powder metallurgy. Design and manufacturing. Manufacturing systems, CAD/CAM/CNC/CIM.

Prerequisite: MECHENG 3040 and a "C-" or better in GENENG 2340

MECHENG 3300: Fluid Dynamics. 3 credits.

Fluid properties, fluid statics, fundamental equations of fluid motion, dimensional analysis, external flow and boundary layers, viscous flow in pipes, compressible flow.

Prerequisites: MATH 2840, MECHENG 2630, and a "C-" or better in GENENG 2230 or ENGRPHYS 3240.

MECHENG 3330: Design of Machine Elements. 3 credits.

Nonstandard loading, deflection analysis, failure theories for static and cyclic loading followed by safety considerations. Design and selection of a wide range of machine elements such as fasteners, springs, shafts, bearings and gears. Dimensioning, fits and tolerances and design communication. Open-ended design project.

Prerequisite: MECHENG 3040 and “C-” or better in GENENG 2030 and GENENG 2340

MECHENG 3430: Introduction to Computational Methods. 3 credits.

An introduction to structured programming with engineering applications. Fundamental programming concepts, algorithm development, and debugging. Introduce and apply concepts in linear algebra to engineering problems in statics, dynamics and other professional engineering courses. Problems include solving systems of linear equations, root finding, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, and regression.

Corequisite: MATH 3630

MECHENG 3640: Heat Transfer. 3 credits.

One and two-dimensional steady heat conduction, transient heat conduction, numerical methods in conduction transfer. Forced and free convection. Heat exchangers. Radiation heat exchange, shape factors and shielding. Introduction to mass transfer.

Prerequisite: MECHENG 3430 (or COMPUTER 1430 and MATH 3630)
Corequisite: MECHENG 3300

MECHENG 3720: Mechanical Systems Lab. 3 credits.

Introduction to engineering laboratory equipment, experimental procedures, report writing, automated data acquisition, including computer programming, and statistical analysis. Emphasis is on the experimental analysis of mechanical systems, including topics such as vibrations, strain gauges, and DC motors, along with the electronics used to instrument and measure these systems.

Prerequisite: MATH 4030 and a "C-" or better in GENENG 2930
Corequisite: MECHENG 3030

MECHENG 3830: Mechanisms and Machines. 3 credits.

Design and analysis of mechanisms and machines. A study of simple machines such as linkages, geared systems, and cam-follower systems. Topics include mechanism motion and performance (position, velocity, acceleration, force transmission, etc.), actuators, and design considerations to improve machine performance. The use of a customer-based, systematic design process to design and develop a working mechanism.

Prerequisite: A "C-" or better in GENENG 2230 (or ENGRPHYS 3420) and GENENG2030

MECHENG 3950: Mechanical Engineering Cooperative Education. 4 credits.

Work experience in industry under the direction and jurisdiction of the College of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science.

Prerequisites: Junior standing and consent of cooperative education coordinator. (Note: Credits do not fulfill any graduation requirements.)

MECHENG 3970: Mechanical Engineering Internship. 1 credits.

Work experience in industry under the direction of the department chair and Cooperative Education Office of the College of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science.

Prerequisite: Consent of the cooperative education coordinator. (Note: This program is separate and distinct from the Cooperative Education Program and covers summer work experience. Credits do not fulfill any graduation requirements.)

MECHENG 4330. Automatic Controls. 3 credits.

The design and analysis of feedback control systems using root locus, frequency response, and state space methods. The specification, analysis, and compression of feedback systems. Laboratory demonstrates the practical application of theoretical concepts.

Prerequisites: MECHENG 3030 or (ENGRPHYS 3240 and ELECTENG 2220)

MECHENG 4430: Advanced Materials. 3 credits.

Discussion of specialty materials in engineering design and design for manufacture. Stainless steels, light alloys, and corrosion. Composite materials. Current topics and advances.

Prerequisite: MECHENG 3040

MECHENG 4440: Failure of Materials. 3 credits.

Fatigue and fracture of materials are covered. Included are stress-life and strain-life analysis, fracture mechanics, stress concentration influences and variable amplitude loading. The design component of the course is done using CAD, FEA simulation, and fatigue life prediction software. Using commercially available software gives the students experience designing realistic components subjected to variable fluctuating load histories. Mechanical testing principles and principles for recognition of fatigue failure from fracture surfaces are also introduced in the course.

Prerequisite: MECHENG 3040

MECHENG 4500: Biomedical Engineering. 3 credits.

An overview of the human physical system as a context for engineering design. Introduction to the functional basis of physiologic systems. Instrumentation, biomechanics, and design of medical devices. Principles of accessibility and universal design.

Prerequisite: Senior standing in engineering or consent of instructor.

MECHENG 4520: Power Plant Design. 3 credits.

Analysis and design of steam power systems. Combustion turbines. Renewable energy. Environmental aspects and economics of power generation. Recent developments, future trends, and societal issues in power industry.

Prerequisite: MECHENG 2630

MECHENG 4550: Heat Transfer Applications. 3 credits.

Review of conduction, convection, and radiation heat transfer. Extension to variable properties and more complex geometries. Current heat transfer problems and applications such as electronic cooling, heat pipes, capillary pumped loops, and cryogenic heat transfer. Survey of currently used correlations and numerical techniques. Application of current state-of-the-art to design problems.

Prerequisites: MECHENG 3640

MECHENG 4560: Computational Fluid Dynamics. 3 credits.

Introduction to computational fluid dynamics (CFD) with emphasis on using a commercial software package. Concepts of consistency, stability, convergence, scheme order, and turbulence modeling from the practitioner’s viewpoint are covered. Simulations of steady and unsteady flows, compressible and incompressible flows, forced and natural convection heat transfer, and conduction in solids are performed.

Prerequisite: MECHENG 3430 and MECHENG 3300

MECHENG 4600: Energy Systems Design. 3 credits.

Design and analysis of energy conversion systems with emphasis on solar energy. Flat plate and concentrating collectors for air and liquids, storage flow and control systems requirements, solar electrical power generation. Wind energy conversion, biomass.

Prerequisites: MECHENG 3640

MECHENG 4630: Internal Combustion Engine Design. 3 credits.

Design of internal combustion engines for various applications. Gasoline engines, diesel engines, 4 stroke cycles and 2 stroke cycles.

Prerequisites: MECHENG 3640

MECHENG 4640: Mechanical Design of Internal Combustion Engines. 3 credits.

Mechanical design and experimental development of internal combustion engines to meet comprehensive design criteria: marketability, thermodynamic performance, dynamic issues, efficiency, lubrication, emissions, economy, drivability, design for manufacture.

Prerequisite: MECHENG 4730
Corequisite: MECHENG 4630

MECHENG 4650: Environmental Control Design. 3 credits.

Theory and design of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration units. Heating and cooling loads for air conditioning, heat pump, psychrometry.

Prerequisites: MECHENG 3640 and MECHENG 4730

MECHENG 4720: Thermal Systems Laboratory. 2 credits.

Instrumentation and measurement techniques in thermal systems; verification of basic principles; laboratory tests on components of thermal systems; experimental approach for solving engineering problems; application of computer to data acquisition and data processing.

Prerequisites: MECHENG 3300 and MECHENG 3640
Corequisite: MECHENG 3720

MECHENG 4730: Thermo-Fluid Systems Design. 3 credits.

A course treating the concepts of Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, and mechanics in a unified presentation. Particular emphasis will be directed towards applications to actual physical systems including the gas power cycles, refrigeration cycles, heat exchangers, ideal gas mixtures, psychrometrics and 1st law combustion. Some design of devices involved in these applications will also be included.

Prerequisites: MECHENG 3640 and MECHENG 3300

MECHENG 4740. Mechanical Systems Design. 3 credits.

Advanced topics in the design of machines and mechanical systems. Selection of machine elements implementing the design process and considering factors such as: the environment, manufacturability, assembly, ergonomics, aesthetics, safety, societal impact, reliability and maintainability. Also, economic factors, fits and tolerances, design communication and ethics. Application of fundamental concepts via a project.

Prerequisite: MECHENG 3330

MECHENG 4750. Computational Methods in Engineering. 3 credits.

Use of digital computers to solve equations encountered in mechanical engineering problems. Numerical integration and differentiation, solution of linear and nonlinear equations, ordinary and partial differential equations (finite element and finite difference methods), systems of equations (matrix equations). Programming using MATLAB. How to choose the proper numerical method, and pitfalls that lead to bad solutions.

Prerequisite: MATH 3630 and MECHENG 3430

MECHENG 4800: Finite Element Method. 3 credits.

Introduction to the finite element method. Emphasis on truss, beam and frame analysis, plane stress, plane strain, axisymmetric, and three-dimensional stress analysis. Dynamic analysis and field problems, such as heat transfer. Readily available finite element computer programs utilized to solve stress analysis, heat transfer and other engineering related problems.

Prerequisite: MATH 3630, MECHENG 3430, and MECHENG 3330

MECHENG 4820: Advanced Manufacturing Processes.  3 credits

The course covers non-traditional manufacturing processes.  Additive manufacturing for polymers, metals, ceramics and composite materials. Laser material processes such as laser welding, forming and surface modification. Friction stir welding, electro-chemical machining, and electric discharge machining and wire cutting.

Prerequisite: MECHENG 3230.

MECHENG 4830: Mechatronics. 3 credits.

Study of electro-mechanical systems and their interfaces. Programming of microcontrollers, fractional-horsepower motors, sensors, programmable logic controllers (PLC’s), and control electronics. Binary number systems and logic are introduced. Application of control theory. Project.

Corequisite: MECHENG 4330 or ELECTENG 3310

MECHENG 4840: Vibration Systems Design. 3 credits.

Modeling and analysis of single and multiple-degree of freedom systems. Free and forced vibrations. Vibrations applications such as balancing, whirling, vibration instruments, vibration isolation, and suspension. Computer applications involving matrices, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, and differential equations. Design of mechanical systems involving vibrations.

Prerequisite: MECHENG 3030

MECHENG 4850: Computer-Aided Engineering. 3 credits.

Use of current tools in the design and simulation of mechanical systems. Generation of a paperless project, including solid modeling and computer assembly of mechanical systems, system dynamic analysis, and system optimization. Interfaces between various computer software packages and the creation of computer routines to extend built in software modeling capabilities.

Prerequisite: MECHENG 3830

MECHENG 4930: Senior Design Project. 3 credits.

Team based projects, primarily from industry. Rigorous application of design processes and methods. Consideration of real-life technical, economic, social, aesthetic, environmental and other constraints. Consideration of several related topics such as creativity, analysis, synthesis, project management, scheduling, time management, engineering ethics, communication, personality types, product safety and liability, copyrights and patents, design for manufacture, economics, and robust engineering. Integration of technical and management knowledge in an open-ended design environment. Oral and written reports. Open to graduating seniors only.

Prerequisites: MECHENG 3230, MECHENG 3830, MECHENG 3330 and MECHENG 4730

MECHENG 4940: Undergraduate Research. 1-3 credits.

Introduction to research methods in mechanical engineering, literature review, data analysis, and design. A written report will be submitted to the sponsoring faculty member.  A student may register for one to three credits in a given semester for a maximum of three credits.

Prerequisites: Junior standing and permission of department chair.

MECHENG 4980: Current Topics in Engineering. 1-3 credits.

In-depth study of a current topic of interest to the engineering profession. The topic to be covered will be identified in the course title.

Prerequisite: Variable.

MECHENG 4990: Independent Study. 1-3 credits.

Advanced study in the area of specialization.

Prerequisites: Senior standing and consent of the department chair.

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