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ME 1. Introduction to Mechanical Engineering (1 unit)
Required of all freshmen and transfer students during their first or second semester of study. Introduction to engineering design; case studies in mechanical engineering; problem-solving using the engineering approach; introduction to engineering code of ethics, mechanical engineering profession, and career opportunities.
ME 2. Computer Applications in Mechanical Engineering Lab (1 unit)
Students develop fundamental skills in basic analytical and design tools used in mechanical engineering. Topics covered include spreadsheet applications, graphing data, technical communication, programming concepts, and computer-aided design (CAD). (One 3-hour lab)
ME 26. Engineering Graphics (3 units)
Basic computer literacy required. Principles of orthographic projection, dimensioning, and descriptive geometry. Applications to the solution of engineering problems including the use of interactive computer graphics. (Two 3-hour lecture labs)
ME 29. Engineering Mechanics (3 units)
(Same as CE 29.) Prerequisites: MATH 77 (or concurrently); PHYS 4A. Not open to mechanical or civil engineering majors. Study of fundamental principles of statics and dynamics by scalar and vector methods.
ME 31. Engineering Materials (3 units)
Prerequisites: CHEM 1A. Fundamental nature and properties of engineering materials; structure of matter and its effect on mechanical, electrical, magnetic, and thermal properties.
ME 32. Engineering Materials Laboratory (1 unit)
Prerequisite: ME 31 (or concurrently). Application of experimental methods to engineering materials. Study of stress and strain in metals; fatigue; hardness; toughness. (3 lab hours)
ME 95. Product Development (2 units)
Prerequisites: ME 2 (or concurrently), 26, 31, and 32 (or concurrently). Examines the overall process of product development including preliminary design, drafting, material selection, fabrication, inspection, assembly, and testing. Laboratory component introduces basic machining and fabrication skills. (1 lecture, 3 lab hours)
ME 112. Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics (3 units)
Prerequisites: CE 20; MATH 81 or ENGR 101. Development of principles of kinematics and kinetics in engineering.
ME 115. Instrumentation and Measurement Lab (1 unit)
Prerequisites: ECE 71, 91, 91L. Application of different measuring devices and techniques used in engineering systems. Examines calibration and response characteristics of instruments. Technical reports are required. (3 lab hours)
ME 116. Fluid Mechanics (3 units)
Prerequisites: ME 112 (or concurrently). Fundamentals of fluid mechanics as applied to engineering problems.
ME 118. Fluid Mechanics Laboratory (1 unit)
Prerequisites: ENGR 105W or successful completion of university writing exam, ME 115 (or concurrently); ME 116 (or concurrently). Applications of experimental methods used in engineering practice to ME fluid systems. (One 3-hour lab)
ME 125. Engineering Statistics and Experimentation (3 units)
Prerequisites: MATH 76. Provides fundamentals of statistical and uncertainty analysis applied to engineering measurements, experimental methods, product design, and manufacturing processes. Includes probability distributions, data sampling, confidence intervals, quality control, reliability, life testing, and analysis of uncertainty in experimental measurements.
ME 134. Fundamentals of Machine Design (3 units)
Prerequisites: ME 26, 112; CE 121; MATH 81 or ENGR 101. Analytical, graphical, and computer solutions applied to design problems in machinery and mechanisms. Cam design, different types of followers, cam manufacturing considerations. Gear design, different types of gears, gear trains. Students will be assigned class projects related to the topics covered in class. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)
ME 135. Engineering Product Design (3 units)
Prerequisites: ME 95. Introduction to product engineering with consideration given to economic, safety, quality, aesthetic, environmental, liability, and patent law issues. Open-ended design project is required.
ME 136. Thermodynamics (3 units)
Prerequisites: CHEM 1A, PHYS 4A, MATH 77, and upper-division standing. Fundamentals of thermodynamics and heat transfer as applied to engineering problems.
ME 137. Turbomachinery (3 units)
Prerequisites: ME 116 and 136. Applications of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics and rotor -fluid energy interchange. Steady flow problems of pumps, compressors, and turbines with incompressible and compressible fluids. Both closed- and open-ended homework problems.
ME 140. Advanced Engineering Analysis (3 units)
Prerequisites: CE 121; ECE 71, ME 112 (or concurrently), ME 116 (or concurrently). Development of finite element method of engineering analysis; applications to heat flow, fluid flow, vibrations, and stresses in mechanical design using appropriate numerical techniques, and closed-form solutions of partial differential equations.
ME 142. Mechanical Vibration (3 units)
Prerequisites: ME 112. Mathematical and physical basis of vibration theory with applications to engineering analysis and design. Includes transient and steady state phenomena, distributed and lumped parameter systems, coupled systems, and computer solutions.
ME 144. Advanced Mechanics of Materials (3 units)
Prerequisites: CE 121, ME 125, MATH 81. Advanced topics in mechanics of materials. Statistical considerations in design, stress, and strain theories; contact stresses, strain energy, Castigliano's theorem; failures resulting from static and dynamic loading; static and fatigue theories of failure; stress concentrations.
ME 145. Heat and Mass Transfer (3 units)
Prerequisites: ME 116, 136, 140. Analytical, numerical, and electrical analogy methods are used to solve a variety of heat transfer and mass transfer problems. Advanced topics in radiation, boundary layer flow, and heat exchanger design.
ME 146. Air Conditioning (3 units)
Prerequisites: ME 116, 136. Theory and practice in air conditioning including psychrometrics, load estimating, heating and cooling systems, fluid design and controls. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)
ME 154. Design of Machine Elements (3 units)
Prerequisites: ME 95, 134. Design of machine elements and components using theory learned in prerequisite courses. Both individual and team-type open-ended design projects are required. Use of computers for design is required. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)
ME 155. Elements of Systems Design (3 units)
Prerequisites: ENGR 105W or successful completion of university writing exam, ME 135, 145, 154, 156, senior standing. Design of a commercially feasible mechanical engineering system. Students work in teams to design, build, and test prototype engineering systems using industry-supported projects. Basis of course is formed by meeting realistic constraints, including client-based specification; optimizing designs, working in a team environment, and developing project management skills.
ME 156. Advanced Thermodynamics -- Fluid Mechanics (3 units)
Prerequisites: ME 116, 136. Advanced topics in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics including analysis of solar and nuclear systems as applied to engineering problems.
ME 159. Mechanical Engineering Laboratory (1 unit)
Prerequisites: ME 118, 125, 145, 156 (or concurrently), and senior standing. Analysis of mechanical engineering and measurement systems. Students conduct experiments dealing with advanced thermal and mechanical systems. Using knowledge and experience gained from experimentation, students design and conduct their own group experiments. Both written and oral technical reports are required.
ME 162. Computer-Aided Design (3 units)
Prerequisites: ME 2, 26, 140, 145 (or concurrently). Survey of computer applications for design, analysis of mechanical systems, and manufacturing of mechanical components. Typical programming language software packages used in industry (CAD/CAM and FEA) will be introduced.
ME 164. Machine Design (3 units)
Prerequisites: ME 135 (or concurrently), 145, 154; ENGR 105W or successful completion of university writing exam. Open-ended design problems of complete machine systems. Integration of prerequisite course material into final design project. Satisfies the senior major requirement for the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. (Two 3-hour lecture-labs)
ME 166. Energy Systems Design (3 units)
Prerequisites: ME 135, 145, 156; ENGR 105W or successful completion of university writing exam. Design of conventional and alternative energy conversion systems, i.e. solar; selection and integration of components of the system; use of codes and standards. Group project report required. Satisfies the senior major requirement for the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.
ME 180. Special Projects (1-3; max total 3 units)
Prerequisites: senior standing in mechanical engineering, department-approved writing course or approved subject; successful completion of writing exam. Study of a problem under supervision of a faculty member; final typewritten report required. Individual project except by special permission.
ME 190. Independent Study (1-3; max total 6 units)
See Academic Placement -- Independent Study. Approved for RP grading.
ME 191T. Topics in Mechanical Engineering (1-3; max total 6 units)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Investigation of selected mechanical engineering subjects not in current courses.
ME 193. Mechanical Engineering Cooperative Internship (1-6; max 12 units)
Prerequisite: permission of adviser. Engineering practice in an industrial or government installation. Each cooperative internship period usually spans a summer-fall or spring-summer interval. This course cannot be used to meet graduation requirements. CR/NC grading only.
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ME 211. Advanced Dynamics (3 units)
Prerequisite: M E 134 or permission of coordinator. Dynamics of mechanical systems with emphasis on equations of motion. Kinematics of particles, energy and momentum methods, variational methods, LaGrange's method, kinematics and plane motion of rigid bodies, kinetics of rigid bodies in three dimensions, mechanical vibrations.
ME 215. Design Optimization of Engineering Systems (3 units)
Provides students with the ability to conceptualize and formulate design optimization problems and to utilize the best algorithms for a given class of problems. Topics include constraints, monotonicity, and methods to optimally design unconstrained and constrained engineering systems.
ME 220. Compressible Fluids (3 units)
Prerequisite: M E 156 or permission of coordinator. Review of the foundations of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. The velocity of sound, mach number and angle, differences between incompressible, subsonic, and supersonic flow. Isentropic flow, working charts and tables, choking, operation of nozzles. Normal shock waves, ducts, shock tube analysis. Fanno and Rayleigh analysis, oblique shock waves, the Prandtl-Meyer equation. Lift and drag on bodies in supersonic flow. Method of characteristics.
ME 221. Incompressible Fluids (3 units)
Prerequisite: M E 156 or permission of coordinator. The kinematics of liquids and gases, the LaGrangian and Eulerian methods, streak lines, stream tubes. Geometry of the vector field, stokes, and Gauss's theorems, acceleration of a fluid particle, homogeneous fluids and the equation of continuity. Integration of Eutor's equation, Bernoulli's equation. Potential motion and potential functions, source and sink potentials, the stream function. Vortex theory, surfaces of discontinuity.
ME 223. Gas Turbine Engines (3 units)
First-year graduate course in mechanics and thermodynamics of gas turbines. Thermodynamics of fluid flow and engines, boundary layer theory, subsonic and supersonic inlets, combustors, fans, compressors, turbines, nozzles, inlet distortion, fuel controls, noise reduction, ramjets and scramjets.
ME 225. Heat Transfer (3 units)
Conduction, convection, and radiation. One and two dimensional steady-state conduction, LaPlace's equation, numerical techniques. Transient heat transfer. Heisler charts, multiple-dimensional systems, boundary layers, Reynold's analogy. Forced and natural convection radiation heat transfer, Kirchoff's and Wien's laws, radiation shields.
ME 227. Advanced Thermodynamics (3 units)
Prerequisite: ME 156 or permission of coordinator. Review of classical thermodynamics, Maxwell relations, equations of state, nonideal gases, experimental methods. Entropy and exergy analysis with applications to energy conversion devices and thermodynamic cycles, single- and multiple-phase systems, and irreversibility in thermodynamics.
ME 229. Advanced Gas Dynamics (3 units)
Review of supersonic flow. Vibrational and chemical rate processes, nonequilibrium chemical rate equations, rate equations for dissociation and recombination. Flow with vibrational or chemical nonequilibrium. Nonequilibrium kinetic theory; evaluation of collision cross-sections. Flow with translational non-equilibrium. Radiative transfer in gases, and approximate solutions of the equation of radiative transfer.
ME 232. Advanced Aircraft Stability and Control (3 units)
Prerequisite: ME 230. Continuation of M E 230. Validity of small disturbance theory, nonlinear equations of motion, steady state and dynamic stability and control of elastic airplanes. Frequency response methods, response to turbulence. Automatic flight control analysis and design, the human pilot in the control loop, stability augmentation, digital flight control systems, state vector methods.
ME 241. Structural Analysis (3 units)
Prerequisite: ME 134 or permission of coordinator. Graduate-level course in the principles of structural mechanics. Stress, strain and displacements, static and dynamic loads, energy methods, virtual work, discrete and continuous system analysis, finite element analysis, elastic beams, plates, and frames; single and multi degree-of-freedom modal analysis.
ME 243. Structural Dynamics (3 units)
Prerequisite: ME 241 or permission of instructor. Continuation of M E 241. Von Karman theory, shear deformation, geometry and equilibrium of shells, theory of vibrations, vibrations of aircraft structures, coupling with the aerodynamic equations, flutter, ground and flight structural test techniques.
ME 290. Independent Study (1-3; max total 6 units)
Prerequisite: graduate status in engineering. See Academic Placement -- Independent Study. Approved for RP grading.
ME 291T. Topics in Mechanical Engineering (1-3; max total 6 units)
Prerequisite: graduate status in engineering or permission of instructor. Selected mechanical engineering subjects not in current courses.
ME 298. Project (3; max total 3 units)*
Prerequisite: graduate status in engineering. See Criteria for Thesis and Project. Independent investigation of advanced character such as analysis and/or design of special engineering systems or projects; critical review of state-of-the-art special topics, as the culminating requirement for the master's degree. Abstract required. Approved for RP grading.
ME 299. Thesis (3; max total 6 units)*
Prerequisite: see Criteria for Thesis and Project. Preparation, completion, and submission of an acceptable thesis for master's degree. Approved for RP grading.
* For 298C and 299C courses, see Graduate Studies.