Energy and mass transport principles applied to biological and environmental systems. Prerequisites are Math 266 and CE 309, or ME 352.
Application of biological, biochemical, and engineering fundamentals for industrial bioprocessing. Topics include bioprocessing kinetics (enzymes, cell growth, substrate utilization, and product formation); bioenergetics; bioreactor selection and scale-up; and product recovery. Prerequisites are MATH 166 and ABEN 263; or permission of instructor.
Study of psychrometrics, heat and mass transfer, and physiological requirements for livestock and bioproducts. Design of environmental modifications, livestock wastes and control systems. Prerequisites are CE309 (or equivalent) and ME 350, Thermodynamics (or equivalent).
Topics to be addressed include: benefits and limitations of biobased energy development; resource potential; biomass production, harvest, storage, and transportation issues; and conversion technologies.
Analysis and design of processing equipment and plants for food and other bio-based products. Emphasis is on application of fluid flow, thermodynamics, and heat and mass transfer principles. Prerequisite is junior standing.
Engineering principles and design of systems for soil and water resource management and environmental protection. 3 lectures, 1 three-hour laboratory. Prerequisites is CE 309.
Theory, analysis, and testing of internal combustion engines, traction, power trains, hydraulic systems, vehicle dynamics, stability, and ergonomics in tractor design. Electrical power units including motors. Alternative energy systems. 2 lectures, 1 three-hour laboratory. Prerequisite is ME 350.
Principles of design, development, and testing of agricultural machines and machine systems. Applications of computer aided design and FMEA. Prerequisite is ME 223.
Fluid power is being used in widely different areas such as transportation, machine tools, ship control, agricultural equipment, space technology, aircraft, mining and many more. In recent years, the academic world has tried to keep up with the increasing demand for specialists in hydraulic and pneumatic systems by offering new courses, or even a fluid power option. However, properly trained people are still at a premium in this area, and many fluid power manufacturers undertook to educate their own and their customersí staff. Prerequisites are at least third-year standing, ME 221, ME 222, and ME 352, or CE 309 or equivalent.
Application of instrumentation and sensor concepts to measurement and control of environmental, biological, and mechanical parameters. Includes sensor principles, signal conditioning, data collection, and data analysis methods. 2 lectures, 1 three-hour laboratory. Prerequisite is PHYS 252.
Numerical methods of systems analysis will be taught through real-world case studies. Topics covered include problem conceptualization, assumptions and problem simplification, and mathematical description of real systems; the finite-difference methods for solving systems of differential equations; and parameter estimation, sensitivity analysis, and uncertainty analysis methods.
Sensors and non-destructive sensing principles (e.g., computer vision, spectroscopy, imaging, fiber optic sensing) for bioproduction and processing applications. Data/signal acquisition, signal conditioning/analysis techniques, signal interpretation and pattern recognition using statistical, neural networks, and fuzzy logic techniques. Prerequisite is graduate level standing in engineering.
Study and representation of hydrologic processes on small watersheds. Application of hydrologic models or surface flow, subsurface flow, nutrient and sediment transport, ad water quality. Prerequisites are ABEN 464/664, CE 309 or instructor permission.
Orientation to the ABEN Department and NDSU Graduate School requirements, initiation of research for the masterís thesis or doctoral dissertation, responsible conduct of research, and writing & speaking in the profession. Prerequisite is graduate enrollment under the guidance of a faculty member of the ABEN Department (includes graduate programs in ABEN, ECS, NRM and Food Safety).