Master's in Mechanical Engineering

8131
Master of Science
Classroom
No
Graduate
Main Campus - Melbourne, Patuxent
Major Code: 8131 Degree Awarded: Master of Science
Age Restriction: N Admission Status: graduate main campus, Extended Studies
Delivery Mode/s: classroom only
Admission Materials: GRE Location/s: main campus, Patuxent

All master of science options can be earned on either a full-time or a part-time basis. A two-year projection of course offerings is available on request. Course offerings are arranged to permit the master's program to be completed by full-time students in a maximum of two calendar years.

Admission Requirements

The undergraduate backgrounds of applicants for admission to the master's degree programs vary considerably. For this reason, a variety of master's degree options are available. The applicant should have a bachelor of science or equivalent degree from a mechanical engineering program accredited by ABET. In evaluating an international application, consideration is given to academic standards of the school attended and the content of the courses leading to the degree obtained. Master's applicants are required to take the GRE (General Test).

Applicants whose bachelor's degrees are in other engineering fields, mathematics, or the physical sciences may be accepted, but will be required to remedy any deficiencies by satisfactorily completing a number of undergraduate courses in preparation for graduate study in mechanical engineering.

General admission requirements and the process for applying are presented in the Academic Overview section.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering is offered with both thesis and nonthesis options. Each option requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of approved graduate study; however, within each option, course choices vary considerably. Prior to the completion of nine credit hours, the student must submit for approval a master's degree program plan to indicate the path chosen and the specific courses to be taken.

The minimum program requirements consist, depending on the specialization, of a minimum of nine credit hours of core courses, six credit hours of mathematics and 15 credit hours of electives (which may include six credit hours of thesis). Within the 15 credit hours of electives, six credit hours of coursework are restricted electives. The department maintains a list of restricted electives for each specialization.

Curriculum

Regardless of which degree path the student chooses, the degree candidate must choose one of the following areas of specialization. Listed below are required and elective courses for the master of science specializations.

Automotive Engineering

Three courses selected in consultation with the student's advisor from the list below:

  • MAE 5130 Viscous Flows
    Credit Hours: 3
    Theory of Navier-Stokes equations; exact solutions for steady and unsteady plane, duct, jet and stagnation point flows; Stokes and Oseen approximations; the Prandtl concept of the boundary layer and similarity solutions Blasius, Hiemenz, Faulkner and Skan, Hartree, etc.; approximate solutions for nonsimilar boundary layers.
  • MAE 5220 Convection Heat Transfer
    Credit Hours: 3
    Reviews the principle of energy conservation, heat conducting fluid; boundary-layer approximations for large Reynold's number; exact and approximate treatment of laminar internal and external forced convection; turbulent forced convection; and buoyancy-induced convection.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval or prerequisite course
  • MAE 5310 Combustion Fundamentals
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes equilibrium chemical thermodynamics and thermochemistry, chemical kinetics, transport phenomena and conservation equations; Rankine-Hugoniot theory, Chapman-Jouguet waves and detonation and deflagration; diffusion flames and premixed flames; flammability, ignition and quenching.
  • MAE 5316 Mechatronics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies microprocessor-based control of electromechanical systems, sensors and actuators, assembly programming, microprocessor architecture, serial/parallel input/output, programmable peripherals, interrupts, signal interfacing, standard interface protocols, analog to digital conversion, real-time control, and design of microprocessor-based systems.
  • MAE 5320 Internal Combustion Engines
    Credit Hours: 3
    Investigates the applications of thermodynamic, fluid dynamic and combustion principles to spark- and compression-ignition engines, and direct-injection stratified charge engines; ideal and actual cycle analyses; exhaust emissions, air pollution and control; engine heat transfer; and engine modeling.
  • MAE 5460 Fracture Mechanics and Fatigue of Materials
    Credit Hours: 3
    Static and dynamic design and maintenance to prevent structural failure; presence of cracks, stress intensity factor, linear elastic and elastic-plastic fracture mechanics, fracture tests, fatigue crack initiation and propagation, environmental and corrosion effects, fatigue life prediction.
  • MAE 5486 Crashworthiness
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the design of vehicles to protect occupants during collision. Includes trauma biomechanics, crash mechanics, structural crashworthiness, computer simulation of occupant motion and dynamic structural behavior. Draws examples from aeronautical and automotive applications.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
  • MAE 5610 Advanced Dynamics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Newtonian and analytical mechanics; rigid-body dynamics, Euler's equations and spinning bodies; Lagrange's equations, Routhian and Hamiltonian mechanics, canonical transformations and Hamilton-Jacobi theory; dissipative, gyroscopic and circulatory systems; applications of numerical methods to complex dynamics problems.
  • MAE 5630 Modeling and Simulation of Dynamic Systems
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies theoretical, experimental and computer methods for characterizing dynamic behavior of various physical systems, including generalized approaches to modeling complex interactions between mechanical, electrical, fluid and thermal systems.

 

Specialization in this area is concerned with the application of fundamental engineering science concepts and basic mechanical and aerospace engineering methodologies to the design and analysis of modern vehicles for land, sea and air transportation, and their components and systems.

Dynamic Systems, Robotics and Controls

Three courses selected in consultation with the student's advisor from the list below:

  • MAE 5316 Mechatronics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies microprocessor-based control of electromechanical systems, sensors and actuators, assembly programming, microprocessor architecture, serial/parallel input/output, programmable peripherals, interrupts, signal interfacing, standard interface protocols, analog to digital conversion, real-time control, and design of microprocessor-based systems.
  • MAE 5318 Instrumentation and Measurement Systems
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the fundamentals of sensors and measurements for engineering applications, and software/hardware tools for development of computer-based instrumentation systems. Includes analog signals, signal conditioning, programming virtual instruments, communication standards, data acquisition and process control.
  • MAE 5480 Structural Dynamics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Principles of dynamics applied to structural analysis, analysis of continuous media and discretized models, free vibration and forced response of structures, modal analysis, energy methods and approximate methods, applications in structural design and experimentation.
  • MAE 5610 Advanced Dynamics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Newtonian and analytical mechanics; rigid-body dynamics, Euler's equations and spinning bodies; Lagrange's equations, Routhian and Hamiltonian mechanics, canonical transformations and Hamilton-Jacobi theory; dissipative, gyroscopic and circulatory systems; applications of numerical methods to complex dynamics problems.
  • MAE 5630 Modeling and Simulation of Dynamic Systems
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies theoretical, experimental and computer methods for characterizing dynamic behavior of various physical systems, including generalized approaches to modeling complex interactions between mechanical, electrical, fluid and thermal systems.
  • MAE 5650 Robotics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the study of robotic manipulators. Includes spatial rigid body displacement, Euler angles, Denavit-Hartenberg coordinate convection for kinematic analysis, forward and inverse kinematic analyses of serial and parallel chain manipulators, manipulator Jacobians and trajectory generation.
  • MAE 5660 Robot Control
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the control of robotic manipulators. Includes Lyapunov control theory, independent joint control, set point and trajectory tracking control, inverse dynamics control, impedance control, force control, hybrid position/force control and robust control.

 

The student's program of study in this area will be tailored to provide the background and training to pursue a career in a desired and related area of interest. Examples of related areas include design and control of dynamic systems, robotics, vibration, automotive engineering, energy and power systems, etc.

Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology

Three courses selected in consultation with the student's advisor from the list below:

  • CHE 5250 Hydrogen Technology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Presents the fundamental knowledge of hydrogen and the current and potential future development of hydrogen science and technology. Investigates the use of hydrogen as a fuel, and its properties, methods of production and storage. Discusses hydrogen technology applications.
  • CHE 5567 Nanotechnology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Understanding and development of materials synthesis-structure-function relationships, emphasizing bulk and surface analytical techniques, catalyst synthesis methods, nanoporous materials, nanoparticles, nanocomposites, carbon nanotubes, nanowires, molecular self-assembly and molecular recognition, biologically inspired materials and nanomedicine.
    Requirement(s):
    Graduate standing or prerequisite course
  • MAE 5130 Viscous Flows
    Credit Hours: 3
    Theory of Navier-Stokes equations; exact solutions for steady and unsteady plane, duct, jet and stagnation point flows; Stokes and Oseen approximations; the Prandtl concept of the boundary layer and similarity solutions Blasius, Hiemenz, Faulkner and Skan, Hartree, etc.; approximate solutions for nonsimilar boundary layers.
  • MAE 5220 Convection Heat Transfer
    Credit Hours: 3
    Reviews the principle of energy conservation, heat conducting fluid; boundary-layer approximations for large Reynold's number; exact and approximate treatment of laminar internal and external forced convection; turbulent forced convection; and buoyancy-induced convection.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval or prerequisite course
  • MAE 5330 Principles of Fuel Cells
    Credit Hours: 3
    Presents the fundamentals of fuel cell technology including basic operating principles, thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, charge and mass transport and modeling, emphasizing hydrogen fuel cells. Discusses types of fuel cells, fuel cell stacks, thermal management, fuel delivery and power management.
    Requirement(s):
    Prerequisite courses or equivalent
Select one course:
  • SYS 5365 Decisions and Risk Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3
    Analytical methods to solve decision problems that involve uncertainties, opposing objectives and limited or excessive information. Key topics include structuring decision, expected opportunity loss, expected value of imperfect information, Bayesian Analysis, utility curves, decision trees, risk analysis/mitigation tools and techniques, and risk profiles.
  • SYS 5385 System Life Cycle Cost Estimation
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes tools and techniques used in estimating cost of all phases of a system. Covers total system cost including research and development, investment and operation. Also includes the system life cycle (SLC) cost estimation process, SLC cost estimation models including discounted cash-flow analysis, activity-based costing, and cost-benefit calculations. Teaches cost scenario sensitivity analysis and design-to-cost concepts.

 

Hydrogen is used in many engineering applications including chemical processing, aircraft and rocket propellant, fuel cells, shock tubes and hydrogen vehicles. It is believed by many that hydrogen will be the dominant alternative fuel in the future, with the potential to also be a renewable fuel, when produced by energy sources such as wind or solar power, thus limiting or eliminating the use of fossil fuels.

Structures, Solid Mechanics and Materials

Three courses selected in consultation with the student's advisor from the list below:

  • MAE 5050 Finite Element Fundamentals
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes finite element formulation of a continuum, virtual work and energy principles, one- and two-dimensional problems; Ritz method, weighted residuals; time-dependent problems; isoparametric formulations and recent developments utilizing elementary finite element methods and existing software.
  • MAE 5060 Applications in Finite Element Methods
    Credit Hours: 3
    Emphasizes finite element simulation methods for problems in mechanical design; static solutions; eigenvalue techniques in stability and dynamic analysis; direct and reduced basis formulation of dynamical equations; analyses of structures; use of commercially available software.
  • MAE 5410 Elasticity
    Credit Hours: 3
    Analyzes stress and strain in two and three dimensions, equilibrium, compatibility and constitutive equations, energy methods, flexure, stretching, torsion and contact stress formulations, axially symmetric problems.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval or prerequisite course
  • MAE 5420 Advanced Mechanical Design
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers essential aspects of elasticity-plasticity, kinematics, dynamics, tribology and materials science.
  • MAE 5460 Fracture Mechanics and Fatigue of Materials
    Credit Hours: 3
    Static and dynamic design and maintenance to prevent structural failure; presence of cracks, stress intensity factor, linear elastic and elastic-plastic fracture mechanics, fracture tests, fatigue crack initiation and propagation, environmental and corrosion effects, fatigue life prediction.
  • MAE 5470 Principles of Composite Materials
    Credit Hours: 3
    Particulate and fiber composites; forms, properties and processing of constituent materials; manufacture of composites, interaction of constituents, micro- and macro-mechanics and design of composite materials; stress-strain tensors and their transformation; laminate theory of orthotropic materials; strength properties.

 

Specialization in this area focuses on analytical and computational techniques as they apply in design. Each student plans a program of study in consultation with a member of the faculty whose professional field is related to the student's interests.

Thermal-Fluid Sciences

Three courses selected in consultation with the student's advisor from the list below:

  • MAE 5130 Viscous Flows
    Credit Hours: 3
    Theory of Navier-Stokes equations; exact solutions for steady and unsteady plane, duct, jet and stagnation point flows; Stokes and Oseen approximations; the Prandtl concept of the boundary layer and similarity solutions Blasius, Hiemenz, Faulkner and Skan, Hartree, etc.; approximate solutions for nonsimilar boundary layers.
  • MAE 5140 Experimental Fluid Dynamics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces students to test facilities such as wind tunnels and water tanks. Includes measurements of force and pressure distribution on airfoil principles and applications of laser Doppler velocimetry, hot-wire anemometry, flow visualization methods and modern data acquisition systems (LabView).
  • MAE 5210 Conduction Heat Transfer
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers conservation of energy in a deformable continuous medium; solution of time-dependent homogeneous heat conduction problems using separation of variables, Duhamel's method, Green's function, analytical approximate methods and finite-difference methods; phase-change problems; inverse problem; bio-heat transfer modeling and solution methods.
  • MAE 5220 Convection Heat Transfer
    Credit Hours: 3
    Reviews the principle of energy conservation, heat conducting fluid; boundary-layer approximations for large Reynold's number; exact and approximate treatment of laminar internal and external forced convection; turbulent forced convection; and buoyancy-induced convection.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval or prerequisite course
  • MAE 5230 Radiation Heat Transfer
    Credit Hours: 3
    Development of radiative properties from electromagnetic theory; theory and analysis of shape factors; enclosure radiative transfer with diffuse-gray and nongray surfaces; and an introduction to radiative transfer within participating media and semitransparent solids.
  • MAE 5310 Combustion Fundamentals
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes equilibrium chemical thermodynamics and thermochemistry, chemical kinetics, transport phenomena and conservation equations; Rankine-Hugoniot theory, Chapman-Jouguet waves and detonation and deflagration; diffusion flames and premixed flames; flammability, ignition and quenching.

 

Specialization in this area focuses on heat transfer, combustion and energy systems. Analytical, computational and experimental techniques are emphasized.