Mechanical Engineering

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MECH.1010 Kinetic Projects Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 039871

Kinetic Projects is a hybrid course designed for a variety of majors to explore the intersections between mechanical engineering and sculpture. In this project-driven class, students will learn principles and practice in both the fields of engineering and art, and put them into practice by creating functioning kinetic objects to be displayed in a public setting. The course will also include guest lectures from practitioners in Art and Engineering. The course also provides an introduction to technical communications, teamwork, data analysis, computer coding, and introduction to CAD prototyping, report-writing and/or oral presentation.

MECH.1070 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering (Formerly 22/25.107) Credits: 2

Course Details
Min Credits 2
Max Credits 2
Course ID 039472

This course provides a hands-on introduction to mechanical engineering and the engineering design process. Through assignments and projects, students learn how to: identify a problem, develop alternative solutions, select the best alternative, make critical decisions, and work as a team. Lecture and lab component.

MECH.1CO-OP Curricula Practical Training Credits: 0-1

Course Details
Min Credits 0
Max Credits 1
Course ID 039724

Curricula Practical Training

MECH.2000 Mechanical Engineering Project I (Formerly 22.200) Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 032997

Students work on engineering design/build/test (DBT) projects under the supervision of a mechanical engineering faculty member. Projects can include student club based DBT projects.

Level: minimum Sophomore standing.

MECH.2010 Computer Aided Design (Formerly 22.201) Credits: 2

Course Details
Min Credits 2
Max Credits 2
Course ID 003796

Course emphasis is on introducing the use of computer aided design tools in the engineering problem solving process. Assigned design projects require the use of both wire frame and solid modeling tools. Lecture and lab activities are used to support project requirements, and to provide more in-depth understanding of computer aided engineering design and drawing.

Pre-Requisite Introduction to Engineering I MECH.1070 or ENGN.1070.

MECH.2020 Manufacturing Laboratory (Formerly 22.202) Credits: 2

Course Details
Min Credits 2
Max Credits 2
Course ID 003797

This is an introductory course in manufacturing processes covering the basic machine tool practices utilized in the manufacturing of a product. The objective of the course is to develop a broad understanding of manufacturing operations and their relationship to engineering product design. Students manufacture, fabricate and measure the accuracy of a mechanical assembly from design drawings, using lathes, milling machines, drill presses and other conventional processes.

Pre-Req: MECH.1070 Intro to Mechanical Engin or ENGN.1070.

MECH.2420 Thermodynamics (Formerly 22.242) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 003803

The first and second laws of thermodynamics are introduced and applied to the analysis of thermodynamic systems in terms of work, heat, energy transformation, and system efficiency. The use of tables, graphs, and equations of state is introduced to obtain various properties of pure substances. The concepts of work, heat and energy, as well as their relationships, are studied. The theory and application of reversible and irreversible thermodynamic process, Carnot cycles, and entropy are studied in relation to the energy analysis of engineering systems. Energy balances and ideal efficiencies of steady flow engineering systems are analyzed.

Pre-Req: MATH 1320 Calc II or MATH 1420 Honors Calc II, or Calc A,B,C, and PHYS 2450 Physical Properties of Matter, and CHEM 1210 Chemistry I or CHEM 1350 Honors Chemisrty I.

MECH.2960 Materials Science for Engineers (Formerly 22.296) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 003810

Properties and characterization of engineering materials. The behavior of engineering materials is studied experimentally to develop an understanding of properties important in materials selection and engineering design. Structure-property-processing relationships are discussed. Topics include stress, strain, strength, stiffness, thermal expansion, hardness, tensile and bending tests, strain gages, corrosion, microstructure of metals, polymers, ceramics and composites.

Pre-Req: CHEM 1210 Chemistry I; and Mechanical Engineering majors only.

MECH.3000 Mechanical Engineering Project II (Formerly 22.300) Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 032998

Students work on engineering design/build/test (DBT) projects under the supervision of a mechanical engineering faculty member. Projects can include student club based DBT projects.

Pre-Req: 22.200 Mechanical Eng Project I.

MECH.3020 Instrumentation and Measurement Laboratory (Formerly 22.302) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 003811

Students set up and conduct specific experiments designed to study: 1) fundamental ME instrumentation systems; 2) fundamental experimental techniques and 3) basic physical principles of mechanical systems. Experiments are divided into two areas; solid-mechanical and thermo-fluids. Students develop models for use in validating and comparing with experimental results. Written communication techniques are emphasized.

Pre-req: ENGN.2060 Strength of Materials.

MECH.3110 Applied Strength of Materials (Formerly 22.311) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 003812

Strength of materials principles are applied to the stress analysis of machine components and structures. The effects of buckling and combined bending, torsion, and axial loadings are studied together with the effects of stress risers due to geometrical complexities. Topics include: 3D stress transformations; principal stresses; Mohr's circle; failure criteria; stress concentration factors; equilibrium and energy methods; plates; global, local and inelastic buckling; finite elements; fracture and fatigue.

Pre-Req: ENGN 2060 Strength of Materials; Co-Req: MECH 2960 Mechanical Behavior of Materials or 22.295 Material Science & Engineering

MECH.3210 Kinematics of Mechanisms (Formerly 22.321) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 003814

Design and kinematic analysis of linkages. Course topics include linkage synthesis and motion analysis (position, velocity and acceleration) and technical writing. These topics are integrated in a semester-long design-build-test project utilizing commercial CAD and simulation software. This project involves project management, teamwork, design, creation of shop-quality drawings, manufacturing and assembly as well as performance testing of a three-position double-dwell linkage. Schedules (Gantt charts), progress reports and final reports are submitted. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Critical Thinking & Problem Solving (CTPS).

Pre-req: ENGN.2070 Dynamics; and Pre-req or Co-req: MECH.2010 Computer Aided Design; and Mechanical Engineering majors only.

MECH.3220 Control of Mechanical Systems (Formerly 22.322) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 003815

Design of cams and gear trains and control of mechanical devices. Course topics include: cam sizing and manufacture, cam and gear train kinematics, dynamic force analysis, machine balancing, introduction to the control of mechanical systems. The major project involves the design, analysis, manufacture, and dynamic testing of a cam having specified performance requirements; computer aided design (CAD) and computer numerically controlled (CNC) milling machines are applied. Dynamic simulation (MATLAB) is used throughout the course.

Pre-Req: MECH.3210 Mechanical Design I.

MECH.3410 Conduction & Radiation Heat Transfer (Formerly 22.341) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 003817

The theory of steady state and transient heat conduction in solids is developed and applied. The concepts of Biot and Fourier numbers are covered and their applications are studied. The principals of thermal radiation with application to heat exchange between black and non-black body surfaces are studied. The use of radiation networks (electrical network analogy) is examined. Surface radiation properties are extensively covered. Design projects are integrated into the course.

Pre-Reqs: MECH 2420 Thermodynamics, MATH 2310 Calculus III, and MATH 2360 Eng Differential Equations or MATH 2340 Differential Equations.

MECH.3420 Convective Processes (Formerly 22.342) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 003818

Internal and external flows with friction, Reynold's number, laminar and turbulent flows. Mathematical development of the hydrodynamic boundary layer. Boundary layer separation and fluid dynamic drag. Flow in pipes. Forced and free convective heat transfer, the thermal boundary layer, Reynolds' analogy, Prandtl and Grashof numbers. Empirical engineering convection relations. Students engage in a design project throughout the term.

Pre-Reqs: MECH 3410 Conduction & Rad Heat Transfer and MECH 3810 Fluid Mechanics.

MECH.3610 Mathematical Methods for Mechanical Engineers (Formerly 22.361) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 003823

Mathematical methods applied in a mechanical engineering context. Matrices and the solution of systems of linear algebraic equations. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Behavior of vectors and tensors under rotation of coordinate system. Matrix approach to principal values and axes. Iterative solution of non-linear equations. Numerical integration and differentiation. Regression analysis. Introduction to statistics and statistical inference.

Pre-Req: MATH 1320 Calculus II.

MECH.3810 Fluid Mechanics (Formerly 22.381) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 003824

A calculus-based engineering course which deals with the development of basic fluid mechanic relations. Emphasis is placed on the control-volume approach for solving problems, Topics includes fluid behavior and fluid properties: hydrostatic pressure and forces; buoyancy and stability; continuity, momentum, and Bernoulli equations; similitude and dimensional analysis; scale analysis and modeling; internal and external flows with friction; Reynolds number; laminar and turbulent flows; mathematical development of the hydrodynamic boundary layer; boundary layer separation and fluid dynamic drag; fluid flow in pipes and ducts,; friction and minor losses.

Pre-req: ENGN 2070 Dynamics, MATH 2310 Calculus III, MATH 2360 Differential Equations, and MECH 2420 Thermodynamics.

MECH.3820 Heat Transfer (Formerly 22.382) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 038230

A calculus-based engineering course providing treatment of the fundamental modes of heat transfer. Topics include: steady-state and transient heat conduction in solids; forced and natural convection; the concept of thermal boundary layer; scale analysis and dimensionless number such as Reynolds, Prandtl, and Grashof numbers; Reynolds analogy; empirical engineering convection relations; thermal radiation involving heat exchange between black and non-black body surfaces.

Pre-req: MECH 3810 Fluid Mechanics, and MECH 2420 Thermodynamics. Non-ME majors require Instructor permission.

MECH.4000 Mechanical Engineering Project III (Formerly 22.400) Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 032999

Students work on engineering design/build/test (DBT) projects under the supervision of a mechanical engineering faculty member. Projects can include student club based DBT projects. Completion of 22.400, 22.300, and 22.200 can count as a mechanical engineering technical elective (academic petition required).

Pre-Req: 22.300 Mechanical Eng Project II.

MECH.4030 Thermal Fluids Laboratory (Formerly 22.403) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 003825

Continuation of Mechanical Engineering Lab I. Focuses on digital data acquisition systems used on mechanical engineering equipment. Students design measurement systems composed of various transducers, their associated signal conditioners and digital data acquisition and recording devices. Statistical methods are emphasized. Experiments require the students to provide calibration and to select appropriate sampling rates and test durations. Systems under test range from simple multisensor laboratory apparatus to actual operating mechanical systems. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Quantitative Literacy (QL).

Pre-req: MECH 3810 Fluid Mechanics; MECH 3410 Conduction & Radiation Heat Transfer or MECH 3820 Heat Transfer

MECH.4040 Advanced Mechanical Dynamic Measurement Systems (Formerly 22.404) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 003826

This course is an extension of 22.302 Mechanical Engineering lab I, and extends the laboratory measurements for a wide variety of dynamic systems applications including first order and second order systems using both time domain and frequency domain approaches for the measurement and analysis of dynamic response. lectures will delve into more depth on time domain digital signal processing (extending the ME lab I course material) and progress Into frequency domain representations oftime response. This course counts as a mechanical engineering technical elective.

Pre-req: MECH 3020 Mechanical Engineering Lab I, ENGN 2060 Strength of Materials, MECH 3610 Math Methods for ME, and MECH 4510 Dynamic Systems Analysis.

MECH.4230 Capstone Design (Formerly 22.423) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 003835

Students perform independent design work and participate in team efforts to develop conceptual designs from functional requirements. Perform design analysis and synthesis, modeling, fabrication, testing, cost estimating, and documenting the essential elements of the system design. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Applied & Integrative Learning (AIL), Information Literacy (IL), and Written & Oral Communication (WOC).

Pre-Reqs: MECH 3110, MECH 3220, MECH 3820 ,MECH 4510, MECH 4730.

MECH.4250 Design of Machine Elements (Formerly 22.425) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 003837

The principles of mechanics and commonly used failure theories are applied to the design and analysis of machine elements subjected to static and dynamic (fatigue) load conditions. Elements studied include power screws, bolts, springs, bearings, gears, lubrication, shafts, brakes, clutches, and belts.

Pre-Reqs: MECH 3110 App. Strength of Materials, MECH 2960 Materials Science for Engineers or 22.295 Material Science & Engineering, and Co-Req: MECH 3220 Mechanical Design II.

MECH.4260 Green Energy Engineering (Formerly 22.426) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 036920

Introduces a comprehensive range of green energy sources, and the tools and techniques to use that energy. A strong emphasis is given to residential applications, particularly those that are cost effective. Topics include solar energy, photovoltaic, water power, wind power, geothermal heating, and bio- fuel production and use. Course will also investigate architectural considerations essential to effective implementation of green energy. Course is open to Seniors in engineering and science and those with a solid knowledge of vector notations and college algebra. Familiarity with the MATLAB computing environment would be useful.

MECH.4280 Fundamentals of Engineering (ME) Review (Formerly 22.428) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 039172

This is a review course for students planning on taking the Mechanical Engineering version of the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam. Lectures will review theory, and students will be required to complete representative multiple-choice practice and test questions. Subject areas to be covered are as follows: mathematics and statistics, computers, ethics and economics, electromagnetism, engineering mechanics, materials, thermal fluids, measurement and instrumentation, dynamic systems and controls, and ME design and analysis. FE exam protocols will also be reviewed. The course counts as a mechanical engineering technical elective. Taking and /or passing the FE exam is not required in order to pass this course.

Senior Status or Permission of Instructor.

MECH.4410 Thermo-fluid Applications (Formerly 22.441) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 003841

Topics covered include: heat exchanger analysis and design; thermodynamic analysis of : gas power cycles, steam and combined cycles, and refrigeration cycles; mixtures of ideal gases; air-vapor mixtures and psychometric charts with application to air conditioning systems; flow of a compressible fluid through a variable area passage: Mach number, choking conditions, and normal shock.

Pre-req: MECH 3420 Convective Processes or MECH 3820 Heat Transfer

MECH.4420 Thermo-fluid Systems Design (Formerly 22.442) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 038231

This is a comprehensive design course accompanied by periodic supplementary lectures, and builds on the concepts learned in Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, and Analysis of Thermo/Fluid Processes. The course consists entirely of design projects on such topics as heat exchangers, pumps and blowers, piping systems, air conditioning and refrigeration systems,power plant cycles, and solar and wind energy systems. In addition to the appropriate technical aspects of the design, the projects will also consider such aspects as ergonomics, cost, environmental impact.

Pre-req: MECH.4410 Analysis of Thermofluid Processes, Non-ME majors require Instructor permission.

MECH.4460 Computational Thermal Fluids (Formerly 22.446) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 033584

Derivation of the partial differential equations of thermal fluids (heat conduction, Navier-Stokes, continuity, and thermal convection/diffusion equation). Introduction to the finite-difference, finite-volume, and finite-element techniques as applied to numerical solution of these equations. Use of a commercial CFD package to analyze common fluid flow and heat transfer configurations. Course also offered at the graduate level as 22.546.

Pre-Reqs: MATH 2340 Diff Eq or MATH 2360 Eng Diff Eq, MECH 3410Cond & Rad Heat Trans, MECH 3420 Connective Proc, and MECH 3810 Fluid Mechanics.

MECH.4510 Dynamic Systems Analysis (Formerly 22.451) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 003844

Dynamic modeling of mechanical, electrical, electro-mechanical, hydraulic and thermal components. Application of ordinary differential equations, Laplace transforms, and numerical simulation for the response of these systems; response due to initial conditions and to transient and sinusoidal inputs using both time and frequency domain approaches considered. Use of block diagrams and numerical simulation using MATLAB and Simulink for linear time invariant systems is emphasized. Project work includes model identification and synthesis from measured data for first and second order systems.

Pre-Reqs: ENGN 2070 Dynamics,EECE 2110 Fund of Electricity, or PHYS 1440 Physics II, and MATH 2360 Eng Differential Equations.

MECH.4530 Mechatronics (Formerly 22.453) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 003845

Devices and methods to monitor and control mechanical systems, with particular emphasis on the use of embedded microprocessors.

Pre-Req: 22.361 Math Methods for Mech Eng.

MECH.4570 Vibrations (Formerly 22.457) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 003847

Fundamentals of vibration analysis of 1, 2 and multi DOF mechanical systems including the effects of damping; free response, forced response to transient and steady state harmonic and periodic excitations; the significance of natural modes, resonance frequency, mode shape, and orthogonality; vibration control, vibration isolators and absorbers; introduction to vibration measurement. Computer problems include the design of vibration control devices. A measurement project involves the use of an accelerometer, signal conditioning and analysis instrumentation.

Pre-Reqs: MECH 4510 Dynamic Systems and MECH 3610 Math Methods for ME's; or Instructor permission.

MECH.4730 Design Theory and Constraints (Formerly 22.473) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 003851

Concepts of world class design and manufacturing of modern products, including the issues of Design for Quality (DFQ), cost and the customer will be studied. Tools and techniques to be studied include Total Quality Management (TQM), statistical process control, process capability studies, six sigma quality, design efficiency ratings, design for cost, design of experiments, Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) of the mean and signal-to-noise ratio, and quality function deployment. Industrial case studies are used and student project work is required.

Pre-req: MECH.3020 Instrumentation and Measurement Laboratory.

MECH.4830 Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics (Formerly 22.483) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 003856

Fundamentals of subsonic aerodynamics. Atmosphere models. Air speed measurement, boundary layers, aerodynamic heating. Circulation, downwash, and three-dimensional wing theory. Airfoil data, and lift and drag of aircraft components. Power required and power available. Introduction to aircraft performance calculations.

Pre-Reqs: ENGN 2070 Dynamics and MECH 3810 Fluid Mechanics.

MECH.4860 Ocean Engineering (Formerly 22.486) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 003859

Summary of the ocean environment. Fluid mechanics of ocean waves. Modeling and scaling laws for ships, submarines, and river and estuary flows. Hydrodynamics of offshore and coastal structures. Floating and submerged body hydrodyamics. Marine propulsion. Introduction to various underwater systems.

Pre-req: Pre-Reqs: ENGN 2070 Dynamics, and MECH 3810 Fluid Mechanics.

MECH.4910 Industrial Experience I (Formerly 22.491) Credits: 1-3

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 3
Course ID 003860

MECH.4920 Industrial Experience II (Formerly 22.492) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 003861

MECH.4930 Industrial Experience III (Formerly 22.493) Credits: 3-9

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 9
Course ID 003862

MECH.4991 Directed Studies in Mechanical Engineering (Formerly 22.499) Credits: 1-3

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 3
Course ID 003865

This course provides seniors in Mechanical Engineering with the opportunity to pursue the study of a technical topic or project, individually under the supervision of a faculty member and, if desired, a responsible project engineer from industry. The course is to result in a term paper or technical report.