Purdue University School of Mechanical Engineering


ME 597/AAE 556: Aeroelasticity

Description: Aeroelasticity is concerned with the consequences and trade-offs created by interactions between aerodynamic forces and structural deformation. The objective of this course is to introduce the theoretical and experimental foundations of aeroelasticity. Tools to analyze the following problems will be presented: static aeroelastic problems; control effectiveness; lift effectiveness; divergence; dynamic aeroelasticity; flutter and vibration.

ME 664: Vibrations of Continuous Systems

Description: This course presents classical models for thin vibrating structures – beams, membranes and plates, their discretization techniques, and theoretical and computational analysis. Vibrations of rotating and axially moving structures, flow-induced vibrations, and concepts of dynamic stability are also covered. The special topic of vibrations of piezoelectric systems is also studied.

ME 274: Basic Mechanics II

Description: ME 274 is a fundamental course covering the subjects of dynamics and mechanical vibration. The course is designed to emphasize conceptual understanding through problem-solving. The requisite theoretical background and problem-solving methods are introduced in the course textbook Dynamics: a Lecturebook (Krousgrill & Rhoads) and the lectures, and reinforced through various assignments and exams.

ME 274 beneficially leverages your past experiences in physics, mathematics, and modeling, and builds upon them, hopefully yielding a sum more meaningful than the constituent parts.

ME 270: Basic Mechanics

Description: This course introduces mechanics of structures focusing on statics. It deals with vector operations, forces and couples, free body diagrams, equilibrium of a particle and of rigid bodies, and friction. We also introduce the concept of distributed forces, centers of gravity, and centroids. Applications in structural and machine elements, such as bars, trusses, and friction devices are discussed.