UT Dallas 2014 Undergraduate Catalog

Mechanical Engineering

MECH 1208 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering (2 semester credit hours) The purpose of this course is to give students a general understanding of the broad range of technical areas and applications specific to the mechanical engineering profession. Course activities include team-oriented competitions, and lectures by mechanical engineering experts. Prerequisite: ECS 1200. Prerequisites or Corequisites: (PHYS 2325 and PHYS 2125) and (MATH 2419 or MATH 2414). (1-1) Y

MECH 1V95 Topics in Mechanical Engineering (1-9 semester credit hours) Subject matter will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated as topics vary (9 semester credit hours maximum). Instructor consent required. ([1-9]-0) R

MECH 2120 Mechanical Measurements Laboratory (1 semester credit hour) Laboratory course. The laboratory introduces mechanical measurement techniques and processes. Introduction to basic instrumentation used in mechanical engineering, including calibration, use, precision, and accuracy. Consideration of errors, precision, and accuracy in experimental measurements. Corequisite: MECH 2320. (0-1) Y

MECH 2310 (ENGR 2301) Statics (3 semester credit hours) Lecture course. Course material includes vector representations of forces and moments, free body diagrams, equilibrium of particles, center of mass, centroids, distributed load systems, equivalent force systems, equilibrium of rigid bodies, trusses, frames and machines, internal forces in structural members, shear forces and bending moments in beams, friction, area and mass moments of inertia, the principle of virtual work. Prerequisites: MECH 1208 and (PHYS 2325 and PHYS 2125). Prerequisite or Corequisite: MATH 2415 or MATH 2419. (3-0) Y

MECH 2320 (ENGR 2332) Mechanics of Materials (3 semester credit hours) Lecture course. Introduction to stress and deformation analysis of basic structural elements subjected to axial, torsional, bending, and pressure loads. Prerequisites: (MATH 2415 or MATH 2419) and MECH 2310. Corequisite: MECH 2120. (3-0) Y

MECH 2330 (ENGR 2302) Dynamics (3 semester credit hours) Lecture course. Kinematics and kinetics of particles, planar rigid bodies, three-dimensional rigid bodies and equations of motion. Methods utilizing force and acceleration, work and energy and impulse and momentum. Single degree of freedom vibration systems and simulation tools are introduced. Prerequisites: MECH 2310. Prerequisite or Corequisite: ENGR 2300 and MATH 2420. (3-0) Y

MECH 2V95 Topics in Mechanical Engineering (1-9 semester credit hours) Subject matter will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated as topics vary (9 semester credit hours maximum). Instructor consent required. ([1-9]-0) R

MECH 3105 Computer Aided Design Laboratory (1 semester credit hour) Project-based course associated with MECH 3305. Design projects involving CAD tools constitute a major portion of the course. Corequisite: MECH 3305. (0-1) Y

MECH 3115 Fluid Mechanics Laboratory (1 semester credit hour) Laboratory course associated with MECH 3315. Wind tunnel calibration and survey, wind tunnel turbulence tests, boundary layer on a flat plate, static stability, design and conduct experiments. Prerequisite: MECH 3315; it is recommended that the laboratory is taken the next long semester after completion of MECH 3315. (0-1) Y

MECH 3120 Heat Transfer Laboratory (1 semester credit hour) Laboratory course associated with MECH 3320. Course emphasis is on experiments related to thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics. Proper experimental methods, data and uncertainty analysis related to thermal and fluids measurements are discussed. Prerequisite: MECH 3320; it is recommended that the laboratory is taken the next long semester after completion of MECH 3320. (0-1) Y

MECH 3150 Kinematics and Dynamics Laboratory (1 semester credit hour) Project-based course associated with MECH 3350. Laboratory course focused on performing a team design project of a mechanical system. Prerequisite: MECH 3350; it is recommended that the laboratory is taken the next long semester after completion of MECH 3350. (0-1) Y

MECH 3305 Computer Aided Design (3 semester credit hours) Lecture course. Course material includes an introduction to Computer-Aided Mechanical Design (CAMD) tools and their applications to mechanical systems design. Topics include sketching, 3D modeling, parametric curve and surface modeling, assembly modeling and engineering drawings. Prerequisites: MECH 1208 and ENGR 2300. Prerequisite or Corequisite: CS 1325 or (CE 1337 or CS 1337 or TE 1337). Corequisite: MECH 3105. (3-0) Y

MECH 3310 Thermodynamics (3 semester credit hours) Lecture course. This course focuses on introductory concepts and definitions of thermodynamics, energy and the availability and reversible work, machine, and cycle processes; real gas behavior; first law of thermodynamics, phase-change, internal energy, energy balance, entropy, ideal gas, control volume analysis, second law of thermodynamics, vapor, gas and refrigeration power systems. Prerequisites: MECH 1208 and ENGR 3300 and PHYS 2325. Prerequisite or Corequisite: CHEM 1311. (3-0) Y

MECH 3315 Fluid Mechanics (3 semester credit hours) Lecture course. Course material includes the concepts and applications of fluid mechanics and dimensional analysis with an emphasis on fluid behavior, internal and external flows, analysis of engineering applications of incompressible pipe systems, and external aerodynamics, ideal fluid flow including potential flow theory, and computer solutions in ideal fluid flow. Prerequisites: MECH 2330 and ENGR 3300. Prerequisite or Corequisite: MECH 3310. (3-0) Y

MECH 3320 Heat Transfer (3 semester credit hours) Lecture course. This course focuses on steady state and time-dependent conduction in one- and two-dimensions; forced convection, internal and external flows; heat exchangers; introduction to radiation; elements of thermal system design. Prerequisites: MECH 3310 and MECH 3315. (3-0) Y

MECH 3350 Kinematics and Dynamics of Mechanical Systems (3 semester credit hours) Lecture course. Motion and interaction of machine elements and mechanisms. Kinematics, statics, and dynamics are applied for analysis and design of the parts of machines such as planar mechanisms, cams and gears. Prerequisites: ENGR 2300 and MATH 2420 and MECH 2330 and ENGR 3300. (3-0) Y

MECH 3351 Design of Mechanical Systems (3 semester credit hours) Lecture course. Design and analysis tools for mechanical systems. Design criteria based on reliability and functionality are introduced. Basic principles of stress and deflection analysis, application to mechanical components and systems. Failure design theory based on static and dynamic loads, stochastic considerations, and design of mechanical components such as shafts, bearing and shaft-bearing systems, gear and gear systems and mechanical joints. Prerequisites: MECH 2320 and ENGR 3300. Prerequisite or Corequisite: MECH 3350. (3-0) Y

MECH 3V95 Topics in Mechanical Engineering (1-9 semester credit hours) Subject matter will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated as topics vary (9 semester credit hours maximum). Instructor consent required. ([1-9]-0) R

MECH 4110 Systems and Controls Laboratory (1 semester credit hour) Laboratory course associated with MECH 4310. Course focused on the modeling and parameter estimation of dynamical systems, and the design of control systems. Prerequisite: MECH 4310; it is recommended that the laboratory is taken the next long semester after completion of MECH 4310. (0-1) Y

MECH 4301 Intermediate Mechanics of Materials (3 semester credit hours) Course material includes principal stresses; constitutive relations, thermal strains; stress concentration, brittle and ductile failure; fracture and fatigue; two-dimensional linear elasticity; beams on elastic foundation; energy concepts, unit load method, Castigliano's theorems; St. Venant torsion theory, Prandtl method, thin-walled sections; unsymmetrical beams, shear center; curved beams; plates, uniform and axi-symmetrical bending; column buckling. Prerequisites: MECH 2320 and ENGR 3300. (3-0) Y

MECH 4310 Systems and Controls (3 semester credit hours) Lecture course. Introduction to linear control theory. General structure of control systems. Mathematical models including differential equations, transfer functions, and state space. Transient response and steady-state error. Performance, stability, root-locus method, Bode diagram, and Nyquist plot. Compensation design using PID, phase-lead, and phase-lag controllers. Prerequisites: ENGR 2300 and MATH 2420 and MECH 2330. Prerequisite or Corequisite: MECH 3315. (3-0) Y

MECH 4320 Applications of Computational Tools in Thermal Fluid Science (3 semester credit hours) Introduction to the methods used to simulate fluid flow and heat transfer, with an emphasis on the selection and use of commercial computational tools. This course covers basic numerical analysis and the application of these techniques to the solution of the relevant governing equations in thermal-fluid science. Discussion of how engineering problems can be formulated and solved using various commercial software packages. Prerequisite: MECH 3320. (3-0) Y

MECH 4330 Intermediate Fluid Mechanics (3 semester credit hours) Lecture course. Key concepts such as: stability, buoyancy, conservation of momentum and angular momentum, and potential flow will be reviewed. Working mechanism of fluid machinery (such as pumps, gas turbines engines, fans) as well as open channel flows (river) will be discussed in detail. An introduction to the effects of compressibility will be given and the equations of normal shocks and streamlined isentropic tubes will be derived. Prerequisite: MECH 3315. (3-0) Y

MECH 4340 Mechanical Vibrations (3 semester credit hours) Lecture course. This course covers harmonic and periodic motion including both damped and undamped free and forced vibration, single- and multi-degree-of-freedom systems and matrix techniques suitable for computer simulations. Prerequisites: ENGR 2300 and MATH 2420 and ENGR 3341 and MECH 2330. (3-0) Y

MECH 4350 Applied Heat Transfer (3 semester credit hours) Lecture course. This course extends topics beyond those found in the first course in heat transfer (MECH 3320), with emphasis on current heat transfer applications that involve multiple modes, transient analysis, phase change and accompanied mass transfer. The applications may include heat exchanger design and analysis, heat and mass transfer in building HVAC, renewable energy systems, thermal management, among others. Prerequisite: MECH 3320. (3-0) Y

MECH 4360 Introduction to Nanostructured Materials (3 semester credit hours) Lecture course. The emphasis in this course is to introduce the science of the building blocks of nanostructured materials, their chemical and structural characterization, material behavior, and the technological implications of these materials. Special attention is devoted to presenting new developments in this field and future perspectives. Prerequisites: MECH 2320 and MECH 3310. (3-0) Y

MECH 4370 Introduction to MEMS (3 semester credit hours) Lecture course. This course will target an audience of motivated senior-level undergraduates, with the goal of providing an introduction to M/NEMS fabrication techniques, selected device applications, and the design tradeoffs in developing systems. Prerequisites: CHEM 1311 and MECH 3310 and MECH 3350. (3-0) Y

MECH 4381 Senior Design Project I (3 semester credit hours) Project-based capstone course. Student groups design, build, and test a device that solves an open-ended mechanical engineering design problem. MECH 4381 focuses on background research, design, and engineering analysis, MECH 4382 on prototype construction and testing. As designated MECH Writing-Intensive Courses, MECH 4381 and MECH 4382 also focus on the refinement of students' engineering communications skills and their use of writing as a critical-thinking and learning tool. Prerequisites: MECH 3305 and MECH 3320 and MECH 3351 and MECH 4310 and ECS 3390. (3-0) Y

MECH 4382 Senior Design Project II (3 semester credit hours) Project-based capstone course. Student groups design, build, and test a device that solves an open-ended mechanical engineering design problem. MECH 4381 focuses on background research, design, and engineering analysis, MECH 4382 on prototype construction and testing. As designated MECH Writing-Intensive Courses, MECH 4381 and MECH 4382 also focus on the refinement of students' engineering communications skills and their use of writing as a critical-thinking and learning tool. Prerequisite: MECH 4381. (3-0) Y

MECH 4399 Senior Honors in Mechanical Engineering (3 semester credit hours) For students conducting independent research for honors theses or projects. Instructor consent required. (3-0) R

MECH 4V95 Topics in Mechanical Engineering (1-9 semester credit hours) Subject matter will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated as topics vary (9 semester credit hours maximum). Instructor consent required. ([1-9]-0) R

MECH 4V98 Undergraduate Research in Mechanical Engineering (1-9 semester credit hours) Topics will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit (9 semester credit hours maximum). Instructor consent required. ([1-9]-0) R

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