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Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Mechanical and Materials Engineering 2013-2014

Course Descriptions


ENBI 4500 Biofluids (4 qtr. hrs.)
The application of fluid dynamics theory and design to problems within the biomedical community. Specific topics covered include the mechanics of inhaled therapeutic aerosols, basic theory of circulation and blood flow, foundations in biotechnology and bioprocessing, and controlled drug delivery.

ENBI 4510 Biomechanics (4 qtr. hrs.)
An introduction to the mechanical behavior of biological tissues and systems. Specific topics covered include: Analysis of the human musculoskeletal system as sensors, levers, and actuators; Joint articulations and their mechanical equivalents; Kinematic and kinetic analysis of human motion; Introduction to modeling human body segments and active muscle loading for analysis of dynamic activities; Mechanical properties of hard and soft tissues; Mechanical and biological consideration for repair and replacement of soft and hard tissue and joints; Orthopedic implants.

ENBI 4800 Adv Topics (Bioengineering) (1 to 5 qtr. hrs.)
Various topics in Bioengineering as announced. May be taken more than once. Prerequisite: varies with offering.

ENBI 4991 Independent Study (1 to 5 qtr. hrs.)

ENBI 4992 Directed Study (1 to 5 qtr. hrs.)

ENBI 4995 Independent Research (1 to 18 qtr. hrs.)

general Engineering

ENGR 4200 Introduction to Nanotechnology (4 qtr. hrs.)
The most important recent accomplishments so far in the application of nanotechnology in several disciplines are discussed.  Then a brief overview of the most important instrumentation systems used by nanotechnologists is provided.  The nature of nanoparticles, nanoparticle composites, carbon nanostructures, including carbon nanotubes and their composites is subsequently discussed.  The course also deals with nanopolymers, nanobiological systems, and nanoelectronic materials and devices.  The issues of modeling of nanomaterials and nanostructures is also covered.  Multi-scale modeling based on finite element simulations, Monte Carlo methods, molecular dynamics and quantum mechanics calculations are briefly addressed.  Most importantly, students should obtain appreciation of developments in nanotechnology outside their present area of expertise.

ENGR 3630 Finite Element Methods (4 qtr. hrs.)
Introduction to the use of finite element methods in one or two dimensions with applications to solid and fluid mechanics, heat transfer and electromagnetic fields; projects in one or more of the above areas.  Prerequisite: ENGR 3610 or equivalent.

ENGR 4350 Reliability (4 qtr. hrs.)
An overview of reliability-based design.  Topics include: fundamentals of statistics, probability distributions, determining distribution parameters, design for six sigma, Monte Carlo simulation, first and second order reliability methods (FORM, SORM). Most Probable Point (MPP) reliability methods, sensitivity factors, probabilistic design.

ENGR 4620 Optimization (3 or 4 qtr. hrs.)
Engineering problems will be formulated as different programming problems to show the wide applicability and generality of optimization methods. The development, application, and computational aspects of various optimization techniques will be discussed with engineering examples. The application of nonlinear programming techniques will be emphasized. A design project will be assigned.

ENGR 4810 Advanced Topics (ENGR) (1 to 5 qtr. hrs.)

ENGR 4991 Independent Study (1 to 5 qtr. hrs.)

ENGR 4992 Directed Study (1 to 10 qtr. hrs.)

ENGR 4995 Independent Research (1 to 18 qtr. hrs.)

ENGR 5991 Independent Study (1 to 10 qtr. hrs.)

ENGR 5995 Independent Research (1 to 18 qtr. hrs.)

Mechanical Engineering

ENME 4020 Adv Finite Element Analysis (4 qtr. hrs.)

ENME 4400 Fatigue (4 qtr. hrs.)
A detailed overview of fatigue. Topics include: stress life and strain life approaches, fracture mechanics, constant amplitude and spectrum loading, life prediction, fatigue at notches, microstructural effects, environmentally assisted fatigue, retardation and acceleration, multi-axial fatigue, design against fatigue and reliability.

ENME 4650 Adv. Fluid Dynamics (4 qtr. hrs.)
Physical properties of liquids and gases; turbulence and closure models; surface waves and instabilities; non-Newtonian fluid behavior; conformal mapping and airfoil theory.

ENME 4991 Independent Study (1 to 10 qtr. hrs.)

ENME 3511 Machine Design (3 qtr. hrs.)
Application of statics, dynamics, mechanics of materials and manufacturing processes to the design of machine elements and systems.  Properties of materials and design criteria.  Synthesis and analysis of a machine design project.  Prerequisites: ENME 2520, ENME 2541.

ENME 3651 Computational Fluid Dynamics (4 qtr. hrs.)
This course introduces principles and applications of computational methods in fluid flow and topics chosen from heat transfer, mass transfer or two phase flow. The conservation equations, their discretions and solutions, are presented. Convergence and validity of solutions along with computational efficiency are explored. Students learn to apply these techniques using the latest software packages. Prerequisite: ENME 2671 or instructor approval.

ENME 4310 Computational Methods for Mechanics and Materials (4 qtr. hrs.)
An introductory course for the general-purpose computational methods in advanced multi-scale materials and mechanics.  Students learn the fundamentals on the numerical methods used in mechanical and materials engineering.

ENME 4360 Advanced Elasticity (3 qtr. hrs.)
Stress tensor; analysis of strain; conservation laws; linear elastic stress-strain relationships; solution of problems in elasticity by potentials; 2-D problems in elasticity; energy theorems; wave propagation; numerical techniques.

ENME 4660 Micro Heat Exchangers (4 qtr. hrs.)
Explores the advance principles and applications of fluid dynamics and heat transfer through the application to micro fluidic heat exchanger design and optimization.  Students utilize Mathcad extensively to seek optimized exchanger performance within a clearly defined design space.  Students also build small scale heat exchangers from their optimized designs.  Prerequisite: ENME 2671.

ENME 4670 Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics (4 qtr. hrs.)
Building on the principles and applications of computational methods in fluid flow and topics chosen from heat transfer, mass transfer and two phase flow.  Specifically, Monte Carlo and volume of fluid techniques are discussed at length.  Additionally, students learn how to set up automated design optimization using the latest software packages.  Time permitting, students also are introduced to fluid-solid interaction modeling.  Prerequisite: ENME 3651.

ENME 4800 Advanced Topics (ME) (1 to 5 qtr. hrs.)
Determined by interest and demand. May be taken more than once for credit.

ENME 4992 Directed Study (1 to 10 qtr. hrs.)

ENME 4995 Independent Research (1 to 18 qtr. hrs.)

ENME 5991 Independent Study (1 to 10 qtr. hrs.)

ENME 5995 Independent Research (1 to 10 qtr. hrs.)


Materials Science

MTSC 4450 Fracture Mechanics (4 qtr. hrs.)
Topics include stress field at a crack tip, linear elastic fracture mechanics, energy release rate, stress intensity factors, plastic zones, plane stress, plane strain, fracture toughness, Airy stress functions, elastic-plastic fracture mechanics, J integral, crack tip opening displacements, experimental testing, fatigue, life prediction, crack closure, weight functions, failure analysis.

MTSC 4010 Mechanical Behavior of Materials (4 qtr. hrs.)
Effects of microstructure on mechanical behavior of material; emphasis on recent developments in materials science, fracture, fatigue, creep, wear, corrosion, stress rupture, deformation and residual stress.

MTSC 4020 Composite Materials I (4 qtr. hrs.)
An introduction to composite materials.  Properties of fibers and matrices, fiber architecture, elastic properties of laminae and laminates, interface in composites.

MTSC 4215 Composite Materials II (3 qtr. hrs.)
A continuation of MTSC 4210: Strength and toughness of composites, thermal behavior, fabrication methods, examples of applications. Prerequisite: MTSC 4210

MTSC 4800 Advanced Topics (MTSC) (1 to 5 qtr. hrs.)
Selected topics (depending on student and faculty interest): fracture mechanics, fatigue, nonlinear constitutive models, dynamic behavior of materials, corrosion resistant design, thermodynamics of solids II.

MTSC 4900 Materials Science Seminar (1 qtr. hrs.)
Weekly presentations by graduate students, faculty, outside speakers, etc., on research in progress or other topics of interest.

MTSC 4991 Independent Study (1 to 10 qtr. hrs.)

MTSC 4992 Directed Study (1 to 10 qtr. hrs.)

MTSC 4995 Independent Research (1 to 18 qtr. hrs.)

MTSC 5995 Independent Research (1 to 18 qtr. hrs.)

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