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The following courses are offered by Engineering Online, the Distance Education Division of NC State's College of Engineering. The SEMESTER notation indicates past and tentative future scheduling.


COURSE   TITLE SEMESTER
MAE 495   Graduate Preparation: Engineering Statics and Dynamics Spring, Fall
Graduate Preparation: Engineering Statics and Dynamics is a “bridge” course that was developed for students entering the graduate program in aerospace or mechanical engineering who lack background in engineering statics and dynamics. 3 credit hours

MAE 495   Graduate Preparation: Thermodynamics and Fluids Spring, Fall
Graduate Preparation: Engineering Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics is a bridge course that is developed for students entering the graduate program in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering and lack the background in Engineering Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics. 3 credit hours

MAE 495   Graduate Preparation: Solid Mechanics and Vibrations Spring, Fall
Graduate Preparation: Solid Mechanics and Vibrations is a “bridge” course that was developed for students entering the graduate program in aerospace or mechanical engineering who lack background in engineering structures and vibrations. 3 credit hours

MAE 501   Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics Fall
Review of the first and second laws of thermodynamics and of thermodynamic properties; Availability analysis; Equations of state and property calculations; Thermodynamic property relations; Multi-component systems; Multiphase systems including phase equilibrium; Chemical reactions; Irreversible thermodynamics including applications to thermoelectric and diffusional processes. 3 credit hours

MAE 504   Fluid Dynamics of Combustion I Fall
Gas-phase thermochemistry including chemical equilibrium and introductory chemical kinetics. Homogeneous reaction phenomena. Subsonic and supersonic combustion waves in premixed reactants (deflagration and detonation). Effects of turbulence. Introduction to diffusion flame theory. 3 credit hours

MAE 505   Heat Transfer Theory and Applications Fall
Development of basic equations for steady and transient heat and mass transfer processes. Emphasis on application of basic equations to engineering problems in areas of conduction, convection, mass transfer and thermal radiation. 3 credit hours

MAE 511   Advanced Dynamics with Applications to Aerospace Systems Fall
Basic topics in advanced dynamics, including rotating coordinate systems, Euler angles, three-dimensional kinematics and kinetics, angular momentum methods and an introduction to analytical mechanics. The advanced dynamics topics presented can be used to model the dynamics of engineering systems undergoing rotation and/or translation, such as aerospace vehicles, land-based vehicles, ships, submarines, wind turbines, biomechanical systems, machine tools, and robotic systems. 3 credit hours

MAE 513   Principles of Structural Vibrations Fall
Principles of structural vibration beginning from single and multi-degree of freedom systems and extending to distributed systems. Forced system response, vibration of strings, bars, shafts and beams and an introduction to finite element methods.  3 credit hours

MAE 515   Advanced Automotive Vehicle Dynamics Spring
A duel-level course designed for seniors and first year graduate students.  This course of advanced vehicle dynamics begins with whole vehicle motion, including acceleration, braking, aerodynamics, steering, rollover, and  extends to vehicle component dynamics, including tire, drive train, steering, suspension, and vehicle vibration.  3 credit hours

MAE 517   Advanced Precision Manufacturing for Products, Systems and Processes Summer, Fall
This is a graduate level course designed for graduate students and undergraduate seniors. This course examines precision issues for products, manufacturing machines, processes, and instruments. Modern manufacturing technologies are distinct in their multifarious nature in product sizes, materials, energy forms, theories, and information types; however, the key to their success relies on the management of precision. This course discusses issues critical to both existing precision manufacturing and future sub-micron/nano technology. Important topics include fundamental mechanical accuracies; manufacturing systems and processes; geometric dimensioning and tolerancing; process planning, tolerance charts, and statistical process control; principles of accuracy, repeatability, and resolution; error assessment and calibration; error budget; reversal principles; joint design and stiffness consideration; precision sensing and control; precision laser material processing. 3 credit hours

MAE 518   Acoustic Radiation I Fall, Spring
Introduction to principles of acoustic radiation from vibrating bodies and their related fields. The radiation of simple sources, propagation of sound waves in confined spaces and transmission through different media. 3 credit hours

MAE 521   Linear Control and Design for Mimo Systems Spring
Linear Multivariable control and design for multibody engineering systems (robotics) and aircraft controls and navigation. Emphasis on multi-input and multi-output (MIMO) system analysis and design using frequency-based approach. Controllability andobservability, transmission zeroes and pole-zero cancellation, eigenstructures, singular value decomposition in frequency domain, stability and performance robustness of MIMO systems. 3 credit hours

MAE 526   Fundamentals of Product Design Spring, Summer
Many tend to think of product design as more of an art than a science. However, the growing body of research in the engineering design community teaches us ways to navigate the design of consumer products using interdisciplinary design tools and rational decision making. This course introduces students to scientific design techniques that are more effective than “ad hoc” tactics. By exploring how engineering principles integrate with “real world” design challenges, students will learn to solve product design problems that encompass heterogeneous markets, multiple disciplines, and large-scale complex systems. 3 credit hours

MAE 531   Engineering Design Optimization Spring, Summer
Nonlinear optimization techniques with applications in various aspects of engineering design. Terminology, problem formulation, single and multiple design variables, constraints, classical and heuristic approaches, single and multiobjective problems, response surface modeling, and tradeoffs in complex engineering systems. Numerical optimization algorithms and computer-based implementation of these optimization techniques. Graduate standing in engineering and general coding skills recommended. 3 credit hours

MAE 533   Finite Element Analysis I Summer
This course will provide a general preparation in finite element methods with an emphasis on structural analysis.  The course is intended for graduate engineering, science, and mathematics students who will pursue further work and research in specialized areas such as structural mechanics, elasticity, plasticity, fracture mechanics, mechanical design, heat transfer, and numerical analysis. 3 credit hours

MAE 535   Design of Electromechanical Systems (also offered as ECE 535) Spring, Summer
A practical introduction to electromechanical systems with emphasis on modeling, analysis and design techniques. Provides theory and practical tools for the design of electric machines (standard motors, linear actuators, magnetic bearings, LVDTs, etc). Involves a “hands on” experimental demonstration and culminates in an industry-sponsored design project. Topics include Maxwell's equations, magnetic circuit analysis, electromechanical energy conversion, finite element analysis, and design techniques. 3 credit hours

MAE 536   Micro-Nano Electromechanical Systems Fall
Fundamentals and applications of micro/nano sensors and actuators. Emphasis upon MEMS/NEMS design, microfabrication techniques, and case studies of typical MEMS devices. It also covers the recent progress in nanomaterials and NEMS devices. 3 credit hours

MAE 537   Mechanics of Composite Structures Spring
Material properties of fiber reinforced composite materials are derived from both micro-mechanical and macro-mechanical perspectives. Classical plate theory, failure theories, buckling and vibration of laminated plates are covered. Manufacturing techniques and experimental testing procedures are also introduced. 3 credit hours

MAE 539   Advanced Materials (also offered as MSE 539) Spring
Introduces advanced materials for engineers, emphasizing the processing / structure / properties / function relation and application of a number of advanced materials mainly for Biomedical, Mechanical and Aerospace applications. Topics include Ultra light materials (various classes of metallic foams and their processing and applications), Biomaterials (classes and application of materials in medicine and dentistry), composites (classes and application), and Refractory materials and coatings for high temperature applications. 3 credit hours

MAE 543   Fracture Mechanics Summer
Concept of elastic stress intensity factor, Griffith energy balance, determination of the elastic field at a sharp crack tip via eigenfunction expansion methods, J integrals analysis, experimental determination of fracture toughness, fatigue crack growth, elastic-plastic crack tip fields. Emphasis on modern numerical methods for determination of stress intensity factors, critical crack sizes and fatigue crack propagation rate predictions. 3 credit hours

MAE 544   Real Time Robotics Summer
The course is designed for the first-year graduate program in either mechanical or electrical engineering. The course gives a thorough treatment of the kinematics and dynamics as well as key advances in motion control of robot manipulators. Students will develop proficiency in using homogeneous transformation for complex kinematic structures, in analyzing forward and inverse dynamics of linked mechanisms, and in developing motion control techniques for machines in 6-dimensional space. Along with issues in real-time control, the course covers practical issues related to sensing, feedback control under modeling inaccuracies, and parameter variation.  The control techniques treated in the course have a wide range of applications in various industries such as in aerospace, machine tool, and heavy-equipment. The course will conclude with practical applications and emerging topics and future directions in robotics. 3 credit hours

MAE 545   Metrology in Precision Manufacturing Spring
Over the years, design rules have been developed to produce accurate and repeatable machines. These rules work equally well for a scanning tunneling microscope that is designed to measure atomic dimensions or a coordinate measuring machine designed to measure the dimensions of an automobile body. This course will define these rules and illustrate methods of predicting and measuring errors in mechanical systems. 3 credit hours

MAE 550   Foundations of Fluid Dynamics Summer
Review of basic thermodynamics pertinent to gas dynamics. Detailed development of general equations governing fluid motion in both differential and integral forms. Simplification of the equations to those for specialized flow regimes. Similarity parameters. Applications to simple problems in various flow regimes. 3 credit hours

MAE 551   Airfoil Theory Fall
Development of fundamental aerodynamic theory. Emphasis upon mathematical analysis and derivation of equations of motion, airfoil theory and comparison with experimental results. Introduction to super sonic flow theory. 3 credit hours

MAE 561   Wing Theory Summer
Fundamentals of subsonic flow over finite wings. Analysis methods and design considerations for finite wings. Detailed development of lifting-line theory and discrete-vortex Weissinger's method for high aspect ratio wings of arbitrary platform. Overview of vortex-lattice methods and panel methods. Discussion of Munk's theorems and their use in determining optimum downwash and lift distributions for multiple and non-planar wings. Design issues for winglets, tailless, aft-tail, and canard-configured aircraft. Introduction to propeller theory. 3 credit hours

MAE 562   Physical Gas Dynamics Fall
An introduction to high speed and Hypersonic flows. Emphasis is placed on reacting flows and flows involving thermal nonequilibrium and radiation. 3 credit hours

MAE 586   Project Work in Mechanical Engineering Summer, Fall
Individual investigation of a problem stemming from a mutual student-faculty interest. Emphasis on providing a situation for exploiting student curiosity. This course is required for all students in the distance MSME or MSAE degree programs. 3 credit hours

MAE 589   Applied Aerodynamics Spring
This recently-developed course titled Applied Aerodynamics is offered both as an under- graduate special-topics elective (MAE 495) and a graduate special-topics course (MAE 589). The course will discuss the effect of aerodynamics on relevant aerospace and non-aerospace applications. The main focus of the course will be the prediction of aerodynamic forces and moments on vehicles and devices, and a discussion of how these forces affect the form and function of the various applications where aerodynamic plays an important role. Applications will include aircraft and non-aeronautical applications like race cars, wind-power devices, propellers, and rotorcraft, and some applications from nature like formation flight, flapping wings, etc. An important feature of the course will be the use of simple performance and system simulations to clearly understand the effects of the aerodynamics on the system behavior. For this, the equations of motion of the system will be simulated using the ODE suite available in the Matlab with functions that include aerodynamic forces acting on the vehicle.The course will be suitable for both AE and ME students. MAE 589 students will be assigned additional assignments and/or problems beyond those assigned to MAE 495 students. 3 credit hours

MAE 589   Mechanical Design Engineering Spring
The presentation and application of the practices and methodologies of engineering problem solving to assist mechanical engineering design practitioners develop the skills of inventiveness, operational analysis, and decision-making critical to the implementation of the engineering design process. Practice in creativity exercise applications and the solution and evaluation of real mechanical engineering design problems together with critical analysis of relevant case studies. 3 credit hours.

Course Justification: Creating and producing designs of products, processes and systems that meet the growing needs and desires of our modern technology based society represents the crowning achievement of the practice of engineering. Such designs are founded in the innovative application of the physical principles and engineering science content that constitute the bulk of the undergraduate curriculum of defined engineering disciplines, i.e. mechanical, electrical, civil, etc. However, a successful design output is critically dependent on skills of implementation and execution whose development receive only minor attention in the formal educational process. The objective of this course is to help existing and future designers develop these skills to be more successful in the application of the design process. Specifically, the three skills that are addressed are inventiveness, operational analysis and decision-making.

MAE 688   Non-Thesis Master's Continuous Registration Fall
For students in non-thesis master's programs who have completed all credit hour requirements for their degree but need to maintain half-time continuous registration to complete incomplete grades, final master's exam, etc. 1 credit hour

MAE 734   Finite Element Analysis II Spring
Advanced treatment of finite element analysis for non-linear mechanics problems, including most recent developments in efficient solution procedures. Plate bending and shell elements, computational plasticity and viscoplastic materials, large deformation formulations, initial stability and buckling, structural vibrations, incompressible elasticity, contact problems, flow in incompressible media, weighted residuals and field problems. Development of efficient algorithms for practical application. 3 credit hours

MAE 789   Advanced Analytical Methods in Structural Vibrations Spring
To extend basic vibration topics and techniques and provide a physical understanding of the response of complex systems. The fundamentals of analytical mechanics are introduced and will be used to derive equations of motion. 3 credit hours