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The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Calendar
2011-2012 Academic Year

Applied Science Courses of Instruction Mechanical and Materials Engineering Courses

Mechanical and Materials Engineering Courses
MECH 212 Design Techniques W 2-1.5-0 3.5
Physical, mental, and organizational techniques of competitive engineering design of components, machines, and products are introduced in a series of "hands-on" mini-projects. Examples include: development of alternatives; free-hand sketching in concept development and comparison; use of existing components and technologies; software applications; utilising information from handbooks, catalogs, design databases, patents, and competitive products; judgement and estimation; general design methodologies; design thinking and philosophies of design; physical modelling methods; problem-solving approaches; creative thinking; how things work; reverse engineering. (0/0/0/0/42)
~COURSE DELETED IN 2011-2012~
COREQUISITE: APSC 161
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MECH 213 Manufacturing Methods F 3-1-0 4
The objective of this course is to achieve a knowledge and understanding of a wide variety of manufacturing processes involving plastics and metals. This course forms the basis for improved product and machine design, and will assist the mechanical engineer to function in the areas of design, manufacturing and general engineering. Training in the use of machine and welding tools found in a modern job shop is a required activity practiced in the machine tool laboratory. (0/0/0/0/48)
COREQUISITES: CIVL 220, MECH 270
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MECH 215 Instrumentation and Measurement W 3-.75-.5 4.25
This course presents techniques and devices for measurements in mechanical systems of solids and fluids. Lectures will cover the selection and application of transducers; the dynamic response of measurement systems; methods of data acquisition and recording; uncertainty analysis; data reduction and presentation of results; and the different roles of measurements in engineering practice. The laboratory will provide hands-on experience with practical measurements of pressure, temperature, strain, position and velocity. Tutorial sessions will concentrate on solving problems related to the design of experiments, data analysis and dynamic simulation of measurement systems. (0/0/0/51/0) PREREQUISITE: APSC 112
COREQUISITES: MTHE 272 or CIVL 293
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MECH 228 Kinematics and Dynamics W 3-0-.5 3.5
This course covers the kinematics and dynamics of particles in two and three dimensions. Topics include: mathematically rigorous kinematic analysis, Newton's laws, energy methods, impulse and momentum methods, impact and central-force motion. The design component is realized through assignments and a design project. (0/11/0/20/11) PREREQUISITES: APSC 111, APSC 171
COREQUISITE:  APSC 112
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MECH 230 Thermodynamics I F 3-0-.5 3.5
An introductory course in thermodynamics. Topics include: properties and behaviour of pure substances, concepts of heat, work and energy, the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics, and the analysis of a variety of power and refrigeration cycles. (0/30/0/12/0)
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MECH 241 Fluid Mechanics I W 3-0-.5 3.5
An introductory course in fluid mechanics. Topics include properties of fluids, fluids at rest, manometers and other pressure measuring devices, dimensional analysis, the laws of conservation of mass and momentum, Bernoulli's equation for incompressible flow and the energy equation, flow measurements, elementary pipe flow problems including losses, pumps, etc. (0/24/0/18/0) PREREQUISITE: APSC 111
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MECH 270 Materials Science and Engineering F 3-.5-.25 3.75

This course provides the student with a background in the basic structural concepts of materials and the relationships between processing, structure, properties and performance. The topics will range from atomic bonding and arrangements, through micro-and macro-structures and their influence on properties, to the processing techniques required to produce the desired structures. All current types of engineering materials, including metals, ceramics, polymers, composites and semiconductors are covered. There is an experimental laboratory to illustrate the principles presented in the course along with some ASTM testing techniques. (0/12/0/33/0)

COREQUISITE: MECH 213
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MECH 271 Materials Science and Engineering F 3-0-.5 3.5
The lecture material is similar to that in MECH 270 but there is no laboratory component. (0/12/0/30/0)
~COURSE DELETED IN 2011-2012~
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MECH 290 Technical Communication I
This course provides instruction and practice in effective technical writing and oral presentation. The topics include amongst other things task definition, document structure and outlining. Many of the exercises will be linked to required oral and written communication tasks in other core courses. Open to Mechanical and Materials Engineering students only. (0/0/24/0/0)
~ COURSE DELETED IN 2009/10 ~

PREREQUISITE:  Faculty English Proficiency Test
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MECH 314 Manufacturing Engineering

Computer-Aided Design systems will be covered and students will produce working engineering drawings. Instruction will include an introduction to tool path generation, local Computer Numerically Controlled programming and 3-D solid model generation. Computer-Aided Manufacturing systems will be covered, and students will produce parts on CNC machine tools and assemble these parts into a working mechanism. The manner in which common analysis tools interact with design modelling packages will be demonstrated. Instruction will be given in engineering drawing, tolerancing and dimensioning. Quality and reliability assurance and costing, and modern materials and related manufacturing techniques will be discussed in case studies. (0/0/0/16/32) NOTE: Enrolment is limited. 
~ COURSE DELETED IN 2008/09 ~

PREREQUISITES: MECH 323 and permission of the instructor
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MECH 321 Solid Mechanics II F 3-0-.5 3.5
Combined states of stress, transformation of stress and strain at a point. Beam deflections and statically indeterminate problems address the elastic deformation of bodies. Design of beams to resist bending and shear loads, as well as the design of shafts to resist bending and torsional moments. Elastic buckling of centrally-loaded slender columns and eccentrically, axially-loaded members are treated during the last portion of the course. (0/0/0/30/12) PREREQUISITE: CIVL 220
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MECH 323 Machine Design W 3-1-.5 4.5
This course emphasises the application of theoretical and engineering background taught in other courses, but also relies heavily on empirical approaches and simplifications of theory. Core material includes static and fatigue failure theories and the design/specification of selected machine elements. The course is centered around a major design project which is undertaken in groups. (0/0/0/27/27)  PREREQUISITES: APSC 200 OR MECH 212, MECH 321
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MECH 328  Dynamics and Vibration F 3-0-.5 3.5
This course covers the kinematics and dynamics of rigid bodies in two and three dimensions, as well as an introduction to vibrations. Topics in dynamics include: mathematically rigorous kinematic analysis, Newton's laws, energy methods, impulse and momentum methods, mass moments of inertia, and gyroscopic motion. Topics in vibrations include: free and forced vibration of single-degree-of-freedom systems, undamped and damped systems, equivalent single degree of freedom system of continuous elements/systems using energy equivalence and equation of motion. (0/11/0/17/14)
PREREQUISITE: MECH 228 
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MECH 330 Applied Thermodynamics II F 3-0-.5 3.5
A continuation of MECH 230 with selected topics such as gas and vapour power cycles, refrigeration, mixtures of gases and vapours, combustion and available energy. (0/0/0/31/11) PREREQUISITES: MECH 230 or ENPH 274 (PHYS 274)
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MECH 333 Gender, Engineering and Technology W 3-0-0 3
This course examines relations between gender and technology. The main topics covered are: the role of technology on the shaping of society particularly in terms of gendering of jobs and exclusion of women, gender issues in the workplace, and the impact of technology on women's lives. Historical perspectives are presented and contemporary examples from western and developing countries are discussed. (0/0/36/0/0)
~COURSE NOT OFFERED IN 2011-2012~
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MECH 341 Fluid Mechanics II W 3-0-.5 3.5
Review of MECH 241, scaling and similitude, laminar and turbulent boundary layers including momentum integral method, drag and lift, inviscid flow, compressible flow including normal shock waves, angular momentum and introduction to pumps. (0/0/0/42/0) PREREQUISITES: MECH 241 or ENPH 225 (PHYS 225)
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MECH 346 Heat Transfer W 3-0-.5 3.5
An introductory course which covers conduction, convection and radiation modes of heat transfer. Both analytical and numerical analysis will be discussed, and concepts will be reinforced through tutorial and laboratory sessions. Latter topics will include combined modes of heat transfer and the design of heat exchangers. (0/0/0/42/0) PREREQUISITES: MECH 230 or ENPH 274 (PHYS 274) and MECH 241 or MECH 341
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MECH 350 Automatic Controls W 2.75-.25-.5 3.5
An introduction to the basic principles of modelling, analysis and control of dynamic systems. Topics include: modes of control, principles of feedback, Laplace and transfer functions, transient response of first and second order systems, stability criteria, root locus, Bode and frequency response. After completion of this course a student will be able to design a control system by classical techniques and will have an awareness of modern techniques. (0/0/0/23/19) PREREQUISITES: MTHE 224 (MATH 224) or MTHE 225 (MATH 225) or MATH 226 and MECH 328, or ENPH 211 (PHYS 211) and ENPH 225 (PHYS 225) 
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MECH 361 Project Based Engineering: Conceive, Design, Implement and Operate W 0-3.5-0 3.5
This course provides academic credit for 3rd year students who take a lead role in design and implementation of an engineering device of substantial complexity that is part of a student project. The student has to demonstrate significant involvement with the project during the Fall term and be recommended by an academic advisor in order to qualify and be approved by the course coordinator. Students who are permitted to take this course will be required to "conceive, design, implement and operate" a sub-system or complete competition entry using the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier courses. Successful course completion will consist of specification of function, analysis, selection of materials and/or components, preparation of working drawings, manufactured prototype, completed with a major report and poster presentation. The evaluation will be based on joint assessment by the project academic advisor and the course coordinator. (0/0/0/0/42) PREREQUISITES: Completion of 2nd Year and permission of the course coordinator upon the recommendation by the academic advisor
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MECH 370 Principles of Materials Processing F 3-0-.5 3.5
The basic mechanisms of mass transport and phase transformations in materials are developed from thermodynamic and kinetic principles.  Topics include phase equilibria, diffusion, solidification and solid-state transformations.  The application of these phenomena to materials processing methods, such as casting, forming, heat treatment and sintering is described.  (0/18/0/24/0) PREREQUISITES: MECH 270 or MECH 271
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MECH 371 Fracture Mechanics and Dislocation Theory W 3-0-.5 3.5
Fracture Mechanics are developed to explain crack propagation in materials and structures. This includes development of the strain energy release rate (GIC) and the critical stress intensity factor (KIC). Emphasis will be placed on developing the correlation between microstructure control and the resistance to crack propagation which this variable produces. Dislocation theory will be evoked to analyse the stress fields of point, line and plane defects. Plasticity and fracture will be detailed, which includes the time dependent aspects of such processes as static fatigue and creep fracture.(0/11/0/20/11) PREREQUISITES: MECH 270 or MECH 271
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MECH 390 Technical Communication II

This course provides advanced instruction and practice in effective technical writing and oral presentation.  Most exercises will be linked to required oral and written communication tasks in other courses.  Open to Mechanical and Materials Engineering students only. (0/0/12/0/0)           ~ COURSE DELETED IN 2007/08 ~

PREREQUISITE: MECH 290
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MECH 391 Technical Communication - Advanced F .5-0-.5 1
This course provides advanced instruction and practice in effective technical writing (individual and team writing) and editing.  Some exercises will be linked to required technical communication tasks in other courses.  Open to Mechanical and Materials Engineering students only. (0/0/12/0/0)
~COURSE DELETED IN 2011-2012~
PREREQUISITE: APSC 292 or MECH 290
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MECH 392 Technical Communication - Advanced (Part II)
This course is a continuation of MECH 391 and provides additional opportunity for the practice of effective technical writing (individual and team writing) and editing.  Some exercises will be linked to required technical communication tasks in other courses.  Open to Mechanical and Materials Engineering students only. (0/0/6/0/0)
~ COURSE DELETED IN 2009/10 ~
PREREQUISITE: MECH 391
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MECH 393 Biomechanical Product Development W 3-0-.5 3.5
This course focuses on design, manufacturing and product management of various implantable biomechanical devices, such as artificial joints, ligaments and various other external devices for persons with disabilities. Some aspects, such as the determination of the geometry and different sizes for artificial joints are product specific, while safety criteria, standards, rational choice of alternatives, design procedures and product management are applicable when designing a much larger variety of products. Much of the theory will be based on examples of artificial joints, and on external devices and instruments. (0/0/0/0/42) PREREQUISITE: CHEE 340, or permission of the instructor
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MECH 396 Mechanical and Materials Engineering Laboratory I F .5-.5-.25 1.25
This is the first of two laboratory courses in the third year of the Materials Option of the Mechanical Engineering program.  Lecture topics and course assignments are selected to provide the background required to undertake the laboratory work.  Approximately half of the material is common with MECH 398. 0/0/0/15/0 PREREQUISITES: Completion of 2nd year or permission of the instructor.
COREQUISITE: MECH 370
EXCLUSION: MECH 398
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MECH 397 Mechanical and Materials Engineering Laboratory II W .5-.5-.25 1.25
This is the second of two laboratory courses in the third year of the Materials Option of the Mechanical Engineering program.  Lecture topics and course assignments are selected to provide the background required to undertake the laboratory work. Approximately half of the material is common with MECH 399. 0/0/0/15/0 PREREQUISITES: Completion of 2nd year or permission of the instructor.
COREQUISITE: MECH 371
EXCLUSION: MECH 399
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MECH 398 Mechanical Engineering Laboratory I F .5-.5-.25 1.25
This is the first of two laboratory courses in the third year of the General Option of the Mechanical Engineering program.  Lecture topics and course assignments are selected to provide the background required to undertake the laboratory work. Lab modules from MECH 396/397/399 completed but not counted for credit may be included for credit in this course.(0/0/0/15/0) PREREQUISITES: Completion of 2nd year or permission of the instructor.
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MECH 399 Mechanical Engineering Laboratory II W .5-.5-.25 1.25
This is the second of two laboratory courses in the third year of the General Option of the Mechanical Engineering program.  Lecture topics and course assignments are selected to provide the background required to undertake the laboratory work.  Lab modules from  MECH 396/397/398 completed but not counted for credit may be included for credit in this course.(0/0/0/15/0)  PREREQUISITES: Completion of 2nd year or permission of the instructor.
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MECH 412 Mechanical Behaviour of Advanced Materials

This course continues the study of engineering materials to cover plastics, ceramics, composites and specialty alloys. The focus is on mechanical properties, uses, manufacturing and processing of these advanced materials. The applications of these materials in engineering are also outlined. The effects of temperature, environment, failure mechanisms and prevention are covered. The lectures are supplemented by laboratory experiments and demonstrations. (0/8/0/17/17)
NOTE: This course is offered at the Royal Military College of Canada and is designated MEE 433.
~ COURSE DELETED IN 2008/09 ~

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MECH 414 Manfacturing Engineering
Computer-Aided Design systems will be covered and students will produce working engineering drawings. Instruction will include an introduction to tool path generation, local Computer Numerically Controlled programming and 3-D solid model generation. Computer-Aided Manufacturing systems will be covered, and students will produce parts on CNC machine tools and assemble these parts into a working mechanism. The manner in which common analysis tools interact with design modelling packages will be demonstrated. Instruction will be given in engineering drawing, tolerancing and dimensioning. Quality and reliability assurance and costing, and modern materials and related manufacturing techniques will be discussed in case studies. NOTE: Enrolment is limited. (0/0/0/16/32)
~ COURSE DELETED IN 2009/10 ~
PREREQUISITES: MECH 323 and permission of the instructor
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MECH 420 Vibrations W 3-0-.5 3.5
Considers mechanical vibration, the problems it presents and the means of dealing with it. Completes the treatment of systems with two degrees-of-freedom (introduced in  MECH 328) and proceeds to systems with higher number of degrees-of-freedom. Co-ordinate systems, types of coupling, matrix formulation, vibration absorbers and dampers, specific and hysteretic damping, Rayleigh's method, torsional vibration, Holzer method, introduction to the finite element method, beam vibration. (0/0/0/29/13) PREREQUISITES: MECH 328 or ENPH 211 (PHYS 211) and ENPH 225 (PHYS 225)
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MECH 422  Stress and Strain Analysis
The purpose of the course is to prepare a student for professional practice in design and analysis or for advanced study. Topics include: stress-strain temperature relationships for two- and three-dimensional problems in elasticity, energy methods, axisymmetric stress states, introduction to the finite element method, and stress concentrations. (0/0/0/29/13)
~ COURSE DELETED IN 2008/09 ~
PREREQUISITE: MECH 321 
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MECH 423 Introduction to Microsystems F 3-0-.5 3.5
This course will deal with the practical engineering aspects of micro-machining technologies and microsystems. The contents will include: scaling issues, microfabrication technologies and production methods, classification and analysis of Microsystems (including microsensors, microactuators, RF switches, micromirrors, and other micromechanisms), the integration of devices into Microsystems (both assembly and interfacing). Micro-machining will be compared and contrasted to both micro-electronics and traditional macro-machining. The development and use of Microsystems simulation and design tools will be covered as well. (0/0/0/25/17)
~COURSE NOT OFFERED IN 2011-2012~
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MECH 424 Life Cycle Engineering F 3-0-.5 3.5
This is an environmental design course in Mechanical Engineering. Life Cycle Engineering is an objective process to evaluate the environmental burdens associated with designing a product and the manufacturing process required to make the product. Life Cycle Engineering includes methods of assessment, inventory and calculating environmental damage. Modern manufacturing engineering design concepts, such as design for assembly and design for disassembly, will be included in the course. (0/0/0/21/21)
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MECH 425 Engineering for Sustainable Development W 3-0-.5 3.5
This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts of engineering for sustainability and sustainable development. It covers aspects of appropriate technology, green engineering and materials, resource conservation, renewable resources, and design for extreme affordability. Another emphasis of the course is to introduce students to a range of engineering problem solving methods: methods to identify and select sustainable solutions to design problems; methods of improving existing engineering solutions; and methods of systems thinking. Technical, economic, and social consequences of engineering practices and processes will be examined to better delineate the complex engineering decisions related to social and environmental issues. The goal of this course is to assist students in the application of science and innovation to meet human needs while indefinitely preserving the life support systems of the planet. (0/0/0/21/21)
~COURSE NOT OFFERED IN 2011-2012~
PREREQUISITE: Open to 3rd or 4th year level students only
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MECH 426 Manufacturing Business Strategy
This course introduces students to the current theories used for business strategy in a manufacturing environment including product streams, theory of constraints, lean/agile manufacturing, supply chain management, and reliability/maintenance programs (ISO 9000, etc.) The fundamentals, tools, advantages and disadvantages for each strategy are reviewed.  (0/0/42/0/0)
NOTE: Enrolment is limited
~ COURSE DELETED IN 2008/09 ~
COREQUISITES: CIVL 463 or COMM 244 or MINE 330 or permission of the instructor
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MECH 430 Thermal Systems Design F 3-.5-.5 4
This course is concerned with the technical, economic and environmental aspects of conventional and novel methods of energy supply and use. Emphasis will be placed on the analysis and design of thermal systems. Topics include: electric utility demand and supply; the analysis of thermal power generation systems including combined cycle and cogeneration plants; emission control; alternative energy systems. Laboratory work will include the analysis of thermal systems such as a steam generator and HVAC system. (0/0/0/24/24)
PREREQUISITE: MECH 330, or permission of the instructor
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MECH 431 Building Energy Systems
This course is concerned with the design and evaluation of building energy systems. Both traditional and unconventional systems are considered. Among the major topics dealt with in the course are: heat load calculations; analysis of air distribution in buildings; conventional heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems; renewable energy systems; air quality in buildings; co-generating for individual buildings; fuel-cell applications; green-buildings. Students in the course will undertake some project work. (0/0/0/20/28)
~ COURSE DELETED IN 2009/10 ~
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MECH 435 Internal Combustion Engines W 3-.08-.42 3.5
This course covers all aspects of the design and operation of internal combustion engines. Principles of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics are used in the analysis of internal combustion engines. Course content includes discussions on both spark ignition and compression ignition (diesel) engines with special emphasis placed on new engine technologies. Intake, in-cylinder and exhaust flows are considered along with various aspects of combustion phenomenon relevant to engines. This course includes a laboratory involving engine performance measurements made using a dynamometer. (0/0/0/30/12) PREREQUISITES: MECH 230 or CHEE 311
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MECH 439 Turbomachinery W 3-0-.5 42
Fluid mechanics and thermodynamics applied to turbomachines; dimensionless performance characteristics; momentum and energy equations; thermodynamics and efficiencies; cascade aerodynamics; compressors and turbines, reaction and stage loading; radial equilibrium; radial flow machines; application of generalized performance to choice of compressors; mechanical details and auxiliary systems. (0/0/0/42/0) PREREQUISITES: MECH 330, MECH 341, or permission of the instructor
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MECH 441 Fluid Mechanics III W 3-0-.5 3.5
Topics will include: Derivation of equations of motion for incompressible fluids; exact solutions for laminar flows; stability and transition; introduction to turbulence, including turbulent boundary layers, jets, wakes and mixing layers; drag reduction; introduction to the modelling of turbulence. (0/0/0/42/0) PREREQUISITE: MECH 341
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MECH 444 Computational Fluid Dynamics W 3-0-.5 3.5

This course provides an overview of, and hands-on experience in, the numerical modelling of fluid flows. Finite volume, finite difference and finite elements methods are introduced. Students are expected to gain critical insight into the capabilities and limitations of fluid flow models by numerically simulating various engineering flows and by doing a term project. Topics include: comparison of numerical, experimental and analytical methods in fluid mechanics, numerical grids and their generation, flow equations and their discretization, solution techniques, turbulence modelling and data presentation. Features of commercial codes are critically reviewed. (0/0/0/30/12)

PREREQUISITES: MTHE 272 (MATH 272) or ENPH 213 (PHYS 213), MECH 341  
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MECH 448 Compressible Fluid Flow F 3-0-.5 3.5
Introduction and review of work done in earlier courses; basic equations for one-dimensional compressible flow; isentropic one-dimensional flow; steady and unsteady normal shock waves; oblique shock waves; steady and unsteady expansion waves; two-dimensional isentropic flow; nozzle flows; effects of friction and heat transfer; boundary layer flow; design of aircraft engine intake systems; design of supersonic wind-tunnels and shock tubes. (0/0/0/31/11) PREREQUISITE: MECH 341
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MECH 452 Mechatronics Engineering F 2-1.5-.5 4
This is a course in mechatronic systems design.  Mechatronics Engineering, an integration of computer, electrical and mechanical engineering, is studied in a seris of workshops that focus on electronics, microcontrollers, programmable logic controllers and mobile robots. The lectures provide the theoretical background to the workshops, and include discussion of related industrial and commercial applications.  The knowledge and experience gained in the lectures and workshops is applied to a team design project. (0/0/0/24/24)
PREREQUISITES: ELEC 252 or ENPH 333 (PHYS 333) or ENPH 334 (PHYS 334)
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MECH 455 Computer Integrated Manufacturing W 2-1.5-0 3.5
The course will focus on the integration of facilities (machine tools, robotics) and the automation protocols required in the implementation of computer integrated manufacturing. Specific concepts addressed include flexible manufacturing systems (FMS); interfaces between computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing systems; islands of automation. (0/0/0/21/21)
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MECH 456 Introduction to Robotics W 3-0-.5 3.5
This course will cover the following topics in the field of robotics: historical development; robot components (sensors, actuators, and end effectors, and their selection criteria); basic categories of robots (serial and parallel manipulators, mobile robots); mobility/constraint analysis; workspace analysis; rigid body kinematics (homogeneous transformation, angle and axis of rotation, Euler angles, roll-pitch-yaw angles, cylindrical and spherical coordinates); manipulator kinematics and motion trajectories (displacement and velocity analyses, differential relations, Jacobian matrix); non-redundant and redundant sensing/actuation of manipulators; manipulator statics (force and stiffness); singularities; and manipulator dynamics. (0/0/0/21/21) PREREQUISITES: MECH 350 or MTHE 332 (MATH 332) or ELEC 443 or permission of the instructor
EXCLUSION: ELEC 448
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MECH 458 Machine Condition Monitoring and Fault Diagnostics F 3-.17-.33 3.5
The primary objective of this course is to introduce students to the dynamic behaviour of rotating machinery (but other machinery classes will also be included) and to discuss appropriate fault and mechanical deterioration detection and diagnostic criteria and schemes for various applications. Emphasis will be placed on the application of vibration based methods of data acquisition and analysis techniques. There will be a laboratory component that will provide the students with demonstrations and the opportunity to collect and analyze vibration data from a set of mechanical fault simulators. Topics will include, but not be limited to; basic maintenance philosophies and strategies, vibration signal measurement and recording instrumentation, dynamic signal analysis and display, vibration level standards, rotating machinery balancing, shaft alignment, rolling element and journal bearing faults, gear wear detection and case studies. Correlation of infra-red thermography, oil analysis and other methods of fault detection and diagnostic techniques with vibration based methods will also be discussed. (0/0/0/28/14)
~COURSE NOT OFFERED IN 2010-2011~
PREREQUISITES:  MECH 328 or ENPH 321 (PHYS 321)
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MECH 460 Team Project - Conceive and Design F .5-3.5-0 4
Students working in teams will be required to "conceive and design" a product, system or process using the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier courses. Elements of the design will include: specification of function, analysis, selection of materials and/or components, preparation of working drawings, cost analysis and tenders, and preparation of preliminary design report. A research project may be accepted as an engineering design project provided it can be clearly shown that the elements of "conceive and design" are fulfilled in the completion of the project. Lectures and Guest Speakers will focus on related professional skills and topics including engineering ethics, professional organizations and legislation, intellectual property and information systems in support of the project. (0/0/0/0/48)  PREREQUISITE: Completion of 3rd Year or permission of the course co-ordinator
COREQUISTE: MECH 464
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MECH 461 Research Project W 0-4-0 4
This course provides an opportunity for students to work individually on an engineering research project with staff members of the Department. The topic is selected by the student in consultation with a Department supervising faculty member by the end of the Fall term. The projects are laboratory-based to be completed by the end of the Winter term with a major report and presentation of the work. (0/0/0/48/0) PREREQUISITE: Completion of 3rd Year
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MECH 462 Team Project - Implement and Operate W 0-3.5-0 3.5
This course is intended to enable team projects that started in MECH 460, to continue to the "implement and operate" phases of the design cycle. However, new projects can be the subject of MECH 462 as long as they meet the "implement and operate" objectives of the course.  An engineering report is prepared and defended. The presentation is normally supported by a working prototype or physical mock-up of the design. Testing a process or system can replace the building of a prototype. (0/0/0/0/42) PREREQUISITES: MECH 460 and permission of instructor
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MECH 463  Engineering Project for International Students F/W 0-2-0 2
This course is for students registered at a university outside Canada who wish to do a term at Queen's to satisfy the requirements of their home university. The student will work with a professor who has agreed to act as a supervisor. The time frame and requirements for course completion will be agreed upon by the supervising professor at Queen's, and a faculty member of the university for which the student is fulfilling the work term requirement. (0/0/0/0/24)
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MECH 464 Communications and Project Management FW .75-0-.75 1.5
This course provides advanced instruction and practice in technical communication and project management for multidisciplinary engineering projects. Content includes request for proposals, project planning and proposal writing, quality function deployment, oral presentation skills, client communications and concise report writing. Course deliverables are closely tied to deliverables in Capstone design courses. Open to Mechanical and Materials Engineering students only. (0/0/18/0/0)
COREQUISITE: MECH 460 or APSC 480    or permission of the instructor
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MECH 465 Computer-Aided Design F 3-0-.5 3.5
Concept of computational design including the choice of the objective function, equality and inequality constraints, and analysis methods; one-dimensional search methods, sensitivity analysis, and the steepest descent method. The principles of the finite element method and its application to stress analysis of mechanical components. (0/0/0/11/31) NOTE: Enrolment is limited.
~COURSE NOT OFFERED IN 2010-2011~
PREREQUISITE: Permission of the instructor
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MECH 470 Deformation Processing W 3-.17-.33 3.5
This course focuses on the elastic-plastic deformation of metals as it relates to the fabrication of stock materials, the manufacture of components and in-service material performance. Methods for describing and analyzing elastic-plastic behaviour, at both macroscopic and microscopic length-scales, are presented. Additional topics include the measurement and prediction of forming limits, the effects of deformation rate and temperature on plastic flow, and mechanisms of ductile failure. In the final portion of the course, the concept of microstructural design is introduced and then reinforced through a series of case studies. (0/0/0/30/12) PREREQUISITE: MECH 371
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MECH 471 Polymer Engineering
This course introduces the microstructure-property-processing relationships needed to understand the applicability of polymers to engineering design. After reviewing the molecular chemistry of polymers, the continuum concepts of applied elasticity will be modified for pressure-dependent polymers to generate yield and fracture loci in stress space. Constitutive relations describing the time-temperature dependence of polymeric mechanical properties will be developed and correlated to the thermally activated deformation response of molecular aggregates comprising the microstructure. Computer algorithms to interpolate and extrapolate measured stress-strain curves will be used to predict Ashby maps. Finally, the role of processing on the alignment of the molecular structure and its susceptibility to physical ageing will be analyzed in terms of thermodynamic models. (0/8/0/16/18)
~ COURSE DELETED IN 2008/09 ~
PREREQUISITES: MECH 370, MECH 371
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MECH 472 Corrosion and Failure Analysis
This course deals with material-environment interactions. Aqueous corrosion, anodic and cathodic processes and passivity; atmospheric corrosion; oxidation and the structure and properties of oxide films; conjoint phenomena, impingement, erosion, stress corrosion cracking, fretting corrosion fatigue; corrosion control by coatings; inhibition, cathodic protection, anodic protection, corrosion in relation to engineering design, code regulations, safety and economics. The course also deals with the mechanical failure of components by tensile overload, brittle fracture, fatigue, creep and stress rupture. (0/0/0/24/24)
~ COURSE DELETED IN 2009/10 ~

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MECH 473 Composite Materials
Composite materials have emerged as important engineering materials over the past 30 years. Composite materials display unique behaviour at all scales, which is determined by the particular combination of matrix and reinforcement materials and processing route. This course considers the processing and engineering properties of fibre-, whisker- and particulate-reinforced composite materials and laminates. Topics include composite mechanics, interfaces, mechanical properties and transport properties. (0/8/0/16/18)
~ COURSE DELETED IN 2008/09 ~
PREREQUISITES: MECH 370, MECH 371
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MECH 474 Functional Ceramics F 3-0-.5 3.5
This course is designed to provide an understanding of the relationship between composition, defect structure and electrical and thermal properties of functional ceramics. Emphasis is placed on the mechanisms of conduction in insulators, semiconductor ceramics and fast ionic conductors. The origin of ferroelectricity and piezoelectricity is presented for isotropic and anisotropic materials using tensors and matrix notations. Several ceramic systems and related devices are presented, including electronic and ionic conductors, ferroelectrics and dielectric materials. The design and operation of modern electrical/electronic devices, such as solid oxide fuel cells, varistors and smart structures, are discussed in detail. The breadth and importance of this class of ceramics in modern electronic industries are reviewed.  (0/0/0/30/12)
~COURSE DELETED IN 2011-2012~
PREREQUISITE: MECH 370
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MECH 475 Structural Ceramics W 3-0-.5 3.5
The course deals with processing, structure and properties of advanced ceramics possessing a combination of properties not found in other classes of materials. Emphasis is placed on understanding the brittle nature of ceramics through the concept of linear-elastic fracture mechanics. The relationship between microstructure (eg. grain size, porosity and phase content) and mechanical properties (eg. strength, toughness and hardness) is developed using crack opening displacement analysis. The role of anisotropy and residual stresses in the development of high strength ceramics and structures is also discussed. Different mechanisms for the sintering of advanced structural ceramics are also covered along with forming and densification of high performance carbides, nitrides and oxides.  (0/0/0/28/14)
~COURSE DELETED IN 2011-2012~
PREREQUISITE: MECH 371
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MECH 476 Engineering of Polymers and Composite Materials F 3-.25-.25 3.5

This course introduces the microstructure-property-processing relationships needed to understand the applicability of polymers and composites to engineering design. The courses start with an introduction to the structure and properties of different polymers. The mechanics of polymers are covered including elasticity, rubber elasticity, pressure dependent yield and viscoelasticity. The mechanics of composites depend not only on the matrix, but also on the reinforcing phase. While focussing on polymer composites, metal and ceramic-based composites will also be introduced. Topics covered will include the influence of the interface, mechanical and transport properties and design of composites. The final goal is to correlate constitutive relations describing the time-temperature dependence of mechanical properties of polymers and composites to microstructure and linking these relations to practical design. (0/0/0/24/18)

~COURSE NOT OFFERED IN 2011-2012~

PREREQUISITES: MECH 370, MECH 371
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MECH 477 Design of Automotive Structures with Advanced Materials
 This course explores the iterative process involved in the design of selected automotive components from the conceptual stage to detailed specifications. Mechanical design tools of analysis and modeling are presented, along with a procedure for materials and process selection. Particular emphasis is placed on the utilization of advanced engineering materials and new materials processing techniques. The opportunities for radically different designs for automotive components are explored. (0/0/0/6/36)
~ COURSE DELETED IN 2008/09 ~
PREREQUISITES: CIVL 220, MECH 270 or MECH 271
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MECH 478 Biomaterials F 3-0-.5 3.5
An introduction to the structure, properties and performance of biomaterials used for the construction of medical devices. Examples of biomaterials are bioactive ceramics, biodegradable polymers and advanced titanium-based alloys used for the construction of orthopedic implants. Topics covered will include surface and bulk properties of biomaterials and their impact on the clinical performance of implants. Discussion will focus on tissue-biomaterials interactions, biocompatibility and biodegradation. The course will also cover the current in-vitro and in-vivo testing methods for evaluating the long-term performance of biomaterials. (0/0/0/11/31)
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MECH 479 Nano-Structured Materials W 3-0-.5 3.5
The majority of conventional materials have grain or crystallite sizes ranging from micrometers to several millimeters. Capabilities now exist to synthesize materials with grains where one or more dimension is on the nanoscale (less than 100 nm). As the grain size decreases, there is a significant increase in the volume fraction of grain boundaries or interfaces. This characteristic strongly influences the chemical and physical properties of the materials. For example, nanostructured ceramics are tougher and stronger than coarser grained ceramics, while nanostructured metals exhibit increases in yield strength and elastic modulus. It has also been shown that other properties (e.g. electrical, optical and magnetic) are influenced by a fine grain structure. The goal of this course is to introduce the student to the impact of length scale, from millimeter to nanometer, on material properties, with a primary but not exclusive focus on mechanical properties. It will include discussions on synethesis approaches as well as examples of applications.(0/11/0/20/11) PREREQUISITES:  MECH 370, MECH 371
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MECH 480 Aerospace Engineering W 3-0-.5 3.5
A general course in principles of flight. Wing design is considered both from theoretical and empirical points of view. Propellor and jet propulsion systems are discussed. Methods of performance calculation are presented. Aircraft design techniques are emphasized. (0/0/0/30/12)
PREREQUISITES: MECH 341, or permission of the instructor
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MECH 482 Noise Control F 3-0-.5 3.5
An introduction to the principles of noise control. Topics include: basic properties of sound and noise, the measurement of noise, effects of noise on people, description of sound fields, acoustics of rooms and enclosures, acoustical materials and structures, and noise source identification. A coherent approach to the solution of noise control problems is stressed throughout the course. (0/0/0/25/17)
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MECH 483 Nuclear Materials W 3-0-.5 3.5
A nuclear reactor presents a unique environment in which materials must perform. In addition to the high temperatures and stresses to which materials are subjected in conventional applications, nuclear materials are subjected to various kinds of radiation which affect their performance, and often this dictates a requirement for a unique property (for example, a low cross section for thermal neutron absorption) that is not relevant in conventional applications. The effects of the radiation may be direct (e.g., the displacement of atoms form their normal positions by fast neutrons or fission fragments), or indirect (e.g., a more aggressive chemical environment caused by radiolytic decomposition). This course describes materials and structures typically used in nuclear environments, their manufacture, the unique conditions to which they are subjected, the basic physical phenomena that affect their performance and the resulting design and operational requirements for reactor components. The course includes a field trips to components manufacturers and to Canada’s national nuclear research laboratory . (0/11/0/20/11) PREREQUISITES: MECH 370, MECH 371
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MECH 484 Introduction to Ceramics F 3-0-.5 3.5
An introduction to the processing, structure and properties of advanced ceramics used for the design of components in electronic, automotive, aerospace, energy, mining and chemical and petrochemical industries. The emphasis is placed on understanding the relationship between microstructure and mechanical, electrical and thermal properties of ceramics. Ceramic systems and related devices which are discussed include electronic and ionic conductors, capacitors, transducers, varistors, and dielectric substartes. The effect of porosity, grain size and residual stresses on strength, elastic and fracture properties of isotropic and anisotropic ceramics is also discussed. Material transport mechanism and sintering of powder ceramics materials is covered with recent examples of forming and sintering of oxides, carbides and nitrides. (0/0/0/30/12)
PREREQUISITES: MECH 370 and MECH 371
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MECH 491 Design of Biomechanical Devices
This course focuses on design, manufacturing of various types of artificial joints, other implantable biomechanical devices, and aids for persons with disabilities. Some aspects, such as the determination of the geometry and different sizes for artificial joints, are product specific, while safety criteria, ergonomics, rational choice of alternatives and modern design procedures are applicable in the design of a much larger variety of products. (0/0/0/0/42)
~ COURSE DELETED IN 2008/09 ~
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MECH 492 Biofluids W 3-0-.5 3.5

This course presents some of the applications of fluid mechanics in human biomechanical systems. The course centres on the human circulatory and respiratory systems. Topics covered will include: blood flow in the heart, arteries, veins and microcirculation; air flow in the lungs and airways; mass transfer across the walls of these systems. Experimental tools for use in biomedical applications will be emphasized. (0/0/0/42/0) First offering 2009/2010.

PREREQUISITES: MECH 215, MECH 341, or permission of the instructor
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MECH 494 Kinematics of Human Motion F 2-1-.5 3.5
In this course students will explore the application of classical mechanics to the analysis of human motion related to athletics, orthopaedics, and rehabilitation. The course covers the structure of human joints, including experimental and analytical techniques in the study of human joint kinematics; applications to the design of artificial joints and to clinical diagnosis and treatments. Students are introduced to the motion capabilities of the human body and how to develop and study kinematic models of the individual joints of the human body. Experimental methods used to collect kinematic data will be studied through interactive labs. Topics include defining body position and displacement, three dimensional representation of human motion, basic functional anatomy of individual joints, rigid body kinematics (homogeneous transformations, Euler angles, helical axis), intrajoint kinematics, joint modelling, articular surface motion. Three-dimensional kinematics of individual joints is emphasized from the perspective of total joint replacement design. (0/0/0/12/30) PREREQUISITE: MECH 328
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MECH 495 Ergonomics and Design F 3-0-.5 3.5
This course provides an overview of ergonomic problems that are addressed in engineering design; including biomechanical, physical and physiological issues. Case studies will range from the design of vehicle cockpits to process control rooms, from industrial manual materials handling tasks to human directed robots, and from domestic tools to biomechanical devices. (0/0/0/0/42) PREREQUISITE: Open to 3rd or 4th year level students only
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MECH 496 Musculoskeletal Biomechanics F 2-1-.5 3.5
Introduction to musculoskeletal biomechanics, including experimental and analytical approaches to movement analysis, experimental instrumentation and devices, and biomechanical devices for musculoskeletal disorder rehabilitations. Analysis of the contribution of external loading, forces generated by muscles and constraints provided by other musculoskeletal structures to predict forces and stresses in musculoskeletal joints and tissues. Numerical and modelling approaches, including inverse dynamics, and optimization, and determination of segmental inertial properties. Biomechanical devices including upper limb and lower limb orthotics and prosthetics. Applications in orthopaedic engineering, movement assessment, ergonomics, joint injury and replacements, and biomechanical system design. (0/0/0/20/22) PREREQUISITES: CIVL 220, MECH 328, MECH 393, or permission of the instructor
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