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Department of Mechanical Engineering
Building 42, Suite 213
4200 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008
phone 202.274.5126 |  202.274.6232 |  MechEng@udc.edu | UDC ME

Located in the heart of the nation’s capitol, the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) offers one of the few and longest-standing ABET accredited Mechanical Engineering (ME) bachelor’s of science (BS) programs in the DC region.

ME Course Descriptions

MECH 105 Introduction to CAD  (3)
Introduces the student to the general use of the computer as a design and production tool. The use of computer-aided design (CAD) program as a drawing and specification tool in component design and manufacture. Lec. 3 hrs.

MECH 205 Materials Science  (3)
Covers electronic structure, crystal structure, and imperfection; elastic and plastic deformations; deformation processes, mechanical failure, creep, fatigue, and fracture. Lec. 3 hrs., Prereq.: CHEM 111. MECH 208 Thermodynamics  (3)
Covers thermodynamic concepts, zeroth law, thermodynamic properties, first law and second law analysis of closed and open systems; availability and irreversibility analysis; power and refrigeration cycles; mixture of gases and psychrometrics. Lec. 3 hrs.; Prereq.: PHYS 201.

MECH 222 Engineering Measurements  (3)
Covers statistical data and error analysis; measuring systems, transducers; property measurements; signal conditioning; data output and analysis; analog and digital circuits; computer applications; Lec. 3 hrs.; Prereq.: ELEC 221.

MECH 224 Engineering Measurements Laboratory (1)
Involves experimentation in the measurements of different mechanical properties using analog and digital systems; use of sensors and transducers, and modern instrumentation technology. Lab 3 hrs.; Co-req: MECH 222

MECH 305 Electronics and Instrumentation  (3)
Examines an extension of the physics topics learned in electricity and magnetism. The student is introduced to the application of the fundamental principles of DC and AC circuits, their essential components and analysis. Three-phase energy distribution systems are described. Selected aspects of solid state electronics, especially devices with application in civil and mechanical engineering, are explored. Lec. 3 hrs. Prereq: PHYS 202

MECH 321  = Fluid Mechanics  (3)
Covers fluid properties and definitions, fluid statics, Archimedes principles, kinematics of fluids, control volume equations and analysis, Bernoulli equation, Euler equation, ideal flow equations, velocity potential and stream function, dimensional analysis, and viscous flows in pipes. Lec. 3 hrs., Prereq.: MATH 253

MECH 322 Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics Laboratory (1)
Examines methods of experimental fluid mechanics; and laboratory experiments in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. Lab. 3 hrs., Prereq.: Co-req.: MECH 321.

MECH 341 Analysis and Synthesis of Mechanisms (3)
Teaches kinematics and dynamics of mechanisms; analysis of mechanisms, including linkage, cam, gear, synthesis of mechanism for prescribed performances; and computer-aided design of mechanisms. Lec. 3 hrs., Prereq.: CVEN 202, MATH 253.

MECH 342 Analysis of Dynamic Systems (3)
Covers mechanical vibrations of mechanical systems of single and multiple degrees of freedom, dynamic responses of engineering systems utilizing transfer function representation, and analysis of feed- back systems. Lec. 3 hrs., Prereq.: CVEN 202, MATH 260. MECH

351 Heat Transfer (3)
Examines heat conduction equations, steady and unsteady state heat conduction problems; principles of heat convection, forced, free and phase-change convective heat transfer; and radiative physics and heat transfer. Lec. 3 hrs., Prereq.: MECH 321, MATH 260. MECH

352 Robotics and Manufacturing Laboratory (1)
Provides a workshop practice course in metal cutting, forming, joining and fabrication. It includes laboratory experiments in pneumatic, hydraulic and electromechanical controls; experiments in computer-aided manufacturing; robot motions, control and programming. Lab. 3 hrs., Prereq.: MECH 205.

MECH 356 Modern Manufacturing Processes  (3)
Covers engineering materials and manufacturing properties; production processes; mechanization and automation; CNC machining. Lec. 3 hrs., Prereq.: MECH 205, CVEN 206.

MECH 361 Machine Design  (3)
Examines engineering design process; theories of failure; fundamentals of mechanical design; and computer-aided design of machine elements, bearings, gears, shafts, brakes and couplings; design projects. Lec. 3 hrs., Prereq.: CVEN 206, MECH 205.

MECH 371 Design of Control Systems  (3)
Identifies and examines models of mechanical, electrical, fluid, thermal, electro-mechanical, thermofluid systems, transducers, digital devices, types of controllers, performance of feedback systems; simulation, root locus and frequency response methods for design of automatic control. Lec. 3 hrs., Prereq.: CVEN 202, MATH 260.

MECH 373Design of Control Systems Laboratory (1)
Experiments illustrating the basic principles of three term (PID) thermal process control, multivariable systems and the basics of multivariable dynamics and control under steady state and transient conditions.  Lab 3 hrs., Co-req. MECH 371

MECH 381 Microcontrollers in Mechanical Engineering  (3)
Study of microcontrollers and their applications as control devices in mechanical systems. Review of electric circuits and semiconductor devices; digital logic, Boolean algebra, logic gates; microcontroller architecture - internal data handling and control, input and output; microcontroller programming languages; digital sensing and control through parallel and serial communication; microcontroller interrupt programming and servicing; actuation control via digital to analog conversion; direct digital control of stepper motor actuator. Lec. 3 hrs., Prereq.: MECH 222

MECH 405 Engineering Experimentation (3)
Covers experimentation theory; instrumentation systems; applications in mechanical engineering; microprocessors and peripherals; experiments in areas of mechanical engineering. Lec. 1 hr., Prac. 6 hrs., Prereq.: Senior standing in Mechanical Engineering.

MECH 406 Engineering Economics (3)
Studies the application of economic principles to engineering problems and their effects on engineering decision-making. Lec. 3 hrs., Prereq.: Senior Standing.

MECH 456 Computational Fluid Mechanics (3)
Studies equations of continuum mechanics and boundary conditions; finite difference techniques for one and multi-directional Navier-Stokes equations; introduction to variational calculus; and finite element methods for fluid flow and heat transfer problems. Lec. 3 hrs., Prereq.: MECH 321, MATH 260.

MECH 457 Design for Noise Control  (3)
Covers acoustic terminology, acoustic related to noise and its control, techniques for the solution of noise problems, design of vibration isolators, energy absorbers, dissipative and reactive mufflers, enclosures, barriers and panel damping. Lec. 3 hrs., Prereq.: CVEN 202, MATH 260.

MECH 458 Finite Element Methods for Mechanical Design  (3)
Examines finite element techniques, data stringing, mesh generation, data checking, element calculation, postprocessing and output plots; use of finite element computer programs for solving design problems. Lec. 3 hrs., Prereq.: MECH 361, MATH 260.

MECH 461 Applied Thermodynamics and Energy Conversions (3)
Studies the optimization of power plant, internal combustion engine, refrigeration, combustion and direct thermoelectric systems; and design of reciprocating compressors, engines, nozzles and diffusers. Lec. 3 hrs., Prereq.: MECH 351.

MECH 462 Design of Energy Systems  (3)
Covers the design of ducting and piping systems, design of heat exchangers and fluid/rotor energy converters; characteristics of pumps, fans, compressors and turbines, computer-aided design and simulation of energy systems. Lec. 3 hrs., Prereq.: MECH 351. MECH 463 Mechanical Engineering Senior Laboratory I  (1) Studies dynamic data acquisition, analysis and control, aerodynamic lift and drag, pump performance, experimental methods for measuring dynamic responses, and statistical theories of measurement. Lab. 3 hrs., Prereq.: Senior standing.

MECH 464Engineering Ethics & Professional Practice (1)
Provides an introduction to the engineering profession, professional practice, engineering law and ethics. The course also offers opportunities to explore the social implications and environmental impacts of technologies and to consider engineers' responsibility to society.

MECH 464 Mechanical Engineering Senior Laboratory II  (1)
Examines a computer simulation of dynamic systems, electronic and digital instruments, instrumentation and tests for measurement of performance of energy and dynamic system, and individual laboratory projects. Lab. 3 hrs., Prereq.: MECH 463.

MECH 470 Thermal Environmental Engineering  (3)
Examines thermodynamic properties of moist air, psychrometric chart applications, refrigerants, binary mixtures, mechanical vapor compression refrigeration systems, absorption refrigeration systems, solar radiation calculations, and analysis of cooling towers and dehumidification coils. Lec. 3 hrs., Prereq.: MECH 351.

MECH 473 Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS)  (3)
Study of fabrication techniques for micro-electromechanical devices fabrication. Applications of MEMS such as mechanical, optical, magnetic, chemical/biological sensors/actuators are studied. Lec. 3 hrs., Prereq.: MECH 205, MECH 321 or ELEC 352 and ELEC 312  for EE students

MECH 475 Gas Turbine Design (3)
Covers gas turbine components, component characteristics and performance, gas turbine system configurations and optimization, energy transfer between fluid and rotors, aerodynamic data of turbine and compressor blades, aerodynamic design of turbine Lec. 3 hrs., Prereq.: MECH 321

MECH 476 HVAC Design (3)
From a description of building functions, students research, create, plan, and design an energy efficient and cost effective building HVAC system. Lec. 3 hrs., Prereq.: MECH 461.

MECH 478 Mechatronics (3)
Fundamental concepts in mechatronics including instrumentation and measurements. Operating principles of electromechanical actuators, motors, sensors, drives, and analog motion control. Applications of microprocessors, and microprocessor interfacing to eletromechanical systems. Lec. 3 hrs., Prereq.: MECH 381 or ELEC352 and ELEC 312  for EE students

MECH 481 Fundamental of Engineering Preparation (1)
Discusses examination preparation materials for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exams—commonly called the EIT exams. Provides a brief overview of common engineering courses.   

MECH 483 Robot Mechanics and Control (3)
Introduces types of industrial robots, sensing of robot motion and position, electro-mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic actuators; sampled data, proportional, integral and derivative controller; robot coordinates, motion, dynamic and path control, as well as introduction to robot programming. Lec. 3 hrs., Prereq.: MECH 341, MECH 371.

MECH 484 Design of Robot Mechanism (3)
Introduces types of manipulators, manipulator parts and linkages, kinematic equations and their solutions; synthesis of manipulator mechanisms, path generation and motion trajectories, manipulator dynamics, payload and compliance, and computer-aided design of manipulator mechanisms. Lec. 3 hrs., Prereq.: MECH 483.

MECH 486 Robot Interface Design (3)
Covers microprocessor programming; control hardware characteristics; interfacing to robots, applications of electro-mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic robots; robot programming languages; computerized numerical control, and design and optimization for manufacturing cells for specified manufacturing processes and cycles. Lec. 3 hrs., Prereq.: MECH 483.

MECH 491 Senior Design Project I (3)
Covers creative design, design problem formulation, structure of open-ended solution processes in system design; familiarization with technological resources; group projects on design of complex mechanical systems, feasibility studies, group presentation of project feasibility, and developing impact and planning statement. Lab 6 hrs., Prereq.: MECH 351, MECH 361, MECH 371.

MECH 492 Senior Design Project II (3)
Continuation of group projects from Senior Design Project I, including consideration of economic, risk and reliability factors, and development of preliminary designs, prototypes, tests and optimization, and project report and presentation. Lab 6 hrs., Prereq.: MECH 491.

MECH 495Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering (1-12)
Covers a specific area related to mechanical engineering that is not normally covered in regular courses and/or for which there is sufficient student interest. May be used as a technical elective. Lec. 1 hr., or Lab 3 hrs. for each credit hour. Prereq.: Permission of instructor.

MECH 496 Senior Project in Mechanical Engineering (1-12)
Individual study by the student is conducted under supervision of a faculty member, on a project related to mechanical engineering, including presentation of project report. Lec. 1 hr. or Lab. 3 hrs. for each credit hour. Prereq.: Permission of instructor.

MECH 487 Photovoltaic Cells and Solar Thermal Energy Systems (3)
The course focuses on science and technology of solar energy harvesting. Major focus will be on photovoltaics cells (PV). This course will teach science and technology of PV cells. Various complimentary systems required to channel energy from PV cells to electrical appliances will be discussed. This course will also introduce key developments to make PV cells economical and more energy efficient. During this course, we will also highlight the impact of governmental policies and socio-economic conditions on the proliferation of solar energy harvesting. Prereq.: Permission of instructor

MECH 488 Fuel Cell Fundamentals and Technologies (3)
Fuel cells are introduced as a renewable energy resource. This course covers the concepts and fundamentals of fuel cells. Various types of fuel cells will be discussed to give in-depth understanding of practical fuel cell device. Experiments will be conducted as necessary. Prereq.: Permission of instructor