University of Vermont

2011-12 Online Catalogue

Courses in Mechanical Engineering (ME)

ME 001 - First-Year Design Experience
Introduction to the engineering profession and design. Hands-on experiences that emphasize interdisciplinary teamwork, technical communications, and project design methodologies. Cross-listed with: EE 001.
Credits: 0.00 or 2.00
ME 012 - Dynamics
Kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies in two and three dimensions. Computer-aided analysis. Prerequisite: CE 001, MATH 121.
Credits: 3.00
ME 014 - Mechanics of Solids
Stress, strain, temperature relationships, torsion, bending stresses and deflections. Columns, joints, thin-walled cylinders. Combined stresses and Mohr's circle. Prerequisite: CE 001, MATH 121, ME 012, or concurrent enrollment. Cross-listed with: CE 100.
Credits: 3.00
ME 040 - Thermodynamics
Principles of engineering thermodynamics; applications of these principles to thermodynamic cycles. Prerequisites: MATH 022, PHYS 031 with PHYS 021.
Credits: 3.00
ME 042 - Applied Thermodynamics
Analysis of isentropic processes, gas, vapor and combined power cycles; refrigeration/heat pump cycles; relationships for ideal and real gases; gas mixtures and psychrometric applications. Prerequisite: ME 040.
Credits: 3.00
ME 044 - Heat Transfer
Introductory treatment of heat transfer by conduction, convection, and radiation. Co-requisite: ME 040.
Credits: 1.00
ME 081 - Mech Engr Shop Experience
Introduction to the machine shop environment; shop safety; proper use of essential shop tools; machining techniques. Pre/co-requisite: Sophomore standing in Mechanical Engineering.
Credits: 0.00 to 1.00
ME 083 - Computational Mech. Engr. Lab
Introduction to finite element analysis, solid modeling, and stress-strain analysis with post-processing techniques. Online course. Prerequisite: CE 001. Co-requisite: ME 014 or CE 100.
Credits: 1.00
ME 095 - Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles. One to three hours with Instructor approval.
Credits: 0.00 to 3.00
ME 101 - Materials Engineering
Atomic structure, crystalline structure, mechanical properties and testing of materials, phase equilibria, processing of metals, polymers, and ceramics. Prerequisite: ME 014.
Credits: 3.00
ME 111 - System Dynamics
Modeling of systems with mechanical, electrical, fluid, and thermal elements. Linear systems analysis. Response of vibratory and feedback systems. Computer simulation. Prerequisite: ME 012. Co-requisite: MATH 124.
Credits: 3.00
ME 114 - Intro Engineering Mechanics
Introduction to statics, dynamics, fluid mechanics, strength of materials, thermodynamics. Prerequisite: Junior standing in engineering or physical sciences.
Credits: 3.00
ME 123 - Thermo-Fluid Lab
Engineering measurements, data analysis and theory of experimentation. Experiments with fluids and material testing machines and instrumentation for dynamic measurements. Co-requisite: ME 143.
Credits: 0.00 or 2.00
ME 124 - Materials and Mechanics Lab
Experimentation, engineering measurements, and data analysis in solid mechanics. Instrumentation for dynamic measurements. Photoelasticity. Mechanical testing and heat treatments of engineering materials. Pre/co-requisite: ME 101.
Credits: 0.00 or 2.00
ME 143 - Fluid Mechanics
Fluid pressure distributions; integral control volume systems; differential relations for a fluid particle; dimensional similarity; viscous flow in ducts; boundary layer flows; inviscid incompressible flows. Prerequisites: ME 012 and ME 040.
Credits: 3.00
ME 144 - Heat Transfer
One- and two-dimensional steady and unsteady thermal conduction; natural and forced internal and external convection; thermal radiation; heat exchangers; boiling and condensation heat transfer. Prerequisite: ME 143.
Credits: 3.00
ME 150 - The Engineering Profession
Professional practice of engineering. Laws, ethics, engineering economy, liability, insurance, and contracts. Prerequisite: Senior standing or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
ME 161 - Modern Manufacturing Processes
Product development, product design, concurrent engineering, rapid prototyping, semiconductor manufacturing, metal and plastic products manufacturing, EDM, ECM, laser, ultrasonic and high energy forming methods, biotechnology. Prerequisite: Senior standing in Mechanical Engineering.
Credits: 3.00
ME 162 - Modern Manufacturing Systems
Overview of systems used in manufacturing and operations management methods, including: quality systems, material management, lean manufacturing, statistical process control, and sustainable operations. Prerequisites: Senior standing in Mechanical Engineering or Engineering Management.
Credits: 3.00
ME 170 - Mechanical Design I
Advanced mechanics of materials, stress strain, bending and torsion of slender members, energy methods, finite element modeling, and CAD topics including parametric and solid modeling. Prerequisite: ME 101.
Credits: 0.00 or 4.00
ME 171 - Design of Elements
Mechanical fatigue criteria, fatigue analysis and design of springs, bolted/welded joints, gearing, shafts, bearings, power transmission. Computer-aided design and analysis. Prerequisite: Junior standing; ME 014.
Credits: 3.00
ME 172 - Design of Systems
Design synthesis and optimization; probabilistic aspects in design; expert systems in design. Prerequisite: ME 171.
Credits: 3.00
ME 174 - Industrial Design Project
Design projects from industry. Prerequisite: ME 171.
Credits: 1.00
ME 185 - Capstone Design I
Design teams apply their knowledge and skills, mentored by faculty and/or industry partners, to design, analyze, build, and test novel devices, mathematical models, or processes that meet functional needs. Prerequisite: Senior standing.
Credits: 3.00
ME 186 - Capstone Design II
Design teams apply their knowledge and skills, mentored by faculty and/or industry partners, to design and build novel devices that meet functional needs. Prerequisite: ME 185.
Credits: 2.00
ME 191 - Senior Thesis
Investigation of a research or design project under supervision of assigned staff member culminating in acceptable thesis. Prerequisite: Senior standing; department permission.
Credits: 3.00
ME 193 - College Honors
Credits: 1.00 to 3.00
ME 194 - College Honors
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
ME 195 - Intermediate Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles. Prerequisite: Senior standing in Civil or Mechanical Engineering.
Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
ME 203 - Machinery Analysis & Synthesis
Kinematic and kinetic analysis of two- and three-dimensional machines; kinematic synthesis, electromechanical and servo mechanisms; application to robotic mechanisms. Prerequisite: Senior standing in ME.
Credits: 3.00
ME 207 - Bioengineering
Introduction to bioengineering including biomechanics, rehabilitation, instrumentation, imaging, biomaterials, and transport. Pre/co-requisites: Senior/Graduate standing in Engineering; Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
ME 208 - Biomechanics: Tissue Engr
Solid biomechanics including structure, function and mechanical properties of biological tissues. Tissue engineering involving cell mechanics, scaffold materials, and signaling. Current literature topics are covered. Pre/co-requisites: Senior/Graduate standing in Engineering; Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
ME 209 - Biomechanics: Transport Proc
Transport and kinetic processes to vascular biology, respiratory mechanics and medicine. Steady and unsteady laminar flow, pulse wave reflections, curved and collapsible tube flow, turbulence. Pre/co-requisites: Senior/Graduate standing in Engineering; Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
ME 210 - Control Systems
Analysis and design of continuous and discrete-time control systems; stability, signal flow, performance criteria, classical and state variable methods, simulation design tools, computer-based realizations. Prerequisites: EE 171 or ME 111. Cross-listed with: EE 210.
Credits: 3.00
ME 218 - Numerical Methods for Engineer
Foundational concepts of numerical integration, numerical differentiation, and numerical approximation and solution of differential and partial differential equations of the type encountered in the analysis of engineering problems and data processing. Prerequisites: MATH 271, CS 020, MATH 124.
Credits: 3.00
ME 230 - Orbital Mechanics
Motion of spacecraft in a central gravitational field. Two and restricted three-body problems; Kepler's equation; orbital maneuvers and rendezvous; interplanetary and lunar trajectories. Prerequisite: ME 012. Co-requisites: ME 111 or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
ME 233 - Vortex Flows
General theorems of vorticity transport in fluids; methods for solution of vortex flows; application to wake vortices, turbulent wall-layer vortices, wing-tip vortices, intake vortices, vortex-structure interaction, vortex reconnection, vortex breakdown, tornadoes and hurricanes. Prerequisite: ME 143.
Credits: 3.00
ME 234 - Mechanical Vibrations
Analysis, measurement, and control of mechanical vibrations; SDOF, MDOF, and rotating systems, forced, free, and random vibrations. Prerequisite: ME 111 or Senior/ Graduate standing in engineering or physical sciences.
Credits: 3.00
ME 235 - Turbomach Vibration Anyl/Tstng
Vibration in rotating machines; vibration measurement techniques; machinery condition and degradation; condition monitoring and predictive maintenance; industrial vibration techniques including proximity probes, accelerometers, FFT analyzer. Prerequisite: ME 244.
Credits: 2.00
ME 237 - Turbulence
Description of turbulent flows; statistical and modeling of turbulent flows; Navier Stokes as a dynamical system; experimental and numerical approaches. Prerequisite: ME 143.
Credits: 3.00
ME 238 - Energy Systems Engineering
Engineering assessment of both potentially sustainable and unsustainable practical primary energy systems. Examination of options of meeting demand and impacts on the environment. Prerequisite: ME 042.
Credits: 3.00
ME 239 - Rocket Propulsion
Flight mechanics and propulsion requirements for atmospheric and space flight. Thermochemistry of fuels and propellants. Operating principles of chemical, electrical and nuclear propulsion systems. Pre/co-requisites: ME 143/ME 240 recommended or permission of the Instructor.
Credits: 3.00
ME 240 - Compressible Flow
Theory of compressible flow. Normal and oblique shocks; expansion waves; unsteady wave motion; method of characteristics; linearized external flows; conical and 3D flows. Prerequisite: ME 143 or equivalent.
Credits: 3.00
ME 241 - Combustion Processes
Combustion thermodynamics; chemical kinetics; laminar flames, premixed and diffusion; turbulent flames; ignition, explosion, and detonation; droplet combustion; flame spread; large scale fires; rocket combustion. Prerequisite: Senior/Graduate standing.
Credits: 3.00
ME 242 - Adv Engr Thermodynamics I
Foundations of statistical mechanics. Gases and crystals. Chemical equilibrium. Irreversible processes. Prerequisite: Senior/Graduate standing or permission.
Credits: 3.00
ME 243 - Incompressible Flow
Intermediate treatment of incompressible fluid flow; Navier- Stokes equations; two-dimensional potential flows; wing theory; vorticity and vortex structures; laminar and turbulent boundary layers. Prerequisites: ME 143 or equivalent.
Credits: 3.00
ME 244 - Intro to Turbomachinery Anyl
Fundamental turbomachinery principles of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and structural analysis; basic equations and computational techniques for analysis and design to model and evaluate turbomachinery. Prerequisite: ME 243, MATH 271.
Credits: 2.00
ME 245 - Advanced Heat Transfer I
Analytical methods for multidimensional steady and transient heat conduction; phase change and moving boundaries. Thermal radiation exchange in enclosures; view factors; emitting/absorbing gases. Prerequisites: ME 144 or equivalent, or by Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
ME 246 - Centrifugal Compressors
Fluid dynamic and thermodynamic principles of centrifugal compressor design and design practice; limits of stable operation and instability prediction and control. Prerequisite: ME 244.
Credits: 2.00
ME 247 - Centrifugal Pumps
Centrifugal pump design principles and practice; performance limits; cavitation; design tools and pump design optimization. Prerequisite: ME 244.
Credits: 2.00
ME 248 - Turbomachinery Special Topics
Content in axial fans/compressors; axial, radial, or steam turbines; CFD, dynamics/rotordynamics, or materials for turbo-machinery; power plant or refrigeration cycle developments; turbocharged and compound IC-engines. Prerequisite: ME 244.
Credits: 1.00 or 2.00
ME 249 - Computational Fluids Engr
Computational methods for solving the Navier-Stokes equations and combined thermo-fluid flows; finite- differences and finite-volume techniques; use of standard commercial CFD software. Prerequisite: ME 143 or equivalent.
Credits: 0.00 or 3.00
ME 252 - Mechanical Behavior Materials
Isotropic and anisotropic elasticity; theory of plasticity; deformation mechanisms in crystalline solids; dislocation theory; creep behavior; advanced fatigue and fracture mechanisms. Prerequisites: ME 101; Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
ME 253 - Corrosion of Materials
Corrosion principles: electrochemical, environmental, and metallurgical aspects. Corrosion testing. Corrosion prevention. Seawater corrosion. Biological corrosion. Material selection. Prerequisite: ME 101.
Credits: 3.00
ME 255 - Adv Engineering Materials
Advanced material processing; physical and mechanical principles of high-temperature alloys, light-weight materials, thin films, nanomaterials, and biomedical materials; elements of computational materials design. Prerequisites: Senior/Graduate standing; or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
ME 257 - Composite Materials
Fibers, matrices. Unidirectional and short fiber composites. Experimental characterization. Prerequisite: ME 101.
Credits: 3.00
ME 259 - Computational Solid Mechanics
Computational methods using the finite element analysis (FEA) applied to linear elastic and non-linear problems in the mechanics of deformable solids and structures, contact mechanics, and fracture mechanics. Hands-on computational experience using a commercial FEA software. Prerequisites: ME 014, MATH 124, and MATH 271, or equivalent.
Credits: 3.00
ME 265 - Integrated Product Developmnt
Project- based course focusing on the entire product life cycle. Team dynamics, process and product design, quality, materials, management, and environmentally-conscious manufacturing. Prerequisite: Senior standing. Cross-listed with: BSAD 293.
Credits: 3.00
ME 270 - Structural Dynamics
Vibrations, matrices, earthquake engineering, stability and wave propagation. Prerequisites: Senior/Graduate standing in Engineering or physical sciences, or Instructor permission. Cross-listed with: CE 272.
Credits: 3.00
ME 271 - Micro and Nano Systems
Operating principles, fabrication and design of engineered systems with submillimeter dimensions. Prerequisites: Senior/Graduate standing in Engineering or physical sciences.
Credits: 3.00
ME 281 - Seminar
Presentation and discussion of advanced mechanical engineering problems and current developments. Prerequisite: Senior/Graduate engineering enrollment.
Credits: 1.00
ME 282 - Seminar
Presentation and discussion of advanced mechanical engineering problems and current developments. Prerequisite: Senior/Graduate engineering enrollment.
Credits: 1.00
ME 283 - Lab Techniques Turbomach Dev
Instruments and transducers for performance, flow, and structural measurements in turbo-machinery; the role of test data in design and development; experimental data acquisition and processing. Prerequisite: ME 244.
Credits: 2.00
ME 285 - Biomedical Engineering Seminar
Presentation and discussion of advanced biomedical engineering problems and current research developments. Prerequisite: Senior/Graduate engineering enrollment.
Credits: 1.00
ME 295 - Advanced Special Topics
Content is dictated by expanding professional interest in newly developing, or recently developed, technical areas in which there is particular need or opportunity. Prerequisite: Senior/Graduate standing.
Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
ME 304 - Adv Engineering Analysis I
Analytical methods for the solution of partial differential equations in engineering mechanics and physics, including: eigenfunction expansions; Fourier series; Sturm-Liouville theory and special functions. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in engineering, mathematics, or physical sciences or Instructor permission. Cross-listed with: CE 304.
Credits: 3.00
ME 305 - Adv Engineering Analysis II
Advanced analytical techniques for problems in engineering mechanics and physics, including: integral transform methods Green's functions, perturbation methods, and variational calculus. Prerequisites: ME 304 or equivalent. Cross-listed with: CE 305.
Credits: 3.00
ME 312 - Adv Bioengineering Systems
Advanced bioengineering design and analysis for current biomedical problems spanning molecular, cell, tissue, organ, and whole body systems including their interactions and emergent behaviors. Cross-listed with: CSYS 312.
Credits: 3.00
ME 320 - Special Problems in Elasticity
Advanced topics in the theory of elasticity in which there is a particular student and staff interest.
Credits: 3.00
ME 321 - Special Problems in Fluid Mech
Advanced topics in fluid mechanics in which there is a particular student and staff interest.
Credits: 3.00
ME 322 - Special Problems in Dynamics
Advanced topics in dynamics in which there is a particular student and staff interest.
Credits: 3.00
ME 323 - Special Prob in Thermodynamics
Advanced topics in thermodynamics in which there is a particular student and staff interest.
Credits: 3.00
ME 324 - Spec Problems in Heat Transfer
Advanced topics in heat transfer in which there is a particular student and staff interest.
Credits: 3.00
ME 325 - Special Problems in Materials
Advanced topics in behavior of materials in which there is a particular student and staff interest.
Credits: 3.00
ME 330 - Matrix Meth in Struct Dynamics
Matrices, eigenvalue problems, forced vibration, wave propagation.
Credits: 3.00
ME 332 - Engineering Elasticity
Tensors, complex variables, variational methods.
Credits: 3.00
ME 333 - Stress Analysis
Theory and experimental method of measuring static and dynamic stress and strain.
Credits: 3.00
ME 336 - Continuum Mechanics
Tensors, conservation laws, field equations for solids and fluids.
Credits: 3.00
ME 338 - Advanced Dynamics
Application of Lagrange's equation, Hamilton's principle to mechanical systems. Systems with constraints. Matrix formulation of problems in kinematics, dynamics. Stability of linear, nonlinear systems.
Credits: 3.00
ME 342 - Advanced Combustion
Equations of reacting mixtures; modeling of steady and unsteady combustion, homogeneous/heterogeneous systems; ignition, explosions, detonations; combustion aerodynamics: turbulence, swirl, and sprays. Prerequisite: ME 241 or equivalent.
Credits: 3.00
ME 343 - Advanced Fluid Dynamics
Stress in continuum; kinematics, dynamics; potential fields; Wing theory; Navier-Stokes equation; hydrodynamic stability; turbulence; laminar, turbulent boundary layer theory; transient flows; free laminar, turbulent flows; mixing.
Credits: 3.00
ME 344 - Adv Eng Thermodynamics II
Microscopic thermodynamics; Maxwell-Boltzmann, Bose-Einstein, Fermi-Dirac statistics; kinetic theory of gases; transport properties, compressed gases, liquids, solid states; chemical systems; irreversible processes; fluctuations.
Credits: 3.00
ME 345 - Advanced Heat Transfer II
Advanced treatment of forced and free convection; thermal boundary layers; analytical and approximate solution methods. Phase change heat transfer. Micro/nano-scale heat transfer. Prerequisite: ME 245 or equivalent.
Credits: 3.00
ME 346 - Advanced Gas Dynamics
Transonic flows; hypersonic flows and shock relations; boundary layer interactions; high-temperature gases and aerothermodynamics; rarefied flows; computational methods. Prerequisite: ME 240 or equivalent.
Credits: 3.00
ME 350 - Multiscale Modeling
Computational modeling of the physics and dynamical behavior of matter composed of diverse length and time scales. Molecular simulation. Coarse-graining. Coupled atomistic/continuum methods. Cross-listed with: CSYS 350.
Credits: 3.00
ME 371 - Adv Engr Des Anyl&Synthesis I
Application of fundamental concepts, principles of advanced mathematics, physics, mechanics, electricity, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, heat transfer, and decision-making processes to design, analysis, synthesis of complex engineering systems.
Credits: 4.00
ME 372 - Systems Engineering
Advanced course in systems engineering, reliability, maintainability, safety, and human factors engineering. Case studies. Prerequisites: ME 371 or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
ME 373 - Integr Mechanism Design Anyl
Application of system analysis, rigid body dynamics, finite elements, fatigue analysis and structural dynamics to an integrated approach to mechanisms design. Prerequisites: ME 371 or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
ME 391 - Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
ME 395 - Advanced Special Topics
Advanced topics in recently developed technical areas. Prerequisites: three hours with Instructor permission.
Credits: 1.00 to 3.00
ME 491 - Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 0.00 to 18.00
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