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221. Statics and Particle Dynamics. (3-0). Credit 3. Application of the fundamental principles of Newtonian mechanics to the statics and dynamics of particles; equilibrium of trusses, frames, beams, and other rigid bodies. Prerequisites: Admission to upper division in an engineering major; MATH 251 or 253 or registration therein; PHYS 218.

222. Materials Science. (3-0). Credit 3. Mechanical, optical, thermal, magnetic, and electrical properties of solids; differences in properties of metals, polymers, ceramics, and composite materials in terms of bonding and crystal structure. Prerequisites: CHEM 102, or 104 and 114, or CHEM 107/117; PHYS 218.

260. Mechanical Measurements. (2-3). Credit 3. Introduction to the basic principles of engineering experi- mentation including: instrumentation  and measurement techniques, signal processing and data acquisition, statistical data analysis and interpretation, and reporting of results. Prerequisites:  MEEN 221, ECEN 215, M ATH 308 and MEEN 315 or registration therein.

289. Special Topics in... Credit 1 to 4. Selected topics in an identified area of mechanical engineering. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

315. Principles of Thermodynamics. (3-0). Credit 3. Theory and application of energy methods in engineering; conservation of mass and energy; energy transfer by heat, work, and mass; thermodynamic properties; analysis of open and closed systems; the second law of thermodynamics and entropy; gas, vapor, and refrigeration cycles. Prerequisites: MEEN 221; M ATH 251 or MATH 253; junior or senior classification.

333. Project Management for Engineers. (3-0). Credit 3. Basic project management for engineering under- graduates, project development and economic justification; estimating; scheduling; network methods; critical path analysis; earned value management; recycling and rework; project organizational structures; project risk assessment; resource allocation; ethics; characteristics  of project managers. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification in Dwight Look College of Engineering. Cross-listed with CVEN 333 and ISEN 333.

344. Fluid Mechanics. (3-0). Credit 3. Application of laws of statics, buoyancy, stability, energy, and momentum to behavior of ideal and real fluids; dimensional analysis and similitude and their application to flow through ducts and piping; lift and drag and related problems. Prerequisites: MEEN 221 and MEEN 315.

345. Fluid Mechanics  Laboratory. (0-3). Credit 1. Introduction to basic fluid mechanics instrumentation; experimental verification and reinforcement of the analytical concepts introduced in MEEN 344. Prerequisites: MEEN 260; MEEN 344 or registration therein.

357.  Engineering Analysis for Mechanical Engineers. (3-0). Credit 3. Practical foundation for the use of numerical methods to solve engineering problems: Introduction to Matlab, error estimation, Taylor series, solution of non-linear algebraic equations and linear simultaneous equations; numerical integration and differentiation; initial value and boundary  value problems; finite difference methods for parabolic and elliptic partial differential equations. Prerequisites: ENGR 112 and MATH 308.

360. Materials and Manufacturing Selection in Design. (3-0). Credit 3. Selection of materials and manu- facturing processes in design; emphasis on mechanical properties of materials; microstructure production and control; manufacturing processes for producing various shapes for components and structures; use of design methodology. Prerequisites: MEEN 222, MEEN 260; CVEN 305; junior or senior classification; or approval of instructor.

361. Materials and Manufacturing in Design Laboratory. (0-3). Credit 1. Experiments in materials char- acterization and manufacturing processes; emphasis on material mechanical properties; microstructure production and control; manufacturing processes for producing various shapes for components and structures. Prerequisites: MEEN 222, MEEN 260; CVEN 305; MEEN 360 or registration therein; junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.

363. Dynamics and Vibrations. (2-2). Credit 3. Application of Newtonian and energy methods to model dynamic systems (particles and rigid bodies) with ordinary  differential equations;  solution  of models using analytical and numerical approaches; interpreting solutions; linear vibrations. Prerequisites: MEEN

221; M ATH 308; MEEN 357 or CV EN 302, or registration therein; CVEN 305, or registration therein.

364. Dynamic Systems and Controls. (2-3). Credit 3. Mathematical modeling, analysis, measurement, and control of dynamic systems; extensions of modeling techniques of MEEN 363 to other types of dynamic systems; introduction to feedback control,  time, and frequency domain analysis of control  systems, stability, PID control, root locus; design and implementation  of computer-based controllers in the lab. Prerequisites: MEEN 260 and 363; ECEN 215.

368. Solid Mechanics in Mechanical Design. (2-2). Credit 3. Stress analysis of deformable  bodies and mechanical elements; stress transformation; combined loading; failure modes; material failure theories; fracture and fatigue; deflections and instabilities; thick cylinders; curved beams; design of structural/ mechanical members; design processes. Prerequisites: CVEN 305; MEEN 357 and 360 or registration therein; junior or senior classification.

381. Seminar. (0-2). Credit 1. Presentations by practicing engineers and faculty addressing: effective commu- nications, engineering practices, professional registration, ethics, career-long competence, contemporary issues, impact of technology on society, and being informed; students prepare a resume, a life-long learning plan, two papers, two oral presentations, and complete an online assessment of the mechanical engineering program. Prerequisite: Upper-level classification in mechanical engineering.

401. Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Design. (2-3). Credit 3. The design innovation process; need definition, functional analysis, performance requirements and evaluation criteria, conceptual design evaluation, down-selected to an embodiment; introduction to systems and concurrent engineering; parametric and risk analysis, failure mode analysis, material selection, and manufacturability; cost and life cycle issues, project management. Prerequisites: MEEN 360, 364, 368, 461.

402. Intermediate Design. (2-3). Credit 3.  Product detail design and development process including case studies; project management, marketing considerations, manufacturing, detailed design specifications; failure modes, application of codes and standards,  selection of design margins; product (component) development guidelines; intellectual property, product liability, and ethical responsibility. Prerequisites: MEEN 401; junior or senior classification.

404. Engineering  Laboratory. (2-3). Credit 3. Systematic design of experimental investigations; student teams identify topics and develop experiment designs including: establishing the need; functional decomposition; requirements; conducting the experiment; analyzing and interpreting the results and written and oral reports documenting the objectives, procedure, analysis, and results and conclusion of two or three experiments. Prerequisites: MEEN 260, 360, 364, 461; MEEN 401 or registration therein; junior or senior classification.

408. Introduction to Robotics. (3-0). Credit 3. Forward and inverse kinematics of robot manipulators, path planning, motion planning for mobile robots, dynamics of robot manipulators, control algorithms, computed torque algorithm, adaptive control algorithms, and current topics in mobile robots; cooperative motion planning of mobile robots and formation control. Prerequisites: MEEN 364 or equivalent; junior or senior classification.

414.  Principles of Turbomachinery. (3-0). Credit 3. Aero-thermodynamic and mechanical design of tur- bomachinery components including steam and gas turbine stages, compressor stages, and inlet and exhaust systems, and their integration into power and thrust generation units; design and off-design behaviors of turbine and compressor stages and units; design with SolidWorks. Prerequisites: MEEN 421 or approval of instructor; junior or senior classification.

421. Thermal-Fluids Analysis and Design. (3-0). Credit 3. Integration  of thermodynamics,  fluid mechanics, and heat transfer through application to the design of various thermal systems comprised of several components  requiring individual analyses; analysis of the entire system; representative applications of thermal-fluids analysis with a design approach. Prerequisites: MEEN 461; MEEN 315; junior or senior classification. (Note: satisfies stem course requirement at Texas A&M at Qatar.)

431.  Advanced System Dynamics and Controls. (3-0). Credit 3. Unified framework for modeling, analysis, synthesis, design, and simulation of mechanical systems with energy exchange across multiple domains; study of mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, and thermal subsystems; Newtonian mechanics, rigid body dynamics, multiple degrees of freedom vibrations, and control system design. Prerequisites: MEEN 364; junior or senior classification. (Note: satisfies stem course requirement at Texas A&M at Qatar.)

433. Mechatronics. (2-3). Credit 3. Basic principles of digital logic and analog circuits in mechanical systems; electrical-mechanical interfacing; sensors and actuators; digital control implementation; precision design and system integration. Prerequisite: MEEN 364 or equivalent.

436. Principles of Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning.  (3-0). Credit 3.  Application of thermo- dynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer to the design of HVAC equipment; selection of equipment, piping, and duct layouts. Prerequisite: MEEN 461 or equivalent.

437.  Principles of Building Energy Analysis. (3-0). Credit 3. Analysis of building energy use by applying thermodynamics and heat transfer to building heating and cooling load calculations; heat balance and radiant time series calculation methods; psychrometric analysis, indoor air quality, effect of solar radiation on heating and cooling of buildings. Required design project. Prerequisites: MEEN 315 or equivalent; junior or senior classification.

441. Design of Mechanical Components and Systems. (3-0). Credit 3. Design of machine elements, characteristics of prime movers, loads, and power transmission elements as related to mechanical engineering design. Prerequisite: MEEN 368 or approval of instructor.

442. Computer Aided Engineering. (3-0). Credit 3. Effective and efficient use of modern computer  hardware and software in modeling, design, and manufacturing; simulation of a broad spectrum of mechanical engineering problems. Prerequisites: MEEN 363 and 368.

444. Finite Element Analysis in Mechanical Engineering. (3-0). Credit 3. Introduction to basic theory and techniques; one- and two-dimensional formulations for solid mechanics applications; direct and general approaches; broader aspects for field problems; element equations, assembly, and solution schemes; computer implementation,  programming, and projects; error sources and application consideration. Prerequisites: MEEN 357 and 368 or equivalents.

455. Engineering with Plastics. (3-0). Credit 3. Polymer structure, processing, property characterization at the molecular, microscopic, and macroscopic dimensional levels for thermosets, thermoplastics, elastomers, fibers, and advanced fibrous nonparticle filled composites and smart multi-performance structures. Prerequisite: MEEN 222 or approval of instructor.

459. Sound and Vibration Measurements. (3-0). Credit 3. Basic acoustics, review of vibration theory, wave propagation in vibrating systems, sound radiation from vibrating systems, sound and vibration sensors and instrumentation,  data acquisition systems, measurement techniques, spectral analysis, spatial FFT analysis, design of experiments with vibro-acoustic systems, applications. Prerequisites: MEEN 363; MATH 308.

460. Corrosion Engineering. (3-0). Credit 3. Basic corrosion phenomena are described, including mixed potential theory; types of corrosion, experimental methods, and prevention techniques. Prerequisite: MEEN 360 and MEEN 361 or equivalent.

461. Heat Transfer. (3-0). Credit 3. Heat transfer by conduction, convection, and radiation: steady and transient conduction, forced and natural convection, and blackbody and gray body radiation; multi-mode heat transfer; boiling and condensation; heat exchangers. Prerequisites: MEEN 344; MATH 308.

464. Heat Transfer Laboratory. (0-3). Credit 1. Basic measurement  techniques in conduction, convection, and radiation heat transfer; experimental verification of theoretical  and semi-empirical results; uncertainty analysis. Prerequisite:  MEEN 345, MEEN 461 or registration therein.

467. Mechanical Behavior of Materials. (3-0). Credit 3. Fundamentals of flow and fracture in metals, empha- sizing safe design by anticipating response of materials to complex stress and environmental service conditions; micromechanisms  of flow, fatigue, creep, and fracture; fracture mechanics approach to design. Special emphasis given to microstructure-mechanical property relationship and damage tolerant design. Prerequisite: MEEN 360 and MEEN 361.

475. Materials in Design. (3-0). Credit 3. The heuristics of synthesis of material properties, configuration and processing in the optimization of material selection in the design process; product design and development overview, failure mode effects analysis, design margin establishment;  role of the generic failure modes and codes and standards; fundamental characteristics  of process methods. Prerequisites: MEEN 360 and MEEN 361; CVEN 305. (Note: satisfies stem course requirement at Texas A&M at Qatar.)

485. Directed Studies. Credit 1 to 6. Special problems relating to a specific project in some phase of mechanical engineering.  A commitment of two semesters with 6 hours 485 credit is required. Prerequisites: Approval of department head and senior classification.

489. Special Topics in... Credit 1 to 4. Selected topics in an identified area of mechanical  engineering.

Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

491. Research. Credit 1 to 4. Research conducted under the direction of faculty member in mechanical engineering. May be repeated 2 times for credit. Registration in multiple sections of this course is possible within a given semester provided that the per semester credit hour limit is not exceeded. Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification and approval of instructor.