2007-2008 UAF Catalog


Course descriptions index


Mechanical Engineering

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ME 302      4 Credits
Dynamics of Machinery
Kinematics and dynamics of mechanisms. Analysis of displacements, velocities, accelerations, and forces in linkages, cams and gear systems by analytical, experimental and computer methods. Design applications. (Prerequisites: ES 210. Co-requisite: ES 301.) (3 + 3) Offered Fall


ME 308      3 Credits
Measurement and Instrumentation
Measurement theory and concepts. Includes sensors, transducers and complete measurement systems; input, output and processing of engineering parameters; telemetry, data acquisition and logging and virtual instrument systems. Course fee: $45. (Prerequisites: ES 307 and ES 331.) (2 + 3) Offered Spring


ME 313      3 Credits
Mechanical Engineering Thermodynamics
Continuation of ES 346 including power and refrigeration cycles (Rankine, Brayton, Otto and Diesel), compressible flow (isentropic, shock waves and flow in ducts with friction), combustion and gas vapor mixtures. (Prerequisites: CHEM 106X, ES 346. Co-requisite: ES 341.). (3 + 0) Offered Spring


ME 321      3 Credits
Industrial Processes
Manufacturing processes used in modern industry. Primary and secondary manufacturing processes, casting, hot and cold forming, machining, welding and mass production tools and techniques as related to economical and efficient product design. Course fee: $50. (2 + 3) Offered Fall


ME 334      3 Credits
Elements of Material Science/Engineering
Properties of engineering materials. Crystal structure, defect structure, structure and properties, aspects of metal processing, heat treatment, joining, testing and failure analysis for engineering applications and design. Course fee: $45. (Prerequisites: CHEM 106X and PHYS 212X.) (2 + 3) Offered Spring


ME 401      3 Credits
Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing
Introduction to the principles of computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM). Entry-level applications of software and hardware in solid modeling, finite element modeling, rapid prototyping, and computer numerical control. Design project. Course fee: $45. (Prerequisites: ME 321, ES 210 and 331.) (1 + 4) Offered Every Third Semester


ME 403      3 Credits
Machine Design
Analysis and design of machine components using failure theories. Strength, life, and reliability analysis. Study of design principles and selection procedures for standard machine components. Design project. (Prerequisites: ES 331.) (3 + 0) Offered Spring


ME 408      3 Credits
Mechanical Vibrations
Response of mechanical systems to internal and external forces. Free and forced vibration, random vibration. Discrete and continuous systems. Vibration parameter measurements and stability criteria. (Prerequisites: ES 201, 210, 301 and MATH 302.) (2 + 2) Offered Fall


ME 409      3 Credits
Controls
Analysis and design of control systems. Block diagrams, transfer functions and frequency analysis. Closed loop systems and system stability. Industrial controllers and system compensation. (Prerequisites: ES 201, 301. Co-requisite: ME 408.) (2 + 2) Offered Spring


ME 414      3 Credits
Thermal Systems Design
Introduction to the design of power and space conditioning systems, energy conversion, heating, ventilating, air conditioning, total energy systems and introduction to thermal system simulation and optimization. (Prerequisite: ES 341, ES 346.) (3 + 0) Offered Fall


ME 415W      3 Credits
Thermal Systems Laboratory
Testing and evaluation of components and energy systems such as pumps, fans, engines, heat exchangers, refrigerators and heating/powerplants. Course fee: $50. (Prerequisites: ENGL 111X; ENGL 211X or ENGL 213X or permission of instructor; ES 341, ME 308 ME 313, ME 441.) (1.5 + 4.5) Offered Spring


ME 416      3 Credits
Design of Mechanical Equipment for the Petroleum Industry
Design, selection and operation of equipment used in production and processing of crude oil and gas. Instrumentation and control systems used with mechanical equipment. (Prerequisites: ES 341, 346.) (3 + 0) Offered Fall


ME 441      3 Credits
Heat and Mass Transfer
Fundamental concepts of heat and mass transfer including steady state and transient conduction, laminar and turbulent free and forced convection, evaporation, condensation, ice and frost formation, black body and real surface radiation, and heat exchangers. (Prerequisite: ES 301, 341, 346.) (3 + 0) Offered Fall


ME 450      3 Credits
Theory of Flight
Airfoil theory in subsonic flow. Performance, stability and control of aircraft. Aircraft design. (Prerequisite: ES 346. Co-requisite: ES 341. Next offered: 2008-09.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Fall


ME 451      3 Credits
Aerodynamics
Aerodynamics of non-lifting and lifting airfoils in incompressible irrotational flow, wings of finite span, the Navier-Stokes equations, boundary layers, numerical methods, supersonic and transonic flow past airfoils, rocket aerodynamics, rocket drag. (Prerequisites: ES 301, 341, 346, ME 313. Co-requisite: ME 313. Next offered: 2008-09.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Spring


ME 452      3 Credits
Introduction to Astrodynamics
Geometry of the solar system, detailed analysis of two-body dynamics and introduction to artificial satellite orbits; Hohmann transfer and patched conics for lunar and interplanetary trajectories. Elements of orbit determination. (Prerequisite: ES 208 or 210; and ES 301. Co-requisite: ME 313. Next offered: 2007-08.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Spring


ME 453      3 Credits
Propulsion Systems
Basic principles of propulsion: turbojet, turboprop and rocket engines. Fluid mechanics and thermodynamics of flow in nozzles, compressors, combustors and turbines. Liquid and solid propellant rockets. Heat transfer in rocket motors and nozzles. Design and testing methods for components of propulsion systems. (Prerequisites: ES 341 and ME 313. Next offered: 2008-09.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Spring


ME 458      3 Credits
Energy and the Environment
(Stacked with ME 658 and ENVE 658 and cross-listed with ENVE 458)
Overview of basic concepts of energy supply, demand, production of heat and power impacts of energy use on the environment. Extensive discussion of mitigation technologies and strategies for meeting energy needs while preserving environmental quality. (Prerequisites: MATH 201X; PHYS 211X; CHEM 106X; ES 346 or equivalent. Next offered: 2007-08.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Fall


ME 464      3 Credits
Corrosion Engineering
Principles and forms of corrosion and factors that affect it. Methods of testing and measurement, control and prevention are examined. (Prerequisite: ME 334.) (3 + 0) Offered Spring


ME 487W, O     3 Credits
Design Project
A real or simulated engineering design project selected jointly by student and instructor. Emphasis on design of practical mechanical engineering systems and/or components which integrate students' engineering knowledge and skills. (Prerequisites: ENGL 111X; ENGL 211X or ENGL 213X or permission of instructor; COMM 131X or 141X; ME 441. Co-requisite: ME 403 and Senior standing.) Offered Spring


ME 601      3 Credits
Finite Element Analysis in Engineering
Formulation of the finite element method. Applications to problems of engineering in solid mechanics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer. Use and development of codes for computer solution of problems. (Prerequisites: Graduate standing in engineering, ES 201 and MATH 302 or equivalent. Next offered: 2008-09.) (3 + 0) Offered Every Third Semester


ME 602      3 Credits
Advanced Mechanical System Design
Advanced synthesis and analysis of two- and three-dimensional multi-body mechanical systems of rigid and elastic elements. Floating frame of reference formulation. Finite element formulation. Large deformation problems and computer-aided applications. (Prerequisites: ME 302 and ME 408 or permission of instructor. Next offered: 2007-08.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Spring


ME 604      3 Credits
Experimental Mechanics
Theory and application of the methods of experimental mechanics. Primary emphasis on photoelasticity, strain gages and brittle coating. Methods of collecting and processing data, and calculation of stresses and strains from such data. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering. Next offered: 2008-09.) (2 + 3) Offered Alternate Spring


ME 608      3 Credits
Advanced Dynamics
Kinematics and kinetics of rigid bodies, introduction to analytical mechanics, Lagrange's equations and Hamiltonian mechanics. Applications to engineering problems. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering, ES 210, MATH 302 or equivalent. Next offered: 2007-08.) (3 + 0) Offered Every Third Semester


ME 609      3 Credits
Advanced Vibrations
Analysis of discrete and continuous vibrations via energy methods, free and forced response of linear systems, stability criteria, and introduction to random and nonlinear vibration. Applications to engineering problems. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering, ME 408, MATH 302 or equivalent. Next offered: 2007-08.) (3 + 0) Offered Every Third Semester


ME 617      3 Credits
Power Analysis
Fundamentals of power generation including piping, pumps, fuels and combustion, steam generators, condensers, deaerators, evaporators, feedwater treatment and heating, regeneration, fuel handling, heat balance, equipment, economics, and plant layout. (Prerequisite: ME 313.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Fall


ME 631      3 Credits
Advanced Mechanics of Materials
Theories of elasticity and plasticity for small and large deformations. Applications to engineering problems. (Prerequisites: Graduate standing in engineering, ES 331 or equivalent. Next offered: 2008-09.) (3 + 0) Offered Every Third Semester


ME 634      3 Credits
Advanced Materials Engineering
Atomic bonding, crystal structure, crystal imperfections, phases and interfaces, microstructures, phase diagrams, phase transformation, transport and diffusion, metal deformation, fracture of materials, deterioration of materials, electronic and physical properties of materials. (Prerequisites: Graduate standing in engineering, ME 334, MATH 302 or equivalent. Next offered: 2008-09.) (3 + 0) Offered Every Third Semester


ME 641      3 Credits
Advanced Fluid Mechanics
Introduction to viscous flows, laminar boundary layers, turbulent boundary layers, turbulent jets and wakes, applications to heat transfer and drag. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering; ES 341 or equivalent. Next offered: 2008-09.) (3 + 0) Offered Every Third Semester


ME 642      3 Credits
Advanced Heat Transfer
Heat conduction in two and three dimensions under steady and transient conditions. Free and forced convection in internal and external flows. Radiation from black and gray surfaces and gas-filled enclosures. Both analytical and numerical methods are covered. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering; ME 441 or equivalent. Next offered: 2007-08.) (3 + 0) Offered Every Third Semester


ME 656      3 Credits
Space Systems Engineering
(Cross-listed with EE 656)
A multidisciplinary team of students will perform a preliminary design study of a major space system. Design considerations will include requirements for project management, spacecraft design, power, attitude control, thermal control, communications, computer control and data handling. The students will present their final design in a written report and a public seminar. (Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Next offered: 2008-09.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Spring


ME 658      3 Credits
Energy and the Environment
(Stacked with ME 458 and ENVE 458 and cross-listed with ENVE 658)
Basic concepts of energy supply, demand, production of heat and power impacts of energy use on the environment. Extensive discussion of mitigation technologies and strategies for meeting energy needs while preserving environmental quality. (Recommended: Graduate standing, MATH 201X; PHYS 211X; CHEM 106X; ES 346 or equivalent. Next offered: 2007-08.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Fall


ME 685      3 Credits
Arctic Heat and Mass Transfer
An introduction to the principles of heat and mass transfer with special emphasis on application to problems encountered in the Arctic such as ice and frost formation, permafrost, condensation and heat loss in structures. (Prerequisite: CE 603. Next offered: 2007-08.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Spring


ME 687      3 Credits
Arctic Materials Engineering
A study of engineering material performance at low temperatures. (Prerequisites: Senior or graduate standing in science or engineering and CE 603 or equivalent. Next offered: 2008-09.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Spring


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