Covers analysis of linear systems in the time and frequency domains. Focuses on modeling and analysis of physical systems. Introduces Fourier and Laplace transforms. Includes a design component.
Covers the analysis of dynamic mechanisms including: relative motion of links in mechanisms; velocities and accelerations of machine parts; rolling contact; cams; and synthesis of mechanisms. Introduces computer-aided engineering techniques for mechanism analysis. Includes a design component.
Presents methods for static and dynamic stress and failure analysis for mechanical systems. Teaches how to create machine design models and free-body diagrams, calculate stress, estimate deflection, select an appropriate failure theory, and design to prevent failure. Gives experience using commercial FEA software to create models of simple structures and machine components. Includes a design component.
Teaches in further depth the mechanical behavior of engineering materials including metals, woods, plastics, ceramics and composites. Looks at characteristics, failure mechanisms, and designing with various engineering materials.
Introduces the structure, processing, properties and uses of plastic and composite materials. Surveys manufacturing methods. Teaches the use of plastic and composite materials in various products.
Introduces manufacturing processes, including machining, injection molding, casting, 3D printing, and forming. Introduces Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machining and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM).
Introduces thermodynamic analysis and design of vapor, gas, refrigeration and heat pump systems, along with exergy analysis. Covers thermodynamic relations, ideal gas mixture and psychometric applications, reacting mixtures, and combustion. Includes a design component.
Covers the fundamentals of fluid mechanics including fluid properties, fluid statics, the Bernoulli equation, fluid kinematics, the integral and differential analyses of fluid flow. Introduces dimensional analysis, similitude, and modeling. Covers viscous internal and external flows, and turbomachines. Includes a design component.
Focuses on the three modes of heat transfer: conduction, convection, and radiation. Introduces steady and unsteady heat conduction, convection heat transfer principles, forced and free internal and external convection flows. Covers radiation heat transfer, combined modes of heat transfer, and analysis and design of heat exchangers. Includes a design component.
Covers temperature, pressure, and flow measurement, along with calibration of thermal/fluid sensors in a lab setting. Focuses on experiments to investigate various phenomena in fluid flow, thermodynamics, and heat transfer. Investigates the performance of pumps, fans, and heat exchangers. Includes a writing component.
Introduces system modelling and characterization in the time and frequency domains, feedback and compensation, Proportional Integral Derivative (PID) control, control of velocity and position in a lab setting. Covers motion measurement, force measurement, free vibration, frequency response, impact response, noise, and signal processing. Includes a writing component.
Covers the design and analysis of compliant mechanisms and compliant structures. Includes large-deflection analysis/force displacement relationships, prediction of failure of compliant members, and synthesis of compliant mechanisms. Includes a design component.
Applies the principles of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer to the design of conventional and emerging thermal/fluid systems. Includes lectures and design projects.
Covers air conditioning components and systems, moist air properties and conditioning processes. Covers indoor environmental quality indicators, space heating and cooling load calculations, and building energy consumption estimation. Focuses on water- and air-system design, refrigerants and refrigeration systems. Includes lectures and design projects.
Covers the application of computer-aided engineering tools in design; 3-D geometry and solid modeling; finite element analysis, kinematic analysis, and other software in engineering analysis. Includes a design component.
Covers discrete approximation of engineering problems, energy and weighted residual methods, and coordinate systems and mapping. Focuses on one-, two-, and three-dimensional formulation of problems in solid and fluid mechanics and heat transfer, time-dependent problems, and optimization techniques.
Introduces various mechanical engineering careers and related industries. Emphasizes importance of life-long learning and active participation in professional societies and communities through lectures given by practicing engineers using their own experiences. Introduces various engineering codes of ethics. Intended as a culminating seminar for graduating seniors to prepare for their engineering careers.
Focuses on importance of issues associated with global product development including product development needs in unfamiliar cultures, managing distributed design teams and manufacturing at remote and/or distributed sites. Introduces first-hand how global companies approach these issues.
Serves as a comprehensive two-semester design experience from conception to modeling or prototype. Uses, where possible, multidisciplinary team application of the engineering design process along with project management, manufacturing methods and economic analysis. Culminates in a design review based on formal presentations of fully documented, detailed proposed designs. Capstone I and II must be taken in consecutive semesters.
Serves as a second semester of the two-semester design experience from conception to modeling or prototype. Uses, where possible, multidisciplinary team application of the engineering design process along with project management, manufacturing methods and economic analysis. Culminates in a demonstration of a final product (model or working prototype) with verification and documentation of how final product meets customer needs. Capstone I and II must be taken in consecutive semesters.
Provides exposure to emerging topics and technologies of current interest in mechanical engineering. Varies each semester depending upon the state of technology. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits toward graduation without prior written department approval.