Department of Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Courses


ENGR 6. Engineering Graphics and CADD (Computer Aided Drafting and Design)

In-depth graphical analysis and solution of typical three-dimensional space problems by applying the principles of orthogonal projection. Fundamentals of interactive computer aided design and drafting. Preparation of engineering drawings utilizing the CAD system. Lecture two hours; laboratory three hours. 3 units

ENGR 17. Introductory Circuit Analysis

Writing of mesh and node equations. DC and transient circuit analysis by linear differential equation techniques. Application of laws and theorems of Kirchoff, Ohm, Thevenin, Norton and maximum power transfer. Sinusoidal analysis using phasors, average power. 3 units. Prerequisites: PHYS 11C, MATH 45; either the math or physics may be taken concurrently, but not both.

ENGR 30. Analytic Mechanics: Statics

Statics of particles. Equivalent systems of forces. Equilibrium of rigid bodies. Centroids, centers of gravity and forces on submerged surfaces. Analysis of trusses including use of computer programs. Analysis of frames and machines. Forces in beams including shear and moment diagrams. Friction. Moments of inertia. 3 units. Prerequisites: PHYS 11 A. MATH 31, ENGR 4 or ENGR 6.

ENGR 45. Engineering Materials

Basic principles of mechanical, electrical and chemical behavior of metals, polymers and ceramics in engineering applications; topics include bonding, crystalline structure and imperfections, phase diagrams, corrosion, and electrical properties. Laboratory experiments demonstrate actual behavior of materials; topics include metallography, mechanical properties of metals and heat treatment. Lecture two hours, laboratory three hours. 3 units. Prerequisites: Math 30, CHEM 1A.

ME 37. Manufacturing Processes

Principles of manufacturing processes in the areas of metal removal, forming, joining and casting and fundamentals of numerical control. Study includes applications of equipment, e.g., lathe, milling machine, drill press, saw, grinder, welder. molding equipment and core makers. Emphasis on safety during hands-on operations. Two hours lecture, one three-hour lab. 3 units.


ENGR 110. Analytic Mechanics - Dynamics

Fundamental principles of kinematics and kinetics, study of motion and force analysis of particles and rigid bodies, application to idealized structures and physical systems, introduction to free and forced vibrations. 3 units. Prerequisites: ENGR 30, MATH 32, MATH 45.

ENGR 112. Mechanics of Materials

Stresses, strains and deformations in elastic behavior of axial force, torsion and bending members, and design applications. Statically indeterminate problems. Strain energy. Column stability. 3 units. Prerequisites: ENGR 30, ENGR 45, MATH 45.

ENGR 124. Thermodynamics

Study of thermodynamic principles and their applications to engineering problems. Includes a study of the first and second laws, the properties of pure substances and ideal gas, gas/vapor mixtures, and an introduction to thermodynamic cycles. 3 units. Prerequisites: MATH 32, PHYS 11A, CHEM 1A.

ENGR 132. Fluid Mechanics

Lectures and problems in the fundamental principles of incompressible and compressible fluid flow. 3 units. Prerequisites: ENGR 110.

ME 105. Introduction to Technical Problem Solving

Introduction to the use of computers for engineering, science and mathematical computations. Introduction to linear algebra and matrix applications. Introduction to concepts of programming and visualization using MATLAB and PBasic.  Practical applications involving design using a microcontroller. Applications will be drawn from a variety of science and engineering areas. Lecture two hours, laboratory three hours.  3 units.  Prerequisites: ENGR 17, Engr 30.

ME 108. Professional Topics in Mechanical Engineering

Introduction to statistical methods applied to analysis of engineering systems.  Topics include data collection, distribution characteristics, probability, uses of regression analysis, and decision-making under uncertainty.  Introduction to economic analysis applied to engineering designs.  Topics include marginal or incremental economic analysis using multiple standard methods while addressing organizational constraints and money market factors. Lecture two hours. 3 units.  Prerequisites: MATH 31.

ME 114. Vibrations

Generation of equations of motion for single and multiple degree freedom systems. Study of natural frequencies, eigenvectors, free and forced response, modes of vibration and vibration control and isolation. Mechanical and structural vibrations with applications to rotating machinery and vehicles. Fundamentals of acoustics and the engineering of musical instruments. Lecture three hours. 3 units. Prerequisites: ENGR 110, ME 105.

ME 115. Dynamics of Machinery and Multi-Body Systems

Kinematic and kinetic analysis of mechanisms. Rigid and flexible multi-body assembly models in two and three dimensions. Use of solid modeling, dynamic analysis and finite element methods. Study of loads on linkages, cams, gears as integral functioning components of machines, ground and space vehicles. Study of forces and moments in machinery under impulsive and impact forces, balancing, and elements of vibration. Lecture three hours. 3 units. Prerequisites: ENGR 110, ME 105.

ME 116. Machinery Design I

Introduction to basic design methodology for mechanical systems and devices. Detail design of machine components; application of analytical methods in the design of complex machines. Failure mode analysis, theories of failure, yield, fracture, deflection, and fatigue analysis of machine elements. Design of common machine elements such as bearings and shafts. Lecture two hours. 2 units. Prerequisites: ENGR 6, ENGR 112, ME 37; ENGR 112 may be taken concurrently

ME 117. Machinery Design II

Introduction to design of machine components; application of analytical methods in the design of complex machines. Design of common machine elements such as threaded fasteners, springs, flexible drive components, gears, and friction devices. Introduction to stress and deflection analysis using finite element software. Lecture two hours. 2 units. Prerequisites: ME 116.

ME 126. Heat Transfer

Basic principles of heat transfer, including processes of conduction, convection, radiation, evaporation and condensation. Lecture three hours.  3 units.  Prerequisites: ENGR 124, ENGR 132.

ME 128. Thermal-Fluid Systems

Fundamentals of the Otto, Diesel, Brayton and Rankine power cycles, vapor-compression refrigeration, psychrometric processes and chemical reactions.  Theory and application of temperature, pressure, flow, and velocity instruments, introduction to experiment design, errors, uncertainty and data acquisition, analysis and presentation.  Lecture two hours, laboratory three hours.  3 units.  Prerequisites: ENGR 124.

ME 136. Numerical Control Programming

Computer programming languages for automated manufacturing, including CNC manual programming, cutter compensation, geometric definition of products, cutting tool definition, continuous path part programming, computation, decision, looping, computer graphics programming and intelligent machines. 3 units.  Prerequisites: ME 37 and ME 105; ME 105 may be taken concurrently.

ME 137. Product Design for Computer-Aided Manufacturing

Computer-Aided Manufacturing considerations in product design, rapid prototyping, parts classification and coding, applications of CAD/CAM software in product design and automation, automatic tool path generation and computer-aided process planning. 3 units. Prerequisites: ME 117.

ME 138. Concurrent Product & Process Design

Manufacturing considerations in product design including: design for assembly (DFA), design for producibility (DFP), design to cost (DTC), design to life cycle cost (DTLCC), design for quality and reliability (DFQR); introduction to concurrent engineering. 3 units. Prerequisites: ME 116.

ME 143. Vehicle Dynamics and Design

Design of vehicles with emphasis on, but not limited to, automobiles. Major topics include frame design, suspension, power plants, power transmission, steering, braking, auxiliary systems, and manufacturing methods. 3 units.  Prerequisites: ME 117.

ME 151. Fundamentals of Combustion

Principles of combustion and pyrolysis of gaseous, liquid, and solid materials. Applications of principles, including analysis and design of stationary and mobile powerplants, waste management, and fire safety. 3 units.  Prerequisites: ME 128.

ME 152. Turbomachinery Design

Theoretical analysis of energy transfer between fluid and rotor; principles of axial, mixed, and radial flow compressors and turbines. Applications and computer-aided design of various types of turbomachines. 3 units.  Prerequisites: ENGR 132.

ME 153. Thermodynamics of Combustion Engines

Application of thermodynamic and fluid mechanical analysis to various kinds of engines, including those based on Otto, Diesel, Brayton, Rankine, and Stirling cycles. Development of computer models and comparison of cycles in terms of applications to land, marine, and aerospace propulsion. 3 units.  Prerequisites: ENGR 124, 132, ME 105.

ME 154. Alternative Energy Systems

Study of alternative energy technologies, such as renewable fuels, wind, solar, oceanic and geothermal power. Concentration on fundamental thermodynamic principles, modern design features and non-technical aspects of each technology. 3 units. Prerequisites: ENGR 124.

ME 155. Gas Dynamics

Thermodynamics and mechanics of one- dimensional compressible flow; isentropic flow; normal and oblique shock waves; Prandtl-Meyer flow. Combined effects in one-dimensional compressible flow. Nozzles, diffusers and shock tubes. Computer use in gas dynamics. 3 units. Prerequisites: ENGR 124, ENGR 132.

ME 156. Heating and Air Conditioning Systems

Theory and design of heating, ventilating and air conditioning for industrial and comfort applications. Topics include refrigeration cycles. heating and cooling load calculations, psychrometrics, solar heating and cooling components, and system design. 3 units. Prerequisites: ENGR 124, ENGR132.

ME 157. Solar Energy Engineering

An in-depth study of the basics of solar engineering, including the nature and availability of solar radiation; operation, theory and performance of solar collectors; energy storage and model of solar systems. 3 units. Prerequisites: ME 126; may be taken concurrently.

ME 159. High Efficiency HVAC

Starts with a review of the theory and design of HVAC systems. Recent improvements and new developments in cooling and heating equipment are studied in detail. Computer models such as the Trane TRACE program are used to size and HVAC system with an emphasis on high efficiency. Computer-based controls and energy management systems are discussed and demonstrated. Field trips to energy-efficient installations are included. 3 units. Prerequisites: ME 156 or instructor permission.

ME 165. Introduction to Robotics

Fundamentals of design and application of industrial robotics. Manipulator kinematics, trajectory planning and controller design, design of end effectors and actuators, sensors, programming languages, and machine vision. Applications in manufacturing, approach to implementing robotics, economic analysis for robotics. Lecture two hours, laboratory three hours. 3 units.  Prerequisites: ME 116.

ME 166. Fundamentals of Mechatronics Design.

Basic concepts in mechatronics. Foundation to incorporate electronic components, microcontrollers and software in design of mechanical systems. Hands-on experience with components and measurement equipment used in design of mechatronic products. Lecture two hours; laboratory three hours. 3 units.  Prerequisites: ME 105, ME 116.

ME 171. Modeling and Simulation of Mechatronics and Control Systems

Computer modeling and mathematical representation of mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, thermal, and electronic systems or combinations of these. Development of system design criteria and solutions using computer simulation. Use of state of the art automated modeling and simulation methods to build models of multi-energy mechatronics and control systems. Vibration concepts, applied, natural frequencies, eigenvectors, and solution of differential equations using computer simulation. Introduction to state variable feedback control systems. A design project is required. Lecture three hours. 3 units. Prerequisites: ENGR 110, ME 105.

ME 172. Control System Design

Use of mathematical models for the generation of equations of motion for mechanical and electrical systems. Evaluation of single and multiple degrees of freedom systems in the time and frequency domain. Topics include feedback control systems, Laplace transform, state space representation, transfer functions, error analysis, stability of control systems and system response. Automatic control system design using root locus and frequency response methods. Design of compensating controls using state of the art software and automation tools. Introduction to digital control. Three hours of lecture.  3 units. Prerequisites: ME 171.

ME 173. Applications of Finite Element Analysis

Mathematical fundamentals of Finite Element Modeling (FEA). Engineering analysis and design of structural members and machinery components using FEA models. Model generation using computer graphics. Computer solutions of static, dynamic, heat transfer, stress analysis, fluid mechanics and structural problems. 3 units. Prerequisites: ENGR 112, ME 105

ME 176. Product Design and Pro/Engineer

Familiarizes students with digital product development using Pro/Engineer and Working Model. Emphasis is on the Pro/Engineer philosophy of parametric design. Course also covers component and assembly design, basic drawing creation, and kinematic simulation using Working Model. Team design project investigation the effects of variations in geometry, dimensions, and material selection. Lecture two hours, laboratory three hours. 3 units. Prerequisites: ENGR 6, ME 105.

ME 177. Product Design and 3D Parametric Solid Modeling

Introduction to Solid Modeling and its application to mechanical product design. Digital product development using 3D Parametric Solid Modeling tools. Also covers component and assembly design, basic drawing creation. Reverse design project engineering investigating the effects of variations in geometry, dimensions, and material selection. Lecture two hours; laboratory three hours.  3 units.   Prerequisites: ENGR 6, ME 105.

ME 180. Mechanical Properties of Materials

Principles of mechanical properties of metals and polymers, including strength under combined loads, fatigue, and fracture mechanics. Laboratory includes study of strengthening mechanisms, and principles of experimental stress analysis. Lecture two hours; laboratory three hours.  3 units.  Prerequisites: ENGR 112.

ME 182. Introduction to Composite Materials

The properties, mechanics, and applications of anisotropic fiber-reinforced materials with an emphasis on the considerations and methods used in the design of composite structures.  3 units.  Prerequisites: ME 180.

ME 184. Corrosion and Wear

Introduction to the phenomena of corrosion and wear, including the electro-mechanical bases of corrosion, examples of corrosion of iron, steel and stainless steels, and prevention of corrosion. Fundamentals of wear are covered including effects of loads, material properties, and lubrication on wear rates.  3 units.  Prerequisites: ME 180.

ME 186. Fracture Mechanics in Engineering Design

Fracture mechanics approach to mechanical design; role of microstructure in fracture toughness and embrittlement; environmentally- induced cracking under monotonic and fatigue loads; laboratory techniques; service failures in various industries and failure mechanisms.  3 units.  Prerequisites: ME 180.

ME 190. Project Engineering I

Beginning of a two semester project; design of a product, device, or apparatus that will be fabricated in ME 191. Students work in small groups, interacting with product users, vendors, technicians, and faculty advisors. Lecture two hours, laboratory three hours.  3 units.  Prerequisites: ME  117.

ME 191. Project Engineering II

Continuation of the project begun in ME 190. Part II consists of fabrication and assembly of equipment, testing and evaluation, and reporting. Seminar one hour, laboratory three hours.  2 units.  Prerequisites: ME 190.

ME 195. Professional Practice

Supervised employment in a professional engineering environment. Placement arranged through the School of Engineering and Computer Science. Requires satisfactory completion of the work assignment and a written report. Graded Credit/No Credit. 1-6 units.  Prerequisites: permission of instructor.

ME 196. Experimental Offerings in Mechanical Engineering

When a sufficient number of qualified students apply, one of the staff will conduct a proseminar in some topic of engineering. May be repeated for credit with permission of advisor. 1-4 units.

ME 199. Special Problems

Individual projects or directed reading. Note: open only to students who appear competent to carry on individual work. Admission requires approval of an instructor and the student's advisor. May be repeated for credit. 1-3 units.