Zachary Seguin

ME Courses

ME 100 – Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Practice 1

This course is focused on fundamental knowledge and skills essential for academic and professional development in mechanical engineering. It covers basic methods and principles used by mechanical engineers, e.g., fundamentals of technical communication, the design process and problem solving, measurements and data analysis, engineering professionalism, safety, and intellectual property. The fundamentals of engineering graphical communication using computer-aided design (CAD) and freehand sketching will be a significant component of this course. Written, graphical and oral communications are emphasized. Examples are drawn from Mechanical Engineering. [Offered: F]

ME 100B – Seminar

Discussion of the structure of and options within the Mechanical Engineering curriculum; of the operation of Department, Faculty, University, technical societies; of student team and graduate school opportunities; of safety training; and of subject material in support of core courses. [Offered: W,S]

ME 101 – Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Practice 2

This course is a continuation of ME 100 and is aimed at reinforcing the concepts related to technical communications, professionalism, and professional development, with emphasis on mechanical engineering concepts and practical examples. The fundamentals of programming are a significant component of this course, focusing on digital computing, and basic programming and algorithm writing. Programming examples are drawn from Mechanical Engineering. [Offered: W,S]

ME 115 – Structure and Properties of Materials

The relevance of materials to engineering practice. The microstructure of materials, crystallinity and crystal imperfections, glasses and amorphous solids. Elastic and plastic deformation in metals, viscoelasticity of plastics. Strengthening mechanisms in metals, polymers and ceramics. Fracture of brittle and ductile solids. Electrical and magnetic properties of materials. [Offered: W, S]

ME 123 – Electrical Engineering for Mechanical Engineers

Definitions of electric and magnetic fields. Introduction to circuit theory: DC circuits, amplifiers, operational amplifiers, single and three phase AC circuits. Introduction to basic electronic devices.

ME 135 – Materials Science and Engineering

The microstructure of crystalline and amorphous materials including metals, polymers and ceramics. Elastic and plastic deformation in metals, viscoelastic deformation of polymers and viscous deformation of ceramic glasses. Fracture of brittle and ductile solids. Phase equilibria, non-equilibrium behaviour, heat treatment of metals, diffusion, strengthening processes. [Offered: F]

ME 200A – Seminar

Discussion of the structure of and options within the Mechanical Engineering curriculum; of the operation of Department, Faculty, University, technical societies; of student team and graduate school opportunities; of safety training; and of subject material in support of core courses. [Offered: F,W]

ME 200B – Seminar

Discussion of the structure of and options within the Mechanical Engineering curriculum; of the operation of Department, Faculty, University, technical societies; of student team and graduate school opportunities; of safety training; and of subject material in support of core courses. [Offered: F,S]

ME 201 – Advanced Calculus

A continuation of First Year calculus, focusing on calculus of scalar and vector functions of several variables. Both classical calculus techniques and the computer implementation of numerical methods are discussed. Partial differentiation, total derivatives, chain rule, transformation of variables, Taylor series. Applications include geometrical problems, error estimation, maxima and minima, least squares curve fits. Multiple integration in standard coordinate systems, Jacobians. Vector calculus, divergence, curl, Laplacian, and Stokes', Green's and Divergence theorems. Scalar flux transport, work and energy, conservative force fields. [Offered: F, W]

ME 202 – Statistics for Engineers

Frequency distributions; measures of central tendency; standard deviation and other measures of dispersion. Probability. Binomial, Poisson, normal distributions. Techniques of sampling and statistical estimation. Tests of hypotheses; significance. The t-test and chi-squared test. Curve fitting by least squares. Statistical process control. Correlation and regression. Experimental design. [Offered: F, W]

ME 203 – Ordinary Differential Equations

Solution of ordinary differential equations. First and higher order differential equations. Nonlinear equations. Linear equations with constant and variable coefficients. Systems of linear equations. Applications involving simple dynamical systems and principles of mass, momentum and heat conservation will emphasize the role of ordinary differential equations in understanding the behaviour of physical systems. Introduction to the Laplace transform method for solving ordinary differential equations. [Offered: F, S]

ME 212 – Dynamics

An introduction to the kinematics of particle and rigid body motion. Impulse-momentum equations. Work-energy methods and Euler's equations. Simple gyroscopes. Vibrations. [Offered: F, S]

ME 215 – Structure and Properties of Materials

The relevance of materials to engineering practice. The microstructure of materials, crystallinity and crystal imperfections, glasses and amorphous solids. Elastic and plastic deformation in metals, viscoelasticity of plastics. Strengthening mechanisms in metals, polymers and ceramics. Fracture of brittle and ductile solids. Electrical and magnetic properties of materials. [Offered: W, S]

ME 219 – Mechanics of Deformable Solids 1

Concept of equilibrium, force analysis of structures and structural components, equilibrium of deformable bodies, stress and strain concepts, stress-strain relationships, stress analysis of prismatic members in axial, shearing, torsional and flexural deformations, shear force and bending moment diagrams. [Offered: F, W, S]

ME 220 – Mechanics of Deformable Solids 2

A general treatment of the behaviour of structural components from the study of stress and strain in solids. Topics include superposition, energy theorems, theories of failure, elastic and inelastic analysis of symmetrical bending, torsion of circular members, columns and stability, and virtual work. [Offered: F, S]

ME 230 – Control of Properties of Materials

Phase equilibria, non-equilibrium behaviour, heat treatment of metals, diffusion, strengthening processes. Alloying, composite materials, cold and hot working. Failure of engineering materials; creep, fatigue, corrosion and other environmental degradation processes. Prevention of service failures. [Offered: F, W]

ME 235 – Materials Science and Engineering

The microstructure of crystalline and amorphous materials including metals, polymers and ceramics. Elastic and plastic deformation in metals, viscoelastic deformation of polymers and viscous deformation of ceramic glasses. Fracture of brittle and ductile solids. Phase equilibria, non-equilibrium behaviour, heat treatment of metals, diffusion, strengthening processes. [Offered: F]

ME 250 – Thermodynamics 1

The engineering science of energy. The scope and limitations of thermodynamics. Macroscopic approach to heat, work, energy and the First Law. Properties and state of simple substances. Control-mass and control-volume energy analysis. The Second Law of Thermodynamics, principle of increase of entropy, limiting cycle efficiencies, criteria for equilibrium. [Offered: F, S]

ME 262 – Introduction to Microprocessors and Digital Logic

Number systems, logic gates, Boolean algebra. Karnaugh maps and combinational logic design. Sequential logic and state machines. Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and PLC programming using ladder logic and statement list. Microcomputer structure and operation, I/O and interfacing. Assembly language programming. Laboratory work includes microcomputer and PLC programming. [Offered: F, S]

ME 269 – Electromechanical Devices and Power Processing

Review of circuit analysis. Basic electromagnetic theory. DC machines, synchronous generators, transformers, and induction motors. Introduction to typical speed and torque control techniques of machines using power electronic based devices.

ME 300A – Seminar

Discussion of the structure of and options within the Mechanical Engineering curriculum; of the operation of Department, Faculty, University, technical societies; of student team and graduate school opportunities; of safety training; and of subject material in support of core courses. [Offered: W,S]

ME 300B – Seminar

Discussion of the structure of and options within the Mechanical Engineering curriculum; of the operation of Department, Faculty, University, technical societies; of student team and graduate school opportunities; of safety training; and of subject material in support of core courses. [Offered: F,W]

ME 303 – Advanced Engineering Mathematics

A continuation of ME 201 and ME 203 in which both classical calculus techniques and the computer implementation of numerical methods are discussed. Partial differential equations of mathematical physics: wave, diffusion, Laplace, Poisson equations. Boundary and initial conditions. Separation of variables. Numerical methods for ordinary and partial differential equations. Applications will emphasize the role of ordinary and partial differential equations in understanding the behaviour of physical systems. [Offered: W, S]

ME 321 – Kinematics and Dynamics of Machines

Principles of the geometry of motion, Uniform and non-uniform motion, linkage, gears, cams. Synthesis and analysis of mechanisms. Consideration of the static and dynamic forces in machines. Vibration analysis, response to shock, motion and force transmissibility, vibration isolation. [Offered: W, S]

ME 322 – Mechanical Design 1

Adequacy assessment and synthesis of machine elements with a focus on the design process. Static failure of ductile and brittle materials, fatigue analysis of structures. Topics include the design of welds, bolted connections, springs and shafts. [Offered: F, W]

ME 340 – Manufacturing Processes

The principles of manufacturing unit processes including casting, forming, machining and joining. Interactions between design, materials (metals, polymers, ceramics) and processes. Advantages and limitations, relative cost, and production rates of competitive processes. [Offered: W, S]

ME 351 – Fluid Mechanics 1

Physical properties of fluids and fundamental concepts in fluid mechanics. Hydrostatics. Conservation laws for mass, momentum and energy. Flow similarity and dimensional analysis as applied to engineering problems in fluid mechanics. Laminar and turbulent flow. Engineering applications such as flow measurement, flow in pipes and fluid forces on moving bodies. [Offered: F, W, S]

ME 353 – Heat Transfer 1

Introduction to heat transfer mechanisms. The formulation and solution of steady and transient heat conduction. Radiant heat transfer including exchange laws and view factors. Introductory convective heat transfer. [Offered: F, W]

ME 354 – Thermodynamics 2

Emphasis on applications of thermodynamics to flow processes. Real fluids, evaluation of state functions of real fluids. Non-reacting mixtures, reacting mixtures, equilibrium considerations. [Offered: W, S]

ME 360 – Introduction to Control Systems

Open loop and feedback control. Laws governing mechanical, electrical, fluid and thermal control components. Analogies. Analysis of some engineering control systems using block diagram algebra, transient and steady-state operation. Different modes of control. Review of Laplace Transform methods. Concepts of stability. Principles of analog computer simulation. Brief treatment of linear flow graphs and bondgraphs. [Offered: F, W]

ME 362 – Fluid Mechanics 2

Basic equations of two-dimensional flow, potential flow, exact viscous solutions. Introduction to lubrication, boundary layers, turbulence, and compressible flow. Turbomachinery fundamentals and applications. Selected advanced topics. [Offered: F, W]

ME 380 – Mechanical Engineering Design Workshop

In this course, students study the design process, including needs analysis, problem definition; design criteria and critical parameter identification, generation of alternative solutions; conceptual design, detailed design, optimization; and implementation. Most of the term is devoted to a significant design project in which student groups work independently and competitively, applying the design process to a project goal set by the faculty coordinator. The design project typically includes construction of a prototype, and part of the course grade may depend on the performance of the prototype in a competitive test. In exceptional circumstances, the requirement for a prototype may be replaced by a computer simulation, or may be waived. Other Mechanical Engineering faculty members, particularly those teaching 3B courses, are available to provide advice and supervision to ME 380 students. [Offered: F, W]

ME 400A – Seminar

Research frontiers in Mechanical Engineering, specific discussion of research done at Waterloo, seminars by members of research groups. [Offered: S, F]

ME 400B – Seminar

Research frontiers in Mechanical Engineering, specific discussion of research done at Waterloo, seminars by members of research groups. [Offered: W]

ME 401 – Law for the Professional Engineer

The Canadian Legal System, Forms of Business Organizations, Tort Law, the role of the professional; Contract Law, the Elements of a Contract, Statute of Frauds, Misrepresentation, Duress and Undue Influence, Mistake, Contract Interpretation, Discharge of Contract; Breach of Contract and fundamental breach; Agreements between the client and Engineer; General Law, the Mechanics' Lien Act, comparative discussion of the Professional Engineers Act as it relates to the earlier statute, Intellectual Property and Industrial Property. It is intended to prepare the student for the examination in law which must be written for licensing by Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO).

ME 423 – Mechanical Design 2

A continuation of the ME 322 course in analysis and synthesis of machinery, including advanced analysis of machine elements such as clutches, brakes, couplings, journal bearings and gears. Advanced machine design concepts such as reliability, optimization and techniques for stimulating innovative design. A synthesis project involving the machine elements studied is usually included. [Offered: F, S]

ME 435 – Industrial Metallurgy

This course is intended for those students interested in acquiring a working knowledge of metallurgy. It covers: metals and alloy systems, iron-carbon alloys, heat treatment and the function of alloying elements in steel, corrosion and scale resistant alloys, copper and nickel base alloys, light metals and their alloys; casting, hot and cold working of metals; soldering, brazing and welding; corrosion and oxidation; metal failure analysis. [Offered: F, S]

ME 436 – Welding and Joining Processes

Introduction to modern welding and joining processes for metals, polymers and ceramics. Fundamentals of the joining process and the influence of the process parameters on weld dimensions, strength and quality. Fusion welding processes such as shielded metal arc, gas tungsten arc, gas metal arc, submerged arc welding and others including electron beam and laser beam welding. Resistance welding processes, solid-state welding processes, soldering and brazing. Laboratory exercises will provide hands-on experience with a number of industrially significant welding processes. [Offered: F,S]

ME 452 – Energy Transfer in Buildings

Thermodynamic properties of moist air; psychrometric charts; humidity measurements; direct water contact processes; heating and cooling of moist air by extended surface coils; solar radiation; heating and cooling loads on buildings; effects of the thermal environment; air conditioning calculations. [Offered: W]

ME 456 – Heat Transfer 2

Selected topics in heat transfer fundamentals and applications. Topics to be covered include the fundamentals of convection with analytical solutions to simple laminar flow problems and approximate solutions to turbulent flow problems based on analogies between momentum and heat transfer. Also covered is radiant exchange in grey enclosures and in black enclosures containing emitting-absorbing gases. The remaining topics will be chosen from design of heat exchangers; condensation heat transfer; boiling heat transfer; and the treatment of problems in heat conduction. [Offered: F, S]

ME 459 – Energy Conversion

Review of reserves and consumption trends of Canada's and the world's energy resources. Design of fossil-fuel central power plants, including boiler efficiency calculations and advanced steam and binary cycles. Review of atomic physics including fission and fusion energy. Design of nuclear fission power plants including design of reactor core for critical conditions, fuel cycles and radiation hazards. Design considerations for solar energy conversion devices including: availability of solar energy, solar-thermal converters, thermal storage and photovoltaics. Principles of fuel cells and some aspects of their design. Other topics as appropriate. [Offered: F, S]

ME 481 – Mechanical Engineering Design Project 1

The first of two required courses for the Mechanical Engineering capstone design project. This course is intended to enable students to engage in in-depth engineering design and decision-making using engineering science while encouraging creativity and resourcefulness and addressing the criteria listed in the faculty of engineering design rubrics. Students will work in small groups on a design project of their own choosing or as part of a major student team project. The goal is to develop a design proposal, consisting of the needs analysis, design specifications and project plan, followed by the initial and detailed design work. [Offered: F, S]

ME 482 – Mechanical Engineering Design Project 2

A continuation of ME 481. The final design of the major Mechanical Engineering project proposed in ME 481 will be undertaken. The purpose of this phase of the project is to carry out a detailed technical design and proof of feasibility of the solution proposed in ME 481 [Offered: W]

ME 524 – Advanced Dynamics and Vibrations

This course is a continuation of ME 212 and ME 321. It includes study of planar and three-dimensional motion of rigid bodies and systems, including gyroscopic effects. Vector (Newton's Method) and analytical (Lagrange's Equation) methods are used to derive equations of motion. Linear vibrational analyses are performed to examine natural frequencies, stability, and mode shapes. Computer simulation of non-linear systems is discussed. [Offered: W]

ME 526 – Fatigue and Fracture Analysis

Fatigue and Fracture Analysis of metallic components including welded joints. Review of test and design procedures. Sources of cyclic loading. Cyclic counting procedures and cumulative damage. S-N curves and effects of mean, residual and multiaxial stressing. Stress Concentrations; scatter and fatigue life distributions. Transition temperature concepts. Linear elastic fracture mechanics analysis of fatigue crack propagation and fracture initiation. Crack arrest. [Offered: W]

ME 531 – Physical Metallurgy Applied to Manufacturing

This course will allow the student to develop a more in depth knowledge of physical metallurgy and its application in understanding and solving relevant manufacturing problems. It will begin with a treatment of solid-state diffusion, mass transport and the principles of solidification including constitutional supercooling. This knowledge will then be applied to understand the microstructural development (and resultant properties) which occur in materials during manufacturing processes including casting, solid-state heat treatments, laser processing and various joining operations. The course will include case studies aimed at providing the students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge in a practical way. [Offered: W]

ME 533 – Non-metallic and Composite Materials

This course is intended to provide an advanced treatment of the structure, properties and processing of non-metallic and composite materials based on polymers, metals and ceramics. The structure and properties of polymers and ceramics in bulk form and as matrices and reinforcements in composites will be covered. Processing methods for non-metallics and composites (example extrusion, injection molding etc.) will be considered. The geometrical arrangement of fibres within laminae and their influences on elastic and strength properties of composites will be described based on suitable micromechanical models. The role of the matrix and fibre/matrix interface in determining composite properties will be described. [Offered: W]

ME 535 – Welding Metallurgy

Metallurgy of welding of steels (carbon, microalloy, low alloy and stainless steels), cast irons, aluminum-based, copper-based, nickel-based, cobalt-based, titanium-based and other alloys, (including dissimilar combinations) to explain the effects of welding processes and conditions (including post-weld heat treating) on microstructure and properties; causes and prevention of defects and deficiencies which can occur in different alloys, including porosity, cracking, embrittlement (hydrogen, temper, strain aging, ductile-brittle transition temperatures), overaging; metallurgy of soldered and brazed joints. Laboratory experiments will demonstrate microstructural effects and defects in a range of alloys for different welding processes and conditions. [Offered: W]

ME 538 – Welding Design, Fabrication and Quality Control

Manufacturing principles of welded mechanical components, machinery, pressure vessels and structures subject to static or dynamic loading. Design of weld joints for structures made from ferrous alloys such as plain carbon and low alloy steels and non-ferrous alloys such as aluminum alloys. Residual stresses in weldments and distortion of weldments. Quality and quality control in welding fabrication; welding standards; welding procedure qualification; nondestructive examination methods for welds and brazed joints such as radiography, dye penetrant, magnetic particle, ultrasonic, and eddy current techniques.[Offered: W]

ME 547 – Robot Manipulators: Kinematics, Dynamics, Control

Homogeneous transformations, D-H convention, forward and inverse kinematics. Differential transformations and Jacobians. Robot dynamics. Programming, trajectory generation and joint control. End-of-arm sensing and outer loop control. Industrial applications. [Offered: W]

ME 548 – Numerical Control of Machine Tools 1

Operation fundamentals of NC machine tools. NC part programming: manual, and CAD/CAM methods. Mechanics of metal cutting: examples of turning, milling, and drilling. Tool wear and breakage. Optimum cutting conditions. Dimensional and form errors due to static deformations. Dynamics of machining. Laboratory work provides hands-on experience in tool path generation, machining, and measurements of cutting forces and vibration. [Offered: F, S]

ME 555 – Computer-Aided Design

Need for geometric modelling, historic developments; wire frame models; hidden line removed models; polyhedral models; surface models and solid models. Constructive solid geometry; boundary representation and decomposition modelling. Hybrid models. Data structures and their role in modelling. Curves and surfaces in modelling (Bezier, B-splines and NURBS). Geometric models and the role of engineers. Parametric and feature-based design. The course has a heavy lab component which provides exposure to solid modelling on SDRC IDEAS and PC-based CAD packages. [Offered: W]

ME 557 – Combustion 1

Combustion thermodynamics, introduction to chemical kinetics of combustion, combustion properties of fuels, flammability of combustible mixtures. Flame propagation mechanisms, pre-mixed and diffusional; stability of flames; introduction to combustion aerodynamics, jet flames; atomization; droplet and spray combustion. Elementary ignition concepts and theory. Basic detonation theory. [Offered: W]

ME 559 – Finite Element Methods

A course presenting the fundamental ideas involved in conventional finite element analysis in Mechanical Engineering. Domain discretization, interpolation and shape functions, element derivation and types, element stiffness or property equations, assembly procedure, boundary conditions, solution methods for the algebraic equation system, applications in heat transfer, fluid flow, and stress analysis. Students will, throughout the course, write and test their own finite element code through individual subroutine construction as the course progresses. [Offered: F, S]

ME 561 – Fluid Power Control Systems

Properties of hydraulic fluids. Design and function of conventional hydraulic and pneumatic circuits. Characteristics of flow and pressure control valves. Speed control in fluid power circuits. Performance of pumps and fluid motors. Hydrostatic and hydrokinetic transmission systems. Principles of sealing, filtration and heat control in hydraulic circuits. Industrial applications of fluid power systems. [Offered: F, S]

ME 562 – Experimental Methods in Fluids

This course is focused on theory and practice of experimental analysis of fluid mechanics problems. It covers the following topics: experimental facilities and techniques for measurements in fluid flows, flow visualization, identification of appropriate tools for experimental assessment, planning of experiments, laboratory experiments, data acquisition, analysis of experimental results and uncertainty estimation. [Offered: W]

ME 563 – Turbomachines

Classification of turbomachines, performance parameters and laws of modelling. Basic equation of flow in turbomachines, compressible flow. Energy transfer in radial and axial turbomachines, performance characteristics, losses and efficiencies. Blade and cascade design, 3 dimensional effects. [Offered: W]

ME 564 – Aerodynamics

An introductory course in aerodynamics for engineers. Kinematics and dynamics of inviscid flow; airfoil dynamics including thin airfoil theory, finite wings, panel methods and airfoil parameters. Boundary layer theory and boundary layer control as applied in aerodynamics. Introduction to high speed aerodynamics. Introduction to dynamics of flight including stability and control. [Offered: W]

ME 566 – Computational Fluid Dynamics for Engineering Design

A course to develop the understanding required to simulate complex fluid flows, such as those found in turbo-machines, duct systems, and other engineering hardware. Course topics include: the physics of complex viscous fluid flows, first- and second-order finite control volume discretization methods, iterative algorithms for the solution of sparse matrix equation sets, including multi-grid acceleration, boundary condition modelling, two-equation and Reynolds stress turbulence models, and grid generation techniques. Computational fluid dynamics software is used throughout the course to simulate and analyse complex fluid flows relevant to engineering applications. [Offered: F, S]

ME 567 – Fire Safety Engineering

The art and science of fire safety engineering. Fundamentals of fire behaviour, fuels and flammability, heat transfer and fluid dynamics of fires and fire modeling. Practical issues and applications of fire safety, fire control and hazard assessment in the design of buildings, industrial environments and transportation systems. [Offered: W]

ME 571 – Air Pollution

Nature and sources of air pollution, chemical and biological aspects, effects on health and environment. Physical aspects of the atmosphere, thermodynamics, vertical variation of wind and temperature, stability, convection, atmospheric turbulence, diffusion equations, plumes, thermals, jets in stratified flow, radioactive plumes, micrometeorological instrumentation, air pollution control techniques and equipment monitoring instrumentation. [Offered: W]

ME 595 – Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering

Various courses dealing with selected topics at the undergraduate level in automation and control, solid mechanics and machine design, materials engineering and processing, fluid mechanics, and thermal engineering. Courses offered when resources permit.

ME 596 – Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering

Various courses dealing with selected topics at the undergraduate level in automation and control, solid mechanics and machine design, materials engineering and processing, fluid mechanics, and thermal engineering. Courses offered when resources permit.

ME 597 – Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering

Various courses dealing with selected topics at the undergraduate level in automation and control, solid mechanics and machine design, materials engineering and processing, fluid mechanics, and thermal engineering. Courses offered when resources permit.

ME 598 – Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering

Various courses dealing with selected topics at the undergraduate level in automation and control, solid mechanics and machine design, materials engineering and processing, fluid mechanics, and thermal engineering. Courses offered when resources permit.

ME 599 – Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering

Various courses dealing with selected topics at the undergraduate level in automation and control, solid mechanics and machine design, materials engineering and processing, fluid mechanics, and thermal engineering. Courses offered when resources permit.

ME 610 – Analytical Methods in Vibrations

This course presents the principles relevant to understanding and modelling of vibrating systems. The systems may either be continuous, or discrete with multiple degrees of freedom. The following topics of a general nature are first covered: principles of dynamics, strain energy, virtual work, the variational principle, and Lagrange's equation. Discrete-system topics covered are eigenvalue problems, modal analysis, natural modes of vibration, solution of the characteristic determinant, and approximate methods of solution, (e.g., using finite element methods). Continuous-system topics covered are formulation of the boundary value problem, vibration of rods and membranes, Rayleigh's integral method, the Rayleigh-Ritz method, and Galerkin's method. The course work includes computer algebra, computer simulation, and experiments in the laboratory.

ME 620 – Mechanics of Continua

Mathematical preliminaries; co-ordinate transformations, introduction to tensors, tensor fields and transformations, integral theorems, analysis of deformation; deformation tensors and rates of deformation tensors and their mechanical significance, convecting and rotating axes. Analysis of stress; definition of stresses and their physical significance, rates of stresses, objective stress rates. Constitutive equations for elasticity and plasticity (Prandtl-Reuss). Hardening laws and material rate sensitivity. Anisotrophy.

ME 621 – Advanced Finite Element Methods

The course covers principles of finite element method as applied to linear and non-linear problems. The course will start by reviewing fundamentals of finite element method including discretization, element formulation, assembling process, boundary conditions, solving system of equations, and post processing. The focus will then shift to non-linear FEM. A brief summary of variational calculus and the classical theory of plasticity will be followed by the theory of non-linear FEM including various numerical integration schemes. The course will also include use of software/programming with available codes/in-house codes in solving nonlinear problems.

ME 627 – Fatigue Analysis and Design

Advanced fatigue analysis including strain-based and stress-based approaches. Applications will include machine and welded components. Specific topics to include cyclic stress-strain behaviour, notch analysis, damage accumulations, multi-axial and variable amplitude loading. Probabilistic approaches and interpretation of finite element results will be addressed.

ME 628 – Fracture Mechanics

Linear elastic, elastic-plastic and fully plastic approaches to the analysis of cracked components. Calculation and measurement of fracture mechanics parameters - Charpy, strain energy release rate, stress intensity factor, crack tip opening displacement and J-integral - will be covered, including correlations between the various parameters and limitations on their use. Applications will include the analysis of sub-critical crack growth (fatigue) and design procedures, especially the failure assessment diagram approach.

ME 631 – Mechanical Metallurgy

Elastic, anelastic and plastic properties of single crystals and polycrystalline aggregates. Relationship between single crystal and polycrystalline deformation. Dislocation theory applied to deformation processes at high and low temperatures. Microscopic aspects of ductile and brittle fracture.

ME 632 – Experimental Methods in Materials Engineering

This course will focus on techniques used to characterise materials including metals, ceramics, polymers and composites. Techniques will include scanning and transmission electron microscopy, x-ray and neutron diffraction, thermal analysis (DSC, DMA, TGA, dilactometry), and quantitative metallography. Some of the techniques covered in lectures will be used in laboratory exercises. These exercises will be used to demonstrate the practical use of the equipment and illustrate materials processing, microstructure and property relationships.

ME 640 – Autonomous Mobile Robotics

This course presents the fundamentals of Autonomous Mobile Robotics, including both perception and planning for autonomous operation. Topics in Perception include sensor modeling, vehicle state estimation using Bayes Filters, Kalman Filters, and Particle Filters, and simultaneous localization and mapping. Topics in Planning include vehicle motion modeling and control, reactive, graph based and optimal motion planning. An emphasis on examples from recent research in the area pervades the course content. The course requires background knowledge in state space modeling, linear algebra, probability theory and optimization theory.

ME 645 – Metallurgy and Plasticity in Metalworking

The interaction of material properties and process variables in plastic deformation processes. Phenomena of hot, warm and cold working. Thermo-mechanical processing. Flow stress and workability. Effects of hydrostatic pressure. Analysis of stress and strain state in forging, rolling, extrusion, drawing and sheet metalworking.

ME 648 – Surface Modelling in Machining

This course presents the principles behind the mathematical representation of surfaces in ways that are suitable for computers, together with the application of such representations to computer-controlled machining processes. The Bezier, B-spline and NURBS representations are all covered, as are important surface properties, like curvature, shortest-distance algorithms, ray-intersection, surface sub-division, knot insertion, and degree elevation. Machining aspects covered are three-, four- and five-axis methods, anti-gouging methods and anti-interference checking.

ME 649 – Control of Machines and Processes

The concepts of computer-aided manufacturing, microcomputer systems and interfacing techniques for industrial applications. Conversion techniques, timing considerations, thermal and optical sensing, interpolation methods for control of drive systems and programmable controllers are representative of the topics presented. Hardware and software design of real time microcomputer systems which are then implemented in the laboratory constitute a major portion of the course requirements.

ME 651 – Heat Conduction

Steady and transient heat conduction in isotropic media. Review of fundamental principles of heat conduction and boundary conditions. Introduction to the concept of thermal resistance of systems and of thermal constriction resistance. Derivation of gradient, divergence, Laplacian, conduction equation, boundary conditions and thermal resistance in general orthogonal curvilinear co-ordinates. Solutions of conduction equations in several co-ordinate systems. Introduction to finite difference and finite element formulations of the conduction equation in curvilinear co-ordinates.

ME 652 – Convective Heat Transfer

Derivation of the general energy equation. Parameters required for determination of heat transfer in laminar and turbulent flows. Fully numerical solutions, exact solutions, and approximate solutions for internal and external flows. Problems involving frictional heating, property variations and mass injection at the wall will be considered. If interest is indicated, special topics such as heat transfer by boiling, condensation and evaporation will be discussed.

ME 653 – Radiation Heat Transfer

Blackbody radiation; properties of surfaces; heat exchange between black, isothermal surfaces; heat exchange in an enclosure composed of diffuse-gray surfaces; radiation in the presence of other modes of heat transfer; radiation in absorbing-emitting media; heat exchange in enclosures containing absorbing-emitting gases; flames, luminous flames and particle radiation.

ME 659 – Energy and Environment

Review Canada's and the world's energy situation from energy reserve availability, to consumption trends, to environmental impact. Energy resources covered include fossil fuels, nuclear, solar, wind, geothermal, and others. The technological capabilities and challenges associated with, and physics and engineering principles behind, a range of energy conversion systems are covered. The energy conversion systems covered are fossil fuel systems, nuclear fission power plants, photovoltaic and thermal solar collector systems, wind energy systems, and a range of other systems as appropriate from wave and tidal energy to fuel cells. The thermodynamics of energy conversion systems is considered from the perspectives of optimization and improving energy conversion efficiency. May be held with ME 459 (Energy Conversion) but with enhancements for the ME 659 students. Also offered Online.

ME 662 – Advanced Fluid Mechanics

Cartesian tensor forms of basic equations; vorticity; Reynolds number effects; ideal, irrotational flow, some exact viscous solutions. Selection of topics from: boundary layer theory with heat and mass transfer; slow viscous flows and lubrication; hydrodynamic stability of laminar flows; special topics.

ME 663 – Computational Fluid Dynamics

This course presents the concepts and details required to develop computer codes for the simulation of complex multidimensional fluid flows. The following topics will be covered: the finite volume discretization method, discretization schemes for diffusive fluxes, iterative solution algorithms, multigrid acceleration techniques, first and second order bounded discretization schemes for advective fluxes, special treatments for the coupled momentum and mass conservation equations, pressure redistribution techniques, velocity-pressure solution techniques, and extensions to multi-dimensions. Enrichment topics will be chosen from the following research areas: grid generation, turbulence modelling, and emerging discretization and solution algorithm technologies.

ME 664 – Turbulent Flow

Stochastic concepts, averages, correlation coefficients, auto-correlation functions, spectra. Space and time scales of turbulent fluctuations, energy dissipation in turbulence. Correlation and spectral tensors in three dimensions, isotropic forms. Equations of motion, spectral equation for isotropic turbulence. Universal equilibrium theory, the Kolmogoroff spectrum. Turbulence transport modelling for engineering calculation of turbulent shear flows.

ME 670 – Atmospheric Dynamics

Hydrodynamic equations of motion on a rotating axis. Geostropic balance in the atmosphere and oceans, vertical variation of wind and pressure fields in the atmosphere, mechanisms of pressure change, vorticity equation.

ME 671 – Fundamental Fire Dynamics

Fuels and their chemical structure. Polymers and polymer decomposition, ignition of liquids and solids, geometric and chemical effects. Combustion processes and reaction stoichiometry. Ignition, catalysis and combustion kinetics. Heat of reaction, flame temperature, fire heat release rate. Flammability, evaporation, flashpoint. Conduction, convection and radiation heat transfer in fire analysis. Gas and flame radiation, point source, planar models. Premixed flames, explosions, deflagrations. Suppression, flame arrestors, "explosion proof" equipment. Diffusion and jet flames, fire plumes, flame heights, CO, soot and smoke formation. (Also offered Online)

ME 672 – Advanced Fire Dynamics

Ignitability of materials, flame spread, burning rates. Specification of design fires. Stages of room fires, hot layer development and composition. Thermal stratification, entrainment, ceiling flames and jets, smoke filling. Principles of ventilation, wall and ceiling vents, pressure distributions, smoke control. Wall and ceiling heat transfer, corner effects. Enclosure and zone radiation. Room fire growth and spread, flashover, rapid fire growth phenomena. Use of zone/field models for fire development. (Also offered Online)

ME 673 – Fire Modelling

Introduction to Computational Fluids Dynamics (CFD) simulation of complex, fire-related flows. First-and second-order finite control volume discretization and iterative solution methods. Introduction to finite element analysis. Boundary conditions, turbulence models and grid generation techniques. Assessment of strengths, limitations and uncertainty in simulation of complex applications relevant to fire engineering. Introduction to zone and field models, such as CFAST and FDS, with application to practical fire engineering applications and design. ME 671 recommended but not required. (Also offered Online)

ME 680 – Advanced Design Engineering

An overview of advanced engineering design, from the establishment of the need to preliminary design, including formal and informal methods to facilitate and encourage innovation. Focus is places on a fundamental understanding of the problem and various theoretical and practical techniques to arrive at feasible solutions. There is a strong focus on piratical applications, including case studies, and culminating in a major design project.

ME 681 – Advanced Design Engineering- Design Project 1

In this course students apply design methods, principles and practices learned in the previous course (ME 680) to a highly authentic design project challenge. Students apply methods, principles and practices related largely to proposal refinement, needs assessment, conceptual design, embodiment design, design verification and design project communication. Aspects of design safety, sustainability and professional ethics and emphasized during the realization of the design project. Three graded design project reviews provide formative and summative assessment opportunities, as well as weekly instructor mentorship and assignments, preferably in a studio setting.

ME 682 – Advanced Design Engineering- Design Project 2

In this course students apply design methods, principles and practices learned in the previous courses (ME 680 and ME 681) to a highly authentic design project challenge. Students apply methods, principles and practices related largely to embodiment design, design verification, design implementation and refinement and design project communication. Aspects of design safety, sustainability and professional ethics and emphasized during the realization of the design project. Three graded design project reviews provide formative and summative assessment opportunities, as well as weekly instructor mentorship and assignments, preferably in a studio setting.

ME 705 – Special Topics in Tribology

Various courses dealing with selected aspects of friction, lubrication and wear, including contact phenomena, lubricant behaviour under concentrated contact conditions, and lubrication in special environments. Subject to approval of instructor.

ME 706 – Advanced Tribology

Mechanical engineering aspects of tribology are emphasized. Topics include the fundamentals of fluid film lubrication and contact mechanics. These fundamentals are applied to model friction, surface temperatures, boundary lubrication, mixed film lubrication, elastohydrodynamic lubrication and wear. Specific applications may be presented, if time permits. ME 423 is a recommended but not an essential prerequisite.

ME 707 – Machinery Noise and Vibration Analysis

Deterministic and random signal analysis. Digital spectral analysis. Data analysis. Further aspects of theoretical acoustics, spherical wave propagation, effects of attenuation due to damping. Applications of the fast Fourier transform. Structural acoustic coupling. Statistical analyses applied to signal processing. Gear and bearing noise. Impacting noise from machinery. Machinery health monitoring system. System identification of potential equipment breakdown.

ME 709 – Control Engineering and Mechanical Systems

This course is aimed at applications of control to Mechanical Systems. Course contents: Review of Control; Poles and zeros, Transfer functions, Time Reponse, Actuators, Electrical Systems, PID Control, designing controllers with root locus, state space representations, phase planes, stability concepts, frequency Response. Applications to Mechanical systems: Robots, Hydraulic systems, Active Vibration Control.

ME 710 – Special Topics in Control Systems

ME 711 – Non-Linear Vibrations

Review of linear systems; free and forced vibrations; conservation systems; general autonomous systems; equilibrium and periodic solutions, linearization and Lyapunov stability criteria; Poincare-Bendixon theorem; quantitative analysis of weakly nonlinear systems in free and forced vibrations using perturbation methods; bifurcations and chaos in dynamical systems. This course will use computer programs (such as MAPLE and MATLAB) for simulation and analysis.

ME 720 – Special Topics in Solid Mechanics

ME 722 – Topics in Pressure Vessel Design

Design and analysis of pressure vessels, safety considerations and interpretation of pressure vessel codes. Fatigue and fracture modes of failure. Intersecting vessels and connections. Computer techniques of analysis.

ME 725 – Special Topics in Advanced Stress Analysis

Various courses dealing with advanced topics in stress analysis such as finite element and other computational techniques, variational approaches, continuum mechanics, plasticity, contact and dynamic stresses. Subject to approval of instructor.

ME 729 – Special Topics in Advanced Machine Design Methods

Various courses concerned with advanced topics and methods in machine design, such as reliability, life-cycle design, computer-aided design, and kinematic synthesis. Subject to approval of instructor.

ME 731 – Corrosion and Oxidation

Electrochemical reactions and equilibria in ionic systems. Electrode kinetics and rates of corrosion. Modes of corrosive attack including stress corrosion cracking and hydrogen embrittlement. Corrosion prevention through materials selection, design, cathodic and anodic protection and coatings. Mechanisms and kinetics of high temperature oxidation. Selection of high temperature materials for maximum service lives. Discussion of technologically important material-environment combinations.

ME 732 – Thermodynamics and Phase Transformations

Atomistic and thermodynamic interpretation of the fundamental properties of solids. Diffusion, solidification, solid-state transformations (civilian and military), surface behaviour, phase equilibria, oxidation, corrosion.

ME 734 – Composite Materials

Fibrous, lamellar and particle reinforced composites. The effect of combinations of brittle and ductile phases on the mode of deformation of an aggregate. The reinforcing mechanism of continuous and discontinuous fibres. Fracture and energy absorbing characteristics of composite materials.

ME 735 – Special Topics - Welding and Joining

Discussion of selected current topics in materials science and engineering.

ME 736 – Topics in Mechanical Metallurgy

ME 737 – Microstructural Engineering Topics

ME 738 – Special Topics in Materials

ME 739 – Manufacturing Processes Topics

ME 741 – Design of Intelligent Systems: Mechatronics

Review of modelling and approximation of dynamic systems. Review of classical control theory. Electronic realisation of control elements and compensations: ideal and real PID. Elements of digital control theory: sampling theorem, z-transform and digital filters. Review of computer interfacing, power amplifiers, sequential logic, encoders, and motor control. The course involves practical projects and significant laboratory usage.

ME 742 – Modelling and Control of Dynamic Systems

Review of classical system modelling. Introducing bondgraphs as a unified approach in modelling of mechanical, electrical, thermal, and fluid dynamic systems. Application of bondgraphs to multibody dynamics. State space representation and response of linear systems. Review of classical linear control theory. Introduction to modern control theory and study system characteristics: controllability, observability and stability.

ME 743 – Modal Analysis and Modelling

Computer-aided engineering complements CAD/CAM by helping the engineer design not only individual components, but also design and analyse total systems. This course deals with the area of advanced vibration analysis and modelling using a combination of data acquisition and software analysis methods. This modal analysis approach to design uses several software packages. Topics discussed are the theory of modal analysis, parameter estimation and error assessment, computer modelling of structures, practical aspects of good data collection and manipulation. The course involves significant laboratory usage.

ME 745 – Quality Assurance and Reliability in Manufacturing

Building quality in manufacturing processes and products through statistical design of experiments. Reliability engineering and the association with quality. Reliability models of systems. Maintainability, and fault free analysis.

ME 747 – Topics in Manufacturing

Various courses dealing with recent advances in manufacturing systems.

ME 748 – Topics in Surface Modelling

ME 749 – Special Topics in Machining

ME 750 – Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics

The assumption of local equilibrium in continuous systems; entropy production; the properties of real gases and their equations of state; statistical thermodynamics and the calculation of perfect gas properties; introduction to Second-Law Analysis; the principle of entropy maximization and the Janes-Tribus formalism.

ME 751 – Fuel Cell Technology

Introduction to the principle and operation of various types of fuel cells (such as alkaline, proton exchange membrane, phosphoric acid, molten carbonate, solid oxide, and direct methanol fuel cells). Configuration of individual cell, stack and fuel cell system. Overview of fuel cell technology. Thermodynamics of fuel cells. Introduction to electrochemical kinetics. Transport-related phenomena and conservation equations for reacting multi-component systems. Fuel cell system design, optimization and economics. Fuel cell performance modelling. Challenges of fuel cell commercialization. (Also offered Online)

ME 753 – Solar Energy

Terrestrial and extra-terrestrial solar radiation; radiative and optical properties of materials; basic and advanced flat plate solar thermal converters, focussing converters, solar-electric converters, solar photovoltaic cells, thermal storage; applications to building heating and cooling systems, industrial heat and central electric plants. (Also offered Online)

ME 755 – Advanced Differential Equations and Special Functions

General linear second order ordinary differential equations. Hypergeometric functions, confluent hypergeometric functions. Legendre and Bessel functions. Orthogonality, generating functions, asymptotic expansions, integral relations. Hermite, Legendre, Laquerre and other orthogonal polynomials. Advanced Fourier series; Laplace, Fourier and other integral transforms. Problems from several areas of engineering.

ME 756 – Combustion 2

The equations of flowing, reacting mixtures; estimation of transport properties; elements of heat transfer from flames: radiation and convection; applied chemical kinetics of combustion: effects of pressure, temperature and surfaces; explosions; kinetics of pollutant formation in flames: flame inhibition chemistry; coupled processes: ignition, flame spreading, staged reactions; diffusion flames: flame aerodynamics with turbulence, buoyancy, and swirl; furnace and burner combustion: sprays, jets, stability, noice; mass fires; behaviour, properties.

ME 758 – Thermal Contact Resistance

Theory and application of thermal contact resistance. Parameters influencing contact resistance. Metrology of machined surfaces and their geometric interaction. Mechanical interaction of machined surfaces. Review of elasticity and plasticity theories. Discussion of modified Hertzian theory, including the effect of surface roughness. Thermal constriction resistance theories of circular, rectangular, elliptic, linear strip and annular strip contact areas. Theory of heat flux tubes. Superposition of microscopic and macroscopic resistance. Contacts in vacuum. Effect of interstitial fluids. Effect of metallic and non-metallic substances. Application of theory to industrial problems and well-defined systems such as bearings and powder substances.

ME 759 – Advanced Experimental Methods in Thermal and Fluids Engineering

Design of experiments, error analysis, thermometry, flow visualization, anemometry, barometry, gas chromatography, radiation spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy, photography and thermal radiation flux measurement. Application of these methods to measurements in reacting and non-reacting fluids.

ME 760 – Special Topics in Thermal Engineering

ME 761 – Fluid Dynamic Design of Turbomachines

Basic equations in stationary and rotating coordinate systems, forms suitable for axial flow and centrifugal flow machinery. Analysis and experimental characteristics of two-dimensional cascades, analysis of circular cascades. Effects of turbulence. Axisymmetric and general three-dimensional flows in diffusers, inlets, volutes and blade passages.

ME 762 – Turbulent Diffusion in the Natural Environment

Statistical quantities of interest in turbulent diffusion; Eulerian and Lagrangian probability distributions, averages, correlations, spectra. Specific prediction models for atmospheric and oceanic mixing processes, diffusion in a homogeneous field in a boundary layer. Effects of density stratification, buoyant movements.

ME 765 – Special Topics in Fluid Mechanics

ME 770 – Special Topics in Numerical Methods, Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer

Various courses dealing with numerical methods of predicting the fluid flow, heat transfer and chemical reaction in engineering equipment, in the human body, and in the environment. The methods usually involve the solution of partial differential equations of the parabolic, elliptic and hyperbolic type.

ME 780 – Special Topics in Mechatronics