Undergraduate Catalog

2007-08 Academic Year

Mechanical and Energy Engineering

Mechanical and Energy Engineering, MEEN

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.

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.

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. Prerequisite(s): MATH 2730.

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. Prerequisite(s): MATH 2730.

3110. Thermomechanical Energy Conversion. 2 hours. Introduction to steam and gas cycles, improvements on cycles, advanced thermodynamics cycles, exergy/availability, chemical reactions and chemical equilibria, combustion, flame temperature. Prerequisite(s): MEEN 2210.

3120. Fluid Mechanics and Convection. 3 hours. Fundamental concepts and properties of fluids, hydrostatics, basic equations of fluid and heat flow in differential and integral form, dimensional analysis and similitude, potential flow, viscous flow, viscous and thermal boundary layers, pipe flow and heat transfer, turbulence, heat and fluid flow correlations for objects of simple shape. Prerequisite(s): MATH 3310, MEEN 2210.

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. Prerequisite(s): MEEN 2210. Corequisite(s): MEEN 3110, 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. Prerequisite(s): ENGR 2332, MEEN 2220.

3210. Conduction and Radiation. 2 hours. Basic concepts of steady and unsteady conduction, elements of radiation, black and gray body radiation, f-factor analysis, combined modes of heat transfer, simple heat exchange devices and systems. Prerequisite(s): MEEN 3110, 3120.

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. Emphasis placed on thermal/energy systems and their dynamic behavior. Prerequisite(s): ENGR 2303.

3240. Mechanical and Energy Engineering Laboratory and Instrumentation. 3 hours. (2;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. Prerequisite(s): ENGR 2303, MATH 3310.

3245. Engineering Materials. 3 hours. Principles of bonding, structure and structure-property relationships for metals, alloys, ceramics, polymers and composites. Emphasis is placed on the processes that change the structure and properties of engineering materials. Prerequisite(s): ENGR 2332.

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. Prerequisite(s): MEEN 3110.

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. Prerequisite(s): MEEN 3110.

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. Prerequisite(s): MEEN 3210, 3230.

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. Prerequisite(s): MEEN 4150.

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. Prerequisite(s): completion of at least 6 hours in honors courses; completion of at least 12 hours in the major department in which the thesis is prepared; approval of the department chair and the dean of the school or college in which the thesis is prepared; approval of the dean of the Honors College. May be substituted for HNRS 4000.

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