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500 Level Graduate Courses

ME 504. Vibrations. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisites: ME 205, 220, 340 and MATH
312. Free and forced vibrations of undamped and damped, single-degree of freedom, multi-
degree of freedom, and continuous systems. Exact and approximate methods to find natural

ME 505. Intermediate Dynamics. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisites: ME 205, MATH

312 and senior standing. Particle and rigid body kinematics and dynamics, Newtonian and
Lagrangian approaches are utilized.

ME 506. Fluids Dynamics and Aerodynamics. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisites: ME

303, 312 and 340. Inviscid flow concepts including: Euler equations, stream function, velocity
potential, singularities, vorticity and circulation laws. Viscous flow topics include boundary
layers, separation, and turbulent flow. In addition, external flows, lift and drag, thin airfoil
theory, finite wing theory and airfoil design will be discussed.

ME 511. Mechanical Engineering Power Systems Theory and Design. Lecture 3 hours; 3
credits. Prerequisites: ME 312 and 315. Thermodynamic properties to gases and vapor relating to
power generating device, work-energy relations, combustion and heat exchangers. Performance
analyses and design concepts of gas turbines, internal combustion engines, steam power plants
and heat exchanger equipment from theoretical and applied viewpoints.

ME 512. Environmental Control. Lecture 3 hours; credit 3 hours. Prerequisites: ME 312 and
315. Engineering principles as applied to the analysis and design of systems for automatically
controlling man or machine environments. Course encompasses fundamentals of heating,
ventilating, air conditioning, refrigeration, cryogenics, and design of building energy systems.

ME 513. Energy Conversion. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ME 312. Introduction of

relevant kinetic theory, solid state and thermodynamic principles; operation and analysis of
thermoelectric, photovoltaic, thermionic, magnetohydrodynamic devices, fuel cell, isotopic, and
solar power generators. Course seeks to define engineering limits of converter efficiency and
other performance criteria.

ME 514. Introduction to Gas Dynamics. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisites: ME 303 and
311. One-dimensional compressible flow considering isentropic flow, normal shocks, flow in
constant area ducts with friction, flow in ducts with heating and cooling, oblique shocks, Prandtl-
Meyer expansions, shock-expansion theory, flow around diamond shaped airfoils and wind
tunnel mechanics.

ME 516. Solar Power Engineering. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ME 315. Basic
solar radiation processes on earth are followed by engineering analysis of collectors (flat-plate,
focusing, etc.), receivers/boilers, energy storage methods, space heating and cooling techniques,
systems design and dynamic simulation.

ME 517. Propulsion Systems. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisites: ME 312 or 414. Basic
principles of operation and performance of propulsion systems including turbojet, turboprop,
turbofan, and ramjet engines; an introduction to chemical rockets, ion and plasma thrusters.

ME 522. Modern Engineering Materials. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisites: ME 201,

203, 220, and 332. Limitations of conventional materials; interaction of materials, processing and
design, properties and processing of materials for high temperature applications; various types of
composites, processing and properties; various types of polymers, viscoelastic behavior and
structure-property relationships; materials for withstanding corrosion, erosion, radiation, and
war; surface treatments; case studies in materials selection for modern applications .

ME 524. Environmental Effects on Materials. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisites: ME

201, 203 and 225. Degradation of metal due to corrosion, stress-corrosion, dealloying, liquid
metal embrittlement, radiation etc.; damage mechanisms in polymers, such as crazing; effects of
high and low temperatures on materials; creep and combined creep and fatigue of metals.

ME 526. Structure and Properties of Materials. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisites: ME

201, 203, and 225. Characteristics of metals, polymers, ceramics and composites; relationship
between structure and properties; general considerations of fabrication and mechanical behavior;
different types of tests to determine mechanical properties; service requirements, materials
selection criteria and procedures

ME 531. Mechanisms Analysis and Design. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisites: ME 205
and 332 and MATH 312. Basic relations necessary for analysis of plane motion mechanisms,
numerical and analytical solutions for some of the basic mechanisms, methods of calculating
rolling and sliding velocities and accelerations of contacting bodies, cams, and gears.

ME 538. Control System Design and Applications. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite:
ME 436. Analysis, computer-aided design and implementation of practical control systems:
introduction to state space and digital control; laboratory sessions on data acquisition, system
identification, analog computing and implementation of analog and digital controllers.

ME 540. Introduction to Finite Element Analysis. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisites:

ME 315, 332 and 340. Basic concept of finite element method, method of weighted residuals.
Interpolation functions, numerical implementation of finite element method, applications to
engineering problems such as beam deflection, heat conduction and plane elastic problems.

ME 560. Introduction to Manufacturing Processes. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite:

Permission of the instructor. Conventional and non-conventional manufacturing processes such
as foundry, casting, heat treatment, machining, quality control, tool design, EDM, ECM, EBW,
etc. Current applications of CNC, CAD/CAM, and robots applied to manufacturing systems;
flexible manufacturing. Demonstration of techniques in the CNC and CAD/CAM laboratories.

ME 595. Topics in Mechanical Engineering. Lectures variable; 1-3 credits. Prerequisites:

graduate standing. Special topics of interest with emphasis placed on recent developments in
mechanical engineering or engineering mechanics.