1110. Mechanical and Energy Engineering Practice I. 1 hour. Introduction to the practice of mechanical and energy engineering, applications of the subject, presentation of the work of the faculty and practicing engineers, seminars on “real world” projects, ethics and professional orientation.
Prerequisite(s): MATH 1650 or the equivalent (with a grade of C or better) or concurrent enrollment in MATH 1710.
1210. Mechanical and Energy Engineering Practice II. 1 hour. Continuation of MEEN 1110. Applications of mechanical and energy engineering, presentations by faculty and practicing engineers, professional orientation, professional ethics.
2130. Statics and Dynamics. 4 hours. Statics of particles and rigid bodies. Concepts of force, moments, free body diagrams, equilibrium and friction with engineering applications. Kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies. Energy and impulse momentum methods applied to particles and rigid bodies. Plane motion of rigid bodies and force analysis of linkages.
2210. Thermodynamics. 3 hours. Zeroth, first and second laws of thermodynamics with applications to engineering and energy conversion, open and closed systems, thermodynamic properties of simple substances, equations of state, thermodynamic properties of mixtures, psychrometrics and psychrometric charts.
2250. Computer Aided Engineering. 3 hours. (2;0;2) Computational techniques applied to engineering analysis and design. Computer aided design (CAD) techniques, constrained and unconstrained optimization, simulation and solution of simple differential equations, symbolic manipulation, application of finite element analysis.
2900-2910. Special Problems in Mechanical and Energy Engineering. 1–3 hours each. Individual instruction in theoretical, experimental or research problems.
3110. Applied Thermodynamics II. 3 hours. Introduction to steam and gas cycles, improvements on cycles, advanced thermodynamics cycles, psychrometrics and psychrometric charts, chemical reactions and chemical equilibria, combustion, flame temperature.
3120. Fluid Mechanics. 3 hours. Fundamental concepts and properties of fluids; hydrostatics; basic equations of fluid flow in differential and integral form. Dimensional analysis, potential and viscous flow. Viscous boundary layers, pipe flow, turbulence, and fluid flow correlations for objects of simple shape.
3125. Thermal Engineering Projects. 2 hours. (0;6) Project component of the thermal science courses in the curriculum. Students work in teams to complete engineering practice projects. The theoretical aspects of this course are given in MEEN 2210, 3110 and 3120.
3130. Machine Elements. 3 hours. Applications of the principles of mechanics and mechanics of materials to machine design. The elements of machines are analyzed in terms of their dynamic behavior. Selection and sizing of machine elements. Students use the finite element technique for the analysis of machines and their components.
3210. Heat Transfer. 3 hours. Basic concepts of steady and unsteady conduction. Elements of radiation. Black and gray body radiation. F-factor analysis. Thermal boundary layers, convection, heat transfer correlations. Combined modes of heat transfer. Simple heat exchange devices and systems.
3230. Dynamics, Vibrations and Control. 3 hours. Review of basic modeling techniques of the dynamic behavior of mechanical and electrical systems. Linear dynamics. Block diagrams. Feedback and compensation. Computer simulations of steady-state and dynamic behavior. Root locus and frequency response methods. Vibration analysis, control and suppression.
3240. Mechanical and Energy Engineering Laboratory I. 2 hours. (1;3) Principles of experimentation. Measurement techniques and instruments. Statistical analysis of experimental data and error analysis. Presentation of data and report writing. Students perform a series of experiments in areas of mechanical engineering and undertake a project in which they design an experiment to obtain data.
3242. Mechanical and Energy Engineering Laboratory II. 2 hours (1;3). Continuation of MEEN 3240. Principles of experimentation. Students perform a series of experiments in key areas of mechanical and energy engineering including convection, heat and energy transfer, experimental aerodynamics, thermal cycles, refrigeration, control of thermal systems, and alternative energy technologies (solar energy, fuel cells and wind power).
4110. Alternative Energy Sources. 3 hours. Introduction to the physics, systems and methods of energy conversion from non-conventional energy sources, such as solar, geothermal, ocean-thermal, biomass, tidal, hydroelectric, wind and wave energy. Advantages and disadvantages of alternative energy sources and engineering challenges for the harnessing of such forms of energy. Energy storage. Fuel cells.
4112. Nuclear Energy. 3 hours. Atomic physics and the structure of the atom. Radioactivity. Interactions of neutrons with matter, nuclear cross-sections. Nuclear fuels and fuel elements. Elements of nuclear reactors. Components and operation of nuclear power plants. Notable accidents of nuclear reactors. Breeder reactors.
4150. Mechanical and Energy Engineering Systems Design I. 3 hours. (2;3) Advanced treatment of engineering design principles with an emphasis on product and systems design, development and manufacture. Mimics “real world” environment with students working in teams to prepare product specification, develop several concepts, perform detailed design, and construct prototypes subject to engineering, performance and economic constraints.
4250. Mechanical and Energy Engineering Systems Design II. 3 hours. (0;9) Continuation of MEEN 4150, in which the student teams complete their product design, development and manufacturing projects. Patterned on a professional workplace environment in which the teams plan and manage their resources while adhering to an overall project schedule. The teams give weekly oral and written progress reports and obtain feedback from the faculty mentor.
4800-4810. Topics in Mechanical and Energy Engineering. 3 hours. Varying topics in mechanical and energy engineering.
4890. Directed Study in Mechanical and Energy Engineering. 1–3 hours. Study by individuals or small groups. Plan of study must be approved by supervising faculty. Written report is required.
4900-4910. Special Problems in Mechanical and Energy Engineering. 1–3 hours each. Individual instruction in theoretical, experimental or research problems.
4920. Cooperative Education in Mechanical and Energy Engineering. 3 hours. (0;0;3) Supervised field work in a job directly related to the student’s major, professional field of study or career objectives. Summary report required. May be repeated for credit.
4951. Honors College Capstone Thesis. 3 hours. Major research project prepared by the student under the supervision of a faculty member and presented in standard thesis format. An oral defense is required of each student for successful completion of the thesis.
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