Mechanical Engineering (MECH)

MECH 1500    Drawing Fundamentals    3 s.h.

Visualization of objects for engineering communication. Freehand sketching, orthographic projection, multiview drawing, auxiliary views, sectional views, and dimensioning.
Prereq.: High school geometry or equivalent.

MECH 1501    Engineering Communication with CAD    3 s.h.

Computer-aided drawing for engineering communication. 2D multiview drawings, 3D modeling including wire frame, solid, and surface models. Final design project using these tools is required. Two hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.
Prereq.: MECH 1500 or equivalent.

MECH 1560    Engineering Communication with CAD    2 s.h.

Commercially available software typically used in engineering practice will be used to develop traditional 2D engineering drawings and 3D solid models representing engineering components and systems. Teams of students will complete an engineering design project. One hour lecture and three hours laboratory per week.
Prereq.: ENGR 1560.

MECH 2603    Thermodynamics 1    3 s.h.

Thermodynamic properties of gases and vapors, and their relationships in energy transformations. The First and Second Laws of thermodynamics. Introduction to thermodynamic cycles and efficiencies of power and refrigeration systems.
Prereq.: MATH 1572, CHEM 1515.

MECH 2604    Thermodynamics 2    3 s.h.

Irreversibility and exergy, mixtures and solutions; psychometry. Introduction to phase and chemical equilibrium.
Prereq.: MECH 2603.

MECH 2606    Engineering Materials    3 s.h.

Properties and uses of engineering materials, manufacturing processes, including heat treatments and forming operations. Introduction to mechanical testing methods. Listed also as MTEN 2606.
Prereq.: MATH 1571 or MATH 1585H.

MECH 2620    Statics and Dynamics    3 s.h.

Principles of engineering mechanics as applied to statics and dynamics, Vector applications to forces and moments; centroid and center of gravity; static equilibrium. Kinematics of particles; Newton's laws; work-energy; and impulse momentum techniques using vector approach,.
Prereq.: MATH 1572 and PHYS 2610 or concurrent.

MECH 2641    Dynamics    3 s.h.

Kinematics of particles and rigid bodies. Newton's laws of motion, work-energy, and impulse momentum techniques applied to particle and rigid body motion using a vector approach.
Prereq.: CEEN 2601.

MECH 3708    Dynamic Systems Modeling    4 s.h.

Mathematical modeling of linear mechanical, electrical, thermal, fluid, and mixed systems. State space variables. Frequency response. Computer simulation using modern computer tools. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week.
Prereq.: MECH 2641, ECEN 2614, MATH 3705.

MECH 3720    Fluid Dynamics    3 s.h.

Physical properties of fluids. Governing equations of fluid dynamics; forces on bodies due to incompressible fluid motion. Dimensional analysis and similitude. Analysis of energy losses in pipe flows. Concept of the viscous boundary layer.
Prereq.: MECH 2603; MECH 2641; MATH 3705.

MECH 3720L    Fluid Dynamics Laboratory    1 s.h.

Introduction to equipment, data acquisition, and techniques for measurement and computation of fluid flows in engineering applications. Effective technical communication skills, analysis and interpretation of data in teams are emphasized.
Prereq.: MECH 3720.

MECH 3725    Heat Transfer 1    3 s.h.

Fundamentals of heat transfer by conduction, convection, and radiation. Heat transfer by combined modes.
Prereq.: MECH 3720 or concurrent.

MECH 3742    Kinematics of Machines    3 s.h.

Position, velocity, and acceleration analysis of mechanisms. Design of link and cam mechanisms to perform desired machine functions. Graphical, analytical, and commercial software applications.
Prereq.: MECH 2641, ENGR 1560 or MECH 1560.

MECH 3751    Stress and Strain Analysis 1    3 s.h.

Analysis of internal forces, stresses, strains, and deflections in three dimensions. Dynamic loading including impact and fatigue. Theories of failure and energy methods. Must be taken concurrently with MECH 3751L.
Prereq.: CEEN 2602, MECH 2606.

MECH 3751L    Stress and Strain Analysis 1 Laboratory    1 s.h.

Transmission and reflection photoelasticity. State and dynamic strain gage applications using computer-aided data acquisition. Three hours laboratory per week. Concurrent with: MECH 3751.

MECH 3762    Design of Machine Elements    3 s.h.

Application of fundamental engineering principles to the design of various elements found in machines. Elements include connections, shafts, keys, couplings, springs, gears, belts, chains, bearings, clutches, brakes, screws, etc. Must be taken concurrently with MECH 3762L.
Prereq.: MECH 2641 and MECH 3751.

MECH 3762L    Design of Machine Elements Laboratory    1 s.h.

Practical design problems incorporating analysis, material selection, and sizing of machine components utilizing the computer. Three hours laboratory per week. Must be taken concurrently with MECH 3762.

MECH 4800    Special Topics    3 s.h.

Special topics and new developments in mechanical engineering. Subject matter, credit hours, and special prerequisites are announced in advance of each offering. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 s.h. with different content.
Prereq.: Junior standing in Mechanical Engineering, or consent of instructor.

MECH 4808    Mechanical Systems Design 1    2 s.h.

Detailed design of a mechanical engineering system utilizing expertise expected of a new graduate in an industry setting. Design methodology, case studies, oral presentations, and written reports prepare the student to function as part of a design team on a capstone project. MECH 4809 must be taken at the next offering after completing 4808. Grading in MECH 4808 is Traditional/PR. Two hours lecture per week.
Prereq.: MECH 3708, MECH 3725, MECH 3742, and MECH 3762.
Gen Ed: Capstone.

MECH 4808L    Mechanical Systems Design Laboratory    1 s.h.

Supplemental activities related to MECH 4808, such as discussion and seminars on industry practices and standards, computer software applications, experimental verification, etc. Three hours laboratory per week. Must be taken concurrently with MECH 4808.
Gen Ed: Capstone.

MECH 4809    Mechanical Systems Design 2    3 s.h.

Detailed design of a mechanical engineering system utilizing expertise expected of a new graduate in an industry setting. Design methodology, case studies, oral presentations, and written reports prepare the student to function as part of a design team on a capstone project. MECH 4809 must be taken at the next offering after completing 4808. Three hours lecture per week.
Prereq.: MECH 4808.
Gen Ed: Capstone.

MECH 4809L    Mechanical Systems Design Laboratory 2    1 s.h.

Supplemental activities related to MECH 4808 and MECH 4809, such as discussions and seminars on industry practices and standards, computer software applications, experimental verifications, etc. Three hours laboratory per week. MECH 4808L must be taken concurrently with MECH 4808 and MECH 4809L must be taken concurrently with MECH 4809.

MECH 4823    Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning    3 s.h.

Design of heating and air conditioning systems for residential, commercial, and industrial complexes. Human comfort, psychometries, and environmental issues. Computer simulation of heating and cooling load for steady-state and transient conditions. Selection of controls and equipment.
Prereq.: MECH 3725.

MECH 4825L    Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics Laboratory    1 s.h.

Experiments involving basic measurement techniques, power and refrigeration cycles, heat transfer, heat exchangers, and energy systems. Three hours laboratory per week.
Prereq.: MECH 3720, MECH 3725.

MECH 4835    Thermal Fluid Applications    3 s.h.

Application of the principles of thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, and heat transfer to design. Design, analysis and computer simulation of thermal fluid systems and components.
Prereq.: MECH 3725.

MECH 5811    Solar Engineering    3 s.h.

Radiational characteristics of solar energy, glass materials and selective coatings. Analysis of flat plate collectors, concentrators, and thermal storage. System simulation and economic analysis for optimization of basic solar systems.
Prereq.: PHYS 2611, MECH 3725 or consent of chairperson.

MECH 5820    Turbulence    3 s.h.

Physics of turbulence in thermal-fluid engineering systems; statistical descriptions, energy cascade and scales of turbulent motion. Modeling and simulation of turbulent flows. Examples of turbulence in mixing layers, combustion, and wall-bounded flows.
Prereq.: MECH 3720 or PHYS 3705 or CHEN 3786 (or equivalent).

MECH 5825    Heat Transfer 2    3 s.h.

Advanced topics in heat transfer. Multi-dimensional conduction, free convection, phase change heat transfer and thermal radiation. Integration of analytical, numerical, and computational methods into design projects.
Prereq.: MECH 3708 and MECH 3725.

MECH 5836    Fluid Power and Control    3 s.h.

Theory of prime movers, turbomachinery, and control systems. Modeling of hydraulic and pneumatic systems and components. Hydraulic fluids, pumps, cylinders, valves, motors, compressors, and actuators. Hydraulic and pneumatic circuit applications and control.
Prereq.: MECH 3725.

MECH 5842    Kinetics of Machines    3 s.h.

Three dimensional kinematics and dynamics of machines. Dynamic analysis and design; balancing of machines.
Prereq.: MECH 3742.

MECH 5852    Stress and Strain Analysis 2    3 s.h.

Continuation of MECH 3751. Introduction to applied elasticity theory including plane stress and strain and stress functions. Plastic and creep behavior of materials. Introduction to instability. Emphasis on design applications.
Prereq.: MECH 3751, MECH 3751L, MATH 3705.

MECH 5872    Engineering Acoustics    3 s.h.

The nature of sound and its propagation; analysis and control of sound and noise production in mechanical equipment; transmission and absorption of sound in engineering materials, ultrasonics, structural acoustics, base measurements, and equipment.
Prereq.: MECH 3708.

MECH 5881    Mechanical Vibrations    3 s.h.

Introduction to mechanical vibrations: single and multi-degree of freedom systems, free and forced vibrations, impedance and modal analysis including applications.
Prereq.: MECH 3708.

MECH 5881L    Mechanical Vibrations Laboratory    1 s.h.

Introduction to vibrations measurements. Experiments with mechanical systems, computer simulation of vibration systems. Experimental determination of component models and parameters. Three hours laboratory per week.
Prereq.: MECH 5881.

MECH 5884    Finite Element Analysis    3 s.h.

Fundamental principles of finite element analysis with emphasis on applications to design in areas of stress analysis, vibrations, and heat transfer. Use of commercial software.
Prereq.: MECH 3708, MECH 3725, MECH 3751.

MECH 5885    Computational Fluid Dynamics    3 s.h.

Applied numerical analysis, including solution of linear algebraic equations and ordinary and partial differential equations; modeling of physical processes, including fluid flow and heat and mass transfer; use of general purpose computer codes, including commercial computational fluid dynamics software packages.
Prereq.: MECH 3720 and MECH 3725.

MECH 5892    Control of Mechanical Systems    3 s.h.

Introduction to theory of feedback and control. Performance and stability of linear systems. Design of feedback control systems. Practical application and introduction to state-space methods. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week.
Prereq.: MECH 3708.

MECH 6900    Special Topics    2-4 s.h.

Special topics and new developments in mechanical engineering. Subject matter and credit hours to be announced in advance of each offering. May be taken three times.
Prereq.: As announced or permission of instructor.

MECH 6904    Advanced Thermodynamics    3 s.h.

Laws of equilibrium thermodynamics; relations between properties and aspects of the Second Law. Exergy analysis. Macroscopic and microscopic considerations for the prediction of properties. Microscopic description based on classical and quantum statistics. General stability criteria, statistical equilibrium, and trend toward equilibrium fluctuations.
Prereq.: Permission of graduate advisor.

MECH 6915    Failure Analysis    3 s.h.

Advanced methods in failure analysis of metallics, ceramics, polymers, and composites. Numerous practical examples will be discussed. Individual student projects using scanning electron microscopy are required. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

MECH 6925    Computational Heat Transfer    3 s.h.

Numerical modeling techniques and methods in heat transfer. Computational analysis of conduction and convection by the finite element method, finite difference method, and the method of coordinate transformation.
Prereq.: MATH 3705 Differential Equations and MECH 3725 Heat Transfer I, or permission of instructor.

MECH 6930    Advanced Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer    3 s.h.

Viscous and inviscid flows, Navier-Stokes equations, Euler equations, and complex variables methods. Analytic solutions to advanced heat transfer problems, advanced boundary-value problems.
Prereq.: MECH 3725 Heat Transfer I or equivalent.

MECH 6945    Advanced Dynamics    3 s.h.

Three-dimensional vector statics; kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies; energy, momentum, and stability. LaGrange's equations of motion for particles and rigid bodies impulse; small oscillations; nonholonomic and dissipative systems.
Prereq.: Permission of graduate advisor.

MECH 6952    Applied Elasticity    3 s.h.

Equations or equilibrium, compatibility and boundary conditions-their applications to plane stress and plane strain problems. Stress functions, strain energy methods, stress distribution in anile symmetrical bodies; special problems in structures involving torsion and bending of prismatical bars.
Prereq.: MECH 3751 Stress and Strain Analysis I or equivalent, or permission of graduate advisor.

MECH 6962    Mechanical Design Analysis    3 s.h.

The study of analytical aspects and the application of engineering science topics to machine elements and machinery. Some case studies in mechanical design.
Prereq.: Permission of graduate advisor.

MECH 6963    Advanced Stress Analysis    3 s.h.

Theory and engineering applications of the most recent techniques of experimental stress analysis, brittle coatings, photoelasticity, strain gauges, photostress.
Prereq.: MECH 3751 Stress and Strain Analysis I or equivalent or permission of graduate advisor.

MECH 6983    Modern Power Sources    3 s.h.

Analytical and descriptive study of modern power plants. Combustion and environmental problems with fossil-fueled power plants. Electromagnetic circuits and devices with emphasis on the principles of electromechanical energy conversions.
Prereq.: Permission of graduate advisor.
Cross-Listed:as CHEN 6983 and ECEN 6983.

MECH 6985    Electromechanical Motion Devices    3 s.h.

Thermodynamics of batteries, and electric and fuel cells. Power from nuclear isotopes. Features common to rotating electromagnetic fields. Analysis and design of electromechanical power components. Logical circuit design with I/O structure and interface.
Cross-Listed:as CHEN 6985 and ECEN 6985.

MECH 6990    Thesis    2-6 s.h.


MECH 6992    Graduate Projects    3 s.h.

Analysis, design, research, or other independent investigation on projects selected with the advice and approval of the student's graduate committee.