Korea University School of Mechanical Engineering

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Fundamental Common Courses

MEC 401 Technical writing in English [3]
Students learn how to convey their thinking and research output by writing especially in English
MEC 402 Technical presentation in English [3]
Students learn how to make effective presentation to deliver their research output to others especially in English
MEC 501 Advanced Fluid Mechanics I [3]
Derivation of continuity, momentum and energy equation; vorticity transport equation and circulation; Kelvin and Helmholtz's theorem; derivation of Navier-Stokes equation; exact solution at low-Reynolds number flow; laminar and turbulent boundary layer theories.
MEC 511 Advanced Thermodynamics [3]
Dynamic equilibrium and nonequilibrium of system; stability of two system; relation between energy and entropy and graphical analysis; availability function; exergy; phase equilibrium of system; chemical reaction and chemical equilibrium.
MEC 512 Advanced Heat Transfer [3]
Physical phenomenon of heat transfer; derivation of basic equations and analysis; conduction, convection and radiation heat transfers.
MEC 533 Finite Element Analysis [3]
Basic principles of the finite element method and its application to engineering problems; formulation of truss, beam, plate, shell, 2D, and 3D elements; the finite element modeling and computer numerical solution of static and dynamic analysis.
MEC 542 Theory of Elasticity [3]
Fundamental problems of linear elasticity; problem of St. venant; associated plane strain and generalized plane stress solutions.
MEC 551 Design of Mechanical Systems [3]
General methodologies of mechanical system design is introduced with the following topics: product planning, identification of design tasks, brainstorming, function structure construction and analysis, patents and design evaluation. Each attendant are expected to apply the design methodologies to a term project.
MEC 561 Advanced Precision Engineering [3]
Precision related topics; analysis of errors and their effect on system performance; principles and application of sensors.
MEC 571 Advanced Vibration [3]
Vibration of 1 degree of freedom systems; convolution integral; influence coefficient; vibration of multi-degree of freedom systems; Hamiltonian principle; Lagrange's equation of motion; modal analysis; eigenvalue problem; semidefinite problem; enclosure theorem; Rayleigh's quotient; vibration of continuous system; approximation method.
MEC 572 Advanced Dynamics [3]
Lagrangian dynamics; constraint equations; virtual displacement and virtual velocity; general coordinates; Hamiltonian principle; dynamics of rigid body; application to vibration and gyrodynamics.
MEC 581 Advanced Automatic Control [3]
State space description of dynamic systems; linear spaces and linear operators; analysis of state equations; Lyapunov stability analysis, controllability and observability; design of state feedback; output feedback and state observers; computer-aided design with MATLAB.
EGR501 Applied Mathematics I [3]
Partial differential equation, special function, distribution, Green function.
EGR502 Applied Mathematics II [3]
Transformation of integration, approximate solution, Tensor analysis.
EGR505 Internship [3]
To understand the field engineering, the students will join the company to learn the field-oriented skills and to advance their capacity. The work that the students are supposed to do is decided by the agreement between instructor and the corresponding advisor from the company.
AUT501 Vehicle Dynamics and Control [3]
This course introduces theories and simulation techniques in the field of vehicle dynamics and control, based on the fundamentals of dynamics, system dynamics, and automatic control.

Major Courses

MEC 594 Computational Solid Mechanics [3]
This gradual-level course covers classical principles of dynamics and modern computational methods for solving dynamic responses of both rigid and flexible structural dynamics.
MEC 601 Computational Fluid Mechanics I [3]
Computational analysis of laminar and turbulent flow, computational fluid mechanics for non-orthogonal coordinates, derivation of discretized equations and excercise with computer, convergence.
MEC 602 Advanced Fluid Mechanics II [3]
Low Reynolds number and creeping flows, solution for boundary layer equations, laminar stability and turbulence transition, mixing theory and momentum transport by Reynolds stresses, free and boundary shear flows.
MEC 603 Turbomachinery [3]
Thermodynamic analysis of energy transfer between fluid and rotor, dimensionless analysis in turbomachinery, principles and design methods of various turbomachinery such as radial or axial pumps, fans, compressors and turbines.
MEC 604 Compressible Fluid Mechanics [3]
Thermodynamics and equations of motions for compressible flow; theory for shock wave; a Prandtl-Meyer flow; variation of flow characteristics by viscosity and heat transfer; characteristic theory; aerodynamics; experimental measurement for compressible flow; characteristics for subsonic, supersonic and hypersonic flows.
MEC 605 Turbulent Flow [3]
Basic mechanism for turbulent flows and analysis of flow phenomena for isotopic turbulence, homogeneous turbulence, turbulence diffusion theory, grid turbulence, near wall turbulence, free shear layer turbulence, two phase turbulence flow.
MEC 610 Intorduction to Nanoengineering [3]
Starting from "What is the nanotechnology?", recent trend and basic knowledges in nanotechnology (Nano tools, Nano Patterning, Nano Sensors, Nanobiotechnology, Nanomaterials, NEMS etc.) are introduced. Recent published papers about nanotechnogy are studied to understand recent research trend and to learn how to plan nanotechnology research.
MEC 611 Conductive Heat Transfer [3]
Derivation of basic conduction equations, steady and unsteady, one-and multidimensional conduction with and without heat sources.
MEC 612 Convective Heat Transfer [3]
Derivation of basic energy equation, heat transfer in laminar and turbulent boundary layers and duct flow, free convection, condensation and evaporation.
MEC 613 Boiling Heat Transfer [3]
Basic models of liquid-vapor two phase flow, empirical treatment of two-phase flow, nucleation and bubble growth, pool and convective boiling, critical heat flux, and condensation.
MEC 614 Statistical Thermodynamics [3]
Basic concept of statistical thermodynamics, molecular dynamics, derivation of equation of state for ideal gas and high density fluid.
MEC 615 Thermal Environmental Engineering [3]
Air conditioning systems, moist air properties and conditioning process, indoor air quality, solar radiation and heat transmission in buildings, space heat load, cooling load, and energy calculation.
MEC 616 Advanced Refrigeration [3]
Fundamentals of refrigeration cycle, analysis of refrigeration system, refrigerants, compressor design and analysis, heat exchanger design, expansion devices, heat pumps, absorption heat pumps, cryogenic systems.
MEC 617 Combustion I [3]
Concept of combustion, chemical kinetics, governing equation of multi-components system, ignition, characteristics of diffusion and premixed flames, and combustion of gaseous, liquid droplet and solid fuels.
MEC 618 Particle Engineering [3]
Particle theory including physiochemical characteristics, synthesis, kinetics, measurement and detection, etc will be studied. In addition, its applications including air pollution and cleaning, clean room, nanoparticle technology, bioengineering will be discussed.
MEC 620 Nanomaterials and their application [3]
This class introduces various nanomaterials (Carbon Nanotube, Nanowire, Graphene, Nanoparticle, Metamaterial etc.) and studies new phenomena in mechanical, electrical, optical and physical aspects and their basic principle. We will discuss recent studies as published results including new applications.
MEC 621 Advanced Internal Combustion Engine I [3]
Analyzing c3ombustion, gas exchange and turbo charger in internal combustion engine by thermodynamics and gas dynamics.
MEC 622 Co-generation system [3]
This course introduces the technologies on the design and operation of a co-generation system for efficient energy usage. With the understanding of the basic principles on various co-generation systems, the optimum design of the major components of the co-generation system will be introduced. In addition, the technologies to maximize the efficiency of the co-generation system will be introduced, including tri-generation system, renewable energy system, and load-based design and operation technology.
MEC 627 Theory of Plasticity [3]
Basic theory of continuum plasticity is introduced with the following topics: stress and strain as tensors, yield conditions, plastic potential and flow rule, work hardening laws and principle of maximum plastic work. The course also covers the approximate solution methods such as slab method, slip-line theory and upper bound theory. The solution methods are applied to various metal forming processes including upsetting, extrusion, wire/tube drawing, rolling, bending and deep drawing.
MEC 629 Advanced Optical Engineering [3]
The fundamental optics including basic properties of light, lens, detection, laser, etc will be covered. Based on this, micro/nano engineering application including micro/bio detection, photolithograpy, near field optics, particle image velocimetry, laser and e-beam material processing will be discussed.
MEC 636 Creep Stress Analysis [3]
One dimensional models, linear viscoelastic behavior, creep, boundary value problems, linear elastic beam in pure bending, torsion of shafts, plane strain ,plane stress.
MEC 639 Fracture Mechanics [3]
Phenomena of stress concentration, energy equilibrium, stress intensity factor, a form and kind of fracture, crack propagation, elastic or elastoplastic fracture.
MEC 644 Theory of Dislocation [3]
Geometry of edge and screw dislocation, force on a dislocation, slip theory, dislocation reactions, dislocation pile up, intersection of dislocation.
MEC 647 Mechanical Behavior of Materials [3]
Theoretical strength, strengthening mechanism of material, reliability of strength, linear elastic fracture mechanics, required information for fracture mechanics approach, plain strain fracture toughness.
MEC 649 Advanced Fatigue Strength [3]
Comparison between theoretical and actual fatigue strength, application of stress spectrum, strain hardening and softening during fatigue, characteristics of stress theory, crack growth integration.
MEC 651 Kinematic Synthesis of Mechanisms [3]
Kinematic structure of mechanisms, synthesis of mechanisms according to kinematic structure and function, dimensional synthesis of mechanisms, circle point and center point curves, computer-aided mechanisms synthesis, structural errors and Chebyshevs theorem, design optimization, introduction to the synthesis of spatial mechanisms, current applications.
MEC 652 Optimum Design [3]
General methodologies of optimum design is introduced with the following topics: objective function, local and global optimum, constraints, numerical search methods, sequential unconstrained minimization techniques (SUMT), genetic algorithm, neural network and simulated annealing.
MEC 654 CAD/CAM [3]
Mathematical foundations for CAD/CAM; theory and practice of surface and solid modeling; CNC principle and language structure; CNC programming practice and machining; automatic tool path generation algorithms and programming.
MEC 656 Sustainable Energy [3]
The objectives of this International Joint Graduate course are understanding of technologies for sustainable energy production, conversion and utilization, understanding of limitations and opportunities and gaining experience in challenges and opportunities in designing sustainable energy systems. This course covers topics such as impact of Energy Conversion on Environment, Energy systems overview, Energy Economics and Solar Energy.
MEC 662 Advanced Manufacturing Engineering [3]
Various manufacturing technologies related to production, machine tools and related topics.
MEC 666 MEMS [3]
In the first half of the semester, advanced MEMS processes as well as basic undergraduate level MEMS processes are introduced and reviewed. In the second half, newly emerging topics of MEMS and nanoengineering are discussed. Then, based on the covered material, independent, creative and systematic approaches to MEMS design projects are carried out. This course requires undergradue level MEMS course.
MEC 671 Design and Control of Vibration [3]
1 degree of freedom system, modeling of discrete mass system, stability, forced response of discrete-mass system, control of vibration, modal test, modeling of continuous mass system, free response and control, approximation of continuous mass system.
MEC 672 Control of Vibration and Noise [3]
Basic acoustics, wave equation, response to arbitrary noise source, transmission coefficient, critical angle, dipole radiation, longitudinal quadrupole noise source, acoustics in duct, acoustics in room, sound radiation by acoustically rigid material and elastic material.
MEC 680 Hydraulic and Pneumatic ControlⅠ [3]
Steady-state characteristics and dynamic modeling of hydraulic system components, techniques of dynamic systems analysis, dynamic modeling of transmission lines, analysis and design of electrohydraulic control systems.
MEC 681 Digital Control [3]
The z-transform and difference equations, sampling and reconstruction, analysis and synthesis of sampled-data control systems using classical and modern control methods, system identification, implementation of digital control systems.
MEC 683 Advanced Instrumentation and Measurement System [3]
Fundamentals of mechanical measurements; treatment of experimental data; measuring system response; sensors; signal conditioning and computer data acquisition; measurements of displacement, vibration, motion, stress/strain, force, torque, pressure and temperature.
MEC 685 Special Topics in Automatic Control [3]
Special topics in the state-of-the-art theories and recent research trends in automatic control.
MEC 686 Advanced Robotics [3]
Kinematic and dynamic analysis, design, and control of robotic systems; inverse kinematics and inverse dynamics; various control issues including position control, force control, hybrid position/force control, and adaptive control; robotic sensors; mobile robots; telerobotic systems.
MEC 687 Advanced Mechatronics [3]
Architecture and application of microprocessors, analog and digital electronics, assembly and C languages, implementation of modern control systems, computer interfacing, servo control systems, term projects and laboratory demonstrations.
MEC 688 Human-Machine Interaction [3]
Accidents associated with "human error" often reflect the failure to recognize human factors in the design stage. In this class we will discuss the interaction of humans with complex machines. The topics cover the roles and authority between humans and machines, different levels of automation, enhanced human interface technologies such as telepresnece and virtual presence.
MEC 701 Experimental Methods in Fluid Flow [3]
Measurement theories and analysis method of velocity and turbulent components using various measurement methods including hot wire and LDV.
MEC 702 Computational Fluid Mechanics Ⅱ [3]
Grid generation and adaptive grid method, derivation and discretization of compressible flow equation in the generalized coordinates, higher-order upwind differencing scheme, unstructured solver algorithm, triangular mesh generation algorithm.
MEC 703 Biosystem Analysis [3]
This class introduces basic human anatomy and physiology and discusses mathematical modeling techniques of biosystem physiology, including musculoskeletal, nervous, and cardiobascular systems.
MEC 705 Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics [3]
Analysis and computation of the viscous model, and other properties in laminar and turbulence.
MEC 706 Biofluid Mechanics [3]
Vascular diseases, names of arteries, pressure and flow, heart physiology, autoregulation of arterial wall, atherosclerosis, diabetes, Windkessel model, Wormersely number, CFD, hemorheology, transport of oxygen, measurement of blood properties.
MEC 707 Special Topics in Fluid Engineering [3]
Literature survey and presentation for the recent topics as to fluid engineering.
MEC 709 Renewable Energy [3]
In this course, all the aspects of wind, hydro, tidal, geothermal, ocean, solar power and their conversion system, and bio-cell, fuel-cell, photovoltaic system will be covered. Impacts of renewable energy sources on the future environment and energy analysis of renewable technologies will also be studied
MEC 710 Energy conversion systems
This class covers variety of devices and processes that convert natural resources into forms of energy useful in practice. A special emphasis is put on environment-friendliness and long-term reliability. Example systems include fuel cells, secondary or rechargeable batteries, solar cells, wind power systems, and nuclear power plants.
MEC 712 Radiative Heat Transfer [3]
Basic concept of radiative heat transfer, computation of shape factor, absorptivity and reflectivity, characteristics of radiative heat transfer in liquid, vapor and solid state.
MEC 713 Fuel Cell Science and Technology [3]
This course introduces students to the fundamental aspects of fuel cell systems, with emphasis placed on proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC) and solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). Students will learn the basic principles of electrochemical energy conversion while being exposed to relevant topics in materials science and thermodynamics.
MEC 714 Combustion II [3]
Spray combustion of liquid fuels, governing equation of multi-phases multi- components reacting system, turbulent combustion non-premixed and premixed flames and spray, pulverized coal combustion.
MEC 715 Multi-Phase Flow [3]
Analysis of momentum, heat and mass transfer of two-phase flow and the characteristics of liquid-vapor flow.
MEC 716 Special Topics in Thermal Engineering [3]
Special topics in the state-of-the-art theories and recent research trends in thermal engineering.
MEC 718 Micro Scale Thermal Engineering [3]
This course will provide a foundation for studying the interactions and transport of energy by crystal vibrations, electrons, and photons in solids. Elementary and advanced statistical transport theories will be discussed. Finally, the fundamental knowledge will be used to understand the operation of modern micro devices and to develop techniques of thermometry.
MEC 719 Microfluidics [3]
Basic concepts and governing equations, slip models, shear-driven and pressure-driven micro flows, thermal effects in micro scales.
MEC 720 Cellular mechanics [3]
The course addresses students with an interest in the mechanical properties and architecture of cells and how these influence cell motion and motion inside the cell. Students who have taken this course will have a thorough understanding of the mechanical properties of the cells components, including basic understanding of micro/nanosystems.
MEC 721 Propulsion Engineering [3]
Cycle and performance of gas turbine system; basic principles and matching technique of components, compressor, combustor, turbine, and nozzle; basic knowledge about design and development of gas turbine systems.
MEC 722 Advanced Internal Combustion Engine II [3]
Method of the emission reduction, emission mechanism in the spark and compression ignition engine
MEC 725 Special Topics in Energy Engineering [3]
Literature survey and presentation for the recent topics as to energy engineering.
MEC 726 Special Topics in Power Engineering [3]
Literature survey and presentation for the recent topics as to power engineering.
MEC 728 Mechanobiology in Musculoskeletal System [3]
The Mechanobiology of skeletal growth, adaptation, regeneration, and aging. Introduction to musculoskeletal anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics. The role of mechanical loading to the skeletal form, function and disease process
MEC 729 Precision Profilometry [3]
This class covers 3D measurement techniques including the followings: image formation, camera calibration, feature detection, edge detection, multi-view geometry, 3D reconstruction, 3D measurement data handling and its applications.
MEC 733 Elastodynamics [3]
Wave propagation, stress wave, wave reflection and transmission, application of vibration and noise.
MEC 736 Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis [3]
The objective of the course is to teach the continuum mechanics principles in conjunction with the finite element methods. The contents include the finite element analysis of solids and structures, especially the Lagrangian formulations involving large displacements and large strains. The course considers static analyses, steady-state problems.
MEC 737 Energy network [3]
This course introduces the basic principles and technologies on eco-friendly and high-efficient energy system and network to meet the global climate change and energy problem. With the understanding of individual energy system, the design and operation technologies connecting distributed electric power and thermal energy systems will be studied to increase the efficiency of the overall energy system. This course will also include the case studies on the energy grid and network systems of each country.
MEC 743 Dynamic Fracture Mechanics [3]
Topics of dynamic fracture toughness affected by loading condition, temperature and environment; elastoplastic dynamic fracture; dynamic crack propagation; theory and experiment of crack arrest by dynamic load; dynamic stress intensity factor; fracture toughness of transient temperature.
MEC 745 Engineering Materials & Their Applications [3]
Introduction of basic engineering materials such as metal, alloy, ceramic, polymer and electro-magnetic materials; analyses and application of stress by combined loading.
MEC 749 Fracture Analysis of Polymers [3]
Introduction of fatigue crack initiation and propagation of polymers, analysis and application of the basic mechanism of rheology, fracture and fatigue retardation.
MEC 750 Composite Materials [3]
Mechanics and analysis of fiber reinforced composite material, lamina stress-strain, engineering constants, lamination theory, damage and development in composite, fiber, matrix, fiber-matrix interface, and composite mechanical properties, fatigue and fracture of composite.
MEC 751 Kinematic Analysis of Mechanisms [3]
Analytic representation of motion, curvature theory and instantaneous invariants, higher curvatures and acceleration, three-dimensional mechanisms, computer-aided kinematic analysis, current applications.
MEC 752 Dynamics of High-Speed Machines [3]
Review of classical dynamics, including Lagranges equations; analysis of dynamic response of high-speed machine elements and systems, including mass-spring systems, cam-follower systems, and gearing; shock isolation and introduction to gyro dynamics.
MEC 757 Case Studies in Plant Design [3]
EPC Plant Architecture Engineering, Turbine Basic Design & Trouble Shooting
MEC 762 Theory of Cutting [3]
Cutting mechanism in micro and macro scales, cutting dynamics including chatter \ vibration, mathematical description of chatter dynamics, cutting condition monitoring and control, tool wear and breakage detection, cutting force monitoring and adaptive control.
MEC 763 Advanced Manufacturing Automation [3]
Factory automation, principal of numerical control and programming, APT, automatic tool-path generation method, free machining.
MEC 765 Special Topics in Machine-Tools [3]
Design and control of precision machine-tools; analysis of static and dynamic stiffness; spindle and feed control of high speed and composite machine-tools; cutting dynamics; actuators for machine-tools, and precision measurement methods.
MEC 766 Microprocessor Based System Design [3]
State-of-the-art in embedded controller hardware and software design utilizing microprocessor, microprocessor architecture, embedded real-time operating system, application programming, motion control programming, control system design project
MEC 774 Special Topics in Dynamics [3]
Special topics in the state-of-the-art theories and recent research trends in dynamics.
MEC 781 Nonlinear Control [3]
Nonlinear systems analysis: phase plane analysis, Lyapunov theory, describing function analysis. Nonlinear control systems design: feedback linearization, input/output linearization, sliding mode control. Applications of nonlinear control.
MEC 782 Intelligent Control [3]
Various intelligent control schemes including neural networks, fuzzy control, genetic algorithm. Control architectures of intelligent robot systems. Software modelling techniques.
MEC 788 Mobile Robotics [3]
Wheel mechanism design, sensors (GPS, ultrasonic / Infrared / laser range finders), Maps, Kinematics, localization (Markov localization, Kalman filter, range sensor based feature extraction), path planning, motion control, controllability analysis based on control Lie algebra
MEC 794 Biomimetics [3]
Biomimetics is a study of the structure and function of biological systems as models for the design and engineering of machines. In this class brief history and methodology of biomimetics (or biomimetic approaches) will be covered, including wide successful examples in research and industry
MEC 799 Robot Control [3]
Various techniques required for control of industrial and service robots. Implementation of digital control system, Feedback linearization, Manipulator dynamics, Position control (Independent joint control, Inverse dynamics control), Force control (Impedance control, Direct force control), Control of service robot, Vision-based control.
MEC 801 Research in Fluid Engineering [3]
Research on special topics in fluid engineering.
MEC 812 Research in Thermal Engineering [3]
Research on special topics in thermal engineering.
MEC 821 Research in Energy Engineering [3]
Research on special topics in energy engineering.
MEC 822 Research in Power Engineering [3]
Research on special topics in power engineering.
MEC 830 Research in Applied Solid Mechanics [3]
Research on special topics in solid mechanics.
MEC 840 Research in Materials & Fracture Engineering [3]
Research on special topics in materials & fracture engineering.
MEC 870 Research in Vibration and Noise [3]
Research on special topics in vibration and noise engineering.
MEC 880 Research in Systems and Control [3]
Research on special topics in systems and control engineering.
MEC 891 Mechanical Engineering Seminar I [3]
Seminar on the state-of-the-art topics in mechanical engineering from invited lecturers.
MEC 892 Mechanical Engineering Seminar II [3]
Seminar on the state-of-the-art topics in mechanical engineering from invited lecturers.