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Machine Design Electives

Suggested Courses for ME Students Interested in Machine Design, updated March 2020.

Courses with an asterisk* have not been offered for at least one academic year and may not be available.

Technical Electives:

For students graduating before 2022, a limit of 6 credits of List #2 technical electives can be used to satisfy the 15 credits of technical electives required to earn a BSME degree.   There is no limit in List #1 technical electives.  For students graduating in or after 2022, a limit of 3 credits of List #2 technical electives can be used to satisfy the 12 credits of technical electives required to earn a BSME degree.   There is no limit in List #1 technical electives

Be sure to consult the current list of approved technical electives for the year in which you plan to graduate to make sure the courses listed below are valid technical electives.

List #2 Technical Electives

BSE 2484 – Engines and Power Trains (3 credits)

Fundamentals of the construction and operation of current internal combustion power units. Control of power utilizing clutches, transmissions, drive shafts, and differentials. Pre: MATH 1016 or MATH 1025. NO FORCE ADDS.

List #1 Technical Electives

ESM 3054 (MSE 3054): Mechanical Behavior of Materials (3 credits)
Mechanical properties and behavior of solid materials subjected to static, cyclic, and sustained loads resulting from stress states, environments, and stress histories typical of service conditions; multiaxial failure criteria; behavior of cracked bodies; fatigue of materials; creep of materials; microstructure-property relationships; design methodologies. Pre: ESM 2204 and (MSE 2034 or MSE 2044 or MSE 3094 or AOE 3094 or CEE 3684).

ESM 3064 (MSE 3064): Mechanical Behavior of Materials Laboratory
Laboratory experiments on behavior and mechanical properties of solid materials. Tension, compression, bending, hardness, nano-indentation, and impact tests; behavior of cracked bodies; fatigue and crack growth tests; creep deformation; microstructure-property relationships; laboratory equipment, instrumentation, and computers. Pre: ESM 2204. Co: ESM 3054. (3L,1C)

ESM 3124: Dynamics II Analytical & 3D Motion. Fall only.
Review of Newton's Laws, introduction to Lagrange's equations, rotating coordinate systems, particle dynamics, systems of particles, rigid-body dynamics, small amplitude oscillations, holonomic and nonholonomic constraints, phase space and energy methods. Pre: 2304, (MATH 2214 or MATH 2214H), (MATH 2204 or MATH 2204H). (3H,3C)

ESM 3154: Solid Mechanics. Spring only.
Introduction to tensors, mathematical description of deformations and internal forces in solids, equations of equilibrium, principle of virtual work, linear elastic material behavior, solution for linear elastic problems including axially and spherically symmetric solutions, stress function solutions to plane stress and strain problems, solutions to 3-D problems, energy methods. Pre: 2204 and MATH 2214 Co. MATH 4574. (3H,3C)

ESM 4024: Advanced Mechanical Behavior of Materials. Spring only.
Mechanical behavior of materials, emphasizing solid mechanics aspects and methods for predicting strength and life of engineering components. Plasticity, failure criteria, fracture mechanics, crack growth, strain-based fatigue, and creep. Microstructure-property relationships, and laboratory demonstrations. Pre: 3054 or MSE 3054. (3H,3C)

ESM 4044: Mechanics of Composite Materials. Fall only.
Introduction to the deformation, stress, and strength analysis of continuous-fiber-polymer-matrix laminated composites. Fabrication, micromechanics of stiffness and expansional coefficients, classical lamination theory (CLT). Environmentally induced stresses. Computerized implementation and design. Pre: ESM 2204 or AOE 2024. (3H,3C)

ME 3604 – Kinematics & Dynamics of Machinery (3 credits) Spring only.
Kinematic analysis and design of cams, gears, and linkages, velocity, acceleration and force analysis, kinematic synthesis, balancing, kinematic and force analysis by complex numbers, computer-aided analysis, and synthesis of linkages. Pre: ESM 2304.

ME 4524 – Introduction to Robotics and Automation (3 credits) Spring only.
Automation, robot technology, kinematics, dynamics, trajectory planning, and control of two- dimensional and spatial robots; robot programming; design and simulation of robotic devices. Pre: ME 3514 or and STAT 3704. Co. ME 4584 Graduating seniors only. Cannot be taken P/F.

ME 4624 – Finite Element Practice in Machine Design (3 credits) Fall only.
Application of the finite element method to stress analysis problems in mechanical design. Modeling techniques, proper use of existing computer programs, interpreting of results, application to design modification. Pre: ME3614 or ME 3624.

ME 4634 – Intro Computer-Aided Design and Manufacture (3 credits) Spring only.
Participants will study the computer-aided design and manufacturing of mechanical systems. A mechanical system will be designed including preliminary design, analysis, detail design, numerical control programming, and documentation. Applications programs will be written and interfaced to the CAD/CAM database. All assignments will be carried out on a CAD/CAM system. This course cannot be taken Pass/Fail.

ME 4644 – Rapid Prototyping (3 credits) Spring only.
Participants will study topics fundamental to rapid prototyping and automated fabrication, including the generation of suitable CAD models, current rapid prototyping fabrication technologies, their underlying material science, the use of secondary processing, and the impact of these technologies on society. The rapid prototyping process will be illustrated by the actual design and fabrication of a part. Programming skills required. This course may not be taken P/F. Graduating Seniors only.

ME 4664 – Intro Global Collaborative Engineering Design (3 credits) Fall only.
Participants will study topics fundamental to global collaborative engineering design, product data management, and collaborative product data management. These topics will be applied during a team project with team members located overseas, utilizing state-of-the-art collaborative engineering and product data management software and hardware technologies. Partially duplicates 5664. Credit may only be received for one course. Pre: ME2024 or 3024

ME 4735: Mechatronics (3 credits) Fall only.
Electromechanical system modeling, control and applications. Design and building of electronic interfaces and controllers for mechanical devices, sensors, signal acquisition, filtering, and conditioning. Microcontroller-based closed-loop control and device communications. Sensor and actuator selection, installation, and application strategies are studied. Pre:  ECE 3254, ME 3514 or ECE 2004, and ECE 2704. Cannot be taken P/F.

ME 4736: Mechatronics (3 credits) Spring only.
Electromechanical system modeling, control and applications. Design and building of electronic interfaces and controllers for mechanical devices, sensors, signal acquisition, filtering, and conditioning. Microcontroller-based closed-loop control and device communications. Sensor and actuator selection, installation, and application strategies are studied. A term design project is a key component to this course. Pre: ME 4735. Cannot be taken P/F. 

Technical Electives

Courses with an asterisk* have not been offered for at least one academic year and may not be available.