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After completion of this course, the students should be able to:

  1. Understand the basic concepts of nanotechnology.

  2. Understand the fundamental differences between nanotechnology and traditional technology.

  3. Understand the basic scaling laws.

  4. Grasp the essence of quantum mechanics and understand implications of eigen value solutions of the Schodingers equation.

  5. Apply molecular dynamics computer simulation to simulate nano-systems.

  6. Understand the thermal and quantum uncertainties and their implication in molecular manufacturing.

  7. Appreciate the requirements of nano components and systems design.

  8. Be aware of the current research topics in nanotechnology.

*NOTE: Extra project and homework problems will be assigned to graduate students on these items on the ME 597 Nanotechnology course.


      1. Basic Laws for Nano-scale Analysis (10 periods)

        1. Introduction to Molecular Manufacturing

        2. Classical Scaling Laws

        3. Quantum Theory and Approximations *

        4. Molecular Mechanics *

        5. Intermolecular Forces *

        6. Molecular Dynamics *

        7. Computer Simulations of Molecular Dynamics I

        8. Computer Simulations of Molecular Dynamics II *

        9. Molecular Modeling I *

        10. The Simple Huckel Method and Applications

        11. The Extended Huckel Method (Tight Binding Method)

        12. Tight Binding Molecular Dynamics

        13. Positional Uncertainty and Thermal Excitation

        14. Bending and Displacement

        15. Transitions and Errors

        16. Damages

        17. Energy Dissipation

        18. Mechanosynthesis

        19. Reactive Species and Mechano-chemical Synthesis

      2. Nano Components and Systems (10 periods)

        1. Nanoscale Structural Components

        2. Moving Parts at Nanoscale I

        3. Moving Parts at Nanoscale II

        4. Intermediate Subsystems

        5. Nanoscale Computational Systems

        6. Molecular Processing and Assembly

        7. Molecular Manufacturing Systems

      3. Current Research (8 periods)

        1. Guest Presentation: Nanomachinery

        2. Guest Presentation: DNA and Nanotechnology

Computer Usage: Matlab
Evaluation Methods: Homework assignments, quizzes, two mid-term exams, and one final exam.
Professional Component: Engineering Sciences (Engineering Topics)
Prepared by: Andrew Hsu

Elective Course: ME 597 Principles of Turbomachinery
Catalog Description: Credit 3. Class 3.

Unified treatment of principles underlying fluid mechanic design of hydraulic pumps, turbines, and gas compressors. Similarity and scaling laws. Cavitation. Analysis of radial and axial flow machines. Blade element performance. Radial equilibrium theory. Centrifugal pump design. Axial compressor design.

Prerequisites: 1) ME 200 Thermodynamics I and 2) ME 310 Fluid Mechanics
Corequisite: None
Textbook: D.G. Wilson and T. Korakianitis, The Design of High-Efficiency Turbomachinery and Gas Turbines, Prentice Hall, 1998.
Coordinator: Andrew Hsu
Goals: This course will introduce basic ideas of turbomachinery and the basic equations that govern the performance of turbomachinery. The introductory course aims at teaching the students in cycle analysis, efficiency calculation, and flow and energy analysis. Students may not receive credit for both this course and ME 433.

After completion of this course, the students should be able to:

  1. Be able to give precise definition of turbomachinery.

  2. Identify various types of turbomachinery.

  3. Perform thermal cycle analysis on gas-turbine engines.

  4. Perform fluid dynamic analysis of diffusers.

  5. Apply the Euler's equation for tubomachinery to analyze energy transfer in turbomachines.

  6. Apply three-dimensional velocity diagrams to turbomachinery analysis.

  7. Design axial-flow turbines and compressors.

  8. Design radial-flow turbomachines.

  9. Compute efficiencies of various turbomachines.


  1. Introduction: Definition and types of Turbomachines (1 period)

  2. Review of Thermodynamics (1 period)

  3. Basic Concepts of Gas Turbines and Cycle Analysis (4 periods)

        1. Efficiency

        2. Turbojets and Turbofans

        3. Qualitative Analysis

        4. Compressor and Turbine Analysis

  4. Non-rotating Components (5 periods)

        1. Summary of Gas Dynamics

        2. Diffusers

        3. Nozzles

        4. Combustors

  5. Compressors (6 periods)

        1. Energy exchange, Rotor to Fluid

        2. The Euler Equation

        3. Stage Temperature Ratio

        4. Compressor Geometry and the Flow Pattern

        5. Subsonic Blading

        6. The Loss Factor and Efficiency

        7. Limits on Stage Pressure Ratio

        8. Stage Performance

        9. Multistage Compressors

        10. Centrifugal Compressors

  6. Turbines (6 periods)

        1. Turbine Stage Characteristics

        2. Degree of Reactions, Pressure Ratio

        3. Turbine Blading

        4. Turbine Cooling

        5. Turbine Efficiency

        6. Turbine Similarity

  7. Pumps and Fans (6 periods)

Evaluation Methods: Homework assignments, quizzes, two mid-term exams, and one final exam.
Professional Component: Engineering Sciences (Engineering Topics)
Prepared by: Andrew Hsu
Revised: September 11, 2003

Elective Course: ME 597 CAD/CAM-Theory and Applications
Catalog Description: Credit 3. Class 2. Lab 2.

Introduction to computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) theory and applications. Topics include CAD/CAM systems (Hardware and Software), Geometric modeling using curves, surfaces and solids, CAD/CAM data exchange, CAD and CAM integration, Mechanical assembly, Mechanical Tolerancing, Mass property calculations, Process planning and Tool path generation, integration of CAD/CAM with the production machine, and Computer control of machines and processes in manufacturing systems. Projects will focus on development of geometric procedures for design and manufacturing applications and the use of commercial CAD/CAM software for automating the production cycle. Applications will include NC machining, design of (optimum) cutting tools and modeling and design of fixtures for dies and molds. Hands-on experience is attained through laboratory experiment.

Prerequisites: ME 197 Introduction to Computer programming (in C) and ME 262 Mechanical Design I
Corequisites: None
Textbook: A. Zeid, CAD/CAM: Theory and Practice, McGraw-Hill, Inc, 1991.
Coordinator: Hazim El-Mounayri
Goals: To introduce the basic tools in computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing with a focus on the integration of these tools and the automation of the production cycle. To prepare the student to be an effective user and developer of the state-of-the-art CAD/CAM technology. Students may not receive credit for both this course and ME 446.
Course Outcomes:

After completion of this course, the students should be able to:

  1. Explain the concepts and underlying theory of modeling and the usage of models in the different engineering applications. Explain the benefits of CAD/CAM, the different uses of the technology, and the advantage of a comprehensive and integrated CAD/CAM system.

  2. Design and model using CAD tools and automatically generate process plans using CAM tools as well as manufacturing information needed to drive CNC machines and Rapid prototyping machines.

  3. Create accurate and precise geometry of complex engineering systems and use the geometric models in different engineering applications.

  4. Compare the different types of modeling techniques and explain the central role solid models play in the successful completion of CAD/CAM-based product development.

  5. Use state-of-the-art CAD/CAM codes efficiently, effectively and intelligently in design and manufacturing .

  6. Use current CAD/CAM technology as modeling and simulation tool for integrated product development.

  7. Apply the methods and tools learned in the course in solving engineering problems.

  8. Develop algorithms for 2D and 3D geometric modeling.


  1. CAD/CAM definition (1 period)

  2. CAD/CAM systems: Hardware and Software (1 period)

  3. Introducing a CAD/CAM software for the course (2 periods)

  4. Geometric modeling using curves (1 period)

  5. Geometric modeling using surfaces (1 period)

  6. Geometric modeling using solids (3 periods)

  7. CAD/CAM data exchange (1 period)

  8. Graphics concept (2 periods)

  9. Interactive computer programming (1 period)

  10. Extending the functionality of an existing CAD/CAM system (2 periods)

  11. CAD and CAM integration (1 period)

  12. Mechanical assembly (1 period)

  13. Mechanical Tolerancing (1 period)

  14. Mass property calculations (1 period)

  15. Finite element modeling using different modeling techniques (1 period)

  16. Manufacturing systems and processes (1class)

  17. Process planning (1 period)

  18. Machining (2 periods)

  19. Tool path generation (1 period)

  20. Computer control of machines and processes in manufacturing systems (1 period)

  21. Integration of CAD/CAM with the production machine (1 period)

Computer Usage: Pro/Engineer and Pro/Mechanica
Evaluation Methods: Homework assignments, quizzes, two mid-term exams, and one final exam.
Professional Component: Engineering Sciences
Prepared by: Hazim El-Mounayri
Revised: December 12, 2003

Elective Course: ME 597 Biomechanics of the Musculoskeletal System
Catalog Description: Credit 3. Class 3.

Mechanical design of organisms, with emphasis on the mechanics of the musculoskeletal system. Selected topics in prosthesis design and biomaterials; emphasis on the unique biological criteria that must be considered in biomechanical engineering design.

Prerequisite: ME 272 Mechanics of Materials or equivalent
Corequisites: None
Textbook: A. Nigg and B. Herzog, Biomechanics of the Musculoskeletal System, John Wiley & Sons, 1994.
Coordinator: Charles Turner
Goals: To provide students with an understanding of how living organisms optimize structures to adapt to the mechanical demands of their environment. Students may not receive credit for both this course and ME 402.
Course Outcomes:

After completion of this course, the students should be able to:

  1. Construct free body diagrams and calculate forces on human joints [e]

  2. Explain the role of remodeling in repair and replacement of bone [a4]

  3. Apply failure criteria to determine when solid material or bone will fail [a4]

  4. Be able to calculate stress and strain from elasticity equations for orthotropic or transversely isotropic materials [a4, e]

  5. Be able to calculate principal stresses and strains for anisotropic materials [a4, e]

  6. Explain the concept of mechanical adaptation of biological tissues [j, k3]

  7. Apply biological adaptation strategies to engineering applications [c1]

  8. Apply viscoelasticity models to explain mechanical properties of ligament and tendon [a4]

  9. Explain the compressive mechanics of cartilage based upon biochemical composition [j]

  10. Explain tissue engineering in terms of cellular biomechanics and biology [j]

  11. Apply the basic mechanics of muscles to explain muscle function [g, j]

  12. Apply mechanics of material to derive criteria for orthopaedic implant design [a4, h]

Note: The letters within the brackets indicate the program outcomes of mechanical engineering

  1. Tissue engineering of cartilage (2 periods)

  2. Nature of viscoelasticity in biphasic materials and mechanics of cartilage (2 periods)

  3. Bone biology and structure (2 periods)

  4. Bone mechanotransduction and fundamentals of bone biomechanics. Basic theory of elasticity (4 periods)

  5. Criteria for yielding including Tsai-Wu criterion (1 period)

  6. Computer aided optimization and skeletal scaling (2 periods)

  7. Muscle physiology (2 periods)

  8. Muscle mechanics (1 period)

  9. Tendons and Ligaments (2 periods)

  10. Mechanics of human motion (2 periods)

  11. Statically determinant systems (1 period)

  12. Statically indeterminant systems (1 period)

  13. Orthopedic prosthesis design (2 periods)

Evaluation Methods: Homework assignments, quizzes, two mid-term exams, and one final exam.
Professional Component: Engineering Sciences (Engineering Topics)
Prepared by: Charles Turner
Revised: January 16, 2004
Elective Course: ME 597 Mechanical Engineering Project I
Catalog Description: Credit 3. Class 3.

Individual advanced study in various fields of mechanical engineering. May be repeated for up to 6 credit hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Corequisite: None
Textbook: None
Coordinator: Hasan Akay
Goals: To teach students to conduct an independent research project in an advanced or emerging area.

After completion of this course, the students should be able to:

  1. Clearly identify the problem investigated

  2. Demonstrate creativity

  3. Demonstrate the use of a sound methodology

  4. Use sound engineering principles

  5. Demonstrate completeness of project

  6. Demonstrate effectiveness in writing

  7. Demonstrate effectiveness in presenting orally

Topics: Vary depending on the project.

Evaluation Methods: Final report and a final presentation to faculty and fellow students.
Computer Usage: Varies depending on the project.
Professional Component: Engineering Science (Engineering Topics)
Prepared by: Hasan Akay
Revised: January 9, 2004

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