ME Elective Course Descriptions - Fall 2021
ME 0093-ME - Intro to Music Engineering
Instructor: Daniel Fox
Schedule: Tuesday & Thursday 12:00-1:15 PM
Description: Interdisciplinary course in the science, engineering and technology of music - from creation, to propagation, to reception. Demonstrations, discussion, and interactive projects. Physics of sound. Acoustic and electronic musical instrument design. Room acoustics. Sound production and recording. Human perception of sound.
ME 0193-MC - Modern Material Characterization Technology
Instructor: Igor Sokolov
Schedule: Monday & Wednesday 12:00-1:15 PM
Description: In this course students will learn the arts of work with modern materials characterization techniques. The course will be a mix of lectures/discussions with hand-on experience of working on such instruments as atomic force microscopy, Raman microscopy, electron microscopy, mechanical testing machines, etc. The goal of this course is to provide knowledge of modern characterization techniques well beyond what is written in manuals, to reveal the technique capabilities and limitations, to learn sample preparation and result interpretation. In the end, the students will design their own small experiment/mini project using techniques of their choice.
ME 0193-AER - Aerodynamics
Instructor: Brad Duncan
Schedule: Tuesday & Thursday 10:30-11:45 AM
Description: This course will provide practical training on aerodynamic engineering fundamentals and design practices, with a hands-on approach using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) as a virtual laboratory. The course will allow students to quickly engage in engineering design practices for vehicles in flight through examples and design projects. The course will first review the fundamentals of fluid dynamics needed for understanding aerodynamics from conservation principles. Then students will see these fundamentals applied through running and analyzing CFD simulations, as they learn firsthand from the simulated fluid flow results.
The course will introduce the concepts of CFD and how it can be applied to vehicle aerodynamics problems using commercial CFD software. The process of building a CFD model and running a simulation will be covered; however; this course does not cover numerical analysis and CFD algorithms.
Finally, the course will cover aerodynamics for vehicles in flight, balancing the forces and moments to enable stable equilibrium motion, and students will work in teams to design and test a simplified aircraft model using CFD. A basic aircraft model as well as software to modify the design will be provided in order to bring students quickly to the point of testing design concepts.