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Courses with the ME Subject

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Courses

Mechanical Engineering (ME)

116 Engineering Computer-aided Design and Visualization 2 (0-6) Course Prerequisite: MATH 171 or concurrent enrollment. Introduction to 3-D solid modeling, parts, drawings, assemblies, multi-body parts, sketch editing, sheet metal, weldments, surface and mold tools.

212 Dynamics 3 Course Prerequisite: MATH 172 or 182 with a grade of C or better; CE 211 with a grade C or better. Kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies; introduction to mechanical vibration. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

216 Integrated CAD Design 2 (0-6) Course Prerequisite: ME 116 with a C or better; CE 215 or concurrent enrollment. CAD based analysis for engineering design, the application of motion, FEA and CFD, CAD simulations to the engineering design process.

220 Materials Laboratory 1 (0-3) Course Prerequisite: CE 215 or concurrent enrollment. Mechanical behavior of materials and application to engineering structures.

301 Fundamentals of Thermodynamics 3 Course Prerequisite: PHYSICS 201 with a grade of C or better. Thermodynamic properties of matter, ideal and real gases, work and heat, first and second laws and their application to engineering systems. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

303 Fluid Mechanics 3 Course Prerequisite: ME 212. Fluid statics, laminar and turbulent flow, similitude, pipe flow, boundary layers, lift and drag and measurement techniques. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

304 Heat Transfer 3 Course Prerequisite: ME 301; ME 303; certified major in Mechanical Engineering. Conduction, radiation, and convection heat transfer; analytical, numerical, experimental results for solids, liquids, and gases; heat exchanger design. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

306 Thermal and Fluids Laboratory 2 (1-3) Course Prerequisite: ME 301; ME 303; STAT 370 or concurrent enrollment; certified major in Mechanical Engineering. Instrumentation, data acquisition, and theory verification in the thermal and fluid sciences.

310 Manufacturing Processes 2 Course Prerequisite: MSE 201; certified major in Mechanical Engineering or Materials Science and Engineering. Manufacturing processes, material fabrication, and nontraditional processing.

310 (Effective through Summer 2017) Manufacturing Processes 2 Course Prerequisite: MSE 201; certified major in Mechanical Engineering. Manufacturing processes, material fabrication, and nontraditional processing.

311 Manufacturing Processes Laboratory 1 (0-3) Course Prerequisite: ME 310 or concurrent enrollment; certified major in Mechanical Engineering. Manufacturing processes laboratory in machining, welding, forming; manufacturing project.

313 Engineering Analysis 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: MATH 315 or concurrent enrollment; CE 215; ME 116; E E 221, CPT S 121, or CPT S 251. Analysis and modeling of engineering problems utilizing numerical and mathematical techniques and computers. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

313 (Effective through Summer 2017) Engineering Analysis 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: MATH 315 or concurrent enrollment; CE 215; E E 221, CPT S 121, or CPT S 251. Analysis and modeling of engineering problems utilizing numerical and mathematical techniques and computers. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

316 Mechanical Component Analysis and Design 3 Course Prerequisite: CE 215; ME 216 or concurrent enrollment; ME 220 or concurrent enrollment; certified major in Mechanical Engineering. Optimal design of machinery; analysis for prevention of machine elements failure.

316 (Effective through Summer 2017) (414) Mechanical Component Analysis and Design 3 Course Prerequisite: CE 215; ME 216 or concurrent enrollment; ME 220 or concurrent enrollment; certified major in Mechanical Engineering. Optimal design of machinery; analysis for prevention of machine elements failure.

348 Dynamics Systems 3 Course Prerequisite: ME 212; ME 313; certified major in Mechanical Engineering. Fundamentals of vibration analysis, control systems, system modeling and dynamics analysis.

401 Mechatronics 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: E E 304; ME 348; certified major in Mechanical Engineering. Integration of mechanical and microprocessor-based systems; control theory implemented with data acquisition systems; sensors; actuators, signal conditioning, programmable logic controllers.

405 Thermal Systems Design 3 Course Prerequisite: ME 304; certified major in Mechanical Engineering. Design and analysis of thermofluid systems using principles of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer.

406 [M] Experimental Design 3 (1-6) Course Prerequisite: ENGLISH 402 or concurrent enrollment; ME 220; ME 304; ME 306; ME 348; certified major in Mechanical Engineering. Designing, conducting, and reporting of experimental investigations involving mechanical equipment.

407 Computational Fluid Dynamics 3 Course Prerequisite: ME 303. Basic concepts and applications of computational fluid dynamics to the analysis and design of fluid systems and components.

413 Mechanics of Solids 3 Course Prerequisite: CE 215; MSE 201. Elasticity, elastic stress distributions; plastic deformation of single and polycrystals; introduction to dislocation theory and its applications; creep, fracture, fatigue. (Crosslisted course offered as MSE 413, ME 413).

415 [M] Engineering Design 3 Course Prerequisite: ME 310 or concurrent enrollment; ME 311 or concurrent enrollment; ME 316 or concurrent enrollment; certified major in Mechanical Engineering. Systems and component design; product development from specifications to manufacturing; team-based CAD design projects; engineering economics; engineering professional skills.

415 (Effective through Summer 2017) [M] Engineering Design 3 Course Prerequisite: ME 310 or concurrent enrollment; ME 311 or concurrent enrollment; ME 316 or concurrent enrollment; certified major in Mechanical Engineering. Systems and component design; product development from specifications to manufacturing; team-based CAD design projects; engineering economics; engineering professional skills.

416 [CAPS] Mechanical Systems Design 3 (1-6) Course Prerequisite: ME 304; ME 348; ME 415; certified major in Mechanical Engineering; senior standing. Integrative design in mechanical engineering; multidisciplinary design project considering both technical and non-technical contexts; organizational dynamics and communications.

419 Air Conditioning 3 Course Prerequisite: ME 404. Principles of heat and moisture transfer; air motion and purity in buildings; design of systems. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

431 Design of Solar Thermal Systems 3 Course Prerequisite: ME 301; ME 303; ME 404; certified major in Mechanical Engineering. Design of solar thermal systems for heating and cooling of buildings, heating of water, electrical generation, industrial processes and distillation.

436 Combustion Engines 3 Course Prerequisite: ME 303. Internal combustion engines; spark ignition engines, diesels, and gas turbines.

439 Applied Aerodynamics 3 Course Prerequisite: ME 303. Aerodynamic lift and drag; circulation; boundary layers, application to subsonic aircraft wing design.

449 Mechanical Vibration 3 Course Prerequisite: ME 348. Vibrating systems and noise producing mechanisms; design for noise and vibration control. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

461 Introduction to Nuclear Engineering 3 Course Prerequisite: MATH 315; certified major in engineering or physical sciences; senior standing. Applied nuclear physics; application to the nuclear fuel cycle and nuclear reactor core design; nuclear reactor systems and safety. (Crosslisted course offered as ME 461, CHE 461).

466 Fundamentals of Engineering Examination Review 1 Course prerequisite: Certified engineering or computer science major. Review of engineering fundamentals and mechanical engineering discipline specific topics to prepare for the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination. S, F grading.

472 Finite Element Methods in Design 3 Course Prerequisite: ME 414. Design of selected mechanical systems components using finite element analysis.

473 Advanced CAD and Geometric Modeling 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: ME 316. Parametric and feature based CAD/CAM; geometric modeling and its mathematical basis; integration of CAD with design processes and other software.

474 Design for Manufacture and Modern Manufacturing Strategies 3 Course Prerequisite: ME 310. Design for manufacture and assembly; modern manufacturing philosophies and practices; lean manufacturing; manufacturing cost and time analysis; quality control.

475 Manufacturing Enterprise Systems -- Automation and Product Realization 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: ME 310; ME 311. Manufacturing automation and product realization; information technology and electronic data in manufacturing enterprise systems; product life-cycle management (PLM); sustainable and green manufacturing. Field trip to manufacturing industries required.

481 Control Systems 3 Course Prerequisite: ME 348. Analysis and design of feedback control systems. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

483 Topics in Mechanical Engineering V 1 (0-4) to 4 (0-16) May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 7 hours. Contemporary topics in mechanical engineering.

488 Professional Practice Coop/Internship I V 1-2 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Course Prerequisite: By department permission. Practicum for students admitted to the VCEA Professional Practice and Experiential Learning Program; integration of coursework with on-the-job professional experience. (Crosslisted course offered as ENGR 488, BIO ENG 488, CHE 488, CE 488, CPT S 488, E E 488, ME 488, MSE 488, SDC 488). S, F grading.

495 Internship in Mechanical Industry V 3-6 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 12 hours. Course Prerequisite: Certified major in Mechanical Engineering. By interview only. Students work full time on engineering assignment in approved industries with industrial and faculty supervision. S, F grading.

499 Special Problems V 1-4 May be repeated for credit. Independent study conducted under the jurisdiction of an approving faculty member; may include independent research studies in technical or specialized problems; selection and analysis of specified readings; development of a creative project; or field experiences. S, F grading.

501 Continuum Mechanics 3 Unified presentation of principles common to all branches of solid and fluid mechanics; viscous fluids, elasticity, viscoelasticity, and plasticity. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

502 Sustainability Assessment for Engineering Design 3 Sustainability assessment, including environmental, societal, and economic assessment, in design and planning for entire product life cycle. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

503 Systems Design Approaches for Sustainability 3 Sustainability in systems design methodologies; systems modeling and decision-making for sustainability; multidisciplinary design optimization; research topics. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

507 Additive Manufacturing 3 Additive manufacturing processes and their applications in ceramic, metallic, polymeric, and composite materials. Recommended preparation: Basic knowledge in materials science and manufacturing. (Crosslisted course offered as MSE 507, ME 507). Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

509 MEMS Engineering 3 (2-3) Introduction to the design, fabrication and application of microelectromechanical systems. (Crosslisted course offered as ME 509, MSE 509). Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

513 Crystal Plasticity 3 Dislocation theory; slip; climb; mechanical properties of polycrystalline materials and application to important deformation processes. (Crosslisted course offered as MSE 513, ME 513, MATSE 513). Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

514 Thermodynamics of Solids 3 Thermodynamic properties of solid solutions; models for substitutional and interstitial solutions; configurational and non-configurational contributions; calculation of phase diagrams. (Crosslisted course offered as MSE 514, ME 514). Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

515 Advanced Heat Transfer 3 Derivation of the energy conservation equation; laminar and turbulent forced convection heat transfer with internal and external flow; free convection. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

516 Conduction and Radiation Heat Transfer 3 Principles of conduction and radiation heat transfer with focus on solving conduction and radiation problems of engineering interest. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

517 Thin Films 3 Materials science aspect of thin films, including growth, characterization, and properties for electrical, mechanical, corrosion, and optical behavior. (Crosslisted course offered as MSE 517, ME 517). Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

520 Multiscale Modeling in Thermomechanics of Materials 3 Multiscale problems in thermomechanics of materials; practical and computational aspects of homogenization, granular materials, dislocation plasticity and atomistic methods. (Crosslisted course offered as ME 520, MSE 520). Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

521 Fundamentals of Fluids I 3 Governing equations of fluid mechanics accompanied by applications of Navier-Stokes equation to simple flow situations, boundary layer analysis. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

525 Biomechanics 3 Methods for analysis of rigid body and deformable mechanics; application to biological tissue, especially bone, cartilage, ligaments, tendon and muscle. (Crosslisted course offered as BIO ENG 425/525, ME 525). Credit not granted for more than one of BIO ENG 425, BIO ENG 525, or ME 525. Offered at 400 and 500 level.

526 Statistical Thermodynamics 3 Microscopic development of equilibrium; classical and quantum particle statistics; statistical description of real and ideal gases, solids, and liquids. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

527 Macroscopic Thermodynamics 3 Advanced thermodynamics from macroscopic viewpoint; basic postulates, equilibrium, stability, property relations; application to thermal-fluid and solid mechanics; irreversible thermodynamics. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

530 Elasticity 3 Theory of kinematics of solid deformable bodies; conservation laws applied to an elastic continuum; generalized linear stress-strain behavior with applications. (Crosslisted course offered as ME 530, MSE 530). Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

531 Theory of Plasticity 3 The fundamentals of the theory of plasticity; the classical theory of plasticity; the classical theory and modern continuum theories of large elasto-plastic deformations. (Crosslisted course offered as ME 531, MSE 531). Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

532 Finite Elements 3 Theory of finite elements; applications to general engineering systems considered as assemblages of discrete elements. (Crosslisted course offered as CE 532, ME 532). Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

534 Mechanics of Composite Materials 3 Analysis of micromechanical and macromechanical behavior of composite materials with emphasis on fiber-reinforced composite; prediction of properties; stiffness and strength theories; laminated beams and plates; dynamic behavior; environmental effects. (Crosslisted course offered as ME 534, MSE 534). Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

537 Fracture Mechanics and Mechanisms 3 Fracture mechanics and mechanisms and the microstructural origins of toughness in metals, polymers and composites. (Crosslisted course offered as MSE 537, ME 537). Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

540 Advanced Dynamics of Physical Systems 3 Newtonian dynamics, rotating coordinate systems; Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics; gyroscopic mechanics, other applications. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

556 Numerical Modeling in Fluid Mechanics 3 Fundamental concepts in development of numerical models for fluid flow with applications to steady and unsteady flows. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

565 Nuclear Reactor Engineering 3 Reactor power distribution; thermal and exposure limits; critical heat flux and pressure design; neutronic/thermal hydraulic relationships; transient/accident analysis. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

574 Foundations of CAD 3 Topics fundamental to the creation of CAD, engineering visualization, and virtual reality based engineering software. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

575 Geometric Modeling 3 Study of the mathematics behind the creation of complex shapes for CAD using curves, surfaces, and solids. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

579 Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering V 1-3 May be repeated for credit. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

581 Control Systems 3 Analysis and design of feedback control systems. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

598 Seminar 1 May be repeated for credit. Current research interests. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students. S, F grading.

600 Special Projects or Independent Study V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. Independent study, special projects, and/or internships. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor before enrolling in 600 credit, which cannot be used toward the core graded credits required for a graduate degree. S, F grading.

700 Master's Research, Thesis, and/or Examination V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. Independent research and advanced study for students working on their master's research, thesis and/or final examination. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor/committee chair before enrolling for 700 credit. S, U grading.

702 Master's Special Problems, Directed Study, and/or Examination V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. Independent research in special problems, directed study, and/or examination credit for students in a non-thesis master's degree program. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor/committee chair before enrolling for 702 credit. S, U grading.

800 Doctoral Research, Dissertation, and/or Examination V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. Course Prerequisite: Admitted to the Mechanical Engineering or Engineering Science PhD program. Independent research and advanced study for students working on their doctoral research, dissertation and/or final examination. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor/committee chair before enrolling for 800 credit. S, U grading.

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