Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Mechanical Engineering (ME) Courses

ME 1403. Engineering Practice and Graphics. (2-3) 3 Credit Hours. (TCCN = ENGR 1304)

Prerequisites: MAT 1093 and completion of or concurrent enrollment in WRC 1013. Introduction to engineering practice and engineering graphics: geometric constructions, multi-view drawing, dimensioning, sections, pictorials and auxiliary views. Computer-aided design, generation of mechanical drawings, and design projects. (Formerly ME 1402. Credit cannot be earned for both ME 1402 and ME 1403.).

ME 2173. Numerical Methods. (2-3) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: EGR 2323. Introduction to numerical algorithms to solve science and engineering problems. Construction and derivation of numerical algorithm as well as application limits. Various numerical approaches in finding roots of linear and non-linear functions, regression analysis, interpolation, curve fitting procedures, differentiation, integration, solutions of system of linear algebraic equations, solutions of ordinary differential equations and boundary value problems. Introduction to structured programming (MATLAB), including error estimation, and stability. (Formerly ME 3173. Credit cannot be earned for both ME 3173 and ME 2173.) Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

ME 3113. Measurements and Instrumentation. (2-3) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: EE 2213, EGR 2513, PHY 1951, and PHY 1971. Fundamentals of measurement systems theory and laboratory practice; descriptive statistics, probability distributions, error, uncertainty analysis, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, correlation, linear regression, and plotting. Technical report writing and data acquisition with NI Elvis boards and Multisim, RC circuits, op-amps, filters, strain gauges, and basic embedded systems and programming with Arduino. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

ME 3244. Materials Engineering and Laboratory. (3-3) 4 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: CHE 1103 and EGR 2103. Fundamentals in atomic structure and microstructures, properties, and mechanical behavior of engineering materials, such as metals, polymers, and ceramics. Investigation of the mechanical properties of engineering materials, with emphasis on metals, sample preparation, and metallography. (Formerly ME 3241 and ME 3243. Credit cannot be earned for ME 3244 and ME 3241/ME 3243. Prior completion of ME 3241 and ME 3243 can be substituted for this course.) Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

ME 3263. Manufacturing Engineering. (3-1) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: EGR 2513 and ME 3244. An integrated coverage of mechanical properties of materials, tolerances, measurement and quality assurance, manufacturing processes, and manufacturing systems, fundamental definitions, design for manufacturing, and mathematical models, hands-on applications related to measurement and manufacturing processes. (Formerly titled "Materials Processing.") Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

ME 3293. Thermodynamics I. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: EGR 2103 and MAT 1224. Heat, work, equations of state, thermodynamics systems, control volume, first and second laws of thermodynamics, applications of the laws of thermodynamics, reversible and irreversible processes, and introduction to basic thermodynamic cycles. (Same as CME 3103. Credit cannot be earned for both ME 3293 and CME 3103.) Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

ME 3323. Mechanical Vibration. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: EGR 2323 and EGR 2513. Free and forced vibrations, single and multiple degree of freedom systems, damping, matrix methods, time-domain and frequency-domain. Applications in the transmission and control of vibration. Generally offered: Spring.

ME 3513. Mechanism Design. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: EGR 2513 and ME 1403. Introduction to mechanisms, graphical and linear analytical methods for kinematic synthesis of mechanisms; design of cam follower; gearing fundamentals, ordinary and planetary gear trains; and computer-aided design projects.

ME 3543. Dynamic Systems and Control. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: EE 2213, EGR 2513 and EGR 3323. Introduction to modeling and control of dynamic physical systems, analysis and design of control systems for mechanical, electrical, manufacturing, fluid, and thermal systems. (Formerly ME 4522 and ME 4523. Credit cannot be earned for more than one of the following: ME 3543, ME 4522, or ME 4523.) Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

ME 3663. Fluid Mechanics. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: EGR 2323, EGR 2513, and completion of or concurrent enrollment in ME 3293. Fluid properties, fluid statics, integral and differential analysis of fluid flow, viscous laminar and turbulent flow in conduits, dimensional analysis, boundary layer concepts, drag and lift. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

ME 3813. Mechanics of Solids. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: EGR 2103. Internal forces and deformations in solids, stress, strain and their relations, torsion, stresses and deflections in beams, and elastic behavior of columns. (Credit cannot be earned for both ME 3813 and BME 3223.) Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

ME 3823. Machine Element Design I. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: ME 1403, ME 3244 (or ME 3241 and ME 3243 in previous catalogs), and ME 3813. Introduction to design of machine elements, pressurized cylinders, press and shrink fits, curved beams and contact stresses, static and fatigue theories of failure, shafts and shaft components, welded and bolted connections, mechanical springs, and computer-aided design projects. (Formerly ME 4423. Credit cannot be earned for both ME 3823 and ME 4423.) Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

ME 4173. High Performance Computing. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: ME 2173. Introduction to UNIX (login, shell scripts, editors, file permissions), visualization (software tools, data formats), Parallel programming (numerical libraries, Message Passing Interface, Trilinos, GPGPU programming).

ME 4183. Compressible Flow and Propulsion Systems. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: ME 3293 and ME 3663. Application of mass, energy, and force balance to compressible fluids, analysis of one-dimensional steady flow, isentropic flow, adiabatic flow, flow with heat addition, supersonic flow, and shock waves. Introduction to the analysis and design of air-breathing engines for aeronautical transportation. (Formerly EGR 4183. Credit cannot be earned for both ME 4183 and EGR 4183.).

ME 4243. Intermediate Materials Engineering. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: ME 3244 (or ME 3241 and ME 3243 in previous catalogs) and ME 3813. Selected topics in fabrication and processing of materials; macroscopic and microscopic aspects of the mechanical behavior of metals, ceramics, polymers and composites; Failure mode analysis in materials; optimization of material selection in the design process.

ME 4293. Thermodynamics II. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: ME 3293. Energy and availability analysis, reactive and nonreactive mixtures, moist air properties, psychometric systems and analysis, vapor and gas power cycles, refrigeration and heat-pump cycles, thermodynamic relations, and chemical equilibria. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

ME 4313. Heat Transfer. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: EGR 3323, ME 2173 and ME 3663. Generalized potential distribution and gradients, and heat transfer, including transient and steady state conduction, forced and free convection, radiation, and heat exchanger analysis. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

ME 4323. Thermal Systems Design. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: ME 4313. Application of basic thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and computer methods to the design of heat exchangers, coils, fans, pumps, and thermal energy systems.

ME 4343. Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Design. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: ME 4293 and ME 4313. Moist air properties, human comfort, solar radiation, heating loads, design selection, construction, and operation of air conditioning equipment, and duct design.

ME 4373. Separation Processes. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: ME 4293 and ME 4313. Rate- and equilibrium-controlled separation, mass transfer, phase equilibrium, absorption, distillation, extraction, adsorption and membranes.

ME 4433. Machine Element Design II. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: ME 3823. Design of spur, helical, bevel and worm gears; journal and rolling bearings; design of couplings, clutches, brakes, and flywheels; and computer-aided design project.

ME 4503. Lean Manufacturing and Enterprise Engineering. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: ME 3263. Concepts and applications of Lean Systems applied to manufacturing and non-manufacturing environments. Topics include lean fundamentals and various tools and methodologies for transformation of companies and organizations into globally competitive enterprises. Team project on Value Streaming Mapping analysis of processes in real settings is required.

ME 4543. Mechatronics. (2-3) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: ME 3113. Modeling and analysis of electrical (resistors, capacitors, inductors, diodes, transistors, operational amplifiers, combinational logic and sequential logic) and mechanical systems (spring mass damper), data acquisition and measurements, sensors, actuators, and micro-controller programming. A lab component with emphasis on building electrical circuits, data acquisition using LabVIEW, and integration of sensors, actuators, and micro-controller programming (Arduino) to create a mechatronics system. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

ME 4553. Automotive Vehicle Dynamics. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: EGR 2323 and EGR 2513. Dynamics and control of automotive systems, handling, tires, suspension, steering, and aerodynamic forces.

ME 4563. Computer Integrated Manufacturing. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: ME 3263. Fundamental concepts and models related to computer-aided design, computer-aided process planning, computer-aided manufacturing, production planning and scheduling, and manufacturing execution systems. Laboratory work includes computer-aided applications and programming of automated production equipment.

ME 4573. Facilities Planning and Design. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: ME 3263. Product, process, and schedule design, flow, space, and activity relationships, material handling, layout planning models and design algorithms, and warehouse operations.

ME 4583. Enterprise Process Engineering. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: ME 3263. Fundamental concepts, methodologies, and tools for the design, engineering and continuous improvement of enterprises. Topics include Six Sigma for process design and improvement, lean manufacturing fundamentals, value-stream mapping, performance evaluation, and other contemporary enterprise process engineering approaches. Generally offered: Fall.

ME 4593. Alternative Energy Sources. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: ME 4293 and ME 4313. Solar, nuclear, wind, hydrogen, and geothermal energy sources. Resources, production, utilization, economics, sustainability, and environmental considerations. (Formerly ME 3593. Credit cannot be earned for both ME 3593 and ME 4593.).

ME 4603. Finite Element Analysis. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: EGR 3323, ME 2173 and ME 3823. Finite element method fundamentals, advanced geometric modeling of mechanical components and systems, and finite element modeling of components.

ME 4613. Power Plant System Design. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: ME 4293 and ME 4313. Application of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics to the design of vapor and gas-turbine power plant systems including boilers, condensers, turbines, pumps, compressors, and cooling towers.

ME 4623. Internal Combustion Engines. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: ME 4293 and ME 4313. Application of thermodynamic cycles in design, analysis, and modeling of internal combustion engines including spark-ignition and compression-ignition cycles, thermochemistry, fuels, combustion, emissions, and pollution.

ME 4643. Pressure Vessel and Piping Design. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: ME 3663 and ME 3813. ASME Section XIII Boiler and Pressure Vessel code, inspection, maintenance, repair, and modification of pressure vessels. Piping design and construction.

ME 4653. Oil and Gas Engineering and Reservoir Geomechanics. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: ME 3663 and ME 3813. Introduction to the oil and gas industry, Measurement; deformation mechanisms in rock; rock fracture description and analysis; wellbore stresses and failure; wellbore stability analysis; fault stability analysis; depletion-induced reservoir deformation; and hydraulic fracturing.

ME 4683. Corrosion Engineering. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: ME 3244. Principles of electrochemistry, fundamentals of the environmental degradation of materials, corrosion thermodynamics and kinetics, corrosion phenomenology, and corrosion control and prevention.

ME 4723. Reliability and Quality Control in Engineering Design. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: ME 3113. Introduction to statistical methods in reliability and probabilistic engineering design methodology, statistical quality control and inspection, life prediction and testing, and design optimization. Generally offered: Fall.

ME 4733. Mechanical Engineering Laboratory. (2-3) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: ME 3113, ME 3543, and ME 4293. Completion of or concurrent enrollment in ME 4313 is required. Transducers and signal conditioning, strain, force, acceleration, controls, vibration, rotating machinery, fluid flow, heat transfer, thermodynamics, internal combustion engines, and design of experiments. (Formerly ME 4702. Credit cannot be earned for ME 4702 and ME 4733. Prior completion of ME 4702 and ME 4802 can be substituted for this course.) Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

ME 4773. Robotics. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: ME 2173. Kinematics, dynamics, planning and control of mobile robots and manipulators. Special topics may include legged robots, soft robots, climbing robots, advanced control methods, image processing, computer vision, estimation. A LEGO-based laboratory with emphasis on prototyping robotic systems for practical applications.

ME 4803. Senior Design l. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: ME 3113, ME 3263, ME 3543, ME 3663, ME 3823, and ME 4293. Completion of or concurrent enrollment in ME 4313, ME 4543 (or ME 3513 in previous catalogs) and ME 4733 required. Design project proposals, computer-aided synthesis, analysis, and modeling of an open-ended problem development and presentation of conceptual designs. Industrial cooperation is encouraged. This course, as well as ME 4313, ME 4543, and ME 4733, must be completed with a grade of "C-" or better to serve as prerequisites for ME 4813. (Formerly ME 4811 and ME 4812. Credit cannot be earned for more than one of the following: ME 4803, ME 4811, or ME 4812.).

ME 4813. Senior Design II. (2-3) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: ME 4313, ME 4543, ME 4733, and ME 4803. Development of a working design of an instructor-approved design project using computer-aided synthesis, analysis, modeling, and optimization methods. Industrial cooperation encouraged. Considerations of safety, reliability, environmental, and economic constraints, and ethical and social impacts. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

ME 4911. Independent Study. (0-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisite: Permission in writing (form available) from the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Department Chair, and Dean of the College. Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

ME 4912. Independent Study. (0-0) 2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Permission in writing (form available) from the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Department Chair, and Dean of the College. Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

ME 4913. Independent Study. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Permission in writing (form available) from the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Department Chair, and Dean of the College. Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

ME 4953. Special Studies in Mechanical Engineering. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Will depend on the topic. An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Studies may be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 9 semester credit hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

ME 4963. Mechanical Engineering Applications to Biomedical Systems. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: EGR 2513, ME 3663 and ME 3813. Applications of dynamics, solid mechanics and fluid mechanics to biomedical systems. (Formerly titled "Bioengineering").