Florida State University General Bulletin 1998-1999

FSU Homepage Office of the Registrar On-Line Registration 1997-1999 Graduate Bulletin Table of Contents

Academic Departments and Programs (course descriptions)



Chair: A. Krothapalli;
Associate Chairs: Buzyna, Collins;
Professors: Buzyna, Chandra, Chen, Gielisse, Krothapalli, Lourenco, Shields, Van Dommelen, Van Sciver;
Associate Professors: Collins, Garmestani, Hollis, Schwartz, Shih;
Assistant Professors: Alvi, Foreman, Kalu, Mutambara, Peterson;
Visiting Assistant Professor: Haik;
Adjunct Professor: Seely;
Affiliated Faculty: Howard, Johnson, Loper, Tam

The bachelor of science (BS) program in the Department of Mechanical Engineering is designed to provide background for a wide variety of careers. The discipline of mechanical engineering is very broad, but generally emphasizes an appropriate mix of thermal science, mechanics and materials, and design. Graduates typically enter various energy, aerospace, or product manufacturing industries, or into government laboratories.

The undergraduate program in mechanical engineering is designed to impart knowledge in basic and engineering sciences, to develop communication skills, to recognize economic principles, and to acquire a grasp of contemporary engineering practices. Beyond the basic core curriculum, the courses are grouped into two major areas: thermal and fluid sciences and mechanical system sciences. The courses in each of these areas emphasize a basic foundation in the engineering sciences combined with a strong design orientation and extensive laboratory experience. To experience individual creativity, a senior design project is carried out which couples theory and analysis with the physical world. Special emphasis is placed on communication skills through a rigorous writing of several laboratory reports and design project presentations. Computer literacy is tested through various courses, and the students are exposed to current industrial design software. For students who are interested in aerospace related fields, special elective courses are available.

The department maintains well-equipped teaching and research laboratories in each major area of interest. Included are fluid mechanics, heat transfer, mechanics and materials, vibrations, and robotics laboratories. The Computer Aided Design laboratory provides computer hardware capable of supporting several standard design software packages, including ICM GMS, ICM LYNX2/IMP, AutoCad, SilverScreen, and several Algor FEA modules, and Parametic Technology Corporations Pro/ENGINEER with Pro/MECHANICAL.

State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites

The State of Florida has identified common course prerequisites for this University degree program. These prerequisites are lower-level courses that are required for preparation for the University major prior to a student receiving a baccalaureate degree from The Florida State University. They may be taken either at a community college or in a university lower-division program. It is preferred that these common course prerequisites be completed in the freshman and sophomore years.

The following lists the common course prerequisites or approved substitutions necessary for this degree program:

  1. CHM X045/X045L or CHS X440;
  2. ENC X101;
  3. ENC X102;
  4. MAC X311;
  5. MAC X312;
  6. MAC X313;
  7. MAP X302;
  8. PHY X048/X048L;
  9. PHY X049/X049L;
  10. Six (6) semester hours in humanities;
  11. Six (6) semester hours in social science;
  12. Three (3) additional semester hours in humanities or social science;
  13. Three (3) semester hours in computer programming in structured language.

Core Program

A candidate for the bachelor of science (BS) degree in mechanical engineering is required to successfully complete the following courses in addition to the college core requirements. Students must earn a minimum grade in the C range in each of the college core courses, as well as the required and technical elective courses below. Students must meet the minimum overall grade point average (GPA) under the general requirements of the University.

Students are urged to obtain the most current information on the mechanical engineering requirements from their advisers or from the student affairs coordinator.

Core Courses

EGM 3520 Mechanics of Materials (3)
EGN 3311 Vector Statics (3)
EGN 3321 Vector Dynamics (3)
EGN 3454 Numerical Methods (3)
EGN 4000 Manufacturing Processes (2)
EML 3005 Introduction to Design (3)
EML 3100 Thermodynamics (2)
EML 3101 Applied Thermodynamics (3)
EML 3140 Heat Transfer (3)
EML 3220 Introduction to Mechanical Vibrations (3)
EML 3234 Materials Science and Engineering (3)
EML 3262C Mechanism Design (3)
EML 3302L Experimental Methods in Solid Mechanics (2)
EML 3701 Fluid Mechanics (3)
EML 4304L Experimentation in Fluid and Thermal Sciences (2)
EML 4500 Design of Machine Elements (3)
EML 4535C Computer Aided Design (CAD) (3)
EML 4558 Senior Design Project (3)
EML XXXX Mechanical Engineering Track Elective (3) (See list below)
MAP 3306 Engineering Math II (3)
XXX XXXX Technical Electives (6)

Mechanical Engineering Track Elective. Students must select

one (1) of the following courses:

EML 4312 Design and Analysis of Control Systems (3).
EML 4512 Thermal Fluid Design (3).
EML 4542 Materials Selection in Design (3).

Courses not selected may be taken as techincal electives.

Revised Curriculum

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is currently in the process of revising its curriculum with a shift in emphasis from an essentially topic-based curriculum to an integrated curriculum. Key features include the integration of relevant topical material, integration of engineering design with engineering science, the introduction to engineering design at an early stage in the curriculum, and the use of cooperative learning methodologies. The revision is being implemented gradually over a period of three years beginning with the Fall 1997 semester. The revised curriculum covers effectively the same material as the old curriculum and requires approximately the same credit hours of instruction. The revisions in the curriculum are in keeping with current trends in engineering education, industry expectations and needs, and ABET 2000 accreditation guidelines.

The following core courses comprise the revised curriculum:

EML 3002C Mechanical Engineering Tools (4)
EML 3004C Introduction to Mechanical Engineering (4)
EML 3011C Mechanics and Materials I (4)
EML 3012C Mechanics and Materials II (4)
EML 3013C Dynamic Systems I (4)
EML 3014C Dynamic Systems II (4)
EML 3015C Thermal-Fluids I (4)
EML 3XXXC Thermal-Fluids II (4)
EML 3017C Mechanical Systems I (4)
EML 3018C Mechanical Systems II (4)
EML 3302L Experimental Methods in Solid Mechanics (2)
EML 4304L Experimentation in Fluid and Thermal Sciences (2)
EML 4XXXC Senior Design Project I (4)
EML 4XXXC Senior Design Project II (4)
MAP 3306 Engineering Math II (3)
XXX 4XXX Technical Electives (12)

Technical Electives are generally intended to develop depth in an area of interest and must form a coherent area of concentration. Students should maintain close contact with the department and their advisors during the transition period from the old to the revised curriculum.

Honors in the Major

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a program in honors in mechanical engineering to encourage talented juniors and seniors to undertake independent and original research as a part of the undergraduate experience. For requirements and other information, see the University Honors Program and Honor Societies section of this General Bulletin.

Five-Year Combined BS-MS Program

The department offers a five-year combined undergraduate-graduate program leading to the bachelor of science and master of science degrees. The objective of this program is to produce, in five years of full-time study, an engineer who is fully qualified to enter into professional practice in industry. Students begin taking core graduate courses in their fourth year, and defer some undergraduate courses until the fifth year when they complete the remaining graduate course work. This program also includes a summer internship in industry between the fourth and fifth years.

Admission to the dual degree program is open to juniors who have attained a GPA of 3.2 in the mechanical engineering curriculum and whose applications are reviewed by a faculty committee. Applicants are normally invited in the spring, during the second semester of the students junior year, for fall entry. Details on the curriculum may be obtained from the mechanical engineering department office.

Definition of Prefixes

EAS - Aerospace Engineering

EGM - Engineering Mechanics

EGN - General Engineering

EMA - Materials Engineering

EML - Mechanical Engineering

Undergraduate Courses

EAS 3010. Fundamentals of Flight (3). Prerequisites: PHY 2049, MAC 2313. The course objective is to provide a clear introductory understanding of the science and engineering of heavier-than-air flight vehicles. Production of lift and drag, important effects of viscosity and compressibility, airplane design characteristics, and rocket propulsion.

EAS 4101. Principles of Aerodynamics (3). Prerequisite: EML 3701. Atmospheric flight vehicles; the reason for configuration and the nature of airflows; two-dimensional subsonic thin air; airfoils prediction of pressure, lift, and other properties of airfoils.

EAS 4202. Aerospace Structural Analysis (3). Prerequisites: EGM 3520; MAP 3306. Elements of elasticity theory, elastic and inelastic material behavior, analysis of solid and thin-walled sections, boundary value problems, application to aerospace structures.

EAS 4701. Aerospace Design I (3). Prerequisite: EML 3005. Introduction to design of new aerospace systems: commercial and military aircraft, intra/interplanetary vehicles, orbital mechanics, propulsion, guidance, payload, and ground support.

EAS 4711. Aerospace Design II (3). Prerequisite: EAS 4701. Continuation of course I with a design project to integrate significant portions of material covered in the prerequisite.

EGM 3520. Mechanics of Materials (3). Prerequisite: EGN 3311. Concept of stress and strain, Hookes laws, torsion, bending, combined loading, Mohrs circle, deflections, design of pressure vessels, shafts, beams, columns, energy methods.

EGN 3321.Vector Dynamics (3). Prerequisite: EGN 3311. Absolute and relative motion of particles and rigid bodies in translating and rotating frames of reference using vector mathematics. Newtons laws of motion, work/energy, impulse momentum.

EGN 3454.Numerical Methods (3). Prerequisites: MAP 3305, CGS 2402; or their equivalents. Number representation, linear equations, interpolation, integration, ordinary differential equations, nonlinear equations, optimization, and least squares. Students solve numerical problems using library subroutines, of which a brief analysis is presented.

EGN 4000. Manufacturing Processes (2). Prerequisite: EML 3005. Introduction to modern manufacturing techniques, lectures and laboratory projects illustrate capabilities and limitations of manufacturing methods. Topics include metal cutting, welding, and forming. Design aspects are developed in an individual project.

EMA 4225.Mechanical Metallurgy (3). Prerequisites: EGM 3520; EML 3234. Tensile instability, crystallography, theory of dislocations, plasticity, hardening mechanisms, creep and fracture, electron microscopy, composite materials.

EMA 4501.Optical and Electron Microscopy (3). Prerequisite: EML 3234 or permission of instructor. Fundamentals and techniques of optical and electron microscopy as applied to the determination of physical, chemical, and structural properties of materials and materials behavior in practice.

EML 3002C.Mechanical Engineering Tools (4). Prerequisites: MAC 2312; PHY 2048. Course covers communication and data handling, computer aided design, object oriented programming, machine shop practice.

EML 3004C.Introduction to Mechanical Engineering (4). Prerequisites: MAC 2312; PHY 2048. Course covers the engineering profession, overview of life cycle engineering, communication in engineering practice, engineering design, product generation, realization process and project reports.

EML 3005. Introduction to Design (3). Prerequisite: Junior standing in mechanical engineering; EGS 1111. The design process; systems engineering in design, requirements analysis; design concepts generation, evaluation, and implementation; concurrent engineering; total quality techniques; ergonomics; materials selection in design, ethics in the engineering workplace; technical communications; design applications in individual and team projects.

EML 3011C.Mechanics and Materials (4). Prerequisites: CHM 1045; EML 3002C; PHY 2048. This course is the first part of a two-part sequence integrating concepts of mechanics and principles of materials. It will provide the student with a broad based introduction to, and understanding of, the application of materials in structural design, the processing of mechanical components and the manufacture of high technology products.

EML 3012C.Mechanics and Materials II (4). Prerequisite: EML 3011C. This course is the second part of a two part sequence, integrating concepts of mechanics and principles of materials. Emphasis is on plasticity, energy methods, buckling, and materials selection and engineering, including phase equilibria, metallic materials, ceramics, polymers, and composites.

EML 3013C.Dynamic Systems I (4). Prerequisites: EML 3002C, 3004C. This course is the first part of an integrated sequence in dynamics, vibrations and controls. Material in this first course includes the following: absolute and relative motion of particles and rigid bodies in inertial, translating and rotating coordinate frames; derivation and computer solution of differential equations of motion; single degree of freedom vibrations, and elementry feedback control.

EML 3014C.Dynamics Systems II (4). Prerequisite: EML 3013C. This course is the second part of an integrated sequence in dynamics, vibrations and controls. Material in this second course includes the development of the equations of motion for translational and rotational mechanical systems, electrical systems, and electromechanical systems; system response using standard differential equation solution techniques and Laplace transforms; frequency response and impedances; linearization of nonlinear system models, and block diagrams and feedback control strategies.

EML 3015C.Thermal-Fluids I (4). Prerequisite: EML 3013C. First of a two-part sequence presenting an integrated treatment of traditional topics on thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer. The essential role of each of these related elements and their connections is examined in the context of real-world systems. Materials covered include: first and second laws of thermodynamics; power and refrigeration cycles; heat transfer modes including steady and time dependent conduction, convection and radiation; fluid statics; mass momentum and energy conservation; Bermoullis equation; internal and external flows.

EML 3017C.Mechanical Systems I (4). Prerequisites: EML 3011C, 3013C. This is the first course in a sequence of two courses intended to provide the essential tools for the design and analysis of mechanical systems. Emphasis is on linkages; constraints and degrees of freedom; position, velocity, and acceleration analysis; cams, gears and gear trains, static and dynamic analysis; computer simulations and models of components and systems; team class projects involving dissection of existing machines and design and manufacture of new mechanical systems.

EML 3018C.Mechanical Systems II (4). Prerequisite: EML 3017C. This is the second course in a sequence of two courses intended to provide the essential tools for the design and analysis of mechanical systems. Emphasis is on materials; stress analysis; shaft design; bearings and lubrication; fasteners and connectors; joints; clutches, brakes, couplings and flywheels; flexible elements; shafts; computer simulations and models of components and systems; team class projects involving dissection of existing machines and design and manufacture of new mechanical systems.

EML 3100. Thermodynamics (2). Prerequisite: PHY 3049. Fundamentals of thermodynamics. System description, common properties. Properties of pure substances. Mathematical foundations. First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics, closed and open systems. Equations of state and general thermodynamic relations.

EML 3101. Applied Thermodynamics (3). Prerequisite: EML 3100. Availability and irreversabiliy, gas and gas-vapor mixtures, chemical reactions, combustion, chemical equilibrium in ideal-gas relations, thermodynamic aspects of fluid flow, gas-power and vapor power cycles, refrigeration.

EML 3140. Heat Transfer (3). Prerequisites: EML 3100, 3701; MAP 3306. Fundamentals of heat transfer by conduction, convection, and radiation. Heat exchangers and heat pipes. Free and forced convection.

EML 3220. Introduction to Mechanical Vibrations (3). Prerequisites: EGN 3321; MAP 3306; CGS 2402. Study of vibrations caused by oscillatory motions of bodies and the forces associated with them.

EML 3234. Materials Science and Engineering (3). Prerequisite: CHM 1045. Includes concepts of materials science and their relevance to engineering design. Recent advances in engineering materials science.

EML 3262C. Mechanism Design (3). Prerequisite: EGN 3321; Corequisite: EML 3005. Introduction to the fundamentals of mechanism design: design methodology; analysis of the kinematics, kinetics and statics of mechanisms, cams, and gears; and computer-aided mechanism design (including solid modeling).

EML 3302L. Experimental Methods in Solid Mechanics (2). Prerequisites: EGM 3520; EML 3234. Measurement techniques in solids; performance characteristic of measuring devices; tensile, impact, torsion testing combined loading metallography; vibration analysis; and reinforcement of the concepts in material science and mechanics of materials; also provides the opportunity to write good technical reports.

EML 3701. Fluid Mechanics (3). Prerequisites: MAP 3305; EGN 3321. Application of laws of statics, buoyancy, stability, energy, and momentum to the behavior of ideal and real fluids. Flow in channels and pipes. Dimensional analysis, similitude, and scale models.

EML 3949.Cooperative Work Experience (0). (S/U grade only.)

EML 4161.Cryogenics (3). Prerequisites: EGM 3520; EML 3140. Fundamental aspects of cryogenic system engineering: properties of materials and fluids at low temperatures; cryogenic heat transfer and fluid dynamics; low temperature refrigeration and system engineering.

EML 4304L. Experimentation in Fluid and Thermal Sciences (2). Prerequisites: EML 3140, 3302L, 3701. Engineering laboratory measurements in fluid and thermal applications, including basic concepts for design of experiments, measurement devices, and their performance characteristics; measurement of fluid and thermal properties, pressure, velocity, and temperature; calibration procedures; experiments in fluid flow and heat transfer; design of engineering experimental systems; laboratory work, report writing.

EML 4312.Design and Analysis of Control Systems (3). Prerequisite: MAP 3306. Mathematical modeling of continuous physical systems. Frequency and time domain analysis and design of control systems. State variable representations of physical systems.

EML 4316.Advanced Design and Analysis of Control Systems (3). Prerequisite EML 4312. Design of advanced control systems (using time and frequency domains) will be emphasized. Implementation of control systems using continuous (operational amplifier) or digital (microprocessor) techniques will be addressed and practiced.

EML 4421. Fundamentals of Propulsion Systems (3). Prerequisites: EML 3101, 3701. Analysis of the performance of propulsion systems from the thermodynamic and dynamic points of view, including rocket, ramjet, turbojet, and turbofan engines as well as piston and compound piston-turbine type engines.

EML 4450.Energy Conversion Systems (3). Prerequisites: EML 3101, 3140, 3701. Investigation of such energy conversion systems as the internal combustion engine, compressors and turbines, gas turbines, nuclear power plants, garbage burning power plants, solar, wind, geothermal and electrical systems.

EML 4500. Design of Machine Elements (3). Prerequisites: EGN 3454; EML 3005, 3234. The analysis and design of mechanical components: gears, shafts, linkages, and other integral parts of machines. Analytical techniques and design methods.

EML 4501. Machine Design (3). Prerequisite: EML 4500. Preparation and presentation of complete designs for various devices, machines, and engineering systems.

EML 4512. Thermal-Fluid Design (3). Prerequisites: EML 3101, 3140; Corequisite: EML 4535C. This course is intended to develop the students awareness and understanding of the relationship between fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and heat transfer in consideration of design. Emphasis is placed upon energy systems components such as heat-exchangers, piping networks, and pumps. Includes a student project.

EML 4535C. Computer Aided Design (CAD) (3). Prerequisites: EML 3005, 3262C; Corequisite: EML4500. Introduction to the theory and practice of computer-aided design: computer graphics, homogeneous transformations; parametric solid modeling, optimization, finite element analysis.

EML 4536.Design Using FEM (3). Prerequisite: EML 4535. The Finite Method - what it is, elementary FEM theory, structures and elements, trusses, beams, and frames, two-dimensional solids, three-dimensional solids, axisymmetric solids, thin-walled structures, static and dynamic problems, available hardware and software, basic steps in FEM analysis, pre/post processing, interpretation of results, advanced modeling techniques, design optimization, advanced materials using FEM.

EML 4542.Materials Selection in Design (3). Prerequisites: EML 3234, 3005; senior standing in mechanical engineering The application of materials predicated on material science and engineering case studies covering most engineering applications.

EML 4558. Senior Design Project (3). Prerequisite: Senior standing in mechanical engineering. A capstone design course, integrating the knowledge gained in undergraduate studies by completion of a team or individual design project.

EML 4711.Introduction to Gas Dynamics (3). Prerequisites: EML 3101, 3701. This course is a thorough one-dimensional treatment of compressible flows and applications to nozzle, diffuser, sound waves, tunnel, and shock tube flows.

EML 4800. Introduction to Robotics (3). Prerequisites: EGN 3321; CGS 2402; MAP 3306; Corequisite: EML 4535C. Basic elements of a robot, robot actuators, and servo control; sensors, senses, vision, and voice; microprocessor system design and computers; kinematic equations; motion trajectories.

EML 4905r. Directed Individual Study (1-3). Prerequisites: Junior standing, a B average in mechanical engineering courses. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve (12) semester hours.

EML 4921.Engineering Communications (3). Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. Mechanics of effective engineering communications; composition and style of various types of written, graphical, and oral presentations of technical information; critical analysis of specifications related to the design, testing, and performance of components and systems related to engineering practice.

EML 4930r. Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering (1-4). Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. Topics in mechanical engineering with emphasis on recent developments. Content and credit will vary. Consult the instructor. May be repeated for up to twelve (12) semester hours.

EML 4945r. Practical Work in Mechanical Engineering (1-3). (S/U grade only.) Prerequisite: Approval of adviser. May be repeated to a maximum of three (3) semester hours.

EML 4970r. Honors Work (3). Prerequisite: Acceptance into honors program. Participation in a supervised research project and the production of a thesis describing the results of that work. May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) required semester hours.

Graduate Courses

EGM 5351. Introduction to Finite Methods of Analysis (3).

EGM 5444. Advanced Dynamics (3).

EGM 5611. Introduction to Continuum Mechanics (3).

EGM 5630. Mechanics of Composite Materials (3).

EGM 5653. Theory of Elasticity (3).

EGM 5671. Theory of Plasticity and Viscoelasticity (3).

EGM 5810. Viscous Fluid Flows (3).

EGM 6290. Advanced Mechanical Vibrations (3).

EGM 6470. Control Systems Design (3).

EGM 6565. Computational Materials Science (3).

EGM 6845. Turbulent Flows (3).

EGN 5455. Numerical Methods in Engineering (3).

EGN 5456. Introduction to Computational Mechanics (3).

EMA 5185. Composite Materials and Structures (3).

EMA 5226. Mechanical Metallurgy (3).

EMA 5514. Optical and Electron Microscopy (3).

EML 5060. Analysis in Mechanical Engineering (3).

EML 5072. Applied Superconductivity (3).

EML 5104. Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics (3).

EML 5152. Fundamentals of Heat Transfer (3).

EML 5155. Convective Heat and Mass Transfer (3).

EML 5162. Cryogenics (3).

EML 5311. Design and Analysis of Control Systems (3).

EML 5317. Advanced Design and Analysis of Control Systems (3).

EML 5361. Multivariable Control (3).

EML 5451. Energy Conversion Systems (3).

EML 5524. Experimentation in Mechanical Engineering (3).

EML 5537. Design Using FEM (3).

EML 5543. Materials Selection in Design (3).

EML 5709. Fluid Mechanic Principles with Selected Applications (3).

EML 5710. Introduction to Gas Dynamics (3).

EML 5725. Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics (3).

EML 5802. Introduction to Robotics (3).

EML 5835. Advanced Robotics and Mechatronics (3).

EML 5905r. Directed Individual Study (1-6). (S/U grade only.)

EML 5910r. Supervised Research (1-6). (S/U grade only.)

EML 5930r. Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering (1-6).

EML 5935r. Mechanical Engineering Seminars (0). (S/U grade only.)

EML 5971r. Thesis (3 -6). (S/U grade only.)

EML 6157. Radiative Heat Transfer (3).

EML 6365. Robust Control (3).

EML 6716r. Advanced Topics in Fluid Dynamics (3-6).

EML 6726. Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics (3).

EML 6980r. Dissertation (24). (S/U grade only.)

EML 8966r. Master's Comprehensive Examination (0). (S/U grade only.)

EML 8968. Preliminary Doctoral Examination (0). (S/U grade only.)

EML 8976r. Master's Thesis Defense (0). (S/U grade only.)

EML 8985r. Dissertation Defense (0). (S/U grade only.)

For listings relating to graduate course work for thesis, dissertation, and master's and doctoral examinations and defense, consult the Graduate Bulletin.



also see Preprofessional Areas