University of Vermont

2012-2013 Catalogue

Courses in Mechanical Engineering

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: 2.
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.
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.
ME 040 - Thermodynamics
Principles of engineering thermodynamics; applications of these principles to thermodynamic cycles. Prerequisites: MATH 022, PHYS 031 with PHYS 021.
Credits: 3.
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.
ME 044 - Heat Transfer
Introductory treatment of heat transfer by conduction, convection, and radiation. Co-requisite: ME 040.
Credits: 1.
ME 082 - Mech Engineering Lab I
Computer methods in mechanical engineering. Introduction to scientific programming; solids modeling and stress analysis. Pre/co-requisite: CE 001.
Credits: 3.
ME 095 - Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles. One to three hours with Instructor approval.
Credits: 0-3.
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.
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.
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.
ME 123 - Mechanical Engineering Lab II
Engineering measurements, data analysis and theory of experimentation. Experiments with fluids and material testing machines and instrumentation for dynamic measurements. Corequisite: 143.
Credits: 2.
ME 124 - Mechanical Engineering Lab III
Engineering measurements, data analysis and theory of experimentation. Experiments with fluids and material testing machines and instrumentation for dynamic measurements. Corequisite: 143.
Credits: 2.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 4.
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.
ME 172 - Design of Systems
Design synthesis and optimization; probabilistic aspects in design; expert systems in design. Prerequisite: ME 171.
Credits: 3.
ME 174 - Industrial Design Project
Design projects from industry. Prerequisite: ME 171.
Credits: 1.
ME 185 - Capstone Design I
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: Senior standing.
Credits: 2.
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.
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.
ME 193 - College Honors
Credits: 1-3.
ME 194 - College Honors
Credits: 1-6.
ME 195 - Intermediate Special Topics
Prerequisite: Senior standing in Civil or Mechanical Engineering. See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 1-18.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ME 237 - Turbulence
of turbulent flows; Navier Stokes as a dynamical system; Description of turbulent flows; statistical and modeling experimental and numerical approaches. Prerequisite: ME 143.
Credits: 3.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ME 247 - Centrifugal Pumps
Centrifugal pump design principles and practice; performance limits; cavitation; design tools and pump design optimization. Prerequisite: ME 244.
Credits: 2.
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 or 2.
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: 3.
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.
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.
ME 255 - Adv Engineering Materials
Advanced material processing; physical and mechanical principles of high-temperature alloys, light-weight Prerequisites: Senior/Graduate standing; or Instructor permission. materials, thin films, nanomaterials, and biomedical materials; elements of computational materials design.
Credits: 3.
ME 257 - Composite Materials
Fibers, matrices. Unidirectional and short fiber composites. Experimental characterization. Prerequisite: ME 101.
Credits: 3.
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.
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.
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.
ME 281 - Seminar
Presentation and discussion of advanced mechanical engineering problems and current developments. Prerequisite: Senior/Graduate engineering enrollment.
Credits: 1.
ME 282 - Seminar
Presentation and discussion of advanced mechanical engineering problems and current developments. Prerequisite: Senior/Graduate engineering enrollment.
Credits: 1.
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.
ME 285 - Biomedical Engineering Seminar
Presentation and discussion of advanced biomedical engineering problems and current research developments. Prerequisite: Senior/Graduate engineering enrollment.
Credits: 1.
ME 295 - Advanced Special Topics
Prerequisite: Senior/Graduate standing. Content is dictated by expanding professional interest in newly developing, or recently developed, technical areas in which there is particular need or opportunity.
Credits: 1-18.
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 permission. Cross-listed with CE 304 and MATH 275.
Credits: 3.
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. Prerequisite: ME 304 or equivalent. Cross-listed with: CE 305/MATH 276.
Credits: 3.
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.
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.
ME 321 - Special Problems in Fluid Mech
Advanced topics in fluid mechanics in which there is a particular student and staff interest.
Credits: 3.
ME 322 - Special Problems in Dynamics
Advanced topics in dynamics in which there is a particular student and staff interest.
Credits: 3.
ME 323 - Special Prob in Thermodynamics
Advanced topics in thermodynamics in which there is a particular student and staff interest.
Credits: 3.
ME 324 - Spec Problems in Heat Transfer
Advanced topics in heat transfer in which there is a particular student and staff interest.
Credits: 3.
ME 325 - Special Problems in Materials
Advanced topics in behavior of materials in which there is a particular student and staff interest.
Credits: 3.
ME 330 - Matrix Meth in Struct Dynamics
Matrices, eigenvalue problems, forced vibration, wave propagation.
Credits: 3.
ME 332 - Engineering Elasticity
Tensors, complex variables, variational methods.
Credits: 3.
ME 333 - Stress Analysis
Theory and experimental method of measuring static and dynamic stress and strain.
Credits: 3.
ME 336 - Continuum Mechanics
Tensors, conservation laws, field equations for solids and fluids.
Credits: 3.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ME 391 - Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1-18.
ME 395 - Advanced Special Topics
Advanced topics in recently developed technical areas. Prerequisites: three hours with Instructor permission.
Credits: 1-3.
ME 491 - Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 0-18.

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