Faculty of Engineering

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Mission

The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering program provides a graduate program leading to a professional mechanical engineering degree with a concentration in solid mechanics, thermal mechanics and mechatronics. The Department of Mechanical Engineering has active research interests in the following areas: composites and structured materials, computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer, advanced manufacturing, machinery design, control theory, design of thermal systems, knowledge-based engineering systems, noise control and vibration, robotics and automation,...
nano/micro system modeling, design and fabrication and sustainable energy.

Program Educational Objectives

The objectives of the Master's Program in Mechanical Engineering are to teach students strategies, methods and techniques to:
1. Practice mechanical engineering in support of the design of engineered systems through the application of the fundamental knowledge, skills, and tools of mechanical engineering.
2. Enhance their skills through formal education and training, independent inquiry, and professional development.
3. Successfully pursue graduate degrees at the Ph. D. level.

Program Outcomes

a. Determine a span of knowledge and fundamental application of mechanical engineering and related engineering areas.
b. Demonstrate a depth of knowledge in a chosen focus area of mechanical engineering or related areas, and an ability to work independently to complete a thesis.
30 credits
Specialization Courses – Mechatronics – Approved electives
GMC6753D Modeling and Graphics Lab
1 credits
This lab will cover product development and design processes and methods, including product specifications, concept development, engineering drawings, design for prototyping, and manufacturing. Students will also experience the fundamentals of 3D modeling, basic manufacturing processes, engineering design, proof of concept, rapid prototyping, assembly modeling, assembly drawing, manufacturing process planning, electromechanical assembly, and the testing and troubleshooting of electromechanical systems.
GMC662Biomechanics of Human Movement
3 credits
This course covers the following topics: skeletal anatomy and mechanics; muscle anatomy and mechanics; theory and application of electromyography; motion and force measuring equipment and techniques; and inverse dynamics modeling of the human body.
GEL530Electric Machines
3 credits
This course covers the following: structure and function; magnetic circuit of a DC machine; DC generators (classification and characteristics); DC motors (classification and characteristics); synchronous machines (construction and principle of operation); synchronous generator characteristics; synchronous motor characteristics; asynchronous motor (construction, principle of operation and characteristics).
GEL570Electric Machines Lab
1 credits
The aim of the practical work is the implementation of the various theoretical concepts learned in the course. Simulation problems and practical examples will be studied.
GMC640Hydraulic and Pneumatic Power
2 credits
This course examines the systems and the basic components that make up these systems, both hydraulic and pneumatic. Emphasis is placed on understanding the language and graphical symbols associated with fluid power and the performance characteristics of system components.
GMC661Orbital Mechanics
3 credits
Students will study the two-body problem, earth-satellite operations, reentry dynamics, space environments, interplanetary trajectories, numerical simulations, and work on a design project.
GEL553Robotics
3 credits
By the end of this course the students must be able to imagine and describe the motion of any robot. They will learn the skills to be able to analyze the velocities, singularities and force transmissions involved.
GMC665Smart Materials
3 credits
Students will learn about the structure and physical properties of smart materials used in electrical engineering. Properties of materials and structures will be discussed in the broader external conditions of use with the presentation of selected technologies. The following topics will also be explored: areas of application of intelligent systems; nanostructures, gels, coatings, LB films, electrochromic sol-gel coatings, PH indicators, indicating chemical materials, hybrid and composite systems; metallic and nonmetallic materials with shape memory principles and applications; active and passive vibration damping, such as sensors for airbags, acoustic transducers, precision pointing devices, miniature ultrasonic motors, injectors; degradation mechanisms in different types of materials and durability tests.
GMC676Stability and Control Lab
1 credits
This course teaches the students the principles of robot dynamics through different computer simulation and experimental applications, and highlights the problems of controlling a robot motion. Static and dynamic stability and response characteristics are defined. Motion qualities of a robot, and disturbances affecting its motion, are to be tested and analyzed in the lab with stability and related sensor systems.
Specialization Courses – Mechatronics – Mandatory Courses
GEL620Advanced Control
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GRT561 Or GEL510
The purpose of this course is to provide an in-depth study of the numerical control of sampled systems, including a detailed study of nonlinear systems with Microcontroller Based Applications.
GEL671Advanced Control Lab
1 credits
The main objective of this lab is to apply different topics learned in the basic control system course and the advanced one using Matlab and Simulink. Also, some new topics are introduced, such as the identification, the calculation of the PID controller, the idea of fractional calculus applied to the generalized PID controller and much more.
GMC660Mechatronic Systems
3 credits
This course covers the areas of technology on which successful mechatronic system designs are based: physical modeling, from design model to truth model, and mathematical modeling of dynamic multidisciplinary physical systems; analysis of mathematical models through analysis and computer simulation; Magnetic Levitation System, Balancing Robot/Segway Human Transporter; Inverted Pendulum Systems (Translational, Rotary, Planetary Gear); Coulomb friction, gear backlash, unmodeled resonances; Hydraulically Balanced Beam System; and mechatronic industrial case studies.
GMC674Mechatronic Systems Lab
1 credits
Mechatronics is a design philosophy involving a complete integration of mechanical engineering, electronics, control theory and computer engineering in order to design a product. It is based on an interdisciplinary approach involving many disciplines concurrently and allowing flexibility and adaptability by replacing some mechanical functions by electronic processing. The lab is a concrete proof of the importance of the interdisciplinary approach by applying instrumentation concepts and mechanical control using a PLC with its human to machine interface.
GEL642Microprocessor Systems
3 credits
The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to microcontroller families: Motorola, Intel, Microchip. We will be studying the internal resources and programming of Microchip PIC microcontrollers, as well as developing multiple practical applications.
GEL677Microprocessor Systems Lab
3 credits
The main objective of this course is to apply different microcontroller topics and peripherals, introduced using the assembly language, physically. To do so, the EasyPic6 board is used along with the MikroBasic program to write down the program. A simulator and a conversion to assembly language are found within this program.
Specialization Courses – Solid Mechanics – Approved electives
GMC630Acoustics
3 credits
The objective of this course is to introduce the students to acoustics and noise. It constitutes a self-contained and practically useful body of knowledge in the field of acoustics. Important matters such as the measurement of sound and the effect of noise on people are considered. This course covers advanced topics too, such as: the three dimensional wave equation; solutions to the three dimensional wave equation; the monopole sound source; sound power; acoustic levels; energy density in a room; reverberation time; Statistical Absorption coefficient; steady state room acoustics; transmission loss; effective intensity in a diffuse field; composite transmission loss; noise levels outside enclosures; and the transmission loss characteristic.
GMC663Advanced Strength of Materials and Applied Elasticity
3 credits
The course covers the following topics: analysis of stress, strain and material properties, problems in elasticity, failure criteria, bending of beams, torsion of prismatic bars, numerical methods, application of energy methods, and plastic behavior of materials.
GMC546Continuum Mechanics
3 credits
Continuum mechanics carries out the principles that are mutual to both solid and fluid mechanics. This course provides advanced treatment of the fundamental, unifying concepts of the mechanics of continua in order to simplify further study in specialized fields such as aerodynamics, mechanics of viscous fluids, elasticity, plasticity, and continuum damage mechanics. The topics covered are devided into two parts. The first part will cover the advanced solid mechanics (in 25 lectures): stress and strains in 3-D – Cauchy formula, Principal Stress, hydrostatic stress, deviatoric stress, stress transformations, Mohr circle, octahedral shear stress, strain energy densities, theories of failure, beam on elastic foundations, bending of curved beams, and the theory of elasticity. The second part will cover the advanced topics in fluid dynamics (in 10 lectures): fundamental principles of conservation, Reynolds transport theorem, conservation of mass, conservation of linear momentum (Navier-Stokes equation), conservation of energy, general scalar transport equation, classification of partial differential equations and physical behavior, and approximate solutions of differential equations.
GMC616Design for Pressure Vessels, Piping and Pipeline
3 credits
In this course, students will study: methods for determining stresses; terminology and ligament efficiency; stresses in a circular ring, cylinder; dilation of pressure vessels; membrane stress; analysis of vessels; cylindrical, spherical and, conical heads; thermal stresses; discontinuity stresses in pressure vessels; design of tall cylindrical self-supporting process columns; supports for short vertical vessels; stress concentration at a variable thickness transition section in a cylindrical vessel, about a circular hole, elliptical openings; Theory of Reinforcement; pressure vessel design; piping loads; primary, secondary, sustained loads, occasional loads, static and dynamic loads; piping stresses (primary, secondary); stresses acting in a pipe due to internal pressure; stresses acting in a pipe due to pipe weight.
GMC542Machinery Design
3 credits
This is an advanced course on modeling, design, integration and best practices for use of machine elements such as bearings, springs, gears, cams and mechanisms. Modeling and analysis of these elements is based upon extensive application of physics, mathematics and core mechanical engineering principles (solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, manufacturing, estimation, computer simulation, etc.).
GMC653Mechanics of Fracture and Fatigue
3 credits
Students will learn about the principles of fracture mechanics, methods and practice used to safeguard structures against fracture and fatigue failures, and damage tolerance analysis of structures that are pertinent in the design of advanced structures such as aerospace and automobile structural components.
GMC622Steel Structures Design
3 credits
The objective of this course is to introduce the students to the design philosophy, structural analysis and basis of codes of practice (i.e. IS, EN, AS and BS). They will examine the design of steel components, local buckling, cross-section classification, design of tension members, compression members, beams and beam-columns. Also covered will be the design of steel connections, general consideration of bolts and welds, analysis and design of connections. At the end of this course students will have sufficient knowledge about the behavior of steel structures and how to design structural steel members and connections.
Specialization Courses – Solid Mechanics – Mandatory Courses
GMC6753D Modeling and Graphics Lab
1 credits
This lab will cover product development and design processes and methods, including product specifications, concept development, engineering drawings, design for prototyping, and manufacturing. Students will also experience the fundamentals of 3D modeling, basic manufacturing processes, engineering design, proof of concept, rapid prototyping, assembly modeling, assembly drawing, manufacturing process planning, electromechanical assembly, and the testing and troubleshooting of electromechanical systems.
GMC545Advanced Manufacturing Techniques
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GMC612
The objective of this course is to expand on the preliminary industrial development and expose the student to design, planning, scheduling, and control of manufacturing systems with emphasis on information flow and decision-making within the field of manufacturing. Additionally, the course is designed to introduce students to a number of interpersonal skills and competencies necessary for a sustained career in manufacturing such as system simulation, simulation models of manufacturing systems and system performance under different production planning and control policies.
GMC612Advanced Manufacturing Techniques Lab
1 credits
The objective of this course is to provide an integrated treatment of the analysis and applications of advanced manufacturing techniques. The theory of GMC 511 is reviewed to control machines numerically. Algorithms are developed to program NC machines. The lab work includes operation of machines to demonstrate programming skills using the LabView software.
GMC625CAD/CAM
3 credits
An introductory course that demonstrates the integration of Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided-Manufacturing (CAM). This is a study of modern prototyping and machining methods, teaching the use of specific software for converting 2D and 3D CAD drawing geometry directly into toolpath information used to drive numerically controlled turning and milling machines.
GMC626CAD/CAM Lab
1 credits
3D geometric modeling, STL file generation – reverse engineering, computer aided part programming, multi-axial machining in CNC machining.
GMC673Computational Solid Mechanics Lab
1 credits
The course is designed for students in order to improve their understanding and training needed to solve problems using computational methods to better understand the fundamental principles on which computer simulations are based. Students will learn to develop and implement their own material constitutive models for deformation and failure using commercially available finite element codes more effectively. Experimental validation will be also discussed in this course.
GEN550Finite Element Method
3 credits
This course introduces the finite element method and presents the need for comprehensive evaluation and checking when interpreting results. It covers basic theory; modelling, meshing and analyzing component models for stresses, deflections, temperatures and vibrations under operating conditions and loads; treatment of boundary conditions and restraints; and examples of good practice for safe and effective application in using ANSYS software.
Specialization Courses – Thermal Mechanics – Approved electives
GMC6753D Modeling and Graphics Lab
1 credits
This lab will cover product development and design processes and methods, including product specifications, concept development, engineering drawings, design for prototyping, and manufacturing. Students will also experience the fundamentals of 3D modeling, basic manufacturing processes, engineering design, proof of concept, rapid prototyping, assembly modeling, assembly drawing, manufacturing process planning, electromechanical assembly, and the testing and troubleshooting of electromechanical systems.
GMC543Energy Production
3 credits
This course covers: the generation of electric power using fossil and wind energy sources; power plant thermal cycle analysis; cogeneration and combined cycles; wind energy and capacity; economics, operations, and design of electric power stations.
GMC609Micro and Nanoscale Fluid Mechanics
3 credits
Students will study the fundamentals of micro-scale flows and microfabrication. The course also includes design of microfluidic components and a few applications of microfluidic systems. The fundamentals of fluid flows at micro-scale including intermolecular forces, low Re flows, slip theory, capillary flows and electrokinetics are discussed. The principles of microfabrication with silicon and polymer substrates are illustrated. Theory and design of various microfluidic components including micro pumps, micromixers, micro valves are also covered.
GMC635Refrigeration
2 credits
This course provides a review of thermodynamics principles. It then looks at: the fundamentals of heat and mass transfer; theoretical and actual vapor compression cycles; food storage conditions; main components (compressor, condenser, evaporator, expansion valves); refrigerants; and cooling load calculation for refrigeration.
GMC617Statistical Thermodynamics
3 credits
This course covers the following topics: Boltzmann statistics; ensembles; classical statistical thermodynamics; partition functions; virial expansions; Debye-Hückel theory for electrolytes; grid-based models for liquids; the Bragg-William approximation; molecular dynamics; Monte Carlo simulations; Brownian dynamics; Lagrangian and Hamiltonian functions; Extended Lagrangian methods; simulations in different ensembles; force fields for molecules, liquids and solids; many-body and polarization models; superpositios and free energy; and simulations in the bulk of surfaces, polymers and colloids.
GMC550Turbomachinery
3 credits
This course is aimed to introduce students to the basic principles of modern turbomachinery. Emphasis will be placed on steam and gas turbine applications and design. Therefore, applications of the principles of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and aerodynamics to design and analysis of turbines, pumps and compressors will be covered.
Specialization Courses – Thermal Mechanics – Mandatory Courses
GMC670Advanced Energy Systems Lab
1 credits
This lab covers the advanced topics in air conditioning, refrigeration and heating technology. It prepares graduate engineers to install and maintain climate control systems, to work with mechanical, electrical and electronic components that deal with heating and cooling equipment. After completing this lab, students will be able to find work with contractors, utility companies, office buildings, plants and more.
GMC639Computational Fluid Dynamics
3 credits
This course is a straightforward introduction to the practical details involved in computational activity for numerical heat transfer and fluid flow analysis. Intended as an introduction to the field, the course emphasizes physical significance rather than mathematical manipulation, and carries a description of the numerical method to the point where students can begin to write and test computer programs using Matlab. Beginning with consideration of heat conduction, the course discusses the interaction of convection and conduction leading to analysis of the procedure for fluid flow calculation.
GMC671Computational Fluid Dynamics Lab
1 credits
This course aims to introduce students to the following industrial software used in computational fluid dynamics: GAMBIT (mesh generation), FLUENT (calculation) and Tecplot (results post-processing). Different exercises covering the different branches of fluid mechanics (incompressible, compressible, turbulence, two phase, 2D and 3D, unsteady) and heat transfer are explored numerically.
GMC607Renewable Energy Systems
3 credits
This course deals with topics in renewable energy system technology from a mechanical engineering point of view. The full spectrum of alternative and renewable energy is introduced and analyzed, including methods of integrating these solutions in society in order to fulfill requirements for energy services in a sustainable way. The principles, possibilities, and limits of alternative and renewable energy are covered.
GMC608Renewable Energy Systems Lab
1 credits
This course is designed to give the students hands-on experience with carrying out energy audit measurements. Application will be based on residential and commercial buildings. Topics included are: energy audit instrumentation and measurement devices; indoor air quality; and the saving potential associated with several energy conservation measures as applied to buildings.
GMC655Thermal Mechanical Design
3 credits
In this course, creative decisions and design in thermodynamics and heat transfer integrated concepts, laws, and methodologies from thermal sciences are used to analyze, model, and design energy systems and to predict system performance for fixed designs. Students will study: the analysis, modeling, and design of representative subsystems; analysis and modeling of thermal and fluid systems; evaluation of system performance; consideration of system economics; capital and operating cost estimation; and system design optimization.
Common Core
GEN516Scientific English
2 credits
The English 516 is designed for students working on their thesis. It gives them the opportunity to enhance their writing abilities and develop their critical thinking. It is designed to provide rigorous training in advanced reading, critiquing, synthesizing and researching. It attempts to help students achieve greater competency in reading, writing, reflection, and discussion emphasizing the responsibilities of written inquiry and structured reasoning. Students are expected to investigate questions that are at issue for themselves and their audience and for which they do not already have answers. In other words, this course should help students write about what they have learned through their research rather than simply write an argument supporting one side of an issue or another. In addition, students deliver one oral powerpoint presentation based on their writings.
Capstone
GMC691Thesis I
1 credits
GMC692Thesis II
5 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GMC691
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