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Understanding the role of mechanics in brain development, physiology, and pathology. Mechanics of brain cells: neurons, mechanobiology, mechanotransduction. Mechanics of brain tissue: experimental testing, constitutive modeling, computational modeling. Mechanics of brain development: gyrification, cortical folding, axon elongation, lissencephaly, polymicrogyria. Mechanics of traumatic brain injury: high impact loading, neural injury. Mechanics of brain tumors, brain cancer, tumor growth, altered cytoskeletal mechanics. Mechanics of neurological disorders: autism, dementia, schizophrenia. Mechanics of brain surgery.
Terms: Aut, last offered Autumn 2014 | Units: 3 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Kuhl, E. (PI)

ME 335A: Finite Element Analysis

Fundamental concepts and techniques of primal finite element methods. Method of weighted residuals, Galerkin's method and variational equations. Linear eliptic boundary value problems in one, two and three space dimensions; applications in structural, solid and fluid mechanics and heat transfer. Properties of standard element families and numerically integrated elements. Implementation of the finite element method using Matlab, assembly of equations, and element routines. Lagrange multiplier and penalty methods for treatment of constraints. The mathematical theory of finite elements.
Terms: Aut | Units: 3 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Pinsky, P. (PI)

ME 335B: Finite Element Analysis

Finite element methods for linear dynamic analysis. Eigenvalue, parabolic, and hyperbolic problems. Mathematical properties of semi-discrete (t-continuous) Galerkin approximations. Modal decomposition and direct spectral truncation techniques. Stability, consistency, convergence, and accuracy of ordinary differential equation solvers. Asymptotic stability, over-shoot, and conservation laws for discrete algorithms. Mass reduction. Applications in heat conduction, structural vibrations, and elastic wave propagation. Computer implementation of finite element methods in linear dynamics. Implicit, explicit, and implicit-explicit algorithms and code architectures.
Terms: Win | Units: 3 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Pinsky, P. (PI)

ME 338: Continuum Mechanics

Linear and nonlinear continuum mechanics for solids. Introduction to tensor algebra and tensor analysis. Kinematics of motion. Balance equations of mass, linear and angular momentum, energy, and entropy. Constitutive equations of isotropic and anisotropic hyperelasticity. Recommended as prerequisite for Finite Element Methods.
Terms: not given this year | Units: 3 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit

ME 339: Introduction to parallel computing using MPI, openMP, and CUDA (CME 213)

This class will give hands on experience with programming multicore processors, graphics processing units (GPU), and parallel computers. Focus will be on the message passing interface (MPI, parallel clusters) and the compute unified device architecture (CUDA, GPU). Topics will include: network topologies, modeling communication times, collective communication operations, parallel efficiency, MPI, dense linear algebra using MPI. Symmetric multiprocessing (SMP), pthreads, openMP. CUDA, combining MPI and CUDA, dense linear algebra using CUDA, sort, reduce and scan using CUDA. Pre-requisites include: C programming language and numerical algorithms (solution of differential equations, linear algebra, Fourier transforms).
Terms: Spr | Units: 3 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit

ME 351A: Fluid Mechanics

Exact and approximate analysis of fluid flow covering kinematics, global and differential equations of mass, momentum, and energy conservation. Forces and stresses in fluids. Euler¿s equations and the Bernoulli theorem applied to inviscid flows. Vorticity dynamics. Topics in irrotational flow: stream function and velocity potential for exact and approximate solutions; superposition of solutions; complex potential function; circulation and lift. Some boundary layer concepts.
Terms: Aut | Units: 3 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Su, L. (PI)

ME 351B: Fluid Mechanics

Laminar viscous fluid flow. Governing equations, boundary conditions, and constitutive laws. Exact solutions for parallel flows. Creeping flow limit, lubrication theory, and boundary layer theory including free-shear layers and approximate methods of solution; boundary layer separation. Introduction to stability theory and transition to turbulence, and turbulent boundary layers. Prerequisite: 351A.
Terms: Win | Units: 3 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Mani, A. (PI)

ME 352A: Radiative Heat Transfer

The fundamentals of thermal radiation heat transfer; blackbody radiation laws; radiative properties of non-black surfaces; analysis of radiative exchange between surfaces and in enclosures; combined radiation, conduction, and convection; radiative transfer in absorbing, emitting, and scattering media. Advanced material for students with interests in heat transfer, as applied in high-temperature energy conversion systems. Take 352B,C for depth in heat transfer. Prerequisites: graduate standing and undergraduate course in heat transfer. Recommended: computer skills.
Terms: Aut | Units: 3 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Mitchell, R. (PI)

ME 352C: Convective Heat Transfer

Prediction of heat and mass transfer rates based on analytical and numerical solutions of the governing partial differential equations. Heat transfer in fully developed pipe and channel flow, pipe entrance flow, laminar boundary layers, and turbulent boundary layers. Superposition methods for handling non-uniform wall boundary conditions. Approximate models for turbulent flows. Comparison of exact and approximate analyses to modern experimental results. General introduction to heat transfer in complex flows. Prerequisite: 351B or equivalent.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Eaton, J. (PI)

ME 357: Turbine and Internal Combustion Engines (ME 257)

Principles of design analysis for aircraft gas turbines and automotive piston engines. Analysis for aircraft engines performed for Airbus A380 type aircraft. Design parameters determined considering aircraft aerodynamics, gas turbine thermodynamics, compressible flow physics, and material limitations. Additional topics include characteristics of main engine components, off-design analysis, and component matching. Performance of automotive piston engines including novel engine concepts in terms of engine thermodynamics, intake and exhaust flows, and in-cylinder flow.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Ihme, M. (PI)
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