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MCEG 1002: Engineering Graphics

General course in the most important types of engineering drawings. A foundation course in lettering, geometrical exercises, orthographic projections, including auxiliary views, sections, pictorial representation. The computer is introduced as a drafting tool.

Lecture and laboratory four hours.

MCEG 2013: Statics

Prerequisites: MATH 2924 and PHYS 2114

Principles of statics, resultants, equilibrium, and analysis of force systems. Structure analysis, forces in space, friction, centroids, and moments of inertia.

MCEG 2023: Engineering Materials

Prerequisite: CHEM 2124

A study of the mechanical and physical properties, micro structure, and the various testings of engineering materials (metals, plastics, woods, and concrete) from the viewpoint of manufacture and construction.

MCEG 2033: Dynamics

Prerequisite: MCEG 2013

A continuation of MCEG 2013. Study of problems of unbalanced force systems. Kinematics and kinetics of rigid bodies. Work and energy, impulse and momentum.

MCEG 2203: Computational Methods in Engineering

Prerequisites: MCEG 1012 and MATH 2914

An introduction to common computational methods, tools, and procedures used in the solution of common engineering problems. A standard solution methodology is introduced along with instruction in units systems, spreadsheet and calculator computations and the use of engineering software.

MCEG 3003: Engineering Modeling and Design

Cross-listed: ELEG 3003

Prerequisites: COMS 2803 or MCEG 2203 and MATH 3243

Reduction of engineering systems to mathematical models; methods of analysis using computers; interpretation of numerical results; optimization of design variables. Examples are drawn from various engineering disciplines.

MCEG 3013: Mechanics of Materials

Prerequisite: MCEG 2013

Fundamental stress and strain relationships, torsion, shear and bending moments, stresses and deflections in beams; introduction to statically indeterminate beams, columns, combined stresses, and safety factors.

MCEG 3023: Manufacturing Processes

Prerequisites: MCEG 2023 and 3013

Morphological aspects of manufacturing processes, testing of engineering metals, metal working processes, metal forming processes, machining, non-destructive inspection methods, statistical process control, control charts, and total quality management concepts.

MCEG 3313: Thermodynamics I

Prerequisites: MATH 2924 and PHYS 2114

An introduction to thermodynamics, including thermodynamic properties of pure substances, heat and work, the first and second laws of thermodynamics, and entropy with applications to power and refrigeration cycles.

MCEG 3333: Alternative Energy Systems

A study of the design and implementation of alternative energy sources in power production and other applications. Renewable sources are emphasized.

MCEG 3403: Machine Dynamics

Prerequisite: MCEG 2033 and MATH 3243

The study of the relative motion of machine components, force systems applied to these components, the motions resulting from these forces, and their effect on machine design criteria.

MCEG 3413: Fundamentals of Mechanical Design

Prerequisites: MCEG 2033, 3013, and MATH 3243

Analysis of machines and components through application of basic fundamentals and principles.

MCEG 3442: Mechanical Laboratory I

Prerequisites: MCEG 2023 and MCEG 3013

A study of the basic materials testing procedures and instrumentation. Emphasis will be placed on proper laboratory techniques including data collection, data reduction, and report preparation.

Lecture one hour, laboratory three hours.

MCEG 3503: Basic Nuclear Engineering

Prerequisites: MATH 2924, CHEM 2124 and PHYS 2114

An introduction to atomic and nuclear processes and to nuclear science and engineering fundamentals, including the nature of nuclear radiation, the nuclear chain reaction, criticality, power reactor types, and applications of nuclear technology.

MCEG 3512: Radiation Detection Laboratory

Prerequisites: MATH 2914, CHEM 2124 or consent.

A study of each of the common kinds of nuclear radiation, including the detection and analysis methods and applications to nondestructive assays. Use of computers in analyses.

Lecture one hour, laboratory three hours.

MCEG 3523: Radiation Health Physics

Prerequisites: MATH 2914, CHEM 2124, or consent.

A study of the protection of individuals and population groups against the harmful effects of ionizing radiation. Included in the study is: (1) radiation detection and measurement, (2) relationships between exposure and biological damage, (3) radiation and the environment, (4) design criteria for processes, equipment, and facilities so that radiation exposure is minimized, and (5) environmental impact of nuclear power plants.

MCEG 3991,3992,3993,3994: Special Problems in Engineering

Prerequisite: Minimum of three hours at the junior level in area of study.

Individual or specialized study in advanced area under the direction of a faculty advisor.

MCEG 4042: Metallurgy Laboratory

Co-requisite: MCEG 4043

Laboratory experiments in heat treating, phase transformation, plastic deformation, work hardening and creep. Concepts and topics from MCEG 4043 are emphasized in the lab exercises. Failure analysis modes and examples are included.

Lecture one hour, lab three hours.

MCEG 4043: Physical Metallurgy

Prerequisites: MCEG 2023, 3013, 3313

This course provides the student with an in-depth background to the mechanisms and applications of dislocation motion, crystal plasticity, phase transformations and solidification processes. Common industrial and experimental processes are studied for both ferrous and non-ferrous materials.

MCEG 4053: Corrosion Principles

Prerequisites: MCEG 2023, 3013, 3313

A study of the fundamental causes of corrosion and corrosion damage in metals and metallic components. Electrochemistry is used to explore the basic reactions governing environmental corrosion while thermodynamics and kinetics are used to investigate the rate of controlling steps of environmental attack. Includes an overview of techniques commonly used to control corrosion damage in industry and architecture.

MCEG 4202: Engineering Design

Cross-listed: ELEG 4202

Prerequisites: MCEG major, senior standing and MCEG 3413.

This course serves as the first part of a two course sequence in which the student completes a senior design project. Design methodologies and tools including real world design considerations such as environmental impact, engineering ethics, economics, safety, product costing and liability are introduced. Design for manufacture, project management, scheduling and proposal writing will be covered. Successful completion of this course shall require completion of a proposal for a senior design project being accepted by the faculty design project review process.

MCEG 4323: Power Plant Systems

Prerequisite: MCEG 3313 or consent.

Co-requisite or Prerequisite: MCEG 4403

A study of the design and operation of steam electric power plant components and systems. Fossil and renewable energy plants are emphasized.

MCEG 4332: Thermal Systems Laboratory

Prerequisites: MCEG 3313, 4403

Co-requisites: MCEG 4433, 4443

Advanced laboratory experiments in heat transfer and thermal systems. Conduction, convection and radiation heat transfer phenomena, power and refrigeration cycle operation, psychrometrics.

Lecture one hour, laboratory three hours.

MCEG 4343: Internal Combustion Engines

Prerequisites: MCEG 3313 and MCEG 4403

A study of the operating and design principles of internal combustion engines. The course will cover combustion cycles, emissions, and performance analysis and testing.

Lecture three hours with lab exercises.

MCEG 4403: Mechanics of Fluids and Hydraulics

Prerequisites: MCEG 2033 and 3313

A study of statics and dynamics of incompressible fluids. Major topics include the basic fluid flow concepts of continuity, energy and momentum, dimensional analysis, viscosity, laminar and turbulent flows, and flow in pipes.

MCEG 4413: Finite Element Analysis

Prerequisites: ELEG 2103, MCEG (ELEG)3003, and MCEG 3013

Introduction to approximate methods using finite elements. Development of the finite element method using variational formulations. Applications include machine design, mechanical vibrations, heat transfer, fluid flow and electromagnetics.

MCEG 4423: Machine Component Design

Prerequisites: MCEG 3413

Design and analysis of specific machine components including gears, clutches, springs, and bearings.

MCEG 4433: Thermodynamics II

Prerequisites: MATH 2934, 3243 and MCEG 3313

A continuation of MCEG 3313. The study of thermodynamics is extended to the investigation of relations for simple substances, non-reacting mixtures, reacting mixtures, chemical reactions and a study of availability analysis. Power and refrigeration cycles are studied in more depth.

MCEG 4442: Mechanical Laboratory II

Prerequisite: MCEG 4403

A study of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics experimentation techniques. Laboratory projects will be assigned with student responsibility for procedure development and test program implementation. Formal laboratory reports will be required.

Lecture one hour, laboratory three hours

MCEG 4443: Heat Transfer

Prerequisite: MCEG 4403

Basic thermal energy transport processes, conduction, convection, and radiation, and the mathematical analysis of systems involving these processes in steady state and time dependent cases.

MCEG 4453: Energy Management

Prerequisite: MCEG 3313

Energy management in commercial building and industrial plants. Utility rate structures. Sources of primary energy. Energy conversion devices. Prime movers of energy. Heat. Electricity. Lighting. HVAC Equipment. Building envelope. Electric motors. Estimating energy savings. Economic justification. Energy auditing.

MCEG 4463: Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning Design

Prerequisites: MCEG 3313 or permission of instructor

A study of the principles of human thermal comfort including applied psychometrics and air-conditioning processes. Fundamentals of analysis of heating and cooling loads and design of HVAC systems.

MCEG 4473: Mechanical Vibrations

Prerequisites: MCEG 2033, MATH 3243

The study of free and forced vibration of single degree-of-freedom systems, response to harmonic, periodic and non- periodic excitations. Multi-degree-of- freedom systems and matrix methods are explored. Computational techniques for predicting system response continuous systems are introduced.

MCEG 4503: Nuclear Power Plants I

Prerequisites: MCEG 3503, MCEG 4403

A study of the various types of nuclear reactor plants including the methods used for energy conversion. Relative advantages/disadvantages of various plant types investigated.

MCEG 4991,4992,4993,4994: Special Problems in Engineering

Prerequisite: Minimum of three hours at the junior level in area of study.

Individual study in advanced area of the student's choice under the direction of a faculty advisor.