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Mechanical Engineering Technology Courses Descriptions




The notations after each course title indicate 1) the semester during which the course is offered and 2) the number of credit hours, the number of lecture hours per week, and the number of laboratory hours per week for the course.

MET 101 Statics—Fall/Spring/Sum (3-3-0)

The study of the equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies using mathematical and/or graphical analysis. Free-body diagrams are strongly emphasized. Vector methods are employed to investigate forces and moments in planar and three-dimensional problems. Pin-jointed trusses and frames are analyzed using the method of joints and the method of sections. Problems involving friction and the properties of areas including first moment, centroid, and second moment complete the course. Dual listed as CET 101. Prerequisite or co-requisite: MATH 185.

MET 102 Dynamics—Fall/Spring/Sum (3-3-0)

The kinematics and kinetics associated with the simple or complex motion of particles and rigid bodies based upon the principles of differential and integral calculus are investigated. Kinematics involves analysis and quantification of position, velocity, and acceleration of the body. Kinetics involves applied force, momentum, potential energy, kinetic energy, impulse, and moment of momentum. There is extensive coverage of ballistics, relative motion, and central force field problems. Prerequisite: CET/MET 101.

MET 212 Properties of Materials—Fall/Spring (3-3-0)

A study of atomic and crystalline structure as a means of understanding material behavior. The influence of defects, strengthening mechanisms, and heat treatments are examined. Mechanical strength properties in tension/compression, shear, hardness and impact, and related test procedures are investigated. The Iron-Carbon phase diagram is studied. Coverage also addresses ceramics, plastics, and composites. Dual listed as CET 212. Prerequisite: CHEM 101.

MET 213 Strength of Materials—Fall/Spring (3-3-0)

The study of stress and strain, deformation, riveted and welded joints, thin-wall pressure vessels, torsion, shear and stresses in beams, design of beams, deflection of beams, Mohr’s circle, and columns. Reference to applications for civil and mechanical engineering technology. Dual listed as CET 213. Prerequisites: MET 101, MET 212. Prerequisite or co-requisite: MATH 190.

MET 214 Strength of Materials Laboratory—Fall/Spring (1-0-3)

Introduction to materials testing including tension, compression, ductility, hardness, modulus of elasticity in tension and modulus of rigidity in torsion, shear strength, and beam and column testing. A special assignment, including a written report and oral presentation, is required. Dual listed as CET 214. Prerequisite or co-requisite: MET 213.

MET 215 Thermodynamics—Fall (3-3-0)

Topics include the properties of ideal and imperfect gases and two-phase mixtures. All thermodynamic properties such as internal energy, entropy, and enthalpy are defined and applied. The concepts of work and heat transfer are examined through a wide variety of problems. The first and second laws are covered from both system and control volume viewpoints, for static fluids and for fluids in motion. Refrigeration cycles, steam cycles, and gas turbine cycles are covered in detail utilizing steam tables, gas tables, and T-S and P-H diagrams. Prerequisite: MATH 190.

MET 320 Kinematics of Machine Elements—Fall (4-4-3)

Kinematic analysis of displacement, velocity, and acceleration is applied to a variety of machine elements including three-bar and four-bar linkages, cams, and gears. Analytical techniques that make extensive use of differential calculus are stressed. These are coupled with graphical methods for the design of plate cams. Extensive use is made of commercial software packages including Working Model® and ALGOR® Event Simulator FEA® in a comprehensive lab component. Prerequisites: CMPS 204, MATH 190, MET 102.

MET 331 Engineering Design Using Pro/ENGINEER®—Fall (3-3-0)

Engineering Design Using Pro/ENGINEER® gives the student the ability to use the most advanced and highly regarded design software. Aspects of the course include sketching, 3D part modeling, 3D assemblies, exploded assemblies, and the creation of manufacturing drawings from the parametric model. Students produce PowerPoint® presentations to display completed work. Prerequisite: CMPS 204.

MET 404 Heat Transfer—Spring (3-3-0)

A study of the fundamental laws of conduction, convection, boiling, condensation, and radiation. Analytical methods are applied to one- and two-dimensional conduction problems with convective boundary conditions. The foundations of empirical equations for a variety of convection situations are examined using similitude methods to form dimensionless groups such as Nusselt Number. Theory is rigorously reinforced through the solution of many problems. Fundamental laws are applied to the design of a variety of heat exchanger types. A heat exchanger design project is included. Prerequisites: CMPS 204, MATH 210, MET 215. Prerequisite or co-requisite: MATH 230 or 310.

MET 406 Heat Transfer Laboratory—Spring (1-0-3)

This course provides a means of verifying various elements of heat transfer theory through experiments. Axial and radial conduction through several experiments is observed along with concept of surface impedance. Axial and cross flow convection is examined for gases and liquids; comprehensive laboratory reports are required. Prerequisites or co-requisites: MET 215, MET 404.

MET 411 Fluid Mechanics—Fall (3-3-0)

The study of the physical behavior of incompressible and compressible fluids and fluid systems. Hydrostatic and hydrodynamic systems are considered. Fluid transmission and control applications include the design of weirs, orifices and valves. The determination of pressure losses in open and closed systems is covered. Other topics include the storage of energy by pressurized fluids in closed systems. Problems of interest in both Civil and Mechanical Engineering Technology are included. Dual listed as CET 411. Prerequisites: MET 102, CMPS 204, MATH 210.

MET 412 Fluid Mechanics Laboratory—Fall (1-0-3)

Introduces students to the special tools used by fluid power industries and the manual skills required in implementing fluid mechanics applications. Special techniques in flow measurement and implementation. Dual listed as CET 412. Prerequisite or co-requisite: MET 411.

MET 416 Mechanical Vibrations—Spring (3-3-0)

The study of single and multiple degree of freedom vibration systems. Undamped unforced, damped unforced, undamped forced, and systems with both damping and forcing are covered. Spring elements of the helical, torsion bar, and leaf spring types are included. Dampers are of the viscous or frictional type. Forcing functions are harmonic or impulsive. The emphasis is on producing the differential equation(s) from the free body diagram and inertial considerations, solution of the equation(s), and application of the solutions to practical problems. Prerequisites: MET 102, CMPS 204, MATH 210. Prerequisite or co-requisite: MATH 230 or 310.

MET 421 Machine Design—Spring (4-3-3)

Analysis and design of a wide variety of machine components. Machine frames are analyzed from compound stress, fatigue stress, and deflection viewpoints. Among machine elements that are covered are keys, shrink fits, shafts, power screws, disk and drum brakes, gears, couplings, belt drives, and cable systems. A design project is included. Prerequisites: MATH 210, MET 102, MET 213, CMPS 204.

MET 424 Finite Element Analysis (FEA)—Spring (3-3-0)

Teaches the use of the finite element method wherein the algorithms for elements subjected to axial forces and bending are developed. Also developed are the algorithms for pin-jointed frames, stiff jointed frames, and grid structures. Algorithms for conduction heat transfer with convective boundary conditions and internal heat generation are developed. Problems are solved in all areas of application. Prerequisite: MATH 210. Prerequisites or co-requisites: MET 404, MET 411, MATH 230.

MET 425 FEA with ANSYS®—Spring (2-0-3)

This course complements MET 424 Finite Element Analysis (FEA). In MET 424 the basic finite element algorithms for elastic members, pin-jointed and rigid jointed frames, bending of beams, torsional members, and grid structures were developed. Also developed were the finite element algorithms for conduction heat transfer with convective boundary conditions. Hand and spreadsheet calculations for simple systems were performed. In MET 425 the student will learn how to use the commercial finite element software ANSYS® to perform analysis of much larger systems. Additionally the methodology for performing stress calculations for plates and shells is presented and applied. Prerequisite or co-requisite: MET 424.

MET 295, MET 395, MET 495 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering Technology I, II, III (1-6 credits)

MET 296, MET 396, MET 496 Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering Technology I, II, III (1-6 credits)

Special Request Independent Study Fee: $60 per credit.

MET 499 Honors Internship in Mechanical Engineering Technology (1-6 credits)

Available to qualified students as a practicum within the University or in conjunction with an external agency. Requires regular progress reports and a final paper. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Consent of an instructor to act as a sponsor, acceptance by an agency if applicable, approval of the department chair, an overall Q.P.A. of 3.30, and a departmental Q.P.A. of 3.50.