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Mechanical Engineering Minor

Mechanical Engineering
College of Science and Engineering
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Contact Information
Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program, University of Minnesota, 1120 Mechanical Engineering, 111 Church Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-625-2009; fax: 612-624-2010)
  • Program Type: Graduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2020
  • Length of program in credits (master's): 6
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
Coursework is offered in advanced & additive manufacturing; bioengineering; combustion; computer-aided design; computer-aided manufacturing; control systems; energy conservation; environmental control; environmental engineering; fluid mechanics; heat and mass transfer; lubrication; machine design; manufacturing engineering; nanoengineering & nanotechnology; particle technology; plasma chemistry; plasma heat transfer; power, propulsion, and applied thermodynamics; solar energy; sprays & multiphase flows; systems dynamics; thermal energy storage; thermal environmental engineering; thermodynamics; transportation; tribology; vibration; wind energy; and interdisciplinary finite element methodology. Additional instructional and research programs can be formulated.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
Special Application Requirements:
Students interested in the minor are strongly encouraged to confer with their major field advisor and director of graduate studies, and the Mechanical Engineering director of graduate studies regarding feasibility and requirements.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
Courses must be taken on the A/F grade basis, unless only offered S/N, with a minimum grade of B- earned for each course. The minimum cumulative GPA for the minor is 3.00.
Minor Courses (6-12 credits)
Master's students select 6 credits, and doctoral students select 12 credits from the following in consultation with the Mechanical Engineering director of graduate studies:
ME 5103 - Thermal Environmental Engineering (4.0 cr)
ME 5113 - Aerosol/Particle Engineering (4.0 cr)
ME 5133 - Aerosol Measurement Laboratory (4.0 cr)
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 5229 - Finite Element Method for Computational Mechanics: Transient/Dynamic Applications (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 - Feedback Control Systems (4.0 cr)
ME 5286 - Robotics (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 5666 - Modern Thermodynamics (4.0 cr)
ME 8113 - Advanced Aerosol/Particle Engineering (3.0 cr)
ME 8221 - New Product Design and Business Development I (4.0 cr)
ME 8222 - New Product Design and Business Development II (4.0 cr)
ME 8228 - Finite Elements in Multidisciplinary Flow/Thermal/Stress and Manufacturing Applications (4.0 cr)
ME 8229 - Finite Element Methods for Computational Mechanics: Transient/Dynamic Problems (4.0 cr)
ME 8243 - Topics in Design (4.0 cr)
ME 8253 - Computational Nanomechanics (3.0 cr)
ME 8254 - Fundamentals of Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) (4.0 cr)
ME 8255 - Introduction to Nanotechnology (3.0 cr)
ME 8281 - Advanced Control System Design (4.0 cr)
ME 8283 - Design of Mechatronic Products (4.0 cr)
ME 8285 - Advanced Control System Design, with Applications to Smart Vehicles (3.0 cr)
ME 8287 - Topics in Dynamics and Control (2.0-4.0 cr)
ME 8332 - Advanced Fluid Dynamics in Mechanical Engineering (3.0 cr)
ME 8337 - Experimental Methods in the Thermal Sciences (3.0 cr)
ME 8341 - Conduction (3.0 cr)
ME 8342 - Convection (3.0 cr)
ME 8343 - Radiation (3.0 cr)
ME 8345 - Computational Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow (3.0 cr)
ME 8350 - Heat Transfer Physics (3.0 cr)
ME 8361 - Molecular Gas Dynamics (3.0 cr)
ME 8362 - Introduction to Plasma Technology (3.0 cr)
ME 8363 - Introduction to Reactive Flow Systems (3.0 cr)
ME 8381 - Bioheat and Mass Transfer (3.0 cr)
ME 8390 - Advanced Topics in the Thermal Sciences : Biostabilization in Biomedicine, and Biotechnology (1.0-3.0 cr)
ME 8446 - Advanced Combustion (3.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
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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 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 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 5229 - Finite Element Method for Computational Mechanics: Transient/Dynamic Applications
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Computational mechanics involving transient/ dynamic situations for solids and structures, heat transfer, fluid flow, nano-mechanics and the like. Development and analysis of numerical methods and computational algorithms. Stability and accuracy of algorithms, convergence issues; linear/nonlinear situations. Implicit, explicit, mixed, and variable time discretization approaches; modal-based methods for engineering problems. CSE upper div or grad, CSCI 1113, ME 3221, ME 3333, ME 5228 or equiv
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 - Feedback Control Systems
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
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, Nichols-Ziegler design method. State-space modeling/control. Digital implementation. Computer-aided design and analysis of control systems. prereq: 3281
ME 5286 - Robotics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
The course deals with two major components: robot manipulators (more commonly known as the robot arm) and image processing. Lecture topics covered under robot manipulators include their forward and inverse kinematics, the mathematics of homogeneous transformations and coordinate frames, the Jacobian and velocity control, task programming, computational issues related to robot control, determining path trajectories, reaction forces, manipulator dynamics and control. Topics under computer vision include: image sensors, digitization, preprocessing, thresholding, edge detection, segmentation, feature extraction, and classification techniques. A weekly 2 hr. laboratory lasting for 8-9 weeks, will provide students with practical experience using and programming robots; students will work in pairs and perform a series of experiments using a collaborative robot. prereq: [3281 or equiv], [upper div ME or AEM or CSci 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 8113 - Advanced Aerosol/Particle Engineering
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Introduction to 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 grad student or instr consent
ME 8221 - New Product Design and Business Development I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00391
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Students and faculty work with company representatives to develop a product concept, a working physical prototype, and an extensive business plan. Concept design, detail design, manufacturing, marketing, introduction strategy, and profit forecasting. Sponsoring company intends to bring product to market. ME 8222 must be taken in sequence the same year. prereq: CSE grad student, some design experience
ME 8222 - New Product Design and Business Development II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00392
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Students and faculty work with company representatives to develop a product concept, a working physical prototype, and an extensive business plan. Concept design, detail design, manufacturing, marketing, introduction strategy, and profit forecasting. Sponsoring company intends to bring product to market. Must be taken in sequence with 8221 the same year. prereq: 8221
ME 8228 - Finite Elements in Multidisciplinary Flow/Thermal/Stress and Manufacturing Applications
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Multidisciplinary and coupled effects involving flow/heat transfer/stress. In-depth understanding of modeling and analysis in each discipline. Coupling multi-disciplines for engineering problems. Applications to manufacturing and process modeling of, e.g., metals, alloys, polymers. prereq: 3222, 5341, AEM 3031, CSci 1113
ME 8229 - Finite Element Methods for Computational Mechanics: Transient/Dynamic Problems
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Computational mechanics involving transient or dynamic situations; development and analysis of computational algorithms. Stability and accuracy of algorithms, convergence issues; linear/nonlinear situations. Implicit, explicit, mixed, and variable time discretization approaches; modal-based methods for engineering problems prereq: 5228 or equiv, 5341, AEM 3031, CSci 1113
ME 8243 - Topics in Design
Credits: 4.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Topics vary with each offering.
ME 8253 - Computational Nanomechanics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02282 - ME 8253/SCIC 8253
Prerequisites: CSE grad student
Typically offered: Every Spring
Fundamentals of mechanical properties in nanometer scale. Role of discrete structure and underlying atomic, molecular, and interfacial forces are illustrated with modern examples. Overview of computational atomistic methods. Lectures, hands-on computing using publicly available or personally developed scientific software packages. prereq: CSE grad student
ME 8254 - Fundamentals of Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Major classes, components, and applications of MEMS. Principles behind operation of MEMS devices/ systems. Standard microfabrication techniques. Unique requirements, environments, and applications of MEMS. Students apply microfabrication techniques/applications to design/manufacture of a MEMS device or microsystem.
ME 8255 - Introduction to Nanotechnology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course covers a broad range of subjects introducing students to the science and technology of nanoscale materials. This includes from fundamental principles, to synthesizing and characterizing nanomaterials, to incorporating them into advanced manufacturing processes and hybrid nano-bio systems. Indeed, establishing a critical scientific understanding of properties at the nanoscale will ultimately enable a variety of next-generation devices. The focus of this course thus is on the fundamental techniques necessary for investigations at small dimensions, and the very latest research developments in this rapidly evolving field.
ME 8281 - Advanced Control System Design
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Loop Shaping. Review of controllability/observability. LQR/LQG/LTR. Repetitive control. Input shaping. Tracking control (feedforward, precompensation). Lyapunov stability. System identification. prereq: 5281
ME 8283 - Design of Mechatronic Products
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
The purpose of this course is for advanced mechanical engineering students to gain additional mechatronic skills by learning how to use microcontrollers to implement control systems in the context of a practical product or device. Embedded microcontrollers are ubiquitous in modern products from washing machines to cell phones to automobiles to space rockets. Knowing how to design and program microcontrollers, how to interface microcontrollers to sensors and actuators, and how to implement control algorithms on a microcontroller is an important skill for the modern control system design engineer. The course is hands-on and follows a learn by doing approach. Students spend 1/3 the course in a microcontroller boot camp and 2/3 on a substantial microcontroller project. The lectures cover didactic material related to microcontrollers, sensors, actuators, electronics circuit design and fabrication and control algorithm implementation. prereq: An introductory system dynamics and controls course or permission of instructor.
ME 8285 - Advanced Control System Design, with Applications to Smart Vehicles
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course focuses on a study of several advanced control design techniques and their applications to smart vehicles. The control system topics studied include lead and lag compensator design, loop shaping, analysis of system norms, H2-optimal control, feedback linearization, sliding surface control, and observer design. The vehicle application topics studied include cruise control, adaptive cruise control, automated lane keeping, automated highway systems, yaw stability control, active rollover prevention, engine control, and active and semi-active suspensions. In each application, a dynamic model is first developed that is simple enough for control system design, but at the same time, rich enough for capturing the essential features of the dynamics. The control design for each application is studied in-depth during lecture and further analyzed during hands-on homework. prereq: 5281 or EE 5231 or equiv
ME 8287 - Topics in Dynamics and Control
Credits: 2.0 -4.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Topics Course in Dynamics and Control
ME 8332 - Advanced Fluid Dynamics in Mechanical Engineering
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Advanced fluid dynamics course addressing the theory and applications of fluid flows pertinent to mechanical engineering. The course focuses on the physical phenomena, mathematical formulations, and advanced problem-solving techniques for flows ranging from microscale flows to turbulence, with examples from mechanical engineering practice. Prerequisite an intermediate fluid mechanics course or permission of instructor.
ME 8337 - Experimental Methods in the Thermal Sciences
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
The course will provide fundamentals on optics theory and optical instruments for students to understand and implement cutting-edge optical diagnostic tools, and to design optical methods for measurements in fluid and thermal sciences. The course will cover commonly used optical measurement techniques including particle image/tracking velocimetry, laser induced fluorescence, Schlieren photography, and digital holography.
ME 8341 - Conduction
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Advanced understanding/application of conduction/diffusion to heat/mass transfer problems. Solving ordinary/partial differential equations related to physics of diffusion. Special topics in numerical microscale heat transfer. prereq: Undergrad class in heat transfer or instr consent
ME 8342 - Convection
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Heat transfer in fluids flowing around bodies and in tubes/ducts. Forced/natural convection. Laminar/turbulent flow regimes. Turbulent transport and modeling. High-speed flows, viscous dissipation, variable property effects. Application to heat exchange devices. Convective mass transfer. prereq: Grad level course on fundamentals of fluid mechanics that has a substantial component on viscous flows or instr consent
ME 8343 - Radiation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Advanced radiation heat transfer problems. Physics foundation for radiation. Materials properties. Radiation transfer problems. Solution methods for integro-differential equations. Statistical methods. Multi-mode heat transfer. prereq: Undergrad class in heat transfer or instr consent
ME 8345 - Computational Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Finite volume method for solution of governing equations for heat transfer and fluid flow. Mathematical models of turbulence. Construction of general computer program. Practical applications. prereq: CSE grad student
ME 8350 - Heat Transfer Physics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Physical fundamentals of storage, transport, transformation of thermal energy by energy carriers. Phonons, electrons, fluid particles, photons. Physical mechanisms, multiple time scales. Heat transfer processes. Atomic-molecular dynamics, solid state physics, electromagnetism, quantum optics. prereq: CSE grad student
ME 8361 - Molecular Gas Dynamics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: AEM 8231/ME 8361
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Kinetic theory of gases, Boltzmann equation, Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution, collisions, transport properties. Introduction to quantum mechanics. Statistical thermodynamics, classical/quantum statistics. partition functions and thermodynamic properties. Irreversible thermodynamics. prereq: CSE grad student
ME 8362 - Introduction to Plasma Technology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Fundamentals of gaseous plasmas. Thermal/nonequilibrium plasmas. Types of plasma generation. Electron energy distribution function. Sheaths, glow discharges, electric arcs, RF plasmas. Steady/unsteady plasmas. Plasma heat transfer. Plasma diagnostics. prereq: 8361
ME 8363 - Introduction to Reactive Flow Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This is an advanced graduate level course that covers the basics of reactive flow systems pertinent to mechanical engineering. After the introduction/review of the fundamentals of collisions, chemical kinetics, reactions and relevant aspects of basic physical chemistry, the course focuses on reaction kinetics and transport phenomena in reactive flow systems. It will introduce modeling approaches of zero and one dimensional reaction kinetics systems and diagnostics to measure the chemical and transport properties of reactive flow systems. The fundamentals and approaches introduced in this course will be applied to examples of reactive flow systems from mechanical engineering practice including both gas phase and multiphase systems (solid-gas and liquid-gas).
ME 8381 - Bioheat and Mass Transfer
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Analytical/numerical tools to analyze heat/mass transfer phenomenon in cryobiological, hyperthermic, other biomedically relevant applications. prereq: CSE grad student, upper-division transport/fluids course; [physics, biology] recommended
ME 8390 - Advanced Topics in the Thermal Sciences : Biostabilization in Biomedicine, and Biotechnology
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 18.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Topics vary according to instructor.
ME 8446 - Advanced Combustion
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Fundamental understanding of linkage between thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, and transport phenomena in combustion systems. Heat release rate, flame stability, and emissions. How those issues arise in furnaces, internal combustion engines, and rockets. prereq: Undergrad courses in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, IT grad student; 5446 or 8641 highly recommended