Solheim Manufacturing Science & Technology Laboratory


Instructional Courses

Following courses are currently/previously offered by Professor Ramulu at University of Washington. Detailed description of course offerings along with the time schedule can be found at  University Website.

 1 ME 355 Introduction to Manufacturing Processes
Study of manufacturing processes, including inter-relationships between the properties of the material, the manufacturing process and the design of components. Interpretation of experimental data, comparison of measurements to numerical/analytical predictions, and formal, engineering report writing.
Prerequisite: M E 354.
orthogonal ME 403 Material-Removal Processes
Cutting and non-cutting processes for material removal in the shaping of manufactured products. Study of forces and of power consumption and relative costs in the various processes.
Prerequisite: M E 355 which may be taken concurrently.
 3 ME 409 Introduction to Numerical Control and Computer-Aided Manufacturing 
Control system fundamentals, numerical control (NC) machine control systems, and the design aspect of NC machine tools, programming methods of NC machines, computer-aided manufacturing, CNC, DNC, and process optimization.
Prerequisite: M E 355 which may be taken concurrently.
 4                       ME 440 Advanced Mechanics of Materials and Solids
Study of mechanics of deformable bodies, including three-dimensional stress and strain tensors and their transformations. Equations of compatibility, continuity and equilibrium. Elastic constants. Failure criteria including fracture, yield and instability. Deflection relations for complex loading and shapes. Indeterminate problems. Design applications and numerical methods.
Prerequisite: M E 354.
 5 ME 450 Introduction to Composite Materials and Design
Stress and strain analysis of continuous fiber composite materials. Orthotropic elasticity, lamination theory, failure criterion, and design philosophies, as applied to structural polymeric composites.
Prerequisite: M E 354, recommended:MSE 475.
 AWJ ME 501 Modern Manufacturing Processes
General survey and introduction to modern manufacturing engineering processes. Fundamental principles and practices of modern manufacturing processes. Case studies and exercises relating the course material directly to modern industrial practice.
Offered: A.
 7 ME 518 Seminars on Advances in Manufacturing and Management
Current topics and advances made in manufacturing and management. Topics presented by invited speakers from academia and industry. Emphasis on the multidisciplinary nature of manufacturing and management.
Offered: jointly with IND E 518; AWSp.
 8 ME 541 Fatigue of Materials
Macro and micro aspects of fatigue of metals and fatigue mechanisms. Analytical methods for fatigue and life assessment in advanced materials.
Offered: W.
 fracture m ME 559 Introduction to Fracture Mechanics
Applications of linear fracture mechanics to failure analysis and fracture control based on actual case studies. Fracture toughness and fatigue testing techniques, crack initiation and propagation fatigue life prediction of mechanical components subjected to environmental effects.
Offered: W.
 10 ME 560 Advanced Theory of Fracture
Theories of linear fracture mechanics, fracture dynamics, ductile fracture, stable crack growth and mixed mode fracture. Discussion of advanced topics from recent literature.
Prerequisite: M E 559 or permission of instructor. Offered: even years: Sp.
 11 ME 573 Methodologies for Engineering Design: Probabilistic Mechanical Design
Study, implementation of probabilistic methods to design. Loading, geometry, stress, stain/deflection described as random variables, compared to material properties/behavior in terms of random variables. Design, analysis, reliability, risk analyses conducted on common structures with results compared to conventional deterministic approaches. Projects using probabilistic methods to optimize selected component designs. Discussion of advanced topics from recent literature.
Offered: even years: Sp.
 12 ME 599 Machining Science and Surface Integrity of Advanced Composites
Composite machining by traditional and nontraditional processes. Analysis involving the mechanics of composite cutting including cutting forces, tool-wear/tool-life and temperature analysis, chip control, machinability assessments and advances in cutting tool technology. The effects of process parameters on the surface finish, accuracy, material removal rate, and surface integrity will be discussed. The industrial applications of these processes will be highlighted..
Offered: Summer Quarter
 13 ACMM CP 520/ ME 599 Aircraft Composite Tooling In this course, basics and background of composite materials with an introduction to composite manufacturing methods will be presented. Tool Design & Fabrication Processes; Basics of Layup Tooling; Layup Tooling Materials. This will be followed by an in-depth look at both metal and composite tooling, new innovations in tooling, and its applications in aerospace industry. Finally, the assembly of composite materials will be discussed, along with the associated secondary manufacturing process tooling; Handling Equipment for Composite Parts and Assemblies; quality and sustainabilty in tool engineering
Offered: in Boeing Company(March-May)
  M E 506/ME402 Additive Manufacturing: Materials, Processing and Application
Additive manufacturing processes for polymers, metals, ceramics and composite materials. Operating principles, key process parameters important to the part build process, and the importance of design. Microstructure of the build parts, dependence on processing conditions, the mechanical and physical properties, defects and relevant post-processing treatments for each material system. Hybrid processes, and adoption in various fields. Offered: jointly with MSE 589; Offered: Spring  (Co-taught with Prof D. Arola.)