ABET Course Syllabi 

ME Undergraduate Course Descriptions

MECH-100 Engineering Graphical Communication 2  0   4   4
This computer aided design and drafting course is an introduction to engineering graphics and visualization with topics to include sketching, line drawing, wire-frame, section development and elements of solid modeling. Also, this course will include the development and interpretation of drawings and specifications for product realization. CAD, office, and web-based software will be used in student presentations and analysis.

MECH-210 Statics 4  0  0  4
Prerequisite: MATH-101
Corequisite: PHYS-114, PHYS-115, MATH-102
This course deals with a discussion and application of the following fundamental concepts: (1) static force analysis of particles, rigid bodies, plane trusses, frames, and machines; (2) first and second moments of area; (3) friction; (4) internal forces; and (5) stress deflection analysis of axially loaded members. Topics covered will be (1) the static force and moment equilibrium of two and three dimensional systems; (2) resultant forces and moments due to the application of concentrated and/or distributed loads; (3) couples; (4) the center of mass and the area moment of inertia of a rigid body; (5) shear force and bending moment diagrams of a rigid body; and (6) the stress and deflection analyses of axially loaded members. Free body diagrams will be formulated in a computer-aided environment in order to enhance the students critical thinking and problem solving capabilities. Several open-ended homework and mini projects will be assigned in order to incorporate a design experience in the course.

MECH-212 Mechanics of Materials 4  0  0  4
Prerequisite: MECH-210
The fundamental topics of this course include: normal and shear stress and strain, Hookes law, Poissons ratio, generalized Hookes law, axial translation, torsion of circular bars, angle of twist, bending of beams, flexure formula, flexural shear stress, beam deflections, combined stresses, transformation of stresses, Mohrs circle, statically indeterminate problems, columns. The use of basic computational tools will be introduced at the end of several lecture modules including: axial loading, torsional loading, and flexural loading. Homework and design projects will be assigned.

MECH-231L Signals for Mechanical Systems Lab 0   0   2  1 
Corequisites: EE-212
This lab complements the electrical engineering course, EE-212, and provides the necessary knowledge and skills of electrical engineering to non-electrical engineering majors. It teaches students how to use sensors and instruments to make meaningful measurements in mechanical and electrical engineering systems. This lab course introduces students to: (1) the laws and methods of circuit analysis (2) sensors used in measurements of displacement, temperature, strain and fuel cell systems and (3) the amplifiers and other instrumentation used to process the signals from these sensors.

MECH-300 Computer Aided Engineering 2  0  4  4
Prerequisite: MECH-100, MECH-212
This is a threaded continuation of MECH-100, Engineering Graphical Communication using computer graphics and computer aided design techniques. These advanced techniques use graphics and primitives, construction functions, transformations, image control, dimensioning and layers. Both two-dimensional drawings and three-dimensional wireframe, surface modeling, and simulation modeling such as FEA and kinematic motion are covered.

MECH-310 Dynamics 4  0  0  4
Prerequisite: PHYS-114, PHYS-115, MATH 102, MECH-210
This course deals with a discussion and application of the following fundamental concepts: (1) application and basics of Newtonian mechanics and physical laws; (2) a study of the kinematics and kinetics of a particle including relative and absolute motion, friction concepts; (3) additional analysis of particle dynamics using work-energy and impulse-momentum methods, analysis of impact events; (4) analysis of a system of particle using work-energy, impulse, linear and angular momentum; (5) kinematics and kinetics of a rigid bodies analyzed in various reference systems; (6) additional analysis of rigid body dynamics using work-energy and impulse-momentum; (7) inertia quantities. Computational techniques will be incorporated into several design projects throughout the semester to illustrate alternative solution methods.

MECH-311 Introduction to Mechanical System Design 2  0  4  4
Prerequisite: MECH-100, MECH-210
Corequisites: EE-212/MECH-231L 
The objective of the course is to teach fundamentals of machine elements and mechatronics design, with an emphasis on product design and fabrication. Design, analysis and fabrication of prototype mechatronic systems and devices are completed. Mechanical design concepts including transmission methods, force and torque analysis, mechanisms and simulation is covered. Formal design processes such as brainstorming and concept-tree development are utilized. Intellectual property law pertinent to design and invention is covered. The synergistic combination of sensors, actuators and controls technologies to create functionally "smart" and adaptive devices is implemented. Sensors and actuator technologies are covered. The course culminates with an open ended project to design and fabricate a mechatronic system using basic machining equipment and a programmable controller.

MECH-312 Design of Mechanical Components I 4  0  0  4
Prerequisite: MECH-210, MECH-212
Corequisite: MECH-232
This course involves application of theory and techniques learned in the mechanics courses to the concepts of mechanical component design. Through lectures and class example and homework problems the student will be introduced to design methodology. This methodology requires learning to develop and set-up a mechanical component design problem, through properly understanding and solving the problem based upon the given data, design constraints, making and verifying assumptions. Selection of the proper analytical tools as required, producibility and maintainability of the design, materials selection, safety, and cost considerations. Take-home project problems will enhance and demonstrate the type of study and research required for design. Topics to be studied include strength and fatigue considerations, shaft design, threaded fasteners, lubrication and bearings, springs, and fundamentals of gear analysis, including forces, stresses and terminology.

MECH-320 Thermodynamics 4  0  0  4
Prerequisite: PHYS-224, PHYS-225
A study of the first and second laws of thermodynamics and their application to energy transformations during various processes. Property relations are studied for pure substances, ideal gases, mixture of ideal gases, and atmospheric air. Steam power cycles, refrigeration cycles, spark-ignition and compression-ignition engines, and turbine cycles are evaluated to determine performance parameters and energy efficiencies.

MECH-322 Fluid Mechanics 4  0  0  4
Prerequisite: MECH-320
This is a first course in Fluid Mechanics that involves the study of fluid flow in ducts and over objects. The course introduces the fundamental aspects of fluid motion, fluid properties, flow regimes, pressure variations, fluid kinematics, and methods of flow description and analysis. Presents the conservation laws in their differential and integral forms, and their use in analyzing and solving fluid flow problems. In addition, the concept of using similitude and dimensional analysis for organizing test data and for planning experiments is introduced. The effects of fluid friction on pressure and velocity distributions are also discussed. The effects of compressibility (various density) on fluid flows are also included.

MECH-330 Dynamic Systems I 4  0  0  4
Prerequisite: MATH-204, MECH-310
Corequisite: MATH-305 or MATH-307 and EE-210 or EE-212
This is a first course in System Dynamics. The object of this course is to provide an understanding into basic principles and methods underlying the steady state and dynamic characterization of physical systems and components. The focus is on multi-discipline approach. Construction of mathematical models of systems using Bond-graph and computer simulation (both in time and frequency domains)using software tool(s) is emphasized. Application of modeling techniques to understanding the behavior of free vibration (damped and undamped), forced vibration for harmonic excitation, and systems involving multi-degree freedom-including applications such as vibration absorber-will be discussed.

MECH-350 Introduction to Bioengineering Applications 4  0  0  4
Prerequisite: BIOL-241, and/or CHEM-145, MECH-212
This course deals with a discussion and application of the following fundamental concepts. (1) basic anatomy and physiology of the overall human body; (2) basic anatomy and physiology of specific structures including brain, ear, eyes, heart, kidney, gastrointestinal system, articular joints, and bones; (3) an appreciation of the engineering basis for current and developmental products designed to diagnose and replace these biological structures; (4) exposure to biochemistry, biomaterials, and biomechanics at a fundamental level; and (5) an understanding of current laws which govern bioengineering device manufacturing. A semester project will require the student to rigorously research an existing product or emerging technology of relevance to bioengineering and the human body.

MECH-412 Design of Mechanical Components II 4  0  0  4
Prerequisite: IME-301, MECH-312
This course is an extension of MECH-312, Design of Mechanical Components I. Topics to be studied will include wear and contact stress analysis, helical and bevel gear systems, impact analysis, temperature effects in design, introduction to fracture mechanics, code based design, welded connections, and topics selected by the students. Course work will consist of lectures plus, the students will perform research on these topics and provide written and oral reports, including examples.

MECH-420 Heat Transfer 4  0  0  4
Prerequisite: MECH-320
Corequisite: MECH-322
This course addresses the principles of heat transfer by conduction, convection, radiation and energy conservation, fins, steady-state and transient problems, and analysis and selection of heat exchangers.

MECH-422 Energy Systems Laboratory 2  0  4  4
Prerequisite: MECH-320, MECH-322
Corequisite: MECH-420
A laboratory course dealing with the detailed application of the first and second laws of thermodynamics; continuity, momentum, and energy equations; and principles of conduction, and convection to a variety of energy systems. Topics such as internal and external flows, refrigeration, psychometrics, aerodynamic lift and drag, pump and fan performance, compressible flow and shock waves, free and forced convection, and heat exchangers are covered. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD), automatic data acquisition, flow visualization, and a design experience are incorporated into various laboratory experiments.

MECH-430 Dynamic Systems II 2  0  4  4
Prerequisite: MECH-330
This is a second course, follow up course, in System Dynamics. The objective of this course is to provide an understanding into basic principles and methods underlying the steady state and dynamic characterization of feedback control systems. The focus is on multi-discipline approach as in the previous course. Construction of mathematical models of systems using Bond-graphs, block diagrams and development of transfer functions and state space models is emphasized. System performance is studied mainly using computer simulation (both in time and frequency domains) software tool(s). Design of control systems is attempted using the same computer simulation tools. Introduction to some advanced topics in control systems is also provided.

MECH-490 Fluid Power Systems 4  0  2  4
Prerequisite: MECH-300
Corequisite: MECH-312
This course begins with basic hydraulics circuits followed by the sizing and control of hydraulic cylinders and motors. Prime movers are introduced and matched to system requirements. Valves are described while circuit tracing and component recognition are emphasized. The course also addresses air consumption, pneumatic component sizing and ladder logic. There will be limited consideration of hydraulic servo and two design projects.

MECH-510 Analysis & Design of Machines & Mech. Assm. 4  0  0  4
Prerequisite: MECH-300, MECH-310, MECH-312
Corequisite: MECH-330
The main aim of this course is to integrate the concepts of kinematic and dynamic analysis to the design of machines and mechanical assemblies used in automotive, medical equipment and other applications. These include (but not limited to) the analysis and design of reciprocating engine sub-systems such as, piston cylinder mechanism, steering linkages, window and door-lock mechanisms, over-head valve linkage system, flywheel, gears and gearboxes, universal coupling and automotive differential. Synthesis of mechanism systems used in medical equipment area will also be covered. Kinematic and dynamic characteristics such as displacement, velocity, acceleration and forces are analyzed by graphical and analytical methods. CAE tools will be used to perform kinematic, dynamic and stress analyses and fatigue design of these systems using CAE tools. Temperature effects will also be included wherever appropriate in the design. Several practical design projects will be assigned during the term of this course.

MECH-512 Mechanical Systems Design Project 4  0  0  4
Prerequisite: MECH-300, MECH-312
The fundamental topics of this course include: The engineering design process, ethics, teamwork, brainstorming, conceptual designs, proposal writing, project planning, project management, product attributes, design criteria, engineering targets, physical simulation, virtual simulation, analysis techniques, design synthesis, alternative designs, bill of materials, bill of process, manufacturability, product variations, product quality, design reports and presentations. Note: Satisfies ME Senior Design Project requirement.

MECH-514 Experimental Mechanics 2  0  4  4
Prerequisites: MECH-330, MECH-312, MECH-330
The primary purpose of this course is to provide fundamental knowledge in the theory and practical experience in the application of mechanical engineering measurements. Viewed as a system, consideration is given to the performance, limitations, and cost of the detection, transducing stage, the signal conditioning stage and the final termination or readout  recording stage. Sensors such as resistive, capacitive or inductive are considered for the transducing stage. Signal conditioning stage emphasizes the use of a Wheatstone Bridge circuit, operational amplifiers and digital processing. The final read out or termination stage considers visual readouts such as analog or digital meters, charts or scopes in addition to memory devices such as computer hard drives and microprocessors. Nearly 2/3 of the time is spent on an approved team project that produces experimental measurements, which adds knowledge or understanding to some theoretical concepts or rhetorical inquiry. Course is structured so as to qualify as a capstone for cognate mechanical engineering students. Others may use it as a technical elective. Note: Satisfies ME Senior Design Project requirement.

MECH-515 Failure and Material Considerations in Design 4  0  0  4
Corequisite: MECH-412
Designing components that are safe and reliable requires efficient use of materials and assurance that failure will not occur. Even still, components do fail. In this course, students will be introduced to the techniques of designing for life and material considerations involved in that process. In addition, students will also study how to analyze those components which do fail, and evaluate safe-life and remaining life in a design through the study of real-life component design and current failures.

MECH-516 Intro. to Finite Element Method w/ Structural Application 4  0  0  4
Prerequisite: MECH-212, MECH-310, MECH-330
The theory of the Finite Element Method will be introduced. Applications of static and dynamic finite element analysis of real world mechanical systems will be performed. Commercial F.E.A. codes such as SDRC/I-DEAS and MSC/NASTRAN will be utilized.

MECH-521 Energy and Environmental Systems Design  4  0  0  4
Prerequisite: MECH-300, MECH-312, MECH-420
Corequisite: MECH-422 
The objective of this course is to provide a comprehensive capstone design experience in the engineering and design of energy systems. Students will work in design teams to complete the design of an energy efficient and environmentally friendly system for use in a residential or commercial building, a power plant, or any other system that requires energy. The course covers one or more of the following energy sources or energy conversion devices: fossil, solar, wind, tidal, hydro, wave, biomass, geothermal, alternative fuels, or fuel cells. Note: Satisfies ME Senior Design Project requirement.

MECH-522 Engineering Analysis 4  0  0  4
Prerequisite: MATH-204, MATH-305, MECH-330, MECH-420
The objectives of this course are to introduce the student to various numerical methods used in the design, analysis, and simulation of linear 1-D transient and 2-D steady state engineering systems.  Comparisons with analytical methods and why these methods cannot be used to solve engineering problems will be presented. The theory and application of various numerical methods will be introduced and re-enforced with programming exercises employing various computational tools.

MECH-523 Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics 4  0  0  4
Prerequisite: MECH-320, MECH-322, MATH-313 or MATH-418, or MATH-423, or Permission of Instructor
This course includes solution methods to the Navier-Stokes equations in a discrete domain. Grid generation, coordinate transformation, discretization, explicit, implicit, semi-implicit, a variety of algorithms, post-processing, and interpretations of results are discussed. Solution techniques for compressible and incompressible flows, their applicability, robustness, and limitations are covered.  External and internal flows with and without chemical reactions are also discussed. The learning process involves hands-on experience on grid generation, setting up a CFD code, post-processing, and a thorough discussion on the results. The students will work on a final project that is a practical problem of significant magnitude and importance to industry. This work must be publishable in the students journal or presentable in a conference.

MECH-526 Fuel Cell Science and Engineering  4  0  0  4
Prerequisite: CHEM-237, EE-210 or MECH-231L, MECH 430 
This course is an introduction to fuel cell systems and their applications. It is intended for students in the mechanical and electrical engineering, and chemistry specialties. The course lecture will cover the five main types of fuel cells and their operational parameters and applications, efficiency and open circuit voltages. Other topics include: Electrochemistry, fuel cell operating conditions, stack design, systems, modeling and diagnostics. An emphasis is placed on fuel production methods, storage and reformation techniques. Codes and standards for safe handling of fuels will be emphasized and also laws regulating the transportation of hazardous material contents of these devices.  The laboratory exercises will include stack voltage versus current density curves of low and high temperature PEM fuel cells, the effect of stack temperature, humidity, stoichiometry, reactants flow rates on the stack power output. Practical projects will include introduction of fuel cell stacks into various devices such as: a golf-cart, E-bicycles, laptops, toys, road signs, etc.

MECH-527 Energy and the Environment  4  0  0  4
Prerequisite: MECH-320 
This course covers energy conversion and conservation, fossil fuels, renewable and bio-fuels, solar, geothermal and nuclear energy, alternative energy (wind, water, biomass), hydrogen as an energy carrier, historical context of the technology, the role of energy in society (economic, ethical, and environmental considerations), energy forecasts and the trend toward a hydrogen economy.  Public policy, global warming and CO2 footprints and offsetting are also discussed.  A windmill laboratory experiment is a major component of this course.

MECH-528 Bio and Renewable Energy Laboratory 2 1 2 4
Prerequisites: MECH-320, MECH-322
Corequisites: None
Minimum Class Standing: None
This course provides an opportunity for the students to perform hands-on laboratory experiments in the area of sustainable energy. The fundamental principles required will be provided prior to laboratory experimentation. Topics covered include but are not limited to PEM and solid oxide fuel cells, energy storage in batteries and ultra-capacitors, heat of combustion and calorimetry, solar-thermal energy and photovoltaics, wind energy, ethanol production from corn and sugar and bio-diesel extraction from algae, A field-trip is also included as a part of this course. Terms Offered: Winter, Spring

MECH-529 Design and Modeling of Fuel Cell Systems  4  0  0  4
Prerequisite: MECH-322, MECH-420
Corequisite: MECH-422, MECH-526 
A fuel cell is an electrochemical device that directly converts energy from fuels into electrical power.  It has the potential for highly efficient and environmentally friendly power.  Recently emphasis has been placed in to the development of fuel cell systems for power sources including portable, APU, and stationary applications.  The fundamental principles applied to fuel cells including the relevant electrochemistry, thermodynamics, and transport processes will be reviewed in this course.  The primary focus will be on fundamental principles and processes in proton exchange membrane fuel cells and solid oxide fuel cells including modeling of both types of cells.  An introduction to fuel cell stack design and system integration will be presented, in which the analysis and optimization of various components will be discussed.  A survey of the cutting-edge issues including the future direction of fuel cell technology will also be conducted.  Class projects will focus on the design of a fuel cell system for an application chosen by the students where teamwork will be emphasized.  This course is designed to provide the student with the know-how to design a fuel cell system for a specific application of power generation.

MECH-540 Intro. to Internal Combustion Engines and Automotive Power Systems 4  0  0  4
Prerequisite: MECH-320 
The fundamentals of internal combustion engines (ICE) is an introduction to engine design with topics that include: air capacity, engine vibration, kinematics and dynamics of the crank mechanism, air cycles, combustion, petroleum and alternative fuels, engine electronics and fuel cells. Automotive emissions, government standards, test procedures, instrumentation, and laboratory reports are emphasized.

MECH-541 Advanced Automotive Power Systems 4  0  0  4
Prerequisite: MECH-540
This course serves to expand students knowledge of automotive power systems. Topics covered include, detailed thermodynamic cycle analysis of various power cycles, emerging alternative fuels and power systems for automotive use (current topics include high-blend alcohol/gasoline fuels, gasoline direct injections (GDI) engines, hybrid electronic Powertrains, and fuel-cells). Students are also expected to work on design projects which are determined by the instructor. Students are expected to work on projects leading to the development of presentations and/or technical papers for professional society meetings (i.e. SAE, Global Powertrain Congress, etc.).

MECH-542 Chassis System Design 4  0  0  4
Prerequisite: MECH-330
The objective of this course is to provide a comprehensive experience in the area of automotive chassis engineering. Students will work in teams to complete a chassis design project applicable to passenger cars or light trucks. The course covers tires and wheels, brakes, suspensions and steering. A vehicle system approach is used in learning and applications and the logic of vehicle dynamics and the science of improvement are integrated into the course content. Professional computer aided engineering tools are introduced and applied in the areas of suspension design and overall vehicle dynamic performance.

MECH-544 Introduction to Automotive Powertrains 4  0  0  4
Prerequisite: MECH-212
Corequisite: MECH-312
An introduction to the performance of motor vehicle and the design of automotive power transmission systems. Topics covered include, loads on the vehicle, evaluation of various engine and vehicle drive ratios on acceleration performance and fuel economy, manual transmission design, and automatic transmission design.

MECH-545 Hybrid Electric Vehicle Propulsion 4  0  0  4
Prerequisite: EE-432 or MECH-430
This course is an introduction to the principles of hybrid electrical vehicle propulsion systems for Mechanical and Electrical Engineering students.  A major emphasis of the course will be to broaden the mechanical engineering student’s knowledge of electrical engineering so that he/she can understand the fundamentals of electrical motors, electrical motor controls, and electrical energy storage systems.  The course is also intended to strengthen the knowledge of electrical engineering students relative to automotive powertrain design. With this background, the integration of these hybrid electric components into the hybrid electric vehicle powertrain system will be studied, including electric energy storage (Batteries, flywheels, ultra-capacitors) and electrical energy production-fuel cells.  Relevant codes and standards will be emphasized.

MECH-546 Vehicle Systems Dynamics 4  0  0  4
Prerequisite: MECH-330 
This course begins with an introduction of Ride and Handling concepts followed by the study of mechanics of pneumatic tires. Mathematical models for ride and handling are derived and presented. Vehicle ride and handling design criteria are demonstrated. Chassis design factors (CDF) and their effect on ride and handling are emphasized. Static, Dynamic and proving ground testing will be presented and demonstrated. Computer simulation design using software (e.g. Matlab, Mathcad, ADAMS Working model, SSnap, Car-Sim and others) will be used as an integral part of the course and for the two projects assigned during the semester. Overview on state-of-the-art technology and latest developments in the field of vehicle systems dynamics (e.g.SAE, ASME publications) will be part of this course.

MECH-548 Vehicle Design Project 4  0  0  4
Prerequisite: MECH-320 
This course deals with a comprehensive vehicle design experience progressing from problem definition through ride, handling, chassis design, performance analysis to sketches, alternate design, general design, layout drawings, parts list of the chassis, body, suspension powertrain and culminating with small scale model of the vehicle and its subsystems. Note: Satisfies ME Senior Design Project requirement.

MECH-550 Automotive Bioengineering: Occupant Protection and Safety 4  0  0  4
Prerequisite: MECH-310
This course deals with a discussion and application of the following fundamental concepts: (1) an overview of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; (2) basic anatomy and physiology of the overall human body; (3) introduction to injury biomechanics including rate, load, and acceleration dependent injury mechanisms; (4) overview of injury prevention strategies including a variety of air bags, multipoint restraint systems, and occupant sensing methodologies; (5) the basic structure and function of anthropomorphic test devices; (6) introduction to experimental crash simulation; (7) virtual occupant simulation using MADYMO or similar computational tools.

MECH-551 Vehicular Crash Dynamics and Accident Reconstruction  4  0  0  4 
Prerequisite: MECH-310
This course deals with a discussion and application of the following fundamental concepts: (1) 2D and 3D dynamics of vehicular crash,  (2) application of linear and angular momentum principles to vehicular impact, (3) application of energy principle to vehicular impact, (4) estimation of crash energy from vehicular crush profile, (5) vehicular crash pulse analysis, (6) occupant kinematics, (7) dynamics of rollover and pole collision, (8) crash data recorder (CDR) analysis, (9) and special topics in accident investigation forensics. 

MECH-554 Bioengineering Applications Project 4  0  0  4 
Prerequisite: MECH-310, MECH 350
This course deals with a comprehensive design experience focusing on a project with direct application to the bioengineering field. The course emphasizes the steps of a typical design process (problem identification, research, and concept generation) culminating in a documentation of the preferred embodiment of the design concept. The conceptual design will then be further developed through the application of sound engineering analysis and tools.  Note: Satisfies ME Senior Design Project requirement.

MECH-562 Compressible Flow/Gas Dynamics 3  0  2  4
Prerequisite: MECH-320, MECH-322
The course includes the derivation and physical interpretation of the Navier-Stokes equations for compressible flows. Analysis of one-dimensional flows with discussions on normal, oblique, and bow shocks. Sound waves and unsteady wave motion are also covered. The method of characteristics (MOC) is taught and standard JANNAF CFD codes is utilized to understand the compressible flows and shock formation and behavior. The study is then further carried out to nozzle flows and jet/shock layer interaction. The students are required to not only understand the conventional methods used to obtain solution for compressible flow problems, but also to be able to utilized CFD and experimental methods to obtain solution for complex problems.

MECH-564 Aerodynamics and Wing Theory 4 0 0 4
Prerequisite: MECH-320, MECH-322, MATH-305 or MECH-522 or permission of instructor, JR II Standing
The course includes discussions on fundamentals of inviscid and viscous incompressible flows. Important topics in fluid mechanics such as potential flow, vortices, point sources, and coupling of inviscid and boundary layer flows are covered. Two and three dimensional wings (or airfoils) and some exact solutions to such flow problems are discussed. Semi-analytical methods for distribution on wings are introduced by perturbation method. The computational Panel method for two and three dimensional aerodynamics problems is discussed. Commercial computer programs are use to solve realistic problems in a three dimensional space.

MECH-570 Computer Simulation of Metal Forming Processes 4  0  0  4
Prerequisite: IME-301, MECH-212, MECH-310
Corequisite: MECH-300
The main aim of this course is to introduce some of the latest techniques for modeling bulk and surface deformation processes through computer simulation. This requires an integration of the knowledge attained in other related courses such as engineering materials, solid mechanics, dynamics, and computer aided engineering. The computer simulations include sheet metal forming operations, rolling, swaging and the other bulk deformation processes. Modern high-speed computer aided design methodology is introduced to study the behavior of the material during metal forming process, including the study of the strain pattern. Commercially available one-step and incremental software codes such as Quickstamp, and LS-DYNA will be used for the course. These solution procedures along with limitations of the software will be discussed with emphasis on techniques in an applied manner.

MECH-572 CAD/CAM and Rapid Prototyping Project  2 0 4 4 
Prerequisites: MECH-100, MECH-300 
Corequisites: None 
Minimum Class Standing: SR 
Terms Offered: Directed Study 
Capstone design project course in which students acquire an integrating experience leading them from CAD of a part (designed using sculptured surface and solid modeling techniques), through rapid prototyping of that part (using stereolithography) and into mold or die design and manufacture, (using CAD/CAM system such as I-DEAS, Solid Edge, and Unigraphics). 

MECH-580 Properties of Polymers 4  0  0  4
Prerequisite: IME-301, MECH-200, MECH-212, Senior II Standing
This course begins with thermo-mechanical properties of commodity thermoplastics and includes a review of structure/nomenclature. The course then addresses: polymer shape and size, amorphous and crystalline states, Tg, Tm, rubber elasticity and viscoelasticity (creep). There will be materials selection and design projects.

MECH-584 Plastics Product Design 2  0  4  4
Prerequisite: Senior III Standing; IME-507, MECH-200, MECH-310, MECH-580
Capstone design class for Plastics Product Design Specialty students. A comprehensive product plastic design experience beginning with problem definition which leads to material selection and progresses into physical design. Students will perform structural FEA and mold filling simulations on solid models.
Computing piece price and tooling costs will complete the design process.