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ME 216 Manufacturing Engineering Processes 0 TO 3
Prereq.: ENGR 150 (C- or higher). 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. Lecture two hours and laboratory three hours per week.

ME 258 Engineering Thermodynamics 3
Prereq.: CHEM 161, 162; PHYS 125 (C- or higher). 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. Design of experiments, Taguchi quality techniques, Measurement System Analysis and SPC/SQC. Three hours of lecture and one hour of lab per week. Fall.

ME 352 Modeling of Dynamic Systems 3
Prereq.: ENGR 252 (C- or higher), MATH 355. Mathematical modeling and analysis of dynamic systems including mechanical, electrical, and electromechanical. Use of complex algebra and Laplace transform techniques for solving and interpreting system behavior. Introduction to basic control systems and mechanical vibrations. Fall.

ME 354 Fluid Mechanics 3
Prereq.: ENGR 251 (C- or higher) and ME 258 (C- or higher) 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 lecture and two hours laboratory, course meets four hours per week. Fall.

ME 358 Engineering Thermodynamics II 3
Prereq.: ME 354. Gas mixtures, their composition and thermodynamic properties. Chemical reactions, chemical and phase equilibrium. Fuels and combustion. Theoretical and actual combustion. Theoretical and actual combustion processes. Compressible flows in nozzels and ducts. Multistage power cycles. Refrigeration and air conditioning.

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 (C- or higher) and ENGR 257 (C- or higher). 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 3
Prereq.: ENGR 257 (C- or higher), ME 354 (C- or higher) and ENGR 290. Characteristics of measurement systems; signals. Fourier transform, general system model, analog and digital signal conditioning, sensors and actuators. Data acquisition, A/D and D/A conversion, data and error analysis. Strain, pressure, temperature, velocity, and flow measurements. Two hours lecture and two hours laboratory, course meets four hours 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 Control of Dynamic Systems 3
Prereq.: ME 352, MATH 222. 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 (C- or higher) 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 (C- or higher). 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. Two hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week. Spring.

ME 458 Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Systems Design 3
Prereq.: ME 454 (may be taken concurrently); for graduate students, permission of instructor. Analysis and design of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigerating systems (HVAC) for buildings and industrial applications, including equipment and component selection. Energy-efficient concepts and controls will be emphasized. Irregular. [GR]

ME 459 Energy Conversion Systems 3
Prereq.: ME 354 (C- or higher). Design of energy producing systems utilizing combustible fuels and renewable sources; solar, wind, tidal, geothermal, fuel cells, nuclear. Study of energy demand and available resources and distribution in the world. Energy storage; distribution, conservation, and environmental impacts. Irregular.

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 (C- or higher). Principles of propulsion devices. One-dimensional flows in propulsion systems, combustion and equilibrium. Examines inlets, nozzles, compressors and turbines. Basic theory and design of turbojets, ramjets, turboprop, turbofan and chemical rocket engines. Evaluates propellants and overall performance. Fall.

ME 483 Aerodynamics 3
Prereq.: MATH 222, ME 354 (C- or higher). Basics of compressible flows. Reviews potential flow theory, viscous effects, and compressibility effects. Theory and design of aerodynamic bodies. Investigates subsonic, transonic, and supersonic airfoils. Computer simulation. Requires aerodynamic design project. Spring.

ME 485 Introduction to Combustion 3
Prereq.: ME 354 (C- or higher), MATH 222. Thermodynamics of combustion, kinetic and transport phenomena, chemical equilibrium and reaction kinetics, chemical reactors. Structure, properties and gas dynamics of laminar and turbulent flames, diffusion flames. Ignition, quenching and flame stability. Combustion in propulsion and power generation systems. Irregular.

ME 486 Aerospace Structures and Materials 3
Prereq.: MATH 222, MATH 226 and ENGR 257 (C- or higher). 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.: ME 354 (C- or higher) and ME 367 (C- or higher). 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.: ME 370, ME 497 and ETM 467. 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.


ME 552 Mechanical Vibrations 3
Prereq.: Permission of instructor. 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. Vibration system modeling and analysis project required. No credit given to students with credit for ME 452. Link course with ME 452.

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