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MEE211 Engineering Graphics

[0–2, 1 cr.]

An introduction in the basics of 2D drafting, sketching and pictorial views, orthographic multiviews, auxiliary and section views, dimensions, drawing layouts and presentations. Basic use of a computer aided drafting software (such as AutoCAD).

MEE212 Computer Applications in MEE

[1–2, 2 cr.]

This course is designed to introduce students to computational software such as MATLAB and Excel. Students will learn how to write MATLAB programs for Mechanical engineering applications and to use Excel Solver to optimize problems. Array definitions and manipulations, user-defined functions, solution of ordinary and partial differential equations, plotting and several built-in functions will be covered. Excel Data Analysis ToolPak will be used for Design of Experiments analysis and statistical tests.

Pre-requisites: COE212 Engineering Programming and GNE333 Engineering Analysis.

MEE241 Dynamics

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers kinematics, and kinetics of particles, systems of particles, and kinetics of rigid bodies.

Pre-requisites: MTH201 Calculus III and CIE200 Statics.

MEE301 Thermodynamics

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers the basic concepts of work and heat, systems and control volumes, pure substances, equation of state, first law for systems, steady flow energy equation, second law for systems and control volume, and entropy.

Pre-requisite: Second-year standing.

MEE302 Energy Conversion

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers the performance and design considerations of energy conversion systems, the design and performance problems involving steam, gas turbine, and combined cycle power plants, and the reciprocating and rotary engines.

Pre-requisite: MEE301 Thermodynamics.

MEE311 Fluid Mechanics

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers fluid statics, analysis of fluid motion using the continuity, momentum, and energy, relationship, and the introduction to viscous flow.

Pre-requisite: MEE241 Dynamics.

MEE312 Fluid Mechanics Lab

[0–3, 1 cr.]

This course entails laboratory experiments in fluid mechanics.

Co-requisite: MEE311 Fluid Mechanics.

MEE320 Strength of Materials

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers mechanical properties and behavior of stressed materials, stress analysis of beams, columns and shafts, statically indeterminate structures, plane stress and strain, and principal stresses.

Pre-requisite: CIE200 Statics.

MEE321 Material Properties and Processes

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers the mechanical and physical properties of engineering materials (metals, ceramics and polymers), which are explained through their structures. Topics include strength and ductility, crystal structures and defects, phases, heat treatment. The course includes a revision of theories and principles of atomic structure and chemical bonding.

Pre-requisite: Second-year standing.

MEE332 Manufacturing Processes

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course offers a balanced quantitative and qualitative coverage of manufacturing processes: Casting, Material Removal, Deformation, Welding and Assembly. Course presents an overview of engineering materials, primary-manufacturing processes and includes projects tailored towards using manufacturing processes for obtaining functional products.

Pre-requisite: MEE321 Material Properties and Processes.

MEE333 Manufacturing Lab

[0–3, 1 cr.]

Lab provides students with hands-on experience in the use of traditional mechanical workshop equipment and software for manufacturing drawings generation. Students are also introduced to CNC Programming.

Co-requisite: MEE332 Manufacturing Processes.

MEE341 Kinematics of Machines

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers kinematics of mechanical devices, displacement, velocity and acceleration of linkages, cams and gear trains, and an introduction to synthesis, design, and computer problems.

Pre-requisites: MEE241 Dynamics, MEE351 Computer Aided Design

MEE351 Computer Aided Design

[2–2, 3 cr.]

This course covers the numerical design chain encompassing conceptual design techniques & methodologies, sketching, geometrical modeling, design specifications and product assembly. Course includes projects tailored towards using CAD software for designing mechanical engineering products.

Pre-requisites: MEE211 Engineering Graphics.

MEE391 Instrumentation and Measurements

[2–3, 3 cr.]

Data acquisition; design of experiments and laboratory safety; selection of instruments for experiments; informal and formal report writing; statistics of large samples applied to fixed and dynamic response of instruments; use of instrumentation software.

Pre-requisites: ELE305 Introduction to Electrical Engineering; GNE331 Probability and Statistics.

MEE392 Machine Shop

[0–3, 1 cr.]

This course provides students with hands-on experience in the use of workshop equipment using modern machine tools, precision measuring tools, and hand tools.

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

 

MEE401 Energy Systems

[2–0, 2 cr.]

This course introduces students to the concept of sustainability in the context of energy use. It stresses on the different aspects involved in our daily-life use of energy: environmental, societal, political, financial, etc. It covers technologies and means used in improving the sustainability of current fossil-fuel (coal, oil and gas) based energy systems, electric and nuclear systems by reducing their environmental and societal impacts. Finally, it introduces different renewable (‘clean’) energy technologies that can be used as alternatives to traditional (‘dirty’) energy systems.

Prerequisite: Third year standing

MEE403 Heat Transfer

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers the transfer of heat by conduction, radiation and convection, and the analysis of steady state, and simple transient heat processes, and the evaporation, boiling, and condensing, heat transfer.

Pre-requisites: MTH304 Differential Equations, MEE311 Fluid Mechanics.

MEE404 Heat Transfer Lab

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course entails laboratory experiments in heat transfer.

Pre-requisites: GNE 331 Probability and Statistics. Concurrent with MEE403 Heat Transfer.

MEE407 Internal Combustion Engines

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers the principles, practice, and characteristics, of internal combustion engines, with laboratory demonstrations in engine testing and performance. The laboratory entails experiments in internal combustion engines.

Pre-requisite: MEE302 Energy Conversion.

MEE414 Thermal Systems Design

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course coves the analysis and design of thermal systems using the principles developed in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer. Students develop computer programs to solve open-ended thermal design problem.

Pre-requisites: MEE403 Heat Transfer.

MEE422 Mechanical Engineering Design

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers application of engineering design process to the design of mechanical components, subsystems and machines, problem-solving techniques, ethics, and patents.

Prerequisite: MEE320 Strength of Materials.

MEE442 Mechanical Vibrations

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers kinematics and force analysis of machine and machine elements, balancing, critical speed, flywheel design and dynamic measurement, and design and computer problems.

Pre-requisites: MEE341 Kinematics of Machines, and MTH304 Differential Equations.

MEE443 Mechanical Vibrations Lab

[0–3, 1 cr.]

This course entails laboratory experiments in machine dynamics.

Pre-requisites: GNE331 Probability and Statistics; Concurrent with MEE442 Mechanical Vibrations.

MEE445 Control Systems

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers control system design of mechanical systems, emphasis on thermal, fluid, and motion, systems under feedback control, and classical control topics, including laplace transforms, system modeling, stability theory, and practical applications to professional practice. 

Pre-requisites: GNE333 Engineering Analysis I. Concurrent with MEE442 Mechanical Vibrations.

MEE446 Control Systems Lab

[0–3, 1 cr.]

The Control Systems lab provides experiential training of the methods used in modeling, analysis, simulation, and control of engineering systems. Students will design and implement controllers using modern Instruments and software.

Pre-requisites: MEE391 Instrumentations and Measurements Concurrent with MEE445 Control Systems.

MEE491 Seminar on Contemporary Issues in MEE

[2–0, 2 cr.]

This is a seminar course covering contemporary issues in Mechanical Engineering. Students are asked to research contemporary subjects in the field and present findings to the class.

Pre-requisites: Third year standing.

MEE498 Professional Experience

[0–6, 6 cr.]

This course covers professional experience through training in the execution of real-life engineering projects.

Pre-requisites: Fifth-year standing and the consent of the instructor.

MEE500 Renewable Energy

[3–0, 3 cr.]

A course that covers the principles of emerging renewable technologies, including solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, hydropower and other energy sources. A premise of the course is that a renewable energy technology must both be technically feasible and economically viable. At the conclusion of the course, students will have a solid technical and economic understanding of these energy technologies.

Prerequisites: MEE 403 Heat Transfer

MEE503 Power Plant Engineering

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers the economics of power generation, steam and gas turbine power cycles, combined power plants, Geothermal Power plants, fuel and combustion analysis and mechanisms, steam generators, condensers, Hydro-electrical power plant, diesel engine power plant, Energy and Availability analysis, and field trips.

Prerequisites: MEE302 Energy Conversion, and MEE414 Thermal Systems Design.

MEE506 Vehicle Powertrain Systems

[3–0, 3 cr.]

Fundamentals, design and modeling of conventional and advanced hybrid electric power trains for a sustainable mobility.

Prerequisites: MEE407 Internal Combustion Engines; MEE341 Kinematics of Machines; MEE302 Energy Conversion 

MEE507 Advanced Powertrain Systems

[3–0, 3 cr.]

Fundamentals, design and modeling of advanced hybrid electric powertrains for a sustainable mobility.

Prerequisites: MEE506 Advanced powertrain

MEE514 Computational Fluid Dynamics

[3–0, 3 cr.]

The focus will be on introducing a variety of computational techniques for solving model fluid flow equations, with special emphasis on finite difference and finite volume methods. Theoretical background will be covered with focus on accuracy and stability of numerical schemes, as well as their application in real fluid flow problems. Students are expected to write their own codes and employ commercial software such as ANSYS Fluent. Applications will cover incompressible and compressible flows in the viscous and inviscid regimes.

Prerequisite: GNE333 Engineering Analysis; MEE311 Fluid Mechanics

MEE515 Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers principles of vapor compression and absorption refrigeration, heat pumps, psychrometrics, principles of thermal comfort, and environmental aspects, determination of heating and cooling loads, and air conditioning system design and analysis.

Prerequisites: MEE403 Heat Transfer and MEE301 Thermodynamics.

MEE517 Turbo Machinery

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course introduces the basic principles of modern turbo machinery. Emphasis will be placed on the design of turbines, compressors, pumps and fans. Therefore, applications of the principle of the fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and aerodynamics are vital to this course.

Prerequisites: MEE302 Energy Conversion, and MEE414 Thermal Systems Design.

MEE519 Piping Network and Fire Protection Systems

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course concentrates on the design and calculations of pipe network, plumbing, and Fire-fighting systems including cold and hot water distribution for building and commercial applications, sanitary systems, rain water systems, sewer pumps and fire suppression systems… The course provides the ME students an opportunity to enhance and learn how to read and draw mechanical plans and specifications based on codes and standards. Troubleshooting techniques will also be introduced and special attention will be paid for fire-fighting techniques.

Prerequisites: MEE414 Thermal Systems Design.

MEE521 Finite Element Methods

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course introduces a numerical technique used in the solution of PDE governed problems. Applications cover solid mechanics, fluid dynamics and heat transfer problems in 1D. The course provides an insight on the extension to 2D and 3D problems. Bar, truss, beam and frame elements are covered in solid mechanics applications. Computer program development for the solution of 1D problems. Use of state of the art commercial finite element software (COMSOL Multiphysics).

Pre-requisites: GNE333 Engineering Analysis I, and MEE320 Strength of Materials.

MEE532 Advanced Manufacturing and AI

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course will cover the new and advanced manufacturing methods. It will cover different scales of manufacturing down to Nano scale. Fuzzy Logic (AI) will be introduced and applied for Manufacturing processes.

Prerequisites: MEE332 – Manufacturing processes

MEE533 Advanced CAD/CAM

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers the application of the design process to design and manufacture engineering products throughout the different steps of specification, behavioral modeling, design analysis, material selection, prototyping, manufacturing and testing. The course requires extensive usage of PLM software packages to the design and manufacturing of a mechanical design problem.

Pre-requisite: MEE332 Manufacturing Processes, MEE351 Computer Aided Design; 5th year standing.

MEE535 Surface Engineering

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course will cover the new and advanced manufacturing methods. It will cover different scales of manufacturing down to Nano scale. Fuzzy Logic (AI) will be introduced and applied for Manufacturing processes.

Prerequisites: MEE332 – Manufacturing processes

MEE536 Plastics Manufacturing

[3–0, 3 cr.]

Introduction to polymeric materials; categories; morphologies; fillers and additives. Physical and Mechanical properties of plastics. Plastics Testing. Plastics processing: injection molding; extrusion; expansion; thermoforming; blow molding. Injection time cycle; shrinkage of molded plastics. Flow rate calculation of molten plastics. Single and twin screw extrusion. Extrusion screw elements. Metering flow rate in extrusion Rheology.

Fifth year standing

MEE540 Introduction to Robotics

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers the fundamental concepts in Robotics such as coordinate transformation, forward and inverse kinematics, dynamics, Laplace transforms, equations of motion, feedback and feedforward control, and trajectory planning. It also covers End-of-arm sensing and introduce intelligent robots, including computer vision and introductory artificial Intelligence.

MEE547 Robotics and Intelligent Systems

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course introduces fundamental concepts in Robotics. The course discusses basic concepts, including coordinate transformation, kinematics, dynamics, Laplace transforms, equations of motion, feedback and feedforward control, and trajectory planning. These topics will be exemplified with Matlab/Simulink simulation studies. The second part of the course will introduce intelligent robots, including computer vision and introductory artificial Intelligence.

Pre-requisites: MEE341 Kinematics and Dynamics of Linkages, ELE442 Control Systems

MEE570 CFD for Wind Energy Engineering

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This is an introductory course to computational fluid dynamics (CFD) techniques for modelling, simulating, and analyzing practical problems related to wind engineering. The course covers theoretical background associated with both CFD tools and wind turbines, including real-world applications using commercial software packages used in industry.

 Pre-requisite: MEE 311 Fluid Mechanics; Fifth year standing    

MEE590 Energy Audit

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers the survey of energy sources, cost analysis, alternatives, environmental issue, audit techniques, and technical reporting.

Pre-requisite: MEE403 Heat Transfer.

MEE591 Project I

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers selected engineering project using acquired technical knowledge, formal report, and presentation.

Pre-requisites: Fifth year standing and MEE332 Manufacturing Processes.

Co-requisites: MEE414 Thermal Design Systems, INE428 Project Management, MEE422 Mechanical Engineering Design and MEE593 Capstone Engineering Design.

MEE592 Project II

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers advanced engineering project, using acquired technical knowledge, formal report, and presentation.

Pre-requisites: Fifth year standing and MEE591 Project I

MEE593 Capstone Engineering Design

[1–0, 1 cr.]

Course reinforces and integrates topics covered in other courses in the curriculum and used in engineering design. Topics covered include need identification and problem definition, managing the design process, team behavior and group dynamics, design research and information gathering, concept generation and evaluation, risk, reliability, and safety, legal and ethical issues in design, communicating the design.

Co-requisites: Project I

MEE594 Undergraduate Research Project

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers advanced engineering undergraduate research project, using acquired technical knowledge, formal report, and Presentation.

Pre-requisites: Final year standing and the consent of the instructor.

MEE594H Undergraduate Research Project

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers advanced engineering undergraduate research project, using acquired technical knowledge, formal report, and Presentation.

Pre-requisites: Final year standing and the consent of the instructor.

MEE598H Research Methods

[3–0, 3 cr.]

Introduction to methods for improving and developing research skills; including: principles of scientific research, ethics, writing skills, methods for compiling scientific literature, identification of research questions and specific hypotheses, presentation of research results, writing research papers, proposal preparation, preparation of grant proposals, thesis and dissertation.

MEE599 Topics in Mechanical Engineering

[1–3, 3 cr.]

This course covers the treatment of new development in various areas of mechanical engineering.

Pre-requisites: Fifth-year standing

MEE700 Renewable Energy

[3–0, 3 cr.]

A course that covers the principles of emerging renewable technologies, including solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, hydropower and other energy sources. A premise of the course is that a renewable energy technology must both be technically feasible and economically viable. At the conclusion of the course, students will have a solid technical and economic understanding of these energy technologies.

Prerequisites: MEE403 Heat Transfer

MEE701 Energy Audit

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers the survey of  energy sources, cost analysis, alternatives, environmental issue, audit techniques, and technical reporting.  

Pre-requisites: MEE403 Heat Transfer, Fourth year standing

MEE702 Passive Building Design

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course centers on issues surrounding the integration of Sustainable and Passive Design principles, into conceptual and practical Building design. Topics will include: solar geometry, climate/regional limitations, natural lighting, passive design and sustainability initiatives, natural ventilation and infiltration, insulating and Energy Storing Material, Bioclimatic concept and design. Case studies will be used as a vehicle to discuss the success/failure of ideas and their physical applications. The course will focus on the use Energy Auditing as a means to both design and evaluate the energy performance of buildings.

MEE703 Power Plant Engineering

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers the economics of power generation, steam and gas turbine power cycles, combined power plants, Geothermal Power plants, fuel and combustion analysis and mechanisms, steam generators, condensers, Hydro-electrical power plant, diesel engine power plant, Energy and Availability analysis, , and field trips. 

Prerequisites: MEE302 Energy Conversion and MEE414 Thermal Systems Design.

MEE704 Applied Solar Energy

[3–0, 3 cr.]

The course covers fundamentals of solar energy and its utilization in thermal and photovoltaic systems. This includes review of basic heat transfer concepts, solar energy availability, solar thermal collectors, thermal and photovoltaic systems’ design. It will also include an introduction to wind energy resources and utilization.

MEE705 Internal Combustion Engines

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers the principles, practice, and characteristics, of internal combustion engines, with laboratory demonstrations in engine testing and performance. The laboratory entails experiments in internal combustion engines.

 

MEE706 Vehicle Powertrain Systems

[3–0, 3 cr.]

Fundamentals, design and modeling of conventional and advanced hybrid electric power trains for a sustainable mobility.

Prerequisites: MEE407 Internal Combustion Engines, MEE341 Kinematics of Machines, MEE302 Energy Conversion

 

MEE707 Advanced Powertrain Systems

[3–0, 3 cr.]

Fundamentals, design and modeling of advanced hybrid electric powertrains for a sustainable mobility.

Prerequisites: MEE706 Advanced powertrain

 

MEE708 Intro to Sustainable Energy

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers treatment of new development in various areas of mechanical engineering.

 

MEE709 Sustainable Architecture

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers issues surrounding the integration of energy-sustainable and passive design principles into conceptual and practical building designs.

 

MEE710 Advanced Fluid Mechanics

[3–0, 3 cr.]

The course covers the principals and methods of fluid mechanics. Topics include kinematics of fluids, conservation equations, two-dimensional potential flow theory, circulation and vorticity theorems, free shear layer and boundary layer stability, boundary layer and flow separation. Laminar-turbulent boundary layer transition, secondary flows, introduction to turbulent flow, steady and unsteady stall.

Pre-requisite: MEE311 Fluid Mechanics

MEE711 Boundary Layer Theory

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers the effect of viscosity in near-wall flows. Topics include continuum fluid mechanics, exact solutions of Navier-Stokes equations, creeping flows, laminar and turbulent boundary layers, exact and approximate solutions of the steady state boundary layer equations, boundary layer control, stability of laminar flows, transition, fundamentals of turbulent flows.

Pre-requisite: MEE311 Fluid Mechanics

MEE713 Gas Turbines

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers the design and performance of stationary and propulsion gas turbines.

Prerequisite: MEE302 Energy Conversion.

MEE714 Computational Fluid Dynamics

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course focuses on introducing variety of computational techniques for solving the equations governing the fluid motion, with special emphasis on finite difference and finite volume methods. Theoretical background will be covered with focus on accuracy and stability of numerical schemes, as well as their application in real fluid problems. Students are expected to write their own codes and employ commercial software such as ANSYS Fluent. Applications will cover incompressible and compressible viscid and inviscid flows.

Pre-requisite: MEE 311 Fluid Mechanics

MEE717 Turbo Machinery

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course introduces the basic principles of modern turbo machinery. Emphasis will be placed on the design of turbines, compressors, pumps and fans. Therefore, applications of the principle of the fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and aerodynamics are vital to this course.

Prerequisites: MEE302 Energy Conversion, and MEE414 Thermal Systems Design.

MEE718 Turbulence Modeling

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers the basic definitions and characteristics of turbulent flows and provides an overview of concepts used in turbulence modeling. Topics include, Reynolds averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations, turbulent scales, hierarchy of turbulence simulations, zero-equation and half-equation models, one-equation models, two-equation models, multi-equation and scale models, nonlinear mode/second-moment models, transition-sensitive models, Scale-Adaptive Simulation (SAS), Large Eddy Simulation (LES), Detached Eddy Simulation (DES), Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS). The course includes applications using commercial software such as ANSYS Fluent.

Pre-requisite: MEE 311 Fluid Mechanics

MEE720 Composite Materials

[3–0, 3 cr.]

Introduction to the Mechanics of Composite Materials: Fiber and Matrix Properties, Micro-and Macro-mechanics.

Prerequisite: MEE320 Strength of Materials or MEE321 Material Properties and Processes

MEE721 Finite Element Methods

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course introduces a numerical technique used in the solution of PDE governed problems. Applications cover: Solid Mechanics, Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer Problems in 1D. The course provides an insight on the extension to 2D and 3D problems. Bar, Truss, Beam and Frame elements are covered in solid mechanics applications. Computer program  development for the solution of 1D problems. Use of state of the art commercial finite element software (COMSOL Multiphysics).

Prerequisites: GNE 333 Engineering Analysis, MEE 320 Strength of materials.

MEE722 Innovative Engineering & Design

[3–0, 3 cr.]

In this course, you will learn the methodology behind producing great designs. You will learn to communicate with high emotional and intellectual impact. This course will begin with ideation, to design, to usability testing, and iterative design, before arriving at a product ready for commercialization.

MEE730 Lean Manufacturing

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This is an introduction course for all engineering disciplines. The course focuses on the concepts, principles, tools and techniques of Lean Manufacturing. Examples from the manufacturing environment and administrative functions will be utilized to explain key concepts.

Prerequisites: Fourth year standing

MEE731 Six Sigma

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This is an introduction course for engineering disciplines.  The course focuses on the concepts, principles, tools and techniques of Six Sigma. Examples from the manufacturing environment and administrative functions will be utilized to explain key concepts. 

MEE732 Advanced Manufacturing & AI

[3–0, 3 cr.]

New technologies are introduced in modern plants (as 3D Additive printing and Nano scale manufacturing). Most manufactured parts in industry require different quality parameters. The requirements are often to achieve the better quality with the least time and or cost. For that end, new manufacturing methods are becoming more and more commonly used. The course is a focus on New / Advanced and unconventional  manufacturing .

Other innovative/new trend manufacturing methods which are having interest will be covered, as :  Nano  scale manufacturing (& sensors). Now that we lie in an environment where sensors are present in our daily life, industries are realizing the importance of Nano scale, and how it can become a game changing strategy when considering manufacturing at this scale, and the benefits associated with it.

Many manufacturers commonly agree that manufacturing will involve more and more 3D printing (additive manufacturing)   in the near future. Currently major aerospace & some automotive manufacturers use such technologies, but also becoming more common for other industries as well. Therefore, it will be important to learn about the combination of Additive (3D printing) to Subtractive (Machining) to achieve manufacturing parts that will achieve the optimum design requirements.

To help assist the complex process of new manufacturing methods AI (Artificial Intelligence, mainly fuzzy logic) will be introduced including implementation examples.

MEE735 Surface Engineering and Surface Generation

[3–0, 3 cr.]

Most manufactured parts in industry require different quality parameters, and surface quality is one important aspect. This course will cover the main aspects of manufactured surface importance in engineering. This will include the engineering characterization and evaluation of generated surfaces. Different techniques and technologies that can be used to engineer surfaces; a focus will be on Coatings, and Machining. In practical applications, surfaces will be in contact with other bodies, and the tribology aspect can play a role of importance. Different types of surface wear will be explained, and how engineered surfaces can improve the surface quality and improve wear resistance.

MEE736 Plastics Manufacturing

[3–0, 3 cr.]

Introduction to polymeric materials; categories; morphologies; fillers and additives. Physical and Mechanical properties of plastics. Plastics Testing. Plastics processing: injection molding; extrusion; expansion; thermoforming; blow molding. Injection time cycle; shrinkage of molded plastics. Flow rate calculation of molten plastics. Single and twin screw extrusion. Extrusion screw elements. Metering flow rate in extrusion Rheology.

Fifth year standing

MEE740 Introduction to Robotics

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers the fundamental concepts in Robotics such as coordinate transformation, forward and inverse kinematics, dynamics, Laplace transforms, equations of motion, feedback and feedforward control, and trajectory planning. It also covers End-of-arm sensing and introduce intelligent robots, including computer vision and introductory artificial Intelligence.

MEE741 Control of Electrified Vehicles

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers the powertrain control of hybrid and electric vehicles. It entails a thorough understanding and analysis of the different vehicle energy needs and the power-split problem, and provides real-time-implementable energy management strategies and other optimal control strategies, using several numerical solutions based on dynamic programming and the maximum principle.

Pre-requisites: MEE707 Advanced Powertrain Systems.

MEE742 Smart Materials and Structures

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers the operating principles and the constitutive modeling of smart materials including piezoceramics, magnetostrictives, shape memory alloys, magnetorheological fluids, and electroactive polymers. Constitutive and system-level modeling. Current approaches for designing and implementing smart structures in real-world applications will be reviewed.

Prerequisites: MEE321 Material Properties and MEE391 Instrumentation and Measurements

MEE743 Advanced Dynamics

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers the kinematics and kinetics of particles, system of particles and rigid bodies. Linear and angular impulse and momentum. Lagrangian and Hamiltonian methods. Orbital motion. Euler angles.

Prerequisites: MEE341 Kinematics of Machines

MEE744 Vehicle Motor Drives and Storage Systems

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers the description and analysis of electric motor drives and energy storage systems for automotive applications. It provides an insight for system-level modeling of power electronic converters, electric machines, the various electrical loads as well as battery technology for conventional, hybrid and electric vehicle applications.

Pre-requisite: ELE305 Introduction to Electrical Engineering

MEE745 Theory of Vibration

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers the theory of vibration of discrete and continuous systems. Fourier transform. Modal analysis. Linearization about a stable equilibrium point. Lagrange’s equation and d’Alembert’s principle.

Prerequisites: MEE442 Mechanical Vibrations.

MEE746 Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos

[3–0, 3 cr.]

Introduction to nonlinear dynamics, with applications to physics, engineering, biology, and chemistry. Emphasizes analytical methods, concrete examples, and geometric thinking. Topics include one-dimensional systems; bifurcations; phase plane; nonlinear oscillators; and Lorenz equations, chaos, strange attractors, fractals, iterated mappings, period doubling.

Prerequisite: MTH304 Differential Equations

MEE750 CAD of Advanced Mechanical Systems

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course covers the use of advanced computer-aided design software packages, including systems for computer-aided drafting, solid modeling, finite element analysis, and computer-aided manufacturing, and design projects including: fabrication of physical prototypes generated with numerically controlled machines.

Prerequisites: MEE 332 Manufacturing Processes

MEE761 Intro to Plant Design

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This is an introductory course to chemical plant design for mechanical engineers. The main objective of this course is to give mechanical engineers a survey of some of the methods and practices that chemical engineers employ in plant design. The course covers topics employed normally by chemical engineers for designing chemical plants, which include the structure of chemical processes, economic evaluation, process circuit analysis and some fundamental chemical engineering calculations, and an introduction to flowsheet synthesis. These concepts will be illustrated on some selected plant design case studies.

MEE762 Pump Design for Oil & Gas

[3–0, 3 cr.]

The design and operation of well fluid artificial lift systems, including: sucker rod pumping, progressing cavity pumps (PCPs), electric submersible pumps (ESPs), downhole hydraulic pumps, and gas lift.

MEE770 CFD for Wind Energy Engineering

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This is an introductory course to computational fluid dynamics (CFD) techniques for modelling, simulating, and analyzing practical problems related to wind engineering. The course covers theoretical background associated with both CFD tools and wind turbines, including real-world applications using commercial software packages used in industry.

MEE780A Energy Storage & Charging Systems in Automobile Applications

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course introduces students to energy storage and charging systems in electric and electrified vehicle applications. It shows the market situation as of today and compares the different adopted storage technologies. The sizing of these storage systems is also detailed. Furthermore, this course shows the importance of the battery management system while focusing on battery cell balancing and battery pack thermal management. Charging systems are also covered in details. Finally, smart grid and vehicle to grid energy transfer concept is presented.

MEE780B Advanced Thermodynamics in Automobile

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course offers an introduction to principles of exergy analysis applied for thermodynamic energy converters. Today, the extended range hybrid electric vehicle (EREV) powertrains, based on series hybrid electric powertrains offer the advantages of both thermal (long range, low cost) and electric (zero emissions, fun to drive, low maintenance cost) powertrains. The fuel consumption of this EREV depends mainly on the energy converter performances in terms of efficiency and power to weight ratio.

In this course, we will apply exergy analysis to identify the best thermodynamic configurations for EREV. The study will be performed on gas turbine system since it offers many vehicles intrinsic benefits such as, series powertrain compatibility, multi fuel capability, low noise and vibrations, low maintenance cost, compactness among others.

MEE780C Vehicle Motor Drives

[1–0, 1 cr.]

This course offers an introduction to principles of electric machines and the closely related area of adjustable speed drives. Nowadays, the most widely used motors are classic direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) motors such as induction motor and synchronous motor. To control these motors efficiently, we will do a comprehensive study of fundamental operating principles and related control theories.

MEE791 Thesis

[6–0, 6 cr.]

This research-based thesis course involves independent work performed by students, and leading to original contribution to knowledge. Topic selection is to be agreed upon in consultation with a Faculty Advisor. The student is limited to one thesis course per degree. 

Pre-requisite: Consent of the instructor