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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:
Admission to the graduate program in ME is based on equal weighting of the following six criteria:
Applicants who demonstrate skills, experience or interests that meet the needs of the ME Graduate Program will be considered for fellowships or assistantships.
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:
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."
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 6314 Mechanisms
Controls and Systems: ME 5303 Classical Methods of Control Systems Analysis and Synthesis, ME 5305 Dynamic Systems Modeling, ME 5307 Modern Methods of Control System Analysis and Synthesis, ME 5341 Control Systems Components.
ME 5331, ME 5332, approved mathematics courses.
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; and six credit hours of thesis. 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.
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).
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.
The Ph.D. degree should normally require four years of full-time study after completion of the BS degree. There is no foreign language requirement for the Ph.D. degree.
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. Consequently, the Department expects all Ph.D. candidates to complete at least the following minimum requirements beyond the B.S. degree:
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, and (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. 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 Final Examination (or Dissertation Examination) is an oral presentation of the dissertation in the form of a seminar before the student's Committee and is open to the members of the University community. 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 X) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded X. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an X, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned cannot change a grade of X. 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 (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour thesis courses and 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.)
ME5191- ADVANCED STUDIES IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (1 - 0)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.
ME5303- CLASSICAL METHODS OF CONTROL SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND SYNTHESIS (3 - 0)Intended to equip the student with detailed familiarity with historically significant tools of the control engineer. Detailed discussion of block diagram algebra, the root locus, the Bode diagram, and state variable methods for simulation and control system design are presented.
ME5305- DYNAMIC SYSTEMS MODELING (3 - 0)To equip the student with the capability of determining the necessary equations to model a system of mixed physical types in an orderly, logical fashion. Lumped and distributed parameter modeling techniques formulated for computer simulation of mechanical, fluid, and thermal systems are presented.
ME5306- FLUID POWER CONTROL (3 - 0)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- LINEAR SYSTEM THEORY (3 - 0)To equip the student with knowledge of systems applications of the state-space concept and real-time solution techniques. State-space formulations, reference trajectory, linearization, linear vector spaces, the state transition matrix and its properties; and controllability and observability concepts treated. Offered as AE 5335 and ME 5307. Credit will be granted only once.
ME5310- FINITE ELEMENT METHODS (3 - 0)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 5330.
ME5311- STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS (3 - 0)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 5331.
ME5312- CONTINUUM MECHANICS (3 - 0)Study of the underlying physical and mathematical principles relating to the behavior of continuous media; interrelationships between fluid and solid mechanics.
ME5313- FLUID DYNAMICS (3 - 0)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 and ME 5313.
ME5314- FRACTURE MECHANICS IN STRUCTURAL DESIGN (3 - 0)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.
ME5316- THERMAL CONDUCTION (3 - 0)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 - 0)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 - 0)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 - 0)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 - 0)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 - 0)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 - 0)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 gases.
ME5330- MECHATRONICS (3 - 0)Analog and digital circuits in mechanical systems; electrical-mechanical interfacing; analysis and application of computerized machinery; motor, actuator and mechanical component selection; position, velocity and force measurement; performance prediction and testing techniques.
ME5331- ANALYTIC METHODS ENGINEERING (3 - 0)Introduction to advanced analytic methods in engineering. Methods include multivariable calculus and field theory, Fourier series, Fourier and Laplace Transforms. Offered as ME 5331 and AE 5351. Prerequisite: Undergraduate degree in engineering, physics, or mathematics.
ME5332- ENGINEERING ANALYSIS (3 - 0)Introduction to partial differential equations and complex variable theory with application to modeling of physical systems. Also offered as AE 5352.
ME5336- KALMAN FILTERING (3 - 0)Kalman filter design and implementation. Optimal filtering for discrete-time and continuous-time dynamical systems with noise. Wiener filtering. State-space determination. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Also offered as AE 5336 and EE 5322: credit will be granted only once.
ME5337- INTRODUCTION TO ROBOTICS (2 - 1)An overview of industrial robots. Coordinate systems and homogeneous transformations, kinematics of manipulators; motion characteristics and trajectories; dynamics and control of manipulators. Demonstration of robot programming using an industrial robot.
ME5339- STRUCTURAL ASPECTS OF DESIGN (3 - 0)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; residual stress and strain due to yielding; contact stress; notched sensitivity; strain-fatigue life relationship; characteristics of cracks in structural components; creep and creep rupture. Also offered as AE 5340. Credit will be granted only once.
ME5340- AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING (2 - 2)Analysis and design of automotive systems including power train, suspension, frame and chassis, braking systems, and control systems. Emphasis on racing applications and performance. Lectures are augmented with hands-on experience.
ME5341- CONTROL SYSTEM COMPONENTS (2 - 3)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. Prerequisite: MAE 4310 OR ME 5303.
ME5342- GASDYNAMICS (3 - 0)Review of fundamental compressible flow theory, method of characteristics for perfect gases, the Rankine-Hugoniot conditions, linearized flow theory. Also offered as ME 5342. Credit will be granted only once.
ME5343- TWO-PHASE FLOW AND BOILING HEAT TRANSFER (3 - 0)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.)
ME5344- VISCOUS FLOWS (3 - 0)Navier-Stokes equations and Prandtl's boundary layer approximations; laminar and turbulent boundary layers including internal and external flows.
ME5345- NUMERICAL HEAT TRANSFER (3 - 3)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.
ME5346- COOLING OF ELECTRONIC PACKAGES (3 - 3)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 - 0)Design procedures, system evaluations and design parameters in heat exchangers. Heat exchanger configurations; student design projects.
ME5349- ADVANCED COMPOSITES (3 - 0)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 - 0)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 - 0)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 - 0)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 - 0)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 - 0)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 - 0)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.
ME5360- MULTIDISCIPLINARY INVERSE DESIGN AND OPTIMIZATION (3 - 0)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.
ME5361- MULTIDISCIPLINARY COMPUTATIONS (3 - 0)Concurrent engineering analysis involving fluid flow, heat transfer, elasticity, and electromagnetism; design optimization methods for multidisciplinary problems; examples of practical applications. Also offered as ME 5361. Credit will be granted only once. Prerequisite: Reasonable programming skills in FORTRAN or C (C++). Consent of the instructor.
ME5362- OPTIMUM DESIGN AND CONTROL OF ROBOT MANIPULATORS (3 - 0)Application of optimization techniques to the design, analysis, and control of robot manipulators. The topics include the optimum design of robotic systems with maximum workspace, design of constant/minimum inertia robot, optimum design of robot drive, control with minimum energy trajectory, etc.
ME5363- INTRODUCTION TO ROTORCRAFT ANALYSIS (3 - 0)History of rotorcraft. Behavior of the rotor blade in hover and forward flight. Rotor configurations, dynamic coupling with the fuselage, elastic and aeroelastic effects. Also offered as ME 5363. Credit will be granted only once.
ME5364- INTRODUCTION TO AERODYNAMICS OF ROTORCRAFT (3 - 0)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 requriements. Emphasis is on real rotorcraft mission capabilities as defined by the customer. Offered as AE/ME 5364. Credit will be granted only once.
ME5365- INTRODUTION TO HELICOPTER AND TILTROTOR SIMULATION (3 - 0)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.
ME5371- DESIGN OF DIGITAL CONTROL SYSTEMS (3 - 0)"Sampling and Data reconstruction. Z-transforms and state variable descriptions of discrete time systems. Linear quadratic optimal control and state estimation. Quantization and other non-linearities. Computer simulations and/or laboratory implementation of real time control systems. Analysis of system behavior using discrete time model and evaluation of the system performance. Discrete controller design techniques such as root locus, frequency response and state space techniques. Evaluate and test the system performance using digital simulations. (Also offered as AE 5371). "
ME5374- TOPICS IN NONLINEAR SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND CONTROLS (3 - 0)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 5337. Credit will be granted only once.
ME5380- DESIGN OF DIGITAL CONTROL SYSTEMS (3 - 0)Sampling and data reconstruction. Z-transforms and state variable descriptions of discrete-time systems. Linear quadratic optimal control and state estimation. Quantization and other nonlinearities. Computer simulations and/or laboratory implementation of real-time control systems. Digital feedback control systems. Construction of discrete-time mathematical model system performance. Discrete controller design techniques such as root locus, frequency response, and state space techniques. Evaluate and test the system performance using digital simulations. Also offered as AE 5380. Prerequisite: undergraduate level introduction to automatic control course.
ME5381- BOUNDARY LAYERS (3 - 0)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.
ME5390- SPECIAL TOPICS IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (3 - 0)Seminar to provide formal instruction in special topics pertinent from semester to semester depending on the availability of faculty. May be repeated provided topics differ.
ME5391- ADVANCED STUDIES IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (3 - 0)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 - 0)
ME5698- THESIS (6 - 0)
ME5998- THESIS (9 - 0)
ME6196- MECHANICAL ENGINEERING INTERNSHIP (1 - 0)For students participating in internship programs. May be repeated for credit. Requires approval of Graduate Advisor.
ME6197- RESEARCH IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (1 - 0)May be repeated for credit.
ME6297- RESEARCH IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (2 - 0)May be repeated for credit.
ME6314- MECHANISMS (3 - 0)Rational design of linkages to satisfy various design requirements. Two- and three-dimensional motions considered. Computer-aided mechanism design used as a tool.
ME6316- ADVANCED ROBOTICS (3 - 0)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- COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN (3 - 0)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.
ME6344- HEAT TRANSFER IN TURBULENT FLOW (3 - 0)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.
ME6397- RESEARCH IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (3 - 0)May be repeated for credit.
ME6399- DISSERTATION (3 - 0)
ME6697- RESEARCH IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (6 - 0)May be repeated for credit.
ME6699- DISSERTATION (6 - 0)
ME6997- RESEARCH IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (9 - 0)May be repeated for credit.
ME6999- DISSERTATION (9 - 0)
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