Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2011

Mechanical Engineering


ME 216      Manufacturing Engineering Processes 0 TO 3

Prereq.:  ENGR 150. Engineering fundamentals of manufacturing processes for metals, ceramics and plastics, including forming, forging, rolling, drawing, EDM, laser cutting, welding, casting, molding and machining operations, are developed through analytical class work and manufacturing laboratory experiments. Two hours of lecture and two hours of lab per week. Spring.


ME 258      Engineering Thermodynamics    3

Prereq.:  CHEM 163 and 164 or CHEM 122 and PHYS 125. Engineering thermodynamics concepts involving storage, transformation, transfer of energy and properties of substances. First and second law analysis of thermodynamic systems and control volumes for engineering design. Spring.


ME 345      Engineering Statistical Analysis of Operations  3

Prereq.:  MATH 226. Engineering probability and statistical techniques used to make inferences in experiments. Probability distributions. Tests of significance, hypothesis testing, simple linear regression, multiple regression models and ANOVA. Basics of factorial experiments Taguchi quality techniques and SPC/SQC. Spring.


ME 354      Fluid Mechanics   3

Prereq.:  ENGR 251 and ME 258 and MATH 355. Basic principles of fluid mechanics. Hydrostatic forces, kinematics of fluid motion, integral and differential representation of conservation of mass, momentum and energy, Bernoulli's equation, dimensional analysis, viscous flow, frictional losses, pipeline network analysis and design. Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week. Fall.


ME 360      Manufacturing Operations Analysis and Simulation      3

Prereq.:  ME 345. Planning and optimization of resources utilization, forecasting, scheduling and sequencing of activities, inventory and maintenance planning for JIT environment, automated production. Lean Manufacturing environment and analysis and design. Analysis and simulation of production problems using computers. Fall.  


ME 367      Machine Design    3

Prereq.:  ENGR 252 and ENGR 257. Analysis for the design of basic mechanical elements, and their role in the design of machines; theories of failure, fatigue design, design of bolted connections, welds, springs, bearings, gears, clutches, and brakes. Spring.


ME 370      Instrumentation   0 TO 3

Prereq.:  ENGR 257. Introduces data acquisition using A/D converters; fundamentals of transducers; static and dynamic response; amplifiers; theory of A/D and D/A converters. Applies error analysis and elementary statistics. Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week. Spring.


ME 400      Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering  3

Special topics introduces knowledge of advanced mechanical engineering concepts, materials, and techniques. May be repeated under different topics for a total of 9 credits. Irregular.


ME 403      Mechanical Systems and Control      3

Prereq.:  ENGR 252  MATH 355. Topics include lumped physical system models; electrical, fluid, mechanical, and thermal system analysis; linear system transient, steady-state behavior; analysis and design of feedback control systems; transfer functions; block diagrams; proportional, rate, and integral controllers; and hardware and implementation. Spring.  


ME 452      Mechanical Vibrations   3

Prereq.:  ENGR 252 and MATH 355. Modeling and analysis of vibrating systems, characteristics of single degree and multiple degrees of freedom systems. Modal analysis and synthesis, vibration control by isolation, absorption, or balancing. Applications of computer simulation and analysis techniques in vibrations. Irregular.


ME 454      Heat Transfer     3

Prereq.:  MATH 355 and ME 354. Introduces the transport of heat by steady and transient heat conduction; forced and natural convection; radiation; introduction to phase change heat transfer and to heat exchangers. Fall.


ME 460      Manufacturing System Design   3

Prereq.:  ME 360. Analysis, synthesis, and control of manufacturing operations. Group Technology and flexible manufacturing. Process design and tolerance control in discrete parts manufacturing. Analysis and design of Lean Manufacturing environment. Use of SPC/SQC and statistical methods. Spring.


ME 466      Inventive Engineering Design  3

Prereq.:  PHYS 126. Design methodology and practice in problem solving using various techniques. Creative concept generation. Use of inventive principles and engineering contradictions in problem solving applied to product, process and system design. Patents and intellectual property protection. Spring.


ME 480      Propulsion Systems      3

Prereq.:  ME 354. Concepts of heat and mass transfer, conservation of mass momentum and energy, the basic operating principles and design methods for flight vehicle systems. Turbojets, ramjets, turboprops and turbofans and rocket engines will also be examined. Fall.


ME 483      Aerodynamics     3

 Prereq.:  ME 354. Presentation of aerodynamic theory. Course covers differential equations of fluid mechanics theory, wings, potential flows and laminar and turbulent flows. Flight and computer simulations. Aerodynamic design project required. Spring.


ME 486      Aerospace Structures and Materials  3

Prereq.:  MATH 226 and ENGR 257. Topics will include bending, torsion and buckling of built up aerospace structures. Strain energy, fundamentals, and application of composite and alloys as applied to aerospace structures are covered along with computer modeling techniques. Spring.


ME 497      Senior Project I:  Project Research 2

Prereq.:  Senior standing. First of  two-course capstone design sequence. Students work in an environment appropriate to an industrial setting. Teams propose and begin development of designs. Teamwork and oral and written communication skills emphasized. Mechanical Engineering majors only. Fall.


ME 498      Senior Project II:  Design Project  2

Prereq.:  Second course in capstone design sequence. Student design teams finalize capstone projects through oral and written presentation. Final design analysis must satisfy requirements and show sound engineering judgment. Computer simulation and prototype development expected.  Spring.

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