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MEE 500 Research Methods

This course will focus on the development of critical research skills that are broadly applicable to mechanical engineering research. Particular emphasis will be place on the role of peer review on original research. The development of a research proposal will be overseen by the course instructor and student’s research advisor. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing. Fall & Spring.

Prerequisite(s):None

Graduate:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 501 Macroscopic Thermodynamics

Concepts of energy transfer, internal energy and entropy are used to formulate the first and second laws of thermodynamics for a system. The equivalent entropy maximum and energy minimum principles are introduced. Emphasis on mechanical engineering problems including air conditioning applications, steam and gas turbine power plants, solar power and thermoelectric phenomena.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 231, MAT 258 or permission

Graduate:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 536 Advanced Heat Transfer I

A study of transfer of heat by conduction including use of approximate, exact analytical, and numerical techniques for the prediction of temperature distributions in both the steady and unsteady state.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 432

Graduate:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 546 Finite Elements in Solid Mechanics

Basics of the finite element method with emphasis placed on applications. Fundamentals of matrix algebra and computer solution techniques. Derivation of relatively simple spring and beam elements which uses the direct approach and truss, frame, plane strain, plate bending, and axisymmetric elements which uses the variational approach. Isoparametric formulation introduced.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 456

Graduate:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 547  Flight Dynamics and Control of Aircraft

An introduction to the flight dynamics, modeling and fundamental stability and control aspects of aircraft. The course covers aircraft roll, pitch and yaw static stability and control basics and develops the full nonlinear equations of motion. The concept of numerical simulation of these equations is also introduced. Finally, with the dynamic models in-hand, open-loop response to actuation of the control systems is analyzed and the concept of closed-loop aircraft control system design is presented.

Prerequisite(s): MEE 445 (Aeronautics) or permission

Graduate:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 548 Spacecraft Orbit and Attitude Dynamics and Control

This course covers the orbit and attitude dynamics, modeling and fundamental control aspects of space vehicles. This includes rotational kinematics and dynamics of rigid-bodies as well as passive and active attitude control and stabilization methods. Additionally, Keplerian and non-Keplerian orbital motion, orbital transfers and orbit determination topics are covered. An introduction to spacecraft navigation systems is also presented.

Prerequisite(s):   MEE 446 (Astronautics) or permission

Graduate:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 550 Mechanics of Laminated Composite Structures

3-D anisotropic constitutive relations. Classical lamination theory and boundary conditions for composite beams, plates, and shells. Boundary value problems and solutions for static loads, buckling, and vibrations. Higher order theories incorporating shearing deformation and layerwise theories. Interlaminar stresses and edge effects.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 450 or permission.

Graduate:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 554 Theory of Elasticity

Includes plane stress and plane strain, stress function; problems in Cartesian and polar coordinates; photoelasticity, strain energy; three-dimensional problems.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 251, MAT 258

Graduate:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 555  Smart Materials

This course presents a general coverage of all existing smart/active materials and biomaterials, their characteristics, properties, functions, modeling and simulations and engineering, scientific and medical applications

Pre-requisite: Graduate standing in science and/or engineering or Permission of Instructor

Graduate: Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 557 Introduction to Continuum Mechanics

Includes general formulation of classical field theories; fundamental concepts of motion, stress, and energy for a continuum; general nature of constitutive equations for a continuum.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 251, MEE360

Graduate:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 560 Computational Methods in Fluid Dynamics

Numerical solutions of partial differential equations using finite differences and spectral methods. CFL constraints and stability. Incompressible, unsteady Navier-Stokes equations. Numerical simulation and flow visualization using MATLAB.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 360

Graduate:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 562 Advanced Fluid Mechanics

Development of the differential and integral equations of mass,momentum, and energy conservation for viscous fluids and application of these to internal, external, and boundary layer flows of incompressible, viscous fluids..

Prerequisite(s):MEE 360

Graduate:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 573 Advanced Vibrations I

Advanced vibration theory and applications including multi-degree of freedom systems, transient and random vibrations, Lagrange’s equation, Laplace transformation and matrix iteration, computer techniques.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 471

Graduate:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 574 Advanced Vibrations II

Covers theory of vibrations with continuously varying mass and stiffness; solutions of wave equations for strings, longitudinal and torsional systems, vibrations of beams, methods of Rayleigh, Ritz and Stodola. Introduction to nonlinear vibrations.

Prerequisite(s):MEE471, MEE 573 or permission

Graduate:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 588 Advanced Thermodynamics II

A continuation of MEE 434, including the study of chemical equilibrium in systems of reacting gases, with applications to the design of propulsion systems, particularly rockets.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 231, MEE432 or permission

Graduate:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 638 Advanced Heat Transfer II

A study of transfer heat by convection including solution for velocity and temperature fields in convection problems by integral methods and similarity transforms.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 536 or permission

Graduate:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 644 Mechanical Engineering Analysis I

Formulation and study of mathematical models applicable to mechanical engineering. Problems in heat transfer, thermodynamics, solid and fluid mechanics.

Prerequisite(s):MAT 258 or permission

Graduate:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 646 Advanced Finite Elements in Solid Mechanics

Advanced techniques in applying the finite element method to solid and structural mechanics. Solutions of eigenvalue problems associated with structural vibrations and buckling. Dynamic and nonlinear behavior. Emphasizes practical usage in solving engineering problems.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 546 or permission

Graduate:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 658 Theory of Plates and Shells

A study of small deflection theory of plates including Navier and Levy solutions, approximate methods including point matching, large deflection problems, introduction to the theory of shells.

Prerequisite(s):MEE 251

Graduate:Rec (3)

Credits: 3


MEE 696 Mechanical Engineering Graduate Seminar

Recent developments in mechanical engineering and related fields based on the literature or current investigations. May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite(s):none

Graduate:

Credits: 1


MEE 697 Mechanical Engineering Projects

A special topics course.

Prerequisite(s):none

Graduate:

Credits: Arranged


MEE 699 Graduate Thesis

Independent research.

Prerequisite(s):none

Graduate:

Credits: Arranged

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