Course Descriptions

Mechanical Engineering Courses


Professors: John L. Frater, Rama S. R. Gorla, Mounir B. Ibrahim, Edward G. Keshock, Paul P. Lin (Interim Associate Dean), Majid Rashidi, Jerzy T. Sawicki; Professors Emeriti: Lowell C. Domholdt; Associate Professors: William J. Atherton, Asuquo B. Ebiana, Earnest N. Poulos; Associate Professors Emeriti: William F. Kerka; Assistant Professor: Hanz Richter.

Course Descriptions

MCE 255 Computer Aided Engineering Design (4-0-4). Integration of computer-aided design with computer-aided manufacturing and engineering; introduction to optimum design. Return to top

MCE 305 Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery (4-0-4). Prerequisite: ESC 202. Displacements, velocities, accelerations in mechanisms; cam design; dynamics of machinery. Return to top

MCE 324 Introduction to Heat Transfer (4-0-4). Prerequisites: ESC 250, ESC 301, ESC 321. Steady and unsteady conduction in one- and two-dimensions; forced convection, internal and external flows; heat exchangers; introduction to radiation; elements of thermal system design. Return to top

MCE 367 Machine Design (4-0-4). Prerequisite: ESC 211. Design of machine elements under static and fatigue loading; design and application of gearing; force analysis of spur, helical, bevel and worm gears; design of gears for static and fatigue loading; use of keys, pins, and splines to attach gears to shafts. Return to top

MCE 371 Vibrations (4-0-4). Prerequisite: ESC 250. Study of vibration and shock problems in machinery and machine design. Return to top

MCE 380 Instrumentation and Measurements Laboratory (2-3-3). Prerequisite: ESC 315. Corequisite: MCE 324. Introduction to engineering measurements, standards and calibration, sensors and measurement system characteristics, signal conditioning and digital signal processing, instrumentation interfacing concepts, and measurement errors. Return to top

MCE 403 Modeling and Simulation of Mechatronic Systems (3-1-4). Co-requisite: MCE 441. Unified approach to modeling of dynamic systems using bond graphs, with emphasis in electromechanical systems. Object-oriented and automated modeling concepts. Computer simulation and model validation. Return to top

MCE 421 Applied Thermodynamics (4-0-4). Prerequisite: ESC 321. Selected thermodynamic cycles applied to real machines and systems, chemical reaction, dissociation phenomena, selected topics in classical thermodynamics. Return to top

MCE 424 Applied Heat Transfer (4-0-4). Prerequisite: MCE 324. Convective heat and mass transfer analogies, free convection, phase change, radiation in enclosure and gaseous media, mass diffusion, thermal systems analysis and design (including heat exchangers, heat pipes, solar systems, humidifiers). Return to top

MCE 425 Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (3-0-3). Prerequisite: MCE 324. Design of heating, air-conditioning, and total-energy systems to provide thermal environments for building structures ranging in scope from single residence to integrated commercial, apartment, or industrial complexes. Course includes factors affecting human comfort, psychrometrics, heating and air-conditioning systems, heat pumps, geothermal systems, and utilization of solar energy; computer simulation of transient and steady-state heating and cooling loads in buildings; the selection of controls and appropriate equipment size. Return to top

MCE 430 Applied Fluid Mechanics (4-0-4). Prerequisite: ESC 301. Navier-Stokes equations and boundary layer analysis; introduction to compressible flow; fundamentals of turbomachinery; propulsion systems; fluid systems analysis and design. Return to top

MCE 441 Introduction to Linear Control Systems (4-0-4). Prerequisites: ESC 350, MCE 371. Introduction to mathematical modeling and design of systems using one- and two-port devices; controller design; stability analysis; root locus techniques; Bode diagrams; transient and steady-state response and design of closed loop control systems. Return to top

MCE 444 Applied Combustion Processes (4-0-4). Prerequisites: MCE 324, MCE 421. Review of chemical kinetics; conservation equations for multicomponent reacting systems; premixed laminar and turbulent flames. Return to top

MCE 445 Modern Controls (4-0-4). Prerequisites: MCE 441. Classical design of control systems; state space analysis; state space design of regulator systems; linear quadratic regulator problem; optimal observer design; computer simulation of control systems. Return to top

MCE 446 Principles of Turbomachinery and Applications (4-0-4). Prerequisites: ESC 301, ESC 321. Derivation of fluid and thermodynamic relations along with passage losses for turbomachinery. Applications include analysis and design of axial and radial flow turbines, compressors and pumps. Return to top

MCE 450 Design Project I (2-0-2). Prerequisite: Completion of junior year program in mechanical engineering. Course requires the preparation of an engineering system design or project proposal covering problem identification, conceptual design, and the schedule of work required to carry out the project. (Projects are carried out in MCE 451 in a subsequent term.) Concurrent seminars on methodology, decision-making, and design evaluations. Return to top

MCE 451 Design Project II (0-3-2). Prerequisite: MCE 450. Execution of engineering system project planned in MCE 450. Formal report and presentation required. Return to top

MCE 465 Advanced Machine Analysis (4-0-4). Prerequisite: MCE 367. Finite Element analysis of stresses and deflections in complex mechanical systems under static and dynamic loading. Integrating modeling techniques with 2D- and 3D-CAD systems for inputting geometric data. Comparisons of finite element results with theoretical and empirical results. Return to top

MCE 467 Lubrication and Bearing Design (4-0-4). Prerequisite: MCE 367. Design of bearings for hydrodynamic, hydrostatic, and elastohydrodynamic lubrication regimes. Cross-listed with MCE 567. Return to top

MCE 483 Thermal Systems Laboratory (2-3-3). Prerequisites: MCE 324, MCE 380. Experimentation and analysis of thermal/fluid systems, energy balances, performance measurements of devices and systems, data analysis and correlation, elements of experimental design. Return to top

MCE 484 Mechanical Systems Control Laboratory (2-3-3). Prerequisites: MCE 380, MCE 441 . Application of linear control theory to experimental study of mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic control systems, simulation of control systems. Return to top

MCE 485 Fluid Power Systems Laboratory (2-3-3). Prerequisites: ESC 301, MCE 371, MCE 380. Introduction to hydraulic and pneumatic fluid power components and systems, analysis and design of components and systems, experimental verification of system modeling. Return to top

MCE 493 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering (4-0-4). Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission of individual instructor. Special offering of course material in an area of current interest to students, faculty, and the professional community. Return to top

MCE 496 Independent Study (4-0-4).Prerequisites: Senior standing, GPA of 3.0, departmental approval. Independent research of a topic not previously studied in other mechanical engineering courses. Offered under the supervision of a faculty member. A formal report is required. Return to top

MCE 499H Honors Thesis (4-0-4).Prerequisite: Senior standing, honors student. The honors student works with a faculty adviser to form a thesis committee, develop a topic, write, and orally defend his or her thesis. Return to top

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