Application of finite element methods to mechanical engineering problems; topics include direct stiffness methods, assembly, constraints, solution techniques, post-processing, element types and the Galkerin procedure. Applications include beam truss and frame analysis, plane strain and stress problems, heat transfer and dynamic analysis Prerequisites: MATH 300, MEC E 360, 390.
Design procedures, theories of failure, material selection, design for fatigue, creep and relaxation, selection of gears and bearings and application of computer-aided design software. Prerequisite: MEC E 260 and 265, MAT E 202 and CIV E 270. Corequisite: MEC E 362.
Advanced topics dealing with MEMS technologies, transduction mechanisms, and microfabricated sensors and actuators. Sensors for acceleration, rotation rate, pressure, and different micro actuators. MEMS in microfluidics and biomedical applications. Chemical, gas, and biosensors. Prerequisite: MEC E 563 and consent of Instructor. Not open to students with credit in MEC E 564.