Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

College of Engineering

 

Chair Erian Armanios

 

Web www.uta.edu/mae/

Email info@mae.uta.edu

Phone 817.272.2561

Fax 817.272.5010

 

500 West First Street

Degrees / Certificates

Master’s Degrees

Aerospace Engineering, M.Engr.

Aerospace Engineering, M.S.

Mechanical Engineering, M.Engr.

Mechanical Engineering, M.S.

Doctoral Degrees

Aerospace Engineering, B.S. to Ph.D.

Aerospace Engineering, Ph.D.

Mechanical Engineering, B.S. to Ph.D.

Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D.

Graduate Faculty

Professor

Dereje Agonafer

Erian Armanios

Wen Chan

Abdolhossein Haji-Sheikh

David Hullender

Kent Lawrence

Frank Lu

Cheng Luo

Seiichi Nomura

Bo Wang

Donald Wilson

Robert Woods

Seung You

Associate Professor

Bernd Chudoba

Dragos Dancila

Brian Dennis

Atilla Dogan

Haiying Huang

Andrew Makeev

Panayiotis Shiakolas

Kamesh Subbarao

Albert Tong

Assistant Professor

Ashfaq Adnan

Alan Bowling

Robert Harris

Ankur Jain

Daejong Kim

Luca Maddalena

Luca Massa

Hyejin Moon

Donghyun Shin

Bo Yang

Professor Emeritus

Roger Goolsby

Senior Lecturer

Zhen Han

Ratan Kumar

Nancy Michael

Clarence Wimberly

Lecturer

Cecil Harris

Graduate Advisors

Atilla Dogan

Aerospace Engineering, B.S. to Ph.D.

Aerospace Engineering, M.Engr.

Aerospace Engineering, M.S.

Aerospace Engineering, Ph.D.

Seiichi Nomura

Mechanical Engineering, M.Engr.

Mechanical Engineering, M.S.

Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D.

Department Information

Courses

 

Department Information

Objective – Aerospace Engineering

Admission Requirements

Core Areas in the Aerospace Engineering Program

Degree Requirements

Objective – Mechanical Engineering

Continuation

Degree Requirements

 

Objective – Aerospace Engineering

The overall objective of the graduate program in Aerospace Engineering is to develop in a student the ability to define a technical problem, establish an appropriate mathematical or experimental model based on a firm understanding of the physical nature of the problem, analyze the problem by theoretical, numerical, or experimental techniques, and evaluate the results. Although this ability is developed in the context of aerospace problems, it is applicable to the engineering of any physical system. The program is designed for a student with any of the following specific objectives:

  1. A sound foundation in advanced mathematics, science, and engineering which will equip the student well for research and development work or for further advanced study toward a doctoral degree in engineering.
  2. A program of advanced study which allows specialization in one of the following areas:
    • Fluid dynamics, aerodynamics and propulsion (theoretical and applied aerodynamics, gas dynamics, viscous fluid mechanics, turbulence, computational and experimental fluid dynamics, bio-fluidics, hypersonic flow theory, high-temperature gas dynamics, V/STOL and rotorcraft aerodynamics, air-breathing and rocket propulsion);
    • Structural mechanics and structures (solid mechanics, aerospace structures, structural dynamics, composite structures and material characterization, damage tolerance and durability, smart structures, structure optimization, sensor technology, high-temperature structures and materials, aeroelasticity);
    • Flight mechanics and controls (atmospheric and space flight mechanics, orbital mechanics, guidance, navigation and control);
    • Vehicle design (conceptual aircraft design, atmospheric flight vehicle design, spacecraft design, computer-aided engineering).
  3. A balanced but non-specialized program of advanced study in aerodynamics, astronautics, flight dynamics, structural analysis, propulsion, and fluid mechanics, with emphasis on experimental techniques and modern mathematical analysis.

 

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the master’s or doctoral degrees must have either a baccalaureate or master’s degree in engineering or science. Applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree and wish to pursue a doctoral degree without completing a master’s degree may apply for admission in the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) to Ph.D. Track. The minimum admission requirements to this highly competitive track are the same as those for all doctoral applicants. Doctoral candidates shall also demonstrate through previous academic preparation the potential to carry out independent research in Aerospace Engineering. All applicants must meet the general requirements of the Graduate School as stated in the section of this catalog entitled "Admission Requirements and Procedures". Applicants not meeting all criteria may be admitted on a provisional or probationary basis.

For applicants with no prior training in engineering or with insufficient undergraduate Aerospace Engineering coursework, the same minimum criteria will apply. Additionally, their records will be reviewed in relation to their mathematics, engineering, and science backgrounds, and probationary status may be a basis for acceptance of such applicants, with specific undergraduate remedial work required.

The UT Arlington Aerospace Engineering Program uses the following guidelines in the admission review process:

Unconditional Admission

Unconditional admission into the Aerospace Engineering Program requires the submission of items 1 through 5 below for each degree program. To be unconditionally admitted, an applicant must at least meet conditions 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Master’s Program
  1. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work in an appropriate engineering or science discipline. (For some international applicants where GPA calculations based on a 4.0 system are not performed, a minimum performance level of 65 percentile is expected. This minimum expectation may be higher for some countries, where less stringent grading criteria are used.) Performance in core Aerospace Engineering courses is of particular importance.
  2. A GRE score of at least 400 (verbal) and 700 (quantitative). For those applicants whose GRE verbal score falls below 400, high TOEFL scores may be considered to offset the GRE verbal score.
  3. Three favorable recommendations, via the university’s recommendation form or via recommendation letter.
  4. A Statement of Purpose detailing the applicant’s background, education, professional goals, technical interests, and research interests.
  5. An applicant whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL, TSE, or IELTS English proficiency test scores. Minimum performance levels expected for each test are: paper-based TOEFL score of 550 with a TWE of 3.5, computer-based TOEFL score of 223, TSE-A score of 45, IELTS score of 6.5, or TOEFL iBT total score of 84 with sectional scores that meet or exceed 22 for the writing section, 21 for the speaking section, 20 for the reading section, and 20 for the listening section.
Doctoral Program
  1. Minimum GPA of 3.3 in the last 60 hours taken in the major field of study in an appropriate engineering or science discipline. (For some international applicants where GPA calculations based on a 4.0 system are not performed, a minimum performance level of 70 percentile is expected. This minimum expectation may be higher for some countries, where less stringent grading criteria are used.) Performance in core Aerospace Engineering courses is of particular importance.
  2. A GRE score of at least 450 (verbal) and 750 (quantitative). For those applicants whose GRE verbal score falls below 450, high TOEFL scores may be considered to offset the GRE verbal score.
  3. Three favorable recommendations via the university’s recommendation form or via recommendation letter.
  4. A Statement of Purpose detailing the applicant’s background, education, professional goals, technical interests, and research interests.
  5. An applicant whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL, TSE, or IELTS English proficiency test scores. Minimum performance levels expected for each test are: paper-based TOEFL score of 560 with a TWE of 3.5, computer-based TOEFL score of 230, TSE-A score of 45, IELTS score of 7.0, or TOEFL iBT total score of 89 with sectional scores that meet or exceed 23 for the writing section, 21 for the speaking section, 24 for the reading section, and 21 for the listening section.

Probationary Admission

Probationary admission into the Aerospace Engineering Program may be permitted under the following conditions for each degree program:

Master’s Program
  1. If the applicant meets any three of the items 1, 2, 3, and 4 above for the master’s program.
  2. An applicant whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL, TSE, or IELTS English proficiency test scores. Minimum performance levels expected for each test are: paper-based TOEFL score of 550 with a TWE of 3.5, computer-based TOEFL score of 223, TSE-A score of 45, IELTS score of 6.5, or TOEFL iBT total score of 84 with sectional scores that meet or exceed 22 for the writing section, 21 for the speaking section, 20 for the reading section, and 20 for the listening section.
Doctoral Program
  1. If an applicant meets any three of the items 1, 2, 3, and 4 above for the doctoral program.
  2. An applicant whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL, TSE, or IELTS English proficiency test scores. Minimum performance levels expected for each test are: paper-based TOEFL score of 560 with a TWE of 3.5, computer-based TOEFL score of 230, TSE-A score of 45, IELTS score of 7.0, or TOEFL iBT total score of 89 with sectional scores that meet or exceed 23 for the writing section, 21 for the speaking section, 24 for the reading section, and 21 for the listening section.

Provisional Admission

An applicant who is unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline, but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements, may be granted provisional admission.

Deferred

If an applicant does not present adequate evidence of meeting admission requirements, the admission decision may be deferred until admission records are complete or the requirements are met.

Denial of Admission

A candidate may be denied admission if he/she has less than satisfactory performance in two out of the first three admission criteria.

Waiver of the Graduate Record Examination

A waiver of the Graduate Record Examination may be considered for a UT Arlington graduate who has completed a BSAE degree within the past 3 years. The student’s GPA must equal or exceed 3.0 in each of two calculations: (a) in the last 60 hours of study and (b) in all undergraduate coursework completed at UT Arlington. The GRE waiver may be extended to include non-UT Arlington candidates that have undergraduate degrees in Aerospace Engineering (with GPA of 3.25 or above) from U.S. universities with an ABET accredited engineering program or other select U.S. universities subject to graduate advisor’s approval. The waiver of the GRE applies only to applicants for the masters degree programs. Interested applicants should contact the Aerospace Engineering Graduate Advisor.

Criteria for Award of Fellowships and Assistantships

Applicants who demonstrate skills, experience or interests that meet the needs of the AE Graduate Program will be considered for fellowships or assistantships.

Fast Track Program for Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering

The Fast Track Program enables outstanding UT Arlington senior undergraduate students in Aerospace Engineering to satisfy degree requirements leading to a master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering while completing their undergraduate studies. When senior-level students are within 15 hours of completing their undergraduate degree requirements, they may take up to 9 hours of graduate level coursework designated by the Aerospace Engineering Program to satisfy both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. In the limiting case, a student completing the maximum allowable hours (9) while in undergraduate status would have to take only 24 additional hours to meet minimum requirements for graduation in a 33 hour thesis master’s degree program (M.S.) or 28 additional hours for a 37 hour non-thesis master’s degree program (M. Engr.)

Interested UT Arlington undergraduate Aerospace Engineering students should apply to the Aerospace Engineering Program when they are within 30 hours of completing their bachelor’s degrees. They must have completed at least 30 hours at UT Arlington, achieving a GPA of at least 3.0 in those courses, and have an overall GPA of 3.0 or better in all college courses. Additionally, they must have completed at least 16 hours of specified undergraduate foundation courses with a minimum GPA of 3.3 in those courses. Program details are provided in the UT Arlington Undergraduate Catalog. Contact the Undergraduate Advisor or Graduate Advisor in Aerospace Engineering for more information about the program.

B.S. to Ph.D. Program

The B.S. to Ph.D. Program is an accelerated program in which the student bypasses the M.S. thesis and proceeds directly to the Ph.D. dissertation research. Requirements for unconditional admission to the B.S. to Ph.D. Degree Program include:

  • An overall GPA, as calculated by the Graduate School, of 3.3 or higher in undergraduate coursework.
  • Relevance of the student’s previous degrees to the AE curriculum.
  • Reputation of the universities or colleges the student has attended.
  • A GRE score of at least 500 (verbal) and 750 (quantitative).
  • Three satisfactory written recommendation forms from prior professors or supervisors.
  • A written essay on the student’s goals and reasons for pursuing graduate studies.

 

Core Areas in the Aerospace Engineering Program

The four core areas in the Aerospace Engineering program along with the recommended courses in each core area are listed below:

  1. Fluid Mechanics, Aerodynamics and Propulsion
    • AE 5313 Fluid Dynamics
    • AE 5342 Gas Dynamics
    • AE 5326 Air-Breathing Propulsion
  2. Solid Mechanics and Structures
    • AE 5330 Finite Element Methods
    • AE 5340 Structural Aspects of Design
    • AE 5331 Structural Dynamics
  3. Flight Mechanics and Controls
    • AE 5302 Advanced Flight Mechanics
    • AE 5362 Guidance, Navigation and Control of Aerospace Vehicles
  4. Flight Vehicle Design
    • AE 5368 Flight Vehicle Synthesis and Systems Engineering

 

Degree Requirements

All Graduate Degrees

  • All entering students must be proficient in mathematics, engineering analysis, and computer programming. (Students not meeting these requirements may be admitted on a probationary basis and given a plan of remedial undergraduate coursework).
  • No graduate credit will be granted for courses that are required in the undergraduate Aerospace Engineering curriculum.
  • The Master of Science and Doctoral candidates in Aerospace Engineering shall enroll in the Graduate Seminar (AE 5101) a minimum of three times (see course description).

All candidates are required to select a Supervising Professor and obtain an approved program of work in the second full semester or after 12 hours are completed.

Master of Science or Master of Engineering

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering offers both the Master of Science and the Master of Engineering degrees in Aerospace Engineering.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree

The Master of Science (M.S.) Degree in Aerospace Engineering is a research-oriented program in which completion of a thesis is mandatory. A minimum of 33 credit hours is required as follows:

  • Two core courses (one course from either core areas one or two and one course from another of the four core areas, six credit hours)
  • Two math or engineering analysis courses (six credit hours)
  • Four courses (twelve credit hours) related to a specialty in Aerospace Engineering
  • Six credit hours of thesis. The student must enroll in AE 5398 or AE 6297 every semester in which the student is actively involved in thesis preparation or research, except that the student must enroll in AE 5698 in the semester of graduation.
  • A minimum of three credit hours of Graduate Seminar (AE 5101)
Requirements for the Master of Engineering Degree

The Master of Engineering (M.Engr.) Degree in Aerospace Engineering is an engineering practice-oriented program. A minimum of 37 credit hours is required as follows:

  • Three core courses (one course each from core areas one and two and a third course from either areas three or four, nine credit hours)
  • Two math/engineering analysis courses (six credit hours)
  • Seven elective courses (21 credit hours) in engineering, mathematics, and/or science relating to the student’s interest areas. The elective courses must include a minimum of one hour and no more than six hours of special project courses (AE 5191, 5291 or 5391).
  • A minimum of one credit hour of Graduate Seminar (AE 5101)

For both the M.S. and the M. Engr. degrees, the balance of the required coursework hours may be chosen in consultation with the Supervising Professor to meet the student’s needs and interests. Normally these additional elective courses should be selected from the offerings of the Program in Aerospace Engineering or the Program in Mechanical Engineering. Courses taken outside the two programs require approval of the student’s Supervising Professor as well as the Graduate Advisor.

Doctor of Philosophy

  • The Ph.D. degree requires a minimum of 24 hours of graduate-level course work beyond the Master’s degree, and will include a scholarly dissertation that provides a significant original contribution to Aerospace Engineering.
  • The Ph.D. degree course requirement can be tailored to satisfy the individual student’s aspirations in choice of the area of specialization. However, to meet the educational goals of a broad-based technical background in Aerospace Engineering, it is expected that each student will take sufficient course work to obtain in-depth knowledge in at least two core areas of Aerospace Engineering.
  • Students whose background is in a field other than Aerospace Engineering must satisfy the Master’s degree core requirements.
  • There is no foreign langurage requirement for the Ph.D.
  • Diagnostic Exam: All students entering the Ph.D. program are required to take the Ph.D. Diagnostic Exam. Students admitted into AE Ph.D. program with MS degree in Aerospace Engineering or equivalent must take the diagnostic exam at the end of the 1st semester. This exam is offered twice per year, during the week preceding the start of classes for the fall and spring semesters. Possible outcomes of this evaluation are: 1) continuation in the doctoral program, 2) approval to continue with certain specified remedial work, 3) failure with approval to retake, 4) termination in the program.
  • Comprehensive Exam: Students are eligible to take the comprehensive examination after satisfying all requirements stipulated by the Diagnostic Exam Committee and giving evidence to their doctoral committee of adequate academic achievement by having completed all or most coursework requirements. The comprehensive examination is used to determine if the student has the necessary background and specialization required for the dissertation research and if the student can organize and conduct the research. An applicant must pass this examination to be admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree.

B.S. to Ph.D. Track

  • In addition to the requirements listed above for the Ph.D. degree, a B.S.-Ph.D. Track student will be required to enroll in at least three hours of research each semester during the student’s first two years, receiving a pass/fail grade (no R grade) in these hours.
  • A student may be exempted from enrolling in research hours in the student’s initial semester.
  • A B.S.-Ph.D. Track student must have a faculty research (dissertation) advisor prior to the start of the student’s second full semester.
  • Students in the BS-Ph.D. program must take the Ph.D diagnostic exam within the first year from the start of their Ph.D.

 

Objective – Mechanical Engineering

The graduate program provides opportunities for professional development in such forms as: instructional courses to enhance technical competence in areas of mechanical engineering practice; training through a variety of experiences in design, development, research, experimentation, and/or analysis in joint efforts with faculty and peers; specialized courses of study required for entry into career fields allied to the mechanical engineering discipline; guided individual study under faculty supervision; and supportive coursework for programs leading to careers that require interdisciplinary competence.

A student with aid from a faculty advisor plans a program that will be consistent with his or her technical interests and the available facilities and course offerings. Typically, programs are classified as:

  • Thermal Science
  • Fluid Science
  • Mechanical Design and Manufacturing
  • Solid Mechanics and Structures
  • Controls and Systems

Admission Requirements

Admission Criteria for Master’s and Ph.D. Programs

Admission to the graduate program in ME is based on equal weighting of the following five criteria:

  1. An overall GPA, as calculated by the Graduate School, of 3.0 or higher in undergraduate coursework is required for admission to the M.S. program. A 3.3 GPA is required for admission to the Ph.D. program. (For some international applicants where GPA calculations based on a 4.0 system are not performed, a minimum performance level of 65 percentile for M.S. applicants and 70 percentile is expected for Ph.D. applicants. This minimum expectation may be higher for some countries, where less stringent grading criteria are used.) Performance in core Mechanical Engineering courses is of particular importance.
  2. A GRE score of at least 146 (400 in old scaling) (verbal) and 155 (700 in old scaling) (quantitative) for M.S. applicants, and at least 150 (450 in old scaling)(verbal) and 159 (750 in old scaling) (quantitative) for Ph.D. applicants.
  3. Three satisfactory written recommendation forms from prior professors or supervisors.
  4. A written essay on the student’s goals and reasons for pursuing graduate studies.
  5. An applicant whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL, TSE, or IELTS English proficiency test scores. For M.S. applicants, minimum performance levels expected for each test are: TOEFL iBT total score of 84 with sectional scores that meet or exceed 22 for the writing section, 21 for the speaking section, 20 for the reading section, and 20 for the listening section, paper-based TOEFL score of 550 with a TWE of 3.5, computer-based TOEFL score of 223, TSE-A score of 45, or IELTS score of 6.5. For Ph.D. applicants, minimum performance levels expected for each test are: TOEFL iBT total score of 89 with sectional scores that meet or exceed 23 for the writing section, 21 for the speaking section, 24 for the reading section, and 21 for the listening section, paper-based TOEFL score of 560 with a TWE of 3.5, computer-based TOEFL score of 230, TSE-A score of 45, or IELTS score of 7.0.
Admission Status
  1. Unconditional Admission: To be unconditionally admitted, an applicant must at least meet conditions 1, 2, 3, and 4.
  2. Probationary Admission: M.S. applicants who fail to meet the conditions for unconditional admission, but satisfy any three of items 1, 2, 3 and 4, will be considered for probationary admission.
  3. Provisionary Admission: Applicants who are unable to supply all of the required documentation prior to the admission deadline, but who otherwise appear to meet the admission criteria, may be granted provisional admission.
  4. Denial: Applicants who fail to meet at least two of the first four admission criteria will normally be denied admission.
  5. Deferral: A deferred decision may be granted when an application file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate.
Admission Requirements for B.S. to Ph.D. Track
  1. An overall GPA, as calculated by the Graduate School, of 3.3 or higher in undergraduate coursework.
  2. A GRE score of at least 150 (450 in old scaling) (verbal) and 159 (750 in old scaling) (quantitative).
  3. Three satisfactory written recommendation forms from prior professors or supervisors.
  4. A written essay on the student’s goals and reasons for pursuing graduate studies.
  5. An applicant whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL, TSE, or IELTS English proficiency test scores. Minimum performance levels expected for each test are: TOEFL iBT total score of 89 with sectional scores that meet or exceed 23 for the writing section, 21 for the speaking seciton, 24 for the reading section and 21 for the listening section, paper-based TOEFL score of 560 with a TWE of 3.5, computer-based TOEFL score of 230, TSE-A score of 45, or IELTS score of 7.0.

Probationary Admission

Probationary admission into the Mechanical Engineering Program may be permitted under the following conditions for each degree program:

Masters Program

  1. If the applicant meets any three of the items 1, 2, 3 and 4 above for the masters program.
  2. An applicant whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL, TSE, or IELTS English proficiency test scores. Minimum performance levels expected for each test are: TOEFL iBT total score of 84 with sectional scores that meet or exceed 22 for the writing section, 21 for the speaking section, 20 for the reading section and 20 for the listening section, paper-based TOEFL score of 550 with a TWE of 3.5, computer-based TOEFL score of 223, TSE-A score of 45, or IELTS score of 6.5.

Doctoral Program and BS to PhD track

  1. If an applicant meets any three of the items 1, 2, 3, and 4 above for the doctoral program or BS to PhD track.
  2. An applicant whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL, TSE, or IELTS English proficiency test scores. Minimum performance levels expected for each test are: TOEFL iBT total score of 89 with sectional scores that meet or exceed 23 for the writing section, 21 for the speaking section, 24 for the reading section and 21 for the listening section, paper-based TOEFL score of 560 with a TWE of 3.5, computer-based TOEFL score of 230, TSE-A score of 45, or IELTS score of 7.0.

Provisional Admission

An applicant who is unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline, but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements, may be granted provisional admission.

Deferred Admission

If an applicant does not present adequate evidence of meeting admission requirements, the admission decision may be deferred until admission records are complete or the requirements are met.

Denial of Admission

A candidate may be denied admission if he/she has less than satisfactory performance in two out of the first three admission criteria.

Admission Requirements for B.S. to Ph.D. Track

The B.S. to Ph.D. program is an accelerated program in which a student proceeds directly to the Ph.D. dissertation research and bypasses the M.S. thesis. Requirements for unconditional admission to this program include the following:

  1. Minimum GPA of 3.3 in the last 60 hours taken in the major field of study in an appropriate engineering or science discipline. (For some international applicants where GPA calculations based on a 4.0 system is not performed, a minimum performance level of 70 percentile is expected. This minimum expectation may be higher for some countries, where less stringent grading criteria are used.) Performance in core mechanical engineering courses is of particular importance.
  2. A GRE score of at least 150 (450 in old scaling) (verbal) and 155 (750 in old scaling) (quantitative).
  3. Three favorable, veracious recommendations, via the university’s recommendation form or via recommendation letter.
  4. A Statement of Purpose detailing the applicant’s background, education, professional goals, technical interests, and research interests.
  5. An applicant whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL, TSE, or IELTS English proficiency test scores. Minimum performance levels expected for each test are: TOEFL iBT total score of 89 with sectional scores that meet or exceed 23 for the writing section, 21 for the speaking section, 24 for the reading section and 21 for the listening section, paper-based TOEFL score of 560 with a TWE of 3.5, computer-based TOEFL score of 230, TSE-A score of 45, or IELTS score of 7.0.

Waiver of the Graduate Record Exam

A waiver of the Graduate Record Examination may be considered for a UT Arlington graduate who has completed a BSME degree within the past 3 years. The student’s GPA must equal or exceed 3.0 in each of two calculations: (a) in the last 60 hours of study and (b) in all undergraduate coursework completed at UT Arlington. The GRE waiver may be extended to include non-UT Arlington candidates that have undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering (with GPA of 3.25 or above) from U.S. universities with an ABET accredited engineering program or other select U.S. universities subject to graduate advisor’s approval. The waiver of the GRE applies only to applicants for the master’s degree programs. Interested applicants should contact the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Advisor.

Criteria for Award of Fellowships and Assistantships

Applicants who demonstrate skills, experience or interests that meet the needs of the ME Graduate Program will be considered for fellowships or assistantships.

Fast Track Program for Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering

The Fast Track Program enables outstanding UT Arlington senior undergraduate students in Mechanical Engineering to satisfy degree requirements leading to a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering while completing their undergraduate studies. When senior-level students are within 15 hours of completing their undergraduate degree requirements, they may take up to 9 hours of graduate level coursework designated by the Mechanical Engineering Program to satisfy both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. In the limiting case, a student completing the maximum allowable hours (9) while in undergraduate status would have to take only 21 additional hours to meet minimum requirements for graduation in a 30 hour thesis master’s degree program (M.S.) or 27 additional hours for a non-thesis master’s degree program (M. Engr.)

Interested UT Arlington undergraduate Mechanical Engineering students should apply to the Mechanical Engineering Program when they are within 30 hours of completing their bachelor’s degrees. They must have completed at least 30 hours at UT Arlington, achieving a GPA of at least 3.0 in those courses, and have an overall GPA of 3.0 or better in all college courses. Additionally, they must have completed at least 11 hours of specified undergraduate foundation courses with a minimum GPA of 3.3 in those courses. Fast Track Program details are provided in the UT Arlington Undergraduate Catalog. Contact the Undergraduate Advisor or Graduate Advisor in Mechanical Engineering for more information about the program.

Continuation

The Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program, in fulfillment of its responsibility to graduate highly qualified professional engineers, has established certain policies and procedures. In addition to the requirements of the Graduate School listed elsewhere, to continue in the program each mechanical engineering graduate student must:

  • Maintain at least a B (3.0) overall GPA in all coursework, and
  • Demonstrate suitability for professional engineering practice.

At such time as questions are raised by mechanical engineering graduate faculty regarding either of the above, the student will be notified and will be provided the opportunity to respond to the Committee on Graduate Studies in Mechanical Engineering. The Committee on Graduate Studies will review the student’s performance and make a recommendation concerning the student’s eligibility to continue in the program. Appeal of a decision on continuation may be made through normal procedures outlined in the section of this catalog entitled "Grievances Other than Grades."

 

Degree Requirements

Core Courses

Thermal Science: ME 5316 Thermal Conduction, ME 5317 Convection Heat Transfer, ME 5318 Radiative Heat Transfer, ME 5321 Advanced Classical Thermodynamics

Fluid Science: ME 5313 Fluid Dynamics, ME 5342 Advanced Gas Dynamics I, ME 5344 Viscous Flows

Design, Mechanics and Manufacturing: ME 5310 Finite Element Methods, ME 5337 Introduction to Robotics, ME 5339 Structural Aspects of Design, ME 5311 Structural Dynamics

Controls and Systems: ME 5303 Classical Methods of Control Systems Analysis and Synthesis, ME 5305 Dynamic Systems Modeling, ME 5341 Control Systems Components.

Analysis Courses: ME 5331, ME 5332, approved mathematics courses.

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

The Master of Science degree is a research-oriented program in which completion of a thesis is mandatory. A minimum of 30 credit hours is required as follows: three core courses (one course each in three of the four areas) and the two analysis courses listed above; three graduate courses (nine credit hours) related to a specialty in mechanical engineering (registration in elective courses outside the ME department requires prior approval of the ME graduate advisor and the students committee chair otherwise they will not count towards graduation requirements); and six credit hours of thesis. In addition, all GTA/GRA Master of Science students are required to enroll in ME 5101 Seminar course. The student must enroll in ME 5398 or ME 6397 every semester in which the student is actively involved in thesis preparation or research, except that the student must enroll in ME 5698 in the semester of graduation.

Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering

The Master of Engineering degree is an engineering practice-oriented program. A minimum of 36 credit hours is required as follows: four core courses (one in each area) and the two analysis courses listed above; six courses (18 credit hours) of elective graduate courses in engineering, mathematics, and/or science relating to the student’s interest areas. The elective courses may include as many as three hours of special project courses (ME 5391). Registration in elective courses outside the ME department requires prior approval of the ME graduate advisor and student’s committee chair otherwise they will not count towards graduation requirements.

Manufacturing Engineering Option

Students desiring a program in manufacturing engineering may achieve this goal while meeting the requirements for a graduate degree in mechanical engineering. This is accomplished by selecting a specific program of courses. Upon completion, the student receives a Manufacturing Engineer’s Certificate along with the M.S.M.E. or M.Engr.M.E. Specifics are available in the Mechanical Engineering office.

Doctor of Philosophy

There is no foreign language requirement for the Ph.D. degree.

B.S.-Ph.D. Track Students

To meet the educational goal of a broad-based technical background in Mechanical Engineering, it is expected that each student will take sufficient graduate coursework to obtain in-depth knowledge in at least two areas of Mechanical Engineering. Students whose background is in a field other than Mechanical Engineering must satisfy the BS core requirements. Note that registration in elective courses outside the ME department requires prior approval of the ME graduate advisor and student’s committee chair. Otherwise they will not count towards the graduation requirements. The doctoral degree program consists of a minimum of 42 credit hours of coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree level plus 9 hours of dissertation and 2 hours of seminar and requires the successful completion of the following requirements:

  1. Three core courses (9 credit hours) from at least two different areas, as listed below:
    1. Thermal Science: ME 5316 Thermal Conduction, ME 5317 Convection Heat Transfer, ME 5318 Radiative Heat Transfer, ME 5321 Advanced Classical Thermodynamics
    2. Fluid Science: ME 5313 Fluid Dynamics, ME 5342 Advanced Gas Dynamics I, ME 5344 Viscous Flows
    3. Design, Mechanics and Manufacturing: ME 5310 Finite Element Methods, ME 5337 Introduction to Robotics, ME 5339 Structural Aspects of Design, ME 5311 Structural Dynamics
    4. Controls and Systems: ME 5303 Classical Methods of Control Systems Analysis and Synthesis, ME 5305 Dynamic Systems Modeling, ME 5341 Control Systems Components
  2. One additional course (3 credit hours) at the graduate level in one of the broad areas of Mechanical Engineering outside the student’s major area of specialization. A core course is also acceptable for meeting this requirement.
  3. Eight additional courses (24 credit hours) in the student’s major area of research
  4. Two courses (6 credit hours) of engineering analysis (ME 5331, 5332, or other approved mathematics courses).
  5. Two credit hours of seminar
  6. Nine credit hours for Dissertation
    1. Doctoral students must register for a minimum total of 9 hours of dissertation research over the course of their programs of work. These hours may be accumulated over several terms or completed in a single term. The course hours of ME 6299, 6399, 6699, 6699, and/or 7399 are all counted towards this nine-hour requirement.
    2. Doctoral students must be enrolled in 9 hours while completing organized coursework and 6 hours while exclusively enrolled in dissertation research in order to be considered full time except in the term they designate as their "completion term." The completion term is typically the term in which a student successfully defends his or her dissertation, fully completes all degree requirements and graduates. Students may designate only one term as the completion term.
    3. Doctoral students must enroll in a minimum of 3 dissertation hours (7399) in the term designated as their completion term. Alternatively, students may complete and defend their dissertation while enrolled in 6 or 9-hour dissertation courses (6299, 6399, 6699 or 6999).
    4. Doctoral students who do not graduate at the end of their completion term will receive a grade of R, W, or F and must enroll in a minimum of 6 hours of dissertation research (6299, 6399, 6699 or 6999) every term until graduation.
    5. Students enrolled in the completion term meet enrollment requirements for holding fellowships awarded by the Office of Graduate Studies and GTA or GRA positions by enrolling in the required 3-hour completion term dissertation course.
    6. Students who wish to remain eligible in their final semester of study for grants, loans or other forms of financial aid administered by the Financial Aid Office must enroll in a minimum of 5 hours each term as required by the Office of Financial Aid. Other funding sources may also require more than 3-hours of enrollment. Students should consult with the Office of Financial Aid and other funding agencies to be certain they enroll in sufficient hours to retain support.

Final course requirements are determined by the student’s supervising committee.

M.S.-Ph.D. Track Students

To meet the educational goal of a broad-based technical background in Mechanical Engineering, it is expected that each student will take sufficient graduate coursework to obtain in-depth knowledge in at least two areas of Mechanical Engineering. Students whose background is in a field other than Mechanical Engineering must satisfy the Masters of Science core requirements. Note that registration in elective courses outside the ME department requires prior approval of the ME graduate advisor and student’s committee chair. Otherwise they will not count towards the graduation requirements. The doctoral degree program consists of a minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework beyond the Master’s degree level plus 9 hours of dissertation and 2 hours of seminar and requires the successful completion of the following requirements:

  1. Three core courses (9 credit hours) from at least two different areas, as listed below:
    1. Thermal Science: ME 5316 Thermal Conduction, ME 5317 Convection Heat Transfer, ME 5318 Radiative Heat Transfer, ME 5321 Advanced Classical Thermodynamics
    2. Fluid Science: ME 5313 Fluid Dynamics, ME 5342 Advanced Gas Dynamics I, ME 5344 Viscous Flows
    3. Design, Mechanics and Manufacturing: ME 5310 Finite Element Methods, ME 5337 Introduction to Robotics, ME 5339 Structural Aspects of Design, ME 5311 Structural Dynamics
    4. Controls and Systems: ME 5303 Classical Methods of Control Systems Analysis and Synthesis, ME 5305 Dynamic Systems Modeling, ME 5341 Control Systems Components.
  2. One additional course (3 credit hours) at the graduate level in one of the broad areas of Mechanical Engineering outside the student’s major area of specialization. A core course is also acceptable for meeting this requirement.
  3. Three additional courses (9 credit hours) in the student’s major area of research
  4. One course (3 credit hours) of engineering analysis (ME 5331, 5332, or other approved mathematics courses).
  5. Two credit hours of seminar
  6. Nine credit hours (ME 6999) for Dissertation.
    1. Doctoral students must register for a minimum total of 9 hours of dissertation research over the course of their programs of work. These hours may be accumulated over several terms or completed in a single term. The course hours of ME 6299, 6399, 6699, 6699, and/or 7399 are all counted towards this nine-hour requirement.
    2. Doctoral students must be enrolled in 9 hours while completing organized coursework and 6 hours while exclusively enrolled in dissertation research in order to be considered full time except in the term they designate as their "completion term." The completion term is typically the term in which a student successfully defends his or her dissertation, fully completes all degree requirements and graduates. Students may designate only one term as the completion term.
    3. Doctoral students must enroll in a minimum of 3 dissertation hours (7399) in the term designated as their completion term. Alternatively, students may complete and defend their dissertation while enrolled in 6 or 9-hour dissertation courses (6299, 6399, 6699 or 6999).
    4. Doctoral students who do not graduate at the end of their completion term will receive a grade of R, W, or F and must enroll in a minimum of 6 hours of dissertation research (6299, 6399, 6699 or 6999) every term until graduation.
    5. Students enrolled in the completion term meet enrollment requirements for holding fellowships awarded by the Office of Graduate Studies and GTA or GRA positions by enrolling in the required 3-hour completion term dissertation course.
    6. Students who wish to remain eligible in their final semester of study for grants, loans or other forms of financial aid administered by the Financial Aid Office must enroll in a minimum of 5 hours each term as required by the Office of Financial Aid. Other funding sources may also require more than 3-hours of enrollment. Students should consult with the Office of Financial Aid and other funding agencies to be certain they enroll in sufficient hours to retain support

Final course requirements are determined by the student’s supervising committee. In addition, a student must pass three examinations before being awarded the Ph.D. degree: the Diagnostic Exam, the Comprehensive Exam, and the Final Exam (or Dissertation Examination).

A Diagnostic Examination will be administered to the student within the first two semesters after a Master’s degree or before the accumulation of 42 semester hours of graduate work beyond the baccalaureate degree. The Diagnostic Exam is a written test of the student’s capability to pursue successfully the doctorate degree, and it aids in developing the program of study for the student. The Diagnostic Examination tests fundamental knowledge in two technical areas of mechanical engineering. The student and the student’s research advisor jointly choose the technical areas from the following five: (1) thermal science, (2) fluid science, (3) mechanical design and manufacturing, (4) solid mechanics and structures, and (5) controls and systems. The exam topics for the technical areas are given in the ME Ph.D. Diagnostic Exam handout. The diagnostic examination is normally offered twice a year the week prior to the beginning of the Fall and/or Spring semesters. A student should inform the ME graduate advisor in advance and no later than the middle of the long semester prior to the planned time of taking the exam and consult with the ME graduate advisor for the time and place of the diagnostic examination.

A comprehensive examination will be administered to the student after the successful completion of all phases of the diagnostic examination and before the student’s research work for the dissertation. The comprehensive examination is used to determine if the student has the necessary background and specialization required for the dissertation research and if the student can organize and conduct the research. An applicant must pass this examination to be admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree.

The student must enroll in at least three hours of dissertation courses (ME 6399-6999) or research courses (ME 6397-6999) every semester in which the student is actively involved in dissertation preparation or research, except that the student must enroll in ME 6999 in the semester of graduation.

The student must submit the Application for Candidacy and Final Program of Work to the Mechanical Engineering Committee on Graduate Studies immediately after completion of the Comprehensive Examination. Coursework taken for the Master’s degree at this institution may be used to meet these requirements; however, courses listed for the Master’s degree or any other degree cannot be listed as the actual course requirement on the Final Program of Work. Transfer work is not accepted in doctoral programs; however, such courses may provide a basis for waiving some course requirements.

The student must file the Request for Dissertation Defense form with the Graduate School at least two weeks prior to the defense. At the same time of requesting the exam, the student must also announce the exam to the members of the university community by posting fliers on the departmental bulletin boards and by providing an electronic statement to the ME graduate advisor to be posted on the departmental web page indicating details (title, abstract, advisor, time and place) of the exam. Approval of the dissertation by the members of the Dissertation Committee is required.

Please see the section entitled General Graduate School Regulations and Information in this Catalog for further details.

The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.

An incomplete grade (the grade of I) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded I. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an I, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an I was earned cannot change a grade of I. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.

Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only. The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six-hour thesis or nine-hour dissertation courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)

B.S. to Ph.D. Track

In addition to the requirements listed below for the Ph.D. degree, a B.S.-Ph.D. Track student will be required to enroll in at least three hours of research each semester during the student’s first two years, receiving a pass/fail grade (no R grade) in these hours. A B.S.-Ph.D. student must have a faculty research (dissertation) advisor prior to the start of the student’s second full semester. A B.S.-Ph.D. student must take the Ph.D. diagnostic examination prior to the start of the student’s fourth full semester.

Certificate in Electronic Packaging

Program objective and requirements:

The Certificate in Electronic Packaging program provides graduate-level knowledge in the field of electronic packaging, with a concentration on numerical and experimental characterization of thermo/mechanical issues. Courses are taught by faculty of the departments of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering, plus other UT Arlington faculty and adjunct faculty as needed. Technical material covered in the classroom will be complemented by a number of seminars by industry leaders in the packaging field. Completion of the certificate program will provide a head start for UT Arlington students when joining industry and skills-enhancement opportunities for current industry employees.

There are two enrollment options: as a student pursuing a graduate degree or as a non-degree-seeking special student. The special student avenue is tailored for individuals currently employed in an electronics-related industry. Students will receive the certificate after completing 12 credit hours of packaging courses, as advised by the certificate program director, and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the four selected courses. The time limit for completion of the Certificate in Electronic Packaging program is six years.

Applicants on a degree track must be admitted to the Master’s degree program. Non-degree students must have a BS degree and a minimum GPA of 2.5. Special students who decide that they want to pursue a graduate degree after starting as a special student may transfer up to 12 credit hours of graduate level courses.

Courses:

  • ME 5314 Fracture Mechanics in Structural Design
  • ME 5346 Cooling of Electronic Packages
  • ME 5352 Fundamentals in Electronic Packaging (mandatory)
  • ME 5353 Computational Techniques in Electronic Packaging (mandatory)
  • ME 5354 Failures and Their Prevention in Electronic Packages
  • ME 5355 Mechanical Failure of Electronic Packages
  • ME 5356 Chipscale Package
  • ME 5361 Multidisciplinary Computations
  • ME 5390 Smart Structures and Materials (Special Topics)
  • MSE 5336 Electrical Properties of Materials
  • EE 5343 Silicon Integrated Circuit Fabrication Technology
  • EE 5344 Introduction to MEMS

Graduate Certificate in Automotive Engineering

Program objective:

The University of Texas at Arlington is pleased to offer a Graduate Certificate in Automotive Engineering through the Arnold E. Petsche Center for Automotive Engineering. This certificate comfirms the student’s commitment to automotive engineering and the learning experience gained from being a contributing team member of a student design competition. Students shall be awarded the Graduate Certificate for Automotive Engineering by the College of Engineering and the Graduate School upon satisfactory completion of the certificate requirements with an overall grade point average of 3.0.

Admission requirements:

Students wishing to enroll only in the Graduate Certificate in Automotive Engineering but NOT a graduate degree program may apply for admission to UT Arlington as a non-degree seeking student. The GRE is not necessary. Admission to the certificate program allows participants to take the specific courses approved for the certificate program. Student are not allowed to take courses in excess of those required for the certificate. A Bachelor’s degree in engineering with a GPA of 2.8 is required for admission through the Graduate School. Students with GPA’s lower than 2.8 may be recommended for admission as special student by the Director of the Arnold E. Petsche Center for Automotive Engineering, based on the following admission enhancing factors: (1) the applicant’s work experience and level of responsibility; (2) two letters of recommendation.

Students already enrolled in a Master’s degree program at TU Arlington may enroll by submitting the appropriate application form to the certificate program director and his or her academic graduate advisor. Students who have completed a Master’s degree may apply for admission to UT Arlington as a non-degree seeking student. In either case, a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Master’s degree work is required.

Academic requirements:

Participants must satisfactorily complete 12 hours of required courses according to the following criteria

Six hours of ME 5359 Applied Automotive Engineering (may be repeated for credit)

At least three hours from the following list:

ME 5340 Automotive Engineering

ME 5358 Racecar Engineering

No More that three hours from the following list, or other graduate level engineering course approved by the Director of the Arnold E. Petsche Center for Automotive Engineering

ME 5341 Control System Components

EE 5313 Microprocessor Systems

Students can take ME 5010 (Automotive Engineering Practicum, no credit hours) to be recognized as full team members on a competition team such as Formula SAE.

 

AE Courses

AE5101 – GRADUATE SEMINAR

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

May be repeated as often as required. The purpose is to acquaint peers and faculty with research in progress at UTA. The students present progress reports on their research. Prerequisite of graduate standing in MS. May be graded P/F.

 

AE5191 – ADVANCED STUDIES IN AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

Individual research or design project performed for fulfilling the requirements of the Master of Engineering degree option. Prior approval of the AE Graduate Advisor is required for enrollment. A written and/or oral report is required. Will be graded P/F.

 

AE5291 – ADVANCED STUDIES IN AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

2 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Individual research or design project performed for fulfilling the requirements of the Master of Engineering degree option. Prior approval of the AE Graduate Advisor is required for enrollment. A written and/or oral report is required. Will be graded P/F.

 

AE5300 – PREPARATORY COURSE FOR AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

May be repeated as often as required. The course may be offered with multiple sections, wherein each section is paired with a corresponding UG course being offered that semester. The purpose of this course is to strengthen academic preparation of students who were found inadequately prepared for a graduate degree in Aerospace Engineering. Students can concurrently enroll in multiple sections and may need to enroll in this course multiple times until their academic preparation is deemed complete. In order to pass this class, the student has to earn at least a B grade in aggregate based on all the assignments and exams. Will be graded P/F.

 

AE5301 – ADVANCED TOPICS IN AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

To provide formal instruction in special topics pertinent to Aerospace Engineering from semester to semester depending on the availability of faculty. May be repeated for credit as provided topics change.

 

AE5302 – ADVANCED FLIGHT MECHANICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Rigid body motion. Kinematics and dynamics of aerospace vehicles. Linear and nonlinear control of aircraft and spacecraft. Advanced aircraft and spacecraft modeling and control issues. Prerequisite: MAE 3405 and MAE 4310.

 

AE5303 – CLASSICAL METHODS OF CONTROL SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND SYNTHESIS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Equip the student with familiarity of significant tools of the control engineer. Topics covered include controllers and their effect on system performance and stability, block diagram algebra, stability and analysis, system performance definition, root locus, frequency techniques, and state variable methods. Digital simulation tools for design and simulation of control systems. Demonstration of controller design and performance in the laboratory. Also offered as ME 5303. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5305 – DYNAMIC SYSTEMS MODELING

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

To equip the student with the capability of determining the necessary equations for distributed and lumped parameter modeling of mixed physical system types including mechanical, fluid, electrical, and thermal components. Models are formulated for computer simulation and analysis for systems with deterministic and stochastic inputs. Topics of random vibration and system identification are included. Also offered as ME 5305. Credit will be offered only once.

 

AE5309 – COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Role of graphics; image representation, batch and interactive computing, methods of automated mathematical model generation, mainframe and microcomputing in engineering design. Application in mechanical, structural, thermal, controls areas of mechanical engineering. Also offered as ME 5309. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5310 – FINITE ELEMENT METHODS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Finite element method in the study of the static response of complex structures and of continua applications to field problems; analytical methods emphasized and digital computer application undertaken. Also offered as ME 5310. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5311 – STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Natural frequencies; forced and random response of complex structural systems studied through the use of the finite element method; computational aspects of these problems discussed, and digital computer applications undertaken. Also offered as ME 5311. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5312 – CONTINUUM MECHANICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Study of the underlying physical and mathematical principles relating to the behavior of continuous media; interrelationships between fluid and solid mechanics. Also offered as ME 5312. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5313 – FLUID DYNAMICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Basic conservation laws, flow kinematics, special forms of the governing equations, two-dimensional potential flows, surface waves and some exact solutions of viscous incompressible flows. Offered as AE 5313. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5314 – FRACTURE MECHANICS IN STRUCTURAL DESIGN

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Linear elastic fracture mechanics, general yielding fracture mechanics, damage tolerance and durability design, fail safe and safe life design criteria, analysis of fatigue crack growth, residual strength analysis. Also offered as ME 5314. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5315 – FUNDAMENTALS OF COMPOSITES

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Fundamental relationships between the mechanical and hygrothermal behavior and the composition of multiphase media; failure criteria. Offered as AE 5315, ME 5348, and MSE 5348. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5322 – AEROELASTICITY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Math models for the steady aerodynamics and structural stiffness of aircraft wings are presented and combined into a static aeroelastic math model. Loss of wing lift due to static aeroelasticity as well as the structural instability called aeroelastic divergence are covered.

 

AE5325 – COMBUSTION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Fundamental treatment of problems involving simultaneous occurrence of chemical reaction and transfer of heat, mass and momentum. Topics include kinetically controlled combustion phenomena; diffusion flames in liquid fuel combustion; combustion of solids; combustion of gaseous fuel jets; flames in premixed gasses. Offered as AE 5325 and ME 5325. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5326 – AIR-BREATHING PROPULSION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Development of thrust and efficiency equations, thermodynamic cycle analysis, cycle design methods of aerospace propulsion systems, component performance analysis methods, component matching and dynamic interactions, and vehicle/propulsion-system integration.

 

AE5327 – COMPUTATIONAL AERODYNAMICS I

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Solution of engineering problems by finite- difference methods, emphasis on aerodynamic problems characterized by single linear and non-linear equations, introduction to and application of major algorithms used in solving aerodynamics problems by computational methods.

 

AE5328 – COMPUTATIONAL AERODYNAMICS II

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Review of the fundamental equations of aerodynamics, development of methods for solving Euler, boundary-layer, Navier-Stokes, and parabolized Navier-Stokes equations, application to practical aerodynamic analysis and design problems.

 

AE5331 – ANALYTIC METHODS ENGINEERING

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Introduction to advanced analytic methods in engineering. Methods include multivariable calculus and field theory, Fourier series, Fourier and Laplace Transforms. Prerequisite: Undergraduate degree in engineering, physics, or mathematics. Offered as AE 5331 and ME 5331. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5332 – ENGINEERING ANALYSIS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Introduction to partial differential equations and complex variable theory with application to modeling of physical systems. Also offered as ME 5332. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5335 – OPTIMAL CONTROL OF DYNAMIC SYS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Linear and nonlinear optimization methods; optimal control; continuous time Ricatti equation; bang-bang control; singular arcs; differential inclusions; collocation techniques; design of optimal dynamic system trajectories. Also offered as ME 5335. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5336 – OPTIMAL ESTIMATION OF DYNAMIC SYSTEMS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Kalman filter design and implementation. Optimal filtering for discrete-time and continuous-time dynamical systems with noise. Wiener filtering. State-space determination. Prerequisite: Prior introductory systems or identification course is desirable. Also offered as ME 5336 and EE 6327. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5337 – INTRODUCTION TO ROBOTICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

An overview of industrial robots and their application to traditional and emerging applications. Coordinate systems and homogeneous transformations, kinematics of manipulators; motion characteristics and trajectories; dynamics and control of manipulators; actuation and design issues. Programming of industrial robotic manipulators in the laboratory. Also offered as ME 5337. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5338 – ANALYTICAL & COMPUTATIONAL DYN

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

The course focuses on developing the equations of motion for dynamic systems composed of multiple, connected and unconnected, rigid bodies using Kane's method and the Lagrangian approach. The resulting model is used to simulate and visualize the predicted motion. Topics include kinematics, Euler parameters, kinematic constraints, virtual work, the calculus of variations, energy, momentum, contact, impact, and checking functions. Also offered as ME 5338. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5339 – STRUCTURAL ASPECTS OF DESIGN

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Emphasis on determination of stresses and prediction of failure in machine and structural components; stress-strain relations in elastic and plastic regions; static failure and failure criteria; contact stress; notched sensitivity; strain-fatigue life relationship; characteristics of cracks in structural components. Also offered as ME 5339. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5341 – CONTROL SYSTEM COMPONENTS

2 Lecture Hours  ·  3 Lab Hours

The components and hardware used in electronic, hydraulic, and pneumatic control systems; techniques of amplification, computation, compensation, actuation, and sensing; modeling of multiport systems as well as servo systems analysis. Pulse modulated systems. Prerequisite: Undergraduate introductory control course in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent or ME 5303 or equivalent. Also offered as ME 5341. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5342 – GAS DYNAMICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Review of fundamental compressible flow theory, method of characteristics for perfect gases, the Rankine-Hugoniot conditions, linearized flow theory. Also offered as AE 5342. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5343 – TWO-PHASE FLOW AND BOILING HEAT TRANSFER

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This is to introduce significant progress in phase change heat transfer and two-phase flow. Boiling heat transfer will be followed by the study of pressure drop and heat transfer in the pipes of two-phase flow. Boiling heat transfer includes pool boiling, forced convection boiling, and critical heat flux. Also selected topics by the instructor (heat pipe, condensation , Helmholtz wave instability, etc.). Also offered as ME 5343. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5344 – VISCOUS FLOWS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Navier-Stokes equations and Prandtl's boundary layer approximations; laminar and turbulent boundary layers including internal and external flows. Also offered as ME 5344. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5345 – NUMERICAL HEAT TRANSFER

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Discussion of numerical methods for conduction and convection heat transfer problems includes introduction to various computational techniques suitable for digital computers. Finite difference method is emphasized. Also offered as ME 5345. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5347 – ROCKET PROPULSION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Thrust and efficiency relations, trajectory analysis, introduction to design and performance analysis of chemical (liquid and solid), electrical and nuclear rocket systems, combined cycle propulsion systems, and pulse detonation rockets.

 

AE5348 – HYPERSONIC PROPULSION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Design and performance analysis of propulsion systems for sustained flight at hypersonic speeds, airframe/propulsion system integration, supersonic combustion, finite-rate chemistry effects, radiative cooling.

 

AE5351 – HEAT EXCHANGER DESIGN

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Design procedures, system evaluations and design parameters in heat exchangers. Heat exchanger configurations; student design projects. Also offered as ME 5351. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5360 – MULTIDISCIPLINARY INVERSE DESIGN AND OPTIMIZATION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

For a new design of any realistic device to be competitive, it must satisfy a number of often conflicting requirements, objectives, and constraints. This course offers a variety of basic concepts and methodologies for inverse design and optimization with practical applications in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, elasticity, and electromagnetism. Offered as AE 5360 and ME 5360. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5362 – GUIDANCE, NAVIGATION, AND CONTROL OF AEROSPACE SYSTEMS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Equilibrium glide trajectories for atmospheric flight. Design of guidance and navigation system for various aerospace vehicles. Discussion of the various guidance systems used in a homing missile seeker system, etc. Equilibrium glide trajectories for atmospheric flight, energy guidance methods. Selection and trade-off between various navigation components such as the IMU, GPS and other navigation components. Basics of Kalman filtering.

 

AE5363 – INTRODUCTION TO ROTORCRAFT ANALYSIS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

History of rotorcraft. Behavior of the rotor blade in hover and forward flight. Rotor configurations, dynamic coupling with the fuselage, elastic and aeroelastic effects. Offered as AE 5363 and ME 5363. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5364 – INTRODUCTION TO AERODYNAMICS OF ROTORCRAFT

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Practical aerodynamics of rotors and other components of rotorcraft. Introduction to performance, handling qualities, and general flight mechanics related to rotorcraft design, test, and certification requirements. Emphasis is on real rotorcraft mission capabilities as defined by the customer. Also offered as ME 5364. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5365 – INTRODUCTION TO HELICOPTER AND TILTROTOR SIMULATION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Dynamic and aerodynamic modeling of rotorcraft elements using vector mechanics, linear algebra, calculus and numerical methods. Special emphasis on rotors, aerodynamic interference, proper axis system representation, model assembly methods and trimming. Offered as AE 5365 and ME 5365. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5367 – HIGH-SPEED AIRCRAFT AND SPACE ACCESS VEHICLE DESIGN

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

An introductory course on high-speed aircraft and space access vehicle design. The course concentrates on reusable flight vehicles. Topics covered are historical case studies, design disciplines, design space visualization and proof of design convergence. Prerequisites: consent of the instructor.

 

AE5368 – FLIGHT VEHICLE SYNTHESIS AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

An introductory course on multi-disciplinary design decision-making applied to flight vehicle design. The course introduces decision-making techniques leading to efficient aerospace product design. The following main topics are covered: a) management domain, b) operational domain, c) engineering domain. Prerequisites: MAE 4350, MAE 4351 or equivalent.

 

AE5369 – FLIGHT VEHICLE TESTING AND FLIGHT SIMULATION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

An introductory course on flight test techniques and flight simulation. The course introduces flight vehicle certification from the perspective of the designer and test pilot. Classical flight test procedures and flight simulation techniques are introduced. Prerequisites: MAE 4350, MAE 4351 or equivalent.

 

AE5372 – PARAMETRIC SIZING OF HIGH-SPEED AIRCRAFT

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

An introductory course on high-speed aircraft design. Aimed to develop insight into basic concepts underlining the analysis and design of supersonic and hypersonic aircraft. Topics covered are historical case studies, design disciplines, and design methodologies. Prerequisite: MAE 4350, MAE 4351 or equivalent.

 

AE5374 – NONLINEAR SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND CONTROLS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Nonlinear systems; phase plane analysis; Poincare-Bendixon theorems; nonlinear system stability; limit cycles and oscillations; center manifold theorem, Lyapunov methods in control; variable structure control; feedback linearization; backstepping techniques. Also offered as ME 5374. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5380 – DESIGN OF DIGITAL CONTROL SYSTEMS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Difference equations, Z- and w-transforms, discrete TF (Transfer Function). Discrete equivalence (DE) to continuous TF. Aliasing & Nyquist sampling theorem. Design by DE, root locus in z-plane & Youla parameterization. Discrete state-space model, minimality after sampling, pole placement, Moore-Kimura method, linear quadratic regulator, asymptotic observer. Computer simulation and/or lab implementation. Also offered as ME 5380, EE 5324. Credit will be granted only once. Prerequisite: MAE 4310 or equivalent.

 

AE5381 – BOUNDARY LAYERS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

An introductory course on boundary layers. The coverage emphasizes the physical understanding and the mathematical foundations of boundary layers, including applications. Topics covered include laminar and turbulent incompressible and compressible layers, and an introduction to boundary layer transition. Also offered as ME 5381. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE5382 – ADVANCED ASTRONAUTICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Topics include orbital mechanics, orbital maneuvering, relative motion, orbit determination and estimation, three body problem, perturbations and numerical techniques.

 

AE5383 – HYPERSONIC FLOW

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

General features of hypersonic flow fields. Inviscid hypersonic flow: thin shock layer theory, Newtonian flow, constant density solutions, small disturbance theory, method of characteristics.

 

AE5385 – HIGH TEMPERATURE GASDYNAMICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Surveys kinetic theory, statistical mechanics, and chemical reaction rate theory. Application to the prediction of thermodynamic properties of gasses and the analysis of problems in high-temperature gasdynamics.

 

AE5391 – ADVANCED STUDIES IN AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Individual research or design project performed for fulfilling the requirements of the Master of Engineering degree option. Prior approval of the AE Graduate Advisor is required for enrollment. A written and/or oral report is required. Will be graded P/F.

 

AE5398 – THESIS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Graded R/F only. Co-requisite: AE 5101.

 

AE5400 – PREPARATORY COURSE FOR AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

4 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

May be repeated as often as required. The course may be offered with multiple sections, wherein each section is paired with a corresponding UG course being offered that semester. The purpose of this course is to strengthen academic preparation of students who were found inadequately prepared for a graduate degree in Aerospace Engineering. Students can concurrently enroll in multiple sections and may need to enroll in this course multiple times until their academic preparation is deemed complete. In order to pass this class, the students has to earn at least a B grade in aggregate based all the assignments and exams. Will be graded P/F.

 

AE5698 – THESIS

6 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Graded P/R/F. Co-requisite: AE 5101.

 

AE6196 – AEROSPACE ENGINEERING INTERNSHIP

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

For students participating in internship programs. May be repeated for credit. Requires prior approval of Graduate Advisor.

 

AE6197 – RESEARCH IN AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

May be repeated for credit. Co-requisite: AE 5101.

 

AE6297 – RESEARCH IN AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

2 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

May be repeated for credit. Co-requisite: AE 5101.

 

AE6299 – DISSERTATION

2 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Prerequisite: admission to candidacy for the Doctoral of Philosophy degree

 

AE6310 – ADVANCED FINITE ELEMENT METHODS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Modeling of large systems, composite and incompressible materials, substructuring, mesh generation, solids applications, nonlinear problems. Also offered as AE 6310. Prerequisite: ME 5310, AE 5310 or equivalent. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE6311 – ADVANCED STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Normal mode method for undamped and proportionally damped systems,component mode synthesis, generally damped systems, complex modes, effect of design modification on system response. Also offered as ME 6311. Prerequisite: ME 5311, AE 5311 or equivalent. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE6315 – ADVANCED COMPOSITES

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Review of current state-of-the-art applications of composites: composite structural analysis; structural properties, damage characterization and failure mechanism; stiffness loss due to damage, notched sensitivity; delamination;impact; fatigue characteristics; composite material testing; material allowables; characteristics of composite joints. Also offered as ME 6315 and MSE 5349. Prerequisite: ME 5315, AE 5315 or MSE 5348 or equivalent. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE6337 – ADVANCED ROBOTICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Advanced robotic design concepts considering structural statics, dynamics and control strategies for both rigid and flexible manipulators will be studied using optimization techniques and analytical approaches and introduction to micro- and mobile robotic devices. Study of emerging applications of robotics will be explored. Digital simulation of robotic devices and programming and demonstration of robotic devices in the laboratory. Prerequisites AE 5337, ME 5337 or equivalent. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE6344 – HEAT TRANSFER IN TURBULENT FLOW

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Introduction to heat transfer in turbulent boundary layers including internal and external flows, turbulence structure, the Reynolds analogy, van Driest hypothesis, high and low Prandlt number two equation model, effects of surface roughness on heat transfer. Also offered as ME 6344. Credit will be granted only once.

 

AE6345 – TURBULENCE

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Physical,numerical and theoretical aspects of turbulence. Review of the conservation equations for incompressible flow. Statistical descriptions pertaining to fluid mechanics. Classical description of turbulence via Reynolds averaging is developed with emphasis on homogeneous, isotropic turbulence. Application to free and wall-bounded flows. Modeling and simulation, including direct numerical simulation, classical turbulence modeling, PDF methods and large eddy simulation. Prerequisites: An advanced course in fluid mechanics (AE/ME 5313) or continuum mechanics (AE/ME 5312). Familiarity with vector or tensor notation is expected.

 

AE6397 – RESEARCH IN AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

May be repeated for credit. Co-requisite: AE 5101.

 

AE6399 – DISSERTATION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Graded F, R. Prerequisite: admission to candidacy for the Doctor of Philosophy degree. Corequisite: AE 5101.

 

AE6697 – RESEARCH IN AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

6 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

May be repeated for credit. Graded F/R/W. Corequisite: AE 5101.

 

AE6699 – DISSERTATION

6 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Graded F, R . Prerequisite: admission to candidacy for the Doctor of Philosophy degree. Corequisite: AE 5101.

 

AE6999 – DISSERTATION

9 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Graded F, R, P. Prerequisite: admission to candidacy for the Doctor of Philosophy degree. Corequisite: AE 5101.

 

AE7399 – DOCTORAL DEGREE COMPLETION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course may be taken during the semester in which a student expects to complete all requirements for the doctoral degree and graduate. Enrolling in this course meets minimum enrollment requirements for graduation, for holding fellowships awarded by The Office of Graduate Studies and for full-time GTA or GRA positions. Students should verify that enrollment in this course meets other applicable enrollment requirements. To remain eligible in their final semester of study for grants, loans or other forms of financial aid administered by the Financial Aid Office must enroll in a minimum of 5 hours as required by the Office of Financial Aid. Other funding sources may also require more than 3-hours of enrollment. Additional hours may also be required to meet to requirements set by immigration law or by the policies of the student's degree program. Students should contact the Financial Aid Office, other sources of funding, Office of International Education and/or their graduate advisor to verify enrollment requirements before registering for this course. This course may only be taken once and may not be repeated. Students who do not complete all graduation requirements while enrolled in this course must enroll in a minimum of 6 dissertation hours (6699 or 6999) in their graduation term. Graded P/F/R.

 

ME Courses

ME5010 – AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING PRACTICUM

0 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Practical design experience as full member of automotive design competition team. Prerequisite: Permission of Director for the Arnold E. Petsche Center for Automotive Engineering

 

ME5101 – GRADUATE SEMINAR

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

May be repeated as often as required. The purpose is to acquaint peers and faculty with research in progress at UTA. The students present progress reports on their research. Prerequisite of graduate standing in MS. May be graded P/F.

 

ME5191 – PROJECT STUDIES IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

May be repeated for credit as topics change. Project work performed under a non-thesis degree will normally be accomplished under this course number, with prior approval of the Committee on Graduate Studies. May be graded pass/fail.

 

ME5291 – PROJECT STUDIES IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

2 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

May be repeated for credit as topics change. Work performed as a thesis substitute will normally be accomplished under this course number, with prior approval of the Committee on Graduate Studies. Maybe graded P/F.

 

ME5303 – CLASSICAL METHODS OF CONTROL SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND SYNTHESIS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Equip the student with familiarity of significant tools of the control engineer. Topics covered include controllers and their effect on system performance and stability, block diagram algebra, stability and analysis, system performance definition, root locus, frequency techniques, and state variable methods. Digital simulation tools for design and simulation of control systems. Demonstration of controller design and performance in the laboratory. Also offered as AE 5303. Credit will be granted only once.

 

ME5305 – DYNAMIC SYSTEMS MODELING

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

To equip the student with the capability of determining the necessary equations for distributed and lumped parameter modeling of mixed physical system types including mechanical, fluid, electrical, and thermal components. Models are formulated for computer simulation and analysis for systems with deterministic and stochastic inputs. Topics of random vibration and system identification are included. Also offered as AE 5305. Credit will be granted only once.

 

ME5306 – FLUID POWER CONTROL

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Mathematical models for hydraulic and pneumatic control components and systems including hydraulic pumps, motors, and spool valves. The application of electrohydraulic and hydromechanical servomechanisms for position and velocity control are treated. Theory supported by laboratory demonstrations and experiments.

 

ME5307 – OPTIMAL CONTROL OF DYNAMIC SYS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Linear and nonlinear optimization methods; optimal control; continuous time Ricatti equation; bang-bang control; singular arcs; differential inclusions; collocation techniques; design of optimal dynamic system trajectories. Also offered as ME 5335. Credit will be granted only once.

 

ME5309 – COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Role of graphics; image representation, batch and interactive computing, methods of automated mathematical model generation, mainframe and microcomputing in engineering design. Application in mechanical, structural, thermal, controls areas of mechanical engineering. Also offered as ME 5309. Credit will be granted only once.

 

ME5310 – FINITE ELEMENT METHODS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Finite element method in the study of the static response of complex structures and of continua; applications to field problems; analytical methods emphasized, and digital computer application undertaken. Also offered as AE 5310. Credit will be granted only once.

 

ME5311 – STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Natural frequencies; forced and random response of complex structural systems studied through the use of the finite element method; computational aspects of these problems discussed, and digital computer applications undertaken. Also offered as AE 5311. Credit will be granted only once.

 

ME5312 – CONTINUUM MECHANICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Study of the underlying physical and mathematical principles relating to the behavior of continuous media; interrelationships between fluid and solid mechanics. Also offered as AE 5312. Credit will be granted only once.

 

ME5313 – FLUID DYNAMICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Basic conservation laws, flow kinematics, special forms of the governing equations, two-dimensional potential flows, surface waves and some exact solutions of viscous incompressible flows. Offered as AE 5313. Credit will be granted only once.

 

ME5314 – FRACTURE MECHANICS IN STRUCTURAL DESIGN

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Linear elastic fracture mechanics, general yielding fracture mechanics, damage tolerance and durability design, fail safe and safe life design criteria, analysis of fatigue crack growth, residual strength analysis. Also offered as AE 5314. Credit will be granted only once.

 

ME5315 – FUNDAMENTALS OF COMPOSITES

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Fundamental relationships between the mechanical and hygrothermal behavior and the composition of multiphase media; failure criteria. Also offered as AE 5315 and MSE 5348. Credit will be granted only once.

 

ME5316 – THERMAL CONDUCTION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Fundamental laws, initial and boundary conditions, basic equations for isotropic and anisotropic media, related physical problems and steady and transient temperature distributions in solid structures.

 

ME5317 – CONVECTION HEAT TRANSFER

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Equations of motion of viscous fluids are reviewed and the energy equations are introduced. Exact and approximate solutions are made for forced convective problems with non-isothermal and unsteady boundaries. Free convection and combined free- and forced-convection problems are solved.

 

ME5318 – RADIATIVE HEAT TRANSFER

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

General equations of radiative transfer derived and solved for special problems, and the elements of atomic, molecular, and continuum radiation are introduced.

 

ME5319 – ADVANCED FINITE ELEMENT METHODS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Continuation of ME 5310. Modeling of large systems, composite and incompressible materials, substructuring, mesh generation, solids applications, nonlinear problems. Also offered as AE 5319. Prerequisite: ME 5310 or equivalent.

 

ME5321 – ADVANCED CLASSICAL THERMODYNAMICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Fundamentals of thermodynamics reviewed. Different treatments of principles studied, compared and formal relationships developed and applied to chemical, magnetic, electric and elastic systems.

 

ME5322 – ADVANCED STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Normal mode method for undamped and proportionally damped systems, component mode synthesis, generally damped systems, complex modes, effect of design modification on system response. Prerequisite: ME 5311 or equivalent.

 

ME5325 – COMBUSTION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Fundamental treatment of problems involving simultaneous occurrence of chemical reaction and transfer of heat, mass and momentum. Topics include kinetically controlled combustion phenomena; diffusion flames in liquid fuel combustion; combustion of solids; combustion of gaseous fuel jets; flames in premixed gasses. Offered as AE 5325 and ME 5325. Credit will be granted only once.

 

ME5331 – ANALYTIC METHODS ENGINEERING

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Introduction to advanced analytic methods in engineering. Methods include multivariable calculus and field theory, Fourier series, Fourier and Laplace Transforms. Prerequisite: Undergraduate degree in engineering, physics, or mathematics. Offered as AE 5331 and ME 5331. Credit will be granted only once.

 

ME5332 – ENGINEERING ANALYSIS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Introduction to partial differential equations and complex variable theory with application to modeling of physical systems. Also offered as AE 5332. Credit will be granted only once.

 

ME5335 – OPTIMAL CONTROL OF DYNAMIC SYSTEMS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Linear and nonlinear optimization methods; optimal control; continuous time Ricatti equation; bang-bang control; singular arcs; differential inclusions; collocation techniques; design of optimal dynamic system trajectories. Also offered as AE 5335. Credit will be granted only once.

 

ME5336 – OPTIMAL ESTIMATION OF DYNAMIC SYSTEMS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Kalman filter design and implementation. Optimal filtering for discrete-time and continuous-time dynamical systems with noise. Wiener filtering. State-space determination. Prerequisite: introductory systems or identification course is desirable. Also offered as AE 5336 and EE 6327. Credit will be granted only once.

 

ME5337 – INTRODUCTION TO ROBOTICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

An overview of industrial robots and applications to traditional and emerging applications. Coordinate systems and homogeneous transformations, kinematics of manipulators; motion characteristics and trajectories; dynamics and control of manipulators; actuation and design issues. Programming of industrial robotic manipulators in the laboratory. Also offered as AE 5337. Credit will be granted only once.

 

ME5338 – ANALYTICAL AND COMPUTATIONAL DYNAMICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

The course focuses on developing the equations of motion for dynamic systems composed of multiple, connected and unconnected, rigid bodies using Kane's method and the Lagrangian approach. The resulting model is used to simulate and visualize the predicted motion. Topics include: kinematics, Euler parameters, kinematic constraints, virtual work, the calculus of variations, energy, momentum, contact, impact, and checking functions. Also offered as AE 5338. Credit will be granted only once.

 

ME5339 – STRUCTURAL ASPECTS OF DESIGN

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Emphasis on determination of stresses and prediction of failure in machine and structural components; stress-strain relations in elastic and plastic regions; static failure and failure criteria; contact stress; notched sensitivity, strain-fatigue life relationship' characteristics of cracks in structural components. Also offered as AE 5339. Credit will be granted only once.

 

ME5340 – AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Introduction to automotive engine types and performance, drive train modeling and vehicle loading characteristics, fueling requirements, fuel injection systems, tire characteristics and modeling, suspension characteristics and handling, braking systems and requirements. Course taught through lecture, student presentations and student design projects.

 

ME5341 – CONTROL SYSTEM COMPONENTS

2 Lecture Hours  ·  3 Lab Hours

The components and hardware used in electronic, hydraulic, and pneumatic control systems; techniques of amplification, computation, compensation, actuation, and sensing; modeling of multiport systems as well as servo systems analysis. Pulse modulated systems. Prerequisite: Undergraduate introductory control course in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent or ME 5303 or equivalent. Also offered as AE 5341. Credit will be granted only once.

 

ME5342 – GAS DYNAMICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Review of fundamental compressible flow theory, method of characteristics for perfect gases, the Rankine-Hugoniot conditions, linearized flow theory. Also offered as AE 5342. Credit will be granted only once.

 

ME5343 – TWO-PHASE FLOW AND BOILING HEAT TRANSFER

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This is to introduce significant progress in phase change heat transfer and two-phase flow. Boiling heat transfer will be followed by the study of pressure drop and heat transfer in the pipes of two-phase flow. Boiling heat transfer includes pool boiling, forced convection boiling, and critical heat flux. Also selected topics by the instructor (heat pipe, condensation, Helmholtz wave instability, etc.) Also offered as AE 5343. Credit will be granted only once.

 

ME5344 – VISCOUS FLOWS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Navier-Stokes equations and Prandtl's boundary layer approximations; laminar and turbulent boundary layers including internal and external flows. Also offered as AE 5344. Credit will be granted only once.

 

ME5345 – NUMERICAL HEAT TRANSFER

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Discussion of numerical methods for conduction and convection heat transfer problems including introduction to various computational techniques suitable for digital computers. Finite difference method is emphasized. Also offered as AE 5345. Credit will be granted only once.

 

ME5346 – COOLING OF ELECTRONIC PACKAGES

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course deals with the development and application of analytical models of thermal phenomena occurring in electronic equipment. The calculation of heat loads and temperature fields using different cooling techniques. Includes parameter evaluation and design studies.

 

ME5347 – HEAT EXCHANGER DESIGN

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Design procedures, system evaluations and design parameters in heat exchangers. Heat exchanger configurations; student design projects.

 

ME5348 – INTRODUCTION TO ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SYSTEMS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

The course introduces: Principles and thermodynamics applied to fuel cell-based power generation systems; materials and manufacturing methods of two common fuel cells and their stacks; modeling, analysis, and design of fuel cells and various reformers; and design issue of balance of plants such as steam management systems.

 

ME5349 – ADVANCED COMPOSITES

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Review of current state-of-the-art applications of composites; structural properties; structure analysis; damage characterization and failure mechanism; notched sensitivity; delamination; fatigue characteristics; composite material testing; characteristics of composite joints. Also offered as MSE 5349 and AE 5325. Prerequisite: ME 5348, MSE 5348, or AE 5315, or consent of instructor

 

ME5351 – PRINCIPLES OF SOUND AND VIBRATION CONTROL

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Fundamental principles of sound and vibration control will be developed. The coupling of mechanical vibrations to unwanted acoustic radiation will be examined using time domain analysis, frequency domain (spectral) analysis and correlation techniques. Standard control methods, including active vibration suppression, will be covered.

 

ME5352 – FUNDAMENTALS IN ELECTRONIC PACKAGING

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

An introductory treatment of electronic packaging, from single chip to multichip, including materials, electrical design, thermal design, mechanical design, package modeling and simulation, processing considerations, reliability, and testing.

 

ME5353 – APPLICATION OF COMPUTATIONAL TECHNIQUES TO ELECTRONIC PACKAGING

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course will develop the student's capability to characterize the heat performance of electronic cooling devices by using "Commercial Computational Heat Transfer Codes (IDEAS ESC, Icepack, Flotherm, CFDAce, ...)." In addition, the use of MacroFlow, a network based model, for system-level thermal design for electronics cooling will be presented. A number of industry-related problems ranging from first-level packages through system-level packages would be analyzed. At the end of the class, a student is expected to formulate and model complex industry-based problems using the commercial CFD codes. There will be frequent industry speakers on specific projects being studied in the class.

 

ME5354 – FAILURES AND THEIR PREVENTION IN ELECTRONIC PACKAGES

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

A comprehensive overview of the fundamental causes for failures in electronic assemblies which include the printed wiring board, package, and second-level assemblies. Failure detection techniques and methodologies, key failure analysis techniques used will be discussed.

 

ME5355 – MECHANICAL FAILURE OF ELECTRONIC PACKAGES

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Failure analysis, fatigue of electronic packages, fracture and creep behavior of solders. Mechanical properties of substrate materials. Electromigration and failure mechanisms.

 

ME5356 – CHIPSCALE PACKAGING

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Overview of area array packaging with special emphasis on the maturing chipscale packaging technology. Topics covered will include the design concepts of this technology, the materials related aspects, the manufacturing processes, and their reliability in a variety of applications.

 

ME5358 – RACECAR ENGINEERING

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course intended for Formula SAE team members and other interested students to develop new systems or analyze concepts for the Formula SAE or Formula Electric racecar and related equipment. The students will form teams and perform research and development on projects related to automotive or racecar engineering.

 

ME5359 – APPLIED AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

The purpose of this course is to gain practical experience in the design and fabrication of parts or systems for automotive applications. The student must write a proposal, give a public oral presentation, and prepare a formal final report. The student must have attained full team member status in a student design competition team. Prerequisites: permission of Director of the Arnold E. Petsche Center for Automotive Engineering.

 

ME5360 – MULTIDISCIPLINARY INVERSE DESIGN AND OPTIMIZATION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

For a new design of any realistic device to be competitive, it must satisfy a number of often conflicting requirements, objectives, and constraints. This course offers a variety of basic concepts and methodologies for inverse design and optimization with practical applications in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, elasticity, and electromagnetism. Offered as AE 5360 and ME 5360. Credit will be granted only once.

 

ME5363 – INTRODUCTION TO ROTORCRAFT ANALYSIS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

History of rotorcraft. Behavior of the rotor blade in hover and forward flight. Rotor configurations, dynamic coupling with the fuselage, elastic and aeroelastic effects. Offered as AE 5363 and ME 5363. Credit will be granted only once.

 

ME5364 – INTRODUCTION TO AERODYNAMICS OF ROTORCRAFT

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Practical aerodynamics of rotors and other components of rotorcraft. Introduction to performance, handling qualities, and general flight mechanics related to rotorcraft design, test, and certification requirements. Emphasis is on rotorcraft mission capabilities as defined by the customer. Also offered as AE 5364. Credit will be granted only once.

 

ME5365 – INTRODUCTION TO HELICOPTER AND TILTROTOR SIMULATION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Dynamic and aerodynamic modeling of rotorcraft elements using vector mechanics, linear algebra, calculus and numerical methods. Special emphasis on rotors, aerodynamic interference, proper axis system representation, model assembly methods and trimming. Offered as AE 5365 and ME 5365. Credit will be granted only once.

 

ME5366 – FUEL CELLS AND APPLICATIONS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

The course introduces: Principles and thermodynamics applied to fuel cell-based power generation systems; materials and manufacturing methods of two common fuel cells and their stacks; modeling, analysis, and design of fuel cells and various reformers; and design issue of balance of plants such as steam management systems.

 

ME5374 – NONLINEAR SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND CONTROLS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Nonlinear systems; phase plane analysis; Poincare-Bendixon theorems; nonlinear system stability; limit cycles and oscillations; center manifold theorem, Lyapunov methods in control; variable structure control; feedback linearization; backstepping techniques. Also offered as AE 5374. Credit will be granted only once.

 

ME5380 – DESIGN OF DIGITAL CONTROL SYSTEMS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Difference equations, z- and w- transforms, discrete TF (Transfer Function). Discrete equivalence (DE) to continuous TF. Aliasing & Nyquist sampling theorem. Design by DE, root locus in z- plane & Youla parameterization. Discrete state- space model, minimality after sampling, pole placement, Moore-Kimura method, linear quadratic regulator, asymptotic observer. Computer simulation and/or laboratory implementation Prerequisite: undergraduate level controls course or equivalent. Also offered as AE 5380, EE 5324. Credit will be granted only once.

 

ME5381 – BOUNDARY LAYERS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

An introductory course on boundary layers. The coverage emphasizes the physical understanding and the mathematical foundations of boundary layers, including applications. Topics covered include laminar and turbulent incompressible and compressible boundary layers, and an introduction to boundary layer transition. Also offered as AE 5381. Credit will be granted only once.

 

ME5390 – SPECIAL TOPICS IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

To provide formal instruction in special topics pertinent to Mechanical Engineering from semester to semester depending on the availability of faculty. May be repeated provided topics differ.

 

ME5391 – ADVANCED STUDIES IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

May be repeated for credit as topics change. Project work performed under a non-thesis degree will normally be accomplished under this course number, with prior approval of the Committee on Graduate Studies.

 

ME5398 – THESIS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Thesis

 

ME5698 – THESIS

6 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Thesis Prerequisite: GRAD ME thesis major

 

ME5998 – THESIS

9 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Thesis Prerequisite: GRAD ME thesis major

 

ME6196 – MECHANICAL ENGINEERING INTERNSHIP

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

For students participating in internship programs. May be repeated for credit. Requires prior approval of ME Graduate Advisor.

 

ME6197 – RESEARCH IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

1 Lecture Hour  ·  0 Lab Hours

May be repeated for credit.

 

ME6297 – RESEARCH IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

2 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

May be repeated for credit.

 

ME6299 – DISSERTATION

2 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy for the Doctoral of Philosophy degree

 

ME6310 – ADVANCED FINITE ELEMENT METHODS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Modeling of large systems, composite and incompressible materials, substructuring, mesh generation, solids applications, nonlinear problems. Also offered as AE 6310. Prerequisite: ME 5310, AE 5310 or equivalent. Credit will be granted only once.

 

ME6311 – ADVANCED STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Normal mode method for undamped and proportionally damped systems,component mode synthesis, generally damped systems, complex modes, effect of design modification on system response. Also offered as ME 6311. Prerequisite: ME 5311, AE 5311 or equivalent. Credit will be granted only once.

 

ME6315 – ADVANCED COMPOSITES

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Review of current state-of-the-art applications of composites: composite structural analysis; structural properties, damage characterization and failure mechanism; stiffness loss due to damage, notched sensitivity; delamination;impact; fatigue characteristics; composite material testing; material allowables; characteristics of composite joints. Also offered as ME 6315 and MSE 5349. Prerequisite: ME 5315, AE 5315 or MSE 5348 or equivalent. Credit will be granted only once.

 

ME6316 – ADVANCED ROBOTICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Advanced design concepts such as application of optimization technique and analytical approaches such as 3-D homogeneous matrix method will be introduced. Structural dynamics and control strategy for both rigid and flexible manipulators will be studied.

 

ME6337 – ADVANCED ROBOTICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Advanced robotic design concepts considering structural statics, dynamics and control strategies for both rigid and flexible manipulators will be studied using optimization techniques and analytical approaches and introduction to micro- and mobile robotic devices. Study of emerging applications of robotics will be explored. Digital simulation of robotic devices and programming and demonstration of robotic devices in the laboratory. Prerequisites AE 5337, ME 5337 or equivalent. Credit will be granted only once.

 

ME6344 – HEAT TRANSFER IN TURBULENT FLOW

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Introduction to heat transfer in turbulent boundary layers including internal and external flows, turbulence structure, the Reynolds analogy, van Driest hypothesis, high and low Prandlt number two equation model, effects of surface roughness on heat transfer. Also offered as AE 6344. Credit will be granted only once.

 

ME6345 – TURBULENCE

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Physical,numerical and theoretical aspects of turbulence. Review of the conservation equations for incompressible flow. Statistical descriptions pertaining to fluid mechanics. Classical description of turbulence via Reynolds averaging is developed with emphasis on homogeneous, isotropic turbulence. Application to free and wall-bounded flows. Modeling and simulation, including direct numerical simulation, classical turbulence modeling, PDF methods and large eddy simulation. Prerequisites: An advanced course in fluid mechanics (AE/ME 5313) or continuum mechanics (AE/ME 5312). Familiarity with vector or tensor notation is expected.

 

ME6397 – RESEARCH IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

May be repeated for credit.

 

ME6399 – DISSERTATION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

May be repeated for credit.

 

ME6697 – RESEARCH IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

6 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

May be repeated for credit.

 

ME6699 – DISSERTATION

6 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy for the Doctor of Philosophy degree.

 

ME6997 – RESEARCH IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

9 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

May be repeated for credit.

 

ME6999 – DISSERTATION

9 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Admission to candidacy for the Doctor of Philosophy degree.

 

ME7399 – DOCTORAL DEGREE COMPLETION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course may be taken during the semester in which a student expects to complete all requirements for the doctoral degree and graduate. Enrolling in this course meets minimum enrollment requirements for graduation, for holding fellowships awarded by The Office of Graduate Studies and for full-time GTA or GRA positions. Students should verify that enrollment in this course meets other applicable enrollment requirements. To remain eligible in their final semester of study for grants, loans or other forms of financial aid administered by the Financial Aid Office must enroll in a minimum of 5 hours as required by the Office of Financial Aid. Other funding sources may also require more than 3-hours of enrollment. Additional hours may also be required to meet to requirements set by immigration law or by the policies of the student's degree program. Students should contact the Financial Aid Office, other sources of funding, Office of International Education and/or their graduate advisor to verify enrollment requirements before registering for this course. This course may only be taken once and may not be repeated. Students who do not complete all graduation requirements while enrolled in this course must enroll in a minimum of 6 dissertation hours (6699 or 6999) in their graduation term. Graded P/F/R.