Professor Jorge I. Auñón, Dean
Department of Mechanical
Professor Thomas D. Burton, Chairperson.
Professors Anderson, Chyu, Ertas, and Pigott; Associate Professors Cardenas-Garcia, Dunn, Hashemi, Maxwell, Oler, Parameswaran, and Rasty; Assistant Professors Barhorst, Berg, and James.
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 may include 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.
During their first semester, doctoral students will take a preliminary examination. The graduate faculty of the department will use the result of this preliminary examination in establishing the student's course requirements.
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 3316 or consent of instructor. Numerical analysis of ordinary and partial differential equations and other advanced topics as applied to mechanical engineering problems.
5303. Computational Fluid Mechanics (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ME 5301. Simultaneous solution of momentum, heat, and mass transfer problems by applying finite difference techniques to the governing PDEs and study of techniques for solving the resulting set of algebraic equations.
5305. Automotive Aerodynamics (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ME 4372. Development of the fluid dynamics and heat transfer concepts relating the flow of air around and through automotive vehicles to vehicle performance.
5306. Mathematical Models of Turbulence (3:3:0). Prerequisite: M E 5328 and consent of instructor. 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.
5316. Mechanical Vibrations I (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ME 3331 or consent of instructor. Multidegree of freedom systems, generalized coordinates, nonlinear vibrations, and other advanced topics.
5318. Advanced Dynamics (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ME 3331 or consent of instructor. Vector dynamics of particles and rigid bodies, nonstationary coordinate systems, energy methods, and other advanced topics.
5319. Advanced Heat Transfer (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ME 3371 or equivalent. Energy transfer by combined mechanisms of radiation, conduction, and convection heat transfer. Special applications of heat transfer.
5320. Advanced Fluid Mechanics (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ME 3370 or consent of instructor. Study of governing equations and fluid kinematics with application to potential flow, low Reynold's number flow, boundary layer flow, and other advanced topics.
5321. Thermodynamics (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ME 3362 or consent of instructor. Classical multicomponent systems, and phase and chemical equilibrium. Introduction to quantum mechanics and statistical thermodynamics.
5323. Two-Phase Flow and Heat Transfer (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ME 3370 and 3371. Liquid-vapor two-phase flow hydrodynamics, boiling and condensation heat transfer, mechanisms and prediction methods.
5324. Conduction Heat Transfer (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ME 3371 or consent of instructor. Fundamental principles of steady-state equations, exact and approximate methods of solutions, prediction of conductivities, and advanced topics such as fins, slabs, porous media, moving heat.
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.
5327. Gas Dynamics (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ME 3370 or consent of instructor. Development of basic equations for compressible flow; normal and oblique shocks; flow-through nozzles and ducts; external flows.
5328. Boundary Layer Theory (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ME 3370 or consent of instructor. Introduction to the basic concepts of laminar and turbulent shear layers. Utilization of a variety of computational prediction methods.
5331. Theoretical Studies in Advanced Topics (3). 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.
5333. Advanced Engineering Design (3:2:3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Design of multicomponent systemsmechanical, thermal, and/or general; analysis and synthesis of systems at design, and transient conditions.
5342. Mechanics of Composite Materials (3:3:0). Prerequisite: CE 5311 or CE 5316. Introduction and analysis of the governing principles of the stiffness and strength of uni- and multi-directional composite materials.
5343. Dislocation Mechanics (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ME 2311, CE 3303. Theory of dislocations with applications to strengthening mechanisms; interaction of dislocations with point defect, other dislocations, grain boundaries and precipitates.
5344. Theory of Thermal Stresses (3:3:0). Thermal stress origins; external constraints; uncoupled isotropic thermoelasticity equations and solutions; properties of materials at high temperatures, problems in creep.
5352. Foundations of Solid Mechanics (3:3:0). Complete tensorial approach to statics and dynamics of deformable solids. Application of tensors, curvilinear coordinates and variational calculus to elasticity, viscoelasticity, energy, and conservation theories.
5353. Plasticity and Viscoelasticity: Theory and Application (3:3:0). Yield criteria and constitutive relations for ideal plastic and strain hardening materials; boundary value problems; slip-line field theory, applications to large deformation metal forming processes.
5356. Optical Techniques in Experimental Solid Mechanics (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Covers the basic theory necessary to understand experimental stress analysis. Also, the use of moire, photoelasticity, holography, and other experimental techniques.
5361. Introduction to Continuum Mechanics (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Unified presentation of the concepts and general principles common to all branches of solid and fluid mechanics.
6000. Master's Thesis (V1-12).
6301. Master's Report (3).
7000. Research (V1-12).
8000. Doctor's Dissertation (V1-12).
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