The graduate study and research programs in the department of Mechanical Engineering
are categorized under two basic areas of specialty - thermo/fluid and applied mechanics.
The programs of study are flexible and can be adjusted to fit personal needs and interests.
The curriculum is designed to assist individuals who seek professional careers as
advanced engineers, researchers, or teachers. The current areas of research conducted
by the faculty include computational fluid dynamics, engineering materials, gear transmissions,
biomedical engineering, and sports engineering. Research projects have been funded
by a wide variety of sources such as National Aeronautics and Space Administration
(NASA), National Institute of Health (NIH), and biomedical and consumer product companies
such as Smith & Nephew Richards, Inc., Wright Medical Technology, Inc., Schering-Plough
HealthCare Products, and True Temper Sports, and Select Comfort, Inc.. Graduates of
the program are working in research and development and have demonstrated expertise
and excellence in their professions.
The programs of study have several areas of emphasis. They include:
- Computational fluid dynamics
- Computational mechanics, finite element methods
- Dynamic systems, vibrations, controls; wavelet analysis
- Fracture mechanics, mechanics of solids, mechanics of composite materials
- Heat transfer, thermodynamics.
FACILITIES & ASSOCIATED RESEARCH
CFD Laboratory: The Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) laboratory at Memphis State University serves
as the focal point for research on computational methods of modeling fluid flow and
for using computational models to investigate flow dynamics. Since its inception in
1992, the physical assets of the laboratory have grown to include two high-speed workstations
and eight personal computers connected to form an efficient computing network that
includes terminals, hard copy devices and access to other computing facilities on
campus. The laboratory has also been used as a "front end" to access supercomputers
at various sites across the country to perform research with particularly high computational
demands.At Materials Laboratory: The focus of this laboratory is to provide facilities
for undergraduate instruction and to support research activities. To this end, the
laboratory is equipped with three state-of-the-art mechanical testing systems; high-powered
optical microscopes; a fracture toughness measurement system;a rotating-beam fatigue
test system; a corrosion rate measurement system; furnaces; metallographic specimen
preparation stations; hardness testers; and a creep tester.
Pro/ENGINEER Laboratory: The laboratory began service in Spring 1999. Courses will be taught with the lastest
full version Pro/ENGINEER. Eventually, the goal is to have an integratedsystem of
Pro/ENGINEER and computer-aided manufacturing.
Fluid Dynamics Laboratory: This is mainly a research laboratory for faculty and graduate students. Currently,
the major component of the laboratory is a standard ELD Model 406(B) Open Circuit
Wind Tunnel with a speed range from 10 fps to 150 fps in a 2'x2'x4' plexiglass test
section. It is also equipped with several flow visualization and aerodynamic forc
CMD Laboratory: The Computational Mechanics and Design (CMD) laboratory is equipped with one high-performance
Silicon Graphics workstation and three personal computers to conduct research in various
areas of applied mechanics and design, which include composite material mechanics,
finite element analysis, computer simulation of dynamic systems, seismic structural
response, nonlinear dynamics and chaos, and computer-aided design of mechanical systems.
The CMD laboratory has connection to local campus computer network and direct access
to the CRAY supercomputers at NASA Lewis Research Center. Finite element software
such as ALGOR and ANSYS are utilized in the laboratory. Other peripherals include
a CD-ROM and a HP Laserjet printer. The laboratory has supported research efforts
funded by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO),NASA, and True
Temper Sports Company. Currently, specif works at the CMD laboratory consists of three
dimensional finite element analysis of helical gears; computer modeling of gear system
including bearings, shafts and housing; optimum design of transmission for minimum
vibration and noise; finite element analysis of pipeline under seismic loading; and
design and analysis of composite golf club for better performance.
Additional information regarding graduate studies in the department of Mechanical
Engineering may be obtained by contacting the Coordinator of Graduate Studies Dr. Mo at (901) 678-2173. The facsimile number is (901) 678-5459. Information regarding
application forms may be obtained from Graduate Admissions at (901) 678-2911.
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