Graduate MEM Courses
Graduate Courses in Mechanical Engineering
For a list of courses offered for the current semester, please contact JoAnn Casciano, email@example.com, 610-758-4107.
The courses below are the courses as listed in the Lehigh University Course Catalogue.
ME 401. Integrated Product Development (IPD) (3) fall
An integrated and interdisciplinary approach to engineering design, concurrent engineering, design for manufacturing, industrial design and the business of new product development. Topics include design methods, philosophy and practice, the role of modeling and simulation, decision making, risk, cost, material and manufacturing process selection, platform and modular design, mass customization, quality, planning and scheduling, business issues, teamwork, group dynamics, creativity and innovation. The course uses case studies and team projects with international partners. Ochs. ME402.
ME 402. Advanced Manufacturing Science (3) spring
The course focuses on the fundamental sciencebase underlying manufacturing processes, and applying that science base to develop knowledge and tools suitable for industrial utilization. Selected manufacturing processes representing the general classes of material removal, material deformation, material phase change, material flow, and material joining are addressed. Students create computerbased process simulation tools independently as well as utilize leading commercial process simulation packages. Laboratory experiences are included throughout the course. Coulter/Nied
ME 411. BoundaryLayer Theory (3)
The course is intended as a first graduate course in viscous flow. An introduction to boundarylayer theory, thermodynamics and heat transfer at the undergraduate level are assumed to have been completed. Topics include the fundamental equation of continuum fluid mechanics, the concept of asymptotic methods and low and high Reynolds number flows, laminar boundary layers, generalized similarity methods, twoand threedimensional flows, steady and unsteady flows and an introduction to hydrodynamic stability. The material is covered in the context of providing a logical basis as an introduction to a further course in turbulent flows.
ME 413. Numerical Methods in Mechanical Engineering (3)
Zeros of functions, difference tables, interpolation, integration, differentiation. Divided differences, numerical solution of ordinary differential equations of the boundary and initial value type. Eigen problems. Curve fitting, matrix manipulation and solution of linear algebraic equations. Partial differential equations of the hyperbolic, elliptic and parabolic type. Application to problems in mechanical engineering.
ME 415. FlowInduced Vibrations (3)
Excitation of stream-lined and bluff-bodies by self-flutter, vortex, turbulence, and gust-excitation mechanisms. Analogous excitation of fluid (compressible and free-surface) systems having rigid boundaries. Extensive case studies. Rockwell
ME 420. Advanced Thermodynamics (3)
Critical review of thermodynamics systems. Criteria for equilibrium. Applications to electromagnetic systems. Statistical thermodynamics. Irreversible thermodynamics. Thermoelectric phenomena. Levy
ME 421. Topics in Thermodynamics (3)
Emphasis on theoretical and experimental treatment of combustion processes including dissociation, flame temperature calculations, diffusion flames, stability and propagation; related problems in compressible flow involving one-dimensional, oblique shock waves and detonation waves. Methods of measurement and instrumentation. Staff
ME 423. Heat and Mass Transfer (3) spring
This course is a first graduate course in the basic concepts of heat and mass transfer, providing a broad coverage of key areas in diffusion, conduction, convection, heat and mass transfer, and radiation. Topics covered include: the conservation equations, steady and transient diffusion and conduction, periodic diffusion, melting and solidification problems, numerical methods, turbulent convection, transpiration and film cooling, free convection, heat transfer with phase change, heat exchanges, radiation, mixed mode heat and mass transfer. Neti, Öztekin
ME 424. Unstable and Turbulent Flow (3)
Stability of laminar flow; transition to turbulence. Navier-Stokes equations with turbulence. Bounded turbulent shear flows; free shear flows; statistical description of turbulence. Prerequisite: ME 331. Rockwell
ME 426. Radiative and Conductive Heat Transfer (3)
Principles of radiative transfer; thermal-radiative properties of diffuse and specular surfaces; radiative exchange between bodies; radiative transport through absorbing, emitting and scattering media. Advanced topics in steady-state and transient conduction; analytical and numerical solutions; problems of combined conductive and radiative heat transfer. Prerequisite: ME 321 or CHE 421. Varley
ME 428. Boundary Layers and Convective Heat Transfer (3)
Navier-Stokes and energy equations, laminar boundary layer theory, analysis of friction drag, transfer and separation. Transition from laminar to turbulent flow. Turbulent boundary layer theory. Prandtl mixing length, turbulent friction drag, and heat transfer. Integral methods. Flow in ducts, wakes and jets. Natural convection heat transfer. Prerequisite: ME 331 or ME 321. Levy
ME 430. Advanced Fluid Mechanics (3) fall
This course is a first graduate course in incompressible fluid mechanics, providing a broad coverage of key areas of viscous and inviscid fluid mechanics. Topics covered include: Flow kinematics, differential equations of motion, viscous and inviscid solutions, vorticity dynamics and circulation, vorticity equation, circulation theorems, potential flow behavior, irrotational and rotational flows, simple boundary layer flows and solutions, and real fluid flows and consequences. Smith, Rockwell
ME 431. Advanced Gas Dynamics (3)
Method of characteristics. Unsteady continuous flow. Unsteady flows with discontinuities. Shock tubes. Detonation waves. Two-dimensional and axi-symmetric supersonic flows. Momentum and energy equation of compressible viscous fluids. Prerequisite: ME 322. Blythe
ME 433. (CHE 433, ECE 433) State Space Control (3)
State-space methods of feedback control system design and design optimization for invariant and time-varying deterministic, continuous systems; pole positioning, observability, controllability, modal control, observer design, the theory of optimal processes and Pontryagin’s Maximum principle, the linear quadratic optimal regulator problem, Lyapunov functions and stability theorems, linear optimal open loop control; introduction to the calculus of variations; introduction to the control of distributed parameter systems. Intended for engineers with a variety of backgrounds. Examples will be drawn from mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering applications. Prerequisite: ME 343 or ECE 212 or CHE 386 or consent of instructor.
ME 434. (CHE 434, ECE 434) Multivariable Process Control (3)
A state-of-the-art review of multivariable methods of interest to process control applications. Design techniques examined include loop interaction analysis, frequency domain methods (Inverse Nyquist Array, Characteristic Loci and Singular Value Decomposition) feed forward control, internal model control and dynamic matrix control. Special attention is placed on the interaction of process design and process control. Most of the above methods are used to compare the relative performance of intensive and extensive variable control structures. Prerequisite: CHE 433 or ME 433 or ECE 433 or consent of instructor.
ME 436. (CHE 436, ECE 436) Systems Identification (3)
The determination of model parameters from time-history and frequency response data by graphical, deterministic and stochastic methods. Examples and exercises taken from process industries, communications and aerospace testing. Regression, quasilinearization and invariant-imbedding techniques for nonlinear system parameter identification included. Prerequisite: CHE 433 or ME 433 or ECE 433 or consent of instructor.
ME 437. (CHE 437, ECE 437) Stochastic Control (3)
Linear and nonlinear models for stochastic systems. Controllability and observability. Minimum variance state estimation. Linear quadratic Gausian control problem. Computational considerations. Nonlinear control problem in stochastic systems. Prerequisite: CHE 433 or ME 433 or ECE 433 or consent of instructor. Staff
ME 444. Experimental Stress Analysis in Design (3)
Fundamental concepts of strain measurements and application of strain gages and strain gage circuits. Two and three-dimensional photoelasticity, stress separation techniques, birefringent coatings, moiré methods, caustics. Use of image analysis in data acquisition and interpretation. Selected lab experiments. Voloshin
ME 446. Mechanical Reliability (3)
Design of mechanical engineering systems to reliability specifications. Probabilistic failure models for mechanical components. Methods for the analysis and improvement of system reliability. Effect of component tolerance and parameter variation on system failure. Prerequisite: MATH 231 or MATH 309. Harlow
ME 450. Special Topics (3)
An intensive study of some field of mechanical engineering not covered in more general courses.
ME 451. Seminar (1-3)
Critical discussion of recent advances in mechanical engineering.
ME 452 (CHE 452, ENGR 452). Mathematical Methods in Engineering I (3) fall
Analytical techniques relevant to the engineering sciences are described. Vector spaces; eigenvalues, eigenvectors. Linear ordinary differential equations; diagonalizable and non-diagonizable systems. Inhomogeneous linear systems; variation of parameters. Nonlinear systems; stability; phase plane. Series solutions of linear ordinary differential equations; special functions. Laplace and Fourier transforms; application to partial differential equations and integral equations. Sturm-Liouville theory. Finite Fournier transforms; planar, cylindrical, and spherical geometries.
ME 453. Mathematical Methods in Engineering II (3) spring
Theory of complex functions; Cauchy-Riemann relations. Integration in the complex plane, Cauchy’s integral formula. Laurent series; singular points; contour integrals; Fourier and Laplace transforms. Evaluation of real integrals; Cauchy principal values. Laplace’s equation; conformal mappings; Poisson formulae. Singular integral equations. Classification of partial differential equations. Hyperbolic systems of partial differential equations; uniqueness, shock formation. Nonlinear parabolic equations; Burger’s equation.
ME 458. Modeling of Dynamic Systems (3)
Modeling of complex linear and nonlinear energetic dynamic engineering systems. Emphasis on subdivision into multiport elements and representation by the bond graph language using direct, energetic, and experimental methods. Field lumping. Analytical and graphical reductions. Simulation and other numerical methods. Examples including mechanisms, electromechanical transducers, electric and fluid circuits, and thermal systems.
ME 460. Engineering Project (1-6)
Project work on some aspect of mechanical engineering in an area of student and faculty interest. Selection and direction of the project could involve interaction with local communities or industries. Prerequisite: consent of the department chair.
ME 461. IPD: Design (3)
Industry sponsored Integrated Product Development Project (IPD) projects. The student works with an industry sponsor to do a technical and economic feasibility study of new product development. Selection and content of the project is determined by the faculty project advisor in consultation with the industry sponsor. Deliverables include progress and final reports, oral presentations and posters. Prerequisites: Consent of the department chair and faculty project advisor.
ME 462. IPD: Manufacturing (3)
Industry sponsored Integrated Product Development Project (IPD) projects. The student works with an industry sponsor to create detailed design specifications, fabricate and test a prototype new product and plan for production. Selection and content of the project is determined by the faculty project advisor in consultation with the industry sponsor. Deliverables include progress and final reports, oral presentations, posters and a prototype. Prerequisites: Consent of the department chair and faculty project advisor.
ME 464. Computer-Aided Geometric Modeling (3)
Representation schemes for geometric modeling, computational geometry for curve and surface design, finite-element meshing and NC tool path generation, interfacing different CAD/CAM databases, interactive computer graphics programming. Prerequisite: ME 348 or consent of instructor. Ozsoy
ME 466. Fundamentals of Acoustics (3)
Vibration-induced acoustic radiation, wave equation in planar, cylindrical and spherical coordinates. Sound in tubes, pipes, wave guides, acoustic enclosures. Impedance and source media receiver transmission concepts. Noise and its measurements. Ochs
ME 485. Polymer Product Manufacturing (3)
An exploration of the science underlying polymer processes such as injection molding through a combination of theory development, practical analysis, and utilization of commercial software. Polymer chemistry and structure, material rheological behavior, processing kinetics, molecular orientation development, process simulation software development, manufacturing defects, manufacturing window establishment, manufacturing process design, manufacturing process optimization. This course is a version of ME 385 for graduate students, with research projects and advanced assignments. Closed to students who have taken ME 385. Prerequisites: Graduate level standing in engineering or science.
ME 490. Thesis
ME 499. Dissertation
MECH 404 (CEE 404). Mechanics and Behavior of Structural Members (3)
Behavior of structural members under a variety of loading conditions in the elastic and inelastic range. Introduction to the theory of elasticity and plasticity. Basics of linear elastic fracture mechanics and fatigue. Analysis of structural member behavior in axial, bending, shear, and torsion. Stability analysis of beam columns. Beams on elastic foundations. Energy concepts and their use in structural analysis. Prerequisite: CEE 259 or equivalent.
MECH 406 (CEE 406). Fundamentals of Solid Mechanics (3)
An introductory graduate course in the mechanics of solids. Topics to be addressed include: tensor analysis, analysis of strain and nonlinear kinematics, stress, work conjugate stress-strain measures, conservation laws and energy theorems. Hamilton’s principle, variational calculus, isotropic and anistropic linear elasticity, boundary value problems, beam and plate theories. Prerequisite: MATH 205 or equivalent.
MECH 408. Introduction to Elasticity (3) fall
This course is a first graduate course in solid mechanics. It addresses: kinematics and statics of deformable elastic solids; compatibility, equilibrium and constitutive equations; problems in plane elasticity and torsion; energy principles, approximate methods and applications. Staff
MECH 410. Theory of Elasticity II (3)
Advanced topics in the theory of elasticity. The subject matter may vary from year to year and may include, theory of potential functions, linear thermo-elasticity, dynamics of deformable media, integral transforms and complex variable methods in classical elasticity. Problems of boundary layer type in elasticity; current developments on the microstructure theory of elasticity. Prerequisites: MECH 408, MATH 208, or consent of the department chair.
MECH 411. (PHY 471) Continuum Mechanics (3)
An introduction to the continuum theories of the mechanics of solids and fluids. This includes a discussion of the mechanical and thermodynamical bases of the subject, as well as the use of invariance principles in formulating constitutive equations. Applications of the theories to specific problems are given. Staff
MECH 413. Fracture Mechanics (3)
Elementary and advanced fracture mechanics concepts; analytical modeling; fracture toughness concept; fracture toughness testing; calculation of stress intensity factors; elasticplastic analysis; prediction of crack trajectory; fatigue crack growth and environmental effects; computational methods in fracture mechanics; nonlinear fracture mechanics; fracture of composite structures; application of fracture mechanics to design. Prerequisites: MATH 205, MECH 305 or equivalent course in advanced mechanics of materials. Nied, Wei
MECH 415. (CE 468) Stability of Elastic Structures (3)
Basic concepts of instability of a structure; bifurcation, energy increment, snap-through, dynamic instability. Analytical and numerical methods of finding buckling loads of columns. Post-buckling deformations of cantilever columns. Dynamic buckling with non-conservative forces. Effects of initial imperfections. Inelastic buckling. Instability problems of thin plates and shells. Prerequisite: MATH 205.
MECH 418. Finite Element Methods (3)
Finite element approximations to the solution of differential equations of engineering interest. Linear and nonlinear examples from heat transfer, solid mechanics, and fluid mechanics are used to illustrate applications of the method. The course emphasizes the development of computer programs to carry out the required calculations. Prerequisite: knowledge of a high level programming language. Delph
MECH 419. (CHE 419) Asymptotic Methods in the Engineering Sciences (3)
Introductory level course with emphasis on practical applications. Material covered includes: Asymptotic expansions. Regular and singular perturbations; algebraic problems. Asymptotic matching. Boundary value problems; distinguished limits. Multiple scale expansions. W.K.B. Theory. Nonlinear wave equations. Blythe
MECH 424. Unsteady Fluid Flows (3)
Gas dynamics, finite amplitude disturbances in perfect and real gases; channel flows; three-dimensional acoustics; theories of the sonic boom. Motions in fluids with a free surface; basic hydrodynamics, small amplitude waves on deep water; ship waves; dispersive waves; shallow water gravity waves and atmospheric waves. Hemodynamics; pulsatile blood flow at high and low Reynolds number. Models of the interaction of flow with artery walls. Varley
MECH 425. Analytical Methods in Dynamics and Vibrations (3) spring
This course is a first graduate course in dynamics and vibrations. It treats three-dimensional rigid body motion by vector methods and multi-degree of freedom systems by variational principles. Discrete modal analysis and continuous modal analysis of one-dimensional systems plus finite-element formulation of numerical problems constitutes about one third of the course. There is a brief treatment of advanced impact. Use of symbolic computer codes is encouraged.
MECH 432 (CEE 432). Inelastic Behavior of Materials (3)
Time-independent and dependent inelastic material behavior. Time-independent plasticity. Yield criteria in multi-dimensions, J2 incremental plasticity in multi-dimensions with associated flow rule. Numerical integration of plasticity equations by radial return and other methods. Deformation theory of plasticity. Time dependent behavior including linear visco-elasticity and nonlinear creep behavior. Nonlinear material behavior at elevated temperatures. Prerequisite: MECH 406. Delph.
MECH 445. Nondeterministic Models in Engineering (3)
Application of probability and stochastic processes to engineering problems for a variety of applications. Modeling and analysis of common nondeterministic processes. Topics are selected from the following: linear and nonlinear models for random systems; random functions; simulation; random loads and vibrations; Kalman filtering, identification, estimation, and prediction; stochastic fracture and fatigue; probabilistic design of engineering systems; and spatial point processes. Prerequisites: advanced calculus and some exposure to probability and statistics. Harlow
MECH 450. Special Problems (3)
An intensive study of some field of applied mechanics not covered in more general courses.
MECH 454. Mechanics and Design of Composites (3)
Mechanics of anisotropic materials. Manufacturing and measurements of mechanical properties. Stress analysis for design of composite structures. Hygrothermal effects and residual stresses. Laminate design, micromechanics of lamina. Bolted and bonded joints. Impact and damage in composites. Lectures and laboratory. Prerequisite: MECH 305 or equivalent course in advanced mechanics of materials. Voloshin
MECH 490. Thesis
MECH 499. Dissertation