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Mechanical Course Descriptions
MECH124 - MECHANICAL GRAPHICS I (2-4-4)
Basic concepts of CAD, design and sketching, as they apply to mechanical design and engineering, are explored. CAD (drafting) exercises include orthographic projection, 2- and 3-dimensional elements, multi-views, dimensioning, sections, tolerance and assemblies. Sketching is used to visualize designs and studies for mechanical design and engineering. Sketching and CAD drafting follow common paths as this course explores engineering graphics topics. Corequisite: MATH205 College Mathematics I or MATH225 College Math A. Day Course.
MECH163 - MECHANICAL DESIGN I (1-4-3)
This course introduces the student to the fundamental principles involved in the mechanical design process. Topics include problem identification and definition, mechanisms of technological problem-solving, design alternatives, and project planning and implementation. The influence of cost, material resources, performance criteria and relevant safety issues will be discussed. All students will be expected to complete an electronic design project. Prerequisite: MATH205 College Mathematics I; Corequisite: MECH124 Mechanical Graphics. Day Course.
MECH180 - STRENGTH OF MATERIALS (3-2-4)
Topics include: concepts of static equilibrium; shear and bending moment diagrams; area properties; tensile, compressing shear, bending stress and strains. Individual laboratory reports are required from each student. Prerequisites: PHYS210 College Physics I; and MECH343 Statics. Corequisite: MATH290 Calculus II. Day Course.
MECH190 - MECHANICS AND STRENGTH OF MATERIALS (3-2-4)
This course presents the principles of static equilibrium and focuses on material properties such as tensile, shear, bending, and torsional stresses as applied to beams, shafts, and trusses. Laboratory tests are conducted to emphasize concepts of elasticity, deflections, and ultimate stresses. Prerequisites: MATH205 College Math I or MATH225 College Math A; PHYS205 Physics A or PHYS 210 College Physics I. The Arioch Center Course.
MECH240 - THERMODYNAMICS (3-2-4)
The First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics serve as the basis for investigating problems involving liquids, gases and vapors as applied to the generation of power. Emphasis is placed on an understanding of the thermodynamic properties as they relate to processes. Topics include analysis of the Carnot, Otto, Diesel, and Rankine cycles. Prerequisite: MATH280 Calculus I. The Arioch Center Course.
MECH242 - THERMODYNAMICS (3-2-4)
The First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics are investigated with open and closed systems, and thermodynamic properties of liquids and vapors are analyzed for various non-flow and steady flow processes. Concepts of thermal power, efficiency, entropy, and Carnot Cycle are introduced, and laboratory experiments are conducted to introduce measurement techniques. Prerequisites: MATH225 College Mathematics A; and PHYS205 Physics A. The Arioch Center Course.
MECH251 - ENGINEERING STATICS (3-2-4)
The vector approach of the equilibrium of particle and rigid bodies is presented. Trusses, frames, shear and bending moment diagrams, centroids and moments of inertia are studied. Prerequisites: MATH290 Calculus II; PHYS310 Engineering Physics I. Day Course.
MECH255 - THERMODYNAMICS (3-2-4)
The First Law of Thermodynamics serves as the basis for investigating problems as applied to open and closed systems. Emphasis is placed on evaluating the change in properties of gases and vapors undergoing various nonflow and flow processes. The Carnot Cycle is used to develop the Second Law and Entropy concept. Prerequisite: MATH205 College Mathematics I. Day Course.
MECH270 - FLUID MECHANICS (3-2-4)
This course is a general study of both incompressible and compressible flow using the continuity, general energy and momentum equations. Topics covered are properties of fluids, the Bernoulli equation, orifice and venturi flow, turbulent and laminar flow through pipes and over flat plates, compressible flow through nozzles, and drag and lift. Prerequisite: MECH255 Thermodynamics I and MATH280 Calculus I. Day Course.
MECH290 - THERMODYNAMICS II (3-2-4)
The fundamental laws governing energy conversion are used to analyze both nonflow and steady-flow processes as applied to heat exchangers and power generating equipment. The theory of mixtures and their application to the chemistry of combustion for fossil, liquid and gaseous fuels is thoroughly discussed. Prerequisite: MECH255 Thermodynamics I; CHEM360 Chemistry I. Day Course.
MECH302 - MECHANICS OF MATERIALS (3-2-4)
The concepts of stress and strain and their relation are introduced. Axially loaded members, temperature effect, torsion, bending, combined loading and stress trans-formations are studied. Stability and buckling of columns are discussed. Laboratory experiences reinforce classroom theory. Prerequisite: MECH251 Engineering Statics. Day Course.
MECH315 - KINEMATICS (3-2-4)
This course covers graphic and analytical kinematics with regard to the study of various mechanisms that produce motion or change of motion, analysis and synthesis of mechanisms (cams, gears, gear trains, etc.). Included in the course is a study of friction and mass moment of inertia. Prerequisites (DAY): MECH124 Mechanical Graphics and MECH343 Statics. Prerequisites (The Arioch Center): MATH235 College Mathematics C; ELMC110 Engineering Graphics; and MECH190 Mechanics and Strength of Materials. Day andThe Arioch Center Course.
MECH320 - MACHINE DESIGN (3-2-4)
This course covers the function and selection of machine components. Topics include belt drives, chain drives, bearings, welded structures, and shafting. Stress analysis and fatigue of machine elements are also emphasized. Prerequisites: MECH315 Kinematics; MECH180 or MECH190 Strength of Materials; and MATH280 Calculus I. The Arioch Center Course.
MECH341 - MECHANICAL PROJECT (2-2-4)
In this course students will complete designs initiated in MECH320 Machine Design. Detail and assembly drawings will be developed, from which parts will be machined and fabricated. Projects will be assembled and tested to demonstrate technical sophis-tication. Oral and written reports on the individual projects will be required. Prerequisite: MECH320 Machine Design. The Arioch Center Course.
MECH343 - STATICS (3-2-4)
Through this course, the concept of equilibrium of forces as applied to particles as well as rigid bodies is studied. Vector analysis along with mathematical solutions will be developed and utilized. Prerequisite: MATH250 Precalculus and PHYS210 College Physics. Day Course.
MECH365 - SOPHOMORE MECHANICAL ASSESSMENT TEST (0)
Students must complete a comprehensive test for assessment of their capabilities in Mechanical Engineering Technology. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing in BMET. Day Course.
MECH370 - MECHANICAL INDEPENDENT STUDY (1 to 4 credits)
This course investigates a topic of special interest to faculty and students that is outside regular course offerings.
MECH375 - MACHINE DESIGN I (2-2-3)
Machine elements are analyzed using the techniques of stress analysis. Topics include two and three dimensional stress analysis, transformation of strain to stress, and the evaluation of principal stresses and maximum shear stress. Problems involving combined loading are considered. The laboratory and home assignments include problems and projects related to the topics. Prerequisite: MECH180 Strength of Materials; MATH280 Calculus I. Day Course.
MECH380 - INTRODUCTION TO HVAC SYSTEMS (2-2-3)
The primary principles of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning that deal with human comfort in buildings, control of temperature, humidity, air purity and air movement will be covered. Building heat losses and load calculations will be discussed along with different heating systems and subsystems such as hot air, hydronic, vapor compression, absorption and cogeneration. Building environmental control software will be explored in the laboratory. Prerequisite: MECH255 Thermodynamics; Corequisite: MECH270 Fluid Mechanics. Day Course.
MECH395 - MECHANICAL CAD APPLICATIONS I (2-4-4)
This 3-D CAD course provides insight into the mechanical design process. Interface tolerance analysis to ensure manufacturability of designs is explored. Prerequisite: MECH124 Mechanical Graphics. Day Course.
MECH403 - ENGINEERING DYNAMICS (2-2-3)
Kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies will be covered using vectors, rectilinear, and curvilinear motion. The principles of conservation of energy, linear and angular momentum, work, impulse, and impact are explored. Dynamic simulation software will be used to present various engineering design and problem-solving applications. Prerequisite: MATH 510 Calculus III.
MECH410 - HYDRAULICS AND PNEUMATICS (3-2-4)
This course offers basic instruction in fluid power systems using both oil and air. Topics covered include: pumps, actuators, valves, reservoirs, plumbing, circuit design and troubleshooting. Engineering calculations will include horsepower, flow rate, force and pressure, velocities, torque, pipe sizings, and head and friction losses. The laboratory will provide the student with hands-on experience to understand fluid power components and how they function internally in order to design and troubleshoot fluid power systems. Prerequisite: Junior status. Day Course.
MECH450 - ADVANCED THERMODYNAMICS (2-2-4)
The theory of mixtures serves as a basis for the development of the psychrometric chart and processes involving mixtures of gases and vapors. Chemical reactions inrelationship to the combustion process are analyzed. Power producing cycles are analyzed thermodynamically and the theory of air breathing engines is investigated. Prerequisite: Fourth-year Status; MECH240 Thermodynamics; and MATH290 Calculus II. The Arioch Center Course.
MECH460 - HEAT TRANSFER (4-0-4)
This subject includes a study of the fundamental laws governing the transfer of heat by conduction, convection and radiation, in both steady and unsteady state. It will also cover extended surfaces and heat exchangers. Analytical, numerical and graphical solutions will be presented. Prerequisite: MECH255 Thermodynamics, or equivalent, and MECH270 Fluid Mechanics. Corequisite: MATH620 Applied Differential Equations I or equivalent. Day Course.
MECH468 - MACHINE DESIGN II (2-2-3)
An introduction to methods of statistics is presented for the dimensioning and evaluation of tolerance and clearances. Failure theories, deformation criteria and fatigue are considered. Deflection and stiffness are investigated concentrating on the methods of superposition and integration. Prerequisite: MECH375 Machine Design I. Day Course.
MECH475 - ADVANCED CAD APPLICATIONS (2-4-4)
This course is designed to allow the student to become familiar with and use CAD systems to their full advantage. It will allow for the development and use of advanced and custom features of AutoCAD. Topics included will be AutoLISP programming, customization of menus, and attribute definitions and their use. The use of data base management and control will also be covered. Prerequisite: MECH143 Computer-Aided Design or equivalent. The Arioch Center Course.
MECH480 - ENGINEERING CAD (2-2-4)
This course intends to draw upon the student's knowledge of engineering graphics to employ industry-standard computer-aided design software such as AutoCAD to generate various engineering drawings. Customization of menus, data base management and control, and 3-D solid modeling techniques will be explored. Rotation, scaling, translation and part specification methods will also be investigated. Prerequisite: ELMC110 Engineering Graphics. The Arioch Center Course.
MECH485 - AUTOMATIC CONTROL SYSTEMS (3-0-3)
This course introduces classical control theory. The Laplace transform will be used in analyzing and designing mechanical, electromechanical, and thermodynamic systems. Transient and steady state response and system stability will be investigated with the aid of root locus diagrams and Bode plots. Prerequisite: MATH620 Applied Differential Equations I. Day Course.
MECH496 - MATERIALS SCIENCE (3-2-4)
This is an introductory course into the structure and properties of materials. Subjects include the processing of materials, crystal structure, miller indices, composition, alloying, electrical properties, phase diagram, corrosion, diffusion, heat treating, inspection, and testing of materials utilized in the electromechanical field. The lab-oratory activities will reinforce the classroom theory. Prerequisite: Junior status; MECH302 Mechanics of Materials. Day Course.
MECH500 - DESIGN OF EXPERIMENTS (2-2-4)
This course covers the complete planning of an engineering experiment, from formulating the objectives, searching the literature, and preparing the procedure, through instrument selection, data acquisition and recording, to the analytical methods, error assessment, and presentation of results. Model scaling, environmental control, and cost, schedule, and workforce requirements are considered. Prerequisites: MECH190 Mechanics and Strength of Materials; MECH240 Thermodynamics and MECH480 Engineering CAD. Corequisite: MECH568 Engineering Fluid Mechanics. The Arioch Center Course.
MECH505 - ENGINEERING THERMODYNAMICS (3-2-4)
Thermodynamics properties, work and heat interaction are defined. The First and Second laws of thermodynamics are introduced. Conservation of mass and energy and the entropy and the exergy balance relations are applied in analyzing thermodynamic systems. Alternative energy sources and fuel cells are discussed. Psychrometric applications in the air conditioning processes are covered. Laboratory experiences reinforce the classroom theory. Prerequisites: Junior status; MATH290 Calculus II; PHYS320 Engineering Physics II. Day Course.
MECH530 - MATERIAL SCIENCE (2-2-3)
This course considers how structure, mechanical working and heat treatment of materials affect their mechanical and environmental behavior. Microstructural analysis will be used to correlate structural and physical properties. Ferrous and nonferrous metals and plastics are covered. Theory is correlated by pertinent laboratory experimentation for which oral and written technical reports are required. Reinforced materials such as fiberglass are also studied. Prerequisite: CHEM360 Chemistry I. Day Course.
MECH532 - MATERIAL SCIENCE (2-2-4)
This course investigates the structure and properties of ferrous and nonferrous metals, ceramics, composites and plastics. Various testing procedures for materials will be explored in the laboratory to correlate structural and physical properties with mechanical behavior. Additional topics include microstructural analysis, heat treatment, materials processing and engineering design applications. Prerequisite: CHEM110 Chemistry A. The Arioch Center Course.
MECH535 - DYNAMICS (3-2-4)
The kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies are analyzed using vectors, rectilinear and curvilinear motion, work, energy, impulse, and momentum. Prerequisite: Junior status; MECH343 Statics and MATH510 Calculus III. Day Course.
MECH540 - ENERGY ANALYSIS AND COGENERATION FOR BUILDING FACILITIES (2-2-3)
This course covers fundamentals of HVAC. Design and hourly analysis of heating and cooling load will be performed using an energy simulation package. Waste heat recovery and cogeneration devices will be explored. Day Course.
MECH562 - FLUID MECHANICS II (3-0-3)
This course covers isentropic flow through nozzles with normal shock. Compressible flow, with friction, through pipes will be investigated. Additional topics include incompressible flow through pump and turbine rotors, pump scaling, and selection. Prerequisite: MECH270 Fluid Mechanics. Day Course.
MECH565 - ENGINEERING FLUIDS (3-2-4)
Mechanics of fluids with emphasis on control volume analysis are studied. The continuity, energy and momentum principles are applied to real fluids. Additional emphasis is on electromechanical systems and laboratory exercises. Prerequisite: Junior status; MATH510 Calculus III; MECH505 Engineering Thermodynamics.
MECH572 - ENGINEERING DYNAMICS (3-2-4)
This course covers the kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies. Kinetic problems are analyzed by utilizing the second law of Newton, work and energy and impulse momentum methods. Dynamics simulation software is used to reinforce the theory. Prererequisite: MECH251 Engineering Statics; MATH620 Applied Differential Equations. Day Course.
MECH578 - SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY (1-4-3)
This course is an elective for students who wish to pursue project-oriented course work. Students are encouraged to become involved in an interdisciplinary team to develop an innovative technological system. Prerequisite: MECH180 Strength of Materials and MECH270 Fluid Mechanics. Day Course.
MECH591 - INSTRUMENTATION AND MEASUREMENTS (2-2-3)
This course covers fundamental concepts of modern instrumentation, methods to collect, understand and interpret data, and techniques to obtain measurements of physical properties and quantities related to the field of mechanical engineering technology. Prerequisites: MECH180 Strength of Materials; MECH255 Thermodynamics; MECH270 Fluid Mechanics; and ELEC130 Electricity and Electronics. Day Course.
MECH594 - ENGINEERING HEAT TRANSFER (2-2-4)
The student is introduced to the various modes of heat transfer: conduction, convection, and radiation. Application of these methods to steady and unsteady flow is considered. Fins, various other forms of extended surfaces, heat sources and sinks are thoroughly investigated with particular attention to electronic/ electrical systems. Heat exchangers are also studied. Prerequisites: MATH620 Applied Differential Equations I; MECH450 Advanced Thermodynamics; and MECH568 Engineering Fluid Mechanics. The Arioch Center Course.
MECH595 - ENGINEERING HEAT TRANSFER (3-2-4)
Conduction, convection, and thermal radiation heat transfer mechanism are described. Steady-state and transient conduction problems are discussed. Convective heat transfer mechanisms and various correlations to evaluate the heat transfer coefficient are discussed. Heat exchanger analysis and thermal radiation heat transfer between surfaces are presented. Laboratory experiences enforce the classroom theory. Prerequisites: MATH620 Applied Differential Equations I; MECH505 Engineering Thermodynamics; MECH565 Engineering Fluids. Day Course.
MECH600 - ADVANCED MECHANICS OF MATERIALS (3-2-4)
Stress analysis, the development of strain, stress concentrations, failure theories and fatigue are studied. Shafts, gears, and other elements are also considered. Laboratory problems and appropriate projects are assigned. Prerequisites: MATH510 Calculus III; MATH505 Probability and Statistics for Engineers; COMP120 Computer Science I Using C; MECH302 Mechanics of Materials. Day Course.
MECH605 - MECHANICAL CAD APPLICATIONS II (2-4-4)
This 3-D CAD course focuses upon establishing design intent for mechanical systems. Various engineering design tools will be utilized including FEA. Prerequisite: Senior status; MECH395 Mechanical CAD Applications I. Day Course.
MECH620 - ENGINEERING THERMAL DESIGN (1-4-3)
Fundamentals of thermodynamics are used to model power generation, refrigeration, and cogeneration systems. Numerical methods in heat transfer and fluid mechanics are studied. The heat transfer theories are integrated with thermodynamics and fluid mechanics in the design of thermal systems, including heat exchangers. The course includes laboratory experiences and an open-ended design project. Students are expected to use computational methods throughout the course. Prerequisites: MECH505 Engineering Thermodynamics; MECH565 Engineering Fluids; MECH595 Engineering Heat Transfer. Day Course.
MECH655 - SENIOR DESIGN PROJECT (2-2-4)
This capstone project course requires students, either individually or in a team, to design and develop an innovative prototype device or system which reflects the students' breadth of knowledge in the mechanical engineering related disciplines. Project topics must be pre-approved by the supervisory faculty, and oral presentations will be conducted to demonstrate effective technical and professional communication skills. Prerequisite: MECH500 Design of Experiments. The Arioch Center Course.
MECH690 - MECHANICAL DESIGN PROJECT (1-6-4)
This capstone project course is for senior-level mechanical engineering technologystudents who will formulate a topic and develop a project for an innovative techno-logical device or system. Students are encouraged to take an interdisciplinary approach to their design project, and the work will be performed under the direction of one or more faculty advisors. Course requirements include oral and written progress reports throughout the semester plus a final comprehensive technical report. Prerequisite: Senior status; MECH591 Instrumentation and Measurements. Day Course.