Mechanical Engineering (ME)

ME 4330  Introduction to Robotics  (3)  
Cross-listed as ELC 4330  
See ELC 4330 for course information.
ME 4346  Introduction to Aeronautics  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): A grade of C or better in ME 2321 and a grade of C or better or concurrent enrollment in ME 2345  
Introduces the applied science of atmospheric flight. The course teaches about airplanes and how they fly from a design and application perspective. Included are topics in fluid dynamics, airfoil and wing theory, aircraft performance, stability, and aircraft design.
ME 4347  Analysis and Design of Propulsion Systems  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): A grade of C or better in ME 3321 and ME 2345  
Introduction to compressible flow, including flows with simple area change, heat addition, friction, and shock waves. Analysis, parametric design, and performance of ramjets, turbojets, turbofans, and turboprops. Introduction to the operating principles of major engine components. Introduction to rockets.
ME 4377  Solar Energy  (3)  
Cross-listed as ELC 4377  
See ELC 4377 for course information.
ME 4382  Selection of Materials and Manufacturing Processes in Design  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): A grade of C or better in ME 3320, ME 3322, and ME 3323  
Systematic approach for selection of materials and manufacturing process in design that balances performance requirements with cost of materials and manufacturing. Material properties, manufacturing processes and types of materials. Advanced computer software and case studies are used to illustrate application of principles.
ME 4396  Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): Consent of Department Chair  
Study of advanced topics in mechanical engineering. This course may be repeated once under a different topic.
ME 4V97  Special Projects in Mechanical Engineering  (1-6)  
Pre-requisite(s): Consent of department chair  
Advanced topics and/or special project activities in Mechanical Engineering.
ME 5199  Non-Thesis Degree Completion  (1)  
To fulfill requirements for non-thesis master's students who need to complete final degree requirements other than coursework during their last semester. This may include such things as a comprehensive examination, oral examination, or foreign language requirement. Students are required to be registered during the semester they graduate.
ME 5302  Engineering Analysis  (3)  
Cross-listed as EGR 5302, ELC 5302  
See ELC 5302 for course information.
ME 5322  Computer-Aided Engineering and Design  (3)  
Design and analysis of engineering components and systems using interactive computer programs with inclusion of computer simulation.
ME 5323  Introduction to Finite Element Methods  (3)  
Introductory course on the theory and techniques of finite element analysis for numerical solutions of partial differential equations beginning from energy concepts and foundational constitutive equations. Numerical implementations and solutions are demonstrated by user-created code using modern computer technologies.
ME 5324  Advanced Dynamics  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): Graduate standing in Engineering  
An advanced study of the mechanical dynamics of systems involving multiple, interconnected rigid bodies. Topics include mathematical expressions of body kinematics, various methods to derive dynamic equations of motion, three-dimensional inertial properties, and dynamic motion constraints.
ME 5325  Advanced Finite Element Methods  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): ME 3321 (or equivalent), 4324 (or equivalent), and 4345 (or equivalent)  
Advanced analysis of the finite element theory with emphasis on non-linear applications for thermal and fluidic applications. Course will formulate the finite element form from several classes of constitutive equations, discuss solution methods, and construct and implement algorithms for solving the finite element form.
ME 5333  Introduction to Combustion  (3)  
Understand and apply fundamentals for 1) combustion of gas, solid and liquid fuels; 2) combustion equilibrium and calculation of equilibrium compositions and flame temperature; 3) characterization of flame types; 4) quenching, flammability, ignition, and stabilization of flames; 5) soot formation; and 6) detonations and deflagrations.
ME 5335  Composite Materials  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): ME 3322 or equivalent  
Introduction to composite materials, micromechanics of fiber reinforced composites, lamina mechanics, mechanical behavior of composite laminates, hygrothermal effects, and failure models.
ME 5336  Thermal Systems Design  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): A grade of C or better in ME 3321; and a grade of C or better in or concurrent enrollment in ME 4345  
Design, analysis, and simulation of thermal energy systems such as pipe networks, HVAC systems, and steam power plants. Specification of energy system components such as pumps, pipes, control valves, and heat exchangers. Estimation and optimization of initial and operational costs.
ME 5338  Experimental Methods in Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): ME 4335 or consent of instructor  
Consideration of experimental methods including experiment planning and design, error and uncertainty analysis, temperature measurement (in fluids and solids), flow rate measurement, flow visualization, and advanced data analysis; selected experiments conducted.
ME 5339  Tribology  (3)  
Topics include the nature of rough surfaces, contact mechanics between noncomformal and nominally-flat surfaces, nature of friction, lubricants and lubrication theory, and surface damage and fatigue. Computational analyses of surfaces and lubricant flow are performed using Python.
ME 5340  Intermediate Fluid Mechanics  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): ME 3321  
Introduction to vectors and tensors, deformation and stress in fluids, kinematics of fluid flows, conservation laws, Navier-Stokes equations, energy equation, introduction to computational fluid dynamics (CFD), introduction to vorticity dynamics and selected topics in compressible fluid flow.
ME 5341  Intermediate Heat Transfer  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): ME 4345 (or equivalent)  
Study of conduction, convection, and radiation. Steady and transient one - and multi-dimensional heat transfer with emphasis on analytical methods, numerical techniques, and approximate solutions.
ME 5342  Inviscid Flows  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): ME 5340 or concurrent enrollment  
Introduction to the dynamics of inviscid, incompressible fluids; vector representation theorems; vorticity transport theorem; solution methods to steady and unsteady, two-dimensional, axisymetric and three-dimensional flows; computational methods for inviscid flows; and forces and moments on bodies in two-dimensional flows.
ME 5343  Computational Fluid Dynamics  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): ME 3321  
Study of numerical methods tailored to solve thermo-fluids governing equations. Classification of partial differential equation (PDE). Finite difference method. Basic concepts of discretization, consistency, and stability. Applications of numerical methods to selected model PDE. Numerical methods for inviscid flow, boundary-layer flow, and the Navier-Stokes equations. Applications include supersonic compressible and subsonic incompressible flows. Turbulence modeling. Finite volume method. Completion of ME 3321 Fluid Mechanics or equivalent recommended.
ME 5344  Viscoelasticity  (3)  
The Theory of Viscoelasticity is fundamental in the study of time rate dependent materials, with specific emphasis on applications to engineering systems with plastics and materials with polymeric behavior.
ME 5346  Introduction to Aeronautics  (3)  
Introduces the applied science of atmospheric flight. The course teaches about airplanes and how they fly from a design and application perspective. Included are topics in fluid dynamics, airfoil and wing theory, aircraft performance, stability, and aircraft design.
ME 5347  Analysis and Design of Propulsion Systems  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): ME 3321, 3345  
Introduction to compressible flow, including flows with simple area change, heat addition, friction, and shock waves. Analysis, parametric design, and performance of ramjets, turbojets, turbofans, and turboprops. Introduction to the operating principles of major engine components. Introduction to rockets.
ME 5348  Wind Energy  (3)  
This course presents fundamentals about wind turbines, both commercial and residential. Included are topics in aerodynamics, structures, power generation, control economics, environments, noise, and design.
ME 5351  Intermediate Numerical Methods  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): MTH 2311 and 3326 Introduction to engineering computational methods for design, from theory to algorithm to implementation  
Topics will include: roots of equations, optimization, linear systems, integration and differentiation, curve-fitting, and systems of ordinary differential equations.
ME 5352  Theory of Elasticity  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): ME 3320, 3321, and MTH 3326  
The Theory of Elasticity is fundamental to the study of linear and non-linear solid mechanics. This course introduces the foundations of elasticity for a deformable body, including the concept of deformation and stress using tensor calculus.
ME 5353  Continuum Mechanics  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): ME 3320 and Graduate standing  
Introductory course into the mechanics of a continuous medium. Topics include the foundational concepts of stress, strain, and constitutive relationships presented in Cartesian tensor notation. Studies will focus on both solid and fluid mechanics.
ME 5357  Cardiovascular Engineering and Instrumentation  (3)  
Cross-listed as BME 5357, EGR 5357, ELC 5357  
See BME 5357 for course information.
ME 5360  Renewable Energy Devices  (3)  
Educates graduate students from engineering disciplines in the design and applications of various renewable energy sources, materials, and devices. Introduces the basic concepts, principles, potentials, and limitations of several energy conversion and storage devices with a particular focus on solar cells, fuel cells, batteries, and supercapacitors.
ME 5364  Introduction to Additive Manufacturing  (3)  
This course introduces various aspects of additive manufacturing, which has become prominent in industry over the past two decades. The course gives the students a basic understanding of additive manufacturing and its use in design, both for rapid prototyping and for functional manufacturing. The course highlights the advances that additive manufacturing makes upon traditional manufacturing techniques.
ME 5365  Properties and Processing of Electronic Materials  (3)  
Study of the design and applications of conventional and advanced electronic materials ranging from typical Si and electroceramics to complex oxides and conducting polymers. Fundamental issues controlling their properties, processing, and reliability are addressed. In addition, a variety of thin film deposition techniques such as dc/rf magnetron sputtering, thermal/e-beam evaporation, and chemical vapor deposition are covered.
ME 5382  Mechanical Behavior of Polymers and Polymeric Composites  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): ME 3320 or equivalent and ME 3322 or equivalent  
Elastic and viscoelastic behavior of polymers and polymeric composites, predicting long-term behavior from short-term tests using time-temperature-superposition; relating chemical structure to mechanical properties for thermosets, thermoplastics, and semi-crystalline plastics; relating processing to mechanical properties; and predicting stiffness and strength from properties of fibers and polymeric matrices.
ME 5383  Deformation and Fracture in Metals  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): ME 3320 or equivalent and ME 3322 or equivalent  
This course introduces students to advanced theories of deformation and fracture that limit lifetimes in service of components and structures made of metals and alloys. Fracture mechanics are introduced as a tool in the life prediction of components that develop cracks before catastrophic failure. Plastic collapse, creep, fatigue, and environmental stress cracking are covered. Failure analysis methodology and tools are introduced and illustrated.
ME 5385  Failure Analysis: Theory and Practice  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): ME 3322  
Introduction to basic failure theories and their application to the analysis of component and system failure in service; methodology of systematic failure analysis of actual service failures; introduction to tools used in failure analysis; case studies used extensively for teaching and assignments.
ME 5396  Special Topics in Engineering  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): Approval of department chair  
Study of special topics in mechanical engineering. This course may be repeated for a total of six times with different topics.
ME 5397  Special Topics in Engineering  (3)  
Cross-listed as BME 5397, EGR 5397, ELC 5397  
See EGR 5397 for course information.
ME 5V99  Master's Thesis  (1-6)  
Students completing a master's program with a thesis must complete six hours of ME 5V99.
ME 6396  Advanced Topics in Engineeering  (3)  
Study of advanced topics in engineering. This course may be repeated for a total of four times.
ME 6V97  Engineering Research  (1-12)  
Pre-requisite(s): Consent of student's supervisory graduate committee and admission to doctoral candidacy  
Doctoral students may enroll in up to 12 semester hours of engineering research hours prior to taking the preliminary exam and being accepted into candidacy for the doctoral degree. These engineering research hours will count toward the degree.
ME 6V99  Dissertation  (1-6)  
Required of all doctoral candidates. In no case will fewer than 12 semester hours be accepted for a dissertation. Students may not enroll for doctoral research hours until they have been officially accepted into candidacy for the doctoral degree. After initial enrollment, students must register for at least one semester hour of doctoral research every term thereafter (summer term excluded).