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2017-2018 Academic Catalog: Course Descriptions - Mechanical Engineering

MECH 2000 ENGINEERING STATICS
The vector approach of the equilibrium of particle and rigid bodies is presented. Trusses, frames, shear and bending moment diagrams, centroids and moments of inertia are studied. (4 credits)
Prerequisites: MATH1850 or MATH1875; and PHYS1250

MECH 2250 ENGINEERING THERMODYNAMICS I
Thermodynamics properties, work and heat interaction are defined. The First and Second laws of thermodynamics are introduced. Conservation of mass and energy and the entropy and the exergy balance relations are applied in analyzing thermodynamic systems. Alternative energy sources and fuel cells are discussed. Psychrometric applications in the air conditioning processes are covered. Laboratory experiences reinforce the classroom theory. (4 credits) 
Prerequisites: MATH1850 or MATH1875; and PHYS1750

MECH 2300 ENGINEERING GRAPHICS
This course offers entering students the fundamental skills and knowledge that is utilized during their study of mechanical engineering. Topics covered will include Institute resources, successful collegiate level study skills, and oral and written communication, design and research methodologies, as well as ethics and professional organizations. Student teams will perform introductory laboratory exercises to gain hands-on experience in the field of basic Aerospace Engineering. (3 credits) 
Prerequisite: ENGR1600

MECH 2500 MECHANICS OF MATERIALS
The concepts of stress and strain and their relation are introduced. Axially loaded members, temperature effect, torsion, bending, combined loading and stress transformations are studied. Stability and buckling of columns are discussed. Laboratory experiences reinforce classroom theory. (4 credits) 
Prerequisite: MECH2000

MECH 2600 MECHANICAL DESIGN & ANALYSIS
This 3-D Computer Aided Design course provides experience in mechanical engineering design and analysis. Assembly component interface tolerance analysis to ensure manufacturability of designs and basic finite element analysis of parts and assemblies are conducted. (3 credits) 
Prerequisites: MECH2000 and MECH2250 and MECH2500 and ENGR1800

MECH 2750 ENGINEERING THERMODYNAMICS II
Studies vapor power systems including the Rankine cycle and its modifications for use with both fossil and nuclear fuels, vapor compression refrigeration systems, and all-gas cycles including the Brayton cycle and its modifications; the Otto cycle; the Diesel cycle; and supercharging and turbo-charging. Introduces the concepts of exergy and second law efficiency. Studies non-reacting mixtures with applications to air/water/vapor mixtures for air conditioning systems and cooling towers. Discusses the elements of optimum power plant design. Laboratory experiences enforce the classroom theory. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: MECH2250

MECH 2990 INDEPENDENT STUDY
This course investigates a topic of special interest to faculty and students that is outside regular course offerings. (1 – 4 credits)

MECH 3000 DESIGN OF MACHINE ELEMENTS
This course covers the basic concepts and principles in the design and analysis of machine components. The analysis in design is based on the traditional stress analysis from mechanics of materials and also on the finite element formulation based on theory of elasticity. Plane stress, three-dimensional stress and strain, combined stresses, failure criteria and reliability, fatigue, are considered in the analysis of machine elements: rolling bearings, spur gears, flexible elements, and shafts. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: MECH2500

MECH 3100 ENGINEERING FLUID MECHANICS
Mechanics of fluids with emphasis on control volume analysis are studied. The continuity, energy and momentum principles are applied to real fluids. Additional emphasis is on electromechanical systems and laboratory exercises. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: MATH2025 and MECH2250

MECH 3200 NUMERICAL SIMULATION AND CFD
This is an advanced new undergraduate and graduate course that explores the fundamentals of different engineering problems with different simulation techniques and CFD. The course will present several important topics such as modeling techniques and CFD. The topics will cover different techniques to solve multidisciplinary engineering problems. The basic knowledge will be applied to typical problems in aerospace and different engineering applications. (4 credits)
Prerequisites: MECH3100 and MECH2300

MECH 3350 GAS DYNAMICS
This course is an introductory course to the subject of applied Gas Dynamics where the effect of compressibility on fluid flow is introduced. It starts with some basic notions of fluid flow and thermodynamics followed by one-dimensional compressible flow. Normal and oblique shock waves. Construction and design of aircraft gas turbine engine. Simulation and CFD analysis of compressible flow and convergent-divergent nozzles. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: MECH2250 and MECH3100

MECH 3400 RELIABILITY-BASED MECHANICAL. DESIGN
Techniques for the quantification of uncertainty and risk inherent in mechanical components and systems; and the implementation of reliability-based design in mechanical components and systems. (3 credits)
Prerequisite: MECH3000 and MATH2100

MECH 3599 ENGINEERING MECHANICS
This course covers static equilibrium and dynamic motion. Major components of this course are force vectors, equilibrium of a particle, resultant and internal forces, centroids, center of gravity, stress and strain, torsion, moments of inertia, shearing, deflection, kinematics of a particle, kinetics of a particle, force, acceleration, work and energy, impulse and momentum. The course includes labs that correspond to the lecture material. (4 credits)
Prerequisites: MATH2025 and PHYS1750

MECH 3600 MATERIALS SCIENCE
This is an introductory course into the structure and properties of materials. Subjects include the processing of materials, crystal structure, miller indices, composition, alloying, electrical properties, phase diagram, corrosion, diffusion, heat treating, inspection, and testing of materials utilized in the electromechanical field. The laboratory activities will reinforce the classroom theory. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: Junior status and MECH2500

MECH 3650 AERODYNAMICS
This course is an introductory course to the subject of Aerodynamics. Fundamentals physical quantities and the source of all aerodynamics forces, continuity, momentum and energy equations. Measurement of airspeed: incompressible flow, subsonic compressible flow, supersonic flow. Introduction to viscous flow, laminar and turbulent boundaries, transition, flow separation. Airfoils, wings and other aerodynamic shapes. Elements of airplane performance, equations of motion, thrust, power and maximum velocity. Principles of stability and control (static and dynamic stability, control), moments on the airplane, absolute angle of attack. Astronautics: differential, Lagrange’s and orbit equations. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: MECH3350

MECH 3800 SPECIAL TOPICS MECHANICAL
Presents topics that are not covered by existing courses and are likely to change from semester to semester. Refer to the Class Schedule for a specific semester for details of offerings for the semester. (1 - 4 credits)

MECH 3850 ENGINEERING DYNAMICS
This course covers the kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies. Kinetic problems are analyzed by utilizing the second law of Newton, work and energy and impulse momentum methods. Dynamics simulation software is used to reinforce the theory. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: MECH2000 and MATH2500

MECH 3900 ENGINEERING HEAT TRANSFER
Conduction, convection, and thermal radiation heat transfer mechanism are described. Steady-state and transient conduction problems are discussed. Convective heat transfer mechanisms and various correlations to evaluate the heat transfer coefficient are discussed. Heat exchanger analysis and thermal radiation heat transfer between surfaces are presented. Laboratory experiences enforce the classroom theory. (4 credits)
Prerequisites: MECH2250 and MECH3100 and MATH2500

MECH 4000 MECHANICAL VIBRATION
General theory of free, damping and forced vibrations with one and two degrees of freedom; vibration suppression and isolation; natural frequencies and mode shapes in continuous mechanical systems through analytical method and numerical simulation. (3 credits)
Prerequisites: MATH2500 and MECH2500 and MECH3850

MECH 4200 SIMULATION BASED DESIGN
This 3-D computer-aided design course provides experience in mechanical engineering simulation and design verification analysis. Finite Element Analysis of parts and assemblies are conducted. (4 credits)
Prerequisites: MECH3000 and MECH3100 and MECH3900

MECH 4400 ENGINEERING THERMAL DESIGN
Studies vapor power systems including the Rankine cycle and its modifications for use with both fossil and nuclear fuels, vapor compression refrigeration systems, and all-gas cycles including the Brayton cycle and its modifications; the Otto cycle; the Diesel cycle; and supercharging and turbo-charging. Introduces the concepts of exergy and second law efficiency. Studies non-reacting mixtures with applications to air/water/vapor mixtures for air conditioning systems and cooling towers. Discusses the elements of optimum power plant design. Laboratory experiences enforce the classroom theory. (3 credits)
Prerequisite: MECH2250 and MECH3100 and MECH3900

MECH 4425 ADV MECHANICS OF MATERIALS
Stress analysis, the development of strain, stress concentrations, failure theories and fatigue are studied. Shafts, gears, and other elements are also considered. Laboratory problems and appropriate projects are assigned. (4 credits)
Prerequisites: MECH2500 and COMP1099 and MATH2025 and MATH3100

MECH 5000 MECHANICAL CAPSTONE ANALYSIS
This capstone research-based course is for senior-level mechanical engineering students who will formulate a topic and initiate their capstone project for an innovative technological device or system. Students are encouraged to take an interdisciplinary approach to their design project with research directed by one or more faculty advisors. (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Senior status.

MECH 5500 MECHANICAL CAPSTONE PROJECT
This capstone project course is for senior-level mechanical engineering students who will formulate a topic and develop a project for an innovative technological device or system. Students are encouraged to take an interdisciplinary approach to their design project, and the work will be performed under the direction of one or more faculty advisors. Course requirements include oral and written progress reports throughout the semester plus a final comprehensive technical report.
Prerequisites: Senior status and MECH4200