Design of Machine Elements (MNE 381)

Course Description: In this course, analytical and computational design methods that are valuable to mechanical engineers are studied. Some of the areas covered include stress analysis, deformation, fatigue, stress concentration, design of shafts, gears, springs, and selection of standard elements such as keys and bearings. The objective of the course is to enable the student to handle design problems with confidence and assurance.


Continuum Mechanics (MNE 503)

Course Description: This course is designed to provide the foundation for advanced studies in the mechanical and thermal behavior of continuous materials including both solids and fluids. The language of Cartesian tensors will be developed in detail and used throughout the course. The following topics will be covered: Cartesian tensors and transformations; Tensor algebra, calculus, and integral theorems; stress, strain, and strain related tensors; Lagrangian and Eulerian descriptions; conservation laws; constitutive relations; Linear elasticity, classical fluids, and linear viscoelasticity.


Finite Element Method in Additive Manufacturing (MNE 446/546)

Course Description: This course introduces the finite element method (FEM) and its application to additive manufacturing (AM) problems. The objective is to enable students to apply FEM to a wide range of engineering problems. Topics to be covered include: Introduction to the fundamentals of FEM; Applied finite element modeling and practical aspects of solid, heat transfer, time-dependent, and multi-physics coupled problems; Review of AM processes and quality issues; FEM to predict part distortions, residual stresses, and in-service performance of AM products; Simulation-based design and process optimization for AM part quality improvement.


Finite Element Analysis of Composites (MNE 490/591)

Course Description: This course introduces the fundamentals and finite element analysis (FEA) tools needed to understand and model the mechanical behavior of composite materials. Topics to be covered include: Composite material systems; Orthotropic elastic behaviors; Analysis of composite laminates; Micromechanics and multiscale modeling of composites; Composite damage, fracture, and failure. During this course, students will learn to: Describe the behavior of orthotropic materials for combining the fiber-matrix response; Understand the effects of stacking similar and dissimilar materials; Model progressive damage, delamination, and failure in composites;  Perform material and structural optimizations to design laminated composite materials using FEA software.