ME - Mechanical Engineering

Steven W. Beyerlein, Dept. Chair, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering (324I Engineering/Physics Bldg. 83844-0902; phone 208/885-4279).

Note:  Pre-advising is required for all mechanical engineering courses; consult the department office to be assigned to an advisor.

ME 123 Introduction to Mechanical Design

ME 123 Introduction to Mechanical Design (3 cr)

Introduction to engineering design process and analysis techniques including problem solving skills, development of software learning skills, graphical analysis, data analysis, and documentation skills. Three lec and one open 2-hr lab a wk. (Fall only)

Coreq: Math 170

ME 201 Engineering Team Projects

ME J201/J401 (s) Engineering Team Projects (2-3 cr, max arr)

Students will be introduced to a systems approach to designing, building and delivering an interdisciplinary engineering project, with an emphasis on learning how to realize a project in an organized team environment. Projects are chosen at the discretion of the department. Additional project duties/assignments required for 400-level credit.

Prereq for ME 401: ME Certification and Permission

ME 204 Special Topics

ME 223 Mechanical Design Analysis

ME 223 Mechanical Design Analysis (3 cr)

Use of design and problem solving methodology to model requirements, conduct project learning, develop concepts, and realize prototypes. Projects feature elements of electromechanical design, rapid prototyping, and experimentation.

Prereq: ME 123

Coreq: Math 175

ME 299 Directed Study

ME 301 Computer Aided Design Methods

ME 301 Computer Aided Design Methods (3 cr)

Engineering drawing literacy, pre-CAD planning, part modeling, assembly modeling, drawing package formulation, culminating team project involving virtual dissection and reassembly of a complex machine.

Prereq: ME 223

ME 307 Group Mentoring I

ME 307 Group Mentoring I (1 cr)

Mentoring of student groups in engineering classes where a process education environment is used; students taking this course will improve their engineering skill in the area they are mentoring as well as improving their team, communication, and leadership skills. Students must attend all classes or labs where group activities in the process education environment are done (a minimum of 2 mentoring sessions per week).

Prereq: Permission

ME 308 Group Mentoring II

ME 308 Group Mentoring II (1 cr)

Mentoring of student groups in engineering classes where a process education environment is used; students taking this course will improve their engineering skill in the area they are mentoring as well as improving their team, communication, and leadership skills. Students must attend all classes or labs where group activities in the process education environment are done (a minimum of 2 mentoring sessions per week).

Prereq: Permission

ME 313 Dynamic Modeling of Engineering Systems

ME 313 Dynamic Modeling of Engineering Systems (3 cr)

Application of basic engineering principles to model and analyze the dynamic response of engineering systems; problem solutions will utilize transfer function methods, state variable techniques, and simulation software.

Prereq: ME 223, Engr 220, Engr 240, and Math 310

Coreq: Math 330

ME 322 Mechanical Engineering Thermodynamics

ME 322 Mechanical Engineering Thermodynamics (3 cr)

Thermodynamic properties of substances, first and second laws of thermodynamics, thermodynamic analysis of mechanical engineering thermal components and cycles, psychrometric process, and introduction to combustion systems. (Fall only)

Prereq: Chem 111 and Phys 211

ME 325 Machine Component Design I

ME 325 Machine Component Design I (3 cr)

Study of stress, deflection and stiffness, material properties, static and fatigue failure theory in the context of the analysis and design of machine components such as fasteners, welds, spring design and bearings. Significant use of solid modeling and use of equation solvers.

Prereq: ME 341 and MSE 201

ME 330 Experimental Methods for Engineers

ME 330 Experimental Methods for Engineers (3 cr)

Measurement systems and their application to engineering problems; topics include generalized performance of measurement systems, measuring and control devices, data acquisition and analysis, and report writing. Two lec and one 2-hr lab a wk.

Prereq: Engr 240

ME 341 Intermediate Mechanics of Materials

ME 341 Intermediate Mechanics of Materials (3 cr)

Mechanics of materials approach to: three-dimensional stress and strain, unsymmetrical bending, shear centers, curved beams, thick-walled pressure vessels, non-circular torsion; energy methods and advanced strength theories. Introduction to elementary kinematics. Significant use of solid modeling and use of equation solvers.

Prereq: ME 301 and Certification

Coreq: MSE 201

ME 345 Heat Transfer

ME 345 Heat Transfer (3 cr)

Transmission by conduction of heat in steady and unsteady states, by free and forced convection, and by radiation; combined effects of conduction, convection, and radiation.

Prereq: ME 322 and Math 310

Coreq: Engr 335

ME 398 Engr Coop Internship I

ME 398 (s) Engineering Cooperative Internship I (cr arr)

Supervised internship in professional engineering settings, integrating academic study with work experience; requires written report to be evaluated by a designated faculty member; details of coop to be arranged with ME Department before start of coop; cannot be counted as a technical elective. Graded P/F.

Prereq: Permission

ME 399 Engr Coop Internshp II

ME 399 (s) Engineering Cooperative Internship II (cr arr)

Supervised internship in professional engineering settings, integrating academic study with work experience; requires written report to be evaluated by a designated faculty member; details of coop to be arranged with ME Department before start of coop; cannot be counted as a technical elective. Graded P/F.

Prereq: Permission

ME 401 Engineering Team Projects

ME 401 (s) Engineering Team Projects (2-3 cr, max arr)

See ME J201/J401.

ME 403 Workshop

ME 404 Special Topics

ME 404 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

ME 407 Group Mentoring III

ME 407 Group Mentoring III (1 cr)

Mentoring of student groups in engineering classes where a process education environment is used; students taking this course will improve their engineering skill in the area they are mentoring as well as improving their team, communication, and leadership skills. Student must attend all classes or labs where group activities in the process education environment are done (a minimum of 2 mentoring sessions per week).

Prereq: Permission

ME 410 Principles of Lean Manufacturing

ME 410 Principles of Lean Manufacturing (3 cr)

Principles of lean manufacturing are introduced that provide a systematic process for identifying and eliminating non-value activities (waste) in production processes. Students learn these principles through a series of workshops, lectures, and hands-on simulations of lean principles. Three hours of lec and six hours of outside work per week.

Prereq: Senior standing in an engineering discipline or Permission

ME 412 Gas Dynamics

ME 412 Gas Dynamics (3 cr)

Compressible flow in ducts and nozzles, shock waves and expansion waves, and adiabatic two-dimensional compressible flow.

Prereq: Math 310, (ME 322 or Engr 320), and Engr 335

ME 413 Engineering Acoustics

ME J413/J513 Engineering Acoustics (3 cr)

ME 513 same as ECE 579. Fundamentals of acoustics including wave theory; transmission through layers, generation and reception; low frequency models; application to sound measurement, transducers, loudspeaker cabinet design, and nondestructive testing; acoustic design project reqd. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr. ME 513 is a cooperative course available to WSU degree-seeking students.

Prereq: Engr 240 or ECE 212, and Math 310, or ME 313

ME 414 HVAC Systems

ME J414/J514 HVAC Systems (3 cr)

Application of thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid flow to understanding the psychrometric performance of systems and equipment; evaluating the performance characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages of the various types of HVAC systems including large tonnage refrigeration/chiller equipment, cooling coils, cooling towers, ducts, fans, and heat pump systems; economics of system and equipment selection. Cooperative: open to WSU degree seeking students.

Prereq: ME 345

ME 417 Turbomachinery

ME J417/J517 Turbomachinery (3 cr)

Introduction to the basic principles of modern turbomachinery. Emphasis is placed on steam, gas (combustion), wind and hydraulic turbines. Applications of the principles of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and aerodynamics to the design and analysis of turbines and compressors are incorporated. Additional technical research report and presentation reqd for grad cr. Recommended Preparation: Engr 320, Engr 335. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students (517 only).

ME 420 Fluid Dynamics

ME J420/J520 Fluid Dynamics (3 cr)

Same as CE 520. Cr not granted for both ME 420 and ME 520. A second fluid dynamics course featuring vector calculus and integral and differential forms of the conservation laws. Topics include fluid properties, fluid statistics, inviscid flow; conservation of mass, momentum, and energy; and turbulence. Other topics may be covered. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr.

Prereq: Engr 335, Math 310, or Permission

ME 421 Advanced Computer Aided Design

ME 421 (s) Advanced Computer Aided Design (3 cr)

Use of solid modeling software for advanced component design, creation of complex multi-component assemblies, animation studies, and rendering. Course concludes with one month-long final project.

Prereq: ME 301

Coreq: ME 341

ME 422 Applied Thermodynamics

ME 422 Applied Thermodynamics (3 cr)

Advanced topics in applied thermodynamics including availability (exergy) analysis of systems, advanced power and refrigeration cycles, combustion, and thermodynamic properties of real fluids.

Prereq: ME 345

ME 423 Human Factors and Ergonomics in Product Design

ME J423/J523 Human Factors and Ergonomics in Product Design (3 cr)

Introduction to and application of Human Factors & Ergonomics Engineering principles in product design. Engineers design systems (e.g., work environments or products) where the human is an integral component. Human Factors & Ergonomics Engineering puts emphasis on how products should be designed so that they are safe, comfortable, and efficient for the human user. This course will focus on how body characteristics, physical and cognitive abilities, and the environment affect how products should be designed to accommodate the intended user(s). Additional projects/assignments are required for graduate credit.

Prereq: Senior standing in the College of Engineering; or Permission

ME 424 Mechanical Systems Design I

ME 424 Mechanical Systems Design I (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Senior Experience

Study of production realization including project planning, concept design, detail design, and manufacturing processes with multiple realistic constraints. Concepts learned are applied to a two-semester, capstone design project. The project is continued in ME 426. (Fall only)

Prereq: ME 301, ME 313, ME 325, ME 330, ME 345, and Certification

ME 425 Machine Component Design II

ME 425 Machine Component Design II (3 cr)

A continuation of the analytical study of concepts in ME 325 Machine Component Design, by studying how these components are used in applications. In this context, material selection, machinability and strengthening is addressed. Special emphasis is placed on discussions of case studies and detailed design projects involving machine component elements. Significant use of solid modeling and use of equation solvers.

Prereq: ME 325

ME 426 Mechanical Systems Design II

ME 426 Mechanical Systems Design II (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Senior Experience

Continuation of each two-semester, capstone design project that was started in ME 424. (Spring only)

Prereq: ME 424

ME 430 Senior Lab

ME 430 Senior Lab (3 cr)

Detailed lab investigation of engineering problem; statistical design of experiments; application of engineering principles to analyze experimental data; technical report writing; oral communication skills. One lec and four hrs of lab a wk.

Prereq: ME 313 and ME 330

ME 433 Combustion Engine Systems

ME 433 Combustion Engine Systems (3 cr)

Theory and characteristics of combustion engines; combustion process analysis; fuels, exhaust emissions and controls; system analysis and modeling.

Coreq: ME 345 or Permission

ME 435 Thermal Energy Systems Design

ME 435 Thermal Energy Systems Design (3 cr)

Application of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer in the design of thermal energy systems; topics include thermal energy system component analysis and selection, component and system simulation, dynamic response of thermal systems, and system optimization.

Prereq: ME 345

ME 436 Sustainable Energy Sources and Systems

ME 436 Sustainable Energy Sources and Systems (3 cr)

An introduction to renewable energy conversion. Topics include: solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, and wind energy. Cooperative: open to WSU degree seeking students.

Prereq: ME 345

ME 438 Sustainability and Green Design

ME J438/J538 Sustainability and Green Design (3 cr)

Understanding the Concept of Sustainability, Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Engineering, Metabolic Analysis, Sustainable Engineering, Design for Environment and Sustainability, Life Cycle Assessment, Energy & Water and Industrial Ecology, The status of Resources, Sustainable Engineering and Economics Development. Cooperative: open to WSU degree seeking students.

Prereq: MATH 310

ME 444 Air Conditioning Engineering

ME 444 Air Conditioning Engineering (3 cr)

Requirements for air conditioned spaces for human comfort; thermodynamic properties of air-water vapor mixtures; heating and cooling loads; design of systems for heating, cooling, and ventilation. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

Prereq: ME 345

ME 450 Computational Fluid Dynamics

ME J450/J550 Computational Fluid Dynamics (3 cr)

Governing equations of fluid flow; fundamentals of turbulence modeling; accuracy and stability of discretization schemes; verification and validation; boundary and initial conditions; grid generation; CFD post-processing. Application of CFD software (ANSYS FLUENT) through five hands-on CFD Labs including internal viscous pipe flows, external flows over a 2D airfoil and a circular cylinder, and flows in a 2D driven cavity. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credits. Cooperative: open to WSU degree seeking students.

Prereq: Engr 335 and Math 330

ME 451 Experimental Methods in Fluid Dynamics

ME J451/J551 Experimental Methods in Fluid Dynamics (3 cr)

ME 551 same as CE 550. The objective of this course is to develop the knowledge and skills to be able to design and perform fluid dynamics experiments (and experiments in related areas) and to interpret and report the results. Learn the words, the concepts, and experimental skills in areas including dimensional analysis and scaling of experiments, flow visualization, velocity and flow rate measurements, turbulence measurements, and sediment sizing and transport measurements. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr. One 1-1/2 hr lec and one 3-hr lab a wk. Recommended Preparation: Engl 317 and Engr 335

ME 452 TechVentures: High Technology Entrepreneurship

ME J452/J552 TechVentures: High Technology Entrepreneurship (3 cr)

TechVentures teaches students how to startup a technology company. Topics are (a) self-management, (b) product design, (c) marketing, (d) finance, and (e) organizational design. This project-based course is open to all majors. One extra project is required for graduate credit.

Prereq: Junior Standing and Permission

ME 458 Finite Element Applications in Engineering

ME J458/J558 Finite Element Applications in Engineering (3 cr)

The finite element method is an essential tool for the design and research activities performed in engineering companies and academic institutions. The goal of this course is to introduce students to the use of the finite element method by focusing on a range of engineering applications and employing an interactive commercial finite element code. Students will learn how to solve various problems from several mechanical engineering areas including solid mechanics, heat transfer and fluid mechanics. When available, analytical solutions will be compared with the finite element solutions for validation purposes. Cooperative: open to WSU degree seeking students (558 only).

Prereq: ME 322 (or ENGR 320) and ENGR 350

Coreq: ME 341 or instructor permission

ME 461 Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics

ME 461 Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics (3 cr)

Fracture mechanics approach to structural integrity, fracture control, transition temperature, microstructural and environmental effects, fatigue and failure analysis.

Prereq: ME 261 and Engr 350

ME 464 Robotics: Kinematics, Dynamics, and Control

ME J464/J564 Robotics: Kinematics, Dynamics, and Control (3 cr)

Mathematical analysis applied to spatial robotics including: Rigid body motion using screw theory, forward and inverse kinematics, analyses of forces and velocities using the manipulator Jacobian, serial and parallel chains, robot dynamics and simulation, nonlinear control and adaptive control, and Lyapunov stability theory. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit. Recommended Preparation: CS 120.

Prereq: Math 310, Math 330, and ME 313 or Equivalent, ME 330

ME 472 Mechanical Vibrations

ME 472 Mechanical Vibrations (3 cr)

Free and forced vibration of single and multiple degree of freedom systems; response of mechanical systems to inputs of varying complexity, ranging from single frequency to pseudo-random; applications to mechanical design and vibration control. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

Prereq: Engr 220, Math 310, and ME 313; or graduate standing.

ME 481 Control Systems

ME 481 Control Systems (3 cr)

Same as ECE 470. Analysis and design of feedback control systems using frequency and time domain methods, and computer-aided design tools. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

Prereq: MATH 330

Prereq for Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering majors: ECE 350

Prereq for Mechanical Engineering majors: ME 313

ME 490 Solid Modeling, Simulation and Manufacturing Capstone

ME 490 Solid Modeling, Simulation and Manufacturing Capstone (3 cr) Use of solid modeling software focused on preparation for certification examinations, introduction to multi-physics numerical simulation, and computer aided manufacturing (CAM). A major final project is required. (Fall only)

Prereq: Permission

ME 499 Directed Study

ME 499 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

Selected topics. Detailed report reqd.

Prereq: Senior standing and Permission

ME 500 Master's Research and Thesis

ME 500 Master's Research and Thesis (cr arr)

ME 501 Seminar

ME 502 Directed Study

ME 502 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

Supervised study, including critical reading of current literature.

Prereq: Permission

ME 503 Workshop

ME 503 (s) Workshop (cr arr)

ME 504 Special Topics

ME 504 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

ME 505 Professional Development

ME 513 Engineering Acoustics

ME 513 Engineering Acoustics (3 cr)

See ME J413/ID-J513. ME 513 same as ECE 579.

ME 514 HVAC Systems

ME 514 HVAC Systems (3 cr)

See ME J414/J514.

ME 517 Turbomachinery

ME 517 Turbomachinery (3 cr)

See ME J417/J517.

ME 519 Fluid Transients

ME 519 Fluid Transients (3 cr)

See as CE 519.

ME 520 Fluid Dynamics

ME 520 Fluid Dynamics (3 cr)

See ME J420/J520.

ME 521 Design Synthesis with Solid Modeling

ME 521 Design Synthesis with Solid Modeling (3 cr)

Use of solid modeling in the design synthesis process that focuses on optimized designs, reverse engineering to understand design intent, and aesthetics. Course concludes with one month-long final project.

Prereq: Graduate Standing or ME 421

ME 523 Human Factors and Ergonomics in Product Design

ME 523 Human Factors and Ergonomics in Product Design (3 cr)

See ME J423/J523.

ME 525 Advanced Heat Transfer

ME 525 Advanced Heat Transfer (3 cr)

Study of major chemical and physical principles affecting properties of solid state engineering materials. Topics include bonding, carrier statistics, band-gap engineering, optical and transport properties, novel materials systems, characterization, magnetism, and comprehensive introduction to physics of solid state devices. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

Prereq: Permission

ME 529 Combustion and Air Pollution

ME 529 Combustion and Air Pollution (3 cr)

Formation of pollutants during combustion processes and their subsequent transformations in the atmosphere; emphasis on the effects of design and operating parameters of combustion devices on the nature and composition of exhaust gases, improvements, post-combustion treatment of effluent gases, atmospheric chemistry, transport of pollutants, smog formation, acid rain, ozone formation and destruction.

Prereq: Engr 320 and 335, ME 345 or Permission

ME 538 Sustainability and Green Design

ME 538 Sustainability and Green Design (3 cr)

See ME J438/J538.

ME 539 Advanced Mechanics of Materials

ME 539 Advanced Mechanics of Materials (3 cr)

Same as CE 510 and MSE 539. Limitations of results of elementary mechanics of materials, complex situations of loading and structural geometry, applications to design of machines and structure, introduction to elasticity. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

Prereq: ME 341 or CE 342

ME 540 Continuum Mechanics

ME 540 Continuum Mechanics (3 cr)

Stress and deformation of continua using tensor analysis; relationship between stress, strain, and strain rates in fluids and solids; applications. Cooperative: open to WSU degree seeking students.

Prereq: Permission

ME 541 Mechanical Engineering Analysis

ME 541 Mechanical Engineering Analysis (3 cr)

Mathematical modeling and solutions to mechanical engineering problems; analytical solutions to linear heat and mass diffusion, waves and vibrations; introduction to approximate techniques. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

Prereq: Math 330 & Math 310 or Equivalent

ME 544 Conduction Heat Transfer

ME 544 Conduction Heat Transfer (3 cr)

Formulation of steady-state and transient one- and multi-dimensional heat conduction problems; analytical solution techniques for linear problems including separation of variables, integral transforms, and Laplace transforms.

Prereq: ME 345 or equivalent, or Permission

ME 546 Convective Heat Transfer

ME 546 Convective Heat Transfer (3 cr)

Energy conservation equations; laminar and turbulent forced convective heat transfer; internal and external flow; free convection. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

Prereq: ME 345 or Permission

ME 547 Thermal Radiation Processes

ME 547 Thermal Radiation Processes (3 cr)

Thermal radiation; radiation interchange among surfaces; radiation in absorbing-emitting gases; combined modes of heat transfer.

Prereq: ME 345 or Permission

ME 548 Elasticity

ME 548 Elasticity (3 cr)

Mathematical analysis of strain and stress, including vectors, tensors, and coordinate transformations; equations of elasticity; stress problems involving extension, torsion, and flexure; theories of failure.

Prereq: ME 441 or CE 342

ME 549 Finite Element Analysis

ME 549 Finite Element Analysis (3 cr) WSU C E 532

Same as CE 546. Formulation of theory from basic consideration of mechanics; applications to structural engineering, solid mechanics, soil and rock mechanics; fluid flow. Cooperative: open to WSU degree seeking students.
Prereq: ME 341 or CE 342

ME 550 Computational Fluid Dynamics

ME 550 Computational Fluid Dynamics (3 cr)

See ME J450/J550.

ME 551 Experimental Methods in Fluid Dynamics

ME 551 Experimental Methods in Fluid Dynamics (3 cr)

See ME J451/J551

ME 552 TechVentures: High Technology Entrepreneurship

ME 552 TechVentures: High Technology Entrepreneurship (3 cr)

See ME J452/J552.

ME 558 Finite Element Applications in Engineering

ME 558 Finite Element Applications in Engineering (3 cr)

See ME J458/J558.

ME 564 Robotics: Kinematics, Dynamics, and Control

ME 564 Robotics: Kinematics, Dynamics, and Control (3 cr)

See ME J464/J564.

ME 571 Building Performance Simulation for Integrated Design

ME 571 Building Performance Simulation for Integrated Design (3 cr)

See Arch 574.

ME 578 Neural Network Design

ME 578 Neural Network Design (3 cr)

See ECE 578.

ME 580 Linear System Theory

ME 580 Linear System Theory (3 cr)

See ECE 572.

ME 583 Reliability of Engineering Systems

ME 583 Reliability of Engineering Systems (3 cr) WSU C E 531

See CE 541.

ME 598 Internship

ME 599 Research

ME 599 (s) Non-thesis Master's Research (cr arr)

Research not directly related to a thesis or dissertation.

Prereq: Permission

ME 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation

ME 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation (cr arr)