Mechanical Engineering Course Descriptions

MECH 6301 Mechanical Properties of Materials (3 semester hours) Phenomenology of mechanical behavior of materials at the macroscopic level and the relationship of mechanical behavior to material structure and mechanisms of deformation and failure. Topics covered include elasticity, viscoelasticity, plasticity, creep, fracture, and fatigue. Prerequisite: MECH 3301 or equivalent. (3-0) Y
MECH 6302 Dynamics of Complex Structures (3 semester hours) Design, development, manufacturing and analysis of large, complex mechanical systems.
Prerequisite: MECH 3302 or equivalent. (3-0) Y
MECH 6305 CAD Technology (3 semester hours) Introduction to computer-aided design.
Principles of geometrical modeling. Curve and surface fitting in an automated environment. CAD/CAM simulation of manufacturing. Computer-aided solid modeling. Prerequisites: MECH 3305 or equivalent. (3-0) Y
MECH 6310 Intermediate Fluid Mechanics (3 semester hours) Ideal fluid flow including potential flow theory.
Computer solutions in ideal fluid flow. Viscous flow and boundary layer theory. Introduction to turbulence. Prerequisite: MECH 3310 or equivalent.  (3-0) Y
MECH 6315 Advanced Fluid Mechanics (3 semester hours) A mechanically and mathematically sophisticated introduction to the fundamentals of fluid mechanics. This course is intended to provide the beginning graduate student with a broad background in the fundamentals of fluid mechanics and an introduction to the various flow regimes. After completing this course, the student should be prepared to take subsequent courses in a broad range of engineering disciplines, such as mechanical, bioengineering, aerospace, and civil engineering.  Derivation of the governing equations of motion. An introduction to viscous, inviscid, turbulent, and boundary-layer flows. Prerequisite: MECH 3310 or equivalent. (3-0) T
MECH 6320 Conductive Heat Transfer (3 semester hours) Introduction to fundamentals of conductive heat transfer with an emphasis on numerical and analytical solutions.
Steady and transient one- and multi-dimensional thermal conduction. Emphasis on analytical methods, numerical techniques and approximate solutions. Prerequisite: MECH 3320 or equivalent.  (3-0) T
MECH 6321 Convective Heat Transfer (3 semester hours) A rigorous and advanced development of the fundamentals of convective heat transfer and its applications. Convection (forced and free) in laminar and turbulent, internal and external flows. Analogy between momentum and heat transfer. Scaling laws and modeling. Prerequisite: MECH 3320 or equivalent. (3-0) T
MECH 6322 (EE 6322, MSEN 6322) Semiconductor Processing Technology (3 semester hours) Modern techniques for the manufacture of semiconductor devices and circuits.
Techniques for both silicon and compound semiconductor processing are studied as well as an introduction to the design of experiments. Topics include: wafer growth, oxidation, diffusion, ion implantation, lithography, etch and deposition. (3-0) T
MECH 6331 Systems and Control Theory (3 semester hours) Systems and control theory: state space, convolution integrals, transfer functions, stability, controllability, observability, and feedback. Prerequisites: MECH 2300 and MECH 4310 or equivalents. (3-0) Y
MECH 6332 (EE 6332) Advanced Control (3 semester hours) Modern control techniques in state space and frequency domain: optimal control, robust control, and stability. Prerequisite: MECH/EE 6331. (3-0) R
MECH 6336 (EE 6336) Nonlinear Control Systems (3 semester hours) Differential geometric tools, feedback linearization, input-output linearization, output injection, output tracking, stability.
Prerequisite: MECH/EE 6331. (3-0) R
MECH 6340 Intermediate Mechanical Vibrations (3 semester hours) Fundamental phenomena of multi-degree discrete and continuous systems.
Matrix methods of solution of discrete systems. Determination of natural frequencies and mode shapes of discrete and continuous systems. Passive methods of vibration control. Applications of finite element methods to analysis of mechanical vibrations. Prerequisite: MECH 3302. (3-0) Y
MECH 6361 Deformation Mechanisms in Solid Materials (3 semester hours) Linear elastic fracture mechanics, elastic-plastic fracture mechanics, time dependent failure, creep and fatigue, experimental analysis of fracture, fracture and failure of metals, ceramics, polymers and composites. Failure analysis related to material, product design, manufacturing and product application. Prerequisite: MECH 6301. (3-0) T
MECH 6381 (EE 6381) Numerical Methods In Engineering (3 semester hours) Numerical techniques in engineering and their applications, with an emphasis on practical implementation.  Topics will include some or all of the following: numerical methods of linear algebra, interpolation, solution of nonlinear equations, numerical integration, Monte Carlo methods, numerical solution of ordinary and partial differential equations, and numerical solution of integral equations. Prerequisites: CE/EE/MECH 2300 and CE/EE/MECH 3300 or equivalents, and knowledge of a scientific programming language.  (3-0) T
MECH 6382 (EE 6382) Introduction to MEMS (3 semester hours) Study of micro-electro-mechanical devices and systems and their applications. Microfabrication techniques and other emerging fabrication processes for MEMS are studied along with their process physics.  Principles of operations of various MEMS devices such as mechanical, optical, thermal, magnetic, chemical/biological sensors/actuators are studied. Topics include: bulk/surface micromachining, LIGA, microsensors and microactuators in multi-physics domain. (3-0) T

MECH 6385 Computational Modeling of Mechanical Systems (3 semester hours) Modeling of mechanisms, thermal systems and fluid flow using the finite-element method. Prerequisite: MECH 6381 or equivalent.  (3-0) T
MECH 7V80 Special Topics In Mechanical Engineering (1-6 semester hours) (May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours.) For letter grade credit only. ([1-6]-0) S
MECH 8V70 Research In Mechanical Engineering (3-9 semester hours) (May be repeated for credit.) For pass/fail credit only. ([3-9]-0) R
MECH 8V98 Thesis (3-9 semester hours) (May be repeated for credit.) For pass/fail credit only. ([3-9]-0) S