Course descriptions index


Mechanical Engineering

A per semester fee for computing facilities will be assessed for one or more CEM courses. This fee is in addition to any materials fees. Please see the class schedule for details.


ME F302 Dynamics of Machinery

4 Credits     Offered Fall

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. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ES F210. Co-requisite: ES F301. (0+0)


ME F308 Measurement and Instrumentation

3 Credits     Offered Spring

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. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ES F307; ES F331. (2+3)


ME F313 Mechanical Engineering Thermodynamics

3 Credits     Offered Spring

Continuation of ES F346 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. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: CHEM F106X, ES F346. Co-requisite: ES F341. (3+0)


ME F321 Industrial Processes

3 Credits     Offered Fall

Manufacturing processes used in modern industry. Primary and secondary manufacturing processes, casting, hot and cold forming, machining, welding and mass and efficient product design. Special fees apply. (2+3)


ME F334 Elements of Material Science/Engineering

3 Credits     Offered Spring

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. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: CHEM F106X and PHYS F212X. (2+3)


ME F401 Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing

3 Credits     Offered Every Third Semester

Introduction to the principles of computer aided 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. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ES F210; ES F331; ME F321. (1+4)


ME F403 Machine Design

3 Credits     Offered Spring

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. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ES F331. (3+0)


ME F408 Mechanical Vibrations

3 Credits     Offered Fall

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. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ES F201, ES F210, ES F301. (2+2)


ME F409 Controls

3 Credits     Offered Fall

Analysis and design of control systems. Block diagrams, transfer functions and frequency analysis. Closed loop systems and system stability. Industrial controllers and system compensation. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ES F201; ES F301. (2+2)


ME F414 Thermal Systems Design

3 Credits     Offered Fall

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. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ES F341; ES F346. (3+0)


ME F415W Thermal Systems Laboratory

3 Credits     Offered Spring

Testing and evaluation of components and energy systems such as pumps, fans, engines, heat exchangers, refrigerators and heating/power plants. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X or permission of instructor; ES F341; ME F308; ME F313; ME F441. (1.5+4.5)


ME F416 Design of Mechanical Equipment for the Petroleum Industry

3 Credits     Offered Fall

Design, selection and operation of equipment used in production and processing of crude oil and gas. Instrumentation and control systems used with mechanical equipment. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ES F341; ES F346. (3+0)


ME F441 Heat and Mass Transfer

3 Credits     Offered Fall

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. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ES F301; ES F341; ES F346. (3+0)


ME F450 Theory of Flight

3 Credits     Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

Airfoil theory in subsonic flow. Performance, stability and control of aircraft. Aircraft design. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ES F346. (3+0)


ME F451 Aerodynamics

3 Credits     Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

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. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ES F301, ES F341, ES F346. Co-requisite: ME F313. (3+0)


ME F452 Introduction to Astrodynamics

3 Credits

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. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ES F208 or F210; and ES F301. Co-requisite: ME F313. (3+0)


ME F453 Propulsion Systems

3 Credits

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. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ES F341; ME F313. (3+0)


ME F458 Energy and the Environment

3 Credits     Offered Fall Odd-Numbered Years

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. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: CHEM F106X; ES F346 or equivalent; MATH F201X; PHYS F211X. (Cross-listed with ENVE F458. Stacked with ME F658; ENVE F658.) (3+0)


ME F464 Corrosion Engineering

3 Credits

Principles and forms of corrosion and factors that affect it. Methods of testing and measurement, control and prevention are examined. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ME F334. (3+0)


ME F487W,O Design Project

3 Credits

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. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: COMM F131X or COMM F141X; ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X or permission of instructor; ME F441; senior standing. Co-requisite: ME F403. (3+0)


ME F601 Finite Element Analysis in Engineering

3 Credits

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. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in engineering; ES F201; MATH F302 or equivalent. (3+0)


ME F602 Advanced Mechanical System Design

3 Credits

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. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ME F302; ME F408; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


ME F604 Experimental Mechanics

3 Credits

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. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in engineering. (2+3)


ME F608 Advanced Dynamics

3 Credits

Kinematics and kinetics of rigid bodies, introduction to analytical mechanics, Lagrange's equations and Hamiltonian mechanics. Applications to engineering problems. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ES F210; MATH F302 or equivalent; graduate standing in engineering. (3+0)


ME F609 Advanced Vibrations

3 Credits

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. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: MATH F302 or equivalent; ME F408; graduate standing in engineering. (3+0)


ME F617 Power Analysis

3 Credits

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. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ME F313. (3+0)


ME F631 Advanced Mechanics of Materials

3 Credits

Theories of elasticity and plasticity for small and large deformations. Applications to engineering problems. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ES F331 or equivalent; graduate standing in engineering. (3+0)


ME F634 Advanced Materials Engineering

3 Credits

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. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ME F334; MATH F302 or equivalent; graduate standing in engineering. (3+0)


ME F641 Advanced Fluid Mechanics

3 Credits

Introduction to viscous flows, laminar boundary layers, turbulent boundary layers, turbulent jets and wakes, applications to heat transfer and drag. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ES F341 or equivalent; graduate standing in engineering. (3+0)


ME F642 Advanced Heat Transfer

3 Credits

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. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ME F441 or equivalent; graduate standing in engineering. (3+0)


ME F656 Space Systems Engineering

3 Credits

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. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with EE F656.) (3+0)


ME F658 Energy and the Environment

3 Credits

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. Special fees apply. Recommended: CHEM F106X; ES F346 or equivalent; MATH F201X; PHYS F211X; graduate standing. (Cross-listed with ENVE F658. Stacked with ME F458; ENVE F458.) (3+0)


ME F685 Arctic Heat and Mass Transfer

3 Credits

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. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: CE F603. (3+0)


ME F687 Arctic Materials Engineering

3 Credits

A study of engineering material performance at low temperatures. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: CE F603 or equivalent; senior or graduate standing in science or engineering. (3+0)


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