Mechanical and Nuclear EngineeringMohammad H. Hosni, Head
Professors Beck, Chapman, Fenton, Hosni, Jones, Krishnaswami, Pacey, Shultis, Swenson, and Thompson; Associate Professors Dunn, Eckels, Lease, Madanshetty, McGregor, Wang, White, and Xin; Assistant Professors Babin, Cai, Hightower, Schinstock, and Zheng; Emeriti: Professors Appl, Azer, Ball, Donnert, Eckhoff, Faw, Gorton, Gowdy, Huang, Lindholm, Merklin, Nesmith, Pauli, Rohles, Simons, and Turnquist.
Mechanical engineering is a broad profession that traditionally comprises three primary subfields: energy, mechanisms and machinery, and controls. The work done by mechanical engineers includes the design, construction, and use of systems for the conversion of energy available from natural sources (water, fossil fuels, nuclear fuels, solar radiation) to other forms of useful energy (for transportation, heat, light, power); design and production of machines to lighten the burden of servile human work and to do work otherwise beyond human capability; processing of materials into useful products; and creative planning, development, and operation of systems using energy, machines, and resources; and manufacturing.
The curriculum includes engineering science courses in the sophomore and junior years and engineering application courses in the junior and senior years. Laboratory courses and humanities and social science electives are found throughout the curriculum. The laboratory and application courses provide opportunity for development of student creativity, use of design methodology, and other aspects of engineering design.
The entire curriculum serves as preparation for the industrial design project where teams of students are assigned to work on realistic engineering problem supplied by industrial sponsors. This brief internship gives new mechanical engineering graduates the experience and confidence to move quickly into productive and satisfying careers.
Because of the broad and fundamental nature of the curriculum, mechanical engineering provides an excellent background for careers in such fields as law, medicine, social services, urban design, and business manage- ment in addition to traditional engineering professions.
MNE program objectives
MNE program outcomes
The nuclear engineering option prepares students for professional positions in industry, government, private practice, and postgraduate studies in the application of nuclear technology. Engineering fundamentals are emphasized throughout the curriculum with the nuclear engineering courses in the junior and senior years. Students may organize a program suited to their particular needs and interests. Students may elect a program leading to specialized engineering practice or to postgraduate study in engineering, science, medicine, business, or law.
Curriculum in mechanical engineering (ME)
ME 101. Introduction to Mechanical Engineering. (2) I. Introduction to the mechanical engineering curriculum and profession. Orientation for successful transition of new students to college life. Engineering approach to problem solving and computer use in all areas of mechanical engineering. Exchange of information regarding academic, technical, social, ethical, and professional matters between students, faculty, and practicing professionals. Must be taken during the student's first fall semester in mechanical engineering. Two hours rec. a week.
ME 212. Engineering Graphics. (2) I, II. Technical sketching, study of basic principles of projective geometry, multiview drawings, pictorials, reading and interpreting drawings, introduction to CAD, sectioning, dimensioning. Six hours lab a week. Pr.: Plane geometry.
ME 390. Topics in Mechanical Engineering. (Var.) I, II, S. Topics selected in consultation with instructor. Intended for interdisciplinary studies or innovative studies in mechanical engineering. Pr.: Consent of instructor.
ME 400. Computer Applications in Mechanical Engineering. (3) I, II. The development and application of computer techniques to the problems of design and analysis in mechanical engineering, including computer programming (abstraction and problem solving; algorithms; control structures; input/output; functions; arrays and array processing). Two hours lec. a week and two hours lab a week. Pr. or conc.: MATH 240.
ME 499. Honors Research in Mechanical Engineering. (Var.) I, II. Individual research problem selected with approval of faculty advisor. Open to students in the College of Engineering honors program. A report is presented orally and in writing during the last semester.
ME 512. Dynamics. (3) I, II, S. Vector treatment of kinematics, Newton's laws, work and energy, impulse and momentum, with applications to problems of particle and rigid body motion. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CE 333 and MATH 222.
ME 533. Machine Design I. (3) I, II. Introduction to the design and analysis of machine elements. Emphasis on materials, loads, stress, strain, deflection, failure theories, and finite element analysis. Applications include design and analysis of shafts, gears, and fasteners. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CE 533 and ME 512.
ME 535. Measurement and Instrumentation Laboratory. (3) I, II. Theory and application of mechanical engineering measurements, instrumentation, and computer-based data acquisition. One hour rec. and six hours lab a week. Pr.: ME 400, ME 513, and EECE 519.
ME 563. Machine Design II. (3) I, II. Design and analysis of machine elements. Applications include design and analysis of bearings, clutches, brakes, belt and chain drives, and hydraulic fluid power. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: ME 533.
ME 570. Control of Mechanical Systems I. (4) I, II. Introduction to modeling and control of dynamic systems encountered by mechanical engineers. Topics include basic linear systems modeling and analysis; feedback control; time response and stability of dynamic systems; introduction to root locus and frequency response design. Three hours lec. and three hours lab per week. Pr.: MATH 240 and ME 512. Pr. or conc.: ME 535.
ME 571. Fluid Mechanics. (3) I, II, S. Physical properties; fluid statics; dynamics of ideal and real fluids (for incompressible and compressible flow); impulse and momentum; laws of similitude; dimensional analysis; flow in pipes; flow in open channels; flow about immersed objects. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: ME 512. Pr. or conc.: ME 513.
ME 574. Interdisciplinary Industrial Design Projects I. (3) I, II. Introduction to design theory, project management, team dynamics, and socio-economic context of design, etc.; application of design principles, engineering analysis, and experimental methods to an industrial interdisciplinary design project involving design, analysis, fabrication, and testing. One hour rec. and six hours lab per week. Pr.: ME 535, ME 571, or instructor approval.
ME 575. Interdisciplinary Industrial Design Projects II. (3) I, II. Continuation of ME 574 with emphasis on in-depth project experience. Also, discussion of career planning, graduate school, ethics, technical/professional societies, and engineering licensing. One hour lec. and five hours lab a week. Pr.: ME 574 or instructor approval.
ME 610. Finite Element Applications in Mechanical Engineering. (3) I. The application of the finite element method to the solution of engineering problems. Topics include introductions to the methods, linear elastic stress analysis, thermal analysis, and modeling limitations and errors. Commercial computer codes are used in the applications. Pr.: CE 533, ME 571, ME 523, ME 400. Co-Pr: ME 573.
ME 622. Indoor Environmental Engineering. (3) II, in even years. Ventilation, heating, and cooling system design for buildings. Application of thermodynamic, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics principles for determination of building heating and cooling loads. Determination of ventilation requirements. Sizing, design and integration of environmental control systems. Three hours rec. a week. Pr. or conc.: ME 573.
ME 628. Aerodynamics. (3) I. A general introduction to aerodynamics including the analysis of lift, drag, thrust, and performance of subsonic aircraft, and the application of aerodynamic principles to design. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: ME 571 and MATH 240.
ME 631. Aircraft and Missile Propulsion. (3) II, in odd years. Mechanics and thermodynamics of aircraft and missile propulsion systems; combustion; air-breathing jet engines; rockets; applied compressible flow; propellants; performance and design of propulsion systems. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: ME 523, ME 571, and MATH 240.
ME 633. Thermodynamics of Modern Power Cycles. (3) I, in odd years. The first and second law analysis of modern steam cycles for both fossil-fuel and nuclear-fuel installations. Cycle efficiency and factors affecting performance, such as cycle design, load factor, and auxiliaries. Thermal pollution resulting from steam cycles. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: ME 513.
ME 635. Dynamics of FlightStability and Control. (3) II, odd years. Development of the general dynamic equations of motion for six-degree-of-freedom aircraft. Aerodynamic and propulsion force and moment models, linear and flat earth approximations, static and dynamic stability, and control analysis. Longitudinal and lateral normal modes, stability augmentation, and automatic control design and simulation. Pr. or conc.: ME 570.
ME 640. Control of Mechanical Systems II. (3) I. Design and analysis of control systems. Topics include linear and nonlinear systems modeling; parameter estimation/system identification steady state errors; advanced root locus and frequency response design; controller implementation. Two hours lec. and three hours lab a week. Pr.: ME 570 and MATH 551.
ME 651. Introduction to Composites. (3) I. Design, fabrication, and testing of various composite materials. Analysis of mechanical properties of laminated composites. Two hours rec. and three hours lab a week. Pr.: CE 533 and senior standing in engineering.
ME 656. Machine Vibrations I. (3) II. A general consideration of free and forced vibration in machines for various degrees of freedom; critical speed; vibration isolation. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: ME 512 and MATH 240.
ME 699. Problems in Mechanical Engineering. (Var.) I, II, S. Pr.: Approval of department head.
ME 701. Development of Computer Applications in Mechanical Engineering. (3) I. Nature of design, graphical user interface development to support computer-aided design, algorithms and computer graphics in computer applications, feature-based design, applications to design problems. Pr.: ME 400.
ME 716. Intermediate Dynamics. (3) II. General vector principles of the dynamics of particles and rigid bodies; applications to orbital calculations, gyrodynamics, and rocket performance; introduction to the energy methods of advanced dynamics. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: ME 512 and MATH 240.
ME 720. Intermediate Fluid Mechanics. (3) I. A continuation of ME 571 in the study of general topics in fluid mechanics. Conservation of mass and momentum principles with particular emphasis on analysis of inviscid (potential) flows, compressible flows, and more advanced viscous flows including boundary layers. Numerous applications utilizing numerical methods. Pr.: ME 571, MATH 240.
ME 721. Thermal Systems Design. (3) II, odd years. Thermal systems design including economics, simulation, and optimization. Includes heating, ventilating, and air conditioning design and control. Pr.: ME 573.
ME 722. Human Thermal Engineering. (3) I, in odd years. Application of thermodynamic, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics principles to the thermal analysis of the human body. Mathematical analysis and computer modeling of human response to the thermal environment. Evaluation of heat stress and cold stress. Protection from heat and cold. Requirements for thermal comfort and impact on human performance. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: ME 573.
ME 728. Computer Control of ElectroMechanical Systems. (3) II. Discrete modeling and analysis of dynamic physical systems in mechanical engineering. Sampling and data conversion and reconstruction. Real-time implementation of control on a computer. Digital controller design and implementation. Laboratory exercises in control applications and design. Two hours rec. and three hours lab per week. Pr.: ME 570.
ME 730. Control Systems Analysis and Design. (3) II. Use of classical analysis techniques for control system compensation. State space-control theory fundamentals are presented in addition to an introductory treatment of several major systems areas. Pr.: EECE 530 or ME 640. Same as EECE 730.
ME 738. Experimental Stress Analysis. (3) I, even years. Experimental methods of investigating stress distributions. Photoelastic models, photoelastic coatings, brittle coatings, and resistance strain gauges applied to static and dynamic problems. Two hours rec. and three hours lab a week. Pr. or conc.: CE 533.
ME 760. Engineering Analysis I. (3) I. Methods of analysis employed in the solution of problems selected from various branches of engineering. Emphasis is on discrete systems. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: MATH 240 and senior standing.
Nuclear engineering courses
NE 415. Introduction to Engineering Analysis. (3) I. Introduction to analytical, statistical, and numerical analysis, including computer programming, as applied to engineering. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: MATH 211 or 221.
NE 495. Elements of Nuclear Engineering. (3) I, II. Survey of nuclear engineering concepts and applications. Nuclear reactions, radioactivity, radiation interaction with matter, reactor physics, risk and dose assessment, applications in medicine, industry, agriculture, and research. Three hours lec. a week. Pr.: MATH 221, PHYS 213.
NE 500. Applied Engineering Analysis. (3) II. Methods and applications of analytical, statistical, and numerical analysis in engineering, including computer programming. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: NE 415.
NE 512. Principles of Radiation Detection. (3) I. Operating principles and general properties of devices used in the detection and characterization of ionizing radiation. Two hours rec. and three hours lab a week. Pr.: NE 495.
NE 620. Problems in Nuclear Engineering. (Var.) I, II, S. Specific studies in current and advanced problems in various phases of nuclear engineering. Pr.: Consult head of department.
NE 648. Nuclear Reactor Laboratory. (3) II. Theory and measurement of nuclear and reactor parameters of fundamental importance to nuclear reactors and their operation. Two hours lec. and three hours lab per week. Pr.: NE 512 and 630.
NE 690. Radiation Protection and Shielding. (3) II. Basic concepts of radiation protection, doses, associated risks, and exposure limits. Properties of natural and other radiation sources, and evaluation of internal and external doses. Techniques for shield design including ray, point kernel, and transport theories for both neutrons and gamma rays. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: NE 495.
NE 761. Radiation Measurement Systems. (3) II. Principles of systems used to measure radiation. Applications to radiation monitoring, dosimetry, and spectroscopy. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: NE 512.
NE 799. Special Topics in Nuclear Engineering. (Var.) On sufficient demand. Topical material of importance in nuclear engineering, such as controlled thermonuclear reactions, numerical analysis, Monte Carlo methods in radiation transport, effects of nuclear explosions, etc. Pr.: Consent of head of department.