Mechanical Engineering

The mechanical engineering field is one of the oldest of the several engineering fields. It is also one of the broadest in scope, for it is not identified with nor restricted to any particular technology (like nuclear engineering), nor to any particular vehicle (like land-based automobiles), nor to any particular device or particular system. It is, in fact, concerned with so many areas of modern technology that the tasks and challenges of the mechanical engineer are most interesting and varied.

The field is logically associated with mechanical things, but this can lead to a restrictive image. For example, one often associates mechanical engineers with automobiles and, thus, with engines. To the non-engineer this is an acceptable association that implies a knowledge of pistons and carburetors. As engineers know, this picture is very shallow; the breadth of understanding implied when one thinks of designing an engine challenges the imagination. Automobile engines are just one of many devices that convert energy into useful work. To understand this conversion process is also to understand the basic principles of energy conversion applicable to solar engines, jet engines, gas turbines, fuel cells, ship-propulsion systems, rocket engines, hydro-electric power plants, and new kinds of converters not yet developed. The mechanical engineer possesses this universally applicable background in thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, aerodynamics, and combustion theory that is basic to all such systems. The mechanical engineer also has a similar understanding of materials from steels to textiles to biological materials to the latest plastics and the most exotic high temperature composites. The point is that everything that is built is achieved by applying these same principles and using these same materials.

To understand the dynamic nature of most mechanical devices and systems requires a thorough mastery of forces and stresses, of vibrations and acoustics, of shock and impact, of deformation and fracture. Yet, these are basic to virtually every product devised by people or found in nature. Automobiles are just one small example of where they are important.

Thus, the mechanical engineer is a designer who creates physical things of all sorts because the mechanical engineer’s breadth of background is everywhere applicable. The mechanical engineer produces machines to build other machines, and thus is in the forefront of new manufacturing technology. In this role the engineer is faced with the task of building new things created by all kinds of engineers. This exposes the engineer to other technologies, and the mechanical engineer must be able to grasp their essence easily. For example, as the builder of energy devices to tap the oceans’ resources, the mechanical engineer is simultaneously one of the oceanographers, one of the chemists, and one of the environmentalists, as well as the master designer.

The mechanical engineer is comfortable working with people as well as with machines. For example, the role in vehicle design is that of making technical advances in performance, efficiency, and cost while simultaneously meeting the life and comfort requirements of operators and passengers. Logically, then, the mechanical engineer is active in the new fields of biomechanics, biomaterials, biomedical fluid mechanics and heat transfer, air and water pollution, water desalinization, sensory aids, and prostheses.

Undergraduate Degree Program

The undergraduate program in mechanical engineering provides first a strong foundation in all of the basic ingredients of engineering: the natural and physical sciences, mathematics, a comprehensive socio-economic-cultural background, the behavioral sciences, and finally the basic engineering sciences that begin the development of problem-solving skills.

The program provides for the detailed study of several advanced topics, including fluid machinery, heat transfer, manufacturing processes, vibration theory, stress analysis, metallurgy, electrical science, and control systems.

The greatest strength of the undergraduate program is the project-oriented design work that requires the student to organize thinking of the multitude of factors on which every design is based - performance, efficiency, esthetics, cost, reliability, safety, reparability, etc. - and to reach sound conclusions that the student must be prepared to defend and implement. This is the art of engineering, and its study permeates the courses and laboratories of the upper-level instruction in this field.

For those who choose the cooperative education option, it is possible to develop a more thorough understanding of how design factors are considered and how decisions are implemented in industrial organizations.

The undergraduate degree program in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology):

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Students who do well in their undergraduate program are encouraged to consider graduate work and may take some of their electives in preparation for graduate study. Information and assistance regarding fellowships and assistantships for graduate study may be obtained from the Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science, or from the department chairperson.

Program Educational Objectives

The Program Educational Objectives for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Bioengineering are:

  1. Our graduates will be successfully employed in engineering or other related industries and will advance in their professional fields.
  2. Our graduates will possess adequate technical skills and knowledge for identifying, formulating and developing innovative solutions to mechanical engineering problems using modern engineering techniques and tools.
  3. Our graduates will engage in life-long learning through graduate studies and/or professional development activities.
  4. Our graduates will effectively communicate technical information and apply mechanical engineering solutions with strong social and ethical responsibility.

To achieve the educational objectives, the graduates of the program will have:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, sciences and engineering.
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. an ability to specify, model, and design a system, component or process to meet desired needs.
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  5. an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. an ability to communicate effectively.
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context, including environmental and economical impacts.
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to, engage in life-long learning.
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools, such as information technology, which are necessary for engineering practice.

Concentration Requirements

A candidate for the degree Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) is required to pursue scholastic quality and to complete satisfactorily the following program of study:

Mechanical Engineering Program for Students Admitted as Freshmen1

(128 hours)

A candidate for the degree BSE degree in Mechanical Engineering is required to pursue scholastic quality and to complete satisfactorily the following program of study.

Dearborn Discovery Core Requirement

The minimum passing grade for a Dearborn Discovery Core (DDC) course is 2.0. The minimum GPA for the program is 2.0. In addition, the DDC permits any approved course to satisfy up to three credit hours within three different categories. Please see the General Education Program: The Dearborn Discovery Core section for additional information.

Foundational Studies

Written and Oral Communication (GEWO) – 6 Credits

Upper Level Writing Intensive (GEWI) – 3 Credits

Quantitative Thinking and Problem Solving (GEQT) – 3 Credits

Critical and Creative Thinking (GECC) – 3 Credits

Areas of Inquiry

Natural Science (GENS) – 7 Credits

  • Lecture/Lab Science Course
  • Additional Science Course

Social and Behavioral Analysis (GESB) – 9 Credits

Humanities and the Arts (GEHA) – 6 Credits

Intersections (GEIN) – 6 Credits

Capstone

Capstone (GECE) – 3 Credits

In addition to completion of the Dearborn Discovery Core, the following courses are required to earn a BSE degree in Mechanical Engineering from UM-Dearborn. 

Basic Preparation for Engineering
CHEM 144
CHEM 146
Gen Chemistry IB
and General Chemistry IIB
8
Calculus I, II, III11
Differential Equations3
Linear Algebra & Matrices2
General Physics I, II8
ENGR 100Intro to Eng and Computers2
ENGR 126Engineering Computer Graphics2
ENGR 216Computer Meth for Engineers2
ENGR 250Principles of Eng Materials3
ME 230Thermodynamics4
ME 260Design Stress Analyses4
Professional Subjects and Program Electives
ME 325Thermal Fluid Sciences I4
ME 345Engineering Dynamics4
ME 349Instrument & Measuremt Systems3
ME 3601Des and Analy of Mach Elem4
ME 364Prob, Stats, and Rel in Mach D3
ME 375Thermal Fluid Sciences II4
ME 379Thermal-Fluids Laboratory3
ME 381Manufacturing Processes I4
ME 442Control Syst Anly and Design4
ECE 305Intro to Electrical Eng4
Senior Design Project
ME 4671Senior Design I4
ME Design Electives4
Upper-Level Tech Electives
Select six credit hours6
General Electives
Select four credit hours4
Total Credit Hours104
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Information for students planning to transfer to UM-Dearborn from community colleges or from four-year colleges and universities is given under Admission Information in the General Information section and under Undergraduate Requirements in the Engineering section of this Catalog.

ME 230     Thermodynamics     4 Credit Hours

The course is a general introduction to thermodynamics with emphasis on engineering applications. Properties of pure substances. Work and heat. The first and second laws of thermodynamics. Entropy and efficiency. Applications to systems and control volumes. Mixtures of gases and vapors, air conditioning. Introduction to cycles. This course will become the first in a two-course series for mechanical engineering students, and will also be elected as a terminal course by IMSE students. Four hours lecture.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 150 and (MATH 116 and (CHEM 134 or MPLS with a score of 215) or CHEM 144)

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Major is Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering, Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial & Systems Engin

ME 260     Design Stress Analyses     4 Credit Hours

An introduction to statics and stress analyses with emphasis on both mechanics fundamentals and design applications. (F,W,S).

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 150 and (ENGR 250* and (MATH 205* or ECE 385*) or MPLS with a score of 215 or MATH 215*)

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if College is Engineering and Computer Science

ME 265     Applied Mechanics     4 Credit Hours

A comprehensive introduction to the science of applied mechanics, encompassing a study of forces and the stresses, deflections, and motions which they produce. Topics include the concept of equilibrium and static force analysis; the mechanics of deformable bodies (internal stresses, constitutive relationships, strains, deflections, flow, failure); statics of indeterminate systems; kinematics; kinetics of particles, systems of particles, and rigid bodies. Four hours lecture. (F,W,S).

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 150 and (MATH 205* or MPLS with a score of 215 or MATH 215*)

ME 290     Spec Topics in Mech Engin     1 to 3 Credit Hours

Special topics in mechanical engineering selected according to students' interest and availability of instructors and equipment.

ME 290B     Spec Topics in Mech Engin     1 to 3 Credit Hours

TOPIC TITLE: Foundry Technology Introduction to manufacturing methods of component castings. Production planning, pattern technolgy & prototypes. Monund & core materials, development trends & properties of core materials. sand & ceramic materials. Hygienically safe materials & environmental aspects. Phase diagrams. Cast materials, solidification & microsturcture development & mechanical properties of alloys. Shrikage & porosity formation. Calculation of solidification, mould filling & feeding etc. Computer simulation of the casting process. Stress & warping of castings etc. Integration of CAD/CAM & simulation. Design of castings & material selection. Quality control. Defect formation.

ME 299     Internship/ Co-op     1 Credit Hour

This is a Cooperative Education course. Students wishing to experience a work experience before graduation may elect to participate in the Cooperative Education Program (minimum of two terms). (F,W,S).

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Junior or Senior or Graduate

ME 325     Thermal Fluid Sciences I     4 Credit Hours

Power and refrigeration cycles. Thermodynamic relations. Ideal gas mixtures and psychrometrics. Reacting ideal gas mixtures. Fluid properties. Fluid flow kinematics. Integral fluid flow analysis; the conservation laws - mass, energy, momentum. Introduction to differential analysis of fluid flow. Dimensional analysis. (F,W,S).

Prerequisite(s): (ENGR 216 or ME 215) and ME 230 and ME 260

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Sophomore or Junior or Senior
Can enroll if College is Engineering and Computer Science

ME 3251     Applied Thermodynamics     2 Credit Hours

Power and refrigeration cycles. Thermodynamic relations. Ideal gas mixtures and psychrometrics. Reacting ideal gas mixtures. (F,W,S)

Prerequisite(s): ME 230 and ENGR 216

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Level is Undergraduate
Can enroll if Major is Mechanical Engineering

ME 3252     Fluid Mechanics     2 Credit Hours

Fluid properties. Fluid statics. Fluid flow kinematics. Integral fluid flow analyses; the conservation laws - mass, energy, momentum. Introduction to differential analysis of fluid flow. Diversional analysis. (F,W,S)

Prerequisite(s): ME 230 and ENGR 216

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Level is Undergraduate
Can enroll if Major is Mechanical Engineering

ME 345     Engineering Dynamics     4 Credit Hours

A comprehensive treatment of statics and the kinematics and kinetics of particles, systems of particles, and rigid bodies from a Newtonian viewpoint utilizing rigorous vector techniques. The time-dependent description of kinematical quantities and of dynamic forces and moments. Matrix methods and digital computer techniques.

Prerequisite(s): (ME 215* or ENGR 216*) and ME 260 and MATH 216

ME 349     Instrument & Measuremt Systems     3 Credit Hours

Modern instrumentation systems are considered beginning with generic issues such as calibration, error analysis, and dynamic response characteristics of instrumentation. Specific transducer systems (temperature, force and pressure, etc.) are presented, as well as interfacing techniques and elementary signal processing. Microprocessors are introduced for use in measurement and control applications. (F,W,S).

Prerequisite(s): (ME 265 or ME 345) and ECE 305

Corequisite(s): ME 349L

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Sophomore or Junior or Senior
Can enroll if Level is Undergraduate
Can enroll if College is Engineering and Computer Science

ME 3601     Des and Analy of Mach Elem     4 Credit Hours

Application of fundamental mechanics to analysis and design of elementary mechanical components and systems. Topics include: stress and strain analysis; experimental measurement; stress concentration; failure theories; safety factor; fatigue; fracture; combined loading; impact; buckling; energy methods. Components considered: fasteners; springs; bearings; gears; beams; shafts and other power transmission components. Numerical techniques. (F,W,S).

Prerequisite(s): (ENGR 216 or ME 215) and ME 260

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Sophomore or Junior or Senior
Can enroll if Major is Mechanical Engineering

ME 364     Prob, Stats, and Rel in Mach D     3 Credit Hours

Introduction to planned experiments in machine design and mechanical metallurgy with emphasis on orthogonal test programs with small blocks. Classical statistical analyses (e.g., analysis of variance for randomized complete block and split-plot designs) as well as computer intensive analyses (e.g., permutation and randomization tests). Maximum likelihood analysis for censored and uncensored life data and for strength (quantal response) data. Systems reliability in machine design.

Prerequisite(s): ENGR 216 (MATH 217 or MATH 227) and ME 260 and ENGR 216

ME 371     Heat Transfer     3 Credit Hours

Mechanisms of heat transfer processes. Steady and transient conduction in solids; analytical, numerical, and analogical methods. Thermal radiation processes; steady radiation exchange with black and gray surfaces and enclosures. Hydrodynamic boundary layer theory in convection heat transfer; thermal boundary layer, exact and integral analyses. Aerodynamic heating. Turbulent boundary layers. Reynolds' and Pradtl's analogies. Free convection. Working formulas for forced and free convection, condensation, and boiling. Combined heat transfer mechanisms; heat exchangers. Three hours lecture.

Prerequisite(s): ME 320 and ECE 305*

Corequisite(s):

ME 375     Thermal Fluid Sciences II     4 Credit Hours

Mechanisms of heat transfer processes. Steady state and transcient conduction. Numerical methods in conduction. Internal and external flows. Boundary layer theory. Compressible flows. Convection heat transfer in internal and external flows. Heat exchanger theory. Introduction to radiation. (F,W,S).

Prerequisite(s): (ME 325 or ME 320) and ECE 305*

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Sophomore or Junior or Senior
Can enroll if College is Engineering and Computer Science

ME 379     Thermal-Fluids Laboratory     3 Credit Hours

An experimental investigation of thermodynamic, fluid mechanic, and heat transfer principles. Students will learn about thermal-fluids instrumentation and conduct experiments. In addition, they will design their own experiments to demonstrate their understanding of the principles. (F,W,S).

Prerequisite(s): (ME 320 or ME 325 or ME 3251 or ME 3252) and (ME 349 or BENG 351) and (ME 371* or ME 375*) and (COMP 270 or COMP 106 or CPAS with a score of 40 or COMP 220)

ME 381     Manufacturing Processes I     4 Credit Hours

This course introduces the students to the fundamentals and principles of manufacturing processes for engineering materials. It seeks to transfer an understanding of the application of principles of engineering materials and their influence on manufacturing processes. Topics covered include structure and manufacturing properties of metals, casting, heat treatments, bulk deformation processes, sheet metal working processes, processing of polymers and composites, surfaces and coating, powder metallurgy, machining and joining. Case studies of design for manufacturing and measurement of product quality; economical aspects and cost considerations in manufacturing systems will be studied. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours.

Prerequisite(s): ENGR 250 and (ME 260 or ME 265)

ME 399     Internship/ Co-op     1 Credit Hour

A four-month professional work experience period of the Engineering Internship Program, integrated and alternated with the classroom terms.

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Junior or Senior or Graduate

ME 410     Finite Element Method wth Appl     3 Credit Hours

A presentation of the basic concepts and fundamentals of the Finite Element Method of Analysis in general, followed by applications to both continuum and field problems. Selected areas of application: dynamics and vibration including wave propagation; acoustics; fluid mechanics including film lubrication and ground water flow; heat transfer; elasticity and stress/strain analysis including structures; electrical field problems including electrostatics and electromagnetics. Two lectures and a comp/rec. period. (F,W,S).

Prerequisite(s): (ME 345 and (ME 360 or ME 3601) and ME 375*) or (BENG 370 and BENG 325*)

ME 4191     Structural Mech & Design     4 Credit Hours

A presentation of the methods of plane elasticity to solve a variety of problems arising in the analysis and design of structures. Review of the concepts of plane stress and strain, basic equations of plane elasticity and problems, energy methods approximate/numerical techniques, elastic-plastic bending and torsion, instability of columns and frames. (F,W,S).

Prerequisite(s): ME 345 and (ME 3601 or ME 360)

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Junior or Senior
Can enroll if Level is Undergraduate
Can enroll if College is Engineering and Computer Science

ME 4201     Design of Turbomachinery     4 Credit Hours

Principles of turbomachinery design and practices. Euler's equation for energy transfer calculations. Two- and three-dimensional velocity diagrams. Characteristic curves of axial and radial flow compressors. Design procedures of fans and blowers. Basic design and selection of pumps. Student is required to conduct a turbomachinery design project by applying the theory learned from the course. (W).

Prerequisite(s): ME 325 or ME 320

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Junior or Senior
Can enroll if Level is Undergraduate
Can enroll if College is Engineering and Computer Science

ME 4202     Design Turbo. and Wind Gen.     4 Credit Hours

Principles of turbomachinery design and practices with emphasis on wind power generation. Euler's equation for energy transfer calculations. Two- and three-dimensional velocity diagrams. Aerodynamics of wind turbines. Wind turbine design and control. Power generation of wind turbines, wind energy system economics and environmental impacts. Design procedures and characteristics of compressors, fans and blowers. Basic design calculations and selection of pumps. A turbomachinery design project by using the theory learned from the course may be required.

Prerequisite(s): ME 375

Restriction(s):
Cannot enroll if Class is Freshman
Can enroll if College is Engineering and Computer Science

ME 4301     Computational Thermo-Fluids     3 Credit Hours

This course introduces students to fundamentals and practical skills of computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer. Governing equations and their mathematical classification. Spatial and temporal approximation techniques, stability, consistency, and convergence. Finite-difference and finite-volume formulations. Survey of methods for solving discretized equations. Applications to technological flow and heat transfer problems.

Prerequisite(s): ME 325 and ME 375*

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Senior
Can enroll if College is Engineering and Computer Science

ME 4361     Design of HVAC Systems     4 Credit Hours

A comprehensive treatment of the design principles and practices in the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning. Psychrometrics, design loads, distribution systems, equipment selection.

Prerequisite(s): (ME 325 or ME 320 or ME 3251 or ME 3252) and (ME 375* or ME 371*)

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Junior or Senior
Can enroll if Level is Undergraduate
Can enroll if College is Engineering and Computer Science

ME 442     Control Syst Anly and Design     4 Credit Hours

Modeling of mechanical systems and feedback controllers using Laplace transform techniques and block diagram analysis. System response characteristics and stability criterion. Introduction of feedback concepts, including analysis and design of feedback controllers using root locus techniques. Frequency response concepts and use of frequency response measures in stability analysis and controller design.

Prerequisite(s): ECE 305 and ME 345

Corequisite(s): ME 442L

ME 4461     Mech Vibration & Noise Control     4 Credit Hours

Fundamentals of mechanical vibration and principles of noise control. Use of transducers and instruments to conduct sound and vibration measurements. Free and forced vibration in single and multiple degrees-of-freedom systems, damping, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, frequency response function, modal analysis, description of sound fields, acoustical materials and material testing, acoustics of rooms and enclosures, sound quality, and principles of noise control. Students will be required to conduct either a vibration or a noise control project. Two one-and-one-half hour lectures and one three-hour laboratory. (F).

Prerequisite(s): ME 345 and (ME 349* or ME 348*)

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Junior or Senior
Can enroll if Level is Undergraduate
Can enroll if College is Engineering and Computer Science

ME 4471     Solar Energy Sys Analy&Design     4 Credit Hours

The course introduces students to the fundamentals of solar energy conversion and solar energy systems. Principles in thermodynamics and heat transfer required to understand the solar energy use is reviewed. Design of different types of solar energy systems are explored and assessed. Issues relating to the practical implementation of solar energy will also be considered.

Prerequisite(s): ME 325 and ME 375*

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Senior
Can enroll if Major is Mechanical Engineering

ME 452     Sustainable Energy & Environ     4 Credit Hours

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of energy sources and their environmental impacts. It covers a wide range of conventional and alternative energy sources, which includes renewable and presents the tools for assessing their sustainability and environmental impacts. It also reviews issues related to energy storage, transportation and distribution, and challenges and future opportunities.

Prerequisite(s): ME 325 and ME 375*

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Senior
Can enroll if College is Engineering and Computer Science

ME 4521     Intro Sust Energy Systems     3 Credit Hours

The course provides an overview of energy technology from a broad perspective that encompasses technical and environmental aspects. It covers a wide range of traditional and alternative energy sources and presents assessments of their availability, sustainability, and environmental impacts as well as evaluation of their potential role in solving the global energy problem.

Prerequisite(s): ME 375

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Junior or Senior
Can enroll if College is Engineering and Computer Science
Can enroll if Major is Mechanical Engineering

ME 460     Design for Manufacturing     3 Credit Hours

Design decisions based on manufacturability and process-property relationships. Design for assembly. Manufacturing tolerances and quality control methods including NDT. Design methodology used for product development.

Prerequisite(s): (ME 360 or ME 3601) and ME 381

ME 467     Senior Design I     3 Credit Hours

A guided design project course with emphasis on decision-making process associated with establishing alternatives and evaluation procedures to synthesize designs. Students will propose design projects and work in teams. Written and oral presentations will be required at the close of the term.

Prerequisite(s): ME 330 and ME 345 and ME 360 and ME 371

ME 4671     Senior Design I     4 Credit Hours

A guided design project with emphasis on the decision-making process associated with establishing alternatives and evaluation procedures to synthesize designs. Students propose design projects and work in teams to produce analytical designs, conduct evaluative experiments, and construct a physical design prototype. Engineering ethics and responsibility. Written and oral presentations are required at the close of the term. (F,W,S).

Prerequisite(s): ME 345 and (ME 360 or ME 3601) and (ME 375 or ME 371) and (ME 378* or ME 379*)

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Junior or Senior
Can enroll if Major is Mechanical Engineering

ME 469     Senior Design II     1 to 4 Credit Hours

Student teasm develop mecanical or interdisciplinary design projects, or continue projects begun in ME 4671. Work includes mechanical engineering design, and could possibly include fabrication and testing. Projects can involve efforts by interdisciplinary teams. Written and oral presentations are required.

Prerequisite(s): ME 4671

ME 472     Prin & Appl of Mechatronic Sys     4 Credit Hours

This course provides the student with hands-on interdisciplinary experience of mechatronic systems, which integrate mechanical, electrical/electronic components with computer and microprocessors to design a high performance system. Subjects will be covered including Mechanical and Electrical Actuator Systems, Digital Transducers and Modulators, Microcomputers and Microcontrollers Interfacing Actuators using graphic programming techniques, Programmer Logic Controllers (PLC), and Modeling of Fluid Systems. Laboratories form the core of the course. They cover microprocessor controlled mechanical actuator system for motion controls, materials handling, PLC programming and fluid power systems. The labs make extensive use of Simulink?, a MATLAB? toolbox, Mikro - C and/or Arduino. Each student builds control circuits on a breadboard kit to simulate a real operation. Student will be required to perform a course design project with mechatronic application in nature.

Prerequisite(s): ME 265

Corequisite(s): ECE 460, ME 442

Restriction(s):
Cannot enroll if Class is Freshman or Sophomore
Can enroll if College is Engineering and Computer Science

ME 481     Manufacturing Processes II     3 Credit Hours

A study of casting, welding, plastic forming, and machining of materials; analysis of forces, energy requirements, and temperature effects; design specifications economically obtainable in terms of dimensional accuracy, surface finish, and material properties, functional characteristics of equipment. Two lectures and a laboratory.

Prerequisite(s): ME 381

ME 483     Dsgn Cons in Poly and Comp Mat     3 Credit Hours

Physical and mechanical behavior of unreinforced and reinforced (composite) polymeric materials in relation to their applications in modern technology. Emphasis is given to the design considerations with these materials in contrast to those with metallic materials. Time-dependent properties, such as creep and stress relaxation, are considered. Manufacturing methods are covered. Three lectures/recitation.

Prerequisite(s): ME 360 or ME 3601

ME 484     Manufacturing Poly Comp Matl     3 Credit Hours

This course will consider the manufacturing processes for production of plastics and composite parts. The emphasis will be on manufacturing principles that are based on rheology, polymer flow and transport phenomena. Design considerations and quality control techniques for manufacturing plastic and composite parts will also be covered.

Prerequisite(s): ME 381 or IMSE 382

ME 490     Directed Design Project     1 to 3 Credit Hours

Design project involving not only design but also analysis, fabrication and/or testing. Topics may be chosen from any of the areas of mechanical engineering. Students who have taken ME 425 and ME 464 will be encouraged to take this course. The student will submit a report on his or her project and give an oral presentation at the close of the term. (F,W,S).

Prerequisite(s): ME 360 or ME 381 or ME 425 or ME 464

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Senior or Graduate

ME 491     Directed Research Problems     1 to 3 Credit Hours

Special problems selected for laboratory or library investigation with intent of developing initiative and resourcefulness. (F,W,S).

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Senior or Graduate

ME 492     Guided Study in Mech Eng     1 to 3 Credit Hours

Individual study, design or laboratory research in a field of interest to the student. Topics may be chosen from any of the areas of mechanical engineering. The student will submit a report on his or her project at the close of the term. (F,W,S).

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Senior or Graduate

ME 493     Advanced Vehicle Energy Sys     3 Credit Hours

This course will introduce the advanced energy conversion systems in automotive vehicles and cover the fundamentals, characteristics, and design consideration of the energy systems. The topic includes using alternative fuels in internal combustion engines, advanced power train systems in hybrid, electric, and fuel cell vehicle, and exhaust energy recovery systems.

Prerequisite(s): ME 325* and ECE 305*

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Junior or Senior
Can enroll if College is Engineering and Computer Science

ME 496     Internal Combustion Engines I     2 to 3 Credit Hours

Comparison of characteristics and performance of several forms of internal combustion engines including the Otto and diesel types of piston engines and the several types of gas turbines; thermodynamics of cycles, combustion, ignition, fuel metering and injection, pollution from engines and modeling techniques. Lectures, theory demonstrations, and experiments.

Prerequisite(s): (ME 320 and ME 330) or ME 325

ME 4981     Automotive Engineering     4 Credit Hours

Analysis of vehicle performance in terms of acceleration, gradability, speed, fuel economy, ride comfort, stability and safety. Engine-transmission compatibility and matching. Fundamental vehicle dynamics. Computer modeling and simulation of vehicle systems by numerical techniques. Transmission ratio and torque analysis. Design of vehicle systems such as brakes, suspensions, drive line components, steering mechanisms and other subsystems. Four hours lecture. (F,W).

Prerequisite(s): ME 345 and (ME 360 or ME 3601)

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Junior or Senior
Can enroll if Major is Mechanical Engineering

ME 499     Internship/ Co-Op     1 Credit Hour

A four-month professional work experience period of the Engineering Internship Program, integrated and alternated with the classroom terms.

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Senior or Graduate

 
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An asterisk denotes that a course may be taken concurrently.

Frequency of Offering

The following abbreviations are used to denote the frequency of offering: (F) fall term; (W) winter term; (S) summer term; (F, W) fall and winter terms; (YR) once a year; (AY) alternating years; (OC) offered occasionally