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AMM Option

Applied Mechanics and Materials (AMM) option AppliedMechanics 

The EAS-PhD option in Applied Mechanics and Materials (AMM) is designed to train students for industrial and academic jobs through the study and application of the principles of physical, mechanical and materials sciences to analyze, evaluate and solve theoretical and technological problems.  Applied mechanics examines the response of bodies (solids and fluids) or systems of bodies to external forces.  It is a broad interdisciplinary field with many applications in modern engineering.  Within the theoretical sciences, applied mechanics is useful in formulating new ideas and theories, discovering and interpreting phenomena, and developing experimental and computational tools.  Materials science investigates the relationship between the structure of materials at atomic or molecular scales and their macroscopic properties. Within the materials, applied physics and chemistry is employed to fabricate and to conduct multi-scale computational modeling of new materials.  Research opportunities are diverse and current in such areas as fluid/solid mechanics, acoustics/vibrations/dynamics, mechanics of materials, bio/geo-mechanics, and micro/nano-mechanics.

Core Courses Requirements

Following are the required core courses of Applied Mechanics & Materials option:

  • Advanced Mathematical Methods (EAS 501, MNE 501 or PHY 622)
  • Computational Methods (EAS 502, MNE 502 or PHY 521)
  • Continuum Mechanics (MNE 503) or Advanced Materials (MTX - XXX)

The core courses form the foundation of the program and are taken early in the program.

Specialization Major Course Requirements

Specialization courses (15 credits) help the student attain depth in focused areas.  The Applied Mechanics & Materials option organizes specialization opportunities under the following categories:

  • Solid Mechanics: Analytical, Experimental and Numerical Solid Mechanics
  • Fluid Mechanics & Thermal Sciences: Analytical, Experimental and Computational Fluid Dynamics, Heat Transfer, Energy (Renewable and Conventional)
  • Nonlinear Dynamics: Advanced Dynamics, Nonlinear Vibrations, Dynamics and Stability of Engieering Systems, Chaos
  • Computational Materials Science: Multi-scale Simulations, Multi-phase Flow with Phase Change
  • Composites: Biomaterials, Biological Materials, Nano-structured Materials, Heterogeneous Materials, Mechanics of Composites, MEMS & Thin Films, Multi-functional Materials, Multi-scale Materials, Pavement Materials
  • Polymer Engineering: Fiber Engineering, Rheology, Thermodynamics, Kinetics of Polymers, Soft Materials, Ploymer Chemistry, Biomimicking

Specialization Minor Course Requirements

Two graduate courses (6 credits) help the students to acquire interdisciplinary knowledge.  The courses can be chosen from the specialization list for other options in the EAS Ph.D. program.

A typical curriculum plan for the AMM option is shown below.

Graduate Program Curriculum Outline

Applied Mechanics and Materials Option

 

Major Required (Core) Courses (Total # of courses required = 5)

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

EAS 501

Advanced Mathematical Methods

3

EAS 502

Computational Methods

3

MNE 503 or MTX 5XX

Continuum Mechanics or Advanced Materials

3

EAS 600

Dissertation Proposal Preparation

3

EAS 601/701

Doctoral Dissertation Research

30

EAS 602

Research Ethics

1

EAS 700

Doctoral Seminar

2

 

Subtotal # Core Credits Required

45

 

Elective Course Choices (Total courses required =7) (attach list of choices if needed)

CEN/MNE/MTX 500-600

5 Graduate Electives selected from List

15

COE/MTH/DIS 500-600

2 Graduate Electives (Minor)

6

 

Subtotal # Elective Credits Required

21

Curriculum Summary

 

Total number of courses required for the degree

12

 

Total credit hours required for degree                              

66

 

Prerequisite, Concentration or Other Requirements:

Ph.D. Qualifying Examination (QE) and Comprehensive Exam:  Each student must pass a qualifying exam and a comprehensive exam on research preparedness prior to becoming a doctoral candidate.

 

 

Elective Courses for Applied Mechanics and Materials Option

MNE 504

Advanced Mechanics of Fluids

3

MNE 511

Theory of Elasticity

3

MNE 515

Finite Element Analysis

3

CEN 512

Advanced Structural Analysis

3

CEN 516

Advanced Analysis and Design of Reinforced Concrete

3

MTX 517

Fiber Reinforced Polymer Materials

3

MTX 564

Mechanics of Fibrous Structures

3

MNE 534

Advanced Vibration

3

MNE 514

Fracture Mechanics

3

MNE 542

Convective Heat Transfer

3

MNE 552

Computational Fluid Mechanics

3

MNE 560

Methods of Experimental Research

3

MNE 531

Advanced Dynamics

3

MNE 525

Bioengineering Fundamentals

3

MNE 536

Advanced Control Theory

3

MNE 522

Statistical Thermodynamics

3

CEN 517

Prestressed Concrete Analysis and Design

3

CEN 520

Advanced Steel Design

3

CEN 521

Matrix Methods of Structural Analysis

3

CEN 522

Design of Structural Systems

3

CEN 538

Structural Dynamics

3

CEN 552

Advanced Soil Mechanics

3

CEN 554

Surface Water Hydrology

3

CEN 558

Open Channel Flow Hydraulics

3

CEN 572

Advanced Processes in Environmental Engineering

3

CEN 580

GeoEnvironmental Engineering

3

CEN 582

Pavement Design

3

CEN 584

Pavement Materials

3

MTX 525

Fiber Materials

3

MTX 510

Polymer Chemistry

3

MTX 563

Fibrous Structure

3

 

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