Fields of Mechanical Engineering [Mechanical engineering]

Fields of Mechanical Engineering

Areas of Interest in Mechanical Engineering

Areas of interest include:

Biomedical and Engineering Fluid Mechanics
Combustion and the Environment
Ground Vehicle Systems
Heat Transfer, Thermodynamics, and Energy Systems
Manufacturing
Mechanical Design, System Dynamics and Control
Transportation Systems

Biomedical and Engineering Fluid Mechanics

This field of study is based on the fundamentals of fluid mechanics and their broad range of applications in the biomedical and engineering arenas. Areas of current research include blood circulation in the body and its potential role in the regulation of normal physiological function and in the development of disease; groundwater and atmospheric flows and their implications for pollutant transport and environmental concerns; aerodynamic flow around transportation vehicles and its impact on vehicle performance; and flow in combustion engines and other energy systems with considerations of efficiency and environmental impact. These areas are investigated both experimentally and computationally.

Suggested Technical Electives: Aerospace Science and Engineering 138; Engineering 160 (only one unit of credit towards technical electives requirements); Chemical Engineering 161A, 161B; Civil and Environmental Engineering 144, 149; Mechanical Engineering 161, 163.

Suggested Advisers: Aldredge, Chattot, Hafez, Kennedy, Shaw, van Dam, Wexler.

Combustion and the Environment

Combustion is widely used for energy generation, propulsion, heating, and waste disposal, as well as for many other applications. Mechanical engineers are often heavily involved with the design of combustion systems (internal combustion engines, gas turbines, furnaces, etc.) and deal with aspects of combustion ranging from increasing efficiencies to reducing pollutant emissions. This area of interest is designed for those who would like to work in fields that use combustion, or that deal with pollution related to combustion. With the current increased emphasis on reducing pollutants while efficiency is maintained or increased, the efforts of mechanical engineers in designing and improving combustion systems are becoming more important.

The program of study focuses on basic aspects of combustion, such as the properties of flames and fuels and pollution; applications of combustion to practical systems like engines and burners; design and optimization of systems that use combustion; and environmental considerations like pollution generation, control, transport, and effect.

Suggested Technical Electives: Mechanical Engineering 161, 163; Civil and Environmental Engineering 149, 150



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