Mechanical and Nuclear EngineeringJ. Garth Thompson, Head
Professors Beck, Chapman, Eckhoff, Fenton, Hosni, Jones, Krishnaswami, Pacey, Shultis, Swenson, and Thompson; Associate Professors Dunn, Eckels, Lease, Madanshetty, McGregor, Wang, and White; Assistant Professors Cai, Hightower, Schinstock, and Zheng. Emeriti: Professors Appl, Azer, Ball, Donnert, Faw, Gorton, Gowdy, Huang, Lindholm, Merklin, Nesmith, Pauli, Rohles, Simons, Turnquist, and Wood.
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 a team of three to five students is assigned to work on a realistic engineering problem supplied by an industrial sponsor. 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
Our graduates have an ability to: apply knowledge of mathematics (through multivariate calculus and differential equations, statistics, and linear algebra), science (including chemistry and calculus-based physics with depth in one), and engineering; design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data; design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs; function on multi-disciplinary teams; identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems; understand professional and ethical responsibility; communicate effectively; understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context; recognize the need for, and develop an ability to: engage in life-long learning; know contemporary issues; use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice; and work at a professional level for both thermal and mechanical systems including the design and realization of such systems.
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)
Humanities and social science electives are to be selected from the approved list and need not be taken in the order listed in the curriculum. (Two courses must be 300 level or above from the College of Engineering list of UGE courses.)
Two courses must be chosen from an approved list of design technical electives. The other course must be at the 400 level or above with a math, engineering, or physical science prerequisite.
Electives must be selected to ensure that a minimum of 16 design credits and 16 (including ECON 110) humanities and social science credits are included in the program of study. All electives are to be chosen with the advice and approval of the faculty advisor and department head.
Nuclear engineering option (NE)
**The student may opt for ME 563 Machine Design II.
Humanities and social science electives are to be selected from the approved list and need not be taken in order listed in the curriculum. (Two courses must be 300 level or above from the College of Engineering list of UGE courses.)
Mechanical engineering courses
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. Three hours lab and one hour rec. a week. Pr.: Plane geometry.
ME 300. Introduction to ME Design. (2) I, II. Introduction to the design process, dimensioning and tolerancing, fasteners, welds, gears, belts, chains, bearings, springs; detail and assembly drawings; interdisciplinary nature of design; design methodology; interdisciplinary design projects. Six hours lab a week. Pr.: ME 212, PHYS 213 and IMSE 241.
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. (2) I, II. The development and application of computer techniques to the problems of design and analysis in mechanical engineering, including computer programming. Two hours rec. a week. Pr.: MATH 221 and NE 385.
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. Displacement, velocity, and acceleration analysis of machine elements cams, gears, and other mechanisms. A brief introduction to dynamics of machines. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: 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, 513, and EECE 519, and STAT 491.
ME 563. Machine Design II. (3) I, II. Design and analysis of machine elements, such as shafting, springs, screws, belts, brakes, clutches, gears, and bearings, with emphasis on strength, rigidity, and wear qualities. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CE 533 and ME 533.
ME 570. Mechanical System Dynamics. (4) I, II. Basic linear systems modeling and equation formulation techniques. Time response of low-order linear systems. Modeling of engineering systems including hydraulic, mechanical, electronic, and thermal systems. State equations and system response analysis. Three hours lec. and three hours lab per week. Pr.: MATH 240. Pr. or conc.: ME 535 and ME 571.
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 300, ME 535, ME 571, or instructor approval.
ME 610. Finite Element and Finite Difference Applications in Mechanical Engineering. (3) I. The application of finite element and finite difference methods to the solution of engineering problems. Topics include introductions to the methods, linear elastic stress analysis, thermal analysis, flow analysis, and modeling limitations and errors. Commercial computer codes are used in the applications. Pr.: CE 533, ME 571, ME 523, ME 400. Co-req: ME 573.
ME 628. Aerodynamics. (3) I. A general introduction to aerodynamics including the analysis of lift, drag, thrust, and aircraft performance for subsonic aircraft. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: ME 571 and MATH 240.
ME 631. Aircraft and Missile Propulsion. (3) II. 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, 571, and MATH 240.
ME 633. Thermodynamics of Modern Power Cycles. (3) I. 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. 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 dyanamic stability, and control analysis. Longitudinal and lateral normal modes, stability augmentation and automatic control design and simulation. Pr. or conc.: ME 640.
ME 640. Automatic Controls. (3) I, II. Functional description of dynamic systems, analysis and design of feedback systems. Basic controllers, sensitivity, stability, and error analysis. Transient and steady-state response, compensation techniques. Design of controllers using root locus and frequency response methods. Introduction to discrete-time systems. Two hours lec. and three hours lab a week. Pr.: ME 570.
ME 650. Introduction to Computer-Aided Design. (3) I. Scope of computer-aided design, computer-aided design workstations, interactive programming, numerical methods and computer graphics in computer-aided design, applications to design problems, introduction to finite elements, and optimal design. Pr.: ME 400 and senior standing in engineering.
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) I. 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 670. Computer Control of Mechanical Systems. (3) II. Computer control of mechanical systems, including thermal and fluid as well as electro-mechanical, discrete modeling, and analysis of dynamic physical systems. Sampling and data conversion and reconstruction. Stability and performance specifications. Real time implementation. Digital controller design and implementation. Laboratory exercises in control applications and design. Two hours rec. and three hours lab per week. Pr.: ME 640.
ME 699. Problems in Mechanical Engineering. (Var.) I, II, S. Pr.: Approval of department head.
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 including viscous flow, compressible flow, turbulence, and boundary layer theory. Numerous applications utilizing computational fluid dynamics. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: ME 571, MATH 240.
ME 721. Thermal Systems Design. (3) I. Thermal systems design including economics, simulation, and optimization. Includes heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) design and control. Pr.: ME 573.
ME 722. Environmental Engineering II. (3) I, in even years. Characteristics of air conditioning compressors, condensers, evaporators; system characteristics; air conditioning system controls; refrigeration systems; acoustics. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: ME 622.
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 732. Robotic System Analysis. (3) I, in even years. Modeling and static position and dynamic motion of a serial link manipulator. Forward and inverse kinematics, differential motion, path description and generation, dynamic and static forces, dynamic formulations, and feedback control of joint actuators. Project work includes robot computer software development and lab exercises. Pr.: ME 512. Pr. or conc.: ME 640.
ME 735. Geometric Modeling. (3) II, in even years. Geometric aspects of computer graphics. Two- and three-dimensional homogeneous transformations; hidden line and surface removal; space curves and surfaces, including Bezier and B-spline methods; solid modeling; applications and current topics. Same as CIS 735. Pr.: ME 650 or CIS 636 or EECE 636.
ME 736. Applied Elasticity. (3) I. Analysis of stress and strain at a point in an elastic medium; two-dimensional problems in rectangular and polar coordinates; torsion of bars; energy principles; numerical methods. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: CE 533.
ME 738. Experimental Stress Analysis. (3) II, in odd 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 756. Machine Vibrations II. (3) I, on demand. Advanced consideration of systems having free and forced vibrations, with particular reference to several degrees of freedom, distributed mass, generalized coordinates, and non-linear forms. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: ME 656.
ME 757. Kinematics. (3) I, in odd years. Geometry of constrained motion applied to point paths, specific input-output relations, function generators, kinematic synthesis. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: ME 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.
ME 775. Optimal Mechanical Design. (3) II, in odd years. The philosophy of optimal design; unconstrained minimization for single variable and multivariable cases; linear and quadratic programming; constrained nonlinear optimization; applications to design of structures, mechanisms, dynamic systems, components, control systems, etc. Pr.: ME 400, MATH 240, and senior standing in engineering.
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) II. 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 550. Radiation Protection Engineering. (2) II. Basic principles and concepts of radiation protection. Analysis of radioactive-decay systematics, dose and risk concepts, description of natural and other sources of ionizing radiation, basic procedures of external and internal dose evaluation, waste storage and disposal. Two hours rec. a week. Pr.: MATH 240, ME 400, NE 495. Pr. or conc.: NE 512.
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) I, II. Licensing, nuclear safety, and reactor operations. Measurement of neutronic, thermal-hydraulic, and health physics parameters. Two hours lec. and three hours lab per week. Pr.: NE 495, ME 513. Pr. or conc.: ME 573.
NE 693. Radiation Shielding Design. (3) I. Sources of radiation, kernel concepts, and application of diffusion and ray theory to shielding calculations and design, with applications principally in stationary nuclear reactor shielding. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: NE 550. Pr. or conc.: NE 630.
NE 694. Nuclear Reactor Thermal Design. (3) II. Application of thermal-hydraulic principles to the design and analysis of nuclear power plants, with special emphasis on safety systems. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: NE 630 and ME 573.
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.