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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.


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 measurement devices. 

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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