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Grad Catalog 03-05

CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1
Graduate Study

CHAPTER 2
Admission and
Registration

CHAPTER 3
Degree
Requirements

CHAPTER 4
Fields
of Study

CHAPTER 5
Members of
Graduate Studies
Committees

APPENDIX
Course
Abbreviations

 

    

Mechanical Engineering

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Graduate Courses


The faculty has approval to offer the following courses in the academic years 2003-2004 and 2004-2005; however, not all courses are taught each semester or summer session. Students should consult the Course Schedule to determine which courses and topics will be offered during a particular semester or summer session. The Course Schedule may also reflect changes made to the course inventory after the publication of this catalog.

Unless otherwise stated below, each course meets for three lecture hours a week for one semester.

Mechanical Engineering: M E

180M, 280M, 380M, 680M, 980M. Research.
Individual research. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in mechanical engineering.

380Q. Mathematical Methods in Engineering.
Applications of mathematical analysis and numerical concepts to typical engineering problems. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and Mathematics 427K or the equivalent.

Topic 1: Engineering Analysis: Analytical Methods. Analytical solutions for linear ordinary differential equations; numerical integration of ordinary differential equations; Fourier series and integrals; the Laplace transform; the solution of partial differential equations; vector analysis and linear transformations.

Topic 2: Engineering Analysis: Advanced Analytical Methods. Classification and solution of partial differential equations; includes linear superposition, separation of variables, Fourier and Laplace transform methods, Green's functions, similarity solution, and spectral methods; introduction to solution of nonlinear partial differential equations, including both exact and approximate techniques, with a strong emphasis on physical systems.

Topic 3: Perturbation Methods. Introduction to perturbation theory; regular expansions and sources of nonuniformities; method of strained coordinates and multiple scales; method of matched asymptotic and composite expansions. Places strong emphasis on the relationship between the physical and the mathematical basis and on the crucial role of nondimensionalization in problem solving.

Topic 4: Numerical Methods for Differential Equations. Numerical solution of ordinary differential equations, both initial and boundary value equations; includes quasilinearization, shooting methods, and method of adjoints; classification and solution of partial differential equations by the finite difference method; stability and convergence criteria for various schemes; special attention to nonlinear equations with a strong emphasis on the Navier-Stokes equations.

381P. Dynamics of Fluids.
Detailed study of fluid dynamics, boundary layer phenomena, and incompressible flows. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Topic 1: Fundamentals of Incompressible Flow. Fundamentals. Kinematic and dynamic equations for compressible viscous flow, incompressible flow criteria, viscous flow patterns, and solution methods.

Topic 2: Compressible Flow and Turbomachinery. Two-dimensional flow at subsonic and supersonic Mach numbers, method of characteristics, shock tubes, oblique shocks, wave interactions.

Topic 3: Dynamics of Turbulent Flow. Fundamentals of turbulence, including scaling, transport, and kinetic energy of turbulence; wakes, jets; wall-bounded flows; spectrum of turbulence.

Topic 4: Separated Flow. Laminar and turbulent compressible free shear flow regions; effects of heat and mass transfer.

Topic 5: Applications of Incompressible Flow. Dynamics of vorticity, inviscid flow; boundary layer theory and computational techniques, linear stability theory for parallel flow, flow at moderate Reynolds number.

Topic 6: Modeling Turbulent Flows. Dynamical equations, structure of time-averaged flows, two-equation and Reynolds stress closure models, flow computation.

Topic 7: Hypersonic Flow. Classical solution techniques for compressible laminar and turbulent boundary layers for both constant and nonconstant chemical composition; computational methods for inviscid and viscous flows.

381Q. Thermodynamics.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and Mechanical Engineering 326 or the equivalent.

Topic 1: Advanced Thermodynamics. Development of macroscopic thermodynamics from basic physical relationships; introduction to the thermodynamics of mixtures.

Topic 2: Statistical Thermodynamics. Application of quantum mechanics, ensembles and partition functions, ideal gases, chemical equilibria and reaction rates, kinetic theory and spectroscopy.

Topic 3: Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics. Forces, flows, and entropy production, coupled flows, phenomenological relations, Onsager's reciprocal relations, applications.

Topic 4: Molecular Gas Dynamics. Same as Aerospace Engineering 382R (Topic 6: Molecular Gas Dynamics). Kinetic theory, thermodynamics, statistical mechanics. Applications: equilibrium gas properties, chemical kinetics, interaction of matter with radiation, rarefied gas dynamics.

Topic 5: Optics and Lasers. Fundamentals of geometric and physical optics, interaction of light with matter, spectroscopy, laser and electrooptics applications.

381R. Heat Transfer and Rate Processes.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and Mechanical Engineering 339 or the equivalent.

Topic 1: Conduction Heat Transfer. Analytical and numerical solutions of steady, periodic, and transient problems in conduction; properties of conducting materials.

Topic 2: Convection Heat Transfer. Laminar and turbulent transport in boundary layers and inside tubes, with equal emphasis on momentum and energy transport; compressible and property effects, numerical simulation of convective transport.

Topic 3: Radiation Heat Transfer. Thermal radiation, blackbody properties, surface properties, radiant exchange, absorbing and emitting media, combined modes.

Topic 4: Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer. Fundamentals of conduction, convective heat transfer, diffusive and convective mass transfer, thermal radiative exchange.

Topic 5: Radiation in Participating Media. Methods for treating thermal radiation in absorbing, transmitting, and scattering media.

Topic 6: Two-Phase Transport Phenomena. Heat, mass, and momentum transfer associated with two-phase phenomena: boiling, condensation, and absorption.

Topic 7: Microelectromechanical and Nanoelectromechanical Systems. Fundamentals of microscale and nanoscale science and engineering; microfabrication and nanofabrication techniques; metrology and packaging for microdevices and nanodevices; applications including thermal MEMS, micro-fluidics, BioMEMS, and NEMS.

382N. Computational Fluid Dynamics.
Numerical analysis applied to fluid flow and heat transfer problems. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Topic 1: Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics. Applied numerical analysis, including solution of linear algebraic equations and ordinary and partial differential equations; modeling of physical processes, including fluid flow and heat and mass transfer; use of general-purpose computer codes, including commercial computational fluid dynamics software. Additional prerequisite: Mechanical Engineering 339 or the equivalent.

Topic 2: Spectral Methods in Fluid Dynamics. Use of spectral approximation theory to solve partial differential equations; introduction to Hilbert space and basic convergence theory; Fourier series and Chebyshev polynomial expansions of functions; use of fast Fourier transforms; applications to problems in fluid dynamics and heat transfer. Additional prerequisite: Mathematics 427K or the equivalent.

382P. Advanced Experimental Methods for Thermal/Fluid Systems.
Design of experiments; fundamentals of electronic signal processing and optics; and advanced experimental techniques, including laser-Doppler velocimetry, hot-wire anemometry, and thermocouples. Two lecture hours and three laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and Mechanical Engineering 242L or the equivalent.

382Q. Design of Thermal and Fluid Systems.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and Mechanical Engineering 339 (or 328) or the equivalent.

Topic 1: HVAC System Design. Heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration equipment; environmental control system analysis and design.

Topic 2: Solar Energy System Design. Solar radiation, solar collectors, storage, and system analysis and design. Application to both thermal and photovoltaic systems.

382R. Topics in Combustion.
Fundamentals of combustion science, technology, and engineering. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

Topic 1: Fundamentals of Combustion Science. Topics include reaction rates, laminar and turbulent flames, premixed and diffusion flames, mass transfer, and modeling techniques.

Topic 2: Chemical Kinetics. The theory of combustion chemistry. Issues include physics of molecular interactions, the explosion peninsula, elementary reaction schemes, reduced reaction schemes, and global chemistry.

Topic 3: Combustion Sources of Air Pollution. The environmental impact of the pollution emissions of fundamental combustion processes. Topics include policy issues, combustion fundamentals, and analysis of stationary and mobile combustion equipment.

Topic 5: Combustion Theory. Analytical and computational topics in combustion. The theory of laminar flames, examined in a detailed mathematical formulation in which both activation energy asymptotic (AEA) and rate ratio asymptotic (RRA) methods are applied to a variety of flame configurations. Issues in turbulent combustion for both premixed and nonpremixed systems are examined.

Topic 6: Combustion Engine Processes. Principles of internal combustion engines, fuels, carburetion, combustion, exhaust emissions, knock, fuel injection, and factors affecting performance.

383Q. Analysis of Mechanical Systems.
Detailed studies in the characteristics of mechanical systems. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Topic 1: Vibrations. Formulation of discrete and continuous models for mechanical systems in vibration; modal analysis; analytical solution methods for constant property linear systems; numerical solution methods.

Topic 2: Dynamics of Mechanical Systems. Advanced dynamics, including Newton-Euler, Lagrange, and Hamilton's principles; gyroscopic effects in mechanical systems; analysis of stability of systems; continuous bodies; introduction to Hamilton-Jacobi.

Topic 4: Modeling of Physical Systems. Development of models for mechanical, electrical, fluid, thermal, and chemical systems; circuit techniques; bond graphs; energy and variational methods; hardware examples.

Topic 5: Wave Propagation in Continuous Media. Transverse waves on strings and membranes; longitudinal, torsional, and flexural waves in rods; compression, shear, and surface waves in elastic half-spaces; water waves.

Topic 6: Fourier and Spectral Analysis in Dynamic Systems. Fourier transformations (series, integrals, fast Fourier transforms) and their relationships. Sampling, aliasing, convolution, correlation, leakage, windowing, power spectra, frequency response functions, and coherence functions in one-dimensional digital signal processing. Cepstrum analysis, Hilbert transforms. Experimental techniques and applications include modal analysis, mechanical signature analysis, and path identification. Additional prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Topic 8: Digital Signal Processing. Sampling and quantizing processes; analog/digital and digital/analog conversion; digital Fourier analysis, including fast Fourier transform; z transform; design of finite impulse response and infinite impulse response digital filters.

Topic 9: Applied Intelligence for Engineers. Fundamental concepts of artificial neural systems; architecture, paradigms, topology, and learning algorithms. Introduction to the most popular networks and to their selection for engineering applications.

Topic 10: Modeling and Simulations of Multienergic Systems. Methods for modeling and simulation of multienergy systems. Detailed study of applications in electromechanical systems, fluid power, chemical and biological processes, optimal control, and other areas of interest to the class.

383S. Lubrication, Wear, and Bearing Technology.
Theory of friction and wear; design of bearing systems, including hydrodynamic, rheodynamic, and direct contact devices. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

Topic 1: Friction and Wear of Materials. Theories of friction, theories of wear (adhesion, delamination), pitting, spalling, fretting, and galvanic corrosion.

384E. Electromechanics.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Topic 1: Electromechanical Dynamics. Same as Electrical Engineering 394 (Topic 10: Electromechanical Dynamics). Maxwell's equations and transient response of electrical machines. Only one of the following may be counted: Electrical Engineering 397K (Topic: Electromechanical Devices), Mechanical Engineering 384E (Topic 1), 397 (Topic: Electromechanical Devices). Additional prerequisite: Electrical Engineering 335M or 341 or Mechanical Engineering 335M.

Topic 2: Design of Electrical Machines. Same as Electrical Engineering 394 (Topic 11: Design of Electrical Machines). Electrical and mechanical design of electrical machines. Only one of the following may be counted: Electrical Engineering 397K (Topic: Design of Electrical Machines), Mechanical Engineering 384E (Topic 2), 397 (Topic: Design of Electrical Machines). Additional prerequisite: Electrical Engineering 335M or 341 or Mechanical Engineering 335M.

384N. Acoustics.
Same as Electrical Engineering 384N. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

Topic 1: Acoustics I. Plane waves in fluids; transient and steady-state reflection and transmission; lumped elements; refraction; strings, membranes, and rooms; horns; ray acoustics; absorption and dispersion.

Topic 2: Acoustics II. Rigorous derivation of acoustic wave equation; spherical and cylindrical waves; source theory; waveguides; vibrating piston; diffraction; arrays. Additional prerequisite: Electrical Engineering 384N (Topic 1), Mechanical Engineering 384N (Topic 1), or consent of instructor.

Topic 3: Electromechanical Sensors/Actuators. Same as Biomedical Engineering 384N (Topic 3: Electromechanical Sensors/Actuators). Electrical, mechanical, and acoustical dynamics; principles of energy conversion, transducer laws, and representation; effects of the transducer characteristics on accuracy and efficiency of energy transformation.

Topic 4: Nonlinear Acoustics. Distortion and shock formation in finite amplitude waves; harmonic generation and spectral interactions; absorption and dispersion; radiation pressure; acoustic streaming; weak shock theory; numerical modeling; diffraction of intense sound beams; parametric arrays.

Topic 5: Underwater Acoustics. Acoustical properties of the ocean; point sources and Green's functions; reflection phenomena; ray theory; normal mode theory; guided waves in horizontally stratified fluid media; WKB and parabolic approximations. Additional prerequisite: Electrical Engineering 384N (Topic 1: Acoustics I), Mechanical Engineering 384N (Topic 1), or consent of instructor.

Topic 6: Noise Control. Acoustic modeling techniques; panel radiation theory; absorption, barrier, and enclosure design; diagnosis based on experimental data.

Topic 7: Ultrasonics. Same as Biomedical Engineering 384N (Topic 7: Ultrasonics). Acoustic wave propagation in liquids and solids and at interfaces; transducers, arrays; imaging and sonar systems.

384Q. Design of Control Systems.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and Mechanical Engineering 364L or the equivalent.

Topic 1: Introduction to Modern Control. State variable methods, eigenvalues, and response modes; controllability, observability, and stability; calculus of variations; optimal control; Pontraygin maximum principle; control of regulator and tracking servomechanisms; Hamilton-Jacobi, dynamic programming; deterministic observers, Kalman filter; discrete and continuous time.

Topic 2: Nonlinear Control Systems. State space formulation; stability criteria; Liapunov functions; describing functions; signal stabilization; Popov and circle criteria for design.

Topic 7: Stochastic Systems, Estimation, and Control. Probability and random variables; filtering theory; stochastic calculus; stochastic control; engineering applications; linear and nonlinear systems; spectral techniques.

384R. Robotics.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Topic 1: Robotics and Automation. Component technologies for precision machines based on dynamic modeling and motion programming: cams, linkages, planar manipulators. Mechanical Engineering 384R (Topic 1) and 397 (Topic: Robotics and Automation) may not both be counted.

Topic 2: Design of Smart Mechanisms. Design of reprogrammable multiple-degree-of-freedom architectures. The course addresses various mechanical configurations and stresses the integrated design approach to sensing/actuation/control architecture and control software. Includes design project.

Topic 3: Advanced Dynamics of Robotic Systems. Treatment in depth of the dynamics of robotic systems. Discussion of modeling, analysis, and control of conventional serial robots, in-parallel manipulators, dual arms, and legged locomotion systems.

Topic 4: Geometry of Mechanisms and Robots. Advanced topics in theoretical kinematics geometry: applications of screw system theory to the study of motion and force fields in spatial mechanisms and robotic systems; analytical and numerical schemes associated with kinematics geometry.

Topic 5: Planar Mechanism Synthesis. Design of planar mechanisms for applications that require rigid body guidance, function generation, and path generation. Graphical and analytical techniques. Computer-aided design projects.

385J. Topics in Biomedical Engineering.
Three lecture hours a week for one semester, or as required by the topic. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering and consent of instructor.

Topic 1: Cell and Tissue Anatomy and Physiology for Engineers. Same as Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 1: Cell and Tissue Anatomy and Physiology for Engineers), Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 1: Cell and Tissue Anatomy and Physiology for Engineers), and Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 1: Cell and Tissue Anatomy and Physiology for Engineers). An overview of cellular biology, including functional cellular anatomy, DNA replication and the cell cycle, protein synthesis, membrane structure and function, energy metabolism, cellular homeostasis, and cell repair and death; and functional anatomy and physiology of the basic tissues. Normally offered in the fall semester only.

Topic 2: Organ System Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology for Engineers. Same as Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 2: Organ System Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology for Engineers), Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 2: Organ System Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology for Engineers), and Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 2: Organ System Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology for Engineers). The functional anatomy and physiology of the major human organ systems; representative pathologic disorders associated with these organs. An overview of general pathologic processes, with emphasis on the influences of normal and abnormal organ anatomy, physiology, and disease on the definition and solution of biomedical engineering problems. Two lecture hours and one three-hour laboratory a week for one semester. Normally offered in the spring semester only. Additional prerequisite: Mechanical Engineering 385J (Topic 1) or the equivalent.

Topic 3: Bioelectric Phenomena. Same as Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 3: Bioelectric Phenomena), Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 3: Bioelectric Phenomena), and Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 3: Bioelectric Phenomena). Examines the physiological bases of bioelectricity and the techniques required to record bioelectric phenomena both intracellularly and extracellularly; the representation of bioelectric activity by equivalent dipoles and the volume conductor fields produced. Normally offered in the fall semester only.

Topic 5: Cardiovascular Dynamics. Same as Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 5: Cardiovascular Dynamics), Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 5: Cardiovascular Dynamics), and Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 5: Cardiovascular Dynamics). Anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and dynamics of the cardiovascular system, with emphasis on the design and application of electrical and mechanical devices for cardiac intervention. Normally offered in the fall semester only.

Topic 9: Laser-Tissue Interaction: Thermal. Same as Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 9: Laser-Tissue Interaction: Thermal), Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 9: Laser-Tissue Interaction: Thermal), and Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 9: Laser-Tissue Interaction: Thermal). The thermal response of random media in interaction with laser irradiation. Calculation of the rate of heat production caused by direct absorption of the laser light, thermal damage, and ablation. Normally offered in the spring semester only.

Topic 10: Biomedical Application of Transport Phenomena. Investigates radioisotopic methods for biological transport, including theory and experiments. Investigates artificial organ systems with clinical laboratory experiments to augment theory presented in lectures.

Topic 11: Biomedical Engineering Hospital Interfaces. Same as Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 11: Biomedical Engineering Hospital Interfaces), Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 11: Biomedical Engineering Hospital Interfaces), and Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 11: Biomedical Engineering Hospital Interfaces). Students gain firsthand knowledge of the instrumentation, procedures, and organization of a modern hospital. Class sessions are held in the different clinical services and laboratories of the hospital. Normally offered in the spring semester only.

Topic 12: Biomedical Heat Transfer. Same as Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 12: Biomedical Heat Transfer), Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 12: Biomedical Heat Transfer), and Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 12: Biomedical Heat Transfer). Heat transfer in biological tissue; determination of thermodynamic and transport properties of tissue; thermal effects of blood perfusion; cryobiology; numerical modeling methods; clinical applications. Normally offered in the fall semester only. Additional prerequisite: Mechanical Engineering 339, Chemical Engineering 353, or the equivalent.

Topic 13: Molecular Recognition in Biology and Biotechnology. Same as Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 13: Molecular Recognition in Biology and Biotechnology), Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 13: Molecular Recognition in Biology and Biotechnology), and Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 13: Molecular Recognition in Biology and Biotechnology).

Topic 15: Biosignal Analysis. Same as Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 15: Biosignal Analysis), Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 15: Biosignal Analysis), and Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 15: Biosignal Analysis). Theory and classification of biological signals such as EEG, EKG, and EMG. Data acquisition and analysis procedures for biological signals, including computer applications. Normally offered in the spring semester only.

Topic 16: Laser-Tissue Interaction: Optical. Same as Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 16: Laser-Tissue Interaction: Optical), Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 16: Laser-Tissue Interaction: Optical), and Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 16: Laser-Tissue Interaction: Optical). The optical behavior of random media such as tissue in interaction with laser irradiation. Approximate transport equation methods to predict the absorption and scattering parameters of laser light inside tissue. Port-wine stain treatment; cancer treatment by photochemotherapy; and cardiovascular applications. Normally offered in the fall semester only.

Topic 17: Biomedical Instrumentation II: Real-Time Computer-Based Systems. Same as Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 17: Biomedical Instrumentation II: Real-Time Computer-Based Systems), Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 17: Biomedical Instrumentation II: Real-Time Computer-Based Systems), and Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 17: Biomedical Instrumentation II: Real-Time Computer-Based Systems). Design, testing, patient safety, electrical noise, biomedical measurement transducers, therapeutics, instrumentation electronics, and microcomputer interfaces. Several case studies are presented. Four structured laboratories and an individual project laboratory. Normally offered in the fall semester only.

Topic 18: Biomedical Image Processing. Same as Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 18: Biomedical Image Processing), Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 18: Biomedical Image Processing), and Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 18: Biomedical Image Processing). Physical principles and signal processing techniques used in thermographic, ultrasonic, and radiographic imaging, including image reconstruction from projections such as CT scanning, MRI, and millimeter wave determination of temperature profiles. Normally offered in the spring semester only. Additional prerequisite: Electrical Engineering 371R.

Topic 20: Network Thermodynamics in Biophysics. Same as Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 20: Network Thermodynamics in Biophysics), Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 20: Network Thermodynamics in Biophysics), and Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 20: Network Thermodynamics in Biophysics). Modeling and simulation methods for nonlinear biological processes, including coupling across multienergy domains; practical implementation by bond graph techniques. Normally offered in the spring semester only. Additional prerequisite: Mechanical Engineering 344 or consent of instructor.

Topic 22: Musculoskeletal Biomechanics. Same as Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 22: Musculoskeletal Biomechanics) and Kinesiology 395 (Topic 33: Musculoskeletal Biomechanics). Synthesis of properties of the musculotendon and skeletal systems to construct detailed computer models that quantify human performance and muscular coordination. Additional prerequisite for kinesiology students: Mathematics 341 (or 311) and Kinesiology 395 (Topic 36: Biomechanics of Human Movement).

Topic 23: Optical Spectroscopy. Same as Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 23: Optical Spectroscopy), Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 23: Optical Spectroscopy), and Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 23: Optical Spectroscopy). Measurement and interpretation of spectra: steady-state and time-resolved absorption, fluorescence, phosphorescence, and Raman spectroscopy in the ultraviolet, visible, and infrared portions of the spectrum. Normally offered in the fall semester only.

Topic 26: Therapeutic Heating. Same as Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 26: Therapeutic Heating), Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 26: Therapeutic Heating), and Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 26: Therapeutic Heating). Engineering aspects of electromagnetic fields that have therapeutic applications: diathermy (short wave, microwave, and ultrasound), electrosurgery (thermal damage processes), stimulation of excitable tissue, and electrical safety. Normally offered in the spring semester only.

Topic 27: The Biotechnology Revolution and Engineering Ethics. Same as Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 27: The Biotechnology Revolution and Engineering Ethics), Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 27: The Biotechnology Revolution and Engineering Ethics), and Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 27: The Biotechnology Revolution and Engineering Ethics). The history and status of genetic engineering; potential applications in medicine, agriculture, and industry; ethical and social issues surrounding the engineering of biological organisms; ethics in engineering practice in physical and biological realms. Normally offered in the spring semester only.

Topic 28: Noninvasive Optical Tomography. Same as Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 28: Noninvasive Optical Tomography), Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 28: Noninvasive Optical Tomography), and Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 28: Noninvasive Optical Tomography). Basic principles of optical tomographic imaging of biological materials for diagnostic or therapeutic applications. Optical-based tomographic imaging techniques including photothermal, photoacoustic, and coherent methodologies.

Topic 29: Transport Processes in Biological Systems. Same as Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 29: Transport Processes in Biological Systems), Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 29: Transport Processes in Biological Systems), and Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 29: Transport Processes in Biological Systems). Introduction to engineering analysis of transport phenomena in living systems, including fluid flow, heat transfer, pharmacokinetics, and membrane fluxes with clinical applications.

Topic 30: Introduction to Biomechanics. Same as Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 30: Introduction to Biomechanics), Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 30: Introduction to Biomechanics), and Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 30: Introduction to Biomechanics). Modeling and simulation of human movement; neuromuscular control; computer applications; introduction to experimental techniques. Three lecture hours and one laboratory hour a week for one semester.

Topic 31: Biomedical Instrumentation I. Same as Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 31: Biomedical Instrumentation I), Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 31: Biomedical Instrumentation I), and Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 31: Biomedical Instrumentation I). Application of electrical engineering techniques to analysis and instrumentation in biological sciences: pressure, flow, temperature measurement; bioelectrical signals; pacemakers; ultrasonics; electrical safety; electrotherapeutics.

Topic 32: Projects in Biomedical Engineering. Same as Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 32: Projects in Biomedical Engineering), Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 32: Projects in Biomedical Engineering), and Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 32: Projects in Biomedical Engineering). An in-depth examination of selected topics, such as optical and thermal properties of laser interaction with tissue; measurement of perfusion in the microvascular system; diagnostic imaging; interaction of living systems with electromagnetic fields; robotic surgical tools; ophthalmic instrumentation; noninvasive cardiovascular measurements. Three lecture hours and six laboratory hours a week for one semester. Additional prerequisite: Mechanical Engineering 385J (Topic 31).

Topic 33: Neurophysiology/Prosthesis Design. Same as Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 33: Neurophysiology/Prosthesis Design), Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 33: Neurophysiology/Prosthesis Design), and Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 33: Neurophysiology/Prosthesis Design). The structure and function of the human brain. Discussion of selected neurological diseases in conjunction with normal neurophysiology. Study of neuroprosthesis treatments and design philosophy, functional neural stimulation, and functional muscular stimulation. Normally offered in the fall semester only.

Topic 34: Biopolymers and Drug/Gene Delivery Same as Biomedical Engineering 385J (Topic 34: Biopolymers and Drug/Gene Delivery), Chemical Engineering 385J (Topic 34: Biopolymers and Drug/Gene Delivery), and Electrical Engineering 385J (Topic 34: Biopolymers and Drug/Gene Delivery). Introduction to different classes of biopolymers. Biodegradability and biocompatibility. Interaction of cells and tissues with polymers and polymeric implants; immunology of biomaterials. Applications of polymers in medicine and biology. Gene therapy and generic immunization. The use of biopolymers and drug/gene delivery in organ regeneration and tissue engineering. Normally offered in the fall semester only.

386P. Materials Science: Fundamentals.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

Topic 1: Introduction to Phase Transformations. Basics of crystal structures and phase diagrams; diffusion; solidification; solid-state phase transformations.

Topic 2: Mechanical Behavior of Materials. Elastic deformation; viscoelasticity; yielding, plastic flow, plastic instability; strengthening mechanisms; fracture, fatigue, creep; significance of mechanical properties tests. Microstructural mechanisms and macroscopic behavior of metals, polymers, ceramics, and composites.

Topic 3: Introduction to Thermodynamics of Materials. Thermodynamic properties; reactions and chemical equilibrium in gases; solutions, phase equilibria, phase diagrams, reaction equilibria; surfaces and interfaces; point defects in crystals.

Topic 4: Introduction to Solid-State Properties of Materials. Introduction to the electronic, magnetic, and optical properties of materials. Solid-state properties of metals, semiconductors, and ceramics; fundamental concepts needed for the description of these properties, using an introductory-level description of the electronic structure of solids.

Topic 5: Structure of Materials. Essential crystallography of lattices and structures; symmetry; elements of diffraction and reciprocal lattices; point, line, and surface defects in crystals; crystalline interfaces; noncrystalline materials; polymers; glasses.

386Q. Materials Science: Structure and Properties.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

Topic 1: Theory of Materials. Periodic behavior and the periodic table; historical approach to the principles of crystal structure; complex alloy phases; some aspects of phase stability.

Topic 2: Phase Diagrams. Phase equilibria in materials systems; systematic treatment of unary, binary, and ternary phase diagrams.

Topic 3: Fracture of Structural Materials. Microscopic and macroscopic aspects of ductile and brittle fracture; fracture mechanisms and fracture prevention.

Topic 4: Physical Metallurgy of Steels. The iron-carbon system; transformations and structures of steels; properties of pearlite, bainite, and martensite; tempering; hardenability and the effect of alloying elements.

Topic 7: Composite Materials. The theory of structural composite materials, their physical and mechanical properties; processing associated with metal-ceramic-polymer composites. Additional prerequisite: Mechanical Engineering 260K (or 360K) or the equivalent, Mechanical Engineering 378K or the equivalent, or consent of instructor.

Topic 9: Crystalline and Composite Anisotropy. Mathematical analysis of anisotropic materials, including single crystals, laminate composites, and deformation-hardened metals. Topics include thermal and electrical conductivity, diffusivity, thermal expansion, elasticity, and yielding.

Topic 10: High-Temperature Materials. Theory and practice in use of materials for high-temperature structural applications; case-study considerations of actual problems and requirements; interactive process-microstructure-property relationships in materials development and applications of superalloys, intermetallics, composites, and ceramics; prospective trends.

Topic 11: Ceramic Engineering. Bonding; crystal structures; defects; phase diagrams; glass ceramics; electrical, dielectric, magnetic, and optical ceramics. Mechanical Engineering 386Q (Topic 6: Ceramic Materials) and 386Q (Topic 11) may not both be counted.

Topic 13: Structural Ceramics. Powder processing, powder characterization, forming techniques, densification, and development of microstructure; emphasis on understanding materials, selection, and microstructure-mechanical property relationships.

Topic 14: Electrochemical Materials. Electrochemical cells; principles of electrochemical power sources; materials for batteries, fuel cells, electrochemical capacitors, electrochromic devices, and electrochemical sensors.

386R. Materials Science: Physical and Electronic Properties.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

Topic 1: Localized versus Itinerant Electrons in Solids. Same as Electrical Engineering 396K (Topic 9: Localized versus Itinerant Electrons in Solids). Description of electrons, from free atoms to crystals; band theory contrasted with crystal-field theory; evolution of electronic properties on passing from magnetic insulators to normal metals, from ionic to covalent solids, from single-valent compounds to mixed-valent systems; electron-lattice interactions and phase transitions; many examples. Additional prerequisite: A semester of quantum mechanics and a semester of solid-state science or technology.

Topic 2: Localized-Electron Phenomena. Same as Electrical Engineering 396K (Topic 17: Localized-Electron Phenomena). Analysis of the variation in physical properties versus chemical composition of several groups of isostructural transition-metal compounds. Additional prerequisite: A semester of solid-state science and/or quantum mechanics.

Topic 3: Transport Properties of Transition-Metal Oxides. Electronic and ionic transport in transition-metal oxides as they relate to battery cathodes, solid oxide cells, spin electronics, thermistors, and high-temperature superconductors.

386S. Materials Science: Microelectronics and Thin Films.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

Topic 1: Thin Films and Interfaces. Application of thin films and interfaces in microelectronics; basic properties, deposition techniques, microstructures and defects, diffusion characteristics; materials reaction in thin films and at interfaces.

Topic 2: Metallization and Packaging. Technology requirements and trends, impact of device scaling, multilayered interconnect structures, Schottky and ohmic contacts, contact reactions, silicide properties and applications, electromigration, thermal/mechanical properties, reliability. Additional prerequisite: Mechanical Engineering 386S (Topic 1).

386T. Materials Science: The Design of Technical Materials.
The process of designing a material for a specific engineering function as illustrated for various materials. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

Topic 1: Ionic Conductors. Same as Electrical Engineering 396K (Topic 10: Ionic Conductors).

Topic 2: High-Temperature Superconductors. Same as Electrical Engineering 396K (Topic 11: High-Temperature Superconductors).

Topic 3: Catalytic Electrodes. Same as Electrical Engineering 396K (Topic 12: Catalytic Electrodes).

Topic 4: Magnetic Materials. Same as Electrical Engineering 396K (Topic 13: Magnetic Materials).

387Q. Materials Science: Thermodynamics and Kinetics.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

Topic 1: Diffusion in Solids. Atomic mechanisms and phenomenological basis for transport by diffusion.

Topic 2: Kinetics and Phase Transformations. Nucleation and growth, spinodal decomposition, transformations in alloy systems.

Topic 3: Solidification. Liquid to solid transformations in pure materials, alloys and eutectics; applications such as zone refining, composites, and castings.

Topic 4: Corrosion. Electrode kinetics and the theory of polarization, passivity, galvanic coupling, and high temperature oxidation.

Topic 5: Thermodynamics of Materials. First and second laws, fugacity, activity, chemical equilibrium, phase diagrams, and introductory statistical concepts.

Topic 6: Statistical Thermodynamics of Materials. Quantum mechanics applied to partition functions of condensed and gaseous phases; chemical equilibria; phase transitions; and lattice statistics including the Ising model.

Topic 7: Group Theory and Phase Transformations. Symmetry principles and the associated mathematics applied to the description of condensed phases and their transformations.

387R. Materials Science: Experimental Techniques.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

Topic 1: Nondestructive Testing. Acoustic emission, ultrasonic, eddy current, dye penetrant, and magnetic methods.

Topic 3: Electron Diffraction and Microscopy. Transmission electron microscopy, kinematic electron diffraction theory, reciprocal lattice, defect analyses, scanning electron microscopy.

Topic 4: Advanced Electron Microscopy Theory and Techniques. Scanning transmission electron microscopy, microanalysis techniques, dynamical diffraction theory, convergent beam diffraction.

Topic 5: Materials Characterization Techniques. Classification and selection of characterization techniques: principles and applications of diffraction, spectroscopic, quantitative chemical analysis, thermal analysis, and transport and magnetic measurement techniques.

Topic 6: High-Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy Techniques. Theory and practice of high-resolution phase contrast electron microscopy. Computer simulation of images and diffraction patterns.

387S. Materials Processing.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

Topic 2: Processing of Materials. Principles, advantages, and problems of solid, liquid, and vapor materials processes; considerations of structural alloys, ceramics, engineering polymers, and composites.

388Q. Nuclear and Radiation Engineering: Theoretical Concepts.
Scientific and engineering concepts and analytical techniques in nuclear engineering. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and Mechanical Engineering 361E or the equivalent.

Topic 1: Nuclear Reactor Theory I. Physical principles; slowing down, diffusion, and age theories; bare and reflected thermal homogeneous reactors.

Topic 2: Nuclear Reactor Theory II. Neutron transport theory, multigroup method, heterogeneous reactors, perturbation theory, reactor kinetics.

Topic 3: Computational Methods in Radiation Transport. Transport equation, Monte Carlo method, energy and time discretization, discrete ordinates, integral methods, even-parity methods.

Topic 4: Nuclear and Neutron Physics. Systematics of nuclear parameters, flux and spectral measurement techniques, nuclear cross sections, fission physics.

388R. Nuclear and Radiation Engineering: Systems Analysis.
Engineering analysis of nuclear radiation and reactor systems. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and Mechanical Engineering 361E or the equivalent.

Topic 1: Nuclear Radiation Shielding. Radiation fields/sources; techniques in neutron and photon attenuation; transport description of radiation penetration.

Topic 2: Nuclear Power Engineering. Nuclear energy generation and heat removal, thermodynamic cycles, environmental effects, nuclear power plant design.

Topic 5: Nuclear Health Physics. Quantification of exposure to ionizing radiation mathematics and physics of sources, interactions, spectrometry, and dosimetry of ionizing radiation. Dispersion and environmental significance of radionuclides released into the environment, including deposition, environmental transport, uptake, and biological effects. Operational radiological safety and radiation measurements. Additional prerequisite: Mechanical Engineering 337D or consent of instructor.

389Q. Nuclear and Radiation Engineering: Design of Systems.
Synthesis of engineering concepts, materials specifications, and economics in the design of nuclear systems. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and Mechanical Engineering 361E or the equivalent.

Topic 1: Design of Nuclear Systems. Integration of fluid mechanics, heat transfer, thermomechanics, and thermodynamics with reactor theory for core design.

389R. Nuclear and Radiation Engineering: Experimental Methods.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and Mechanical Engineering 361E or the equivalent.

Topic 1: Nuclear Engineering Laboratory. Experiments using the TRIGA reactor and a subcritical assembly; measurement of reactor characteristics and operational parameters.

Topic 2: Nuclear Analysis Techniques. Thermal and fast neutron activation, scintillation and solid-state detectors, beta and gamma spectrometry, coincidence techniques.

391R. Artificial Intelligence Programming for Engineers.
Provides a working knowledge of LISP and compares it with PROLOG; use of the Texas Instruments Explorer, and artificial intelligence techniques applied to engineering problems. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

392G. Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design.
Studies in computer graphics and its application to design. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Topic 1: Advanced Engineering Computer Graphics. Computer graphics hardware, software standards, two- and three-dimensional transformations, and projections. Interactive techniques, geometric modeling, and picture rendering. Additional prerequisite: Proficiency in FORTRAN or C.

Topic 2: Computational Geometry for Engineering Design. Introduction to techniques for representing geometry for computer-aided engineering design. Review of three-dimensional computer graphics, two- and three-dimensional curve formulations, techniques from algebraic and vector geometry, and implicit versus parametric definitions. Free-form surface formulation and solid modeling. Additional prerequisite: Proficiency in C, FORTRAN, or Pascal.

Topic 3: Advanced Computer-Aided Design Applications. Hardware and software for computer-aided design systems. Display devices, multidimensional graphics, optimization, use of artificial intelligence.

Topic 4: Advanced Topics in Computer-Aided Design. Detailed execution of an independent computer-aided design project. Projects require significant development and emphasize application of techniques from computer-aided engineering and interactive computer graphics. Lectures deal with the subject matter of the projects. Additional prerequisite: Mechanical Engineering 352K, 392G (Topic 1), or 392G (Topic 2); and consent of instructor.

392M. Advanced Mechanical Design.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

Topic 1: Analytical Techniques in Mechanical Design. Analytical techniques and some computational techniques for the advanced stress and strength analysis of machine components and mechanical structures.

Topic 3: Advanced Design of Machine Elements. Review of basic machine elements, properties, and stresses; fluid couplings and torque converters; thermal stresses, relaxation, and beneficial residual stressing; shells and rotors; plasticity.

Topic 6: Engineering Design Theory and Mathematical Techniques. Design history and philosophy. Survey of current research areas in design theory, methodology, and manufacturing. Tools for solving engineering system design and synthesis problems. Reverse engineering design project. Mechanical Engineering 392M (Topic 6) and 397 (Topic: Advanced Engineering Design) may not both be counted.

Topic 7: Product Design, Development, and Prototyping. Methodology and tools for the product development process. Functional designs based on real product needs. Product design project. Mechanical Engineering 392M (Topic 7) and 397 (Topic: Product Design and Prototyping) may not both be counted.

392Q. Manufacturing.
Topics that cut across departmental concentrations (mechanical systems and design, metallurgy and materials engineering, operations research and industrial engineering), including design for manufacturing, manufacturing machines and manufacturing processing, and production systems. Three lecture hours a week for one semester; additional laboratory hours may be required for some topics. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Topic 1: Introduction to Manufacturing Systems. Analysis and design of production systems to decrease manufacturing costs, decrease defects, and shorten delivery time by reducing process cycle times. Emphasis is on continuous flow manufacturing. Mechanical Engineering 392Q (Topic 1) and 397 (Topic: Introduction to Manufacturing Systems) may not both be counted. Additional prerequisite: A basic understanding of statistics.

Topic 2: Computer Fundamentals for Manufacturing Systems. Computer graphics, computer-aided design, direct numerical control, relationship between computer-aided design and manufacturing.

Topic 4: Automation and Integration of Manufacturing Systems. Integration of automated manufacturing components into a cohesive manufacturing system. Selection of automation strategy, communication and interaction between system components, economics and reliability of the resulting systems.

Topic 5: Manufacturing Processing: Unit Processes. Important unit processing operations in manufacturing: cutting, drilling, and grinding metals, ceramics, composites, and polymers. Deformation processes: forming and rolling. Laser machining. Mechanical Engineering 392Q (Topic 5) and 397 (Topic: Manufacturing Processing: Unit Processes) may not both be counted.

Topic 6: Mechatronics I. Integrated use of mechanical, electrical, and computer systems for information processing and control of machines and devices. System modeling, electromechanics, sensors and actuators, basic electronics design, signal processing and conditioning, noise and its abatement, grounding and shielding, filters, and system interfacing techniques. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours a week for one semester.

Topic 7: Microcomputer Programming and Interfacing. Microcomputer architecture and programming; microcomputer system analysis; interfacing and digital control.

Topic 8: The Factory of the Twenty-First Century. Projection of technologies that may significantly affect discrete-parts manufacturing ten to twenty-five years into the future. Speakers may include leaders from academia, government, and industry.

Topic 9: Mechatronics II. Interfacing microcomputers with sensors and actuators; hybrid (analog/digital) design; digital logic and analog circuitry; data acquisition and control; microcomputer architecture, assembly language programming; signal conditioning, filters, analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours a week for one semester.

394J. Energy Systems.
Same as Electrical Engineering 394J. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in engineering and consent of instructor.

Topic 1: Power System Engineering I. Physical features, operational characteristics, and analytical models for major electric power systems and components.

Topic 2: Power System Engineering II. Advanced techniques for solving large power networks; loadflow, symmetrical components, short circuit analysis.

Topic 3: Economic Analysis of Power Systems. Energy resources, cost characteristics of electricity supply, electricity consumption and supply patterns, and impact of regulatory policy.

Topic 4: Environmental Engineering and Energy Systems. Environmental effects and controls for air, water, and land pollution for power systems.

Topic 5: Power System Planning and Practices. The economics of integrated resource planning.

Topic 6: Energy Conversion Engineering. Thermal analysis and operating characteristics of systems for electric power generation.

Topic 7: Power System Harmonics. The study of nonsinusoidal voltages and currents in power systems. Detailed modeling and simulation of harmonics sources, system response, and effects on equipment.

397. Current Studies in Engineering.
The equivalent of three class hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of the graduate adviser.

Topic 2: Nuclear Engineering Materials.

Topic 3: Facilitating Process Improvement. Mechanical Engineering 397 (Topic 3) is same as Civil Engineering 397 (Topic 15: Facilitating Process Improvement) and Management 385 (Topic 43: Facilitating Process Improvement).

Topic 8: Energy and the Environment. Additional prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

197K, 297K, 397K. Graduate Seminar.
Normally required of all mechanical engineering graduate students. For each semester hour of credit earned, one lecture hour a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Topic 1: Acoustics.

Topic 2: Advanced Thermal/Fluid Seminar.

Topic 3: Materials Engineering.

Topic 4: Mechanical Systems and Design.

Topic 5: Nuclear Engineering.

Topic 6: Introductory Thermal/Fluid Seminar.

397M. Graduate Research Internship.
Research associated with enrollment in the Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP). Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor and the dean of the College of Engineering.

197P, 297P, 397P. Projects in Mechanical Engineering.
Independent project carried out under the supervision of a mechanical engineering faculty member. Three, six, or nine laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

698. Thesis.
The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for two semesters. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: For 698A, graduate standing in mechanical engineering and consent of the graduate adviser; for 698B, Mechanical Engineering 698A.

398R. Master's Report.
Preparation of a report to fulfill the requirement for the master's degree under the report option. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in mechanical engineering and consent of the graduate adviser.

398T. Supervised Teaching in Mechanical Engineering.
Teaching under close supervision, group meetings or individual consultations, and reports as required. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and appointment as a teaching assistant.

399R, 699R, 999R. Dissertation.
Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree.

399W, 699W, 999W. Dissertation.
Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Mechanical Engineering 399R, 699R, or 999R.

 


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