Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Courses

ME A280 Solid Modeling for Engineers 3 Credits

This course is an introduction to the use of solid modeling in engineering. The process of creating solid parts, assemblies, and fabrication-ready drawings in addition to kinematics linkages will be covered. Rapid prototyping technologies such as three dimensional printing will be used as laboratory exercises.

Prerequisites: ENGR A105A with a minimum grade of C and ENGR A105B with a minimum grade of C.

ME A306 Dynamics of Systems 3 Credits

Modeling of mechanical, electrical, fluid and thermal elements and systems. Study of free and forced response by the Laplace transform, transfer function and state space models. Time domain and frequency domain responses. Coupled systems, system analogy, sensing and actuation principles.
Crosslisted With: EE A306

Prerequisites: (EE A203 or ES A309) and (ES A208 or ES A210) and MATH A302.

ME A308 Instrumentation and Measurement 3 Credits

Principles of measurement, instrumentation, Laplace transform, Fourier series, transfer function, steady-state response, calibration, and errors. Signal filtering and amplification, data acquisition, recording, and processing. Methods and devices for measuring strain, force, torque, displacement, velocity, acceleration, pressure, fluid flow properties, and temperature. Mechatronics, sensors, actuators, and controls.
Crosslisted With: EE A308.

Prerequisites: MATH A302 with a minimum grade of C and (EE A306 with a minimum grade of C or ME A306 with a minimum grade of C or EE A353 with a minimum grade of C).

ME A313 Mechanical Engineering Thermodynamics 3 Credits

Investigation and design of power and refrigeration cycles (Rankine, Brayton, Otto, and Diesel), compressible flow (isentropic, shock waves, and flow in ducts with friction), and combustion and gas vapor mixtures.

Prerequisites: ES A346.

ME A334 Materials Science 3 Credits

Study and investigate the processing, structures, properties and performance of materials including metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites. Materials design and selection for engineering applications.

Prerequisites: CHEM A106 with a minimum grade of C and ME A334L with a minimum grade of C or concurrent enrollment and PHYS A212 with a minimum grade of C.

ME A334L Materials Science Laboratory 1 Credit

Provides laboratory instruction and experience in the structures, processing, properties, and performance of materials.

Prerequisites: ME A334 with a minimum grade of C or concurrent enrollment and WRTG A212 with a minimum grade of C.

ME A403 Machine Design 3 Credits

Design and analysis of machines by analytical, experimental and computer methods. Identification of requirements and conceptual design of mechanical systems, detailed design of components, strength, life, reliability, and cost analysis.

Prerequisites: ENGR A161 with a minimum grade of C and ES A331 with a minimum grade of C and MATH A302 with a minimum grade of C and ME A280 with a minimum grade of C.

ME A408 Mechanical Vibrations 3 Credits

Modeling of vibratory mechanical systems with single and multiple degrees of freedom. Study of free and forced vibrations with or without damping by lumped-parameter methods and finite element analysis. Vibrations of rotor systems and vibration

Prerequisites: (EE A306 with a minimum grade of C or ME A306 with a minimum grade of C) and ES A331 with a minimum grade of C.

ME A414 Thermal System Design 3 Credits

Course introduces students to the design of power and space conditioning systems, energy conversion, heating, ventilating, air conditioning, refrigeration (HVAC&R), and steady-state simulation of thermal systems.

Prerequisites: ES A341 with a minimum grade of C and ES A346 with a minimum grade of C.

ME A414L Thermal System Design Lab 1 Credit

Provides supplemental explanation and practical exercises applying thermal system design and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) concepts including refrigeration systems, psychrometric applications, air handling unit designs, pipe and pump designs, and fan and air distribution designs.

Prerequisites: ES A341 with a minimum grade of C and ES A346 with a minimum grade of C and ME A414 with a minimum grade of C or concurrent enrollment.

ME A415 Composite Materials 3 Credits

This course presents the mechanics and manufacturing of composite materials and their applications. The analysis, design, processing/fabrication, repair, and evaluation of composite materials and structures are considered.
Special Note: Not available for credit to students who have completed ME A615.
May Be Stacked With: ME A615

Prerequisites: ES A331 with a minimum grade of C and ME A280 with a minimum grade of C and ME A403 with a minimum grade of C.

ME A420 Automotive Engineering 3 Credits

Introduces the design and manufacturability of automotive systems including the vehicle powerplant, drivetrain, suspension and frame.
Registration Restrictions: Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Prerequisites: (EE A306 with a minimum grade of C or ME A306 with a minimum grade of C) and ES A331 with a minimum grade of C and ME A280 with a minimum grade of C.

ME A421 Engineering Finite Element Analysis 3 Credits

Covers the mathematical formulation of the finite element analysis (FEA) method; elemental matrices, nodal loads, assembly, and solution of finite element problems; static, modal, and dynamic solid-mechanics FEA problems; heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and electromagnetic FEA problems; and FEA software: preprocessing, processing, and postprocessing.
Special Note: Not available for credit to students who have completed ME A621. Recommended for students to take MATH A314.
May Be Stacked With: ME A621

Prerequisites: ES A210 with a minimum grade of C and ES A331 with a minimum grade of C and ES A341 with a minimum grade of C and ES A346 with a minimum grade of C.

ME A438 Design of Mechanical Engineering Systems 3 Credits

Capstone course in which mechanical engineering students design a mechanical engineering component or system starting with the initial design specification to the implementation and testing. Students apply knowledge and skills learned in their undergraduate curriculum.
Registration Restrictions: Student must be in senior year of BSE degree program or obtain faculty permission. Completion of GER Tier 1 (basic college-level skills) courses.

Attributes: UAA Integrative Capstone GER.

ME A441 Heat and Mass Transfer 3 Credits

Application of heat and mass transfer concepts to engineering problems including steady state and transient conduction, numerical analysis of heat transfer problems, laminar and turbulent free and forced convection, and black body and real surface radiation.

Prerequisites: ES A341 with a minimum grade of C and ES A346 with a minimum grade of C and MATH A302 with a minimum grade of C.

ME A441L Heat and Mass Transfer Lab 1 Credit

Provides supplemental explanation and practical exercises applying heat and mass transfer concepts to engineering problems including steady state and transient conduction, numerical analysis of heat transfer problems, laminar and turbulent free and forced convection, and black body and real surface radiation.

Prerequisites: ME A441 with a minimum grade of C or concurrent enrollment.

ME A442 Advanced Fluid Mechanics 3 Credits

Advanced topics in fluid mechanics, including derivation of flow equations, ideal fluid flows, incompressible viscous flows and compressible inviscid flows.
Special Note: Not available for credit to students who have completed ME A642.
May Be Stacked With: ME A642

Prerequisites: ES A341 with a minimum grade of C and MATH A302 with a minimum grade of C.

ME A450 Manufacturing Design 3 Credits

Advanced course that focuses over 3-D applied engineering applications and design. Part design for machining, molding, casting, and sheet metal operations. Methods for applied design for manufacturing and assembly are introduced. Pro/Engineer 3-D part, composite, sheet metal and assembly modules are used to practice variety of engineering design applications.

Prerequisites: ENGR A105A and ENGR A105B and ENGR A151 and ENGR A161 and ME A280.

ME A451 Aerodynamics 3 Credits

Fundamentals of aerodynamics including boundary layer theories, aerodynamics of lifting flow over airfoils, wings of finite span and airfoil theory in subsonic, transonic, and supersonic flows.
Special Note: Not available for credit to students who have completed ME A651.
May Be Stacked With: ME A651

Prerequisites: MATH A302 with a minimum grade of C and ES A341 with a minimum grade of C and ME A313 with a minimum grade of C.

ME A453 Renewable Energy Systems Engineering 3 Credits

The study and design of renewable energy systems from a technical engineering standpoint. Solar, hydrokinetic, conventional hydroelectric, wind, geothermal, and biological energy systems will be examined. Additional topics include feasibility analysis and energy storage techniques.
Special Note: Not available for credit to students who have completed ME A653.
May Be Stacked With: ME A653

Prerequisites: ES A341 with a minimum grade of C and ES A346 with a minimum grade of C.

ME A455 HVAC Systems Optimization 3 Credits

Design of thermal and heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems with emphasis on economic considerations and optimization. Concepts of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer will be integrated under a design framework. A semester long project is conducted to design a thermal system, perform system simulations, and to optimize the design based on economic and technical considerations.
Special Note: Not available for credit to students who have completed ME A655.
May Be Stacked With: ME A655

Prerequisites: ES A341 with a minimum grade of C and ES A346 with a minimum grade of C.

ME A459 Fracture Mechanics 3 Credits

The topics of theoretical, experimental, and applied fracture of solids, structures, and machines, subcritical crack growth including fatigue, creep, and corrosion, embrittlement, safety, and life cycle design and analysis will be presented. Case studies will be used to illustrate the course topics.
May Be Stacked With: ME A659

Prerequisites: ES A331 with a minimum grade of C.

ME A460 Turbomachinery 3 Credits

Introduces the application of energy, momentum and continuity equations to designing turbomachinery such as pumps, compressors and turbines.
Special Note: Not available for credit to students who have completed ME A660.
May Be Stacked With: ME A660

Prerequisites: ES A341 with a minimum grade of C and ES A341L with a minimum grade of C and ME A313 with a minimum grade of C.

ME A471 Automatic Control 3 Credits

Feedback control of linear mechanical and electrical systems by using block diagrams with transfer functions of plants, controllers, sensors and actuators. Stability analysis with transfer-function and state-space models. Transient, steady-state analysis, frequency-domain analysis, and design of control systems with Bode plots and the Nyquist criterion.
Crosslisted With: EE A471.

Prerequisites: (EE A306 or ME A306 or EE A353) and (ES A208 or ES A210) and MATH A302.

ME A608 Mechanical Vibrations 3 Credits

Modeling of vibratory mechanical systems with single and multiple degrees of freedom. Study of free and forced vibrations with or without damping by lumped-parameter methods and finite element analysis. Vibrations of rotor systems and vibration monitoring.
Special Note: Not available for credit to students who have completed ME A408.
Registration Restrictions: Graduate standing or instructor permission.
May Be Stacked With: ME A408

ME A610 Biomechanics 3 Credits

Applies the principles of mechanics to biological systems with an emphasis on the human body. Both analytical mathematical modeling and experimental approaches are explored.
Registration Restrictions: Graduate standing or instructor permission

ME A615 Composite Materials 3 Credits

This course presents the mechanics and manufacturing of composite materials and their applications. The analysis, design, processing/fabrication, repair, and evaluation of composite materials and structures are considered.
Special Note: Not available for credit to students who have completed ME A415.
Registration Restrictions: Graduate standing or instructor permission.
May Be Stacked With: ME A415

ME A621 Engineering Finite Element Analysis 3 Credits

Covers the mathematical formulation of the finite element analysis (FEA) method; elemental matrices, nodal loads, assembly, and solution of finite element problems; static, modal and dynamic solid-mechanics FEA problems; heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and electromagnetic FEA problems; and FEA software: preprocessing, processing, and postprocessing.
Special Note: Not available for credit to students who have completed ME A421.
Registration Restrictions: Graduate standing or instructor approval
May Be Stacked With: ME A421

ME A630 Advanced Mechanics of Materials 3 Credits

Theory of stress and strain, stress-strain-temperature relations, equilibrium, and energy methods and their application to the torsion of shafts, bending of straight and curved beams, beams on elastic foundations, thin and thick walled cylinders, elastic and inelastic stability of columns, plates and shells, stress concentrations, creep, and contact stresses.
Registration Restrictions: Graduate standing and instructor permission

ME A642 Advanced Fluid Mechanics 3 Credits

Advanced topics in fluid mechanics, including derivation of flow equations, ideal fluid flows, incompressible viscous flows and compressible inviscid flows.
Special Note: Not available for credit to students who have completed ME A442.
Registration Restrictions: Graduate standing or instructor permission.
May Be Stacked With: ME A442

ME A651 Aerodynamics 3 Credits

Fundamentals of aerodynamics including boundary layer theories, aerodynamics of lifting flow over airfoils, wings of finite span and airfoil theory in subsonic, transonic, and supersonic flows. Literature review and research on selected aerodynamics topics.
Special Note: Not available for credit to students who have completed ME A451.
Registration Restrictions: Graduate standing or instructor permission.
May Be Stacked With: ME A451

ME A653 Renewable Energy Systems Engineering 3 Credits

The study and design of renewable energy systems from a technical engineering standpoint. Solar, hydrokinetic, conventional hydroelectric, wind, geothermal, and biological energy systems will be examined. Additional topics include feasibility analysis and energy storage techniques.
Special Note: Not available for credit to students who have completed ME A453.
May Be Stacked With: ME A453

ME A655 HVAC Systems Optimization 3 Credits

Design of thermal and heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems with emphasis on economic considerations and optimization. Concepts of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer will be integrated under a design framework. A semester long project is conducted to design a thermal system, perform system simulations, and to optimize the design based on economic and technical considerations.
Special Note: Not available for credit to students who have completed ME A455.
Registration Restrictions: Graduate standing or instructor permission.
May Be Stacked With: ME A455

ME A659 Fracture Mechanics 3 Credits

Theoretical, experimental, and applied fracture of solids, structures, and machines, subcritical crack growth including fatigue, creep, and corrosion, embrittlement, safety, and life cycle design and analysis will be presented. Case studies will be used to illustrate the course topics.
May Be Stacked With: ME A459

Prerequisites: ES A331 with a minimum grade of C.

ME A660 Turbomachinery 3 Credits

Introduces the application of energy, momentum and continuity equations to designing turbomachinery, such as pumps, compressors and turbines.
Special Note: Not available for credit to students who have completed ME A460.
Registration Restrictions: Graduate standing or instructor permission
May Be Stacked With: ME A460

ME A664 Corrosion Processes and Engineering 3 Credits

The study of different corrosion processes and mechanisms. Topics include the concepts, materials, and mechanisms of corrosion with application to engineering design for corrosion prevention.
Registration Restrictions: Prerequisite and graduate standing, or faculty permission.

Prerequisites: ES A346.

ME A672 Advanced Linear Systems 3 Credits

Presents a state space linear algebra approach to multiple input, multiple output systems. Concepts of controllability and observability motivate design techniques for optimal open loop and closed loop systems. Analysis and design of optimal feedback control systems and design of observers and estimators are presented.
Special Note: Not available for credit to students who have completed EE A472.
Registration Restrictions: Graduate standing or instructor permission
May Be Stacked With: EE A472

ME A686 Project 3 Credits

Project arranged among the advisor, graduate advisory committee and student to solve a practical engineering problem.
Registration Restrictions: Graduate standing and instructor permission

ME A699 Thesis 1-6 Credits

Individual study of an advanced engineering problem resulting in a thesis.
Registration Restrictions: Graduate standing and instructor permission