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ME 501 Mechanical Design with Finite Element Methods. (3)
Mechanical design techniques based on the finite element method, using machine design background as the starting point. Techniques for modeling machine elements will be shown in relation to the basic FEM theory. Emphasis will be on quantifying loads, the resulting stress and deflection, and relating them to design allowables, leading to an acceptable design solution. Prereq or concur: ME 344 and ME 406.
ME 503 Lean Manufacturing Principles and Practices. (3)
Introduction of the fundamental concepts for production improvement utilizing lean manufacturing principles and practices. This course will consist of lectures, manufacturing simulation laboratory, plant tours, design projects, and assigned problems drawn from industry. Prereq: engineering Standing or consent of instructor. (Same as MFS 503)
ME 505 Modeling of Manufacturing Processes and Machines. (3)
A study of the major manufacturing processes and equipment. Emphasis on mathematical and computer models of these processes, as used in automated manufacturing and control of these processes. Lecture, two hours; laboratory, two hours. Prereq: EM 313 and EM 302. (Same as MFS 505)
ME 506 Mechanics of Composite Materials. (3)
A study of the structural advantages of composite materials over conventional materials, considering high-strength-to-weight rations. Fiber reinforced, laminated and particulate materials are analyzed. Response of composite structures to static and dynamic loads, thermal and environmental effects, and failure criteria areas studied. Prereq: EM 302, engineering standing or consent of instructor. (Same as MSE 506)
ME 507 Design for Manufacturing. (3)
The topics will include fundamentals of concurrent Engineering, product life cycle, product specification, standardization, functional requirements and datum features, selection of materials and manufacturing processes, cost analysis, case studies on designing for quality, economy, manufacturability and productivity. Prereq: ME 344 and engineering standing. (Same as MFS 507)
ME 512 Manufacturing Systems. (3)
This course introduces students to fundamentals of design, planning and control of manufacturing systems aided by computers. Concepts of control hardware, NC programming languages, software aspects related to NC manufacturing, programmable controllers, performance modeling of automated manufacturing systems, group technology and flexible manufacturing systems, etc. will be addressed. Prereq: engineering standing. (Same as MFS 512)
ME 513 Mechanical Vibrations. (3)
The analysis of vibrational motion of structural and mechanical systems. Single degree-of-freedom systems; free vibrations; nonperiodic excitation; harmonic excitation. Model analysis of including strings and bars (Axial, torsional and flexural modes). Energy methods. Prereq: EM 313 and EM 302, engineering standing or consent of instructor.
ME 527 Applied Mathematics in the Natural Sciences I. (3)
Construction, analysis and interpretation of mathematical models applied to problems in the natural sciences. Physical problems whose solutions involve special topics in applied mathematics are formulated, various solution techniques are introduced, and the mathematical results are interpreted. Fourier analysis, dimensional analysis and scaling rules, regular and singular perturbation theory, random processes and diffusion are samples of selected topics studied in the applications. Intended for students in applied mathematics, science and engineering. Prereq: MA 432G or three hours in an equivalent junior/senior level mathematics course or consent of instructor. (Same as MA/EM 527)
ME 530 Gas Dynamics. (3)
Consideration of the mass, energy and force balances applied to compressible fluids. Isentropic flow, diabatic flow, flow with friction, wave phenomena and one-dimensional gas dynamics. Applications to duct flows and to jet and rocket propulsion engines. Prereq: ME 321, ME 330 and Engineering standing.
ME 531 Fluid Dynamics I. (3)
Stress at a point (introduced as a tensor of rank two). Equation of conservation of mass, rate of strain tensor, derivation of Navier-Stokes equation, source-sink flows, motion due to a doublet, vortex flow, two- and three-dimensional irrotational flow due to a moving cylinder with circulation, two-dimensional airfoils. Prereq: ME 330, MA 432G and Engineering standing.
ME 532 Advanced Strength of Materials. (3)
Unsymmetrical bending of beams, thin plates, stress analysis of thick-walled cylinders, and rotating discs. Theory of elastic energy, curved beams, stress concentration, and fatigue. Prereq: EM 302 and Engineering standing.
ME 556 Introduction to Composite Materials. (3)
Applications, materials selection and design of composite materials. Relation between properties of constituent materials and those of composite. Processing methods for materials and for some structures. Lab focuses on preparation and testing of composite materials and their constituents. Lecture, three hours; laboratory, three hours per week. Prereq: MA 214, CHE 236, PHY 232, MSE 201 or consent of instructor.
ME 560 Engineering Optics. (3)
Fundamentals of geometrical and physical optics; applications as related to problems in Engineering design and research; details of some optical measurement techniques; introduction to lasers and their applications to heat transfer and combustion research; inverse analytical techniques for determining optical properties of small particles from light scattering and extinction measurements. Prereq: Engineering standing.
ME 563 Basic Combustion Phenomena. (3)
Simultaneous application of fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, chemical kinetics and thermodynamics to combustion. Topics covered include chemical kinetics, chain and thermal explosions, detonation and deflagration, flammability limits, stirred reactors. Flame stabilization in high and low velocity streams, laminar and turbulent diffusion flames, droplet burning, and metal combustion. Prereq: ME 330 and Engineering standing: prereq or concur: ME 325.
ME 580 Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning. (3)
A course emphasizing the use of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer principles in thermal environmental design. Building energy requirements will be computed and thermal comfort criteria will be studied. Prereq: BAE 427 or ME 321 or consent of instructor. (Same as BAE 580)
ME 599 Topics in Mechanical Engineering. (3)
A detailed investigation of a topic of current significance in Mechanical Engineering such as: computer-aided manufacturing, special topics in robotics, and current topics in heat transfer. May be repeated under different subtitles to a maximum of nine credits. A particular topic may be offered at most twice under the ME 599 number. Prereq: Variable; given when topic is identified.
Prerequisite for Graduate Work: Students desiring to take any of the following courses should have a thorough working knowledge of chemistry, physics and mathematics.
ME 601 Advanced CAE Applications. (3)
This course will include development of theory for application to several topics in advanced engineering applications of computers in design. Typical topics include rolling element bearings, fluid film bearings, rotor dynamics, and elasto-plastic analysis. When appropriate, specialized computer programs will be introduced and utilized to illustrate the application of theory and numerical techniques in the areas covered. Prereq: ME 501.
ME 602 Dynamics of Distributed Mechanical Systems. (3)
Applications of small-oscillation shell theory to continuous mechanical systems modeled by shells, plates, rings, arches, membranes, beams, etc. Study of natural frequencies, mode shapes, forced-vibration characteristics, system dampings, dynamic influence function, combination of subsystems, active and passive vibration controls and dampings. Prereq: ME 540 or consent of instructor.
ME 603 Mechanics of Plastic Solids I. (3)
Permanent changes in shape of solid materials occurs as plastic deformation in many engineering applications, such as extrusion, forging and rolling. This course examines the experimental basis and fundamental theoretical framework for plastic materials. The analysis of plastic deformations in simple bending, torsion, tension and compression, and some two dimensional problems are presented. Connection between mechanics parameters, design variables and metallurgical phenomena are discussed. Limit analysis is studied. Prereq: ME 641 or ME 651 or consent of instructor.
MFS 606 Global Issues in Manufacturing (3)
The need to increase quality, productivity, efficiency and sustainability in manufacturing operations spanning the product, process and systems (manufacturing systems as well as supply chain) domains is essential for companies to be successful. The increased globalization of markets and manufacturing operations, declining natural resources and negative consequences of some manufacturing practices as well as increased legislation in many regions has led to many new challenges that companies must overcome to be successful in competitive markets. This seminar course will introduce students to a variety of global issues in manufacturing through presentations by leading national and international experts in these domains. In addition, University of Kentucky faculty engaged in cutting-edge research in some of these areas will discuss innovative approaches that are being developed and applied to address those issues.
(Same as EE/ME 606)
Course offered online starting Fall 2015
ME 607 Analysis of Metal Cutting Processes. (3)
Advanced study of metal cutting involving the mechanics of metal cutting including cutting forces, tool-wear/tool-life and temperature analysis, surface finish and integrity, chip control, machinability assessments and advances in cutting tool technology. Prereq: ME 505. (Same as MFS/MSE 607)
ME 610 Engineering Acoustics. (3)
A comprehensive study of wave propagation in fluids; derivation of the scalar wave equation and a study of its elementary solutions for time harmonic and transient waves in one, two and three dimensions. Radiation and scattering of waves at fluid and solid boundaries. Integral equation solution of the scalar velocity wave potential; numerical methods. Prereq or concur: MA 432G.
ME 611 Boundary Element Methods in Engineering. (3)
Introduction of boundary element methods for use in solving common engineering equations, such as the Laplace equation, the Poisson equation, the wave equation, and the diffusion equation. Both the theoretical and numerical aspects of the boundary element technique are presented. Application areas include heat conduction, potential flow problems, acoustic wave propagation, general diffusion, and stress analysis. Prereq: EGR 537 or consent of instructor. (Same as EGR 611)
ME 613 Nonlinear Oscillations. (3)
Many physical systems exhibit some nonlinear behavior. This course presents some methods of analyzing discrete, nonlinear, dynamical systems and applies the methods to typical mechanical systems. Various kinds of nonlinear behavior, including resonance phenomena such as harmonics, parametric excitation and discontinuous jumps in amplitude are considered. Lyapunov stability criteria and Floquet and Routhian procedures for performing stability analyses of systems are introduced, and their physical interpretations for various systems are studied. Prereq: ME 513.
ME 620 Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics I. (3)
Critical treatment of the laws of thermodynamics, relations among thermodynamic properties; stability of systems; thermodynamic processes; selected special topics. Prereq: ME 321.
ME 626 Advanced Heat Convection. (3)
Comprehensive study of heat convection; derivation of equations of convection of mass, momentum, and energy; boundary layer equations; classical solutions of laminar convection problems; turbulent convection; analogies between momentum and energy. Prereq: ME 325, MA 432G or concurrent.
ME 627 Radiation Heat Transfer. (3)
Principles of thermal radiation, the determination of radiation properties, and the analysis of radiation heat transfer. Results of recent radiation researches are included in the discussions. Prereq: ME 325, MA 432G or concurrent.
ME 628 Boiling and Condensation. (3)
Phase-change heat transfer including boiling and condensation. Phenomenological treatment of boiling using hydrodynamic instability. Theory of two-phase flow and its application to forced flow boiling. Film and dropwise condensation. Prereq: ME 325.
ME 631 Fluid Dynamics II. (3)
A continuation of ME 531 with emphasis on viscous flow. Exact and approximate solutions, boundary layer theory. Jets, wakes, rotating systems, compressible boundary layer and hydrodynamic stability. Prereq: ME 531 or consent of instructor.
ME 634 Turbulent Flows. (3)
Physical and analytical description of turbulent flows, isotropic turbulence, boundary layers and shear flows, free turbulence in jets and wakes. Measurement techniques. Prereq: ME 529 or ME 531.
ME 640 Advanced Analysis and Simulation of Dynamic Systems. (3)
An extension of ME 540 emphasizing advanced techniques. The concept of random processes in mechanical engineering problems; nonparametric and parametric models. The use of correlation, spectral analysis and digital filtering in data analysis and model building. Prereq: ME 540.
ME 641 Foundations of Solid Mechanics. (3)
A brief review of vectors and an in-depth discussion of tensors and tensor calculus. Stress, deformation and strain. Continuum balance principles of mass, momentum and energy, the equations of motion and the energy equation. Enthropy, the principles of material frame indifference and material symmetry. Various consecutive models, including elasticity (Linear and/or non-linear), plasticity and viscoelasticity. Thermoelasticity, hyperelasticity hypoelasticity and electroelasticity may also be addressed. Prereq: ME 532 or consent of instructor.
ME 644 Advanced Dynamics I. (3)
Many physical systems in engineering involve rigid bodies in translation and rotation. Such motions are studied in this course by the use of Euler’s Laws. The kinematical description of the motions utilize the concept of reference frames. The inertia properties of rigid bodies, and the energy functions for rigid bodies are covered. Analytical and numerical solutions of dynamical systems of engineering interest are considered. Prereq or concur: EM 313; prereq or concur: MA 432G.
ME 645 Advanced Control System Analysis. (3)
Conceptual development and study of complex systems.; their synthesis and design; analysis and optimization of system parameters. Input-output relationships; formulation of mathematical models, parameters and constraints on physical systems. Prereq: ME 343.
ME 647 System Optimization I. (3)
A course in the theory and application of optimization techniques with emphasis on large engineering systems. Prereq: CS 221, one mathematics course beyond MA 214.
ME 651 Mechanics of Elastic Solids. I (3)
Many engineering application involve the use of materials that behave elastically when performing their designed function. This course concerns the general analysis of small deformations, stress, and stress deformation relations for elastic bodies. The solution of typical problems frequently encountered in engineering applications, e.g. extension, bending, and torsion of elastic bars, stress concentrations and thermoelastic behavior, are studied. Some modern computational methods currently used in engineering practice are introduced. Prereq: MA 432G or consent of instructor.
ME 690 Advanced Algorithms For Computational Fluid Dynamics. (4)
Theory and implementation of main algorithms widely used for solving multi-dimensional partial differential equations arising in engineering applications such as fluid dynamics, heat and mass transfer, semiconductor simulation, etc. Numerical solution of steady and time-dependent linear partial differential equations on rectangular domains via finite difference techniques. Linearization methods for treatment of nonlinear problems. Numerical grid generation for transforming irregular domains into rectangular computational grids. Prereq: MA 537, or consent of instructor, and competence with a high-level programming language.
ME 699 Topics in Mechanical Engineering. (3)
A detailed investigation of a topic of current significance in mechanical engineering. May be repeated to a maximum of nine credits under different subtitles. A particular topic may be offered at most twice under the ME 699 number. Prereq: Variable; given when topic is identified.
ME 748 Masters Thesis Research. (0)
Half-time to full-time work on thesis. May be repeated to a maximum of six semesters. Prereq: All course work toward the degree must be completed.
ME 749 Dissertation Research. (0)
Half-time to full-time work on dissertation. May be repeated to a maximum of six semesters. Prereq: Registration for two full-time semesters of 769 residence credit following the successful completion of the qualifying exams.
ME 768 Residence Credit For The Master’s Degree. (1-6)
May be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours.
ME 769 Residence Credit For The Doctor’s Degree. (0-12)
May be repeated indefinitely.
ME 780 Special Problems In Engineering Mechanics. (3)
A mechanism for special and individualized study of a wide range of topics of interest to the advanced student of engineering mechanics. May be repeated to a maximum of nine credits. Prereq: Approval of director of graduate studies.
ME 790 Research in Mechanical Engineering. (3)
Work may be taken in any field of mechanical engineering, subject to the approval of the director of graduate studies. May be used to satisfy pre-qualifying examination residency credit. May be repeated to a maximum of 18 hours.