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2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin

Department of Mechanical Engineering

FAMU—FSU College of Engineering

Web Page: http://www.eng.fsu.edu/me/

Chair: Emmanuel Collins; Professors: Alvi, Cattafesta, Collins, Hellstrom, Kalu, Larbalestier, Ordóñez, Shih; Associate Professors: Clark, Hahn, Hollis, Hruda, Kametani, Moore, Oates, Xu; Assistant Professors: Guo, Kumar, Lin, Shoele, Taira, Yaghoobian; Affiliated Faculty: Campbell, Gupta, Han, Hussaini, Kopriva, Larson, Ordóñez, Rezaei, Soman, Tam, Vanderlaan; Professors Emeriti: Buzyna, Cartes, Chen, Gielisse, Luongo, Van Dommelen, Van Sciver

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers two graduate degree programs: the Master of Science (MS) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The graduate program in mechanical engineering is designed to provide students with the necessary tools to begin a productive career in engineering practice or research, a career that probably will span a period of three to five decades. Although it is not possible to teach everything that one needs to know in the graduate program, the program provides the student with the skills, knowledge and philosophy that will enable the student to continue to grow throughout his/her career. The graduate training a student receives emphasizes a fundamental approach to engineering whereby the student learns to identify needs, define problems and apply basic principles and techniques to obtain a solution. This philosophy is incorporated in classroom lectures, laboratory activities, design projects, and research.

It is essential that a successful department cultivates and maintains a diverse and dynamic program that is nationally recognized. The department is actively involved in basic research, which expands the frontiers of knowledge, as well as applied research designed to solve present and future technological needs of society. The major research activities are focused in three primary areas: fluid mechanics and heat transfer, solid mechanics and material science, and dynamic systems and controls (including mechatronics and robotics). State-of-the-art laboratories are associated with each of these areas. In addition, much of the research is conducted in cooperation with the National High Field Magnetic Laboratory (NHMFL), the Department of Scientific Computing, the Center for Material Research and Technology (MARTECH), and the Center for Nonlinear and Non-equilibrium Aero Science.

A complete description of the mechanical engineering graduate program, including recent changes, may be found at http://www.eng.fsu.edu/me.

Research Programs and Facilities

The Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion (FCAAP) has been established to ensure that the State of Florida remains at the forefront of the aerospace industry and maintains a highly skilled workforce to develop, test, transition and manufacture the next generation of aerospace technologies. The center is a partnership between four state universities, with FSU as the leading institution. The Advanced Aero-Propulsion Laboratory (AAPL), also located at FSU, is the primary experimental and research facility. AAPL contains testing and diagnostic facilities not commonly available at university research centers. These include: a new Hot Jet Anechoic Facility capable of operating supersonic hot jets - up to 2000 Fahrenheit, a STOVL Test Facility, and optical diagnostic development lab, a supersonic and a large subsonic wind tunnel. In addition to AAPL, the center is home to several state-of-the-art research laboratories lead by an experienced team of internationally recognized scientists, researchers, and engineers. In collaboration with government and industry, FCCAP will serve as a technology incubator to promote innovative research and encourage a rapid transition of technologies to market. FCAAP plays a vital role in shaping the next generation of air and spacecraft designs, space transport systems, and aviation safety. FCAAP’s current research is focused on Active Flow, Noise and Vibration Control, Aero-optimization, Advanced Propulsion and Turbomachinery Systems, Sensor and Actuator Development, Advanced Diagnostics, Aero-Thermodynamics and Aeroacoustics, High Performance Computation, Smart Materials, Systems and Structures and other related fields.

The vision of the Center for Intelligent Systems, Control, and Robotics (CISCOR) is to use state-of-the-art technology to develop practical solutions to problems in systems, control, and robotics for applications in industry and government. CISCOR is a cooperative research effort in the automated systems area across four departments (Mechanical, Chemical, Electrical and Civil) in the College of Engineering. The Center’s goal is to provide a means for the state of Florida to achieve national prominence in the area of automated systems and to assume a leadership role in the state of Florida’s technology of the future. Established in 2003, CISCOR has become a leading center in Florida for the development and implementation of technologies related to Intelligent Systems, Control, and Robotics.

The multidisciplinary High-Performance Materials Institute (HPMI) performs research for emerging advanced composites, nanomaterials, multifunctional materials and devices, and advanced manufacturing. Currently, HPMI is involved in four primary technology areas: High-Performance Composite and Nanomaterials, Structural Health Monitoring, Multifunctional Nanomaterials Advanced Manufacturing, and Process Modeling. Over the last several years, HPMI has proven a number of technology concepts that have the potential to narrow the gap between research and practical applications of nanotube-based materials.

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL) is the only facility of its kind in the United States. The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory is the largest and highest-powered magnet laboratory in the world, headquartered in a sprawling 370,000-square foot complex near Florida State University. The lab also includes sites at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, and the University of Florida. Together these three institutions operate the lab, collaborating in a unique interdisciplinary way to advance basic science, engineering, and technology in the 21st century.

The Applied Superconductivity Center (ASC), a research division of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, was established to advance the science and technology of superconductivity and particularly superconductivity applications by investigating low temperature and high temperature models.

The Energy and Sustainability Center (ESC) has been established to address our most challenging energy issues through the development of innovative alternative energy solutions for consumers and industry. The center will develop a portfolio of pre-commercial research programs to explore reliable, affordable, safe, and clean energy technologies. A key objective of ESC is to encourage future commercial application of the technologies that flow from the research. ESC has a number of specialized facilities for technology development and implementation including: a fuel-cell testing laboratory, a water-electrolysis electrode testing laboratory, a solar-thermal system component testing facilities, small-scale electrical power systems laboratory, and other facilities through collaborations with the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, the Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS), and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL).

The Institute for Energy Systems, Economics and Sustainability (IESES) at Florida State University will be an essential component of Florida’s leadership in sustainable energy. The Institute is a public resource. We carry out scholarly basic research and analysis in engineering, science, infrastructure, governance, and the related social dimensions; all designed to further a sustainable energy economy. The Institute unites researchers from the disciplines of engineering, natural sciences, law, urban and regional planning geography, and economics to address sustainability and alternative power issues in the context of global climate change. Our goal is scholarship that leads to informed governance, economics, and decision making for a successful Florida sustainable energy strategy.

The Active Structures and Microsystems Laboratory is focused on the mechanics and physics of adaptive materials and their integration into structures and devices. This includes exploring fundamental field-coupled behavior (electric, magnetic, photomechanical, chemical), device and structural dynamics research, and the development of advanced and control designs for broadband performance and precision tracking. This requires synergies between materials science, engineering, and mathematics. We collaborate with several researchers that range in backgrounds that include physics, mathematics, experimental fluid dynamics, and materials science to advance the field.

The Cryogenics Laboratory, located in the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, is a fully developed facility for conducting low-temperature experimental research and development. The laboratory, which occupies about 400 square meters, supports in-house development projects as well as scientific work. The experiment apparatus within the lab include the following; 1) Liquid Helium Flow Visualization Facility (LHFVF): This facility consists of a 5 m long, 20 cm ID horizontal cryogenic vacuum with vertical reservoirs at each end. A variety of experimental test sections can be installed in the facility for measurements of flow and heat transfer including flow visualization studies. The LHFVF is currently being used for PIV studies of fored flow superfluid helium. 2) Cryogenic Helium Experimental Facility (CHEF): This facility consists of a 3 m long, 0.6 m ID cryogenic vessel with N2 and He temperature thermal shields. CHEF is equipped with a high-volume flow bellows pump capable of up to 5 liters/s. Currently, CHEF is being used to study high Reynolds number liquid helium flow through orifice plates. 3) Liquid Helium Research Test Stands: Numerous conventional vertical access dewars and insert cryostats are available for smaller scale experiments on heat transfer and flow. These include dewars between 10 cin ID with depths to 2 in. 4) Additional equipment: The laboratory contains all necessary equipment to carry out modern cryogenic experiments. Modern instrumentation for data acquisition is available to support experiments. High vacuum equipment includes a mass spectrometer leak detector and two portable turbo pump systems that provide thermal isolation. A high-capacity vacuum pump (500 liter/s) is used to support sub-atmospheric liquid helium experiments as low as 1.5K.

The Advanced Materials Processing and Applications Laboratory (AMPAL) is focused on processing, characterizing, and testing of materials in conjunction with micromechanical modeling. Materials of interest include, but are not limited to, super plastic alloys (Niobium, Copper, Aluminum), structural steel, and high-strength conductors such as Copper-Silver. These materials are employed in a number of scientific and engineering applications ranging from superconducting and electronic applications (radio frequency cavities, magnetic materials, etc.) to structural applications. Processing involves the development of various sever plastic deformation methods such as tri-axial forging, equal channel angular extrusion (ECAE), rolling, swaging, and wire drawing suitable for producing bulk quantities of ultra-fine-grained material. Also currently being explored is a novel case hardening technique for both stainless steels and low carbon steels. The laboratory is equipped with various tools for characterization and testing. Some of the equipment include a high resolution analytical transmission electron microscope, field emission scanning electron microscope equipped with dual beams capable of perming in-situ ion-milling (ion beam) and 2D/3D-electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) measurements (electron beam). The micromechanics modeling efforts provide an opportunity to correlate the material properties with microstructure. The mechanical modeling effort is being used to explain tension, nano-indentation, shear, and superplasticity of advanced materials including composite. AMPAL collaborates with various other research groups and institutions both nationally and internationally to achieve our research goals.

The Scansorial and Terrestrial Robotics and Integrated Design (STRIDe) Laboratory is dedicated to the design, analysis and manufacturing of novel and dynamic robotic systems. In order to imbue robotic systems with the agility and functionality akin to their biological inspirations, it is critical to understand the interplay between the structures’ underlying passive dynamics and the control systems that enervate them. Research in this lab involves working closely with biologists to understand the underlying functional principles behind successful animal locomotion. These principles are then encoded in simplified dynamic models. The analysis of these models leads to insight regarding the roles of passive and active elements in creating self-stabilizing dynamic systems. Innovative manufacturing processes, such Shape Deposition Manufacturing (SDM) and other rapid prototyping techniques are then applied to build robots capable of moving in a dynamic and agile manner over difficult terrain. To analyze and build these robots, the lab is equipped with dynamic motion analysis equipment as well as a suite of state-of-the-art manufacturing tools.

Graduate students participating in research are provided office space in the laboratories and have access to substantial staff support from their research group.

Master’s Program

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers several options for the Master of Science degree. Students may pursue a traditional Mechanical Engineering degree (with a thesis or non-thesis option) or specialize in Sustainable Energy. The department is also a member of the Interdisciplinary Materials Science Program through which students can earn a master’s degree in Material Science.

Admissions

Prospective students must have a BS degree (or a recognized equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering or any one of the following related fields: Any Engineering Major, Chemistry, Computer Science, Material Science, Mathematics/Applied Mathematics or Physics/Applied Physics. Non-majors, students without a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering, may be required to take up to twelve credit hours of remedial coursework in Mechanical Engineering as a condition of admission.

Applicants must have at least a 3.0 upper-division GPA and a Quantitative GRE score of 155 and Verbal GRE score of 150. International students must take the TOEFL exam and score at least 550 on the paper-based exam, 213 on the computer-based exam, or 80 on the Internet-based exam. Applicants must also submit a personal statement, resumé, and three letters of recommendation. Please visit the department Web site for additional details: http://www.eng.fsu.edu/me.

Major in Mechanical Engineering

I. Thesis Option

Mechanical Engineering students must take the following minimum distribution of courses for a total of thirty credit hours:

Core Courses
  • Nine credit hours: EML 5060 Analysis in Mechanical Engineering and two core courses in the major area (either Dynamics and Controls, Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer or Solid Mechanics and Materials Science).
  • Core courses in Dynamics and Controls: EGM 5444 Advanced Dynamics (3), EML 5317 Advanced Design and Analysis of Control Systems (3), EML 5361 Multivariable Control (3), EML 5930r Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering (1–6).
  • Core courses in Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer: EML 5152 Fundamentals of Heat Transfer (3), EML 5155 Convective Heat and Mass Transfer (3), EML 5709 Fluid Mechanics Principles with Selected Applications (3), EML 5930r Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering (1–6).
  • Core courses in Solid Mechanics and Materials Science: EGM 5611 Introduction to Continuum Mechanics (3), EGM 5653 Theory of Elasticity, EML 5930r Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering (1–6).
Mechanical Engineering Courses

Six credit hours: two courses in Mechanical Engineering.

Electives

Nine credit hours: Select three graduate-level courses in engineering, mathematics, or any science discipline (computer science, physics, etc.). Courses must be selected in consultation with the student’s major professor. One of the three electives may include EML 5905 Directed Individual Study or EML 5910 Supervised Research.

Thesis

Six credit hours: EML 5971 Thesis (3–6) and EML 8976 Master’s Thesis Defense (0).

II. Non-Thesis Option

The non-thesis option requires thirty-three credit hours, of which at least thirty credit hours must be letter-graded courses. Students must complete twenty-one credit hours of coursework within mechanical engineering. Six credit hours may be taken outside the department in any of the following areas: engineering, mathematics, or any science discipline (computer science, physics, etc.). The remaining six credit hours are devoted to an Engineering Design Project or two additional letter-graded courses.

Major in Sustainable Energy

Sustainable Energy students must take the following minimum distribution of courses for a total of thirty credit hours:

Core Courses

Fifteen credit hours: EML 5060 Analysis in Mechanical Engineering I (3), CHM 5153 Engineering Electrochemistry (3), EML 5451 Energy Conversion Systems for Sustainability (3), EML 5452 Sustainable Power Generation (3), EML 5930r Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering (1–6).

Electives

Nine credit hours: Select three graduate-level courses in engineering, mathematics, or any science discipline (computer science, physics, etc.). Courses must be selected in consultation with the student’s major professor. One of the three electives may include EML 5905 Directed Individual Study or EML 5910 Supervised Research.

Thesis

Six credit hours: EML 5971 Thesis (3-6) and EML 8976 Master’s Thesis Defense (0).

Doctor of Philosophy

Admissions

PhD Program

Prospective students must have MS degree in Mechanical Engineering or any one of the following related fields: any Engineering Major, Chemistry, Computer Science, Material Science, Mathematics/Applied Mathematics or Physics/Applied Physics. Non-majors students without a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering may be required to take up to twelve credit hours of remedial coursework in Mechanical Engineering as a condition of admission.

Applicants must have at least a 3.0 upper-division GPA and a minimum combined GRE score of 1150. International students must take the TOEFL Exam and score at least 550 on the paper-based exam, 213 on the computer-based exam, or 80 on the Internet-based exam. Applicants must also submit a personal statement, resumé, and three letters of recommendation. Please visit the department Web site for additional details: http://www.eng.fsu.edu/me.

BS to PhD Program

In addition to the standard PhD program the department offers a direct BS to PhD program. This program is limited to students with excellent academic transcripts and demonstrated potential for advanced research. Applicants must submit strong letters of recommendation from professors or persons qualified to evaluate their academic potential. Finally, a member of the Mechanical Engineering faculty must recommend the student to the program. Admission to the program is finalized at the end of the second semester. During their first two semesters, student must maintain a minimum graduate GPA of 3.50. Final admission to the PhD program is granted by the Graduate Committee.

Students initially admitted to the master’s program may request a transfer to the BS-PhD program at the end of their second semester. The student must have maintained a graduate GPA of 3.50 or better during their first two semesters.

Degree Requirements

PhD Program

The standard PhD program requires forty-five credit hours of coursework, of which at least twenty-four credit hours must be dissertation hours. The remaining twenty-one letter-graded credit hours are divided into three areas:

General Engineering and Mathematics

Students must complete six credit hours of general engineering and advanced mathematics courses. One of those courses must be EML 5061, Analysis in Mechanical Engineering II (3). The remaining course must be from the approved course list. See department Web site for approved list.

Electives

Students must complete fifteen credit hours of graduate-level, letter graded electives. Courses may be taken in any engineering program, mathematics, and/or any science discipline.

BS to PhD Program

The BS-PhD program requires sixty credit hours of coursework, of which at least twenty-four credit hours must be dissertation hours. The remaining thirty-six letter-graded credit hours are divided into three areas:

General Engineering and Mathematics

Students must complete six credit hours of general engineering and advanced mathematics courses. One of those courses must be EML 5061, Analysis in Mechanical Engineering II (3). The remaining course must be from the approved course list. See department Web site for approved list.

Core Courses

Students must complete EML 5060, Analysis in Mechanical Engineering I (3), and two courses in their chosen depth area for a total of nine semester hours.

Mechanical Engineering Courses

Students must complete six credit hours of general mechanical-engineering courses.

Electives

Students must complete fifteen credit hours of electives. Courses may be taken in any engineering program, mathematics, and/or any science discipline. Students may substitute one elective course with a Directed Individual Study (DIS) course or Supervised Research (SR) course.

Additional Requirements

Preliminary Examination

All PhD students are required to register for and pass EML 8968 - Preliminary Examination before the end of their second semester (fourth semester for BS-PhD students). The exam is designed to evaluate a student’s grasp of a specified spectrum of Mechanical Engineering and their ability to think creatively. It consists of both written and oral examinations and is administered each Spring. After passing the exam the student will be granted doctoral candidacy status.

Prospectus Defense

Within one year of obtaining candidacy status each PhD student must present to their Committee a prospectus on a research project suitable for a doctoral dissertation. A forty-five minute presentation of the proposed dissertation topic will be followed by an oral examination in the general area of the dissertation.

Dissertation Defense

Demonstrated ability to perform original research at the forefront of mechanical engineering is the final and major criterion for granting the doctoral degree. The candidate’s dissertation serves, in part, to demonstrate such competence; on completion it is defended orally in a public seminar before the doctoral dissertation committee, which may then recommend the awarding of the degree.

Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is a member of the Interdisciplinary Program in Materials Science and Engineering. For more information on the Materials Science and Engineering program, please visit http://materials.fsu.edu.

Definition of Prefixes

EGM—Engineering Science

EGN—Engineering: General

EMA—Materials Engineering

EML—Engineering: Mechanical

Graduate Courses

EGM 5444. Advanced Dynamics (3). Prerequisites: EGN 3321; EML 3220; MAP 3306. Topics include particle and rigid body kinematics, particle and rigid body kinetics, D’Alembert Principle, Lagranges equations of motion, system stability, computational techniques, orbital dynamics, multi-body dynamics.

EGM 5611. Introduction to Continuum Mechanics (3). Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Solid and fluid continua. Cartesian tensor theory. Kinematics of infinitesimal deformation, relations between stress, strain, and strain rate for elastic, plastic, and viscous solids and for compressible and viscous fluids. General equations of continuum mechanics, integral forms, and their physical interpretation. Particular forms of equations and boundary conditions for elastic and viscoelastic solids and Newtonian fluids.

EGM 5653. Theory of Elasticity (3). Prerequisite: EGM 5611. This is an introductory course which provides background necessary to mechanical engineers who wish to pursue the area of theoretical or analytical solid mechanics. Topics include Cartesian tensors, kinetics and kinematics of motion, constitutive equations, linearized theory of elasticity, and solutions to boundary value problems.

EGM 5810. Viscous Fluid Flows (3). Prerequisite: EML 5709. Presents the basic fundamentals underlying the mechanics of gas, air, and fluid flows. Discussion of the possible methods of estimating and predicting the characteristics and parameters governing those flows.

EGM 6845. Turbulent Flows (3). Prerequisite: EML 5709. In-depth study of turbulent, flows, statistical description of turbulence; instability and transition; turbulence closure modeling; free shear and boundary layer flows; complex shear flows; development of computational strategies; recent literature on applications and chaos phenomena.

EGN 5456. Introduction to Computational Mechanics (3). Prerequisite: MAP 4402. Familiarizes students with the procedures, stability, advantages, and disadvantages of numerical discretization, as applied to solution of common engineering problems. Emphasizes numerical experimentation, cost effectiveness, and range of applicability.

EMA 5226. 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 5514. Optical and Electron Microscopy (3). Prerequisite: EML 3012C or instructor permission. 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 5060. Analysis in Mechanical Engineering (3). Prerequisite: Graduate standing in mechanical engineering. Familiarizes the student with methods of analysis in mechanical engineering. Surveys applications of integration and series, ordinary and partial differential equations, and linear algebra.

EML 5061. Analysis in Mechanical Engineering II (3). Prerequisite: EML 5060 or equivalent. This course familiarizes students with applications of vector calculus and partial differential equations in mechanical engineering.

EML 5072. Applied Superconductivity (3). Prerequisites: EEL 3472; EGM 3520; EML 3100; 3234; PHY 3101. Introduction to superconductivity for applications, fundamentals of the superconducting state, transport current and metallurgy of superconductors, Superconducting electrons and magnets, system engineering.

EML 5103. Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics (3). Prerequisite: Graduate standing in mechanical engineering. This course in thermal fluids covers the axiomatic formulations of the first and second laws of thermodynamics; general thermodynamic relationships and properties of real substances; energy, exergy, and second-law analysis of energy-conversion processes; reactive systems and multiphase equilibrium; entropy generation minimization and thermodynamic optimization; as well as applications to low-temperature refrigeration and power-generation systems.

EML 5152. Fundamentals of Heat Transfer (3). Prerequisite: Graduate standing in mechanical engineering. An introductory course in basic heat transfer concepts. Topics include conduction and heat diffusion equation, forced and free convection, radiative heat transfer, boiling heat transfer, and condensation.

EML 5155. Convective Heat and Mass Transfer (3). Prerequisites: EGM 5810; EML 5152. Familiarizes the student with methods to evaluate a convection heat transfer coefficient and a mass transfer coefficient for a variety of engineering applications. Evaluation of the driving force in mass transfer and combined problems.

EML 5162. Cryogenics (3). Prerequisites: EML 3015C, EML 3016, and EML 3134. This course focuses on the fundamental aspects of cryogenics system and engineering properties of materials and fluids at low temperatures. Cryogenic heat transfer and fluid dynamics, low temperature refrigeration and system engineering.

EML 5311. 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 5317. Advanced Design and Analysis of Control Systems (3). 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 5361. Multivariable Control (3). Prerequisite: EML 4312 or 5311. Course covers H2 and H control design for linear systems with multiple inputs and multiple outputs and globally optimal techniques, fixed-structure (e.g., reduced-order) techniques. Includes introductory concepts in robust control.

EML 5422. Fundamentals of Propulsions Systems (3). Prerequisite: Graduate standing in mechanical engineering. This course offers an analysis of the performance of propulsion systems using fundamental principles of thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics. Systems studied include turbojet, turbofan, ramjet engines, as well as piston-type internal combustion engines.

EML 5451. Energy Conversion Systems for Sustainability (3). Prerequisites: Requires graduate standing. This course discusses the challenge of making the global energy system independent of finite fossil-energy sources and, instead, dependent on environmentally sustainable energy sources. The course emphasizes strategies for producing energy that is free of greenhouse-gas emissions, including renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and biomass. The course focuses on direct energy conversion and covers topics such as photovoltaic cells, fuel cells, and thermoelectric systems.

EML 5453. Sustainable Power Generation (3). Prerequisites: EML 4450 and 5451 or graduate student standing in engineering or sciences. This course is a continuation of sustainability energy-conversion systems and focuses on solar electricity, biopower, biofuels, and hydrogen. The course also discusses the practicality of hydrogen-based transportation.

EML 5537. Design Using FEM (3). The Finite Element 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 5543. Materials Selection in Design (3). Prerequisite: EML 3234 or equivalent. The application of materials predicated on material science and engineering case studies covering most engineering applications.

EML 5709. Fluid Mechanic Principles with Selected Applications (3). Prerequisites: EGM 5611; EML 5060; graduate standing in mechanical engineering. Introductory concepts, description, and kinematical concepts of fluid motion, basic field equations, thermodynamics of fluid flow, Navier-Stokes equations, elements of the effects of friction and heat flow, unsteady one-dimensional motion, selected nonlinear steady flows.

EML 5710. Introduction to Gas Dynamics (3). Prerequisites: EML 3101, 3701. Concentrates on the unique features of compressibility in fluid mechanics. It provides the student with knowledge and understanding of the basic fundamentals of compressible fluid flow and is basic to studies in high-speed aerodynamics, propulsion, and turbomachinery.

EML 5725. Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics (3). Prerequisites: EGN 5456; EML 5709. Topics for this course include introduction to conservation laws in fluid dynamics; weak solutions; solving the full potential equations for subsonic, transonic, and supersonic flows; solving system of equations. In particular, upwind schemes and flux splitting will be introduced in solving the Euler equations. Coordinate transformation and grid generation methods will also be covered.

EML 5802. Introduction to Robotics (3). Prerequisite: Graduate standing in mechanical engineering. A study of the fundamentals of robot operation and application including: basic elements, robot actuators and servo-control, sensors, senses, vision, voice, microprocessor system design and computers, kinematic equations, and motion trajectories.

EML 5831. Introduction to Mobile Robotics (3). Prerequisite: Graduate standing. This course examines analytical dynamic modeling and dynamic simulation of mobile robots, mobile robot sensors, basic computer vision methods, Kalman filtering and mobile robot localization, basic mapping concepts, path planning and obstacle avoidance, and intelligent-control architectures.

EML 5905r. Directed Individual Study (1–9). (S/U grade only). Instructor permission required. Individual study topics are determined by the instructor and student. May be repeated to a maximum of forty-five semester hours.

EML 5910r. Supervised Research (1–5). (S/U grade only). A maximum of three semester hours may apply to the master’s degree. May be repeated to a maximum of five semester hours.

EML 5930r. Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering (1–6). Prerequisite: Instructor permission. Topics in mechanical engineering with emphasis on recent developments. Content and credit will vary. Consult the instructor. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.

EML 5935r. Mechanical Engineering Seminars (0). (S/U grade only). May be repeated to a maximum of ten times.

EML 5946. Professional Internship Experience in Mechanical Engineering (4). This course provides practical experience through working as an intern at selected industry or research laboratories supervised by the on-the-job mentors and by the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The course is designed to provide the student with professional internship experience in preparation for his/her future career development.

EML 5971r. Thesis (3–6). (S/U grade only). A minimum of six semester hours is required.

EML 6365. Robust Control (3). Prerequisite: EML 5361. Course covers control design for systems with uncertain dynamics; robust H design, structured singular value synthesis; LMI and Riccati equation solution techniques.

EML 6980r. Dissertation (1–12). (S/U grade only). May be repeated to a maximum of forty-eight semester hours.

EML 8968. Preliminary Doctoral Examination (0). (P/F grade only.)

EML 8976r. Master’s Thesis Defense (0). (P/F grade only.)

EML 8985r. Dissertation Defense (0). (P/F grade only.) May be repeated to a maximum of three times.