Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE)
Thermodynamics is the most fundamental course in Mechanical Engineering. This course aims to have students understand various fundamental laws of thermodynamics and to develop the ability to apply them to various thermal systems. It covers energy, heat and work, enthalpy, entropy, laws of thermodynamics, thermodynamic properties, analysis of cycle performance and various engineering cycles.
This course is focused on the application of the principles of thermodynamics to understand the properties of ideal gas mixtures. Topics cover available energy, availability and second-law efficiency, chemical reactions, thermodynamic relations and phase and chemical equilibrium. The basics of molecular dynamics and statistical thermodynamics are introduced.
This is an introductory course in Fluid Mechanics. Topics covered include fundamental concepts of fluid mechanics, fluid statics, governing equations in integral form, governing equations in differential form, Bernoulli equation, dimensional analysis, viscous flow in ducts, and boundary layer flows.
This course is provided in two modes ？ lecture and lab ？ that run in parallel. In lectures, lines, projections, views, and tolerances, which are fundamental components of mechanical drawings, are presented. The lab component allows the students to apply the knowledge obtained in lectures to produce drawings utilizing CAD software. In the term project, 3-4 students work as a team to execute the project in a creative and practical manner. The projects will help students learn to work efficiently in a teamwork environment and improve their communication skills.
This course introduces various dynamics systems. For dynamics analysis, principles and applications of Newton’s law, work-energy methods, and impulse-momentum methods will be covered in this course.
This course provides students with practical and experimental techniques for observation and measurement of mechanical principles and physical phenomena and focuses on analyzing experimental results and writing technical reports.
This course introduces numerical methods with emphasis on algorithm construction, analysis and implementation. It includes programming, round-off error, solutions of equations in one variable, interpolation and polynomial approximation, approximation theory, direct solvers for linear systems, numerical differentiation and integration, and initial-value problems for ordinary differential equations.
In this course, the theory and formulation behind the finite element method will be introduced. To gain hands-on experience of the finite element method, practical applications in engineering will be covered.
This course deals with heat transfer problems associated with steady and transient conductions, forced and free convections, and radiation. Basic heat transfer mechanism, formulation of the problems and their solution procedures, and empirical correlations will be introduced. Also, some examples of practical applications will be discussed.
This course covers internal combustion engines such as 4-cycle spark ignition, 4-cycle compression ignition and 2-cycle engines. The topics include fundamentals of thermodynamics in engines, combustion and fuel properties, lubricant and lubrication, heat transfer, friction phenomena, power, efficiency, and emissions.
Mechatronics is a fusion course consisting of mechanical engineering and electronics engineering. This course covers how to control mechanical systems by using a microprocessor, electric circuits, OP-AMP, analog circuits, and embedded programming.
In this course, based on the topics learned in TFP220, advanced topics such as viscous flows, inviscid flows, lift and drag, basic turbulent flows, fundamentals of compressible flows, and turbomachinery will be covered.
The course introduces engineering materials used in industry from the perspectives of composition, microstructures, properties, and heat treatment. It provides an extensive knowledge of various manufacturing processes, develops basic mathematical descriptions for selected processes, and helps students apply these concepts to process selection and planning. Manufacturing processes ranging from traditional (casting, machining, forging, powder metallurgy, injection molding, welding) to nontraditional/cutting-edge (electrodischarge machining, rapid prototyping, microfabrication) are introduced. From the manufacturing standpoint, the students learn the advantages and limitations of various processes in terms of quality, cost, and productivity. The lab component of this course allows the students to design and manufacture mechanical components hands-on.
This course prepares students to design mechanical systems both at component- and system-level in a creative and comprehensive manner. Students learn to analyze, select, and synthesize machine components, as applied to springs, bearings, shafts, gears, fasteners, and other elements in a mechanical system. In addition, students learn to identify and quantify the specifications and trade-offs for the selection and application of components, which are commonly used in the design of complete mechanical systems. The course will require team projects in which the students will learn to develop conceptual design, optimize design parameters, and work efficiently in a teamwork environment.
In this course, students will develop their design capabilities through a team-project. To accomplish a given objective, students should define the problem, design and manufacture the system, and evaluate the final product by themselves. Through the whole process, students can broaden their understanding about creative engineering design.
Automatic control has played a vital role in various engineering and technological fields. It is not only important in space vehicles, missile guidance systems, aircraft autopiloting, and robots, but also in modern manufacturing and industrial processes. This course covers dynamic modeling and response of systems with mechanical, hydraulic, thermal and electrical elements, linear feedback control systems design, and analysis in time and frequency domains. Students learn basic mathematical and computational tools for modeling and analysis of dynamic systems. They are also trained to identify, model, analyze, design, and simulate dynamic systems in various engineering disciplines using a unified approach.
Combustion is based on thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics. This course deals with the energy conversion process from chemical to mechanical energy. Since energy consumption mostly occurs during the combustion process, the topics include not only flames and their characteristics but also practical combustion machines.
This course covers the basic engineering principles of air-conditioning and refrigeration systems based on the topics in thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics. Cooling load calculation methods, Psychrometric chart, Air-conditioning system design based on thermodynamic cycle analysis, and performance analysis for major components such as compressor, condenser, evaporator and expander are introduced. It also discusses various alternative refrigeration methods and refrigerants.
This course deals with the fundamental theory of plasticity including the constitutive relations in plastic deformation and the methods of analysis for grasping the deformation behavior. The analytic solution of nonlinear problems in plastic deformation will be covered.
This course introduces MEMS, one of the most typical interdisciplinary research areas. Physical principles of micro structure and micro-fabrication techniques will be taught first and case studies of design, fabrication, and applications of diverse micro devices including micro-mechanical sensors (accelerometer, pressure sensor, flow sensor, temperature sensor), micro-actuator, and microfluidics will be covered in this course.
In this course, students can develop their design ability as an independent mechanical engineer through a term-project where they propose an engineering problem including its necessity, design, manufacture, evaluate and present the system by themselves.
In this course, students study the theories and algorithms of CAE used in the design and manufacture of various products. Through these studies, the students will develop their capabilities to design, analyse, and manufacture various products using CAE techniques.
In this course, various optimization theories and algorithms are introduced, in order to improve students’ capabilities in optimization including defining a problem, developing formulae, and adopting proper algorithms.
This course aims at extending the design principles based on mechanics to designing multi-scale systems. It not only deals with the design principles that are important in macro systems, but it also studies new design principles that are more important in micro-/nano-scales when the ratio of surface to volume decreases. COMSOL Multi-physics, which is a multi-physics modeling and simulation software is also taught to improve the capability of modeling, analyzing and designing multi-scale systems.
This course covers optimal design methods for thermal fluids systems consisting of heat exchangers, burners, compressors and pumps, etc. Mathematical formulations for large thermal fluid systems and their solution methods are presented, and several optimization methods for design of the systems are also provided.
Introduction to electric-electronic engineering: This course is designed to provide the mechanical engineering students with basic electrical and electronic skills and knowledge required for experimental set-ups. For example, basic circuit theory, fundamental electromagnetics, op amp, dc power supply, diode, rectification circuits will be discussed.
Robot definition, history, and its components/Open and closed loop Kinematics and inverse kinematics/Jacobian and Inverse Jacobian/Dynamics/Actuators, sensors, vision, voice recognition/Robot Controls/Robot Projects
Introduction to biomechanics/Bio-Dynamics/Multibody dynamics/Computational biomechanics/ Human body components biomechanics/Prothetics and protheses/Biomechanics of bone, tendon, ligaments/Advanced topics: Bio-robotics, Rehabilitation engineering/Semester Project
This course introduces concepts of mechanical vibration, including free and forced vibration of single/multi-degree of freedom systems. Relevance of eigenvalue problems to multiple DOF system analysis is introduced together with some numerical techniques. Finally, numerical approximation and techniques for the distributed systems are studied.
This course introduces principles and characteristics of diverse physical, chemical, and biological sensors and teaches how to convert the measured values from the sensors into meaningful result.
For the control of sound/noise, study of acoustic terminology, fundamental principles of sound/noise generation, wave propagation, wave equation solution, and instrumentation will be covered in this course.
In this course, special topics in mechanical engineering are discussed based on the knowledge of the principles of solid mechanics, dynamics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, manufacturing process, system design, and power system engineering. Topics may include machine design, advanced materials processing, laser-assisted manufacturing, micro/nano machining, MEMS, biomedical products, controls and mechatronics, acoustics and dynamics, tribology, heat problems in microchips and light emitting diodes, wind power, blood flow, micro/nanofluidics, heat exchanger design in nuclear power plants, and combustion in engines.
Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE)
This course deals with physical basics and engineered application of the nuclear energy and the main objective is to provide the student with general understanding and knowledge of the nuclear engineering. The fundamentals of nuclear physics and interaction of radiation with matters are studied. The basic principles of nuclear reactor are investigated and various nuclear reactor concepts are discussed. The nuclear energy conversion and radiation protection are studied as well.
This course introduces the nuclear fuel cycle which is the progression of nuclear fuel through a series of differing stages. It consists of steps in the front end, which are the preparation of the fuel, steps in the service period in which the fuel is used during reactor operation, and steps in the back end, which are necessary to safely manage, contain, and either reprocess or dispose of spent nuclear fuel. Depending on the reprocessing of the spent fuel, the specific topics include an open fuel cycle (or a once-through fuel cycle) and a closed fuel cycle considered in terms of sustainability of nuclear energy and nonproliferation. In particular, nuclear waste disposal (spent fuel) techniques will be discussed in terms of economics, safety and public acceptance.
The basic concepts and definition about radiation dosimetry are introduced and the biological effects on cells and human body organs are discussed. It also covers the generation, amplification, transfer and measurement of the electronic signal from various radiation detector based on the physics theory of the electronics signal and noise. The course also explores methods of radiation counting, timing and imaging system.
This subject introduces basic concepts and applications of materials science and engineering to nuclear energy systems, while laboratory practices are designed for experiencing property tests of the lectured materials. Lectures include the essential knowledge of materials science and engineering as well as the effects of radiation and environments on material properties. The experiments are concerned with mechanical test and data analysis, phase transformation, observation by optical and electron microscopes, corrosion tests and irradiation effects.
This course covers fundamental theory of nuclear fission reactors. Specific topics includes the followings: nuclear fission phenomenon, the chain nuclear reaction, diffusion/ moderation/absorption of neutron, multi-group neutron diffusion equations, heterogeneous reactor, reactor dynamics, reactivity and its change, perturbation theory and adjoint solutions, etc.
In this course, students will have a chance to get the practical experience in nuclear fuels and fuel cycle, and nuclear fuel cladding and structural materials. In the nuclear fuels and fuel cycle area, students will first learn the fuel, fuel design criteria, fuel performance analysis code and then have a chance to analyze the in-reactor performance of the fuel. Then they will learn how to manufacture the fuel and have a chance to actually fabricate the fuel pellet with simulated material. Then they will be asked to analyze the results. In nuclear fuel cladding and structural materials area, students will learn the basic principles for the design and analysis of fuel cladding and structural components with commercial structural analysis code. And, material properties of fuel cladding and structural components will be reviewed and the proper material design and analysis using computational thermodynamics software will be practiced.
This course focuses on the electromagnetic theories as a basis for plasma engineering, nuclear fusion, radiation and nuclear engineering. The basic concepts on electricity and magnetism are included. Specific topics will include vector algebra and calculus; electrostatics in material media for Coulomb’s Law, Gauss’s Law, and boundary-value problems; steady electric currents for Ohm’s law and Kirchhoff’s law; magnetostatics in magnetic media for Ampere’s Law, Biot-Savart law, and vector potential; time-varying electromagnetics for Faraday’s Law and Maxwell’s equation.
Design of various nuclear fission energy systems and fast reactor technology require a variety of knowledge such as reactor physics, neutron data, radiation measurement and liquid metal magnetohydrodynamics. Through this course, students will learn how to design and develop nuclear systems based on the above-mentioned knowledge. Students will participate in comprehensive design and lab activities such as 1) set up a design goal, 2) identify design parameters of the system and sketch the performance of the proposed system, 4) establish quantitative models and/or setup experimental devices that show the performance of the system, 5) identify multiple constraints in the project, and develop an optimized solution.
In this course, a variety of design constraints such as design principles, requirements, functions and technical specifications that govern the overall phases of design processes will be introduced to point out drawbacks and enhancement directions of nuclear systems. In addition, through implementations of small-scale mockups, an engineering chance realizing new ideas that are created by students would be provided.
The partial differential equations to be solved for real world nuclear engineering applications such as the nuclear reactor core design, core transient analysis, and core depletion calculations, cannot be solved analytically in most cases. Instead, computer can be utilized to obtain approximate solutions of the PDEs. This course covers techniques which can solve numerically the PDEs found in nuclear engineering, e.g., finite difference, finite element, and advanced nodal methods.
Advanced design of next-generation nuclear fission and fusion systems requires interdisciplinary knowledges between thermal-hydraulics and materials in terms of safety and economics. Through this course, students learn about how to design and develop nuclear systems based on the above-mentioned major knowledges. Students participate in a comprehensive design and lab activity based on given proposals: Read a proposal for the project; Set up a design goal; Identify design parameters of the system and sketch the performance of the proposed system; Establish quantitative models that show the performance of the system by taking charge of their own learning, and analyze the system performance quantitatively; Identify multiple design constraints in the project, and develop an optimized solution or solutions. The system design project is based on Axiomatic Design principles.
Experiments are performed for production of radioisotopes, neutron activation analysis, neutron radiography, and fuel burnup measurement utilizing Research Reactor. The reactor system is described with reference to the Kori Units 3 & 4, Westinghouse three- loop pressurized water reactors. Their Final Safety Analysis Report (FSAR) is reviewed to examine the thermal and hydraulic system behavior spanning from an abnormal condi- tion to a loss-of-coolant accident condition. The Compact Nuclear Simulator (CNS) is utilized to study the reactor dynamics involving startup and shutdown practice, to examine the thermal hydraulic behavior of the system after a component malfunction or an operator error, and to compare the results against the licensing calculation reported in the FSAR.
This course focuses on the concept for nuclear fusion. It introduces basic principles and technological issues relevant to plasma and fusion energy generations and their practical uses as a limitless large-scale electric power source in the future. Through this class, students learn plasma, principle of nuclear fusion, the kinds of nuclear fusion, plasma confinement, nuclear fusion device and current status of the nuclear fusion technology.
This course covers the basic principles and structures of various nuclear fuels and their actual applications and future fuel developments. The structure, characteristics and materials of different types of fuel wil be introduced and their general irradiation behavior will be discussed. Fuel modelling, testing, design and fabrication will be covered. General in-reactor performance and failure experiences of current generation fuels and future fuel development activities will be introduced.
This course covers basic computer and IT technology necessary for nuclear reactor physics analysis, thermal hydraulics system design, nuclear fuel performance analysis, nuclear material, radiation protection analysis, nuclear reactor safety analysis: Operating System (Windows, Linux), Computing Tools (Matlab, Mathematica, Labview), Programming Language (FORTRAN, C, JAVA), Script Language (Perl, Python, Batch File), Parallel Programming (OpenMP, MPI)
System Design and Control Engineering(SDC)
This course studies essential and practical computational tools and methods for engineers and designers. Students will improve their understanding of computer programming and IT applications in engineering design. Practical laboratories and projects with MATLAB and LabView will complement the course.
The aims of this course are to develop understanding of the principles and the fundamental concepts of curcuit analysis, and to extend the students’ ability to apply system analysis to other brances of engineering. This course integrates a number of concepts introduced in other courses in the disciplines of physics and mathematics. Students will see how abstract theoretical ideas work in practice. The course will focus on both hands-on experience and design practice.
This course studies manufacturing system configuration, process flow design and their evaluation. The student will learn the basic concepts and methods of simulation techniques to design and evaluate manufacturing systems in which all workcells, including robots, material handling systems and other auxiliary equipment are functioning to maximum efficiency and productivity.
This course covers the basic control, instrumentation, and electrical systems. The course starts with an overall view of basic theories of signal processing and control. Based on such knowledge, various sensors and actuators with a microcontroller will be introduced and used for lab experiments. MATLAB and Arduino will be intensively used for hands-on activities and class projects.
This introduction to the basic modeling, design, planning, and control of robot systems provides a solid foundation for the principles behind robot design. Students will learn the basic methodologies and tools in robotics research and applications to move forward and experiment further in the robotics field.
Students and strategic partners from industry will work in project teams and undertake innovative technology development or product design projects involving product specification, conceptual design, detailed design and prototype-making/testing. The terms must aim to desseminate completed project outcomes to industry. The prgress of each project will be reviewed based on formal presentation
This course aims to introduce to the additive manufacturing(AM) technology and its applications. Students will examine various methods (i.e., Fused Deposition Methods(FDM), Stereolithograpy(SLA), Selective Laser Sintering(SLS) of additive manufacturing technologies, and understand the basic AM process from CAD models to the physical prototyping. In addition, contemporary issues in AM will be introduced, and assignments with FDM and SLS machinews will be conducted durign the course.
In these courses contemporary topics in various areas related to system design and control engineering will be covered. Topic selection will be made based upon special interests.