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Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mohammad H. Hosni, Head

Professors Beck, Chapman, Fenton, Hosni, Jones, Krishnaswami, Pacey, Shultis, Swenson, and Thompson; Associate Professors Dunn, Eckels, Lease, Madanshetty, McGregor, Tokuhiro, Wang, White, Xin, and Zheng; Assistant Professors Babin, Cai, Hightower, and Schinstock; Emeriti: Professors Appl, Azer, Ball, Donnert, Eckhoff, Faw, Gorton, Gowdy, Huang, Lindholm, Merklin, Nesmith, Pauli, Rohles, Simons, and Turnquist.

E-mail: info@mne.ksu.edu


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.

Mission statement

The mission of the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering's undergraduate program is to produce high-quality baccalaureate graduates who are capable of contributing valuable engineering skills and knowledge toward important traditional areas of the discipline by: offering a modern curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology that prepares students for lifetime careers; acknowledging that professional education is a shared responsibility between both students and faculty; providing well-prepared and presented courses that challenge students; advising undergraduate students to help them negotiate obstacles in their educational path, and to tailor their education to their strengths and interests; recruiting and attracting top high school graduates and transfer students; and producing an environment within the department that motivates students to fully develop their engineering education through participation in professional societies, student government, extracurricular activities, design competions, etc.

MNE program objectives

Graduates of the mechanical and nuclear engineering department will: apply technical knowledge and skills in their chosen profession or toward advanced study to the greater benefit of society and the state of Kansas; utilize effective communication and team skills to work productively within their professions and communities; demonstrate integrity, responsibility, and accountability in their professional activities; and actively participate in life-long learning and professional development.

MNE program outcomes

Graduates of the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering will have (a) 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; (b) to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data; (c) to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs; (d) to function on multi-disciplinary teams; (e) to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems; (f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility; (g) to communicate effectively; (h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context; (i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning; (j) a knowledge of contemporary issues; (k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice; (l) the ability to work at a professional level for both thermal and mechanical systems including the design and realization of such systems.

Individual programs

The electives in the curriculum provide the opportunity for students to develop skills of individual interest. Students with clear career objectives may be permitted to substitute appropriate courses for some of the required courses. For example, students interested in the aerospace industry can choose elective courses in propulsion, aerodynamics, aircraft stability and control, and composite materials. A special interest in automobiles may prompt students to choose elective courses in internal combustion engines, machine vibrations, composite materials, and thermodynamic analysis. The combinations are extensive.

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)

Bachelor of science in mechanical engineering
127 hours required for graduation
Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012. 410-347-7700.

Fall semester

ME 101Introduction to Mechanical Engineering2
MATH 220Analytic Geometry and Calculus I4
CHM 210Chemistry I4
ENGL 100Expository Writing Ia3
Humanities or social science electiveb3

Spring semester

ME 212Engineering Graphics2
MATH 221Analytic Geometry and Calculus II4
PHYS 213Engineering Physics I5
ECON 110Principles of Macroeconomics3
SPCH 105Public Speaking IA2

Fall semester

IMSE 250Introduction to Manufacturing Processes and Systems2
CHE 352Structural Materials2
CE 333Statics3
MATH 222Analytic Geometry and Calculus III4
PHYS 214Engineering Physics II5

Spring semester

ME 512Dynamics3
ME 513Thermodynamics I3
NE 495Elements of Nuclear Engineering3
MATH 240Elementary Differential Equations4
Humanities or social science electiveb3

Fall semester

ME 400Computer Applications in Mechanical Engineering3
CE 533Mechanics of Material3
EECE 519Electric Circuits and Control4
MATH 551Applied Matrix Theory3
Technical electivesc
NE 612Principles of Radiation Detectiond3

Spring semester

ME 533Machine Design I3
ME 535Measurement and Instrumentation Laboratory3
ME 570Control of Mechanical Systems I4
ME 571Fluid Mechanics3
Technical electivesc
NE 690Radiation Protection and Shieldingd3

Fall semester

IMSE 530Engineering Economic Analysis2
ME 574Interdisciplinary Industrial Design Projects I3
Technical electivesc3
Technical electivesc
NE 630Nuclear Reactor Theoryd3
ENGL 415Written Communication for Engineersa3
Humanities or social science electiveb2

Spring semester

ME 573Heat Transfer3
ME 575Interdisciplinary Industrial Design Projects II3
Technical electivesc3
Technical electivesc
NE 648Nuclear Reactor Labd3
Humanities or social science electiveb3
aStudents must complete the appropriate prerequisite credits for ENGL 415, but may apply only 3 of ENGL 415 prerequisite credit hours towards degree requirements.
bHumanities and social science electives are to be selected from the approved lists and the College of Engineering UGE requirements must also be met. The College of Engineering general education worksheet should be used to insure that the UGE requirements are met.
cThree technical electives are to be chosen from MNE courses with at least one course 600-level or above. Another technical elective course is to be chosen from 200-level or above College of Engineering (including MNE) classes. The remaining technical elective credits are to be chosen from 200-level or above College of Engineering, math, chemistry, physics, biology, or business administration classes or 400-level or above statistics classes. Other classes that strengthen a student's program of study will be considered and require advisor and department head approval.
dNuclear engineering option. The four nuclear engineering option courses fulfill the requirement of the three MNE and one College of Engineering technical elective courses.

Mechanical engineering courses

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 551.

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. Pr. or conc.: MATH 240.

ME 513. Thermodynamics I. (3) I, II, S. Properties of the pure substance. The first and second laws of thermodynamics, gas mixtures, psychrometry. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: PHYS 213; MATH 222.

ME 523. Thermodynamics II. (3) I, II. Continuation of Thermodynamics I. Energy analysis, thermodynamic cycles, generalized thermodynamic relations, and reactive systems. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: ME 513.

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 fasteners, weldments, springs, and bearings. 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, gears, shafts, 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, ME 400, 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 573. Heat Transfer. (3) I, II. Fundamentals of conduction, convection, and radiation; principles of heat exchanger design and dimensional analysis. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: ME 400, 571, MATH 240.

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. Pr. or conc.: ENGL 415 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. Pr: or conc. ME 573.

ME 620. Internal Combustion Engines. (3) I, in even years. Analysis of cycles, design, and performance characteristics. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: ME 523.

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 Flight—Stability 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.

ME 773. Intermediate Heat Transfer. (3) II. Conduction, convection, and radiation, mass transfer, phase change, heat exchangers, introductory numerical methods. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: ME 573.

Nuclear engineering courses

NE 250. Reactor Operations Laboratory. (3) I, II, S. A basic course in reactor operator licensing, nuclear safety, and reactor operations with structured laboratory exercises. Two hours lec. and one three-hour lab per week. Pr: PHYS 213.

NE 385. Engineering Computational Techniques. (2) I, II. Application of digital computer methods to the solution of engineering problems. Two hours lec. a week. Pr.: MATH 220.

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 612. Principles of Radiation Detection. (3) I. Operating principles and general properties of devices used in the detection and characterization of ionizing radiation. Fundamental methods of data interpretation and presentation. 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 630. Nuclear Reactor Theory. (3) I. Theory of neutron diffusion and thermalization with application to steady-state nuclear reactors. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: MATH 240, NE 495.

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 612 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 612.

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.

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