Santa Clara University

Graduate School of Engineering

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Lower-Division Undergraduate Courses

MECH 10. Graphical Communication in Design
Introduction to the design process and graphical communications tools used by engineers. Documentation of design through freehand sketching and engineering drawings. Basic descriptive geometry. Computer-aided design as a design tool. Conceptual design projects presented in poster format. Co-requisite: MECH 10L. (4 units)

MECH 10L. Laboratory for MECH 10
Co-requisite: MECH 10. (1 unit)

MECH 11. Materials and Manufacturing Processes
Manufacturing processes and their use in the production of mechanical components from metals and plastics. Prerequisites: MECH 10 and 15. (4 units)

MECH 15. Introduction to Materials Science
Physical basis of the electrical, mechanical, optical, and thermal behavior of solids. Relations between atomic structure and physical properties. Prerequisite: CHEM 11. Co-requisite: MECH 15L. (4 units)

MECH 15L. Laboratory for MECH 15
The laboratory reinforces the lecture component through hands-on experience with materials testing and analysis. Potential experiments involve hardness testing, metallography, galvanic corrosion, and stress-strain measurements. Co-requisite: MECH 15. (1 unit)

MECH 80. Solar Home Analysis and Design
Students will research technologies and design approaches relevant to solar powered homes. Topics may include capture and use of solar thermal energy, conversion of solar energy to electricity, and passive solar home design. Available and emerging technologies will be investigated, and analysis tools will be used to compare options. Other aspects of house design, such as windows, lighting, and appliance choice will also be examined, as well as architecture and system level design. Successive offerings will build on the developed knowledge and expertise. Careful documentation will be stressed as well as optimizing the design within constraints. Course may be taken several times. (4 units)

Upper-Division Undergraduate Courses

MECH 101L. Laboratory for MECH 101
Practical experience with manual machine tools such as mills, lathes, drill press, sheet metal tools, etc. Basic training in safe and proper use of the equipment associated with simple mechanical projects. Laboratory. Must be taken in conjunction with MECH 114. P/NP grading. (1 unit)

MECH 102. Introduction to Mathematical Methods in Mechanical Engineering
The application of mathematical methods to the solution of practical engineering problems. A review of fundamental mathematical methods and calculus of a single variable, multivariable calculus, ordinary differential equations, numerical methods, and basics of linear algebra. (4 units)

MECH 114. Machine Design I
Analysis and design of mechanical systems for safe operation. Stress and deflection analysis. Failure theories for static loading and fatigue failure criteria. Team design projects begun. Formal conceptual design reports required. Prerequisites: MECH 15, CENG 41, and CENG 43. (4 units)

MECH 115. Machine Design II
Continuation of MECH 114. Treatment of basic machine elements (e.g., bolts, springs, gears, bearings). Design and analysis of machine elements for static and fatigue loading. Team design projects completed. Design prototypes and formal final report required. Prerequisite: MECH 114. (4 units)

MECH 120. Engineering Mathematics
Course Description: Review of ordinary differential equations (ODEs) and Laplace transform, vector calculus, linear algebra, orthogonal functions and Fourier series, partial differentia equations (PDEs), and introduction to numerical solution of ODEs. (4 units)

MECH 121. Thermodynamics
Definitions of work, heat, and energy. First and second laws of thermodynamics. Properties of pure substances. Application to fixed mass systems and control volumes. Irreversibility and availability. Prerequisite: PHYS 32. (4 units)

MECH 122. Fluid Mechanics I
Fluid properties and definitions. Fluid statics, forces on submerged surfaces, manometry. Streamlines and the description of flow fields. Euler’s and Bernoulli’s equations. Mass, momentum, and energy analysis with a control volume. Laminar and turbulent flows. Losses in pipes and ducts. Dimensional analysis and similitude. Prerequisite: CENG 42 or MECH 140 (can be taken concurrently). Co-requisite: MECH 122L. (4 units)

MECH 122L. Laboratory for MECH 122
Experiments designed to the principles of fluid flow, industrial measurement techniques, and aerodynamics. Use of modern data acquisition and writing of formal lab reports. Co-requisite: MECH 122. (1 unit)

MECH 123. Heat Transfer
Introduction to the concepts of conduction, convection, and radiation heat transfer. Application of these concepts
to engineering problems. Prerequisites: MECH 121 and 122, AMTH 118. Co-requisite: MECH 123L. (4 units)

MECH 123L. Laboratory for MECH 123
Laboratory work to understand concept of heat transfer. Practical experience with temperature and heat flux measurement. Co-requiste: MECH 123. (1 unit)

MECH 125. Thermal Systems Design
Analysis, design, and simulation of fluids and thermal engineering systems. Application of optimization techniques, life cycle and sustainability concepts in these systems. Prerequisite: MECH 123. (4 units)

MECH 132. Fluid Mechanics II
Introduction to gas dynamics. Concepts of lift and drag. Mechanics of laminar and turbulent flow. Introduction to boundary-layer theory. Application to selected topics in lubrication theory, aerodynamics, turbo-machinery, and pipe networks. Offered every other year. Prerequisites: MECH 121 and 122. (4 units)

MECH 140. Dynamics
Kinematics of particles in rectlinear and curvelinear motion. Kinetics of particles, Newton’s second law, energy and momentum methods. Systems of particles. Kinematics and plane motion of rigid bodies, forces and accelerations, energy and momentum methods. Introduction to three-dimensional dynamics of rigid bodies. Prerequisites: PHYS 31, CENG 41, AMTH 106, and MECH 10. (4 units)

MECH 141. Mechanical Vibrations
Fundamentals of vibration, free and force vibration of (undamped/damped) single degree of freedom systems. Vibration under general forcing conditions. Free and force vibration of (undamped/damped) two degree of freedom systems. Free and force vibration of (undamped/damped) multidegree of freedom systems. Determination of natural frequencies and mode shapes. Prerequisites: MECH 140 and AMTH 106. Co-requisite: MECH 141L. (4 units)

MECH 141L. Laboratory for MECH 141
Dynamics and vibration experiments. The dynamics experiments include measuring moment-of-inertia of different planar shapes and gyroscopic effect. The vibration experiments include measuring spring constant, damping coefficient, and study of the behavior of overdamped, critical damped, and underdamped systems. Co-requisite: MECH 141. (1 unit)

MECH 142. Control Systems, Analysis, and Design
Introduction to system theory, transfer functions, and state space modeling of physical systems. Course topics include stability, analysis and design of PID, lead/lag, other forms of controllers in time and frequency domains, root locus Bode diagrams, gain and phase margins. Prerequisite: MECH 141. Co-requisite: MECH 142L. (4 units)

MECH 142L. Laboratory for MECH 142
Employs the use of simulation and experimental exercises that allow the student to explore the design and performance of feedback control systems. Exercises include the modeling and analysis of physical systems, the design of feedback controllers, and the quantitative characterization of the performance of the resulting closed-loop systems. Co-requisite: MECH 142. (1 unit)

MECH 143. Mechatronics
Introduction to behavior, design, and integration of electromechanical components and systems. Review of appropriate electronic components/circuitry, mechanism configurations, and programming constructs. Use and integration of transducers, microcontrollers, and actuators. Also listed as ELEN 123. Prerequisite: ELEN 50. Co-requisite: MECH 143L. (4 units)

MECH 143L. Laboratory for MECH 143
Co-requisite MECH 143. (1 unit)

MECH 144. Smart Product Design
Design of innovative smart electro-mechanical devices and products. Topics include a review of the basics of mechanical, electrical, and software design and prototyping, and will emphasize the synthesis of functional systems that solve a customer need, that are developed in a team-based environment, and that are informed by the use of methodologies from the fields of systems engineering, concurrent design, and project/business management. Designs will be developed in the context of a cost-constrained business environment, and principles of accounting, marketing, and supply chain are addressed. Societal impacts of technical products and services are reviewed. Enrollment is controlled in order to have a class with students from diverse majors. Offered every other year. Prerequisites: Core Foundation-level natural science and mathematics, or equivalent and instructor approval required. (4 units)

MECH 144L. Laboratory for MECH 144
Co-requisite: MECH 144. (1 unit)

MECH 145. Introduction to Aerospace Engineering
Basic design and analysis of atmospheric flight vehicles. Principles of aerodynamics, propulsion, structures and materials, flight dynamics, stability and control, mission analysis, and performance estimation. Introduction to orbital dynamics. Offered every other year. Prerequisites: MECH 122 and 140. Co-requisite: MECH 121. (4 units)

MECH 146. Mechanism Design
Kinematic analysis and synthesis of planar mechanisms. Graphical synthesis of linkages and cams. Graphical and analytical techniques for the displacement, velocity, and acceleration analysis of mechanisms. Computer-aided design of mechanisms. Three or four individual mechanism design projects. Offered every other year. Prerequisite: MECH 114. (4 units)

MECH 151. Finite Element Theory and Applications
Basic introduction to finite elements; direct and variational basis for the governing equations; elements and interpolating functions. Applications to general field problems— elasticity, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer. Extensive use of software packages. Offered every other year. Prerequisites: COEN 44 or 45 and AMTH 106. (4 units)

MECH 152. Composite Materials
Analysis of composite materials and structures. Calculation of properties and failure of composite laminates. Manufacturing considerations and design of simple composite structures. Knowledge of MATLAB or equivalent programming environment is required. Prerequisites: MECH 15, CENG 43, and COEN 44 or COEN 45. (4 units)

MECH 156. Introduction to Nanotechnology
Introduction to the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Properties of nanomaterials and devices. Nanoelectronics: from silicon and beyond. Measurements of nanosystems. Applications and implications. Laboratory experience is an integral part of the course. This course is part of the Mechanical Engineering Program and should be suitable for juniors and seniors in engineering and first-year graduate students. Also listed as ELEN 156. Prerequisite: PHYS 33 and either PHYS 34 or MECH 15. Co-requisite: MECH 156L. (4 units)

MECH 156L. Laboratory for MECH 156
Co-requisite: MECH 156. (1 unit)

MECH 160. Modern Instrumentation for Engineers
Introduction to engineering instrumentation, computer data acquisition hardware and software, sampling theory, statistics, and error analysis. Laboratory work spans the disciplines of mechanical engineering: dynamics, fluids, heat transfer, controls, with an emphasis on report writing and experimental design. Prerequisites: MECH 123 and 141. Co-requisite: MECH 160L. (4 units)

MECH 160L. Laboratory for MECH 160
Laboratory work spans the disciplines of mechanical engineering: dynamics, controls, fluids, heat transfer, and thermodynamics, with emphasis on report writing. Students will design their own experiment and learn how to set up instrumentation using computer data acquisition hardware and software. Co-requisite: MECH 160. (1 unit)

MECH 179. Satellite Operations Laboratory
This laboratory course reviews the physical principles and control techniques appropriate to communicating with, commanding and monitoring spacecraft. Students learn to operate real satellite tracking, commanding and telemetry systems and to perform spacecraft-specific operations using approved procedures. Given the operational status of the system, students may conduct these operations on orbiting NASA spacecraft and interact with NASA scientists and engineers as part of operations process. Prerequisite: Instructor approval. (1 unit)

MECH 188. Co-op Education
Practical experience in a planned program designed to give students work experience related to their academic field of study and career objectives. Satisfactory completion of the assignment includes preparation of a summary report on co-op activities. P/NP grading. May be taken for graduate credit. (2 units)

MECH 189. Co-op Technical Report
Credit given for a technical report on a specific activity such as a design or research project, etc., after completing the co-op assignment. Approval of department co-op advisor required. Letter grades based on content and presentation quality of report. May be taken twice. May be taken for graduate credit. (2 units)

MECH 191. Senior Design Manufacturing
Use of machine shop facilities for fabrication of components for Senior Design Projects. Requires training. Supervision of work and design drawings. Prerequisite: MECH 114L. (1 unit)

MECH 194. Advanced Design I: Tools
Design tools basic to all aspects of mechanical engineering, including design methodology, computer-design tools, CAD, finite element method, simulation, engineering economics, and decision making. Senior design projects begun. Prerequisite: MECH 115. (3 units)

MECH 195. Advanced Design II: Implementation
Implementation of design strategy. Detail design and fabrication of senior design projects. Quality control, testing and evaluation, standards and specifications, and human factors. Prerequisite: MECH 194. (4 units)

MECH 196. Advanced Design III: Completion and Evaluation
Design projects completed, assembled, tested, evaluated, and judged with opportunities for detailed re-evaluation by the designers. Formal public presentation of results. Final written report required. Prerequisite: MECH 195. (3 units)

MECH 198. Individual Study
By arrangement with faculty. (1–5 units)

MECH 199. Directed Research/Reading
Investigation of an engineering problem and writing an acceptable thesis. Conferences as required. Prerequisite: Senior standing. (2–4 units)

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