2014-2015 Catalog

Mechanical Engineering

http://www.me.und.edu

Faculty: Ames, Bandyopadhyay, Bibel, Cavalli, Grewal, Gupta, Neubert (Graduate Director), Semke, Tang and Zahui

Degrees Granted: Master of Science (M.S.) and Master of Engineering (M.Engr.)

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers graduate programs leading to either the Master of Science (M.S.) or Master of Engineering (M.Engr.) degrees. The M.S. degree is a research-oriented degree that is available in either thesis or non-thesis options. The non-thesis M.S. degree requires completion of an independent study. The M. Engr. degree is an engineering practice-oriented degree that requires completion of an engineering design project.

The Department offers combined B.S./Master’s programs that allow a student to complete a master’s degree in as little as one year beyond the bachelor’s degree. The master’s degree may be either an M.S. or M. Engr. See “Combined Degree Program” under the School of Engineering and Mines section for additional details.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degrees section.

Master of Science (M.S.)

Mission Statement and Program Goals

Thesis Option

The mission of the Master of Science (Thesis) in Mechanical Engineering program is to prepare mechanical engineers for either technical careers in government or industry or for doctoral studies in mechanical engineering or related fields. This preparation will include guided, independent research and advanced coursework in mechanical engineering and related areas. Both the research and the coursework will be selected as appropriate in specific areas of interest to the student and their graduate committee and for which the faculty is qualified to direct and instruct.

Non-Thesis Option

The mission of the Master of Science (Non-Thesis) in Mechanical Engineering program is to prepare mechanical engineers for technical careers in government or industry in mechanical engineering or related fields. This preparation will include guided, independent research and advanced coursework in mechanical engineering and related areas. Both the research and the coursework will be selected as appropriate in specific areas of interest to the student and their graduate advisor and for which the faculty is qualified to direct and instruct.

Student Learning Goals

Thesis Option

Goal 1: Graduates will demonstrate a mastery of scientific research by formulating, assessing, and documenting a scientific hypothesis.

Goal 2: Graduates will be well prepared for a career in government/industry and/or doctoral studies in mechanical engineering or a related field.

Non-Thesis Option

Goal 1: Graduates will demonstrate a mastery of scientific investigation by researching and preparing a scholarly report on a topic related to mechanical engineering.

Goal 2: Graduates will be well prepared for a career in government/industry in mechanical engineering or a related field.

Master of Engineering (M.Engr.)

Mission Statement and Program Goals

The mission of the Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering program is to provide advanced preparation in the practice of mechanical engineering for mechanical engineers seeking technical careers in industry. This preparation will include a guided, independent design project and advanced coursework in mechanical engineering and related areas. Both the design project and the coursework will be selected as appropriate in specific areas of interest to the student and graduate advisor and for which the faculty is qualified to direct and instruct.

Goal 1: Graduates will demonstrate a mastery of the practical implementation of engineering concepts by identifying a substantial need, formulating a design or process to meet the need and implementing their solution to meet that need.

Goal 2: Graduates will be well prepared for a career in industry in mechanical engineering or a related field.

Combined Degree

To encourage undergraduate engineering students to extend their studies to include a graduate degree, the School of Engineering and Mines has a combined program that permits students to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in an engineering discipline. This program allows students to designate two three-credit graduate courses to count for both degrees. The selected courses must have graduate course standing and be designated when a student requests admission to the program.

Students can complete additional courses for graduate-only credit prior to completion of the BSME if their schedule allows.

 

Master of Science (M.S.)

Admission Requirements

The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies' current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

  1. B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from an ABET accredited program and have an acceptable GPA.
  2. GRE general test required for applicants with undergraduate degrees from other than ABET accredited programs.
  3. 2.75 overall undergraduate GPA or a GPA of at least 3.00 for the junior and senior years.
  4. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies' English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.
  5. Students seeking admission to a combined B.S./Master’s program must have a GPA of at least 3.0 at the time of admission.

Students who hold an undergraduate engineering or science degree other than mechanical engineering may be admitted to provisional or qualified status with an obligation to acquire additional background in mechanical engineering as appropriate.

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Master of Science degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies' as well as particular requirements set forth by the Mechanical Engineering Department.

Thesis Option

  1. A minimum of 30 semester credits in a major field approved by the graduate committee, including the credits granted for the thesis and the research leading to the thesis.
  2. At least one-half of the credits must be at or above the 500-level.
  3. A maximum of one-fourth of the credit hours required for the degree may be transferred from another institution.
  4. Completion of a research project and its presentation in a thesis (4-9 credits for ME 998 Thesis).

Non-Thesis Option

  1. Thirty-two (32) credits including credits approved by the graduate advisor required for the major.
  2. Two credits of ME 997 Independent Study.
  3. At least one-half of the credits must be at or above the 500-level.
  4. A maximum of one-fourth of the credit hours required for the degree may be transferred from another institution.
  5. Preparation of a written independent study approved by the faculty advisor.
  6. Comprehensive final examination.

The research project, independent study, or design project may be from interdisciplinary areas such as bioengineering or environmental engineering, or they may be topics in design, manufacturing processes, vibrations, stress analysis, materials, power, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, thermodynamics, or combustion.

 

Master of Engineering (M.Engr.)

Admission Requirements

The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies' current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

  1. B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from an ABET accredited program and have an acceptable GPA
  2. GRE general test required for those applicants with undergraduate degrees from other than ABET accredited programs.
  3. 2.50 overall undergraduate GPA or a GPA of at least 2.75 for the junior and senior years of their undergraduate programs.
  4. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies' English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.
  5. Students seeking admission to a combined B.S./Master’s program must have a GPA of at least 3.0 at the time of admission.

Students who hold an undergraduate engineering or science degree other than mechanical engineering may be admitted to provisional or qualified status with an obligation to acquire additional background in mechanical engineering as appropriate.

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Master of Engineering degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies' as well as particular requirements set forth by the Mechanical Engineering Department.

  1. 30 credits approved by the graduate advisor.
  2. 15 credits at the 500 level or above.
  3. 9 credits of engineering science, basic science, and/or mathematics.
  4. ME 595 Design Projects for 9 credits.
  5. A written report on the design project.
  6. All major department courses must be at the 400 level or above, and no courses below 300 level may be included in the program.
  7. Comprehensive final examination.

The research project, independent study, or design project may be from interdisciplinary areas such as bioengineering or environmental engineering, or they may be topics in design, manufacturing processes, vibrations, stress analysis, materials, power, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, thermodynamics, or combustion.

Courses

ME 523. Advanced Machine Design. 3 Credits.

Advanced design and analysis of machine components; kinematic synthesis and analysis of mechanisms, force analysis, rotor dynamics, gyrodynamics, stresses in thick cylinders and flywheels, lubrication, statistical considerations, energy methods, curved beams. Prerequisites: ME 322 and ME 323.

ME 524. Deformation and Fracture. 3 Credits.

Aspects of elasticity theory, continuum mechanics and fracture mechanics. Fundamental relationships between material structure and engineering properties. Principles and properties of composite materials. Prerequisite: ME 301 or consent of instructor.

ME 525. Metal Fatigue in Engineering. 3 Credits.

Metal fatigue in engineering, involving design, development, and failure analysis of components, structures, machines, and vehicles subjected to repeated loading. Prerequisite: ENGR 203 and ME 301 or consent of instructor.

ME 526. Advanced Vibrations. 3 Credits.

Advanced vibration theory including the solutions of multi-degree of freedom coupled systems, continuous systems, energy methods, and non-linear vibrations. Prerequisite: ME 426.

ME 529. Advanced Finite Element Methods. 3 Credits.

Computer-aided techniques for finite element analysis of engineering systems. Topics include solution algorithm for nonlinear methods, large deflection, inelastic and contact analysis, and analysis of vibrating systems. Prerequisite: ME 429 or consent of instructor.

ME 532. Advanced Dynamics. 3 Credits.

Kinematics and kinetics of plane and three-dimensional motion, vector mechanics, general methods of linear and angular momentum, generalized coordinates, and variational methods including Hamilton's and Lagrange's equations. Prerequisites: ENGR 202 and MATH 266.

ME 542. Thermodynamics of Materials. 3 Credits.

Foundations of materials behavior in terms of energy and statistics. Topics will include entropy, free energy, phase equilibrium, ideal versus real solutions and diffusion. Prerequisites: ME 301 and ME 341 or consent of instructor.

ME 545. Fluidized-Bed Combustion Engineering. 3 Credits.

Fluidized-bed hydrodynamics and heat transfer. Design of fluidized-bed coal combustors. Combustion models and their significance. Prerequisite: ME 306 and ME 474 or consent of instructor.

ME 574. Advanced Heat Transfer. 3 Credits.

Advanced conduction in isotropic media in two and three dimensions steady and unsteady problems. Advanced convection including solution of Prandtl Boundary layer equations. Numerical methods, Fourier series, Bessel functions, LaPlace transforms, and error functions. Radioactive heat transfer. Prerequisite: ME 474 or consent of instructor.

ME 575. Conduction and Radiation Heat Transfer. 3 Credits.

Advanced study of conduction and radiation heat transfer. Solution methodologies to classical heat conduction problems will be introduced. Topics include: multidimensional steady conduction via separation of variables and principle of superposition; transient conduction with time-dependent boundary conditions via method of complex temperatures; numerical solutions to heat conduction problems; spectral dependence of radiation; blackbody and gray surface radiation; radiation exchange between surfaces; radiation shield. Prerequisite: ME 474 or consent of instructor.

ME 576. Convective Heat Transfer. 3 Credits.

Advanced study of convective heat transfer, involving developing an understanding of boundary layers, flow in pipes, and convective heat transfer processes. Topics include the concepts of boundary layers, laminar and turbulent flow on surfaces and inside of pipes, and turbulence models. Analytical tools introduced are useful for estimating or bounding heat transfer rates when correlations are not available. Prerequisite: ME 474.

ME 590. Special Topics. 1-6 Credits.

Investigation of special topics dictated by student and faculty interests. May be repeated up to a total of 6 credits. Prerequisite: Departmental approval.

ME 591. Research in Mechanical Engineering. 1-6 Credits.

Independent graduate research in Mechanical Engineering. Repeatable to 6 credits.

ME 595. Design Projects. 3-6 Credits.

A three to six credit course of engineering design experience involving individual effort and formal written report. Prerequisites: Restricted to Master of Engineering students and subject to approval by the student's advisor.

ME 996. Continuing Enrollment. 1-12 Credits.

ME 997. Independent Study. 2 Credits.

ME 998. Thesis. 1-9 Credits.

Development and documentation of scholarly activity demonstrating proficiency in Mechanical Engineering at the master's level. Repeatable to 9 credits.


Undergraduate Courses for Graduate Credit

ME 426. Mechanical VIbrations. 3 Credits.

Vibration analysis and design as it applies to single and multi degree freedom mechanical systems, isolation and absorption of vibration, vibration of continuous systems, numerical methods of solution. Prerequisites: ENGR 202 with a grade of C or better, MATH 266, and admission to the professional Mechanical Engineering program. S.

ME 428. Advanced Manufacturing Processes. 3 Credits.

Individual projects involving the manufacturing economics and flow charts for selected products and basic technical principles of manufacturing processes. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: ME 418 and admission to the professional Mechanical Engineering program. On demand.

ME 429. Introduction to Finite Element Analysis. 3 Credits.

Finite element analysis is introduced as a design tool. Emphasis is given to modeling techniques and element types. Matrix methods are used throughout the class. Prerequisites: ENGR 203 with a grade of C and admission to the professional Mechanical Engineering program. On demand.

ME 439. Introduction to Robotics. 3 Credits.

A systems engineering approach to robotics. Presents an introduction to manipulators, sensors, actuators, and end effectors for automation. Topics covered include kinematics, dynamics, control, programming of manipulators, pattern recognition, and computer vision. Prerequisites: ENGR 200 with a grade of C or better, MATH 166 with a grade of C or better, and admission to the professional Mechanical Engineering program. On demand.

ME 446. Gas Turbines. 3 Credits.

General principles, thermodynamics, and performance of gas turbine engines. Design consideration of engine components. Prerequisites: ME 341 with a grade of C or better and admission to the professional Mechanical Engineering program. On demand.

ME 449. Internal Combustion Engines. 3 Credits.

Fundamentals of spark ignition and compression ignition engines, related components and processes. Prerequisites: ME 342 and admission to the professional Mechanical Engineering program. On demand.

ME 451. Heating and Air Conditioning. 3 Credits.

Psychometrics, heating and cooling loads and analysis of air conditioning systems. Prerequisites: ME 342 and admission to the professional Mechanical Engineering program or consent of instructor. Corequisite: ME 474. On demand.

ME 464. Computational Fluid Dynamics. 3 Credits.

Provides a practical experience using computational fluid dynamics and provides supporting material in fluid dynamics, which is useful in understanding the need to resolve grids in boundary layers and other regions of high velocity gradients. The course is structured as half lecture and half laboratory. The lecture covers topics related to laminar and turbulence boundary layers with and without acceleration, turbulence modeling, wakes and jets. The laboratory provides experience in building grids using the program GAMBIT, the solid/fluid modeling and meshing program, and calculating solutions using FLUENT, a commercial flow solver. Prerequisites: ME 306, MATH 266, and admission to the professional Mechanical Engineering program. On demand.

ME 476. Intermediate Fluid Mechanics. 3 Credits.

Differential forms of conservation of mass, energy, and momentum for viscous fluid flow. Boundary layer theory and its applications. Principles of one-dimensional compressible flow. Prerequisites: ME 306, MATH 266, and admission to the professional Mechanical Engineering program. On demand.

ME 477. Compressible Fluid Flow. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the theory and application of one-dimensional compressible flow. Course topics include isentropic flow in converging and converging/diverging nozzles, normal shock waves, oblique shock waves, Prandtl-Meyer flow, flow with friction and heat addition. Prerequisite: Admission to the professional Mechanical Engineering program. Prerequisites or corequisites: ME 341 with a grade of C or better and ME 306. On demand.

ME 490. Special Laboratory Problems. 1-3 Credits.

Laboratory investigations of interest to students and faculty. Repeatable to maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and admission to the professional Mechanical Engineering program. On demand.

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