Course Descriptions

Core Courses

Introduction to Mechanical Engineering (ME 101)


Orientation, rules and regulations at the University. Introduction to mechanical engineering, its history and related professional organizations. Engineering ethics. Engineering communications. Engineering codes and standards. Problem solving, approximations and uncertainty, comğuting tools. Introduction to engineering design.

Engineering Graphics & Solid Modeling (ME 182)


Engineering design principles, graphics language. Geometric constructions, parallelism, perpendicularity, intersection and tangency. Sketching using a CAD system. Manufacturing processes and features in solid modeling. Multiview projection, sectional views, auxiliary views. Working with design drawings, dimensioning, tolerancing. Working with assemblies.

Thermodynamics I (ME 211)


Basic concepts of thermodynamics, properties of pure substances. The first law of thermodynamics: closed and open systems. The second law of thermodynamics, entropy. Laboratory demonstrations in parallel with theory.

Thermodynamics II (ME 212)


Exergy. Vapor power and refrigeration cycles. Air standard power and refrigeration cycles. Thermodynamic relations. Ideal gas mixtures. Gas and vapor mixtures. Chemical reactions. Chemical equilibrium. Thermal system design.

Statics (ME 241)


Principles of mechanics. Fundamental vector algebra. Classification and equivalence of force systems. Rigid body equilibrium. Center of gravity. Analysis of structures, trusses, beams, cables and chains. Friction. Principles of virtual work and minimum potential energy.

Dynamics (ME 244)


Dynamics of particles: Rectilinear and curvilinear motion. Newton’s laws, momentum and angular momentum methods. Work and energy. System of particles. Dynamics of rigid bodies in plane motion; kinematics and kinetics. Work and energy method and the momentum principles for rigid bodies.

Strength of Materials (ME 246)


Analysis of stress and strain. Axially loaded bars. Torsion. Transverse loading of beams; stresses in beams, deflection of beams. Stresses in combined bending, torsion, shear and axial loading. Mohr’s circle. Design of shafts and beams under combined loading. Statically indeterminate problems. Introduction to the energy methods.

Material Science for Mechanical Engineers (ME 264)


Analysis of stress and strain. Axially loaded bars. Torsion. Transverse loading of beams; stresses in beams, deflection of beams. Stresses in combined bending, torsion, shear and axial loading. Mohr’s circle. Design of shafts and beams under combined loading. Statically indeterminate problems. Introduction to the energy methods.

Solid Mechanics Laboratory (ME 266)


Tensile and hardness tests, metallography. Principles behind strain gauges, wheatstone bridges. Practice with strain gauge instrumentation and implementation. Measurement of strain in axially, torsionally, and transversely loaded structural elements. ASTM standarts for various tests. Strain measurement in simple structures such as box beams. An overview of the Finite Element method and virtual experimentation via FE analysis software. Prerequisite(s): ME 246 (co-requisite)

Heat Transfer (ME 324)


Steady and transient one and multi-dimensional heat conduction in systems. Internal and external forced convection, natural convection and condensation. Heat transfer by radiation. Heat exchangers and design of heat transfer systems. Experimental laboratory practice will be offered in parallel with theory. Some problems will be simulated numerically using the finite difference method and comparisons will be made.

Fluid Mechanics (ME 331)


Fundamental principles of fluid mechanics and their application to engineering problems. Fluid statics. Fluid flow concepts. Control-volume analysis. Conservation equations and applications. Dimensional analysis and similitude. Flow of viscous fluids, simple laminar flow systems, turbulence, internal and external flow applications.

Fluid Mechanics Laboratory (ME 333)


Laboratory demostrations of basic types of flows. Various fluid mechanics experiments. A brief overview of the Computational Fluid Dynamics approach. Virtual experimentation via (CFD) software. Prerequisite(s): ME 331 (co-requisite)

Machine Elements I (ME 343)


Introduction to mechanical engineering design. Materials. Load and stress analysis, stress concentrations. Deflection and stiffness. Failure of ductile and brittle materials under static loading. Failure of ductile and brittle materials under variable loading. Shafts and shaft components.

Machine Elements II (ME 344)


Analysis and design of machine elements. Screws, fasteners, and design of nonpermanent joints. Welding, bonding, and design of permanent joints. Mechanical springs. Rolling-contact bearings. Lubrication and journal bearings. Gears: Spur and helical gears, bevel and worm gears, kinematics and dynamics of gears, design of gears based on stress and wear. Clutches, brakes, couplings and flywheels. Flexible mechanical elements.

Manufacturing Processes (ME 363)


Fundamentals of the mechanical behavior of materials. Metal-casting processes and equipment. Heat treatment. Bulk deformation processes. Sheet-metal forming processes. Material-removal processes: cutting, abrasive, chemical, electrical, and high-energy beams. Processing of polymers: rapid prototyping and rapid tooling. Processing of metal powders, ceramics, glasses, composites, and superconductors. Computer-integrated manufacturing systems. Product design and competitive aspects of manufacturing.

Numerical Methods in Mechanical Engineering (ME 371)


Computer arithmetic, sources of error, error propagation. Approximating.functions. Linear system of equations. Direct methods, iterative methods. The eigenvalue problem. Roots of nonlinear algebraic equations. Function interpolation.

Summer Practice (ME 400)


Compulsory summer internship for a minimum of 20 business days. Internships cannot coincide with academic semesters. Students are required to undertake an internship prior to or in the middle of their fourth year of education, if time permits, and to register to this course in the semester following the completion of their internship. Their written report is evaluated and graded […]

Instrumentation and Experiment Design (ME 403)


Concepts of measurement methods and instrumentation. Characteristics of signals. Measurement system behavior. Probability, statistics and uncertainty analysis as applied to measurement systems. Analog measurements. Signal conditioning. Sampling, digital devices, and data acquisition. Experiments on measurements and instrumentation. Design of an experiment related to ME. Prerequisite(s): Senior standing.

Thermal System Design (ME 427)


Applications of principles of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer to design of components and thermal systems. Study of component characteristics and their effect on overall system performance.

Design of Mechanical Systems (ME 482)


Design philosophy and methodologies. Professional ethics in engineering. Use of computers and CAD in design engineering. Project engineering, planning and management. Design optimization. Cost evaluation and economic decisions. Quality aspects. Failure and reliability. Decision making and evaluation. Engineering economics. Human and ecological factors in design. Term project: Forming student project teams simulating the real engineering design teams, preparation and presentation […]

Engineering Project (ME 492)


Detailed analysis, design and realization of an Engineering / Science problem, presentation of the results in the form of project report, seminar and demonstration. Prerequisite(s): Senior standing or consent of advisor and instructor

Elective Courses

Modern Engineering Materials (ME 361)


Thermal processing of metal alloys. Reading the TT diagrams. Industrial alloys. Properties and processing of ceramics. Properties and processing of Polymers. Composite materials. Corrosion and environmental degredation. Electrical and magnetic properties of materials. Materials selections and design considerations.

Computer Aided Mechanical Engineering (ME 372)


Thermal processing of metal alloys. Reading the TT diagrams. Industrial alloys. Properties and processing of ceramics. Properties and processing of Polymers. Composite materials. Corrosion and environmental degredation. Electrical and magnetic properties of materials. Materials selections and design considerations.

Introduction to Renewable Energy (ME 411)


Comprehensive overview of energy conversion, utilization and storage for renewable energies including solar energy (including photovoltaics and thermal systems), wind energy systems, geothermal, tidal and wave energy, small-scale hydraulic energy, biomass, fuel cells and alternative transportation options. Principles of solar home design, solar hot water pool and space heating, and solar cooling for both new and existing construction. Assessment to […]

Internal Combustion Engines (ME 422)


Engine operating characteristics, various engine cycles, thermochemistry and fuels, air and fuel induction, fluid motion within combustion chamber, combustion, exhaust flow, emission and air pollution, heat transfer in engines, friction and lubrication, and discussion on some aspects of automotives.

Fundamentals of HVAC Systems (ME 423)


Thermodynamics and psychrometrics, basic HVAC systems calculations, indoor and outdoor design conditions, load estimating fundamentals, heating and cooling load, energy estimating methods: the degree day method and bin method. Thermal properties of building materials.

Design of HVAC Systems (ME 424)


Duct design principles and losses, equal friction method, fans and systems effect, air conditioning system components, dampers, filters, heating and cooling coils, air distribution, air conditioning systems, liquid chilling systems, air handling systems: single and multiple zones, constant volume systems, variable volume systems.

Refrigeration Systems (ME 425)


Survey of refrigeration. Refrigeration and vapor compression systems, refrigerants, compressors, condensers, evaporators, refrigerant flow controls, systems equilibrium and cycling controls, refrigerant piping. Cooling load calculations, refrigeration with ejection, absorption systems, evaporative cooling and evaporative coolers, desiccant cooling systems.

Heat Exchangers (ME 426)


Heat transfer mechanism leading to basic heat exchanger equations. Classification and analysis of heat exchangers including geometry. Heat transfer and flow friction characteristics. Compact and shell and tube heat exchanger application and design procedures. Fouling and its effect on life cycle analysis, maintenance methodology.

Heat Engines (ME 428)


Fundamentals of spark-ignition and compression-ignition engines. Performance characteristics and testing. Fundamentals of theory and design of steam and gas turbines, turbine flow passages and nozzles. Turbine control and performance.

Introduction to Turbomachinery (ME 431)


Basic theory of turbomachinery. Dimensionless parameters and similarity laws. Pumps, fans, compressors and turbines. Application to engineering problems.

Aerodynamics (ME 432)


Aerodynamic forces and moments. Fundamental principles and equations. Potential flow theory, flow around a cylinder, formation of lift, Kutta-Joukovsky theorem, conformal mapping, definition of aerodynamic coefficients, Panel Method. Thin airfoil theory, Kutta condition, Kelvin’s circulation theorem, symmetrical and cambered airfoils, lift curve slope and zero lift angle of attack, flapped airfoil. Finite wing, lifting line theory, elliptic and general lift […]

Applied Fluid Mechanics (ME 436)


Basic theory of turbomachinery. Dimensionless parameters and similarity laws. Impulse and reaction turbines, centrifugal pump, performance characteristics. Fundamentals of aerodynamics: airfoil geometry, generation of circulation, conformal transformation, lift and drag characteristics of airfoils. Application to engineering problems

Fluid Power Control (ME 437)


Fundamentals of hydraulic and pneumatic power transmission systems. Hydraulic components; valves, pumps, motors, accumulators. Valve characteristics. Basic circuit design. Losses and system efficiency. Hydraulic servo control.

Engineering Acoustics (ME 438)


Vibrating systems. Acoustic wave equation, plane and spherical waves in fluid media. Reflection and transmission at interfaces. Propagation, radiation and reception of acoustic waves. Pipes, cavities, and wave guides; resonators and filters. Noise. Selected topics in physiological, environmental, and architectural acoustics.

Gas Dynamics (ME 439)


Basic equations of compressible flow. Stagnation and sonic properties. Normal shock relations, oblique shock and expansion waves. Unsteady wave equation. Linearized flow, conical flow. Numerical techniques for supersonic flow, method of characteristics. Transonic flow, hypersonic flow

Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics (ME 444)


Mechanisms of fracture, cleavage fracture, ductile fracture. Linear elastic fracture mechanics, crack tip plastic zone. Fatigue crack initiation; stress-life and strain-life approaches to fatigue analysis. Fatigue crack growth and fracture mechanics approach to fatigue analysis. Applications, damage tolerance, fail-safe and safe-life approaches to fatigue life estimation, applications in aeronautical industry. Considerations in design.

Mechanics of Composite Materials (ME 446)


Fiber-reinforced composites. Micro and macromechanical lamina analyses. Stress strain relations for a lamina. Laminate constitutive equations. Lamina and laminate strength analysis, failure criteria. Buckling of laminated plates. Manufacturing methods.

Applied Solid Mechanics (ME 449)


Introduction to the theory of elasticity: stress, strain, constitutive equations. Topics from advanced strength of materials: bending of unsymmetrical cross-sections, curved beams, shear center, thick-walled cylinder. Application to engineering problems.

Digital Control of Mechanical Systems (ME 451)


Modeling and analysis of mechanical systems. Linear discrete dynamic systems and Z-transform theory. Design of digital filters. Numerical methods. Design of digital control systems using transform techniques and state-space methods. Input-output interfacing. Microprocessor implementation of controllers. Sample-data systems. Quantization effects. Real-time control.

Mechanisms and Applications (ME 452)


Introduction to kinematics and dynamics of rigid bodies. Classification of mechanisms. Basic concepts such as kinematic chain, degree of freedom, joints, and links. Graphical and analytical analysis of the kinematics of planar mechanisms. Kinematics of gear trains. Kinematics of Cam-Follower systems. Introduction to force analysis of planar mechanisms.

Introduction to Mobile Robotics (ME 453)


Hardware design, sensors and actuators. Mobile robot kinematics. Locomotion. Biomimetic robots. Robot perception. Robot control architectures. Motion planning.

Vehicle Dynamics (ME 455)


Dynamics of motor vehicles. Static and dynamic properties of pneumatic tires. Mechanical models of single and double-track vehicles. Directional response and stability in small disturbance maneuvers. The closed-loop driving process. Behavior of he motor vehicle in large perturbation maneuvers. Ride phenomena treated as a random process.

Mechatronics (ME 456)


Introduction to mechatronics. Basic electronics for control. Computer based control systems, sensors, actuators and interfaces. Signal conditioning: amplification, ttenuation, analog filtering. Discrete mathematics for digital control. Design of discrete controllers.

Control Systems Design (ME 457)


Root-Locus design. Frequency domain design, compensators. State-space analysis. Structural properties: controllability, observability. State feedback design, observer design. Teams of two to four students will select and implement a design project within the general theme of automatic control systems.

Robot Mechanics (ME 459)


Fundamental aspects of robotics and types of robots. Rotation matrices. Homogeneous transformations. Direct kinematics. Inverse kinematics. Jacobean matrix. Manipulator dynamics. Trajectory planning. Computed torque control method.

Introduction to MEMS (ME 462)


An overview of microfabrication methods: Thin-film deposition, lithography, oxidation, bulk and surface micromachining. MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) foundry processes. Review of basic MEMS governing equations in mechanical, electrical and thermal domain. Design, analysis and characterization of basic MEMS devices.

Plasticity and Metal Forming (ME 468)


The theory of plasticity and solutions of metal forming problems. Manufacturing of thin walled containers through cup drawing; ironing of complex shapes through forming, rolling and extrusion. Plastic instability, friction.

Nondestructive Testing (ME 469)


Brief history of NDT. Materials and discontinuities. Visual methods. Radiological methods. Ultrasonic testing. Magnetic methods. Electrical methods. Penetrant flow detection. Acoustic emission methods. Other methods

Finite Element Method (ME 477)


Interpolation functions and shape functions. 1-D elements: bars and beams under mechanical and thermal loads. 2-D elements: constant strain and linear strain triangular elements, rectangular elements. Isoparametric elements, integration rules; quadrilateral and hexahedral elements. Advantages of and problems associated with all these elements. Applications to mechanically and thermally loaded structures.

Optimization Techniques (ME 478)


Principles of one-dimensional optimization. One-dimensional search methods. Optimality conditions. Optimization of multi-variate functions. Unconstrained and constrained optimizations. Analysis and classification of constraints. Analytical and numerical methods in optimization. Reduction and transformation of optimization problems. Genetic algorithms.

Flight Mechanics (ME 483)


Aircraft forces and subsystems: The atmosphere, aerodynamics forces, propulsion subsystem. Turbojets-Level flight in the vertical plane: Governing equations, level flight, ceiling, cruise flight and range, maximum endurance. Other flight regimes in the vertical plane: Take-off and landing, climbing flight, unpowered flight. Turning flight in the horizontal plane: Governing equations, maximum load factor, bank angle, turning rate and turning radius. Piston-Props […]

Automotive Engineering (ME 484)


Components of the automobile. Motion and modeling of the vehicle. Maximum speed and acceleration calculations. Wheels and tires. Brake systems and braking performance. Suspension systems and suspension geometry. Steering systems and steering geometry. Aerodynamic drag coefficient and its effect on vehicle performance

Theory and Engineering of Music (ME 485)


This course is intended to awaken in engineering and science students an interest in the complex physical problems encountered in music and musical instruments. The coverage of subjects is also designed as an introduction to sound engineering. Technical subjects range from simple harmonic motion to intermediate level signal analysis, to related partial differential equations. Although superficial, a wide-ranging exposition to […]

Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering (ME 490)


Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering Prerequisite(s): Consent of advisor and instructor