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Mechanical Engineering B.M.E.

Mechanical Engineering
College of Science and Engineering
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 124
  • Required credits within the major: 108 to 110
  • The co-operative work training option to the program requires two or three semesters of supervised work at a corporate host site.
  • Degree: Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering
The Department of Mechanical Engineering is committed to offering undergraduate and graduate education of the highest quality in mechanical engineering, to conducting significant basic and applied research in selected areas, and to providing professional service to the appropriate constituencies of a major land grant university. Mechanical engineering is involved in most technological activities of society and dominates many, including automotive, transportation, materials handling, environmental and pollution control systems, refrigeration and cryogenics, power systems design, automation, system dynamics and control, computer-aided design and manufacturing, capital equipment design, and consumer products production. A mechanical engineer may be engaged in design, development, research, testing, manufacturing, administration, marketing, consulting, or education.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 8 courses before admission to the program.
Freshman and transfer students are usually admitted to pre-major status before admission to this major.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Mathematics
Honors math (MATH 1571H, 1572H, 2573H, 2574H) may be taken in place of the listed courses.
MATH 1271 - Calculus I [MATH] (4.0 cr)
or MATH 1371 - CSE Calculus I [MATH] (4.0 cr)
MATH 1272 - Calculus II (4.0 cr)
or MATH 1372 - CSE Calculus II (4.0 cr)
MATH 2263 - Multivariable Calculus (4.0 cr)
or MATH 2374 - CSE Multivariable Calculus and Vector Analysis (4.0 cr)
Required prerequisites
Physical Sciences
CHEM 1061 - Chemical Principles I [PHYS] (3.0 cr)
or CHEM 1071H - Honors Chemistry I [PHYS] (3.0 cr)
CHEM 1065 - Chemical Principles I Laboratory [PHYS] (1.0 cr)
or CHEM 1075H - Honors Chemistry I Laboratory [PHYS] (1.0 cr)
PHYS 1301W - Introductory Physics for Science and Engineering I [PHYS, WI] (4.0 cr)
or PHYS 1401V - Honors Physics I [PHYS, WI] (4.0 cr)
PHYS 1302W - Introductory Physics for Science and Engineering II [PHYS, WI] (4.0 cr)
or PHYS 1402V - Honors Physics II [PHYS, WI] (4.0 cr)
Required prerequisites
Statics and Dynamics
AEM 2021 - Statics and Dynamics (4.0 cr)
or take the following course pair
AEM 2011 - Statics (3.0 cr)
AEM 2012 - Dynamics (3.0 cr)
Required prerequisites
Material or Thermal Science
MATS 2001 - Introduction to the Science of Engineering Materials (3.0 cr)
or ME 3331 - Thermodynamics (3.0 cr)
General Requirements
All students in baccalaureate degree programs are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major, minor or certificate in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major, minor or certificate (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Linear Algebra & Differential Equations
MATH 2373 - CSE Linear Algebra and Differential Equations (4.0 cr)
or MATH 2243 - Linear Algebra and Differential Equations (4.0 cr)
Major Courses
CSCI 1113 - Introduction to C/C++ Programming for Scientists and Engineers (4.0 cr)
MATS 2002 - Introduction to the Science of Engineering Materials Laboratory (1.0 cr)
AEM 3031 - Deformable Body Mechanics (3.0 cr)
EE 3005 - Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering (4.0 cr)
EE 3006 - Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering Laboratory (1.0 cr)
IE 3521 - Statistics, Quality, and Reliability (4.0 cr)
ME 2011 - Introduction to Engineering (4.0 cr)
ME 3221 - Fundamentals of Design & Manufacturing (4.0 cr)
ME 3222 - Mechanisms & Machine Design (4.0 cr)
ME 3281 - System Dynamics and Control (4.0 cr)
ME 3331 - Thermodynamics (3.0 cr)
ME 3332 - Fluid Mechanics (3.0 cr)
ME 3333 - Heat Transfer (3.0 cr)
ME 4031W - Basic Mechanical Measurements Laboratory [WI] (4.0 cr)
ME 4054W - Design Projects [WI] (4.0 cr)
Electives
ME 4131W - Thermal Environmental Engineering Laboratory [WI] (4.0 cr)
or ME 4231 - Motion Control Laboratory (4.0 cr)
or ME 4232 - Fluid Power Control Lab (4.0 cr)
or ME 4331 - Thermal Energy Engineering Laboratory (4.0 cr)
or ME 4431W - Energy Conversion Systems Laboratory [WI] (4.0 cr)
Technical Electives
Complete 15 credits of upper division technical electives, with at least 8 credits in ME. Students may choose options in power and propulsion, design and manufacturing, thermodynamics and heat transfer, environment, or select electives in consultation with their adviser.
Take 15 or more credit(s) from the following:
Environmental
Take 0 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ME 5101 - Vapor Cycle Systems (4.0 cr)
· ME 5103 - Thermal Environmental Engineering (4.0 cr)
· ME 5105 {Inactive} (4.0 cr)
· ME 5113 - Aerosol/Particle Engineering (4.0 cr)
· ME 5116 - Cleanroom Technology and Particle Monitoring (4.0 cr)
· ME 5133 - Aerosol Measurement Laboratory (4.0 cr)
· ME 5312 - Solar Thermal Technologies (4.0 cr)
· Design & Manufacturing
Take 0 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ME 5221 - Computer-Assisted Product Realization (4.0 cr)
· ME 5223 - Materials in Design (4.0 cr)
· ME 5228 - Introduction to Finite Element Modeling, Analysis, and Design (4.0 cr)
· ME 5241 - Computer-Aided Engineering (4.0 cr)
· ME 5243 - Advanced Mechanism Design (4.0 cr)
· ME 5247 - Stress Analysis, Sensing, and Transducers (4.0 cr)
· ME 5248 - Vibration Engineering (4.0 cr)
· ME 5281 - Analog and Digital Control (4.0 cr)
· ME 5286 - Robotics (4.0 cr)
· Thermal Sciences
(Power & Propulsion, Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics)
Take 0 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ME 5101 - Vapor Cycle Systems (4.0 cr)
· ME 5312 - Solar Thermal Technologies (4.0 cr)
· ME 5332 - Intermediate Fluid Mechanics (3.0 cr)
· ME 5341 - Case Studies in Thermal Engineering and Design (4.0 cr)
· ME 5344 - Thermodynamics of Fluid Flow With Applications (4.0 cr)
· ME 5351 - Computational Heat Transfer (4.0 cr)
· ME 5446 - Introduction to Combustion (4.0 cr)
· ME 5461 - Internal Combustion Engines (4.0 cr)
· ME 5462 - Gas Turbines (4.0 cr)
· ME 5465 {Inactive} (4.0 cr)
· ME 5666 - Modern Thermodynamics (4.0 cr)
· ME EIP
Students in the ME EIP program are required to include the following courses in their technical electives:
· ME 3041 - Industrial Assignment I (2.0 cr)
ME 4043W - Industrial Assignment II [WI] (4.0 cr)
ME 4044 - Industrial Assignment III (2.0 cr)
Biology
BIOL 1009 - General Biology [BIOL] (4.0 cr)
or BIOL 1001 - Introductory Biology: Evolutionary and Ecological Perspectives [BIOL] (4.0 cr)
Upper Division Writing Intensive within the major
Students are required to take one upper division writing intensive course within the major. If that requirement has not been satisfied within the core major requirements, students must choose one course from the following list. Some of these courses may also fulfill other major requirements.
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· ME 4031W - Basic Mechanical Measurements Laboratory [WI] (4.0 cr)
· ME 4043W - Industrial Assignment II [WI] (4.0 cr)
· ME 4054W - Design Projects [WI] (4.0 cr)
· ME 4131W - Thermal Environmental Engineering Laboratory [WI] (4.0 cr)
· ME 4431W - Energy Conversion Systems Laboratory [WI] (4.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
EIP
ME EIP program (engineering intern program or co-op program) is available during the last two years of study. Upper division status and a satisfactory GPA are required for admission. The co-op program provides applied engineering training in selected established industries during semesters of supervised assignments that alternate with semesters of University studies.
Students in the ME EIP program (engineering intern program or co-op program) register for three industrial assignment courses. ME 3041 (2 credits), ME 4043W (4 credits), and ME 4044 (2 credits) for a total of 8 credits. These courses count toward the technical elective credit requirement. Students register for industrial assignments as they would for regular classes. Requirements for the course include writing a summary of an article in a technical journal, attending a workshop (ME 3041, ME 4043W), submitting a report draft, and writing a final report. The course grade is based on writing; work performance cannot be considered in assigning a grade. The second industrial assignment, ME 4043W, is oriented toward solving a design problem and fulfills a 4-credit intensive writing course requirement. Cooperation from company personnel is required in accomplishing most reports, particularly the ME 4043W reports.
Internship
ME 3041 - Industrial Assignment I (2.0 cr) ME 4043W - Industrial Assignment II [WI] (4.0 cr) ME 4044 - Industrial Assignment III (2.0 cr)
 
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MATH 1271 - Calculus I (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00067 - Math 1271/Math 1281/Math 1371/
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Differential calculus of functions of a single variable, including polynomial, rational, exponential, and trig functions. Applications, including optimization and related rates problems. Single variable integral calculus, using anti-derivatives and simple substitution. Applications may include area, volume, work problems. prereq: 4 yrs high school math including trig or satisfactory score on placement test or grade of at least C- in [1151 or 1155]
MATH 1371 - CSE Calculus I (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Math 1142/1271/1281/1371/1571H
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Differentiation of single-variable functions, basics of integration of single-variable functions. Applications: max-min, related rates, area, curve-sketching. Use of calculator, cooperative learning. prereq: CSE or pre-bioprod concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in biosys engn (PRE), background in [precalculus, geometry, visualization of functions/graphs], instr consent; familiarity with graphing calculators recommended
MATH 1272 - Calculus II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Math 1272/1282/1252/1372/1572
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Techniques of integration. Calculus involving transcendental functions, polar coordinates. Taylor polynomials, vectors/curves in space, cylindrical/spherical coordinates. prereq: [1271 or equiv] with grade of at least C-
MATH 1372 - CSE Calculus II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Math 1272/1282/1252/1372/1572
Typically offered: Every Spring
Techniques of integration. Calculus involving transcendental functions, polar coordinates, Taylor polynomials, vectors/curves in space, cylindrical/spherical coordinates. Use of calculators, cooperative learning. prereq: Grade of at least C- in [1371 or equiv], CSE or pre-Bioprod/Biosys Engr
MATH 2263 - Multivariable Calculus
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Math 2263/2373/2573H/3251
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Derivative as linear map. Differential/integral calculus of functions of several variables, including change of coordinates using Jacobians. Line/surface integrals. Gauss, Green, Stokes Theorems. prereq: [1272 or 1372 or 1572] w/grade of at least C-
MATH 2374 - CSE Multivariable Calculus and Vector Analysis
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Math 2263/2373/2573H/3251
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Derivative as linear map. Differential/integral calculus of functions of several variables, including change of coordinates using Jacobians. Line/surface integrals. Gauss, Green, Stokes theorems. Use of computer technology. prereq: [1272 or 1282 or 1372 or 1572] w/grade of at least C-, CSE or pre-Bioprod/Biosys Engr
CHEM 1061 - Chemical Principles I (PHYS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01884 - Chem 1061/Chem 1071H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Atomic theory, periodic properties of elements. Thermochemistry, reaction stoichiometry. Behavior of gases, liquids, and solids. Molecular/ionic structure/bonding. Organic chemistry and polymers. energy sources, environmental issues related to energy use. Prereq-Grade of at least C- in [1011 or 1015] or [passing placement exam, concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 1065]; intended for science or engineering majors; concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 1065; registration for 1065 must precede registration for 1061
CHEM 1071H - Honors Chemistry I (PHYS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01884 - Chem 1061/Chem 1071H
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Advanced introduction to atomic theory. Periodic properties of elements. Behavior of gases, liquids, and solids. Molecular/ionic structure, bonding. Aspects of organic chemistry, spectroscopy, and polymers. Mathematically demanding quantitative problems. Writing for scientific journals. prereq: Honors student, permission of University Honors Program, concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 1075H; registration for 1075H must precede registration for 1071H
CHEM 1065 - Chemical Principles I Laboratory (PHYS)
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01878 - Chem 1065/Chem 1075H
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Basic laboratory skills while investigating physical and chemical phenomena closely linked to lecture material. Experimental design, data collection and treatment, discussion of errors, and proper treatment of hazardous wastes. prereq: concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 1061
CHEM 1075H - Honors Chemistry I Laboratory (PHYS)
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01878 - Chem 1065/Chem 1075H
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Develop laboratory skills while investigating physical and chemical phenomena closely linked to lecture material. Experimental design, data collection and treatment, discussion of errors, and the proper treatment of hazardous wastes. Prereq-&1071H, honors student, permission of University Honors Program.
PHYS 1301W - Introductory Physics for Science and Engineering I (PHYS, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00078
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Use of fundamental principles to solve quantitative problems. Motion, forces, conservation principles, structure of matter. Applications to mechanical systems. prereq: concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in Math 1271 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in Math 1371 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in Math 1571
PHYS 1401V - Honors Physics I (PHYS, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00078
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Comprehensive, calculus-level general physics. Emphasizes use of fundamental principles to solve quantitative problems. Description of motion, forces, conservation principles. Structure of matter, with applications to mechanical systems.
PHYS 1302W - Introductory Physics for Science and Engineering II (PHYS, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00079
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Use of fundamental principles to solve quantitative problems. Motion, forces, conservation principles, fields, structure of matter. Applications to electromagnetic phenomena. prereq: 1301W, concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in Math 1272 or Math 1372 or Math 1572
PHYS 1402V - Honors Physics II (PHYS, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00079
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Fundamental principles to solve quantitative problems. Description of motion, forces, conservation principles, fields. Structure of matter, with applications to electro-magnetic phenomena. prereq: 1401V, honors student or permission of University Honors Program
AEM 2021 - Statics and Dynamics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Force/moment vectors, resultants. Principles of statics and free-body diagrams. Applications to simple trusses, frames, and machines. Properties of areas, second moments. Internal forces in beams. Laws of friction. Principles of particle dynamics. Mechanical systems and rigid-body dynamics. Kinematics/dynamics of plane systems. Energy/momentum of 2-D bodies/systems. prereq: Phys 1301W, [concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in Math 2374 or equiv], CSE
AEM 2011 - Statics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Force/moment vectors, resultants. Principles of statics and free-body diagrams. Applications to simple trusses, frames, and machines. Distributed loads. Internal forces in beams. Properties of areas, second moments. Laws of friction. prereq: PHYS 1301W, [concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in Math 2374 or equiv], CSE
AEM 2012 - Dynamics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Kinematics/kinetics of particles. Newton's laws. Energy/momentum methods. Systems of particles. Kinematics/kinetics of planar motions of rigid bodies. Plane motion of rigid bodies. Mechanical vibrations. prereq: 2011, [concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in Math 2373 or equiv], CSE student
MATS 2001 - Introduction to the Science of Engineering Materials
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Structure-property relationships of engineering materials. Atomic structure and bonding. Crystal structures. Imperfections in solids. Strength of materials, strengthening mechanisms. Phase transformations. Heat treatment/control of micro-structures. Materials selection/design. Integrating properties of metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites. prereq: CHEM 1061, CHEM 1065, [MATH 1272 or MATH 1372], PHYS 1301W, CSE student
ME 3331 - Thermodynamics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01494 - ME 3321/ME 3331
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Properties, equations of state, processes, cycles for reversible and irreversible thermodynamic systems. Modes of energy transfer. Equations for conservation of mass, energy, entropy balances. Application of thermodynamic principles to modern engineering systems. prereq: Chem 1061, Chem 1065, Phys 1301
MATH 2373 - CSE Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Math 2243/2373/2573
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Linear algebra: basis, dimension, eigenvalues/eigenvectors. Differential equations: linear equations/systems, phase space, forcing/resonance, qualitative/numerical analysis of nonlinear systems, Laplace transforms. Use of computer technology. prereq: [1272 or 1282 or 1372 or 1572] w/grade of at least C-, CSE or pre-Bio Prod/Biosys Engr
MATH 2243 - Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Math 2243/2373/2573
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Linear algebra: basis, dimension, matrices, eigenvalues/eigenvectors. Differential equations: first-order linear, separable; second-order linear with constant coefficients; linear systems with constant coefficients. prereq: [1272 or 1282 or 1372 or 1572] w/grade of at least C-
CSCI 1113 - Introduction to C/C++ Programming for Scientists and Engineers
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Programming for scientists/engineers. C/C++ programming constructs, object-oriented programming, software development, fundamental numerical techniques. Exercises/examples from various scientific fields. prereq: Math 1271 or Math 1371 or Math 1571H or instr consent
MATS 2002 - Introduction to the Science of Engineering Materials Laboratory
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Lab experiments dealing with mechanical properties of engineering materials. Elastic modulus, tensile strength, creep, impact strength, fracture. prereq: [2001 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 2001], IT student
AEM 3031 - Deformable Body Mechanics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Uniaxial loading/deformation. Stress/strain at point, Mohr's circle. Internal forces in beams. Material behavior, linear elasticity. Torsion of circular shafts. Bending of beams of symmetrical section. Column buckling. Statically indeterminate structures. prereq: [2011 or 2021 or [BMEN 3011, BMEN major]], [Math 2374 or equiv], [concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in Math 2373 or equiv], CSE
EE 3005 - Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Fundamentals of analog electronics, digital electronics, and power systems. Circuit analysis, electronic devices and applications, digital circuits, microprocessor systems, operational amplifiers, transistor amplifiers, frequency response, magnetically coupled circuits, transformers, steady state power analysis. prereq: Math 2243, Phys 1302; not for EE majors
EE 3006 - Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering Laboratory
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Lab to accompany 3005. prereq: Concurrent enrollment in 3005 is allowed but not required
IE 3521 - Statistics, Quality, and Reliability
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Random variables/probability distributions, statistical sampling/measurement, statistical inferencing, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, single/multivariate regression, design of experiments, statistical quality control, quality management, reliability, maintainability. prereq: MATH 1372 or equiv
ME 2011 - Introduction to Engineering
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Skills critical for practicing engineers. Mechanical engineering, engineering design. Visual, written, and oral communication forms. Computer-based design tools. Substantial design projects, including prototype construction. prereq: CSE lower div
ME 3221 - Fundamentals of Design & Manufacturing
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Material behavior and failure in design and manufacturing. Models for material removal, bulk deformation, sheet metal forming, and consolidation processes. Characterization of process capabilities and parts. prereq: 2011, AEM 3031, MatS 2001
ME 3222 - Mechanisms & Machine Design
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Selection of standard mechanical components such as bearings, gears, and fasteners. Analysis and synthesis of motion in machines. Displacement, velocity, and acceleration of mechanisms. Machine design project: Apply lecture topics to develop new machines that fulfill customer specifications. prereq: [3221 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 3221], [CSci 1113 or equiv]
ME 3281 - System Dynamics and Control
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Dynamics of mechanical, electrical, thermal, fluid, and hybrid systems. System response using Laplace transform and numerical integration. Fourier transform and convolution. Transfer functions and frequency response. Introduction to classical control. prereq: AEM 2021, [Math 2243 or Math 2373], ME upper div
ME 3331 - Thermodynamics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01494 - ME 3321/ME 3331
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Properties, equations of state, processes, cycles for reversible and irreversible thermodynamic systems. Modes of energy transfer. Equations for conservation of mass, energy, entropy balances. Application of thermodynamic principles to modern engineering systems. prereq: Chem 1061, Chem 1065, Phys 1301
ME 3332 - Fluid Mechanics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Mass, momentum conservation principles. Fluid statics, Bernoulli equation. Control volume analysis, dimensional analysis, internal and external viscous flow. Momentum and energy considerations. Introduction to boundary layers. prereq: Math 2243 or Math 2373, 3331
ME 3333 - Heat Transfer
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Mechanisms of heat transfer. Conduction, convection, radiation. Boundary layer analysis using momentum and energy equations. Applications such as fins, heat exchangers, electronics cooling, bioheat transfer, energy conversion technologies, phase change energy storage and boiling. prereq: 3332
ME 4031W - Basic Mechanical Measurements Laboratory (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Experimental methods, statistical estimates of experimental uncertainty, calibration, signal conditioning, selected transducers for mechanical measurements, data acquisition/processing. Temperature, pressure, humidity, stress-strain, force, velocity, flow/radiative properties. prereq: IE 4521, upper div ME
ME 4054W - Design Projects (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Students work in teams and undertake single, substantial design project. Design problems are open-ended. Product design process. Teams give formal presentation of progress at mid-semester design review, show completed work at design show. prereq: 2011, 3221, 3222, 3281, 3331, 3332, 3333, 4031W, AEM 2021, AEM 3031, EE 3005, ME upper div
ME 4131W - Thermal Environmental Engineering Laboratory (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Experiments in psychrometrics, refrigeration, air conditioning, solar energy, indoor air quality, and other topics related to refrigeration, building heating/cooling, and indoor air quality. prereq: 3332, 3333, 4031W, [ME upper div or grad student]
ME 4231 - Motion Control Laboratory
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Microprocessor programming, digital filters, frequency response testing, modeling of eletromechanical systems, closed loop velocity and position control, programmable logic controllers, factory automation, open loop position control of a vibratory system using input shaping, closed loop position control using pole placement. prereq: 3281, 4031W, ME upper div
ME 4232 - Fluid Power Control Lab
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Fluid power fundamentals. Description/operation of components. Fluid power symbols/circuits. Component sizing. Modeling/simulation, system identification, controller design/implementation. Connecting/making measurements on hydraulic circuits. Lab. prereq: 3281, 4031W, ME upper div
ME 4331 - Thermal Energy Engineering Laboratory
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Measurement/analysis of heat transfer in single phase, multiphase, reacting environments. Experimental measurements relevant to thermal/fluid systems, statistical design of experiments/uncertainty analysis. Heat exchange. prereq: [3331, 3332, 3333, 4031W], [ME upper div or grad student]
ME 4431W - Energy Conversion Systems Laboratory (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Analyze operation/control of engines, power plants, heating/ventilation systems. Performance characteristics of devices, measurement techniques. Interpretation of experimental data. Presentation of results. prereq: 3333, 4031W, [ME upper div or grad student]
ME 5101 - Vapor Cycle Systems
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Vapor compression and absorption refrigeration systems; heat pumps; vapor power cycle analysis, regeneration, reheat, compound cycle modifications, combines gas turbine--vapor cycle systems. prereq: CSE upper div or grad student
ME 5103 - Thermal Environmental Engineering
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Thermodynamic properties of moist air; psychrometric charts; HVAC systems; solar energy; human thermal comfort; indoor air quality; heating and cooling loads in buildings. prereq: 3331 or 3332, 3333, CSE upper div or grad
ME 5113 - Aerosol/Particle Engineering
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Kinetic theory, definition, theory and measurement of particle properties, elementary particle mechanics, particle statistics; Brownian motion and diffusion, coagulation, evaporation and condensation, sampling and transport. prereq: CSE upper div or grad student
ME 5116 - Cleanroom Technology and Particle Monitoring
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Fundamentals of cleanroom technology for microelectronics manufacturing; airborne and liquid-borne particulate contaminants; particle monitors: optical and condensation particle counters, wafer surface scanner, microscopy; filter performance and testing; cleanroom design and operation; high purity systems; particle detection in processing equipment. prereq: CSE upper div or grad student
ME 5133 - Aerosol Measurement Laboratory
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Principles of aerosol measurement. Single particle analysis by optical and electron microscopy. Aerosol samplers and inertial collectors. Integral mass concentration and number concentration detectors. Size distribution by laser particle counter and differential mobility particle sizer. Aerosol generation and instrument calibration. prereq: CSE upper div or graduate student
ME 5312 - Solar Thermal Technologies
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Solar radiation fundamentals. Measurement/processing needed to predict solar irradiance dependence on time, location, and orientation. Characteristics of components in solar thermal systems: collectors, heat exchangers, thermal storage. System performance, low-temperature applications. Concentrating solar energy, including solar thermo-chemical processes, to produce hydrogen/solar power systems and photovoltaics. Solar design project. prereq: [3333, CSE upper Div] or grad student
ME 5221 - Computer-Assisted Product Realization
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Injection molding with emphasis on design of manufacturing processes. Tooling design and specification of processing conditions using computer-based tools; process simulation software and computer-controlled machine tools. Simultaneous process and part design. Production of tooling and parts. Part evaluation. prereq: 3221, AEM 3031, CSci 1113, MatS 2001
ME 5223 - Materials in Design
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Fundamental properties of engineering materials. Fabrication, treatment. Physical/corrosive properties. Failure mechanism, cost/value analysis as related to material selection/specification. prereq: 3221, ME upper division or grad student
ME 5228 - Introduction to Finite Element Modeling, Analysis, and Design
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Finite elements as principal analysis tool in computer-aided design (CAD); theoretical issues and implementation aspects for modeling and analyzing engineering problems encompassing stress analysis, heat transfer, and flow problems for linear situations. One-, two-, and three-dimensional practical engineering applications. prereq: CSE upper div or grad, 3221, AEM 3031, CSci 1113, MatS 2001
ME 5241 - Computer-Aided Engineering
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Apply computer-aided engineering to mechanical design. Engineering design projects and case studies using computer-aided design and finite element analysis software; design optimization and computer graphical presentation of results. prereq: 3222, CSci 1113 or equiv, CSE upper div or grad
ME 5243 - Advanced Mechanism Design
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Analytical methods of kinematic, dynamic, and kinetoelastodynamic analysis and synthesis of mechanisms. Computerized design for function, path, and motion generation based on Burmeister theory. prereq: CSE upper div or grad, 3222 or equiv, basic kinematics and dynamics of machines; knowledge of CAD packages such as Pro-E recommended
ME 5247 - Stress Analysis, Sensing, and Transducers
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Electrical resistance strain gage theory and technology. Gage characteristics, selection, and use. Bridge circuits and temperature and stray strain compensation. Signal conditioning. Data analysis. Photoelasticity techniques. Interpretation of fringe patterns. Sensor principles and performance. Transducer design and characterization. prereq: AEM 3031, MatS 2001
ME 5248 - Vibration Engineering
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Apply vibration theory to design; optimize isolators, detuning mechanisms, viscoelastic suspensions and structures. Use modal analysis methods to describe free vibration of complex systems, relating to both theoretical and test procedures. prereq: CSE upper div or grad, 3281
ME 5281 - Analog and Digital Control
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Continuous and discrete time feedback control systems. Frequency response, stability, poles and zeros; transient responses; Nyquist and Bode diagrams; root locus; lead-lag and PID compensators, Nicols-Ziegler design method. Digital implementation aliasing; computer-aided design and analysis of control system. prereq: 3281
ME 5286 - Robotics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Manipulator forward/inverse kinematics, homogeneous transformations, coordinate frames, Jacobian/velocity control, task primitives/programming, computational issues. Determining path trajectories. Reaction forces, manipulator dynamics/control. Vehicle kinematics, dynamics, and guidance. Lab project demonstrates concepts. prereq: [3281 or equiv], [upper div ME or AEM or CSci or grad student]
ME 5101 - Vapor Cycle Systems
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Vapor compression and absorption refrigeration systems; heat pumps; vapor power cycle analysis, regeneration, reheat, compound cycle modifications, combines gas turbine--vapor cycle systems. prereq: CSE upper div or grad student
ME 5312 - Solar Thermal Technologies
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Solar radiation fundamentals. Measurement/processing needed to predict solar irradiance dependence on time, location, and orientation. Characteristics of components in solar thermal systems: collectors, heat exchangers, thermal storage. System performance, low-temperature applications. Concentrating solar energy, including solar thermo-chemical processes, to produce hydrogen/solar power systems and photovoltaics. Solar design project. prereq: [3333, CSE upper Div] or grad student
ME 5332 - Intermediate Fluid Mechanics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Bridge between introductory fluid mechanics and advanced graduate level course. Principles of incompressible and compressible flows, boundary layer theory, and analysis using differential formulations of the governing conservation equations. Analysis of phenomena relevant to the practice of engineering is emphasized through problem solving. Prereq: 3332 or equiv, CSE upper division or graduate student.
ME 5341 - Case Studies in Thermal Engineering and Design
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Characteristics of applied heat transfer problems. Nature of problem specification, incompleteness of needed knowledge base, accuracy issues. Categories of applied heat transfer problems. prereq: 3333, CSE upper div or grad student
ME 5344 - Thermodynamics of Fluid Flow With Applications
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Conservation of mass, momentum, energy. Relevant thermodynamic properties. Nozzles, diffusers, thrust producers, shocks. Fluid-wall frictional interactions. Wall heat transfer, internal heat release. Temperature recovery. Mass addition. Chemical thermodynamics/applications. prereq: 3333, CSE upper div or grad student
ME 5351 - Computational Heat Transfer
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Numerical solution of heat conduction/analogous physical processes. Develop/use computer program to solve complex problems involving steady/unsteady heat conduction, flow/heat transfer in ducts, flow in porous media. prereq: 3333, CSE upper div or grad student
ME 5446 - Introduction to Combustion
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Thermodynamics, kinetics, energy and mass transport, pollutants in reacting systems. Reactors, laminar and turbulent flames. Ignition, quenching, and flame stability. Diffusion flames. Combustion in reciprocating engines, furnaces, and turbines, with emphasis on internal combustion engine performance and emissions. prereq: 3331, 3332, 3333, CSE upper div or grad student
ME 5461 - Internal Combustion Engines
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Basic spark ignition and diesel engine principles, air, fuel-air and actual engine cycles, cycle modeling, combustion and emissions, knock phenomena, air flow and volumetric efficiency, mixture requirements, ignition requirements and performance. Lectures/complementary labs. prereq: CSE upper div or grad student, C or better in [3332, 3333] or 3324
ME 5462 - Gas Turbines
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Gas turbine cycles, regeneration, 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, vehicular propulsion, hybrid vehicles. prereq: 3331, 3332, 3333, CSE upper div or grad student
ME 5666 - Modern Thermodynamics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Applications of thermodynamics to natural phenomena. Multiscale approach. Student group projects, with undergrads and grad students in same group. Three hours/week classroom instruction, one hour/week project discussion. Project presentations at weeks 8 and 14 are webcast. prereq: 3331 or equiv
ME 3041 - Industrial Assignment I
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Industrial work assignment in engineering intern program. Evaluation based on student's formal written report covering the quarter's work assignment. prereq: ME upper div, enrolled in ME co-op program
ME 4043W - Industrial Assignment II (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Solution of system design problems that require developing criteria, evaluating alternatives, and generating a preliminary design. Final report emphasizes design communication and describes design decision process, analysis, and final recommendations. prereq: 3041
ME 4044 - Industrial Assignment III
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Industrial work assignment in engineering co-op program. Evaluation based on student's formal written report covering semester work assignment. prereq: ME upper div, registration in ME co-op program
BIOL 1009 - General Biology (BIOL)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01525 - Biol 1009/Biol 1009H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Major concepts of modern biology. Molecular structure of living things, energy recruitment/utilization, flow of genetic information through organisms/populations. Principles of inheritance, ecology, and evolution. Includes lab. prereq: high school chemistry
BIOL 1001 - Introductory Biology: Evolutionary and Ecological Perspectives (BIOL)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01640
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Biological diversity from genetic variation to diversity of species/ecosystems. Genetic, evolutionary, and ecological processes governing biological diversity. Genetic, evolutionary, and ecological perspectives on issues concerning human diversity, human population growth, health, agriculture, and conservation. Lab.
ME 4031W - Basic Mechanical Measurements Laboratory (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Experimental methods, statistical estimates of experimental uncertainty, calibration, signal conditioning, selected transducers for mechanical measurements, data acquisition/processing. Temperature, pressure, humidity, stress-strain, force, velocity, flow/radiative properties. prereq: IE 4521, upper div ME
ME 4043W - Industrial Assignment II (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Solution of system design problems that require developing criteria, evaluating alternatives, and generating a preliminary design. Final report emphasizes design communication and describes design decision process, analysis, and final recommendations. prereq: 3041
ME 4054W - Design Projects (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Students work in teams and undertake single, substantial design project. Design problems are open-ended. Product design process. Teams give formal presentation of progress at mid-semester design review, show completed work at design show. prereq: 2011, 3221, 3222, 3281, 3331, 3332, 3333, 4031W, AEM 2021, AEM 3031, EE 3005, ME upper div
ME 4131W - Thermal Environmental Engineering Laboratory (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Experiments in psychrometrics, refrigeration, air conditioning, solar energy, indoor air quality, and other topics related to refrigeration, building heating/cooling, and indoor air quality. prereq: 3332, 3333, 4031W, [ME upper div or grad student]
ME 4431W - Energy Conversion Systems Laboratory (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Analyze operation/control of engines, power plants, heating/ventilation systems. Performance characteristics of devices, measurement techniques. Interpretation of experimental data. Presentation of results. prereq: 3333, 4031W, [ME upper div or grad student]