Department of Mechanical Engineering

Professor Thomas D. Burton, Chairperson.

Professors Anderson, Cardenas-Garcia, Chyu, Ertas, and Pigott; Associate Professors Barhorst, Dunn, Hashemi, James, Maxwell, Oler, Parameswaran, and Rasty; Assistant Professors Berg and Ekwaro-Osire.

This department offers study in the following graduate degree programs: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy.

Students seeking master's or doctor's degrees should consult the graduate advisor for the department about their plans of study before enrolling for any courses. The student may wish to emphasize course work and research activities in any one of the following areas: thermal sciences, fluid mechanics, dynamics and controls, design, solid mechanics and materials, or multidisciplinary studies.

Before being recommended for admission to a master's degree program with a major in this department, the student may be requested to take a preliminary examination to determine proficiency in background for graduate work or may be required to take (without graduate credit) such undergraduate leveling courses as may be designated by the department.

Two general plans of study are available for the Master of Science degree: a 30-hour plan (which includes 6 hours credit for the master's thesis) and a 36-hour plan (which includes 3 hours credit for the master's report). The decision on which plan to follow is made jointly by the student and the advisor. Individual degree plans require a selected core of courses basic to mechanical engineering and include additional elective courses chosen by the student and the advisor.

The department has no specific foreign language requirement. Research tools are included as an integral part of the degree program in the leveling, minor, or major courses of each student. All courses are determined by the student's doctoral advisory committee.

Additional information may be obtained from the department.

Courses in Mechanical Engineering. (ME)

5301. Analysis of Engineering Systems (3:3:0). Prerequisite: MATH 3350 or consent of instructor. Analytical techniques for solving ordinary and partial differential equations frequently occurring in advanced mechanical engineering.

5302. Numerical Analysis of Engineering Systems (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ME 2315 or consent of instructor. Numerical analysis of ordinary and partial differential equations and other advanced topics as applied to mechanical engineering problems.

5311. Advanced Dynamics (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ME 3331, 3433, or consent of instructor. Newtonian dynamics of particles and rigid bodies, rotating coordinate systems, coordinate and inertia property transformations, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics, Gibbs-Appell equations, and gyroscopic mechanics.

5312. Control Theory I (3:3:0). Prerequisite: MATH 2360, 3354, 4351, or consent of instructor. Linear dynamical systems, stability, frequency response and Laplace transform, feedback, state space description, and geometric theory of linear systems. (MATH 5312)

5313. Control Theory II (3:3:0). Prerequisite: MATH 5312, 5316, 5318, or consent of instructor. Quadratic regulator for linear systems, Kalman filtering, nonlinear systems, stability, local controllability, and geometric theory of nonlinear systems. (MATH 5313)

5314. Nonlinear Dynamics (3:3:0). Prerequisite: M E 5311, or 5316. Nonlinear oscillations and perturbation methods for periodic response; bifurcations and chaotic dynamics in engineering and other systems.

5315. Mechatronics (3:3:0). Prerequisite: M E 3433 and an ability to program computers. Electro-mechanical device interfacing, real-time programming, data acquisition, signal processing. Applications in automation, robotics, and other electro-mechanical systems.

5316. Advanced Vibrations I (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ME 3331, 3433, or consent of instructor. Vibration of single and multiple-degree of freedom systems, continuous systems, FE formulation, computer sided modal analysis, random vibrations.

5321. Thermodynamics (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ME 3322 or consent of instructor. Classical macroscopic theory with an emphasis on availability concepts in nonreacting, reacting, single phase, and multicomponent systems.

5322. Conduction Heat Transfer (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ME 3371 or consent of instructor. Fundamental principles of heat transmission by conduction. Multidimensional steady and transient analysis using various analytical and computational methods.

5323. Two-Phase Flow and Heat Transfer (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ME 3371. Liquid-vapor two-phase flow hydrodynamics, boiling and condensation heat transfer, mechanisms and prediction methods.

5324. Radiation Heat Transfer (3:3:0). Fundamental principles of heat transmission by thermal radiation, radiant properties, radiation exchange, participating media, and combined modes.

5325. Convection Heat Transfer (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ME 3371 or consent of instructor. Fundamental principles of heat transmission by convection; theoretical, numerical, and empirical methods of analysis for internal and external flows.

5330. Boundary Layer Theory (3:3:0). Prerequisite: M E 3370 or consent of instructor. Fundamental laws of motion for Newtonian viscous fluids in steady laminar and turbulent boundary layers. Utilization of analytical and approximate methods to obtain solutions for viscous flows.

5332. Potential Flow (3:3:0). Prerequisite: M E 3370. The study of inviscid incompressible flows. Topics include stream functions and velocity potential, vorticity dynamics, and applications to aerodynamics.

5334. Gas Dynamics (3:3:0). Prerequisite: M E 3370 or consent of instructor. Development of basic equations for compressible flow, normal and oblique shocks, flow-through nozzles and ducts, external flows.

5335. Mathematical Models of Turbulence (3:3:0). Prerequisite: M E 5330. Nature of turbulence, the Reynold's equations, and the transport equations for Reynold's stresses. Different kinds of closure models and their application to boundary layer flows.

5336. Computational Fluid Dynamic (3:3:0). Prerequisite: M E 5301 or equivalent. Simultaneous solution of momentum, heat, and mass transfer problems by applying various computational techniques.

5341. Elasticity and Plasticity (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. A tensorial approach to classical theory of elasticity, linear viscoelasticity, and plasticity.

5342. Fracture and Failure Analysis (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ME 5341. Engineering aspects of failure. Failure mechanisms and related environmental factors. Principles of fracture mechanics and fractography. Techniques for failure analysis and prevention.

5343. Continuum Mechanics (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Basic balance equation in tensor form, as well as constitutive equations for elastic, viscous, plastic solids and liquids.

5344. Advanced Materials (3:3:0). Prerequisite: M E 5341. Design, processing, and analysis of advanced materials.

5345. Finite Element Analysis (3:3:0). Prerequisite: M E 5301 or equivalent. Galerkin and variational finite element formulations for one, two, and three dimensional problems in solid mechanics, structural dynamics, heat transfer, and fluid dynamics.

5351. Advanced Engineering Design (3:2:3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Design analysis and synthesis of multicomponent systems. Application of fatigue, fracture mechanics, random vibration, acoustic and anisotropic materials to component design.

5352. Probabilistic Design (3:3:0). Application of probabilistic approaches in engineering design. Techniques for the quantification of uncertainty and risk inherent in mechanical systems.

6000. Master's Thesis (V1-6).

6301. Master's Report (3).

6331. Theoretical Studies (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Theoretical study of advanced topics selected on the basis of the departmental advisor's recommendation. May be repeated for credit in different areas.

7000. Research (V1-12).

8000. Doctor's Dissertation (V1-12).

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