Undergraduate MEM Courses
Mechanical Engineering Courses
These are the courses as listed in the Lehigh University Course Catalogue.
ME 10. Graphics for Engineering Design (3) fall
Graphical description of mechanical engineering design for visualization and communication by freehand sketching, production drawings, and 3D solid geometric representations. Introduction to creation, storage, and manipulation of such graphical descriptions through an integrated design project using state-of-the-art, commercially available computer-aided engineering software. Lectures and laboratory. (ES 1), (ED 2)
ME 21. Mechanical Engineering Laboratory I (1) fall
Experimental methods in mechanical engineering and mechanics. Analysis of experimental error and error propagation. Introduction to elementary instrumentation. Introduction to digital data acquisition. Prerequisite: MECH 12, previously or concurrently. (ES 1), (ED 0)
ME 104. Thermodynamics I (3) spring
Basic concepts and principles of thermodynamics with emphasis on simple compressible substances. First and second law development, energy equations, reversibility, entropy and efficiency. Properties of pure substances and thermodynamic cycles. Co-requisite: MATH 23 and PHY 11. (ES 3), (ED 0)
ME 111. Professional Development (1) fall
Examination of ethical and professional choices facing mechanical engineers. Written and oral communications. Prerequisite: senior standing in Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics.
ME 121. Mechanical Engineering Laboratory II (1) spring
A continuation of ME 21 including use of transducers, advanced instrumentation, and data acquisition. Emphasis on experimental exercises that illustrate, and/or introduce material from thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics. Includes proposal writing and interpretation of results. Prerequisites: ME 21, ME 104, and co-requisite: ME 231. (ES 1), (ED 0)
ME 207. Mechanical Engineering Laboratory III (2) fall, spring
Formulation of laboratory experiments through open-ended planning, including decision criteria for laboratory techniques and approaches. Execution of experiments based on individual plans, followed by assessment of experimental results. Prerequisite: ME 121.
ME 211. Integrated Product Development I (3) spring
Business, engineering and design arts students work in cross disciplinary teams of 46 students on conceptual design including marketing, financial and economic planning, economic and technical feasibility of new product concepts. Teams work on industrial projects with faculty advisors. Oral presentations and written reports. Prerequisites: ME 10, MECH 12, ME 104. (ES 0), (ED 3)
ME 212. Integrated Product Development II (2) fall
Business, engineering and design arts students work in cross disciplinary teams of 46 students on the detailed design including fabrication and testing of a prototype of the new product designed in the IPD course 1. Additional deliverables include a detailed production plan, marketing plan, detailed base-case financial models, project and product portfolio. Teams work on industrial projects with faculty advisors. Oral presentations and written reports. Prerequisites: ME 211, ME 252 (may be taken concurrently). (ES 0) (ED 2)
ME 215. Engineering Reliability (3) fall
Applications of reliability methods to engineering problems. Modeling and analysis of engineered components and systems subjected to environmental and loading conditions. Modeling content encompasses mechanistically based probability and experientially based statistical approaches. Concepts needed for design with uncertainty are developed. Principles are illustrated through case studies and projects. Engineering applications software will be extensively utilized for the projects. Prerequisites: MATH 23 or 33; MECH 12, previously or concurrently.
ME 231. Fluid Mechanics (3) fall
Kinematics of fluid flow and similarity concepts. Equations of incompressible fluid flow with inviscid and viscous applications. Turbulence. One-dimensional compressible flow, shock waves. Boundary layers, separation, wakes and drag. Prerequisite: MATH 205. (ES 2.5), (ED 0.5)
ME 240. Manufacturing (3) spring
Analytical and technological base for several manufacturing processes and common engineering materials. Processes include metal cutting, metal deformation, injection molding, thermoforming, and composites. Process planning, computer-aided manufacturing, manufacturing system engineering, and quality measurements. Design project. Weekly laboratory. Prerequisites: ME 10, MECH 12. (ES 1.5), (ED 1.5)
ME 242. Mechanical Engineering Systems (3) fall or spring
The modeling and analysis of mechanical, fluid, electrical and hybrid systems, with emphasis on lumped models and dynamic behavior, including vibrations. Source-load synthesis. Analysis in temporal and frequency domains. Computer simulation of nonlinear models, and computer implementation of the superposition property of linear models. Prerequisites: MECH 102 and MATH 205; ME 231 previously or concurrently.
ME 245. Engineering Vibrations (3) fall or spring
Physical modeling of vibrating systems. Free and forced single and multiple degree of freedom systems. Computer simulations. Engineering applications. Prerequisites: MECH 102 and Math 205. (ES2), (ED1).
ME 252. Mechanical Elements (3) spring
Methods for the analysis and design of machine elements such as springs, gears, clutches, brakes, and bearings. Motion analysis of cams and selected mechanisms. Projects requiring the design of simple mechanisms of mechanical subassemblies. Prerequisites: MECH 12, ME 10 and MECH 102. (ES 1.5), (ED 1.5)
ME 255 – Introduction to Aerospace Engineering (3)
Properties of the atmosphere, aircraft design and performance basics including estimation of lift and drag of aerodynamic bodies. Concepts of stall and service ceiling of aircraft along with propulsive forces, stability and control. Prerequisites: PHY 11 and ME 104, and Co-requisite or Prerequisite ME 231.
ME 304. Thermodynamics II (3)
Availability and Second Law Analysis. Design of gas and vapor power cycles, and refrigeration systems. Generalized property relations for gases and gas vapor. Combustion and chemical equilibrium. Design of engineering systems and processes incorporating thermodynamic concepts and analysis. Prerequisite: ME104. (ES 2), (ED 1)
ME 309 (Mat 309) – Composite Materials (3)
Principles and technology of composite materials. Processing, properties, and structural applications of composites, with emphasis on fiber-reinforced polymers. Prerequisites: MAT 33 or equivalent, MECH 3.
ME 310. Directed Study (13) fall, spring
Project work on any aspect of engineering, performed either individually or as a member of a team made up of students, possibly from other disciplines. Project progress is reported in the form of several planning and project reports. Direction of the projects may be provided by faculty from several departments and could include interaction with outside consultants and local communities and industries. Prerequisite: Department permission required. (ES 1), (ED 2)
ME 312. Analysis and Synthesis of Mechanisms (3) fall
Types of motion. Degrees of freedom of motion. Position, velocity and acceleration analysis of linkage mechanisms. Systematic approach to the design of linkage mechanisms. Motion generation, path synthesis and function synthesis. Structural synthesis of planar and spatial mechanisms. Static force analysis of mechanisms using virtual work. Prerequisite: MECH 102. Chew. (ES1), (ED2)
ME 321. Introduction to Heat Transfer (3)
Analytical and numerical solutions to steady and transient one and two-dimensional conduction problems. Forced and natural convection in internal and external flows. Thermal radiation. Thermal design of engineering processes and systems. Prerequisites: ME 104, ME 231. Neti, Blythe, MacPherson. (ES 2), (ED 1)
ME 322. Gas Dynamics (3)
Flow equations for compressible fluids; thermodynamic properties of gases. Normal shock waves. Steady one-dimensional flows with heat addition and friction. Oblique shock waves. Expansion waves. Nozzle flows. Shock tubes; performance calculations and design. Supersonic wind tunnels; diffuser design. Real gas effects. Prerequisites: ME 231, ME 104, MATH 205. Blythe. (ES 2.5), (ED 0.5)
ME 323. Reciprocating and Centrifugal Engines (3)
Thermal analysis and design of internal combustion engines (conventional and unconventional), gas turbine engines, air breathing jet engines, and rockets. Components such as jet nozzles, compressors, turbines, and combustion chambers are chosen to exemplify the theory and development of different types of components. Both ideal fluid and real fluid approaches are considered. Prerequisite: ME 104. (ES 2.5), (ED 0.5)
ME 331. Advanced Fluid Mechanics (3)
Kinematics of fluid flow. Conservation equations for inviscid and viscous flows; integral forms of equations. Two-dimensional potential flow theory of incompressible fluids with applications. Boundary layers. Introduction to free shear layer and boundary layer stability and structure of turbulence. Transition from laminar to turbulent boundary layers. Separation of flow. Steady and unsteady stall. Secondary flows. Hydrodynamic lubrication. Measurement techniques. Prereq: ME 231 or equivalent. Varley. (ES 2.5), (ED 0.5)
ME 333. Propulsion Systems (3)
Review of jet and rocket engine technologies. Jet and rocket engine thermodynamic and aerodynamic principles. Performance of turbojet, turbofan, and turboprop jet engines. Rocket engines include liquid, cryogenic, solid, and electric propulsion. Prerequisite: ME 104 Thermodynamics and either MECH 326 Aerodynamics or ME 322 Gas Dynamics.
ME 340. Advanced Mechanical Design (3)
Probabilistic design of mechanical components and systems. Reliability functions, hazard models and product life prediction. Theoretical stress strength time models. Static and dynamic reliability models. Optimum design of mechanical systems for reliability objectives or constraints. Prerequisite: MATH 231 or consent of instructor. Harlow. (ES 2), (ED 1)
ME 341. Mechanical Systems (3)
Advanced topics in mechanical systems design. Kinematics and dynamics of planar machinery. Shock and vibration control in machine elements. Balancing of rotating and reciprocating machines. Design projects using commercial computer-aided engineering software for the design and evaluation of typical machine systems. Prerequisite: ME 252. Lucas. (ES 1.5), (ED 1.5)
ME 342. Dynamics of Engineering Systems (3)
Dynamic analysis of mechanical, electromechanical, fluid and hybrid engineering systems with emphasis on the modeling process. Lumped and distributed parameter models. Use of computer tools for modeling, design and simulation. Design projects. Prerequisite: ME 242. (ES 2), (ED 1)
ME 343. Control Systems (3)
Linear analyses of mechanical, hydraulic and electrical feedback control systems by root locus and frequency response techniques. A design project provides experience with practical issues and tradeoffs. Prerequisite: ME 242, or ME 245, or ECE 125. (ES 2), (ED 1)
ME 344 (IE 344, MAT 344) Metal Machining Analysis (3)
Intensive study of metal cutting emphasizing forces, energy, temperature, tool materials, tool life, and surface integrity. Abrasive processes. Laboratory and project work. Prerequisite: ME 240 or IE 215 or MAT 206.
ME 348. Computer-Aided Design (3)
Impact of computer-aided engineering tools on mechanical design and analysis. Part geometry modeling and assembly modeling using solid representations. Analysis for mass properties, interference, kinematics, displacements, stresses and system dynamics by using state-of-the-art commercially available computer-aided-engineering software. Integrated design projects. Prereqs: MATH 205, ME 10, MECH 12, MECH102.
ME 350. Special Topics (1-4)
A study of some field of mechanical engineering not covered elsewhere. Prerequisite: consent of the department chair. (ES 1), (ED 2)
ME 360. (CHE 360) Nuclear Reactor Engineering (3)
A consideration of the engineering problems related to nuclear reactor design and operation. Topics include fundamental properties of atomic and nuclear radiation, reactor fuels and materials, reactor design and operation, thermal aspects, safety and shielding, instrumentation and control. Course includes several design projects stressing the major topics in the course. Prerequisite: Senior standing in engineering or physical science. Neti. (ES 2), (ED 1)
ME 362. Nuclear Fusion and Radiation Protection (3)
Structure of the nucleus. Quantum theory. Nuclear energy release: Fission vs. Fusion. Plasma for fusion. Power balances in fusion plasmas. Magnetic and inertial confinement fusion concepts. Magnetic equilibrium configurations and limitations. The Tokamak. Emerging and alternative concepts. Fusion reactor economics. Radiation sources and Radioactive decay. Interactions of radiation with matter, detectors and protection from radiation. Energy deposition and dose calculations. Applications in imaging and spectroscopy. Prerequisites: Senior standing in engineering or physical science.
ME 364. Renewable Energy (3)
Fundamentals and design aspects of Renewable Energy (RE) technologies; biofuels, hydropower, solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, wind, geothermal energies. Details and difficulties in implementing RE. Prerequisites: Math 205, ME 104, ME 231 and/or senior standing in Engineering .
ME 366. Engineering Principles of Clean Coal Technology (3)
Effect of coal properties on plant performance. Design and performance of coal-based electric power generation systems. Technologies to control emissions. Carbon capture and sequestration methods for coal-fired power plants and analysis of CCS options. Prerequisites: ME 104 or equivalent and Junior standing in engineering or physical science.
ME 373. Mechatronics (3)
Synergistic integration of mechanical engineering with electronics and intelligent computer control in designing and manufacturing machines, products and processes; semiconductor electronics, analog signal processing, with op amps, digital circuits, Boolean algebra, logic network designs, Karnaugh map, flip-flops and applications, data acquisition, A/D and D/A, interfacing to personal computers, sensors and actuators, microcontroller programming and interfacing. Prerequisites: ECE 83 or equivalent; ME 374 concurrently.
ME 374. Mechatronics Laboratory (3)
Experiments and applications utilizing combinations of mechanical, electrical, and microprocessor components. Theory and application of electronic and electromechanical equipment, operation and control of mechatronic systems. Projects integrating mechanical, electronic and microcontrollers. Prerequisites: ECE 83 or equivalent; ME 373 concurrently.
ME 376 (ChE 376) Energy: Issues & Technology (3)
Energy usage and supply, fossil fuel technologies, renewable energy alternatives and environmental impacts. The scope will be broad to give some perspective of the problems, but in-depth technical analysis of many aspects will also be developed. Prerequisites: college-level introductory courses in chemistry, physics and mathematics and instructor approval.
ME 385. Polymer Product Manufacturing (3)
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. Prerequisites: Senior level standing in engineering or science. Credit not given for both ME 385 and ME 485.
ME 387. (CHE 387, ECE 387) Digital Control (3)
Sampled-data systems; z-transforms; pulse transfer functions; stability in the z-plane; root locus and frequency response design methods; minimal prototype design; digital control hardware; discrete state variables; state transition matrix; Liapunov stability state feedback control (two lectures and one laboratory per week). Prerequisite: CHE 386 or ECE 212 or ME 343 or consent of instructor. Luyben.(ES 3), (ED 0)
ME 389. (ECE 389, CHE 389) Control Systems Laboratory (2)
Experiments on a variety of mechanical, electrical and chemical dynamic control systems. Exposure to state-of-the-art control instrumentation: sensors, transmitters, control valves, analog and digital controllers. Emphasis on design of feedback controllers and comparison of theoretical computer simulation predictions with actual experimental data. Lab teams will be interdisciplinary. Prerequisites: Either CHE 386, ME 343, or ECE 212. (ES 1), (ED 1)
MECH 2. Elementary Engineering Mechanics (3) fall
Static equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies. Elementary analysis of simple truss and frame structures, internal forces, stress, and strain. Prerequisites: Phys. 11; MATH 22 previously or concurrently.
MECH 3. Fundamentals of Engineering Mechanics (3) fall, spring
Static equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies. Analysis of simple truss and frame structures, internal forces, stress, strain, and Hooke’s Law, torsion of circular shafts; pure bending of beams. Prerequisites: Phys. 11; MATH 22 previously or concurrently. Course is intended as a prerequisite for MECH 12. Credit not given for both Mech 2 and Mech 3. (ES 2.5, ED 0.5)
MECH 12. Strength of Materials (3) spring
Transverse shear in beams. Mohr’s circle for stress. Plastic yield criteria. Deflection of beams. Introduction to numerical analysis of simple structures. Fatigue and fracture. Column buckling. Stresses in thick-walled cylinders. Prerequisites: MECH 3; MATH 23 may be taken previously or concurrently. (ES 2), (ED 1)
MECH 102. Dynamics (3) fall
Particle dynamics, work-energy, impulse-momentum, impact, systems of particles; kinematics of rigid bodies, kinetics of rigid bodies in plane motion, energy, momentum, eccentric impact. Prerequisites: MECH 2 or MECH 3, and MATH 23. (ES 3), (ED 0)
MECH 103. Principles of Mechanics (4)
Composition and resolution of forces; equivalent force systems; equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies; friction. Kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies; relative motion; work and energy; impulse and momentum. Prerequisites: MATH 23 and Phys 11. (ES 4), (ED 0)
MECH 302. Advanced Dynamics (3)
Fundamental dynamic theorems and their application to the study of the motion of particles and rigid bodies, with particular emphasis on three-dimensional motion. Use of generalized coordinates; Lagrange’s equations and their applications. Prerequisites: MECH 102 or 103; MATH 205. Perreira (ES 3), (ED 0)
MECH 305. Advanced Mechanics of Materials (3)
Strength, stiffness, and stability of mechanical components and structures. Fundamental principles of stress analysis: three-dimensional stress and strain transformations, two-dimensional elasticity, contact stresses, stress concentrations, energy and variational methods. Stresses and deformations for rotating shafts, thermal stresses in thick-walled cylinders, curved beams, torsion of prismatic bars, and bending of plates. Projects relate analysis to engineering design. Prerequisites: MECH 12, MATH205. Nied. (ES 2.5), (ED 0.5)
MECH 307. Mechanics of Continua (3)
Fundamental principles of the mechanics of deformable bodies. Study of stress, velocity and acceleration fields. Compatibility equations, conservation laws. Applications to two-dimensional problems in finite elasticity, plasticity, and viscous flows. Prerequisite: MECH 305. Varley. (ES 3), (ED 0)
MECH 312. Finite Element Analysis (3)
Basic concepts of analyzing general media (solids, fluids, heat transfer, etc.) with complicated boundaries. Emphasis on mechanical elements and structures. Element stiffness matrices by minimum potential energy. Iso-parametric elements. Commercial software packages (ABAQUS, NISA) are used. In addition, students develop and use their own finite element codes. Applications to design. Prereq: MECH 12. (ES 1.5), (ED 1.5)
MECH 313. Fracture Mechanics (3)
Fracture mechanics as a foundation for design against or facilitation of fracture. Fracture behavior of solids; fracture criteria; stress analysis of cracks; subcritical crack growth, including chemical and thermal effects; fracture design and control, and life prediction methodologies. Prerequisites: MECH 12, MATH 205, or approval of department. Nied, Wei. (ES 2), (ED 1)
MECH 326. Aerodynamics (3)
Application of fluid dynamics to flows past lifting surfaces. Normal force calculations in inviscid flows. Use of conformal mappings in two-dimensional airfoil theory. Kutta condition at a trailing edge; physical basis. Viscous boundary layers. Thin airfoil theory. Section design; pressure profiles and separation. Lifting line theory. Compressible subsonic flows; Prandtl-Glauert Rule. Airfoil performance at supersonic speeds. Prerequisites: ME 231 and MATH208. Blythe, Varley. (ES 2.5), (ED 0.5)
MECH 328. Fundamentals of Aircraft Design (3)
Review of aerodynamics; Weight and balance, stability, loads; Basics of propellers; Power and performance; International Standard Atmosphere; Introduction to aerospace composites; Introduction to FAA regulations. Prerequisite: MECH 12. Grenestedt.
MECH 350. Special Topics (3)
A study of some field of engineering mechanics not covered elsewhere. Prerequisite: consent of the department chair.