Mechanical Engineering (MECH)

MECH 200 - CLASSICAL THERMODYNAMICS

Short Title: CLASSICAL THERMODYNAMICS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Explication of the fundamental laws of classical thermodynamics and deductions from them. Includes applications with particular attention to pure substances. Required for mechanical engineering majors. Department Permission Required. Recommended Pre-requisites: PHYS 101 and PHYS 102.

MECH 211 - ENGINEERING MECHANICS

Short Title: ENGINEERING MECHANICS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Prerequisite(s): (PHYS 101 or PHYS 111 or PHYS 125 or PHYS 141) and MATH 101 and MATH 102

Description: The study equilibrium of static systems, the dynamics of a particle and particle systems, and rigid-body dynamics. Required for mechanical engineering and materials science and engineering majors. Cross-list: CEVE 211.

MECH 308 - SENIOR DESIGN JUNIOR OBSERVERS

Short Title: SENIOR DESIGN JUNIOR OBSERVERS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Independent Study

Credit Hour: 1

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Repeatable for Credit.

MECH 311 - MECHANICS OF SOLIDS AND STRUCTURES

Short Title: MECHANICS OF SOLIDS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): MECH 211 or CEVE 211

Description: Analysis of stress and the deformation of solids with applications to beams, circular shafts, and columns. Open only to mechanical engineering and civil engineering majors. Required for mechanical engineering majors. Cross-list: CEVE 311.

MECH 331 - JUNIOR LABORATORY I

Short Title: JUNIOR LABORATORY I

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Laboratory

Credit Hour: 1

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Instruction in static and impact testing of engineering materials. Includes beam deflection and shear center experiments, as well as the application and testing of strain gauges. Required for mechanical engineering majors in B.S. program.

MECH 332 - JUNIOR LABORATORY II

Short Title: JUNIOR LABORATORY II

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Laboratory

Credit Hour: 1

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): MECH 371

Description: Instruction in fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. Students work in groups and perform classic experiments in fluid flow. This laboratory course provides experimental support to MECH 371. Required course for mechanical engineering majors in B.S. program. See on-line registration for sections.

MECH 340 - INDUSTRIAL PROCESS LAB

Short Title: INDUSTRIAL PROCESS LAB

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Laboratory

Credit Hour: 1

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Mechanical Engineering. Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Practical experience in, and observation of, selected industrial processes. Must sign up in department office at the beginning of registration for sections; each section is limited to 8 students. Open only to mechanical engineering majors. Required for mechanical engineering majors in B.S. program. Final registration confirmed after the first week's organizational meeting. Meeting announcements posted in the MEMS department.

MECH 343 - MODELING OF DYNAMIC SYSTEMS

Short Title: MODELING OF DYNAMIC SYSTEMS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 4

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): (MECH 211 or CEVE 211) and MECH 200 and MATH 211

Description: Energy-based modeling of dynamic systems. The focus of the course will be mechanical systems and electrical circuits, but will also involve fluid, thermal and other domains. The course will introduce modeling and simulation of systems via MATLAB, Simulink, and Labview, and an introduction to systems theory. Modeling and simulation of systems via MATLAB, and an introduction to systems theory. Includes laboratory assignments. Required for mechanical engineering majors in B.S. program. Recommended co or prerequisite(s): CAAM 335.

MECH 371 - FLUID MECHANICS I

Short Title: FLUID MECHANICS I

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): MECH 200 and (MECH 211 or CEVE 211) and MATH 212

Description: Introduction to fluid statics and dynamics. Includes the development of the fundamental equations of fluid mechanics and their application to problems of engineering interest. Required for mechanical engineering majors in B.S. program. Department Permission Required.

MECH 373 - ACOUSTICS

Short Title: ACOUSTICS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Basics of technical acoustics, including generation, propagation, reception and reproduction of sound, speech and hearing, musical and architectural acoustics, and noise control. Offered alternate years.

MECH 380 - INTRODUCTION TO MECHANICAL EFFECTS IN TISSUES

Short Title: INTRO TO MECHANICAL EFFECTS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): MECH 211 and MECH 311 or CEVE 300

Description: Development of a general background in physiology and in advanced mechanics for applications in medicine. Includes bone mechanics in remodeling, cartilage and ligament mechanics, and muscle mechanics, as well as an on paper design project on a subject selected by students.

MECH 383 - INTRODUCTION TO BIOMEDICAL INSTRUMENTATION AND MEASUREMENT TECHNIQUES

Short Title: BIOMED INSTRUMENT&MESURE TECHN

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): ELEC 381

Description: Review of basic sensors, measurement principles and analog electronics using operational amplifiers. Includes design problems using operational amplifier circuits (e.g. instrumentation and isolation amplifiers, comparators, timer circuits). Introduction to development of virtual instruments (VIs) using LabView. Discussion of micro and macro-biopotential electrodes, cell cytometry, the measurement of blood pressure, blood flow, and heart sounds, temperature, and the principles of electrical safety (e.g. micro and macro-shock hazards in the clinical environment). Includes discussion of pulmonary instrumentation and medical applications of ultrasound. Two lab exercises and a term project required.

MECH 400 - ADVANCED MECHANICS OF MATERIALS

Short Title: ADV MECHANICS OF MATERIALS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): (MECH 211 or CEVE 211) and (MECH 311 or CEVE 311)

Description: Advanced topics in solid mechanics and strength of materials including energy methods, principle of virtual work, conservation laws, constitutive modeling, aspects of elasticity theory, stability and fracture mechanics with application to the analysis and design of reliable structures. Cross-list: CEVE 400. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: MECH 500. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for MECH 400 and MECH 500.

MECH 401 - MECHANICAL DESIGN APPLICATIONS

Short Title: MECHANICAL DESIGN APPLICATIONS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): MECH 311 or CEVE 311

Description: Brief review of solid mechanics with introduction to failure theories and fatigue analysis. The principles of mechanics are applied to the design of machine elements. A semester design project requires using the analysis tools learned in the course. Required for mechanical engineering majors in B.S. program.

MECH 403 - COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN

Short Title: COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Investigation of the integration of the computer into the area of mechanical design. Includes such subjects as optimization, finite element, analysis, and commercial software. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: MECH 503. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for MECH 403 and MECH 503.

MECH 404 - MECHANICAL DESIGN PROJECT

Short Title: MECHANICAL DESIGN PROJECT

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 1-4

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Project based course for group or individual design projects relating to mechanical engineering topics.

MECH 407 - CAPSTONE DESIGN PROJECT I

Short Title: CAPSTONE DESIGN PROJECT I

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 4

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: An interdisciplinary capstone design experience in mechanical engineering. This course provides an opportunity for students to apply knowledge and skills acquired in previous courses to the solution of a realistic engineering problem. Teams of students will specify, design, and build a system to meet a prescribed set of requirements. The topics covered in this course will include design methodology, effective teamwork, project management, documentation, and presentation skills. Must complete MECH 408 to receive credit for MECH 407. Required for mechanical engineering majors in B.S. program.

MECH 408 - CAPSTONE DESIGN PROJECT II

Short Title: CAPSTONE DESIGN PROJECT II

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: An interdisciplinary capstone design experience in mechanical engineering. This course provides an opportunity for students to apply knowledge and skills acquired in previous courses to the solution of a realistic engineering problem. Teams of students will specify, design, and build a system to meet a prescribed set of requirements. The topics covered in this course will include design methodology, effective teamwork, project management, documentation, and presentation skills. Must complete MECH 408 to receive credit for MECH 407. Required for mechanical engineering majors in B.S. program. Department Permission Required.

MECH 411 - DYNAMICS AND CONTROL OF MECHANICAL SYSTEMS

Short Title: DYNAMICS & CONTROL OF MECH SYS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): MECH 343 and MECH 420

Description: The application of the principles of kinematics, dynamics and systems and control theory to the design and analysis of controlled mechanical systems. Kinematics and Newtonian dynamics of particles and rigid bodies, elements of analytical dynamics, system analysis, stability, and simulation of dynamical behavior, control of mechanical systems. Demonstrations and laboratory examples. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: MECH 501. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for MECH 411 and MECH 501.

MECH 412 - VIBRATIONS

Short Title: VIBRATIONS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): MECH 343

Description: Analysis of discrete and continuous linear vibrating systems, with emphasis on multi-degree-of-freedom systems. Includes approximate methods. Coverage of statistics (e.g. Gaussian and other distributions; and power spectra) as a foundation for random vibrations analysis. Required for mechanical engineering majors in B.S. program. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: MECH 502. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for MECH 412 and MECH 502.

MECH 417 - FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS

Short Title: FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): (MATH 212 or MATH 222) and (CAAM 210 or CAAM 211)

Description: An introduction to finite element analysis by Galerkin's method and the method of least squares as applied to both ordinary and partial differential equations common in engineering applications. Element interpolations, numerical integration, computational considerations for efficient solution and post-processing methods. Application of the commercial codes to ANSYS and Cosmosworks. Cross-list: CEVE 417. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: MECH 517. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for MECH 417 and MECH 517.

MECH 420 - FUNDAMENTALS OF CONTROL SYSTEMS

Short Title: FUNDAMENTALS OF CONTROL SYST

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): MECH 343 or (ELEC 242 and ELEC 244) or (CAAM 335 or MATH 355)

Description: Linear systems and the fundamental principles of classical feedback control, state variable analysis of linear dynamic systems, stability of linear control systems, time-domain analysis and control of linear systems, root-locus analysis and design and pole-zero synthesis, frequency domain techniques for the analysis and design of control systems. Required for mechanical engineering majors in B.S. program. Cross-list: ELEC 436. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: MECH 620. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for MECH 420 and MECH 620.

MECH 427 - COMPUTATIONAL STRUCTURAL MECHANICS AND FEM

Short Title: COMPUTATIONAL STR MECH & FEM

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): CEVE 311 or MECH 311

Description: Introduction to matrix structural analysis, trusses, beams, frames. Use of computer programs for structural analysis of Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Structures. Cross-list: CEVE 427.

MECH 431 - SENIOR LABORATORY I

Short Title: SENIOR LABORATORY I

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Laboratory

Credit Hour: 1

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Laboratory instruction in heat transfer and thermodynamics. Students work in groups doing experiments with emphasis on applied thermodynamics. Required for mechanical engineering majors in B.S. program. See online registration for sections. Department Permission Required.

MECH 435 - INTRODUCTION TO ENERGY-EFFICIENT MECHATRONICS

Short Title: INTRO TO MECHATRONICS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): ELEC 242 or ELEC 243

Description: Introduction to electromechanical systems, focusing on motor mechanics, electric drives & electronics, & modern digital control algorithms. Covers basic principles of electromechanical energy conversion & motor control. Students are introduced to energy efficiency considerations of modern electric drives. Includes hands-on laboratory projects involving digital computer control of various motor types. Cross-list: ELEC 435. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: MECH 535. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for MECH 435 and MECH 535.

MECH 450 - ALGORITHMIC ROBOTICS

Short Title: ALGORITHMIC ROBOTICS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 4

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): (COMP 221 or COMP 321) and COMP 215

Description: Robots have fascinated people for generations. Today, robots are built for applications as diverse as exploring remote planets, de-mining war zones, cleaning toxic waste, assembling cars, inspecting pipes in industrial plants and mowing lawns. Robots are also interacting with humans in a variety of ways: robots are museum guides, robots assist surgeon sin life threatening operations, and robotic cars can drive us around. The field of robotics studies not only the design of new mechanisms but also the development of artificial intelligence frameworks to make these mechanism useful in the physical world, integrating computer science, engineering, mathematics and more recently biology and sociology, in a unique way. This class will present fundamental algorithmic advances that enable today’s robots to move in real environments and plan their actions. It will also explore fundamentals of the field of Artificial Intelligence through the prism of robotics. The class involves a significant programming project. Cross-list: COMP 450, ELEC 450. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: MECH 550. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for MECH 450 and MECH 550.

MECH 454 - COMPUTATIONAL FLUID MECHANICS

Short Title: COMPUTATIONAL FLUID MECHANICS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): MECH 371 (may be taken concurrently) or CEVE 363 (may be taken concurrently) or CHBE 401 (may be taken concurrently)

Description: Fundamental concepts of finite element methods in fluid mechanics, including spatial discretization and numerical integration in multidimensions, time-integration, and solution of nonlinear ordinary differential equation systems. Advanced numerical stabilization techniques designed for fluid mechanics problems. Strategies for solution of complex, real-world problems. Topics in large-scale computing, parallel processing, and visualization. Prerequisites may be taken concurrently. Cross-list: BIOE 454, CEVE 454. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: MECH 554. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for MECH 454 and MECH 554.

MECH 456 - LEGAL THEMES IN ENGINEERING AND MANAGING PRACTICES

Short Title: LEGAL THEMES IN ENGI PRACTICES

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Introduction to fundamental legal concepts of the American legal system for upper level undergraduate students, primarily aimed at what engineers, scientists and other professionals could expect to encounter in their professional careers. The primary focus is to provide students with the basic tools to understand and interact with lawyers. Cross-list: MANA 499. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: MECH 556. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for MECH 456 and MECH 556.

MECH 472 - THERMAL SYSTEMS DESIGN

Short Title: THERMAL DESIGN

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): MECH 371 (may be taken concurrently) and MECH 481

Description: Design and synthesis of systems based on applications of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, economics, and optimization theories. Required for mechanical engineering majors in B.S. program.

MECH 473 - ADVANCED FLUID MECHANICS I

Short Title: ADVANCED FLUID MECHANICS I

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Governing equations for inviscid and viscous flows. Constitutive laws, simple non-Newtonian flows, and surface tension. Derivation and applications of the equations representing the conservation of mass and momentum. Various forms of the Bernoulli equation. Introductory concepts of computational fluid mechanics. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: MECH 573. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for MECH 473 and MECH 573.

MECH 474 - ADVANCED COMPUTATIONAL MECHANICS

Short Title: ADV COMPUTATIONAL MECHANICS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): BIOE 454 or CEVE 454 or MECH 454 or BIOE 554 or CEVE 554 or MECH 554

Description: Undergraduate version of MECH 654. The required semester-end report and presentation will be on the introductory topics of the course. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for MECH 474 and MECH 654.

MECH 481 - HEAT TRANSFER

Short Title: HEAT TRANSFER

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): (MECH 200 and MECH 371)

Description: Study of the general principles of heat transfer by conduction, convection, and radiation. Includes their application to problems of engineering practice. Required for mechanical engineering majors in B.S. program.

MECH 488 - DESIGN OF MECHATRONIC SYSTEMS

Short Title: DESIGN OF MECHATRONIC SYSTEMS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): MECH 343 or ELEC 241 or ELEC 243

Description: Analog electronic design for purposes of controlling electromechanical systems, including electromechanical sensors and actuators, analog electronic design of filters, state space and classical controllers, and transistor-based servo amplifiers and high voltage amplifiers. Implementation of digital controllers. Significant laboratory component with design and fabrication of circuits to control electromechanical systems. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: MECH 588. Recommended pre- or corequisite(s): MECH 211 and ELEC 436 or MECH 420. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for MECH 488 and MECH 588.

MECH 490 - MECHANICAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH PROJECTS

Short Title: MECH ENG RESEARCH PROJECTS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Research

Credit Hours: 1-4

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Independent investigation of a specific topic or problem in mechanical engineering. Research under the direction of a selected faculty member. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

MECH 498 - INTRODUCTION TO ROBOTICS

Short Title: INTRODUCTION TO ROBOTICS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): MATH 354 or MATH 355 or CAAM 335

Description: The course will provide the student with a mathematical introduction to many of the key ideas used in today's intelligent robot systems. The focus of the course is on the analysis and control of manipulators. The course will also give an overview of common approaches to building intelligent robot systems. Cross-list: COMP 498, ELEC 498. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: MECH 598. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for MECH 498 and MECH 598.

MECH 499 - CURRENT TOPICS

Short Title: CURRENT TOPICS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Designed for undergraduate mechanical engineering students. Lectures in areas of current interest in mechanical engineering. Topics vary from term to term. Repeatable for Credit.

MECH 500 - ADVANCED MECHANICS OF MATERIALS

Short Title: ADV MECHANICS OF MATERIALS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Prerequisite(s): (MECH 211 or CEVE 211) and (MECH 311 or CEVE 311)

Description: Advanced topics in solid mechanics and strength of materials including energy methods, principle of virtual work, conservation laws, constitutive modeling, aspects of elasticity theory, stability and fracture mechanics with application to the analysis and design of reliable structures. Cross-list: CEVE 500. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: MECH 400. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for MECH 500 and MECH 400.

MECH 501 - DYNAMICS AND CONTROL OF MECHANICAL SYSTEMS

Short Title: DYNAMICS & CONTROL OF MECH SYS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Prerequisite(s): MECH 343 and MECH 420

Description: Graduate version of MECH 411. Offered continually with MECH 411. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: MECH 411. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for MECH 501 and MECH 411.

MECH 502 - VIBRATIONS

Short Title: VIBRATIONS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Prerequisite(s): MECH 343

Description: Term project is required. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: MECH 412. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for MECH 502 and MECH 412.

MECH 503 - COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN

Short Title: COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Investigation of the integration of the computer into the area of design. Includes such subjects as optimization, finite element analysis, and commercial software. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: MECH 403. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for MECH 503 and MECH 403.

MECH 505 - NUMERICAL METHODS FOR ENGINEERS

Short Title: NUMERICAL METHODS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Numerical methods are the computational solution of mathematical problems. This course focuses on developing a competency in the four basic areas of numerical methods: differentiation, integration, optimization, and continuation. These four categories of methods form a tool set that are used throughout the computational solution of engineering problems.

MECH 508 - NONLINEAR SYSTEMS: ANALYSIS AND CONTROL

Short Title: NONLINEAR SYSTEMS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Mathematical background and fundamental properties of nonlinear systems: Vector norms, matrix norms, matrix measures, existence and uniqueness of solutions of ordinary differential equations. Linearization, second order systems, periodic solutions, approximate methods. Lyapunov stability: Stability definitions, Lyapunov's direct method, invariance theory, stability of linear systems, Lyapunov's linearization method, converse theorems. Selected topics in nonlinear systems analysis and nonlinear control from: Input/Output stability: Small gain theorem, passivity theorem. Perturbation theory, averaging, and singular perturbations Feedback linearization control. Other methods in the control of nonlinear systems such as backstepping, sliding mode and other Lyapunov-based design methods. Advanced nonlinear and adaptive robot control. Cross-list: CAAM 508, ELEC 508.

MECH 510 - ELASTO DYNAMICS

Short Title: ELASTO DYNAMICS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Propagation of waves in linearly-elastic strings, fluids, and solids. Surface waves, wave reflection and refraction at interfaces. Wave propagation in waveguides. Steady-state and transient half-space problems. Scattering of waves by cracks.

MECH 517 - FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS

Short Title: FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Prerequisite(s): (MATH 212 or MATH 222) and (CAAM 210 or CAAM 211)

Description: An introduction to Galerkin's method and the method of least squares applied to partial differential equations. Computational considerations for efficient interpolation, numerical integration, solution and post-processing methods. Error estimation and adaptive finite element analysis. Requires the use of solid works for a student project and a supporting literature survey. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: MECH 417. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for MECH 517 and MECH 417.

MECH 519 - ELEASTICITY, PLASTICITY AND DAMAGE MECHANICS

Short Title: ELASTICITY/PLASTICITY/DAMAGE

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: An overview of phenomena that determine the response of solids to deformation and loading: elasticity, plasticity, damage mechanics and cracking. Review of continuum mechanics with emphasis on the physical mechanisms of deformation and fracture. Classification of the behavior of solids. Modeling of different types of material behavior. The physics underlying the phenomena and methods for the numerical analysis of the resulting equations are discussed. Cross-list: CEVE 519.

MECH 520 - NONLINEAR FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS

Short Title: NONLINEAR FEM

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Formulation and solution of nonlinear initial/boundary value problems using the finite element method. Variational principles for nonlinear problems, finite element discretization, and equation-solving strategies for discrete nonlinear equation systems. Applications include: materially nonlinear systems, geometrically nonlinear systems, transient nonlinear problems, and treatment of non smooth constraints in a nonlinear framework. Cross-list: CEVE 503.

MECH 523 - PROBABILISTIC STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS

Short Title: PROB STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Prerequisite(s): MECH 412 or CEVE 521

Description: Introduction to probability theory and random processes. Includes the dynamic analysis of linear and nonlinear structural systems subjected to stationary and nonstationary random excitations reliability studies related to first excursion and fatigue failures, and applications to earthquake engineering, offshore engineering, and wind engineering. Recommended prerequisite(s): Basic knowledge of probability theory.

MECH 524 - ENGINEERING MATHEMATICAL AND NUMERICAL METHODS

Short Title: ENGR MATH & NUMERICAL METHODS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Elements of linear algebra, linear operators, systems of linear differential equations for discrete physical systems, calculus of variations, partial differential equations, Green's functions, examples from solid and fluid mechanics, discretization of continuous systems, finite element method.

MECH 527 - COMPUTATIONAL STRUCTURAL MECHANICS AND FEM

Short Title: COMPUTATIONAL STR MECH & FEM

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Introduction to differential and integral formulations, minimum principles, variational principles, weighted residuals, energy principles, and principle of virtual work. Boundary, initial, and eigenvalue problems. Finite element and finite difference methods for structural mechanics. Applications to static and dynamic truss beams and frame problems. MATLAB programming and use of computer software. Cross-list: CEVE 527.

MECH 535 - INTRODUCTION TO ENERGY-EFFICIENT MECHATRONICS

Short Title: INTRO TO MECHATRONICS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Introduction to electromechanical systems, focusing on motor mechanics, electric drives & electronics, & modern digital control algorithms. Covers basic principles of electromechanical energy conversion & motor control. Students are introduced to energy efficiency considerations of modern electric drives. Includes hands-on laboratory projects involving digital computer control of various motor types. Additional coursework required beyond the undergraduate course requirements. Cross-list: ELEC 532. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: MECH 435. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for MECH 535 and MECH 435.

MECH 537 - DESIGN AND CONTROL OF COMPUTER NETWORKS

Short Title: COMMUNICATION NETWORKS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Graduate-level introduction to design and analysis of communication networks. Topics include wireless networks, medium access, routing, traffic modeling, congestion control, and scheduling. Cross-list: ELEC 537.

MECH 550 - ALGORITHMIC ROBOTICS

Short Title: ALGORITHMIC ROBOTICS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 4

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Prerequisite(s): (COMP 221 or COMP 321) and COMP 215

Description: Robots have fascinated people for generations. Today, robots are built for applications as diverse as exploring remote planets, de-mining war zones, cleaning toxic waste, assembling cars, inspecting pipes in industrial plants and mowing lawns. Robots are also interacting with humans in a variety of ways: robots are museum guides, robots assist surgeon sin life threatening operations, and robotic cars can drive us around. The field of robotics studies not only the design of new mechanisms but also the development of artificial intelligence frameworks to make these mechanism useful in the physical world, integrating computer science, engineering, mathematics and more recently biology and sociology, in a unique way. This class will present fundamental algorithmic advances that enable today’s robots to move in real environments and plan their actions. It will also explore fundamentals of the field of Artificial Intelligence through the prism of robotics. The class involves a significant programming project. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: MECH 450. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for MECH 550 and MECH 450.

MECH 554 - COMPUTATIONAL FLUID MECHANICS

Short Title: COMPUTATIONAL FLUID MECHANICS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Prerequisite(s): MECH 371 (may be taken concurrently) or CEVE 363 (may be taken concurrently) or CHBE 401 (may be taken concurrently)

Description: Additional work required. Cross-list: BIOE 554, CEVE 554. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: MECH 454. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for MECH 554 and MECH 454.

MECH 555 - COMPUTATIONAL FLUID-STRUCTURE INTERACTION

Short Title: COMPUTATIONAL FSI

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Prerequisite(s): (MECH 454 or BIOE 454 or CEVE 454) or (MECH 554 or BIOE 554 or CEVE 554)

Description: Components and challenges of fluid-structure interaction (FSI) computations. Finite element methods for flows with moving interfaces; space-time techniques. Fluid-structure interface projection techniques. Mesh moving and remeshing techniques. FSI coupling techniques for fluid, structure, and mesh equation blocks. FSI computation sequences. FSI contact algorithms, multiscale FSI, cardiovascular FSI, and parachute FSI.

MECH 556 - LEGAL THEMES IN ENGINEERING AND MANAGING PRACTICE

Short Title: LEGAL THEMES IN ENGI PRACTICES

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Introduction to fundamental legal concepts of the American legal system for upper level undergraduate students, primarily aimed at what engineers, scientists and other professionals could expect to encounter in their professional careers. The primary focus is to provide students with the basic tools to understand and interact with lawyers. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: MECH 456. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for MECH 556 and MECH 456.

MECH 572 - AEROSPACE SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

Short Title: AEROSPACE SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Integration of engineering problem solving methodologies based on systems concepts. Applications to complex, large scale aerospace systems and problems faced by engineering managers. Recommended Pre-requisite: MECH 472 and MECH 594.

MECH 573 - ADVANCED FLUID MECHANICS I

Short Title: ADVANCED FLUID MECHANICS I

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Additional work required. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: MECH 473. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for MECH 573 and MECH 473.

MECH 575 - INTRODUCTION TO HYDRODYNAMIC STABILITY

Short Title: INTRO HYDRODYNAMIC STABILITY

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Introduction to linear and nonlinear instabilities that cause transition from laminar to turbulent flows in thermos-fluid systems. The physics of various canonical instability mechanisms and the mathematical and numerical frameworks common in stability analysis are discussed. Examples from industrial, geophysical, environmental, and astrophysical flows are presented. Recommended Prerequisite(s): MECH 371 or CEVE 363 or ESCI 460 or CAAM 436 or CHBE 401. Repeatable for Credit.

MECH 576 - STRUCTURAL DYNAMIC SYSTEMS

Short Title: STRUCTURAL DYNAMIC SYSTEMS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment limited to students with a class of Graduate. Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Introduction to structural dynamic systems. Linear SDOF and MDOF discrete systems, undamped and damped systems, free and forced vibration, dynamic response to periodic and arbitrary excitations, numerical evaluation of dynamic response, response spectrum and modal analysis. Additional topics for graduate version 576: Linear systems theory, transform methods, state space methods, feedback control, observers and identification. Applications using MATLAB. Demonstrations and laboratory examples. Students will be required to do more advanced assignments and a project. Cross-list: CEVE 576. Recommended Prerequisites: (CEVE 521 or CIVI 521 or MECH 502) and (CEVE 527 or CIVI 527).

MECH 580 - MECHANICS AND KINEMATICS OF RESPIRATORY MUSCLE IN OBESITY

Short Title: RESPIRATORY MECH IN OBESITY

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: The course is designed to understand unique aspects of remodeling the respiratory system mechanics in obesity. Focus will be on remodeling of diaphragm muscle and chest wall as a consequence of obesity. In particular, alteration in the kinematics and mechanics of the diaphragm in obese subjects will be evaluated.

MECH 581 - MICRO AND NANO HEAT TRANSPORT METHODOLOGIES AND DESIGN

Short Title: MICRO & NANO HEAT TRANSPORT

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment limited to students with a class of Graduate or Senior. Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Mechanical Engineering or Materials Science & NanoEng. Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Prerequisite(s): MECH 481

Description: A thorough explanation of the methodologies used for solving conduction, convection and radiation heat transport problems in macro, micro and nanosystems. Phonon, photon and electron transfer fundamentals. Equilibrium Statistics. Basic kinetic theory and transport properties of ideal gases. Microchannel heat transfer. Nanofluid heat transfer. Non-Fourier heat Conduction. Boltzmann transport equation. Molecular dynamics and lattice dynamics numeric methods. Applications and design problems in contemporary technologies. To be taught alternating years for MECH and MSNE Seniors and Graduate students. Cross-list: MSNE 581.

MECH 582 - CONVECTIVE HEAT TRANSFER

Short Title: CONVECTIVE HEAT TRANSFER

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Rigorous study of the transfer of heat by free and forced convection. Not offered every year.

MECH 586 - RESPIRATORY SYSTEM MECHANICS

Short Title: RESPIRATORY SYSTEM MECHANICS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Mechanics of ventilation, respiratory muscle mechanics, rib cage mechanics, mechanical coupling between the respiratory muscles and the rib cage, and inferences on mechanics from respiratory muscle anatomy. The class will meet in the Pulmonary Division at Baylor College of Medicine in the Texas Medical Center. Cross-list: BIOE 586.

MECH 588 - DESIGN OF MECHATRONIC SYSTEMS

Short Title: DESIGN OF MECHATRONIC SYSTEMS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Additional work required. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: MECH 488. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for MECH 588 and MECH 488.

MECH 591 - GAS DYNAMICS

Short Title: GAS DYNAMICS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Prerequisite(s): MECH 371

Description: Study of the fundamentals of compressible, one-dimensional gas flows with area change, normal shocks, friction, and heat addition. Includes oblique shocks, Prandtl-Meyer flows expansions, and numerical techniques.

MECH 592 - DESIGN FOR AEROSPACE ENVIRONMENTS

Short Title: AEROSPACE ENVIRONMENTS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Graduate course on aerospace environments, including theoretical bases. Topics include key mission phases, orbital mechanics, the effects of the sun, plasma, particles and ionizing radiation, neutral atmosphere, contamination, micrometeoroid/orbital debris, thermal and aerothermal environments. Extraterrestrial environments are briefly discussed.

MECH 593 - MECHANICAL ENGINEERING PROBLEMS

Short Title: MECH ENGINEERING PROBLEMS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Independent Study

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Mechanical Engineering. Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: An approved investigation or design project under the direction of a member of the staff. Open only to mechanical engineering majors. Repeatable for Credit.

MECH 594 - INTRODUCTION TO AERONAUTICS

Short Title: INTRODUCTION TO AERONAUTICS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Prerequisite(s): MECH 371

Description: Development of theories for the prediction of aerodynamic forces and moments acting on airfoils, wings, and bodies. Includes their design applications.

MECH 595 - MODELING TISSUE MECHANICS

Short Title: MODELING TISSUE MECHANICS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Independent Study

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Independent study and seminar course which focuses on modeling the mechanical properties of biological tissues. Data from experiments will be used to refine the predictions of nonlinear mathematical computer models. Aimed at juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Laboratory work performed at Baylor College of Medicine, computer work at Rice University. Cross-list: BIOE 595.

MECH 596 - INTRODUCTION TO FLIGHT MECHANICS

Short Title: INTRO TO FLIGHT MECHANICS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Prerequisite(s): MECH 371 or CEVE 371

Description: This course will examine the basic flight mechanics of aircraft and spacecraft. Simulation exercises will be conducted to illustrate the principles. Recommended Pre-requisite: MECH 594

MECH 598 - INTRODUCTION TO ROBOTICS

Short Title: INTRODUCTION TO ROBOTICS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Introduction to the kinematics, dynamics, and control of robot manipulators and to applications of artificial intelligence and computer vision in robotics. Additional work requied for Graduate course. Cross-list: COMP 598, ELEC 598. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: MECH 498. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for MECH 598 and MECH 498.

MECH 599 - CURRENT TOPICS IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Short Title: SPECIAL TOPICS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Designed for senior and graduate level students. Lectures in areas of current interest in mechanical engineering. Topics may vary from term to term. Spring 2017: Section 001- This course will cover recent topics in neuroengineering, with a focus on human-machine interface systems for individuals with neurological impairment, bioinspired and wearable sensing and robotic systems for diagnostic, assistive, and therapeutic applications, and neurorehabilitation. Intended for graduate students with a background and interest in neuroengineering, robotics, control systems, signal processing, and biomechanics. This course will include a significant technical communications component (oral and written) covering the research pipeline process, and will require experimental work via project. Section 002- Covers the science of surfaces interacting via dry, lubricated, and mixed (i.e., dry + lubricated) contact. Fundamental aspects include the Reynolds Equation, thermal-tribology, friction, and wear. Applied topics include bearings, surface analysis, nanomanufacturing, and biotribology. The course will conclude with a team project which will require computer programming. Repeatable for Credit.

MECH 601 - SPECIAL TOPICS

Short Title: SPECIAL TOPICS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 1-9

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Topics may vary. Please consult with the department for additional information. FA 2016, Section 001: Special Topics: Advanced Topics and Tools in Particle Flows & Tribology. Instructor Permission Required.

MECH 602 - SPECIAL TOPICS

Short Title: SPECIAL TOPICS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 1-9

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Topics may vary. Please consult with the department for additional information.

MECH 606 - GRADUATE SEMINAR

Short Title: GRADUATE SEMINAR

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hour: 1

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Repeatable for Credit.

MECH 611 - INDEPENDENT STUDY

Short Title: INDEPENDENT STUDY

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Independent Study

Credit Hours: 1-9

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Repeatable for Credit.

MECH 612 - INDEPENDENT STUDY

Short Title: INDEPENDENT STUDY

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Independent Study

Credit Hours: 1-9

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Repeatable for Credit.

MECH 620 - FUNDAMENTALS OF CONTROL SYSTEMS

Short Title: FUNDAMENTALS OF CONTROL SYST

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Linear systems and the fundamental principles of classical feedback control, state variable analysis of linear dynamic systems, stability of linear control systems, time-domain analysis and control of linear systems, root-locus analysis and design and pole-zero synthesis, frequency domain techniques for the analysis and design of control systems. Required for mechanical engineering majors in B.S. program. Additional work required for MECH 620. Cannot be taken if MECH 420 or ELEC 436 was previously taken. Instructor Permission Required. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: MECH 420. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for MECH 620 and MECH 420.

MECH 621 - M.M.E. RESEARCH PROJECT I

Short Title: M.M.E. RESEARCH PROJECT I

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Research

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: This is the first part of the M.M.E. research project course. The faculty advisor, taking into account the background and research interests of the student as well as the research interests of the faculty advisor, will determine the contents. Course requirements will include a final report. Instructor Permission Required.

MECH 622 - M.M.E. RESEARCH PROJECT II

Short Title: M.M.E. RESEARCH PROJECT II

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Research

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: This is the second part of the M.M.E. research project and continuation of MECH 621. Course requirements will include a final report.

MECH 654 - ADVANCED COMPUTATIONAL MECHANICS

Short Title: ADV COMPUTATIONAL MECHANICS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Prerequisite(s): BIOE 554 or CEVE 554 or MECH 554 or CEVE 454 or MECH 454 or BIOE 454

Description: Advanced topics in computational mechanics with emphasis on finite element methods and fluid mechanics. Stabilized formulations. Fluid-particle and fluid-structure interactions and free-surface and two-fluid flows. Interface-tracking and interface-capturing techniques, space-time formulations, and mesh update methods. Enhanced discretization and solution techniques. Iterative solution methods, matrix-free computations, and advanced preconditioning techniques. Cross-list: BIOE 654, CEVE 654. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for MECH 654 and MECH 474.

MECH 665 - ANALYSIS OF VIBRATIONS IN NONLINEAR SYSTEMS

Short Title: NONLINEAR VIBRATIONS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Prerequisite(s): MECH 502

Description: Nonlinear vibrations are studied in structural and mechanical systems. Methods for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of these systems are applied. The classification and stability of equilibrium and periodic solutions are discussed for continuous time systems and discrete maps. Floquet theory and Poincare maps are used to study periodic behavior.

MECH 667 - NONLINEAR DYNAMIC BEHAVIOR IN MECHANIC SYSTEMS AND STRUCTURES

Short Title: NONLINEAR DYNAMICS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Prerequisite(s): MECH 502

Description: Various types of nonlinear dynamic behavior are studied in mechanical systems and structures. The course will focus mainly on quasi-periodic and chaotic behavior but will also include periodic behavior. Modeling and analysis methods will be discussed for both discrete and continuous time systems including Lyapunov exponents and pseudo-state space. Recommended Prerequisite: MECH 665

MECH 678 - ADVANCED STOCHASTIC MECHANICS

Short Title: ADV STOCHASTIC MECHANICS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Nonlinear random vibrations, Statistical Linearization, ARMA filters modeling, Monte Carlo Simulation, Wiener-Volterra series, time-variant structural reliability, and Stochastic Finite Elements are presented from a perspective of usefulness to aerospace, civil, marine, and mechanical applications. Cross-list: CEVE 678.

MECH 679 - APPLIED MONTE CARLO ANALYSIS

Short Title: APPLIED MONTE CARLO ANALYSIS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Probability density and power spectrum based simulation concepts and procedures are discussed. Scalar and vectorial simulation are addressed. Spectral decomposition and digital filter algorithms are presented. Applications from aerospace, earthquake, marine, and wind engineering, and from other applied science disciplines are included. Cross-list: CEVE 679.

MECH 683 - RADIATIVE HEAT TRANSFER I

Short Title: RADIATION HEAT TRSF I

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Rigorous study of the transfer of heat by radiant exchange in the absence of absorbing media.

MECH 691 - INTRODUCTION TO HYPERSONIC AERODYNAMICS

Short Title: INTRO TO HYPERSONICS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Recommended Pre-requisites: MECH 591.

MECH 800 - RESEARCH AND THESIS

Short Title: RESEARCH AND THESIS

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Course Type: Research

Credit Hours: 1-12

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Mechanical Engineering. Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Repeatable for Credit.