Mechanical Engineering Graduate Courses

 

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Mechanical Engineering Graduate Courses

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Course Code / Title

Course Description


Course Code/Title:

MECH 8240-1
Applied Finite Element Analysis

 

Course Description:

This course focuses on the modeling aspects of the finite element method using three well known commercial Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software packages known as DYNA, IDEAS and ANSYS. A variety of stress analysis problems in two and three dimensions are studied and the accuracy of the simulations are assessed through comparison with available theoretical and experimental results. Both static and dynamic situations are covered. The students are expected to prepare a final report summarizing their work and an oral presentation.


Course Code/Title:

MECH 8290-1
Robotics Fundamentals and Programming

Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to introduce you to basics of modeling, design, planning, and control of robot systems. Topics include coordinate frames and transformations, forward and inverse kinematic solutions to open and closed chain manipulators, the Jacobian, dynamics and control, sensors and actuators. In addition, Global Robotic specifications (GRS) will be introduced at high level 1): Communication control signals device-net safety/tooling, 2): Robot rules of process processes and limits, rough cycle time rules. 3): Robot integration and Programming, interference zones. 4): Payload data analysis, Robot duty cycle (joint's servomotor life), in addition students will learn to develop multi robots work-cell construction as a introduction to DM using the State of art of true DM work-cell design, Tecnomatix (PS, V17.1a; SIEMENS SW) is used.


Course Code/Title:

MECH 8290-4
Air Conditioning

Course Description:

Principles of environmental air quality and occupant comfort control. Psychrometric analysis of buildings as applied to common air distribution system designs. Current solar radiation estimation techniques and other energy transfer mechanisms; their application to cooling and heating load calculations.


Course Code/Title:

MECH 8290-9
Computer-Aided Design

Course Description:

This course in CAD/CAM/CAE is directed towards students preparing to work as technical professionals and mechanical designers in industry. This course is based on from theory to practice and discusses important integration issues and approaches. The lectures present basic and generic principles and tools; this is supplemented with significant hands-on practice and engineering applications. Much of the learning will result from "hands-on" experience operating CAD software and learning the machining tools and a bit of programming (CAM) as well.


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MECH 8290-21
Automotive Materials

Course Description:

The objective of this course is to introduce both the metallic and non-metallic materials employed in automobiles. The metallic automotive materials are comprised of ferrous and nonferrous alloys. Although the traditional ferrous alloys – cast irons and steels are still present in automobiles, the advanced high strength ferrous alloys are emerging. The nonferrous alloys – aluminum and magnesium-based lightweight are increasingly used in the auto industry. Polymers as the nonmetallic lightweight materials are widely employed in automobiles. The content to be covered ranges from the production of introduced automotive materials to their recent development and to understand the rationale for the usage of various automotive materials, the advantages of their manufacturability and properties are discussed.


Course Code/Title:

MECH 8290-37
Industrial Fluid Power

Course Description:

Fluid power encompasses most applications that use liquids or gases to transmit power in the form of mechanical work, pressure, and/or volume in a system. In this course, students will learn the benefits and limitations of fluid power, how to analyze fluid power components and circuits, and how to design and simulate fluid power circuits for applications.


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MECH 8290-38
Optimization

Course Description:

Classical theory of optimization. Kuhn-Tucker conditions. Unconstrained optimization; gradient methods, conjugate gradient methods, variable metric methods, search techniques. Constrained optimization. Approximation methods, projection methods, reduced gradient methods; penalty function methods; computational algorithms. Recent advances in optimization. Use of computer software packages.


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MECH 8290-44
Vehicle Dynamics

Course Description:

Classification and analysis of suspension types and geometry, powertrain layout, and ride quality. Tire modeling, stability, and numerical simulation of vehicle dynamics, including longitudinal and lateral vehicle response to driver inputs.


Course Code/Title:

MECH 8290-67
Advanced Vehicle Thermal Management

Course Description:

The course first covers the difficulties and challenges in designing the engine cooling system to provide much higher performance owing to today’s improved power output of engines and the trend toward a more compact engine compartment. Secondly, the practical application of refrigeration in automotive air-conditioning is covered. The fundamental principles of refrigeration and air conditioning are developed and are followed by description and design of equipment and systems. The course also addresses the question of how automotive air conditioning varies in design and application from stationary systems. Thirdly, the plug-in electrification of the automobile presents some unique challenges for the vehicle level thermal management system. These challenges include the addition of new systems as well as modifications to the existing systems.


Course Code/Title:

MECH 8290-69
Boilers and Pressure Vessels

Course Description:

In this course, students will learn how to use the ASME codes sections I and VIII for designing of power boilers and pressure vessels. The specifications for materials and welding consumables, as well as reinforcement and compensation rules will be discussed. At the end of this course, different standards that provide the methodology for conducting the various nondestructive examinations used in ASME Section I will be covered.


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MECH 8290-79
Practical CFD and Turbulence Modeling

Course Description:

CFD fundamentals, principles, modelling procedures, meshing considerations and requirements, grid sensitivity analysis, boundary condition types and the user input for each boundary type including multiphase flows. Setting up of the physical properties of fluid, turbulence modelling (RANS, DES & LES), solution control parameters and discretization schemes. Guidelines for verification and validation of CFS simulation. Open source CFD solver OpenFOAM will also be briefly reviewed.