Courses Taught by Dr. Jones

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    ME 2500 - ME Analysis and Design I. The first of three-course sequence that teaches the fundamental methods of analysis and design in mechanical engineering. The topics include a preview of the mechanical engineering profession, including the courses that will be taken, the role of mathematics in engineering, the engineering design process, the experimental method and design of experiments, and modeling and problem solving. Students work in teams on a project involving dissecting and reassembling a gasoline engine. The two principal objectives are to introduce the student to the engineering design process, and to develop and enhance effective modeling and problem-solving skills. The students are introduced to Mathcad, a useful commercial tool for analysis and design.

    ME 2501 - ME Analysis and Design II. An introduction to numerical methods for solving problems in engineering. Topics include Taylor and Fourier series, curve fitting, cubic splines, integration, differentiation, finite differences, roots of algebraic equations, systems of linear and non-linear algebraic equations, and differential equations. The computer will be heavily used and knowledge of computer programming is critical.

    ME 3500 - ME Analysis and Design III. An introduction to several topics of importance in mechanical engineering including matrix eigenvalue and boundary-value problems, optimization, and kinematics of planar mechanisms.

    ME 3100 - Thermodynamics I. The fundamental elements of engineering thermodynamics. Topics include thermodynamic properties of pure substances, open and closed systems, ideal gases, heat and work, first and second laws of thermodynamics, entropy and irreversibility, and efficiency.

    ME 3101 - Thermodynamics II. A continuation of the fundamentals of engineering thermodynamics and application to realistic thermal components and systems. Topics include vapor power, air standard, and refrigeration cycles, Maxwell relations, equations of state, mixtures including air-water, the Psychrometric chart, air conditioning, combustion, chemical reactions, enthalpy of formation, adiabatic flame temperature, introduction to compressible fluid flow.

    CE 3111 - Fluid Mechanics. The basic principles of fluid mechanics for solving simple fluid mechanics problems. Topics include a description of fluid motion, the continuum, fluid properties, fluid statics, buoyancy, the control volume, mass, momentum, and energy conservation, similitude and scale models, internal and incompressible laminar and turbulent flows, external and incompressible viscous and inviscid flows, the boundary layer, compressible flow, and shocks.

    ME 4101 - Heat Transfer I. The fundamentals of heat transfer for solving simple heat transfer problems. Topics include the energy equation, thermophysical properties, 1-D steady and transient heat conduction, fin theory, multidimensional steady and transient heat conduction, convection, the thermal boundary layer, heat exchangers, introduction to radiation heat transfer. Analytical and numerical methods of solution are emphasized and the computer is used extensively.

    ME 5100 - Heat Transfer II. Advanced topics in heat transfer. Topics include thermal radiation, forced convection in internal and external flows, the Blasius solution, free convection, boiling heat transfer, and flow and heat transfer in porous media.

    ME 7038 - Introduction to Computational Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer. Fundamentals. History of CFD, the equations of fluid mechanics and the energy equation for laminar flow, solution methods, advantages and limitations of numerical methods, classification and behavior of the equations of fluid mechanics, boundary and initial conditions, analytical solutions to simplified forms. The energy equation, the general form of the transport equation, exact solutions, discretization, finite differences, explicit and implicit methods for transient problems, error analysis, consistency and numerical stability, multi-dimensional cases, alternating-directional implicit method. The Laplace and Poisson equations, Gauss-Seidel iteration, under- and over-relaxation, convergence tests, diagonal dominance, matrix methods, tridiagonal systems, MATLAB examples. Discretization of the domain and Navier-Stokes equations, truncation error, treatment of source terms, treatment of inertial terms, upwinding, boundary conditions. The stream function and potential function, the flow net. Vorticity and stream function for 2D, constant property flows, formulation of the governing equations in terms of stream function and vorticity, discretized equations, boundary vorticity, method of lines, sweeping, example code and results. Development of the boundary layer equations for laminar flow, finite difference methods, matching procedures, example code and results. Turbulence, characterization, Reynolds averaging, the turbulent stresses, turbulence models, closure, the turbulent boundary layer, the integral method, FLUENT and turbulent models. The control volume method, role of the continuity equation, flux at a cell interface, boundary conditions, the problem with pressure, the staggered grid, the SIMPLE algorithm, introduction to FLUENT, examples, grid generation. One dimensional wave equation, inviscid Burger's equation.

    ME 8100 - Conduction Heat Transfer. A theoretical basis of advanced conduction heat transfer. Topics covered include fundamental modes of heat transfer, heat transfer by fluid motion, the continuum approach, general and particular laws, lumped vs. distributed systems, energy conservation, particular laws -- Fourier's law of heat conduction, Newton's law of cooling, Stephan-Boltzmann law, thermophysical properties, the heat conduction equation, initial and boundary conditions, interface of two media having different conductivities, scaling, dimensionless groups, one dimensional steady heat conduction, principle of superposition, variable thermal conductivity, extended surfaces, Bessel functions, integral methods, steady multi-dimensional heat conduction, separation of variables, superposition methods, unsteady heat conduction, time dependent boundary conditions, Duhammel's superposition integral, Laplace transforms, the complex temperature method, the semi-infinite solid, finite differences, time integration methods, stability criteria, treatment of irregular boundaries, methods of solution, direct and indirect methods.

    ME 8103 - Advanced Fluid Mechanics. The theoretical basis of fluid mechanics. Topics covered include the continuum, flow fields, description and classification of flow fields, fluid properties, mass and momentum conservation: differential and integral forms, boundary conditions, flow lines, rotation, shear and deformation, vorticity, constitutive equation for a Newtonian fluid, Navier-Stokes Equations, simplified and alternate forms (Bernoulli and vorticity equations, Kelvin's theorem), circulation, kinematics of vortex lines, stream function and potential function, viscous, incompressible flow (Couette flow, Poiseuille flow, rotating cylinders, startup flow), low-Reynolds-number flow, developing internal flow, introduction to numerical methods, discretization of the domain, treatment of convective terms and time integration, numerical form for the vorticity-transport equations, methods of solution, inviscid, incompressible flow, the Laplace equation, source and sink flows, the doublet, lift and drag for potential flows, the boundary-layer approach and boundary layer equations for two-dimensional flows, flat-plate flows with and without free-stream pressure gradient, integral method, turbulent flow, governing equations for turbulent flow, Reynolds stresses, mixing length, correlations, introduction to compressible flow of inviscid fluids, thermodynamics, steady quasi-one-dimensional flow, nozzles, choked flow.

    ME 8120 - Convection Heat Transfer. A theoretical basis of convection heat transfer. Topics include the definition and nature of convection and advection, properties of fluids and their determination, heat conduction, the continuum concept, flow fields, mass and momentum conservation, boundary and initial conditions, the energy equation, convection with turbulent flow, scaling, the major dimensionless groups, forced convection, the boundary layer approach, laminar external flow over a flat plate with and without free-stream pressure gradient, integral solutions, external flows with other geometries, turbulent external boundary layers, laminar and turbulent internal flows, numerical methods, the control volume approach, examples and applications, natural convection, combined (forced/free) convection, enclosures.

    EGR 7010 - Solar Energy Conversion. Fundamentals of Solar Radiation, Extraterrestrial and earth's surface solar radiation, Solar constant, Distribution of solar radiation, Earth-sun geometry, Attenuation of solar radiation, Instruments for measuring solar radiation, Estimation of solar radiation incident on an inclined surface, Introduction to Thermal and Fluid Transport, Energy Conservation, Conduction, Boundary conditions, Initial condition, Example: 2D steady heat conduction in a fin, Fluid flow fundamentals, Laminar and turbulent flow, Internal and external flow, Mass conservation (continuity equation), Convection, Developed flow in a tube, Natural convection, Correlations: Internal and external flow, Radiation, Definitions, Solar radiation spectrum, The blackbody, Stephan-Boltzmann law, Blackbody radiation tables, Radiant exchange within black enclosures: Shape factor, Radiant exchange within gray diffuse isothermal enclosures, Radiant exchange within semi-gray diffuse nonisothermal enclosures, Radiation exchange between infinite flat plates, Active Solar Collector Fundamentals and Analysis, Introduction to collector technology, Flat plate collectors (forced convection), Concentrating collectors, Central solar receivers, Active Solar System Modeling and Design, Components and sizing, Modes of operation, Determination of heating load, Optimal insulation, System thermal performance, Passive Solar Collector Fundamentals and Analysis, Introduction to passive systems, Direct gain, Trombe walls, Roof collectors, Thermosyphons, Attached solar sun-spaces, Solar ponds, Desalination, Indirect Solar Process Fundamentals, Wind, Biomass, Ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC), Tidal energy, Photovoltaics Fundamentals, Analysis, and Design