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MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (ME)
Swenson College of Science and Engineering
UMD Mechanical/Industrial Engineering
 
ME 2105 - Introduction to Material Science for Engineers
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Chem 1151 or 1153 and 1154; credit will not be granted if previous given for Engr 2110 or IE 2105.; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Structures and properties of engineering materials, emphasizing metals, composites, polymers, and ceramics.



ME 2211 - Thermodynamics
(3.0 cr; Prereq-PHYS 2013; credit will not be granted if already received for ME 3211; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Thermodynamics, thermodynamic properties of liquids and gases, 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics, irreversibility and entropy. Carnot systems, work producing systems, combustion engine cycles, work absorbing systems, refrigeration cycles, psychrometrics.



ME 2226 - Dynamics
(3.0 cr; =[ENGR 2026]; Prereq-CE 2017 and Math 3280 (concurrent registration allowed); A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Review of particle dynamics. Mechancial systems and regid-body model. Kinematics and dynamics of plane systems.



ME 3111 - Fluid Mechanics
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Engr 2026 or ME 2226, ME 2211 or 3211, BSME candidate or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for ChE 3111 or CE 3221; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Mass and energy balances, Bernoulli's Equation, momentum balance, laminar and turbulent flow, boundary layer theory, flow through porous media.



ME 3140 - System Dynamics and Control
(3.0 cr; Prereq-CS 1121 or 1131 or 1211 or 1511 or 2121, ECE 2006, Math 3280, BSME candidate or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Mathematical modeling of mechanical, electrical, thermal, fluid, and hybrid systems. System response using numerical integration and Laplace transforms. Fourier transform and convolution. Transfer functions and frequency response. Classical control theory.



ME 3222 - Controls and Kinematics Laboratory
(2.0 cr; Prereq-3140 with a grade of C- or better and 3230 (concurrent registration allowed); A-F only, fall, spring, every year)
Perform computer simulations and hands on laboratory exercises to explore effective control systems design. Robotic programming exercises using industrial robots will be performed. Design and construction of mechatronic devices will be completed.



ME 3230 - Kinematics and Mechatronics
(3.0 cr; =[IE 4135]; Prereq-3140, Math 3298; A-F only, fall, spring, every year)
Classical closed and open form kinematics modeling will be developed. Use of Denavit Hartenberg structural analysis will be explored. Kinetic models of structures will be developed. Explores the design and use of mechatronic devices.



ME 4050 - Fundamentals of Nuclear Engineering
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Chem 1151 or Chem 1153 and 1154, Math 3280, Phys 2012 or 2015 and 2016; no grad credit; A-F or Aud, spring, odd academic years)
Introduction to the fundamentals of nuclear engineering including atomic and nuclear physics, fission, fusion, isotopes, radioactivity, nuclear reactions, radiation detection, criticality, and reactor kinetics. Overview of types of reactors and some operational considerations.



ME 4060 - Machine Vision and Image Based Robot Control
(3.0 cr; Prereq-CS 1511, Math 3280, ME 3140 or equivalent; no grad credit; A-F or Aud, fall, even academic years)
Senior-level course on vision and control. In this course, students will be introduced to the up-to-date techniques of autonomous image-based robot control. The covered topics include algorithms on image acquisition, camera calibration, object identification, and visual servoing. The methods and concepts introduced will be combined with engineering applications such as obstacle avoidance in traffic safety, image-guided robotic surgery, and human-robot interaction in life support. Through this course, student will acquire both hardware and software development experiences on vision-based robot control, which could be directly applied to their future engineering career or advanced academic pursuance.



ME 4112 - Heat and Mass Transfer
(3.0 cr; =[CHE 3112]; Prereq-3111, Math 3298, BSME or BSChE candidate or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Theory and practice of heat and mass transfer. Fundamentals of diffusion, conduction, convection, and radiation with application to the design of heat and mass transfer equipment and systems.



ME 4122 - Heat Transfer, Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics Laboratory
(2.0 cr; Prereq-Must be taken after or concurrently with ME 4112 or ChE 3112 or instructor consent, BSME candidate; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Heat transfer and Thermo-Fluids lab, experimental evaluation of conductive, convective and radiation heat transfer, and analysis of performance of various energy systems such as compressors, turbines, fans, refrigerators and combustion engines.



ME 4135 - Robotics and Controls
(3.0 cr; Prereq-ME 3140, 3230, ENGR 2026 or ME 2226, BSME or BSIE candidate or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, offered periodically)
Exploration of Forward and Inverse Kinematics models for individual robots. Study of robot motion trajectories at the micro- and macroscopic level. Study of PE, PD and PID controllers for robots. Exploration of efficient methods for developing stable controllers for various geometric configurations.



ME 4145 - CAD/CAM
(4.0 cr; Prereq-IE 1225 or Engr 1222, Engr 2016 or CE 2017, BSME cand, or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for IE 4145; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Description of hardware for CAD/CAM, principles of solie modeling, data structures, visualization, calculation of mass properties, surface modeling. Introduction to FEM usage, lab use of CAD/CAM system for solid modeling, cutter path generation, and FEM problems in vibration, stress analysis.



ME 4175 - Machine Design
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Engr 2016 or CE 2017 and ME 2105, BSME candidate or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for IE 4175; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Analysis of mechanical components as used in mechanical devices. Theories of material failures, lubrication, and corrosion. Design of machinery considering performance, safety, packaging, wear, and recycling.



ME 4196 - Cooperative Education
(1.0 cr [max 2.0 cr]; =[IE 4196]; Prereq-BSME candidate, instructor consent, no grad credit; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Practical work experience with employer closely associated with student's academic area; arranged by mutual agreement among student, department, and employer. Biweekly status reports and final written report must be submitted to department.



ME 4255 - Multidisciplinary Senior Design
(4.0 cr; =[IE 4255]; Prereq-3230, 4112, 4175, EMgt 4110, BSME candidate, or instructor consent, no grad credit; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Capstone design course in mechanical engineering. Project Management, problem definition, root cause analysis, baseline analysis, alternative solutions, analysis, reporting. Societal, economic, ethical, environmental, political considerations. Oral and written reports. Work is in teams focused on industrial or competition-based projects.



ME 4296 - Cooperative Education II
(2.0 cr; Prereq-4196 or IE 4196; no grad credit; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Advanced practical work experience with employer closely associated with student's academic area; arranged by mutual agreement among student, department, and employer. Biweekly status reports and final written report must be submitted to department.



ME 4365 - Global Sustainability Experience in Design/Manufacturing in Africa
(3.0 cr; Prereq-2105, IE 3130; A-F or Aud, summer, every year)
Sustainability within the manufacturing and design context will be taught and explored. As we live in a global economy, this course exposes students to some of the leaders in sustainability and alternative businesses and manufacturing methods, reinforced by visits to local manufacturing facilities, art centers, museums, and historical villages in Ghana. Also cultural activities including: cultural dance, keyboarding, textile dying, and basketeering are integrated into the experience. Students will design and manufacture procures like bicycle, water faucet, using local environmentally friendly material like bamboo. An Eco-tool audit software is used to analyze and select material and manufacturing processes at design state that have low environmental impact and energy efficient.



ME 4375 - Pipeline Engineering
(3.0 cr; Prereq-ME 3111 or ChE 3111 or CE 3221; A-F or Aud, spring, offered periodically)
Overview of basic elements of pipeline transportation. Multi-disciplined introduction to concepts and methods of Pipeline Engineering. Topics include Mechanical, Electrical and Geotechnical Design, Hydraulics, Route Selection, Materials Selection, Construction, Operation and Maintenance.



ME 4491 - Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering
(1.0 - 4.0 cr [max 4.0 cr]; Prereq-Senior standing in engineering discipline, instructor consent; fall, spring, summer, every year)
Directed study of special interest topics not available in standard curriculum. Must be arranged with instructor before registration. May include readings, research and/or special projects.



ME 4495 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned)
(1.0 - 4.0 cr [max 12.0 cr]; Prereq-BSME candidate or instructor consent, no grad credit; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Topics not available in regular department curriculum. May involve specialties of department or visiting faculty.



ME 5305 - Computational Fluid Dynamics
(3.0 cr; Prereq-4112 (concurrent registration allowed) or ChE 3112, BSChE, or BSME or BSIE candidate or instructor consent; A-F only, spring, odd academic years)
Finite-difference methods for steady and transient diffusion and convection-diffusion problems. Finite-volume technique for the solution of multi-dimensional fluid flow, and heat and mass transfer problems. Utilize CFD software to solve complex problems.



ME 5315 - Nondestructive Evaluation of Engineering Materials
(3.0 cr; Prereq-3140; A-F only, fall, offered periodically)
Fundamentals of Ultrasonic and Acoustic Emission NDE are considered including wave propagation, experimental measurement systems, flaw detection and characterization, and material characterization. Labs are used to support the study of ultrasonic and acoustic emission NDE. Other NDE techniques including magnetics, penetrants, eddy currents, thermography, are surveyed.



ME 5325 - Sustainable Energy System
(3.0 cr; =[EE 5501]; Prereq-3211, BSChE or BSECE or BSIE or BSME candidate, or instructor consent; A-F only, spring, even academic years)
A comparison of different energy systems will be made in terms of economic, environmental and political implications. Specific energy alternatives will include coal, oil, geothermal, bioenergy, solar, wind, fission, fusion, hydrogen, fuel cell.



ME 5335 - Introduction to Finite Element Analysis
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Engr 2016, BSME or BSIE or MSEM candidate or instructor consent; A-F only, fall, even academic years)
An introduction to finite element analysis, including theoretical and applied components in mechanical and thermal systems.



ME 5345 - Smart Materials and Structures
(3.0 cr; Prereq-3140, 3222; A-F or Aud, spring, odd academic years)
Introduction to smart materials and structures, such as piezoelectric materials, shape memory alloys, magnetostrictive materials, adaptive structures, and active vibration control systems. The course will cover their material properties, modeling methods, and engineering applications in sensors, actuators, energy harvesting, and biomedical devices.



ME 5355 - Gas Turbines
(3.0 cr; Prereq-3111, 3211 and BSME or MEng or MSEM or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, even academic years)
Gas turbine cycles, regenerations, recuperation, reheat, intercooling, combined cycle plants, and thermochemical regeneration. Axial and radial flow compressors and turbines; combustor designs, energy analysis, emissions, and noise. Turbojet, fanjet, turboprop engine performance. Stationary power plants.



ME 5991 - Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering
(1.0 - 4.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-MSEM candidate, department consent; fall, spring, summer, offered periodically)
Directed study of special interest topics not available in standard curriculum. Must be arranged with instructor before registration. May include readings, research and/or special projects.



ME 8310 - Mechanical Engineering Capstone Project
(3.0 cr; Prereq-MEng or MSME candidates and minimum of 12 credits successfully completed or department consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Capstone project in which each student should utilize their acquired mechanical engineering skills and demonstrate their mastery of mechanical engineering concepts by completing a well-defined project that addresses a real-world problem. The project is to be documented with a formal paper and an oral presentation.



 
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