Thermal / Fluids Science Courses

MEM 502 Energy Utilization and Conservation
Covers energy supply, demand, and conservation; energy economics and corporate decision-making; thermodynamic cycles of thermal energy systems and their engineering application; electric utility economic and technical perspectives; and energy source supply, demand, and technologies, including coal, nuclear, and solar. (R)

MEM 503 Advanced HVAC Analysis
Prerequisite: MEM 412 or MEM 800 - HVAC Analysis; co-requisite: MEM 504. Covers low-temperature psychrometrics. desiccation, transient heat flow, and depyrogenation. (Y, S)

MEM 504 HVAC Equipment
Prerequisite: knowledge of HVAC or permission of instructor. Covers performance of air handlers, pumps, direct expansion systems, chillers, cooling towers, and similar equipment. (Y, W)

MEM 505 HVAC Controls
Prerequisite: knowledge of HVAC or permission of instructor. Covers control theory and application to heating, ventilating, air conditioning, including pneumatic, fluidic, and electronic controls. (Y, S)

MEM 506 Gas Turbines and Jet Propulsion
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Covers fundamentals of thermodynamics and aerothermodynamics, and application to propulsion engines; thermodynamic cycles and performance analysis of gas turbines and air-breathing propulsion systems, turbojet , turboprop, ducted fan, ramjet, and ducted rocket; theory and design of ramjets, liquid and solid rockets, air-augmented rockets, and hybrid rockets; aerodynamics of flames, including the thermodynamics and kinetics of combustion reactions; supersonic combustion technology and zero-g propulsion problems; and propulsion systems comparison and evaluation for space missions. (O, S)

MEM 521 Fluid Power Control
Prerequisite: MEM 636 or equivalent. Reviews pertinent theories of fluid flow, including fluid pump parameters. operating forces on control valves and actuators, hydraulic and pneumatic control systems, and fluid amplifiers. (E, S)

MEM 601 Statistical Thermodynamics I
Covers probability theory; statistical interpretation of the laws of thermodynamics; systems of independent particles; systems of dependent particles; kinetic theory of dilute gases; quantum mechanics; energy storage and degrees of freedom; and thermochemical properties of monatomic, diatomic, and polyatomic gases. (E, F)

MEM 602 Statistical Thermodynamics II
Prerequisite: MEM 601. Covers analysis of monatomic solids, theory of liquids, chemical equilibrium, kinetic and thermochemical description of rate processes. transport phenomena, and spectroscopy. (E, W)

MEM 603 Advanced Thermodynamics
Covers reformulation of empirical thermodynamics in terms of basic postulates presentation of the geometrical. mathematical interpretation of thermodynamics: Legendre transforms; requirements for chemical and phase equilibrium; first- and second-order phase transitions; Onsager reciprocal relations; and irreversible thermodynamics. (R)

MEM 611 Conduction Heat Transfer
Covers conduction of heat through solid, liquid, and gaseous media: advanced analytical methods of analysis, including integral transform and Green's functions, the use of sources and sinks, and numerical and experimental analogy methods; and variational techniques. (Y, F)

MEM 612 Convection Heat Transfer
Covers convective heat transfer without change of phase or constitution, fundamental equations, exact solutions, application of the principle of similarity and the boundary-layer concept to convective heat transfer, similarity between heat and momentum transfer, and heat transfer in high-velocity flows. (Y, W)

MEM 613 Radiation Heat Transfer
Covers radiation heat transfer between surfaces and within materials that absorb and emit. Formulates and applies methods of analysis to problems involving radiation alone and radiation combined with conduction and convection. (Y, S)

MEM 621 Foundations of Fluid Mechanics
Prerequisite: see department. Covers kinematics and dynamics of fluid motion; Lagrangian and Eulerian description of motion; transport theorem; continuity and
momentum equations (Navier-Stokes equations); vorticity vector and equation;
three-dimensional, axisymmetric, and two-dimensional complex potential flows;
constitutive equations of a viscous fluid; dynamic similarity; Stokes flow; and
similarity analysis. (Y, F)

MEM 622 Boundary Layers: Laminar and Turbulent
Prerequisite: MEM 601. Covers laminar boundary layers; approximate integral method; three-dimensional laminar boundary layer and boundary-lager control; transient boundary-layer flows; the integral momentum equation; origins of turbulence; transition to turbulent flow; Reynolds-averaged equations; Reynolds stress; measurement of turbulent quantities; study of turbulent wall bounded flows, including pipe flow, flow over a flat plate, and flow over a rotating disk; and boundary layer in a pressure gradient. (Y, W)

MEM 701 Physical Gas Dynamics
Prerequisite: MEM 602 or permission of instructor. Reviews equilibrium kinetic theory of dilute gases. Covers non-equilibrium flows of reacting mixtures of gases, flows of dissociating gases in thermodynamics equilibrium, flow with vibrational or chemical non-equilibrium, non-equilibrium kinetic theory, flow with translational non-equilibrium, and equilibrium/ non-equilibrium radiation. (E, S)

MEM 705 Combustion Theory I
Covers thermochemistry, including the relationship between heats of formation and bond energies, heat capacities and heats of reaction, chemical equilibrium and the equilibrium constant, calculation of adiabatic flame temperature and composition of burned gas, free energy and phase equilibrium, classical chemical kinetics, and chain reaction theory. (O, F)

MEM 706 Combustion Theory II
Prerequisite: MEM 705. Covers laminar flame propagation in premixed gases, detonation and deflagration, heterogeneous chemical reactions, burning of liquid and solid fuels, and diffusion flames. (O, W)

MEM 707 Combustion Theory III
Prerequisite: MEM 706 or permission of instructor. Covers advanced topics in combustion, including combustion generated air pollution, incineration of hazardous wastes, supersonic combustion, propellants and explosives, and fires. (R)

MEM 711 Computational Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer I
Covers classification of fluid flow and heat transfer phenomena, including time-dependent multidimensional heat conduction and finite-difference and finite-element formulations; convection and diffusion; upwind, exponential, and hybrid schemes; and boundary-layer-type fluid flow and heat transfer problems. (O, F)

MEM 712 Computational Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer II
Prerequisite: MEM711 . Covers basic computational methods for incompressible Navier-Stokes equations, including vorticity-based methods and primitive variable formulation; computational methods for compressible flows; inviscid and viscous compressible flows; finite-element methods applied to incompressible flows; and turbulent flow, models and calculations. (O, W)

MEM 714 Two-Phase Flow and Heat Transfer
Covers selected topics in two-phase flow, with emphasis on two-phase heat transfer problems, basic conservation equations for two-phase flows, nucleation, bubble dynamics, pool boiling, forced convective boiling, condensation heat transfer, two-phase flow equipment design, tube vibration and flow instability in two-phase flows, and fouling in heat transfer equipment. (E, S)

MEM 717 Heat Transfer in Manufacturing Processes
Prerequisite: MEM611. Covers heat conduction fundamentals, including phase change problems (casting, welding, and rapid solidification processes) and cooling controls of rolling, forging, and extrusion processes. (R)

MEM 721 Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer
Prerequisite: MEM 622. Covers the stress-strain rate relationship, simple flow, general constitutive and conservation equations, generalized Newtonian models, molecular theories, theological property measurements, plane Couette flow, hydrodynamic theory of lubrication, helical flow, boundary lager flows, pipe flows, natural convection, thin film analysis, drag reduction phenomenon, and biorheology. (R)

MEM 722 Hydrodynamic Stability
Prerequisite: MEM 622. Introduces stability, including discrete and continuous systems. Covers linear theory; instability of shear flows, spiral flows between concentric cylinders and spheres, thermoconductive systems, and viscous flows; global stability and nonlinear theories; and time periodic and non-periodic flows, attractors, and bifurcation. (R)

MEM 724 Turbulence Modeling and Simulation
Prerequisite: MEM 622. Covers Reynolds decompositions alternate methods of averaging; theory of homogeneous turbulence: velocity correlation and the turbulent energy spectrum; Kolmogorov's theory; turbulent length scales; catalog of turbulence models: mixing length models, k-e and other two-equation turbulence models, Reynolds stress models, and multipoint interaction models; direct computer simulations of turbulence; large eddy simulations; subgrid scale modeling; and filtering and extraction of coherent motion. (O, S)

MEM 725 Compressible Fluid Dynamics
Prerequisite: MEM 621. Reviews one-dimensional flows. Covers steady flow of a compressible fluid; two- and three-dimensional subsonic, transonic, supersonic, and hypersonic flow; normal and oblique shock waves; wave reflections; oblique shock wave interactions and generation vorticity: compressible boundary layers: and shock boundary-layer interactions. (O, S)

MEM 727 Fluid Dynamics in Manufacturing Processes
Covers transport of slurries, molten metals, and polymers; hydrodynamics in forming processes; resin flow model in polymer composites; shaped charge jet technology; separation and filtration; coating; lubrication; and melt-spinning process. (R)