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Civil & Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Course Descriptions

GEN 1001 (W) Introduction to Engineering     4 cr.

This course provides freshman engineering students with the communication skills needed in college and throughout their careers, and introduces them to the profession of engineering.  Computer skills, report generation, public speaking, leadership and teamwork skills, and computer-aided drawing are covered. Design is emphasized throughout. Fulfills W in LS Core. Three lecture hours and three lab hours a week.

 

GEN 2010 Mechanics I         4 cr.

Study of force systems in two and three dimensions.  Equilibrium analysis of rigid bodies and simple structures, shear and moment diagrams, centroids, moments of inertia, friction. Corequisite: PHY 2211. Four lecture hours a week.

 

GEN 2012 Mechanics II        4 cr.

The concept of stress and strain at a point. Stress-temperature relationships. Force and deformation analyses of bodies under axial, shearing, flexural, torsional and combined loadings. Euler Columns. Prerequisites: GEN 2010, MTH 1218. Three lecture hours and three labs a week.

 

GEN 3040 Fluid Mechanics     4 cr.

Fluid statics, principles of one-dimensional incompressible flow, derivation and applications of the continuity, energy, momentum equations. Viscous flow, flow in pipe lines and open channels. Fluid measurements and dimensional analysis. Corequisites: GEN 2012 and MTH 2219. Three lecture hours and three lab hours a week.   

 

MEN 3010 Machine Design       4 cr.

Students will learn the basic principles and practical calculation methods of heat and mass transfer. The course covers heat conduction, convection, and radiation as well as mass diffusion and convection. Prerequisites: MEN 3020.  Four lecture hours a week.

 

MEN 3014 Dynamics and Vibrations         4 cr.

This course provides the fundamentals required to analyze moving rigid body objects. Topics include kinematics, kinetics, Coriolis acceleration, general methods of linear and angular momentum, central force motion, generalized coordinates,  Lagrange’s equations, and vibrations of one degree of freedom systems.  Prerequisites: GEN 2012, MTH 2220.  Four lecture hours a week.

 

MEN 3020 Materials Science          4 cr.
Students will learn the basic principles and practical calculation methods of heat and mass transfer. The course covers heat conduction, convection, and radiation as well as mass diffusion and convection. Prerequisites: GEN 2012.  Four lecture hours a week.

 

MEN 3030 Thermodynamics I      2 cr.

This is the first course of a two course sequence. This course covers the first and second law of thermodynamics, thermodynamics properties of gases, vapors, and gas-vapor mixtures. The fundamental thermodynamic laws and relations are covered while the applications to cycle analysis are covered in the second course in the sequence. Prerequisites: GEN 3040.  Two lecture hours a week.

 

MEN 3032 Thermodynamics II      2 cr.

This course covers energy-systems including power cycles, refrigeration cycles and air-conditioning processes. Students are introduced to the differences between ideal cycles and actual cycles. Computer software is used to analyze complex multistage thermodynamic processes. Prerequisites: MEN 3030.  Two lecture hours a week.

 

MEN 3034 Heat and Mass Transfer    4 cr.

Students will learn the basic principles and practical calculation methods of heat and mass transfer. The course covers heat conduction, convection, and radiation as well as mass diffusion and convection. Prerequisites: GEN 3040, MTH 2220.  Four lecture hours a week.

 

MEN 3090 Professionalism and Ethics   1 cr.

Students are exposed to the ethical and professional environment in which they will be practicing after graduation.  This seminar, through a series of invited speakers, involves discussions about professionalism, engineering ethics and the practice of engineering.  One lecture hour a week.

 

MEN 4900 Senior Seminar      1 cr.

The first step in becoming a registered Professional Engineer is to take and pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam.  This course provides a review of the exam for graduating seniors.  Open to mechanical engineering seniors only. One lecture hour a week.

 

MEN 4901 Design Project   4 cr.

Real-life design projects emphasize problem definition, conceptualization, modeling, approximation techniques and optimization. Teamwork, communication, leadership and group discussions are encouraged. Student group and professional expert presentations bring awareness to diverse design issues and methodology, and professional engineering practice. Prerequisite:  instructor permission. Three lecture hours and three lab hours a week.

 

MEN 5010 Advanced Mechanics/FEM      4 cr.

This course on the mechanics of solids covers the mathematical basis for stress analysis, models of material behavior, the finite element method and its application, and boundary and initial value problems involving deformable solids. Prerequisites: MEN 3014, MEN 3020.  Four lecture hours a week.

 

MEN 5012 Instrumentation/Robotics       4 cr.

This course provides an introduction to the kinematics, statics, dynamics, and control issues involved in the instrumentation and design of robotic systems. Intended as an interdisciplinary course, students will interact with computer science, electrical engineer, and mechanical engineering majors to create and analyze a robotic system. Prerequisites: MEN 3014.  Four lecture hours a week.

 

MEN 5020 Mechanical Behavior of Polymers        4 cr.

The relation between structure and the mechanical behavior of polymeric materials, including the application of fracture mechanics concepts to failure mechanisms such as wear, fatigue, and environmental degradation.  Prerequisites: MEN 3020.  Four lecture hours a week.

 

MEN 5030 Energy Systems       4 cr.

This course provides an introduction to global energy concerns, fossil and nuclear fuels, energy consumption analysis, energy management and conservation techniques, renewable and alternative energy sources.  In addition, the course covers traditional Rankin cycles from traditional power plants multi-stage absorption cycles and vapor compression cycles with pure and mixed working fluids.  Prerequisites: MEN 3032.  Four lecture hours a week.

 

MEN 5032 Solar and Direct Energy Conversion      4 cr.

Review of engineering principles of solar energy conversion including collection techniques, thermal and direct conversion, system performance prediction, and selected topics.  Prerequisites: MEN 3034.  Four lecture hours a week.

 

MEN 5034 Windpower Systems      4 cr.

Engineering aspects of windpower systems including aerodynamic analysis, mechanical design, support structure design, wind field analysis, system concepts and analysis, and economics. Prerequisites: MEN 3040.  Four lecture hours a week.

 

MEN 5040 Advanced Fluid Mechanics       4 cr.

This course covers the compressible flow including shock waves, boundary layers, separation, drag, and lift. Course also covers inviscid, irrotational flow, and boundary layer theory. Analytical and numerical solutions for flow over plates are discussed.  Prerequisites: GEN 3040.  Four lecture hours a week.