Kinetics and Kinematics of particles and rigid bodies. Newton's laws, work-energy and impulse-momentum principles, laws of linear and angular momentum, conservation of momentum, planar motion of rigid bodies, and introduction to vibration of single-degree-of-freedom systems.
This course provides an in-depth introduction to ocean renewable energy systems. It covers the primary options for converting the available energy in the offshore environment into electricity as well as other technologies, infrastructure and processes that are necessary to make such conversion practical. The conversion technologies that will be considered include offshore wind energy, wave energy, ocean currents, tidal energy, ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC), and floating solar photovoltaics. Technologies common to one or more of the conversion technologies include support structure design (fixed and floating) and offshore electricity generation and transmission. Other topics include an introduction to oceanography and ocean engineering, marine infrastructure; installation, operation and maintenance; economics; environmental impacts; and permitting.
The course introduces the theoretical background to hydrodynamics, gravity waves in the oceans, coastal processes and tides.
Theory and execution of selected mechanical engineering measurements. Lectures and 1 three-hour lab meeting.
Introduction to the fundamentals of computer programming for engineering problem solving and analysis. Creating algorithms for data manipulation and for solving basic mathematical expressions which model real world phenomena.
This class focuses on the design and analysis of wind turbines. This is accomplished via a semester long wind turbine design project, which utilizes modern wind turbine design and analysis codes, including those of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, such as TurbSim, Aerodyn, BModes and FAST as well as ancillary codes written in Excel, VBA or Matlab. Students will learn about the theory behind these codes as well as how to develop the input files, run the codes and analyze the results. A technology review assignment will also be required for students to acquaint themselves with one particular technology in detail. This class operates similar to a seminar. There will be lectures on specific topics, but there will also be open discussions during class times. There will be a significant amount of reading assignments, from a variety of sources, to help introduce the various topics and as well as 'traditional' homework problems. Students will be expected to learn somewhat independently; that is, the assignments and design project are not straightforward repetition of topics covered in class lectures. Instead, lectures are used to introduce a topic and then the students must use that knowledge to complete the assignment. The design project includes of a sequence of linked assignments. This is a design class, so there will be a certain amount of trial and error. Prospective students should already be familiar with the basics of wind energy, including blade element/momentum theory. It is strongly recommended that students will have already taken MIE 573 Engineering of Windpower Systems, or the equivalent. Students should also be familiar with the basics of computer programming, including the use of Matlab. For questions or additional information contact the instructor, Prof. Manwell,
This course prepares engineers to be leaders in organizations of varying size by simulating the planning, decision-making, and communication needed to take an idea from germination to execution and delivery, scaling a team from a few people to a ~200 person organization. You will be the VP of Engineering of your own startup where you will pitch an idea, develop it, plan the resources needed to deliver it, hire a team, and manage the organization. You will learn the entrepreneurial skills needed to harness innovation and discover customer needs, and the leadership skills needed to hire and manage an organization as it grows. You will learn the skills for effective and appropriate communications as you progress through the leadership pipeline.
Modeling, analysis, and simulation of dynamic systems. Models for the dynamics of systems from different disciplines derived using differential equations and then transformed into state-space and input/output forms, and finally simulated. Relevant concepts from Laplace Transform, linear algebra, and complex variables covered. The models analyzed for transient response and frequency response properties.
A Senior Design (SD) project course including design concept selection, design spec writing, assembly design (DFM), design analysis, a final report and oral presentations in defense of the design. Prerequisites: M&I-ENG 313, 354, 375 and 413. Satisfies the Integrative Experience requirement for BS-ME majors..