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MAE 1104 INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING (1-0) Introduction to basic engineering concepts. Students will become familiar with engineering and its many sub-fields, ethical responsibilities, creativity, and design. Prerequisite: none.

MAE 1105 INTRODUCTION TO MECHANICAL AND AEROSPACE ENGINEERING (0-3) Introduction to basic engineering concepts. Opportunities are provided to develop skills in oral and written communication and department specific material. Case studies are presented and analyzed. Prerequisite: C or better in MAE 1104 (or concurrent enrollment); and C or better in MATH 1302 or C or better in MATH 1322 (or concurrent enrollment) or C or better in MATH 1323 (or concurrent enrollment) or C or better in MATH 1426 (or concurrent enrollment).

MAE 1312 ENGINEERING STATICS (3-0) A study of forces and force systems, resultants and components of force systems, forces due to friction, conditions of equilibrium, forces acting on members of trusses and frame structures, centroids and moments of inertia. Vector and index notation introduced. Prerequisite: C or better in each of the following MATH 1426 (or HONR-SC 1426) and PHYS 1443.

MAE 1350 GRAPHICS FOR ENGINEERS (2-3) Freehand, instrumental, and computer graphics, including Computer Aided Design (CAD) systems (including Pro-E software packages) and graphical representation of data using microcomputer software. Emphasis on the use of computer software in the graphical process to originate ideas and to solve engineering problems and generate graphical representations of solutions. Prerequisite: none.

MAE 1351 ENGINEERING GRAPHICS AND INDUSTRIAL PRACTICES (2-3) Foundational course in modern graphical engineering communication. Introductory technical sketching and 2D CAD. Projections and views. Engineering drawings per ASME Y14 standards; geometric dimensioning and tolerancing. 3D solid modeling using feature-based, associative and parametric techniques for part and assembly design. Prerequisite: C or better in MATH 1322 (or concurrent enrollment) or C or better in MATH 1323 (or concurrent enrollment) or C or better in MATH 1426 (or concurrent enrollment).

MAE 2000 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH (0-0) Sophomore level undergraduate research. Prerequisite: Departmental good standing and permission of instructor. May be taken a maximum of 3 times.

MAE 2010 AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING PRACTICUM I (0-0) Practical design experience as full team member of automotive design competition team.

MAE 2312 SOLID MECHANICS (3-0) The relationship between stresses and strains in elastic bodies and the tension, compression, shear, bending, torsion, and combined loadings which produce them. Deflections and elastic curves, shear and bending moment diagrams for beams, and column theory. Prerequisite: C or better in MAE 1312.

MAE 2314 FLUID MECHANICS I (3-0) Fundamental concepts of fluid mechanics leading to the development of both the integral and differential forms of the basic conservation equations. Application of the integral conservation equations to engineering problems in fluid dynamics including buoyancy and other hydrostatics problems. Dimensional analysis and similitude are also discussed. Prerequisite: C or better in each of the following: MAE 2323, MAE 2360, MAE 3360, and MAE 3310 (or concurrent enrollment).

MAE 2315 FLUID DYNAMICS (3-0) Introduction to Fluid Dynamics and low speed aerodynamics; fluid properties; dimensional analysis; conservation equations in integral and differential form; viscous flow; potential flow theory, air foil and finite wing theory. Prerequisites: C or better in each of the following: MAE 2323, MAE 3309 (or concurrent enrollment) or MAE 3310 (or concurrent enrollment), and MAE 3360 (or concurrent enrollment).

MAE 2323 DYNAMICS (3-0) The relation between forces acting on particles, systems of particles and rigid bodies, and the changes in motion produced. Review of kinematics and vector analysis, Newton's Laws, energy methods, methods of momentum, inertia tensor and Euler's equations of motion. Prerequisite: C or better in MAE 1312; C or better in MATH 2425 (or HONR-SC 2425).

MAE 2360 NUMERICAL ANALYSIS & PROGRAMMING (2-3) Utilization of digital computers in mechanical and aerospace engineering. Computational algorithms and their representation in FORTRAN, C, and Matlab. Introduction to linear algebra and numerical methods. Prerequisite: C or better in MATH 2425 or HONR-SC 2425 (or concurrent enrollment).

MAE 2381 EXPERIMENTAL METHODS AND MEASUREMENTS (2-3) Introduction to data analysis, incorporating statistics and probability, design and planning of engineering experiments for error prediction and control. Measurement and instrumentation, basic instruments, their calibration and use. Prerequisite: C or better in MAE 1351, C or better in MATH 2425 or HONR-SC 2425.

MAE 3000 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH (0-0) Junior level undergraduate research. Prerequisite: Departmental good academic standing and permission of instructor. May be taken a maximum of 3 times.

MAE 3181 MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES LAB (0-3) Experiments to study materials behavior and deformation of structural elements common to aerospace vehicles. Prerequisite: MAE 3315 (or concurrent enrollment), C or better in MAE 2381.

MAE 3182 AERODYNAMICS AND FLUIDS LAB (0-3) Wind tunnel experiments to study flow phenomena of aerodynamics interest, including scale testing of airfoils, wings, and aircraft. Prerequisite: MAE 3303 (or concurrent enrollment), C or better in MAE 2381.

MAE 3183 MEASUREMENTS LABORATORY II (0-3) Fundamental measurement techniques and experimental data analysis in mechanical engineering in the fields of thermal, fluid, structures, design, and dynamic systems. Introduction to sensor calibration, digital data acquisition, uncertainty analysis, and report writing. Prerequisite: MAE 3314, MAE 3319, C or better in each of the following MAE 2381, EE 2320.

MAE 3242 MECHANICAL DESIGN I (2-0) The overall nature of design as a process is presented along with various models, methods, techniques, and tools for the various phases of the process provide the student with an excellent understanding of how to design. Students learn to design mechanical components based on stress/deflection and the associated failure theories. Prerequisite: C or better in each of the following: MAE 2312, MAE 2323, and MAE 3324.

MAE 3303 AERODYNAMICS OF COMPRESSIBLE FLOWS (3-0) Adiabatic and isentropic flows; normal and oblique shockwaves; Prandtl-Meyer flows; expansion waves; compressible flow nozzles, diffusers, and wind tunnels; thin-airfoil and small-perturbation theory; design principles for supersonic vehicles and wind tunnels; methods of characteristics. Prerequisite: C or better in each of the following: MAE 2315, MAE 3309 (or MAE 3310), and MAE 3360.

MAE 3304 ASTRONAUTICS I (3-0) Introduction to astronautics, the solar system, and the two-body problem. Orbit shaping and orbit transfers. Patched conic approximations for interplanetary transfers. Introduction to the three-body problem and relative motion. Rigid spacecraft equation of motion. Active and passive attitude stabilization techniques for spacecraft. Prerequisite: C or better in each of the following: MAE 2323, MAE 2360, and MAE 3360.

MAE 3306 FLIGHT PERFORMANCE & STABILITY (3-0) Introduction to aircraft performance and the assessment of aircraft stability and control characteristics. Performance topics covered include cruise, climbing, gliding and turn flights, range and endurance. Stability and controlled topics covered include longitudinal, lateral and directional stability and control. Prerequisite: MAE 3303

MAE 3309 THERMAL ENGINEERING (3-0) Basic concepts and definitions, properties of pure substance, work and heat, first law of thermodynamics, second law of thermodynamics, entropy, and introduction to conductive, convective, and radiative transfer. Prerequisite: C or better in each of the following: MATH 2425 (or HONR-SC 2425) and PHYS 1444.

MAE 3310 THERMODYNAMICS I (3-0) Basic concepts and definitions, properties of pure substance, work and heat, first law of thermodynamics, second law of thermodynamics, entropy, thermodynamics of gases, vapors, and liquids in various nonflow and flow processes, and irreversibility and availability. Prerequisite: C or better in each of the following: MAE 1312, MATH 2425 (or HONR-SC 2425), and PHYS 1444.

MAE 3311 THERMODYNAMICS II (3-0) Availability, power, refrigeration and heat pump cycles (both gas and vapor), property relations and equations of state, ideal gas mixtures, mixtures of gases and vapors, psychrometrics, adiabatic flame temperature, thermochemical equilibrium, and compressible flow. Emphasis is on applying these topics to thermal systems design. Prerequisite: MAE 2314 (or concurrent enrollment), C or better in each of the following: CHEM 1465, and MAE 3310.

MAE 3314 HEAT TRANSFER (3-0) Topics cover the fundamental laws of heat and mass transfer, including steady and unsteady conduction, forced and free convection, and radiation as well as heat transfer in phase change. Applications of heat transfer to thermal systems design are included. Prerequisite: MAE 2314, C or better in MAE 3310.

MAE 3315 AEROSPACE STRUCTURAL STATICS (3-0) Overview of aircraft basic structural elements and materials; introduction to elasticity; equations of equilibrium; constitutive equations of isotropic solids; bending and torsion analysis of thin-walled beams; flexure shear of thin-walled beams with stringer reinforcement; introduction to fatigue and fracture analysis; failure criteria; energy method to find strain energy release rate; elastic column buckling. Prerequisite: C or better in MAE 2312.

MAE 3316 AEROSPACE STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS (3-0) Harmonic and periodic motion including both damped and undamped free and forced vibration. Single-and multi-degree-of-freedom discrete systems. Vibration of continuous systems. Introduction of finite element method for structural dynamics. Prerequisite: C or better in each of the following: MAE 2312, MAE 2323, MAE 3360, and MATH 3330.

MAE 3318 KINEMATICS AND DYNAMICS OF MACHINES (3-0) The motion and interaction of linkage and mechanisms. Fundamental concepts of kinematics and dynamics applied to the determination of degree of freedom mechanisms and forces acting on joints of mechanisms. Specific mechanisms and applications such as multi-body mechanisms, linkage synthesis, cam design, and balancing. Prerequisite: C or better in MAE 2323.

MAE 3319 DYNAMIC SYSTEMS MODELING AND SIMULATION (3-0) Introduction to modeling and prediction of behavior of engineering systems. Analytic and numerical simulation, state-space differential equations, and Laplace transform methods. Effects of physical characteristics of system elements on system design and dynamic performance. Prerequisite: MAE 3314 (or concurrent enrollment), C or better in each of the following: EE 2320 (or concurrent enrollment), and MATH 3330.

MAE 3324 STRUCTURE & MECHANICAL BEHAVIOR OF MATERIALS (3-0) Crystal structure and defects in materials. Diffusion, phase diagrams and phase transformations in metalic systems. The inter relationships between processing, structure, and properties of engineering materials with emphasis on the mechanical behavior of metals, polymers, and composite materials. Prerequisites: C or better in each of the following: CHEM 1465, MAE 2312 (or concurrent enrollment), and PHYS 1444.

MAE 3344 INTRODUCTION TO MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING (2-3) Introduction to casting, forming, machining, and joining processes for metals and nonmetals. Prerequisite: C or better in each of the following: MAE 2312 and MAE 3324.

MAE 3360 ENGINEERING ANALYSIS (3-0) Mathematical analysis with emphasis on solution techniques and engineering applications. Topics include: ordinary differential equations (ODE), Laplace Transform, numerical solutions of ODE, boundary value problems, Fourier series, Sturm-Liouville problem and vector calculus. Prerequisite: C or better in each of the following: MATH 2326, and MAE 2360 (or concurrent enrollment).

MAE 3405 FLIGHT DYNAMICS (4-0) Derivation of equation of motion (EOM) of a flight vehicle. Trimmed flight condition analysis based on the nonlinear EOM. Linearization of EOM for a given trimmed flight condition. State-space and transfer-function representations of the linear EOM. Aircraft stability and dynamic performance analysis based on the linear EOM. Prerequisite: MAE 3306 (or concurrent enrollment), C or better in MATH 3330.

MAE 4000 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH (0-0) Senior level undergraduate research. Prerequisite: Departmental good academic standing and permission of instructor. May be taken a maximum of 3 times.

MAE 4010 AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING PRACTICUM II (0-0) Practical design experience as full team member of automotive design competition team. Prerequisite: Permission of Director of the Arnold E. Petsche Center for Automotive Engineering

MAE 4188 DESIGN PROJECT LABORATORY II (0-3) The design project from MAE 4287 continued. The design is finalized, a physical model (prototype) is manufactured and tested. Redesign and retest is accomplished as desired. The final design is documented by written report and oral presentation. Exit survey forms and exit essays must be submitted to complete the requirements of this course. Prerequisite: MAE 4287.

MAE 4191 SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN MECHANICAL AND AEROSPACE ENGINEERING (1-0) Special problems in mechanical and aerospace engineering for students of senior standing.

MAE 4287 DESIGN PROJECT I (2-0) Team engineering approach to a design project that integrates engineering knowledge from several courses. Problem definition and creative synthesis of prospective design solutions. Engineering proposals, feasibility studies, trade-off studies, systems models and analysis, decision making, and engineering reports and presentations. Professionalism, ethics, and societal impact issues. MAE 4287 and MAE 4188 must be taken in consecutive semesters. Prerequisite: MAE 3242, MAE 3318, and must be within two calendar semesters of graduation (possibly including an 11-week summer session).

MAE 4291 SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN MECHANICAL AND AEROSPACE ENGINEERING (2-0) Special problems in mechanical and aerospace engineering for students of senior standing.

MAE 4301 SPECIAL TOPICS IN MECHANICAL AND AEROSPACE ENGINEERING (3-0) Topics will vary from semester to semester depending on student interest and the availability of faculty. May be repeated, provided topics are different. Prior approval by the student's advisor required.

MAE 4304 ASTRONAUTICS II (3-0) The restricted three-body problem, the n-body problem, and approximations. Interplanetary transfers. Design considerations for both manned and unmanned interplanetary vehicles. Prerequisite: MAE 3304.

MAE 4307 FINITE ELEMENT METHODS (3-0) Static response of complex structures and continua; application to field problems; mesh generation; error estimation and adaptive refinement. Prerequisite: MAE 3242.

MAE 4310 INTRODUCTION TO AUTOMATIC CONTROL (3-0) Block diagram algebra, transfer functions, and stability criteria. The use of transient response, frequency response, and root locus techniques in the performance analysis, evaluation, and design of dynamic systems. Prerequisite: MAE 3314, MAE 3319 (or MAE 3405), and C or better in EE 2320.

MAE 4312 CONTROL SYSTEMS COMPONENTS (3-0) The components used in mechanical, electronic, and fluid power control systems are studied. Modeling and performance analysis are used to help in the understanding of system behavior. Prerequisite: MAE 4310.

MAE 4313 FLUID MECHANICS II (3-0) A continuation of MAE 2314, consisting of a study of boundary-layer flows, inviscid incompressible flow, compressible flow, aerodynamic surfaces, and turbomachinery. Prerequisite: MAE 2314 and C or better in the following: MAE 3310.

MAE 4314 MECHANICAL VIBRATIONS (3-0) Harmonic and periodic motion including both damped and undamped free and forced vibration. Single and multi-degree-of-freedom discrete systems. Vibration of continuous systems. Introduction of finite element method for structural dynamics. Prerequisite: C or better in each of the following: MAE 2312, MAE 2323, MAE 3360 and MATH 3330.

MAE 4315 INTRODUCTION TO COMPOSITES (3-0) Composite classification, laminate coding, fiber and weight fractions of composite lamina; lamina constitutive equations; structural characteristics of [A], [B], [D] matrices; lamination theory; thermal and moisture induced load and moment; lamina stress analysis and failure prediction; issues in composite structural design. Prerequisite: C or better in MAE 2312 or C or better in CE 2313.

MAE 4320 HYDRAULIC AND PNEUMATIC SYSTEMS (3-0) The fundamentals of fluid mechanics as applied to hydraulic and pneumatic hardware. Mathematical models of pumps, motors, pistons, accumulators, valves, and transmission lines. Design and analysis procedures for implementing total fluid power systems with high operating efficiencies and adequate dynamic response characteristics. Theory is supported by laboratory demonstrations. Prerequisite: MAE 2314, 4310 and C or better in the following: MAE 3310.

MAE 4321 AIR-BREATHING ENGINE PROPULSION (3-0) First course of a two semester sequence for students interested in aerospace propulsion. Development of thrust and efficiency relations, cycle analysis for ramjet, turbojet, and turbofan engines, component design and performance analysis, off-design performance analysis. Prerequisite: MAE 3303 (or MAE 3311).

MAE 4322 ROCKET PROPULSION (3-0) Examines chemical, nuclear, and electrical propulsion concepts. Development of design and performance analysis methods. Flight performance of rocket powered vehicles. Prerequisite: MAE 3303 or MAE 3311.

MAE 4323 ENERGY CONVERSION (3-0) Thermodynamics as applied to thermo-mechanical systems such as power cycles, engines, turbines, refrigeration, and air-conditioning systems. Prerequisite: MAE 3311, MAE 3314.

MAE 4327 HEATING, VENTILATION, AND AIR CONDITIONING (3-0) Application of engineering sciences to design of heating, venting, & air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Humidification and dehumidification, psychrometric charts, heat load, cooling load, degree-days, comfort zones, and air distribution systems. Prerequisite: MAE 3311 and MAE 3314.

MAE 4331 DESIGN FOR MANUFACTURING (3-0) Manufacturing methods and operations. The interaction between design and manufacturing stressed in terms of drawing specifications versus process capability and tolerances, including standards applications and redesign for producibility. Prerequisite: MAE 3242 (or 3344).

MAE 4336 ADVANCED MECHANICAL BEHAVIOR OF MATERIALS (3-0) Concept of stress and strain; elementary dislocation theory. Deformation of single crystals; strengthening mechanisms like solid solution strengthening, and precipitation hardening. Fracture mechanics; microscopic aspects of fracture, fatigue, and creep of materials; design and processing of materials for improved mechanical properties. Prerequisite: C or better in each of the following: MAE 2312, and MAE 3324.

MAE 4338 FAILURE ANALYSIS (2-3) Theory and practice of techniques for determining modes of failure and fracture of engineering materials. Prerequisite: C or better in each of the following: MAE 2312, and MAE 3324.

MAE 4339 FRACTURE MECHANICS (3-0) Theory and applications of fracture mechanics. Stress analysis of cracks, crack-tip plasticity, fatigue crack growth, and stress corrosion cracking. Applicability to materials selection, structural design, failure analysis, and structural reliability. Prerequisite: MAE 3242.

MAE 4342 MECHANICAL DESIGN II (3-0) Analysis for the design and manufacture of basic mechanical elements, and their role in the design of machines. A brief review of relevant topics including stress/deflection, failure theories, and contact stress is initially conducted. It is then extended to the design of fundamental mechanical components including shafts, gears, springs, bearings, fasteners, and clutches/brakes. Prerequisite: MAE 3242 and MAE 3318 (or concurrent enrollment).

MAE 4344 COMPUTER-AIDED ENGINEERING (3-0) A study of the principles of computer-aided engineering in mechanical and aerospace engineering. Applications in machanical, structural, and thermal systems. Prerequisite: MAE 3319 and MAE 3242.

MAE 4345 INTRODUCTION TO ROBOTICS (3-0) Overview of industrial robots. Study of principles of kinematics, dynamics, and control as applied to industrial robotic systems; robotic sensors and actuators; path planning; programming of industrial robot in the laboratory; survey of robotic applications in various modern and traditional fields; and guidelines to robot arm design and selection. Prerequisite: MAE 3318, or C or better in EE 4314

MAE 4347 HEAT EXCHANGER DESIGN (3-0) Design procedure system evaluation; design parameters in heat exchangers. The course considers various heat exchanger configurations and includes student design projects. Prerequisite: MAE 3314.

MAE 4348 COOLING OF ELECTRONIC PACKAGES (3-0) The calculation of heat loads and temperature fields using different cooling techniques. Includes parameter evaluation and design studies. Prerequisite: MAE 3314 (or MAE 3309).

MAE 4350 AEROSPACE VEHICLE DESIGN I (2-3) Analysis & design of an aerospace system such as a complete flight vehicle, a propulsion system, a structural system, or a control system; market analysis, operating studies, mission specification, civil & military certification requirements; design process, methods & tools; configuration concept selection, harmonization of individual design disciplines (aerodynamics, performance, flight mechanics, structures, cost, systems, etc.). Prerequisite: MAE 3306 (or concurrent enrollment), and MAE 3405 (or concurrent enrollment).

MAE 4351 AEROSPACE VEHICLE DESIGN II (2-3) Analysis, design, and synthesis of an aerospace system such as a complete flight vehicle, a propulsion system, a structural system, or a control system; market analysis, operating studies, mission specification, civil and military certification requirements; design process, methods and tools; configuration concept selection, harmonization of individual design disciplines (aerodynamics, performance, flight mechanics, structures, cost, systems, etc.). Also included will be economic, environmental, sustainability, manufacturability, safety, social and political considerations. Formal written and oral reports are required. Exit survey forms and exit essays must be submitted to complete the requirements of this course. Prerequisite: MAE 4350.

MAE 4352 SPACE VEHICLE AND MISSION DESIGN (3-0) Space vehicle design; influence of space environment, astrodynamics, and atmospheric reentry. Space vehicle sub system design; propulsion, attitude determination and control, structural design, thermal control, power and telecommunications. Investigation into mission design concepts and considerations. Prerequisite: C or better in each of the following: MAE 2323, and MATH 2326.

MAE 4357 AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING (3-0) Introduction to automotive engine types and performance, drive train modeling and vehicle loading characteristics, fueling requirements, fuel injection systems, tire characteristics and modeling, suspension characteristics and handling, braking systems and requirements. Course taught through lecture, student presentations and student design projects. Prerequisite: C or better in MAE 3360 or C or better in MATH 3319; AND C or better in MAE 2312 or C or better in EE 3346

MAE 4358 RACECAR ENGINEERING (3-0) This course is intended for Formula SAE team members and other interested students to develop new systems or analyze concepts for the Formula SAE or Formula Electric racecar and related equipment. The students will form teams and perform research and development on projects related to automotive or racecar engineering. Prerequisites: C or better in MAE 3360 or C or better in MATH 3319; AND C or better in MAE 2312 or C or better in EE 3346.

MAE 4391 SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN MECHANICAL AND AEROSPACE ENGINEERING (3-0) Special problems in mechanical and aerospace engineering for students of senior standing.

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