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Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Description of Graduate Courses


In the future, it is expected that some minor amendments to the course offerings and content summaries provided here may occur in an effort to further improve the MME curriculum. After the number, name and description of each course, there is an indication of any prerequisite that may be required to be successfully taken prior to registering for a course. Furthermore, for each course the hours required for lectures, labs and homework (preparation, problem sets, projects) are presented, justifying the corresponding number of ECTS units.

MME 501-4. Graduate Seminar I-IV (1 ECTS unit)

Course must be continued over multiple semesters

Obligatory participation of the students enrolled in the M.Sc. graduate program of the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in all graduate seminars, organized by the MME department for four semesters. Open to M.Sc. students and advanced undergraduates as an elective.


MME 601-4. Graduate Seminar I-IV (1 ECTS unit)

Course must be continued over multiple semesters

Obligatory participation of the students enrolled in the Ph.D. graduate program of the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in all graduate seminars, organized by the MME department for four semesters. Open to Ph.D. students only.


In MME 604, besides the compulsory participation in all seminars given in the MME department during the 4th semester, the student must submit a written documentation (no more than 20 pages), followed by a presentation on a topic relevant to those presented in the seminar series of the MME department. The topic chosen by the student should not necessarily be directly related to his/her research interests.

MME 505-6. Independent Study (8 ECTS units)

Course may be continued over multiple semesters

Graduate work on an independent academic project of the student’s choice upon consent by the advisor. May include theoretical, computational, experimental or combined work, with relevance to a fundamental issue with applied and/or educational impacts. Includes preparation of a comprehensive documentation and a presentation of the study at the Graduate Seminar by the student. May be carried out by teams, with the contribution of each student clearly defined. Open to M.Sc. students and advanced undergraduate students as an elective.


ΜΜE 605-6. Independent Study (8 ECTS units)

Course may be continued over multiple semesters

Graduate work on an independent academic project of the student’s choice upon consent by the advisor. May include theoretical, computational, experimental or combined work, with relevance to a fundamental issue with applied and/or educational impacts. Includes preparation of a comprehensive documentation and a presentation of the study at the Graduate Seminar by the student. May be carried out by teams, with the contribution of each student clearly defined. Open to Ph.D. students only.


MME 701-704. Thesis Research I-IV (M.Sc) (ECTS units vary)

Program of graduate research leading to the defence and writing of an M.Sc. thesis. Open to M.Sc. students only.

MME 801-808. Thesis Research I-VIII (Ph.D) (ECTS units vary)

Program of graduate research leading to the defence and writing of an Ph.D. thesis. Open to Ph.D. students only.

MME 809-816. Thesis writing (Ph.D) (10 ECTS)

MME 800. Qualifying Examination (see p. 8)


ΜΜΚ 511. Transport Phenomena (8 ECTS units)

Conservation laws, with an emphasis on the similarities between the different mechanisms for the transport of heat, mass and momentum. Theory of molecular transport. Diffusion phenomena in stationary, flowing and unsteady processes. Mass diffusion in chemically reacting, multiphase and multi-component systems. Computational techniques. Selected special topics and applications may include turbulent convective flows, combustion and materials processing.

(Prerequisites: instructor’s consent)


Relevant Bibliography

● To be defined by the instructor.


ΜΜE 512. Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics (8 ECTS units)

Thermodynamic analysis of engineering systems, emphasizing systematic methodology for application of basic principles. Introduction to availability analysis. Thermodynamics of gas mixtures and reacting systems. Modern computational equations of state. Thermodynamics of condensed phases, including solutions. Thermodynamics of biological systems.

(Prerequisites: instructor’s consent)


Relevant Bibliography

● S. Kasinos, Thermodynamics for Engineers.


ΜΜE 513. Computational Fluid Mechanics (8 ECTS units)

This course is devoted to the numerical solution of partial differential equations encountered in engineering sciences. Finite difference and finite element methods are introduced and developed in a logical progression of complexity. These numerical strategies are used to solve actual problems in a number of actual engineering problems. Computer exercises are required to illustrate the concepts discussed in class. (Prerequisites: knowledge of a computer language and advanced level courses in transport phenomena and continuum mechanics).


Relevant Bibliography

● To be defined by the instructor.


ΜΜE 514. Incompressible Fluid Dynamics (8 ECTS units)

An introduction to graduate level fluid dynamics including dimensional analysis, Eulerian and Lagrangian descriptions, flowlines, conservation equations, governing equations of viscous fluid motion, exact solutions of Navier-Stokes and Euler equations, unsteady flows, laminar boundary layer theory, turbulence, separation, Stokes flow, vorticity dynamics, potential flow and surface flows.

(Prerequisites: fundamentals of thermodynamics and mechanics, knowledge of advanced mathematics, undergraduate courses in fluid mechanics).

Relevant Bibliography

● To be defined by the instructor.


ΜΜE 515. Introduction to Parallel Computing for Engineers: Architectures, Algorithms, and Applications (6 ECTS units)

Parallel architectures design, examples of parallel computers, fundamental communication operations, performance metrics, parallel algorithms for sorting, matrix problems, graph problems, fast Fourier transforms, dynamic load balancing, types of parallelisms, parallel programming paradigms, message passing programming in MPI, shared-address space programming in threads. Focus areas may cover unstructured mesh applications, turbulence and combustion, nanofluidics and molecular dynamics, industrial applications, climate modeling, atmospheric and oceanic global simulation, and interdisciplinary applications.

(Prerequisites: instructor’s consent)


Relevant Bibliography

  • "Parallel Programming with MPI", Peter S. Pacheco, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers.

  • "Introduction to Parallel Computing, 2nd edition", A. Grama, A. Gupta, G. Karypis, and V. Kumar, Addison Wesley.

  • "Sourcebook of Parallel Computing", J. Dongarra, I. Foster, G. Fox, W. Gropp, K. Kennedy, L. Torczon, and A. White, editors, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers.


ΜΜE 521. Computer-Controlled Systems (8 ECTS units)

Focus on design and control of mechanical systems, employing digital computers as real-time controllers. Mathematical difference models, Z-transforms, and sampled control techniques in the frequency and time domain. Design of discrete-time controllers by conversion from continuous-time or directly. Students use graphical programming (Matlab/Simulink) and instrumentation software (LabVIEW), to program their control strategies developed in simulation, and to interface with hardware sensors and actuators in laboratory exercises: monitoring and control of meteorological signal station, computerized electrocardiograph monitor, controlled separation vessel in a chemical plant, and illumination control system for machine vision.

(Prerequisites: ΜΜΚ321 or consent).


Relevant Bibliography

● Course notes.

● J. Golten and A. Verwer, Control System Design and Simulation, Mc Graw-Hill, 1991.

● Simulation software (Matlab) and experimental implementation of control systems (Labview).


ΜΜE 522. Multivariable Feedback Control (8 ECTS units)

This course extends the basic undergraduate control knowledge to multi-input multi-output linear systems. Concepts such as state space representation, controllability, observability, multivariable frequency response functions, zeros and poles are introduced. Design of controllers by pole and zero placement. Robustness as a means of dealing with uncertainty is discussed. Matlab course projects for modelling and controlling real case multivariable processes.

(Prerequisites: none).


Relevant Bibliography

● Lecture handouts

● S. Skogestad and I. Postlethwaite, Multivariable Feedback Control, Analysis and Design.


ΜΜE 523. Signal Processing (8 ECTS units)

The aim of this course is to introduce to students modern signal processing techniques currently used to (a) decipher complicated processes in engineering and biological systems (b) detect damage and monitor the health of engineering components and bio-engineering systems and (c) characterise the intricacies of time-varying and non-linear systems. Techniques of signal analysis and synthesis that are based on Fourier Transform, Hilbert transform, time – frequency distributions, wavelet transform, and multi-resolution analysis are introduced through a pool of examples taken from the disciplines mentioned above. (Prerequisites:: None).


Relevant bibliography

● Lecture handouts

● S. Mallat, A wavelet tour of signal processing.


ΜΜE 524. Modelling and Analysis of Dynamic Systems (8 ECTS units)

The idea behind this course is to use a unified approach to abstracting real mechanical, fluid, and electrical systems into proper models in graphical and state equation form to meet engineering design and control system objectives. The emphasis is not on the mechanics of deriving equations but rather on understanding how the engineering task defines the modeling objectives that in turn determine what modeling assumptions are appropriate. The bond graph language, which is a graphical power topology of a dynamic system, is taught to help the students be able to easily represent models of multi-energy domain systems. This then allows causality, as well as system analysis tools, to be used to determine the correctness of the modeling assumptions. Project like problem sets are required to reinforce the theoretical concepts presented in the lecture. A final project on a topic of the student’s research area will complete the implementation of the developed skills in this course.

(Prerequisites: Undergraduate-level technical mathematics and dynamics, English language or instructor’s consent).


Relevant Bibliography

● D.C. Karnopp, D.L. Margolis and R.C. Rosenberg, System Dynamics: Modelling and Simulation of Mechatronic Systems, 3rd Edition, Wiley, 2000.

● T. Brown Forbes, Engineering System Dynamics: A Graph Centered Approach, published by Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York, NY 2001.


ΜΜE 531. Continuum Mechanics (8 ECTS units)

Emphasis on the distinction between general principles that apply to all deforming materials and the specific constitutive assumptions that are made when modeling material behavior. The course includes a brief review of the necessary mathematics and then proceeds to the kinematics of deformable media, the concepts of stress and stress transformations, and the general balance laws. The remainder of the course deals with general constitutive theory and constitutive relations for selected materials that have relevance to structural, fluid dynamics, materials processing and materials handling. Also covered are exact solutions for bending and torsion: thick-walled pressure vessels, rotating disks, stress functions for two- and three-dimensional problems and bending and torsion of non-symmetric beams.

(Prerequisites: instructor’s consent).


Relevant bibliography

● To be defined by the instructor.


ΜΜE 532. Advanced Mechanics of Vibration (8 ECTS units)

Engineering structures, in response to impact, wind, imbalance and any other load of time-varying nature, vibrate. This course aims to familiarise students with techniques of modelling and analysing both theoretically and experimentally vibrating structures. Topics offered: simple harmonic motion and forced vibration of single degree of freedom systems, derivation of equations of motion of systems with coupled coordinates using generalized coordinates and Langrange’s equations, forced vibration analysis of multi-degree of freedom systems, theoretical and experimental determination of mode shapes, vibration analysis of continuous systems and introduction to structural modification as a means of controlling vibration levels. A combined experimental and computational course project.

(Prerequisites: None)


Relevant bibliography

● Lecture handouts

● W. Weaver, S.P. Timoshenko and D.H. Young, Vibration Problems in Engineering.


ΜΜE 533. Fundamentals of Engineering Acoustics (8 ECTS units)

This course is an introduction to physical acoustics for engineering and science majors. It gives the physical basis for problems found in many engineering applications including biomedical ultrasound, room acoustics, sonar, and sound propagation in gasses and fluids. This course covers: plane waves in fluids, transient and steady-state reflection and transmission, refraction, strings and membranes, rooms, absorption and dispersion, spherical and cylindrical waves, radiation from baffled piston, and medical ultrasound arrays.

(Prerequisites: ΜΜE 331 or instructor’s consent)


Relevant bibliography

● D.T. Blackstock, Fundamentals of Physical Acoustics, Wiley-Interscience, New York, 2000.

● L. Kinsler, A. Frey, A. Coppens and J. Sanders, Fundamentals of Acoustics, 4th Edition, Wiley, New York, 1999.


ΜΜE 534. Topics in Biomedical Ultrasound (8 ECTS units)

This course covers a variety of concepts and applications in biomedical ultrasound for engineering and science majors. Topics covered are: acoustic wave equations and ultrasonic absorption, directional radiation, vibrating piston, and focusing; medical ultrasonic arrays and medical equipment output measurements; wave distortion, harmonic generation and shock formation; medical imaging, nonlinear imaging techniques and bubble dynamics for ultrasound contrast agents; thermal and mechanical effects of ultrasound in medicine.

(Prerequisites: ΜΜE 533)


Relevant bibliography

● D.T. Blackstock, Fundamentals of Physical Acoustics, Wiley-Interscience, New York, 2000.

● M.F. Hamilton and D.T. Blackstock, Nonlinear Acoustics, Academic Press, 1998.

● A.G. Webb, Introduction to Biomedical Imaging, Wiley, 2003.

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