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    The Department offers a Master of Science (M.S.) in Mechanical Engineering degree.

    This program emphasizes design and application in four main areas of specialization: aerospace, mechanical systems, dynamics and control, and thermal-fluid systems.

    Faculty research interests focus on these and other areas including air pollution, bioengineering, computational fluid dynamics, energy processes, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, computer-aided design and manufacturing, and mechatronics. Practicing engineers can choose from many elective courses to meet their professional needs.

    The Mechanical Engineering Department has multiple design and simulation laboratories as well as a subsonic wind tunnel, a rocket engine test cell, a manufacturing facility, and an environmental test chamber. All laboratories employ advanced Computer-Aided Engineering tools to provide the students with real-world design experiences.

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (MSME) DEGREE


    REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO THE PROGRAM
  1. Satisfaction of all requirements for admission to the University (see University section regarding Graduate Programs provided elsewhere in this catalog).
  2. Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a Quantitative score ranking in the 50th percentile at minimum.
  3. Approval by the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the Department Graduate Coordinator.
  4. Note: Graduate courses can be taken through the Tseng College of Extended Learning without formal admission to the MS program. Up to 9 of these units can be transferred into the program following admission.

    FOR ADVANCEMENT TO CLASSIFIED GRADUATE STATUS
  1. Upon completion of 12 units and satisfaction of University requirements for classified status (see University section regarding Graduate Programs provided elsewhere in this catalog).
  2. Completion of all requirements noted on individual admissions documents.
  3. Submission of a tentative program of study to the graduate coordinator.
  4. Approval by the Department Graduate Coordinator.
    For the Degree
  1. Completion of 30 units under the Thesis Plan, or 33 units under the Comprehensive Examination Plan.
    1. Thesis Plan
      1. 24 units of course work applicable to the M.S. degree, of which at least 18 units must be Engineering courses at the 500 or 600-level. All course work in the student’s graduate program must be completed with a C or better.
      2. 6 units of Thesis, and successful defense of Thesis.
    2. Comprehensive Examination Plan
      1. 30 units of course work applicable to the M.S. degree, of which at least 21 units must be Engineering courses at the 500 or 600-level. All course work in the student’s graduate program must be completed with a C or better.
      2. 3 units of Directed Comprehensive Study, and successful passage of a comprehensive examination.
    3. Classification is a prerequisite for enrollment in either of the culminating experience options - thesis or comprehensive examination
  2. Formal approval of granting of the degree by the Mechanical Engineering faculty.
    Required Courses (9-21 Units)

    The number of required units depends on the number of “Expected Background” courses taken previously as part of a B.S. program, and whether the Thesis or Comprehensive Examination Plan is chosen.

    Any “Expected Background” courses not taken are required in the M.S. program. The “Prerequisites” courses or their equivalents are required if they have not been taken previously, but they do not count as part of the M.S. program.

    Students interested in this program, who do not have an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering, should contact the Graduate Coordinator regarding prerequisite requirements.


  1. Required Core MS Program
    • Select one of the following:
      • ME 501A Seminar in Engineering Analysis I (3)
      • ME 501B Seminar in Engineering Analysis II (3)
    • Select one of the following:
      • AE 697 Direct Comprehensive Studies (3)
      • AE 698 Thesis (6)
      • ME 697 Direct Comprehensive Studies (3)
      • ME 698 Thesis (6)

    Select at least one course from three of the four emphasis groups shown below. Students may select appropriate experimental or special topics courses in an emphasis that are not shown on the list below, with the approval of their advisor and the Graduate Coordinator.

  2. Electives (12-18 Units):
    1. Aerospace Emphasis
      Prerequisites: ME 309, 370, 375, 390
      Expected Background
      • AE 472 Aero-Propulsion Systems (3)
      • AE 480 Fundamentals of Aerospace Engineering (3)
      • AE 589 Aerodynamics (3)

      Suggested Electives
      • AE 572 Rocket Propulsion (3)
      • AE 586 Aircraft Design (3)
      • AE 672 Advanced Aero Propulsion (3)
      • AE 680 Flight Vehicle Performance (3)
      • AE 689 Advanced Aerodynamics (3)
    2. Mechanical Systems Design Emphasis
      Prerequisites: ME 309, 330, 370, 375, 384, 390
      Expected Background
      • AM 410 Vibration Analysis (3)
      • ME 415 Kinematics of Mechanisms (3)
      • ME 430 Machine Design Applications (3)

      Suggested Electives
      • ME 409 Computer-aided Mechanical Engineering (3)
      • ME 515 Dynamics of Machinery (3)
      • ME 531 Mechanical Design with Composites (3)
      • ME 532 Mechanical Design with Polymers (3)
      • ME 560 Automotive Engineering (3)
      • ME 562 Internal Combustion Engines (3)
      • ME 630 Computer-Aided Machine Design (3)
      • ME 686A Advanced Modeling, Analysis and optimization I (3)
      • ME 686B Advanced Modeling, Analysis and Optimization II (3)
    3. System Dynamics and Controls Emphasis
      Prerequisites: ME 309, 330, 370, 375, 384, 390
      Expected Background
      • AM 410 Vibration Analysis (3)
      • ME 415 Kinematics of Mechanisms (3)
      • ME 484 Control of Mechanical Systems (3)

      Suggested Electives
      • ME 501B Seminar in Engineering Analysis II (3)
      • ME 503 Biomedical Instrumentation (3)
      • ME 520 Mechanics and Control (3)
      • ME 584 Simulation of Dynamic Systems (3)
      • ME 684 Design and Control of Dynamic Systems (3)
    4. Thermofluid Systems Emphasis
      Prerequisites: ME 309, 370, 375, 390
      Expected Background
      • ME 470 Thermodynamics II (3)
      • ME 490 Fluid Dynamics (3)
      • ME 575 Applied Heat and Mass Transfer (3)

      Suggested Electives
      • ME 485 Introduction to Environmental Engineering (3)
      • ME 493 Hydraulics (3)
      • ME 501B Seminar in Engineering Analysis II (3)
      • ME 573 Chemical Reaction Engineering (3)
      • ME 583 Thermal-Fluids System Design (3)
      • ME 590 Advanced Fluid Dynamics (3)
      • ME 670 Advanced Topics in Thermodynamics (3)
      • ME 675A Conductive and Radiative Heat Transfer (3)
      • ME 675B Convective Heat and Mass Transfer (3)
      • ME 678 Transport Phenomena (3)
      • ME 683 Energy Processes (3)
      • ME 692 Computational Fluid Dynamics (3)
  3. Total Units Required: 30-33

    Course Descriptions

    (300-level courses in Mechanical Engineering do not carry credit for a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering)

    ME 501A. SEMINAR IN ENGINEERING ANALYSIS (3)
    Analytic and numerical methods applied to the solution of engineering problems at an advanced level. Solution methods are demonstrated on a wide range of engineering topics, including structures, fluids, thermal, thermal energy transport, and mechanical systems. This course emphasizes physical phenomena that can be described by systems of ordinary differential equations.

    ME 501B. SEMINAR IN ENGINEERING ANALYSIS (3)
    Analytic and numerical methods applied to the solution of engineering problems at an advanced level. Solution methods are demonstrated on a wide range of engineering topics, including structures, fluids, thermal, thermal energy transport, and mechanical systems. This course emphasizes physical phenomena that can be described by partial differential equations.

    ME 503. BIOMEDICAL INSTRUMENTATION (3)
    Preparatory: Senior-standing.
    Covers the design of medical instrumentation, specifically Biosensors, Therapeutic and Prosthetic Devices, Biopotential Amplifiers, and Lab Instrumentation. Applications to associated human organ systems are also covered. Multidisciplinary analysis, design, and simulation of bioengineering instrumentation are studied and implemented using computer methodology and techniques from engineering, physics, and mathematics. (Crosslisted with ECE 503)

    ME 515. DYNAMICS OF MACHINES (3)
    Prerequisite: ME 415. Recommended Corequisite: ME 501A.
    Forces, motion and inertia in machines. Analysis of linkages, cams, rotor dynamics, reciprocal and rotational balancing, whirl modes and orbits, signature analysis of machine elements. Computer simulation of machinery dynamics, including the inverse dynamics.

    ME 520. ROBOT MECHANICS AND CONTROL (3)
    Prerequisite: ME384 or equivalent; Corequisite: ME415 or consent of instructor.
    Overview of the state of the art of robotics and tele-robotics. Analysis, modeling, and simulation of motions, differential motions, and dynamics of robots. Emphasis will be placed on various aspects of robot controls: position and force. Experience in robot design will be gained through course projects.

    ME 522. AUTONOMOUS MOBILE ROBOTS (3)
    Prerequisite: Senior Standing.
      Overview of the state of the art on autonomous ground vehicles. Locomotion, mobile kinematics, perception, localization, obstacle avoidance and navigation of autonomous vehicles. Emphasis will be placed on chassis design, various sensor performance and navigation algorithm development. Knowledge of motion control, vision perception, sensor active ranging, and GPS navigation will be gained through course projects.

    ME 531. MECHANICAL DESIGN WITH COMPOSITES (3)
    Prerequisite: ME 330.
    Introduction to various types of composite materials, their classifications and properties. Mechanics of composite materials with a focus on macromechanics of lamina and laminate. Stress, stiffness and failure analysis of laminate. Design and analysis of symmetric and non-symmetric laminated beams. Shaft design under torsional and bending loading scenarios. Design and analysis of walled-cylinders. Integration of numerical design and analysis software suites.

    ME 532. MECHANICAL DESIGN WITH POLYMERS (3)
    Prerequisite: ME 330.
    Introduction to polymeric materials, their characterization and properties. Focus on key mechanical properties essential for design. Stress-Strain behavior theories and models with special attention to hyperelasticity and viscoelasticity. Integration of numerical design and analyis software suites.

    ME 560. AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING (3)
    Prerequisite: ME 330.
    Introduction to automotive engineering. Design and Analysis of automotive chassis, suspension, steering, brakes, power plants and drive system. Vehicle dynamics, performance, and system optimization. Design project required.

    ME 562. INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES (3)
    Recommended Corequisite: ME 470.
    Characteristics and Performance of internal combustion engines; emphasis on Otto and Diesel types, alternative cycles considered. Thermodynamics of cycles, combustion, emissions, ignition, fuel metering and injection, friction, supercharging and engine compounding. Three hours lecture per week.

    ME 563. FLUID POWER SYSTEMS (3)
    Prerequisite: ME 390. Recommended corequisite: ME 384.
    Analysis and design of fluid power systems. Incompressible fluid mechanics, fluid power hydraulics. Hydraulic system components: pumps, accumulators, reservoirs, valves, filters, tubing and connectors. Operation and control of hydraulic power transmission systems. Applications in aircraft control, robotics, manufacturing equipment, mobile heavy machinery, etc.

    ME 571. POWER PLANT SYSTEM DESIGN (3)
    Prerequisites: ME 309; 370.
    Simulation and design optimization of power generating systems. Steam generating systems, turbines, cooling towers and condensers. Environmental impact, air pollution, water quality, and toxic material control. Impact of multi-unit power dispatching on system performance.

    ME 573. CHEMICAL REACTION ENGINEERING (3)
    Prerequisite: ME 370.
    Analysis and process design of engineering systems involving chemical reactions for which the rate of reactions must be considered. Rates of physical and chemical processes are considered; processes introduce where energy and mass transfer as well as chemical kinetics are important. Thermodynamics and chemical kinetics involved in the design of homogeneous and heterogeneous reactors. Application to combustion systems and other environmental engineering systems.

    ME 575. APPLIED HEAT AND MASS TRANSFER (3)
    Prerequisite: ME 375 or equivalent.
    Continuation of ME 375 with emphasis on the convective modes of heat and mass transfer. Heat exchangers, evaporation, boiling, condensation, high speed flows and combined processes are considered application to design.

    ME 583. THERMAL-FLUID SYSTEMS DESIGN (3)
    Preparatory: ME 470; 490.
    System design and optimization course that integrates the disciplines of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer. Intent is to build upon and extend information previously acquired in these courses. Emphasis is placed on the synthesis of components into a thermal-fluid system to accomplish a specified task with technical, economical, and social constraints. Series of design problems are assigned to the class as homework. These problems require students to incorporate design methodology into their work.

    ME 584. MODELING AND SIMULATION OF DYNAMIC SYSTEMS (3)
    Prerequisites: AM 316; ME 501A.
    Comprehensive and advanced treatment of the modeling techniques and response analyses of engineering dynamic systems. Both linear and nonlinear dynamic behavior of physical systems of different technical disciplines are studied with the aid of computer simulation. Mixed systems composed of electromechanical, fluid-mechanical and electrohydraulic components are also investigated. Computational and visualization tools, such as MATLAB and SIMULINK, are used to enhance analyzing and understanding of system performance.

    ME 590. ADVANCED FLUID DYNAMICS (3)
    Prerequisite: ME 490.
    Analytical and computational techniques for the solution of fluid dynamic problems. Topics include: generalized One-dimensional compressible flows, unsteady and two-dimensional compressible flows, method of characteristics, compressible laminar and turbulent boundary layers, transition to turbulence, turbulent stress models and application of computational codes to the solution of practical problems.

    ME 595A-Z. EXPERIMENTAL TOPICS COURSES IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (3)

    ME 630. COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN OF MACHINERY (3)
    Prerequisites: ME 330; 415.
    Presentation and discussion on design of complex machinery based on closed or open-chain mechanisms. System approach to the design and analysis of practical systems with emphasis on the use of computer-aided engineering. Iterative design processes are exercised through completing design projects with steps of component selection and design optimization included. Pro-Engineer and Pro-Mechanica software are used to facilitate design processes.

    ME 670. ADVANCED TOPICS IN THERMODYNAMICS (3)
    Prerequisite: ME 470; 390.
    Advanced topics in thermodynamics emphasizing real fluid behavior and modeling. Interaction between thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, fluid mechanics and transport processes. Selected topics from microscopic thermodynamics applied to both equilibrium and non-equilibrium processes. Applications to real engineering systems are stressed.

    ME 675A. CONDUCTIVE AND RADIATIVE HEAT TRANSFER (3)
    Prerequisite: ME 375.
    Theory and applications of the conductive and radiative modes of heat transfer. Analytical and numerical methods for single and multi-dimensional steady state and transient conduction. Numerical and analytical techniques as applied to radiative exchanges between diffuse and specular surfaces and transfer through absorbing-transmitting media.

    ME 675B. CONVECTIVE HEAT AND MASS TRANSFER (3)
    Preparatory: ME 575.
    Theory and application of convective heat and mass transfer. Free and forced convection in laminar and turbulent flows. Heat transfer with change of phase. Mass transfer applications including ablation and transpiration cooling, condensation, and evaporation.

    ME 678. TRANSPORT PHENOMENA (3)
    Preparatory: ME 575; 675B.
    Basic equations of heat mass and momentum transfer. Mass transfer in binary and multicomponent systems. Analysis of combined heat, mass, momentum-transfer problems. Turbulence. Chemically-reacting flows.

    ME 683. ENERGY PROCESSES (3)
    Preparatory: ME 575; 670.
    Application of thermodynamic and transport processes to a design system for the development of energy resources. Emphasis is placed on new methods for the development of basic energy resources, and systems for the use and development of alternative energy sources. Topics to be considered include: Enhanced oil recovery, alternative resource technology (shale, tar sands, etc.), synthetic fuels, geothermal energy development, and other application topics at the of the instructor. Processes for improved efficiency in utilization of energy resources are also considered.

    ME 684. DESIGN AND CONTROL OF DYNAMIC SYSTEMS (3)
    Prerequisite: ME 484.
    Design and control of mechanical systems. Time-domain, and state space methods integrated into the design of dynamic processes. Application to automotive, aircraft, spacecraft, robots and related mechanical/aerospace systems. Digital simulations.

    ME 686A. ADVANCED MODELING, ANALYSIS AND OPTIMIZATION I (3)
    Prerequisite: ME501A or equivalent.
    Modeling of engineering system performance and constraints; formulating systems of design rules; rules solving and optimization algorithms, and solver software. Students work as an integrated conceptual design team and share information at a CSUN Internet Virtual Design Portal. Students conduct broad based research on the selected system to harvest formulas, information and requirements needed to model the system and produce a joint report. Past systems have included solar systems and fuel cell systems.

    ME 686B. ADVANCED MODELING, ANALYSIS AND OPTIMIZATION II (3)
    Prerequisite: M501A, ME686A.
    Review report produced in ME686A. Continued system modeling, conduct simulations of system missions, trade-studies and optimization; application of latest integrated design methods and supporting software and apply integrated design techniques to the design of the selected engineering system. Establish Integrated Collaborative Environment (ICE) on CSUN Virtual Design Portal for team information sharing and passing design parameters between ICE Stations.

    ME 692. COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS (3)
    Prerequisites: ME 309; 490.
    Introduction to the numerical analysis of fluid flows. Special techniques required for solution of the governing equations for viscous, inviscid and boundary layer flows. Applications to convective heat and mass transfer. Turbulence modeling and other submodels for complex engineering applications.

    ME 694. SEMINAR IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (1-3)
    Prerequisite: Instructor consent.
    Advanced studies in selected areas of the field of Mechanical Engineering.

    ME 695A-Z. EXPERIMENTAL TOPICS COURSES IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (1-4)

    ME 696A-Z. DIRECTED GRADUATE RESEARCH (3)

    ME 697. DIRECTED COMPREHENSIVE STUDIES (3)
    (Credit/No Credit Only)


    ME 698. THESIS OR GRADUATE PROJECT (1-6)

    ME 699A-C. INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3)


    AE 572. Rocket Propulsion (3)
Prerequisites: ME 370 and 390 (or equivalent background). Flight environment. Mission propulsive requirements, staging, optimization. Chemical rockets. Thrust chamber design, nozzle design, propellant storage and pressurization systems. Liquid propellant combustion and expansion; Monopropellant systems; Solid propellant grain design; combustion instabilities; multiple phase, reacting nozzle flow. Ram/rocket hybrid engines. Energy limited vs. power limited systems. Introduction to electrical rocket propulsion.

    AE 586. Aircraft Design
Prerequisite: AE 480. Aircraft conceptual design, focused on industry practice, including discussion of the design process, initial sizing, selection of thrust-to-weight ratio and wing loading, configuration layout, propulsion integration, systems integration, performance optimization, and trade-off studies. Students do an individual aircraft design project. Includes performance analysis via simulated flight testing using a flight simulator.

    AE 589. Aerodynamics
Prerequisite: ME 390. Prediction of aerodynamic forces due to subsonic flows over aircraft/missile wings and bodies. Calculation of pressure distribution, lift, drag, moments and wall shearing stress in incompressible flow. Compressibility corrections are considered. Impact of these calculations on aerodynamic design are evaluated.

    AE 672. Advanced Topics in Aero-Propulsion (3)
Prerequisites: AE 472 and 589 or equivalent. Off-design performance of aero-propulsion systems. Solid propellant, ram jet, ram rocket, gas turbine, turbo-fan and prop-jet engines. Emphases on air-breathing applications in both subsonic and supersonic flight regimes.

    AE 680. Flight Vehicle Performance (3)
Prerequisite: AE 480. Flight vehicle trajectories with emphasis on preliminary mission planning. Flight vehicle equations of motion, static and dynamic stability, longitudinal and lateral motion. Influence of aerodynamic forces and heating on trajectory, launch, boost, orbit determination and re-entry. Satellite “capture” problem. Planetary-transfer trajectories.

    AE 689. Advanced Aerodynamics (3)
Prerequisite AE 589 or ME 490. Application of the principles of fluid dynamics to supersonic flows about wings and bodies. Topics include: generalized one-dimensional flow, shock waves, Prandtl-Meyer expansions, pressure distributions, lift, drag, moments and shear stresses on airfoils, wings and bodies. Applications to design are discussed.

    AE 694. Seminar in Aerospace Engineering (1-3)
Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Advanced studies in selected areas of the field of Mechanical Engineering.

    AE 695A-Z. Experimental Topics Courses in Aerospace Engineering (1-4)

    AE 696A-C. Directed Graduate Research (3)

    AE 697. Directed Comprehensive Studies (1-3)(Credit/no Credit Only)

    AE 698. Thesis or Graduate Project (1-6)

    AE 699A-C. Independent Study (1-3)


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