Graduate Course List

  • 6111: Graduate Seminar
    Cr.1.(1-0). May be repeated for credit.
  • 6198:6298:6398:6498:6598: Research
    Cr.1-5 per semester or more by concurrent enrollment. Prerequisite: approval of chair.
  • 6331: Advanced Thermodynamics 1-Classical
    Cr.3.(3-0). Prerequisite: graduate standing. Axiomatic formulation of thermodynamics, development of information from a fundamental equation, thermodynamic stability. Applications include mixtures, chemical reaction, evaluation of properties, and phase transition.
  • 6333: Conduction and Radiation
    Cr.3(3-0). Prerequisite: MATH 3363.
  • 6334: Convection Heat Transfer
    Cr.3.(3-0). Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Thermal boundary-layer theory; forced convection in laminar and turbulent flows; heat transfer of high velocities; transpiration cooling; dimensional analysis; free convection; selected applications.
  • 6335: Heat Transfer with Phase-Change
    Cr.3.(3-0). Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. Dynamics of liquid-vapor interfaces including the role of capillary forces. Mechanisms and analysis of boiling and condensing heat transfer.
  • 6341: Viscous Flow Theory
    Cr.3.(3-0). Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Development of governing equations; exact and approximate solution for high and low Reynolds numbers; extension to boundary layer solution; stability analysis.
  • 6343: Boundary Layers
    Cr.3.(3-0). Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Computation of boundary layers in laminar and turbulent flow for compressible and incompressible fluids; exact and approximate methods; stability of boundary layer flow.
  • 6344: Turbulent Flows
    Cr.3(3-0). Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Phenomenological theories, self-preserving flows, homogeneous turbulence, and statistical theories; turbulence measuring methods.
  • 6345: Hydrodynamic Stability
    Cr.3.(3-0). Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Introduction to hydrodynamic stability. Thermal and centrifugal instabilities. Stability of parallel and nonparallel bounded and free shear flows using analytical and numerical techniques. Nonlinear stability and relation to turbulence.
  • 6346: Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
    Cr.3.(3-0). Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Introduction to geophysical fluid dynamics: the physics of atmospheric and oceanic motions. Effects of rotation and stratification; geostrophic flows. The dynamics of hurricanes and tornadoes.
  • 6353: Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics
    Cr.3.(3-0). Prerequisite: MECE 3463, MECE 3363 or equivalent, Fortran programming experience, or consent of instructor. Numerical methods for linear and nonlinear Partial Differential Equations. Emphasis on finite difference and spectral methods applied to the Navier-Stokes equations for incompressible flow. Turbulence modeling.
  • 6361: Mechanical Behavior of Materials
    Cr.3.(3-0). Prerequisite: MECE 3445 and graduate standing. Dislocation and defect theory, deformation and fatigue of metals, polymers and brittle materials.
  • 6362: Advanced Dynamics
    Cr.3.(3-0). Prerequisite: MECE 5387. Classic problems of particle dynamics and rigid-body dynamics, gyroscope theory; dissipative systems, the principle of least action, Hamilton-Jacobi equation; canonical transformations, Poisson brackets; relativistic mechanics.
  • 6363: Physical Metallurgy
    Cr.3.(3-0). Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Structure and mechanical properties of metals and alloys. Metal strengthening processes, plastic deformation, work hardening, crystal imperfections, recovery, and recrystallization.
  • 6364: Solidification and Heat Treatment
    Cr.3(3-0). Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Thermodynamics of heterogeneous equilibria, solidification of alloy systems, transport processes in solidification; annealing and homogenization, precipitation, martensitic transformation, heat treatment applications.
  • 6365: Stress Waves in Continuous Media
    Cr.3.(3-0). (Also ELEE). Prerequisite: MECE 5338. Dynamics of continuous media; stress waves propagation in solids and liquids.
  • 6368:6369: Mechanical Design Project
    Cr.3 per semester. (3-0). Selected topics pertaining to individual design projects. Introduction to patent law.
  • 6373: Computer-Based Design Synthesis
    Cr.3.(3-0). Prerequisite: MECE 4334 and permission of instructor. Techniques of computer-based decision making for engineering system design synthesis; mathematical methods of solution and postsolution analysis; knowledge engineering; engineering applications.
  • 6377: Continuum Mechanics I
    Cr.3.(3-0). Prerequisite: MECE 5332 or consent of instructor. Motion of a continuum, polar decomposition, measures of strain; rate of deformation and vorticity; transport theorem, balance laws; general constitutive theory, material symmetry, invariance requirements.
  • 6379: Computer Methods for Mechanical Design
    Cr.3.(3-0). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. A second-level course dealing with the application of the digital computer to solve design problems in mechanical engineering. Topics include design optimization, differential equations of mechanical systems, root solving in mechanical synthesis, and eigenvalue applications in design.
  • 6382: Theory of Elasticity I
    Cr.3(3-0). Prerequisite: MECE 5332 or consent of instructor. Physical principles, stress and displacement formulations, stress functions, variational principles, Saint-Venant beam theory, Green's functions, two- and three-dimensional problems, elements of fracture mechanics.
  • 6399-7399: Master's Thesis
    Cr.3 per semester.
  • 7360: Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos
    Cr.3.(3-0). Prerequisite: graduate standing in engineering. Basic concepts of nonlinear and chaotic dynamics. Applications to oscillations, coupled rigid bodies, buckling beams, vortices, fluid flows.
  • 7370: Flow and Fracture of Solids
    Cr.3.(3-0). Prerequisite: MECE 3445 or equivalent. Microscopic aspects of plastic deformation, moving dislocations, mechanics of fracture, microscopic aspects of crack propagation, fatigue crack nucleation and growth, kinetics of creep.
  • 7371: Advanced Fracture Mechanics
    Cr.3.(3-0). Prerequisite: MECE 6382, 5332 OR 6377. Stress analysis of cracked elastic and inelastic solids; failure criteria for brittle and ductile materials; applications to various structural problems.
  • 7373: Mechanical Behavior of Metals
    Cr.3.(3-0). Prerequisite: MECE 3445 or equivalent. Concepts of stress and strain, elastic and plastic behavior, dislocation theory, fatigue, fracture, creep, corrosion effects.
  • 7374: Mechanical Behavior of Ceramics
    Cr.3.(3-0). Prerequisite: graduate standing and MECE 3445 or equivalent. Crystallography in ceramics, plastic deformation, fracture, strength, creep, composites, testing methods and applications.
  • 7377: Microstructural Electron Microscopy
    Cr.3.(3-0). Prerequisite: graduate standing and consent of instructor. Principles of electron microscopy, diffraction and contrast theories, the transmission electron microscope (TEM), the scanning electron microscope (SEM), application to microstructure of solid materials.
  • 7378: Finite Elasticity
    Cr.3.(3-0). Prerequisite: MECE 6382 or MECE 5332 or consent of instructor. Analysis of large deformation and strain in three-dimensional elastic continua; stress measures; general constitutive equation; special cases; formulation of boundary value problems; examples: uniqueness, stability.
  • 7379: Continuum Mechanics II
    Cr.3.(3-0). Prerequisite: MECE 6377 or consent of instructor. Behavior of various solid-like and fluid-like materials; continuum thermodynamics. Selected topics from: Cosserat continua, nonlocal media, electromagnetism in deformable bodies, relativistic effects.
  • 7397: Selected Topics
    Cr.3.(3-0). May be repeated for credit.
  • 8198:8298:8498:8598: Doctoral Research
    Cr.1-5 per semester or more by concurrent enrollment. Prerequisite: approval of chair.
  • 8399:8699:8999: Doctoral Dissertation
    Cr.3, 6 or 9 hours depending on the semester.