Mechanical Engineering (ME)
ME 1990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.
Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions. May be repeated without limit.
ME 2340. Introduction to Material Science. 4 Hours.
Introduces the materials science field, which emphasizes the structure-processing property-performance relationships for various classes of materials including metals, ceramics, polymers, electronic materials, and magnetic materials. Topics include crystallography, structure of solids, imperfections in crystals, mechanical properties, dislocation theory, slip, strengthening mechanisms, phase equilibrium, phase transformations, diffusion, thermal and optical physical properties, and electrical and magnetic properties. Issues associated with materials selection, including economic and environmental consequences of materials choices, are also addressed. Laboratory experiments, with written memo and report submissions, are required. Includes individual and team-based projects.
ME 2341. Lab for ME 2340. 1 Hour.
Accompanies ME 2340. Covers topics from the course through various activities.
ME 2350. Engineering Mechanics and Design. 4 Hours.
Introduces the vector representation of force and moment, the equivalent force systems, free body diagrams, and equations of equilibrium. Discusses centroids and center of gravity of rigid bodies. Applications to beams, trusses, and pin-connected frames and elementary concepts of friction are examined. The kinematics of particles and kinetics of particles are treated using force mass and acceleration. Energy and momentum methods for particles are also covered. Includes a design project that demonstrates the fundamental concepts of equilibrium.
ME 2355. Mechanics of Materials. 4 Hours.
Discusses concepts of stress and strain; transformation of stress and strain at a point; stress-strain relations material properties; second moments of cross-sectional areas; stresses and deformations in simple structural members due to axial torsional, and flexural loading for statically determinate and indeterminate cases; design of beams under combined loading; and stability of structures and buckling of columns with various supports. Laboratory experiments and written reports are required.
ME 2356. Lab for ME 2355. 1 Hour.
Accompanies ME 2355. Covers topics from the course through various activities.
ME 2380. Thermodynamics. 4 Hours.
Defines and calculates thermodynamic properties such as energy, entropy, temperature, and pressure. Work and heat interactions are defined. The first and second laws of thermodynamics and concepts of thermodynamic equilibrium are introduced. Conservation of energy and mass and the entropy balance relation are discussed for open and closed systems. Irreversibility, energy, and the energy balance relation are introduced and applied in analyzing thermodynamic systems. Fundamentals of thermodynamics are used to model power generation and refrigeration systems. Covers thermodynamics of nonreacting gas mixtures with applications to air-water vapor mixtures for air-conditioning systems.
ME 2990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.
Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions. May be repeated without limit.
ME 3455. Dynamics and Vibrations. 4 Hours.
Covers kinematics of rigid bodies in general plane motion and mass moments of inertia. Examines kinetics of rigid bodies using force-mass-acceleration, work and energy, and impulse and momentum. Explores continued development of problem-solving ability in dynamics, free and forced vibration of undamped and damped on-degree-of-freedom systems. Topics includes viscous and non-viscous damping, support motion, rotational unbalance, vibration isolation, vibration measuring instruments, general periodic excitation, and general excitation using numerical methods. Laboratory experiments and written reports are required.
ME 3456. Lab for ME 3455. 1 Hour.
Accompanies ME 3455. Covers topics from the course through various activities.
ME 3460. Robot Dynamics and Control. 4 Hours.
Covers fundamental components and mechanisms of robotic systems and their multidisciplinary nature. Introduces the robot’s kinematics, dynamics, and control. Presents a quick overview of forward and inverse kinematics, robot dynamics, as well as path planning and control techniques. Topics also include dynamic modeling and analysis of mechanically, electrically, and magnetically driven hydraulic and pneumatic drives; kinematics and motion analysis of linkages; as well as sensing technologies (e.g., position, linear and angular displacements, velocity and acceleration, force and torque sensors) used in robotic systems. Presents kinematics and control of automatic machinery and manufacturing processes, automatic assembly, and inspection robotic systems as representative examples.
ME 3475. Fluid Mechanics. 4 Hours.
Studies fundamental principles in fluid mechanics. Topics include hydrostatics (pressure distribution, forces on submerged surfaces and buoyancy); Newton’s law of viscosity; dimensional analysis; integral forms of basic laws (conservation of mass, momentum, and energy); pipe flow analysis; differential formulation of basic laws including Navier-Stokes equations; and the concept of boundary layer and drag coefficient. Includes a team-based independent project.
ME 3480. International Applications of Fluid Mechanics. 4 Hours.
Studies fundamental principles in fluid mechanics in an international setting. Students have an opportunity to travel to a foreign locale to develop theoretical understanding while experiencing the issues that affect applications of fluids engineering in a culture and environment different from their own. Topics include hydrostatics (pressure distribution, forces on submerged surfaces, and buoyancy); Newton’s law of viscosity; dimensional analysis; integral forms of basic laws (conservation of mass, momentum, and energy); pipe flow analysis; differential formulation of basic laws including Navier-Stokes equations; and the concept of boundary layer and drag coefficient. Includes a team-based independent project that focuses on applications that allow students to delve into issues that affect engineering and technology development in their host country.
ME 3990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.
Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions. May be repeated without limit.
ME 4505. Measurement and Analysis with Thermal Science Application. 4 Hours.
Introduces basic measurements and data analysis techniques. Offers students an opportunity to become familiar with various types of measurement systems and to set up and perform experiments according to a given procedure. Covers basic measurement methods of rotational frequency; temperature, pressure, and power; and analog-to-digital conversion techniques and data acquisition. Data analysis topics include statistical analysis of data, probability and inherent uncertainty, basic measurement techniques, primary and secondary standards, system response characteristics, and computerized data acquisition methods. Includes experiments in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer. Topics include cycle performance, flow discharge coefficient and heat transfer coefficient measurements, and psychometric applications in the air-conditioning field.
ME 4506. Lab for ME 4505. 1 Hour.
Accompanies ME 4505. Covers topics from the course through various activities.
ME 4508. Mechanical Engineering Computation and Design. 4 Hours.
Highlights the role of finite element analysis in product development. Introduces the theory of finite elements in elastic/plastic, static, and transient problems. Emphasis is on solid modeling in design using available commercial finite element software. Also covers other numerical techniques such as finite difference schemes in the solution of systems of partial differential equations, and numerical solution to systems of linear and nonlinear equations.
ME 4550. Mechanical Engineering Design. 4 Hours.
Explores development of the mechanical design process and its open-ended nature. Reviews fundamentals of stress and theories of failure including fatigue considerations in the analysis of various machine components. Treatment is given to shafts, springs, screws, connections, lubrications, bearings, gears, and tolerances. Includes team-based design projects that involve modeling and the design process.
ME 4555. System Analysis and Control. 4 Hours.
Presents the theoretical backgrounds for the analysis and design of simple feedback control systems, differential equations, and Laplace transforms. Treats system modeling, linear approximations, transfer functions, and block diagrams; and transient and frequency response and stability-frequency domain and root locus methods. Other topics may include linear systems with time lag and relay servomechanisms with small nonlinearities.
ME 4565. Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics. 4 Hours.
Introduces numerical methods applied to solve fluid flow problems. Includes basic mathematics and physics related to computational fluid dynamics (CFD), together with practical assignments that use commercial CFD packages. Emphasizes finite difference and finite volume methods. Other topics include mathematical properties of partial differential equations, accuracy and stability analysis of numerical solution, CFD verification and validation, application to variety of fluid dynamics problems, grid generation, and turbulence modeling.
ME 4570. Thermal Systems Analysis and Design. 4 Hours.
Introduces theories of thermal energy transport, including conduction, convection, and thermal radiation, and the design of thermal systems. Solution methods are developed for steady-state and transient conduction problems including thermal circuit analogies, internal energy sources and extended surfaces. Convective heat transfer mechanisms are introduced and correlations to evaluate the heat transfer coefficient are discussed. Methodologies for calculating the thermal radiation heat transfer between surfaces are introduced. These theories are integrated with thermodynamics and fluid mechanics in the design of thermal systems, including heat exchangers. Includes an open-ended design project and students are expected to use computational methods throughout the course.
ME 4640. Mechanical Behavior and Processing of Materials. 4 Hours.
Continues studies of the physical basis for the mechanical behavior of solid materials including elasticity, plasticity, viscoelasticity, fracture, fatigue, and creep properties. Also covers materials processing and includes casting, forming, joining, and machining.
ME 4670. Internal Combustion Engine. 4 Hours.
Presents the concepts and theories of operation of internal combustion engines based upon the fundamental engineering sciences of thermodynamics, gas dynamics, heat transfer, and mechanics. Discusses the design and operating characteristics of conventional spark-ignition, compression-ignition, Wankel, and stratified charge. Explores the relationship between vehicle load and engine load through differential and transmission gear-ratio selections. Includes laboratory experiments.
ME 4699. Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering. 4 Hours.
Focuses on an advanced mechanical engineering project agreed upon between the student and instructor. May be repeated without limit.
ME 4970. Junior/Senior Honors Project 1. 4 Hours.
Focuses on in-depth project in which a student conducts research or produces a product related to the student’s major field. Combined with Junior/Senior Project 2 or college-defined equivalent for 8-credit honors project. May be repeated without limit.
ME 4971. Junior/Senior Honors Project 2. 4 Hours.
Focuses on second semester of in-depth project in which a student conducts research or produces a product related to the student’s major field. May be repeated without limit.
ME 4990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.
ME 4991. Research. 4 Hours.
Offers an opportunity to conduct research under faculty supervision.
ME 4992. Directed Study. 1-4 Hours.
Offers theoretical or experimental work under the direction of members of the department on a chosen topic. Course content depends on instructor. May be repeated without limit.
ME 5240. Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing. 4 Hours.
Covers basic aspects of computer graphics and CAD/CAM. Topics include hardware and software concepts, generic structure of CAD/CAM software and its modules, and CAD/CAM database structure. Also covers the parametric representations of curves, surfaces, solids, and features that are widely used in existing commercial CAD/CAM systems. Discusses geometrical transformations, CAD/CAM data exchange formats, prototyping techniques, and PDM. Presents applications such as mass properties calculations, assemblies, mechanical tolerancing, simulation, finite element mesh generation, process planning and CAPP, CNC part programming, and Web-based CAD/CAM.
ME 5245. Mechatronic Systems. 4 Hours.
Covers integration of electronic/electrical engineering, computer technology, and control engineering with mechanical engineering to provide a self-contained, modern treatment of mixed systems along with their computer simulation and applications. Topics include mixed-systems integration; sensors, actuation systems; brief overview of dynamic systems modeling, response characterization, and closed-loop controllers; interfacing; data presentation systems and processes; microprocessors; real-time monitoring and control; and applications of mechatronic systems. The course also offers numerous MATLAB/Simulink examples of select mechatronic systems and devices along with open-ended design projects and assignments.
ME 5250. Robot Mechanics and Control. 4 Hours.
Covers kinematics and dynamics of robot manipulators, including the development of kinematics equations of manipulators, the inverse kinematics problem, and motion trajectories. Employs Lagrangian mechanics to cover dynamics of manipulators for the purpose of control. Covers control and programming of robots, steady state errors, calculations of servoparameters, robot vision systems and algorithms, as well as imaging techniques and the concept of mobile robots.
ME 5374. Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering. 4 Hours.
Offers topics of current interest in mechanical engineering.
ME 5600. Materials Processing and Process Selection. 4 Hours.
Covers the fundamentals and usage of processes and techniques for bulk, thick film, thin film, and patterned structures. Covers techniques for improvement of mechanical or functional properties, for reliability, or for operation in harsh environments. Includes case studies for which processes are selected based on efficacy, material input, and cost. Systems studied include biocompatible implants and materials for the telecommunication, semiconductor, energy, and aerospace industries.
ME 5645. Environmental Issues in Manufacturing and Product Use. 4 Hours.
Explores environmental and economic aspects of different materials used in products throughout the product life cycle. Introduces concepts of industrial ecology, life cycle analysis, and sustainable development. Students work in teams to analyze case studies of specific products fabricated using metals, ceramics, polymers, or paper. These case studies compare cost, energy, and resources used and emissions generated through the mining, refining, manufacture, use, and disposal stages of the product life cycle. Debates issues in legislation (extended product responsibility, recycling mandates, and ecolabeling) and in disposal strategies (landfill, incineration, reuse, and recycling). Discusses difficulties associated with environmental impact assessments and the development of decision analysis tools to weigh the tradeoffs in technical, economic, and environmental performance, and analyzes specific case studies.
ME 5650. Advanced Mechanics of Materials. 4 Hours.
Covers stress, strain, and deformation analysis of simple structures including beams, plates, and shells. Topics include classical theory of circular and rectangular plates; combined effects of bending and in-plane forces; buckling of plates; effects of shear deformation and of large deflections; membrane theory of shells; analysis of cylindrical shells; introduction to energy methods with applications to beams, frames, and rings; Ritz method; and the concept of stability as applied to one and two degree-of-freedom systems buckling of bars, frames, and rings. Permission of instructor required for undergraduate students.
ME 5655. Dynamics and Mechanical Vibration. 4 Hours.
Covers dynamic response of discrete and continuous media. Topics include work and energy, impulse and momentum, Lagrangian dynamics, free and forced response to periodic and transient excitations, vibration absorber, free and forced response of multiple degree-of-freedom systems with and without damping, method of modal analysis, vibrations of continuous media such as extensional, torsional, and bending vibrations of bars, and approximate methods of analysis. Permission of instructor required for undergraduate students.
ME 5657. Finite Element Method. 4 Hours.
Focuses on numerical techniques for solving engineering problems. Topics include introduction to the finite element method; methods of approximations and variational methods; Rayleigh-Ritz method and Galerkin formulation; interpolation functions; truss, beam, plate, shell, and solid elements; stiffness matrix and assembly of element equations; application of finite element method in fluid and heat transfer problems; linear, nonlinear, and transient problems; numerical integration and methods of solving systems of equations for static and dynamic problems; and use of a finite element general-purpose commercial package. Permission of instructor required for undergraduate students.
ME 5659. Control Systems Engineering. 4 Hours.
Covers concepts in design and control of dynamical systems. Topics include review of continuous-time system modeling and dynamic response; principles of feedback, classical and modern control analyses, and design techniques such as root locus, frequency response (e.g., Bode plots and Nyquist Criteria), and state-space feedback; dynamic analysis, design, and control of electromechanical systems; block diagram algebra or signal-flow graphs, effects of poles and zeros on system response characteristics; principles of controllability, observability, observer designs, and pole placement techniques; introduction to adaptive and learning control and digital implementation of control algorithms.
ME 5665. Musculoskeletal Biomechanics. 4 Hours.
Using a three-part format, emphasizes the quantitative analysis of human musculoskeletal system statics and dynamics, including, in part I, gait analysis and estimation of the complex loads on human joint systems. Investigates how the form of connective tissue and bone is derived from function in part II, including a quantitative analysis of the material properties of bone, ligament, tendon, and cartilage. Working in groups in part III, students select and investigate a relevant, current topic in musculoskeletal biomechanics and present their findings to the class. Requires prior completion of an undergraduate course in biomechanics (Northeastern’s BIOE 2350 or equivalent). Permission of instructor required for undergraduate students.
ME 5667. Solid Mechanics of Cells and Tissues. 4 Hours.
Focuses on the multiscale mechanical behavior of biological tissues. The mechanical integrity of a single cell depends on the mechanical properties and geometrical arrangements of the fiber network in the extracellular matrix. Introduces the statistical concept of persistent length and entanglement of long-chain polymer molecules, linear elasticity and viscoelasticity, membrane undulations, stability of vesicles. Discusses the intersurface forces that cause cells to adhere and to form microscopic, mesoscopic, and macroscopic two-dimensional membranes and three-dimensional structures. Introduces experimental techniques and measurements involving atomic force microscope, surface force apparatus, optical tweezers, micropipette aspiration. Examples are given for specific physiological and path-physiological phenomena related to mechanical and adhesion behavior of cells and membranes. Requires prior completion of an undergraduate course in biomechanics (Northeastern’s BIOE 2350 or equivalent). Permission of instructor required for undergraduate students.
ME 5685. Solar Thermal Engineering. 4 Hours.
Develops a model for the hourly direct and diffuse radiation under a cover of scattered clouds and the transmission and absorption of this radiation by passive and active systems. Considers the design of air heating systems and the storage of the collected energy by a pebble bed, and considers elements of heater exchanger design. Makes a study of the economics of a domestic water and/or space heating system using f-chart analysis. Requires prior completion of ME 4570 or equivalent.
ME 5690. Gas Turbine Combustion. 4 Hours.
Offers students an opportunity to obtain an understanding of the basic physical, chemical, and aerodynamic processes associated with combustion in gas turbine engines and their relevance to combustor design and performance in applications ranging from aeronautical to power generation. Topics include the history and evolution of gas turbine engines, thermodynamic cycles, conventional and alternative aviation fuels, combustion fundamentals, fuel injection and atomization, advanced wall cooling techniques, mechanisms of combustion noise and approaches to noise control, and design and performance for ultra-low emissions.
ME 5695. Aerodynamics. 4 Hours.
Focuses on topics of practical importance in applications of fluid mechanics to external flows over bodies. Covers compressible flow analysis in order to use the concepts of sound speed and Mach number and to design subsonic and supersonic nozzles, diffusers, and airfoils. Introduces normal and oblique shock waves and the Prandtl-Meyer expansion applied to supersonic flows over bodies and surfaces. Discusses Rayleigh and Fanno flows. Studies and applies the Bernoulli equation and potential flow theory to external flow analyses and the theory of lift generation on airfoils.
ME 5978. Independent Study. 1-4 Hours.
Offers theoretical or experimental work under individual faculty supervision. May be repeated without limit.
ME 5984. Research. 1-4 Hours.
Offers an opportunity to conduct research under faculty supervision. May be repeated without limit.
ME 6200. Mathematical Methods for Mechanical Engineers 1. 4 Hours.
Focuses on ordinary differential equations (ODEs) with mechanical engineering applications, linear algebra, and vector analysis. Topics include Laplace transform, power series, Fourier series, numerical methods for ODEs, matrices, finite dimensional linear vector spaces, eigenvalue problems, applications to systems of ODEs, vector field theory, curvilinear coordinates, and integral theorems.
ME 6201. Mathematical Methods for Mechanical Engineers 2. 4 Hours.
Focuses on partial differential equations with applications to mechanical engineering. Includes function spaces; Sturm-Liouville theory; eigenfunction expansions; special functions; potential theory; solution of elliptic, parabolic, and hyperbolic PDEs using separation of variables; eigenfunction expansions, transform methods, and numerical methods.
ME 6260. Introduction to Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS). 4 Hours.
Provides an introduction to microelectromechanical systems including principles of sensing and actuation, microfabrication technology for MEMS, noise concepts, and packaging techniques. Covers a wide range of disciplines, from electronics to mechanics, material properties, microfabrication technology, electromagnetics, and optics. Studies several classes of devices including inertial measurement devices, pressure sensors, rf components, and optical MEMS. Devotes the last third of the semester largely to design projects, involving design of MEMS devices to specifications in a realistic fabrication process.
ME 6962. Elective. 1-4 Hours.
ME 6964. Co-op Work Experience. 0 Hours.
Provides eligible students with an opportunity for work experience. May be repeated without limit.
ME 6965. Co-op Work Experience Abroad. 0 Hours.
Offers eligible students an opportunity for work experience abroad. May be repeated without limit.
ME 7200. Boundary-Integral Methods in Engineering. 4 Hours.
Introduces boundary-integral equation methods for solving problems in solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, and electromagnetism. Begins with fundamentals such as the exact correspondence between partial-differential equation models and boundary-integral equations and the use of Green’s functions and Green’s theorem to convert between them. Illustrates boundary-integral theory and computation through applications including materials, nanotechnology, and biological systems. Offers students hands-on experience with state-of-the-art software and high-performance computing strategies, such as coupling boundary-integrals to traditional finite-element methods.
ME 7205. Advanced Mathematical Methods for Mechanical Engineers. 4 Hours.
Covers applications to applied mechanics and thermal science problems in advanced engineering applications. Topics may include complex variables, analytic functions, Laurent and Taylor series, singularities, branch points, and contour integration. Additional topics may include generalized functions and integral transforms; variational calculus and applications; and approximate methods of engineering analysis, including asymptotic expansions, perturbation methods, and weighted residual methods.
ME 7210. Elasticity and Plasticity. 4 Hours.
Covers stress and strain analysis in continuous media. Analyzes Cartesian tensors using indicial notation; stress and strain concepts; point stress and strain; relation to tensor concepts; equations of equilibrium and compatibility; constitutive laws for elastic, general, axisymmetric, plane stress, and plane strain formulations and solutions; the relation of elasticity to structural mechanics theories; physical basis of plastic/inelastic deformation of solids; and constitutive descriptions of plasticity including yielding, hardening rules, Prandtl-Reuss constitutive laws, and viscoplasticity.
ME 7220. Mechanics of Contact and Lubrication. 4 Hours.
Covers issues related to friction, wear, and lubrication of contacting surfaces. Topics include brief review of elasticity, fluid mechanics and probability theory, characterization of engineering surfaces, standard surface topography descriptors, Gaussian and fractal characterization of surface topography, surface profilers, contact mechanics, Hertzian contact, contact of rough surfaces, real area of contact, empirical contact formulas, rolling contact, friction of solids, wear mechanisms, theory of lubrication, compressible and incompressible Reynolds equation, effects of slip flow, classification of bearing types, elastohydrodynamic lubrication, foil bearings, and boundary lubrication.
ME 7232. Theory of Plates and Shells. 4 Hours.
Covers the mechanics of plates using classical theory (cylindrical bending, rectangular plates, and circular plates) and plate theory with shear deformation. Includes combined effects of bending and in-plane forces, buckling of plates, moderately large deflections, membrane theory of shells, analysis of thin cylindrical shells of revolution, and general theory of thin elastic shells.
ME 7238. Advanced Finite Element Method. 4 Hours.
Focuses on advanced techniques for solving engineering problems with the finite element method. Topics include review of finite element method; solution of linear and nonlinear algebraic problems; solution of dynamics problems; solution of contact problems using penalty and Lagrange multiplier methods; solution of nonlinear beams, plates, and shells; finite element formulations of solid continua including Lagrangian and updated Lagrangian formulations, material nonlinearities, and use of a commercially available finite element package.
ME 7245. Fracture Mechanics and Failure Analysis. 4 Hours.
Explores the fundamentals of fracture and failure of materials. Includes Orwan and Griffith theory of fracture, energy release rate and stress intensity factor as fracture parameters, fracture toughness and its determination, crack growth resistance, R curve, crack opening displacement, J integral methodology, prediction of fatigue crack growth using fracture mechanics, test for measurement of fatigue crack growth parameters, optical fractography in failure analysis, overview of nonlinear fracture mechanics, probabilistic method for fracture prediction for ceramic materials with random populations of microscopic flaws, and application of fracture mechanics in failure analysis.
ME 7247. Advanced Control Engineering. 4 Hours.
Reviews topics from modern control engineering and characteristics of nonlinear systems. Covers fundamentals of Lyapunov theory and stability analysis as well as nonlinear feedback control systems using the Lyapunov method. Includes an introduction to advanced topics: variable structure system control, adaptive control-system analysis and design, robust adaptive control, and optimal and digital control. Requires prior completion of ME 5659 or a graduate-level course in modern control.
ME 7253. Advanced Vibrations. 4 Hours.
Covers advanced concepts in mechanical vibration analysis. Topics include introduction to variational approach and energy methods applied to motions of deformable body in three dimensions; vibrations of distributed-parameters systems including strings, bars, shafts, beams, membranes, and plates. Covers approximate methods, Rayleigh’s Quotient, Rayleigh-Ritz method, method of functions expansion, Galerkin’s and assumed mode methods, design and analysis of a variety of vibration-control systems, and recent advances in vibration of micro- and nanoscale systems. Permission of instructor required for undergraduate students.
ME 7255. Continuum Mechanics. 4 Hours.
Covers the stresses, strains, and displacements in general continuous media. Topics include vector and tensor calculus; definitions of stress, strain, and deformation; kinematics of a continuous medium; material derivatives; rate of deformation tensor, finite strain, and deformation; Eulerian and Lagrangian formulations; geometric measures of strain; relative deformation gradient, rotation, and stretch tensors; compatibility conditions; general principles; conservation of mass; momentum principles; energy balance; and principle of virtual displacements.
ME 7270. General Thermodynamics. 4 Hours.
Examines fundamentals of equilibrium thermodynamics. Topics include work, energy, heat, temperature, available energy, entropy, first and second law of thermodynamics, simple systems, closed and open systems, availability loss and irreversibility, heat engines, multicomponent systems, mixtures of gases, chemical reactions, and chemical equilibrium.
ME 7275. Essentials of Fluid Dynamics. 4 Hours.
Offers a fundamental course in fluid dynamics designed to prepare the student for more advanced courses in the thermofluids curriculum while providing a strong background in fluid mechanics. Topics include Cartesian tensors; differential and integral formulation of the equations of conservation of mass, momentum, and energy; molecular and continuum transport phenomena; the Navier-Stokes equations; vorticity; inviscid incompressible flow, the velocity potential, and Bernoulli‘s equation; viscous incompressible flow; the stream function; some exact solutions; energy equation including heat conduction and viscous dissipation, low Reynolds number flow, exact and approximate approaches to laminar boundary layers in high Reynolds number flows, stability of laminar flows and the transition to turbulence, and treatment of incompressible turbulent mean flow; and internal and external flows.
ME 7278. Complex Fluids. 4 Hours.
Covers the physical phenomena in complex fluids, including polymeric liquids, structured fluids, and cells and biofluids undergoing deformation and flow. Focuses on kinematics and material functions for complex fluids; techniques of viscometry, rheometry, and linear viscoelastic measurements for such fluids; mathematical expressions and constitutive laws describing rich and complex behavior of complex fluids under different flow conditions; continuum mechanics frame invariance and convected derivatives for finite strain viscoelasticity; differential and integral constitutive equations for viscoelastic fluids; the roles of non-Newtonian behavior, linear viscoelasticity, and time- and rate-dependent properties of a wide range of fluids, from cells and saliva, to oil and polymers, with examples on normal stresses; elastic recoil; stress relaxation in processing flows; molecular theories for dynamics of complex fluids; and more.
ME 7280. Statistical Thermodynamics. 4 Hours.
Provides insight into the laws of classical thermodynamics and the behavior of substances. Topics include introduction to probability; ensemble theory, elementary kinetic theory of an ideal gas including the distribution of molecular velocities, and the mean free path treatment of transport properties; classical statistics of independent particles, equipartition of energy, the partition function, and laws of thermodynamics; some results from quantum mechanics, quantum statistics of independent particles; applications to gases; and systems of interacting particles.
ME 7285. Heat Conduction and Thermal Radiation. 4 Hours.
Emphasizes analytical techniques in conduction and radiative transfer. Topics include formulation of steady- and unsteady-state one-dimensional and multidimensional heat conduction problems, solution techniques for linear problems including the method of separation of variables, Laplace transforms and integral transforms, approximate analytical methods, phase change problems, and nonlinear problems. Offers an introduction to thermal radiation heat transfer including the electromagnetic background of radiation, nature of thermal radiation, radiation intensity, black body intensity, and radiation through nonparticipating media. Discusses the fundamentals of radiation in absorbing, emitting, and scattering media including the equation of radiative transfer with methods of solution, pure radiative transfer in participating media, and interaction of radiation with conduction and/or convection. Requires undergraduate heat transfer course.
ME 7290. Convective Heat Transfer. 4 Hours.
Focuses on the fundamental equations of convective heat transfer including heat transfer in incompressible external laminar boundary layers, integral boundary layer equations, laminar forced convection in internal flows, and turbulent forced convection in internal and external flows. Develops analogies between heat and momentum transfer including the Reynolds, Taylor, and Martinelli analogies. Covers natural convection, heat transfer in high-speed flow, and transient forced convection.
ME 7295. Multiscale Flow and Transport Phenomena. 4 Hours.
Covers the fundamentals of flow and transport phenomena in multiscale systems. Begins with an overview of momentum, energy, and mass transport phenomena, emphasizing microscale phenomena such as the slip flow regime. Introduces other driving forces and transport processes relevant to microscale flows, such as surface tension (capillarity) and electrokinetics. These basic concepts provide the preamble for the presentation of the more complex multiphase and porous flow transport behavior. This course material is supplemented with class projects and presentations by the students. Requires knowledge of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer.
ME 7300. Combustion and Air Pollution. 4 Hours.
Deals with the formation of pollutants during combustion processes and their subsequent transformations in the atmosphere. Emphasis is on the effects of design and operating parameters of combustion devices on the nature and composition of exhaust gases, improvements, postcombustion treatment of effluent gases, atmospheric chemistry, and atmospheric transport of pollutants, smog formation, acid rain, ozone formation, and destruction.
ME 7305. Fundamentals of Combustion. 4 Hours.
Provides an advanced course that is a comprehensive treatment of the problems involved in the combustion of liquid, gaseous, and solid fuels in both laminar and turbulent flow. Discusses the fundamentals of chemical kinetics. Examines the equations for the transport of mass, momentum, and energy with chemically reacting gases. Topics include diffusion and premixed flames, combustion of droplets and sprays, and gasification and combustion of coal.
ME 7310. Computational Fluid Dynamics with Heat Transfer. 4 Hours.
Offers an advanced course in numerical methods applied to fluid flows with heat transfer. Topics include finite difference and finite volume methods for solving partial differential equations, with particular emphasis on the equations of fluid dynamics and heat transfer. Other topics include mathematical properties of partial differential equations, accuracy and stability analysis of numerical solutions, applications to a variety of fluid dynamics and heat transfer problems, grid generation, and an introduction to turbulence modeling. Requires knowledge of computer programming.
ME 7374. Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering. 4 Hours.
Offers topics of interest to the staff member conducting this class for advanced study. May be repeated without limit.
ME 7440. Mechanical Engineering Leadership Challenge Project 1. 4 Hours.
Offers students an opportunity to develop and present a plan for the demonstration of a marketable technology product or prototype with a mechanical engineering focus. Constitutes the first half of a thesis-scale project in technology commercialization. Requires work/training with a sponsoring organization or employer to improve a process or develop a project that is of significant value to the organization and demonstrates a quantifiable market impact while enhancing the student’s technological and engineering depth and fostering the student’s leadership development.
ME 7442. Mechanical Engineering Leadership Challenge Project 2. 4 Hours.
Continues ME 7440, a thesis-scale project in technology commercialization. Offers students an opportunity to demonstrate their development of a marketable technology product or prototype with a mechanical engineering focus and to produce a written documentary report on the project to the satisfaction of an advising committee. Requires work/training with a sponsoring organization or employer to improve a process or develop a project that is of significant value to the organization and demonstrates a quantifiable market impact while enhancing the student’s technological and engineering depth and fostering the student’s leadership development.
ME 7945. Master’s Project. 4 Hours.
Offers theoretical or experimental work under individual faculty supervision.
ME 7962. Elective. 1-4 Hours.
ME 7978. Independent Study. 1-4 Hours.
Offers theoretical or experimental work under individual faculty supervision. An independent study must be petitioned and approved by the academic advisor. The petition must clearly state the reason for taking the course; a brief description of goals; as well as the expected outcomes, deliverables, and grading scheme. Master’s degree students in thesis or project options are not eligible to take independent study.
ME 7990. Thesis. 1-8 Hours.
Offers analytical and/or experimental work conducted under the direction of the faculty in fulfillment of the requirements for the degree. Requires first-year students to attend a graduate seminar program that introduces the students to the methods of choosing a research topic, conducting research, and preparing a thesis. Requires successful completion of the seminar program. May be repeated without limit.
ME 7996. Thesis Continuation. 0 Hours.
Continues thesis work conducted under the supervision of a departmental faculty member.
ME 8960. Candidacy Preparation—Doctoral. 0 Hours.
Offers students an opportunity to prepare for the PhD qualifying exam under faculty supervision. Intended for students who have completed all required PhD course work and have not yet achieved PhD candidacy; students who have not completed all required PhD course work are not allowed to register for this course. May be repeated once.
ME 8986. Research. 0 Hours.
Offers students an opportunity to conduct full-time research under faculty supervision. May be repeated without limit.
ME 9986. Research. 0 Hours.
Offers students an opportunity to conduct full-time research under faculty supervision. May be repeated without limit.
ME 9990. Dissertation. 0 Hours.
Offers dissertation supervision under individual faculty supervision. May be taken twice for course credit. May be repeated once.
ME 9996. Dissertation Continuation. 0 Hours.
Offers continuing dissertation supervision under individual faculty supervision. May be repeated without limit.