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
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
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles. Prerequisite: Senior standing in Civil or Mechanical Engineering.
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
and collapsible tube flow, turbulence. Pre/co-requisites: Transport and kinetic processes to vascular biology, respiratory mechanics and medicine. Steady and unsteady laminar flow, pulse wave reflections, curved 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:
Credits: 3.
ME 230 - Orbital Mechanics
lunar trajectories. Prerequisite: ME 012. Co-requisites: Motion of spacecraft in a central gravitational field. Two and restricted three-body problems; Kepler's equation; orbital maneuvers and rendezvous; interplanetary and 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
Description of turbulent flows; statistical and modeling
Credits: 3.
ME 238 - Energy Systems Engineering
on the environment. Prerequisite: ME 042. Engineering assessment of both potentially sustainable and unsustainable practical primary energy systems. Examination of options of meeting demand and impacts
Credits: 3.
ME 239 - Rocket Propulsion
electrical and nuclear propulsion systems. Flight mechanics and propulsion requirements for atmospheric and space flight. Thermochemistry of fuels and propellants. Operating principles of chemical, Pre/co-requisites: ME 143/ME 240 recommended or permission of the Instructor.
Credits: 3.
ME 240 - Compressible Flow
flows. Prerequisite: ME 143 or equivalent. Theory of compressible flow. Normal and oblique shocks; expansion waves; unsteady wave motion; method of characteristics; linearized external flows; conical and 3D
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
emitting/absorbing gases. Prerequisites: ME 144 or Analytical methods for multidimensional steady and transient heat conduction; phase change and moving boundaries. Thermal radiation exchange in enclosures; view factors; 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- 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 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
materials; elements of computational materials design. Advanced material processing; physical and mechanical principles of high-temperature alloys, light-weight materials, thin films, nanomaterials, and biomedical Prerequisites: Senior/Graduate standing; or Instructor permission.
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
Cross-listed with: BSAD 293.
Credits: 3.
ME 270 - Structural Dynamics
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.
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 variational calculus. Prerequisite: ME 304 or equivalent. Cross-listed with: CE 305/MATH 276.
Credits: 3.
ME 312 - Adv Bioengineering Systems
emergent behaviors. Cross-listed with: CSYS 312. Advanced bioengineering design and analysis for current biomedical problems spanning molecular, cell, tissue, organ, and whole body systems including their interactions and
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
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
Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.
ME 373 - Integr Mechanism Design Anyl
ME 371 or Instructor permission. Application of system analysis, rigid body dynamics, finite elements, fatigue analysis and structural dynamics to an integrated approach to mechanisms design. Prerequisites:
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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