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Course Descriptions

The mechanical engineering curriculum is designed to prepare students for productive careers in industry, government, education and private consulting as well as for graduate study. Thus, it is based on the fundamental principles of science and engineering. These provide a strong foundation that enables students to apply what they have learned to the complex technological problems of today and to teach themselves the new technologies of tomorrow.

ME 401 - Foundations of Fluid Mechanics

Covers the fundamental concepts of fluid dynamics with an emphasis on physical understanding. Topics include control-volume and differential analyses of fluid motion, similitude, potential flow, vorticity transport, low Reynolds number flow, boundary-layer physics, turbulent transport, and compressible flow. Numerical and experimental methods for solving fluid engineering problem are introduced in a weekly laboratory including wind tunnel, particle image velocimetry, hot wire anemometry, and optical techniques. Other topics may be added or deleted as needed.