Education

research-07Texas A&M has had strong undergraduate and graduate turbomachinery educational programs for many years.

Over the years, the University has attracted an outstanding engineering faculty with broad industrial experience in turbomachinery-related areas to support the research and educational program.

The professional staff of the Laboratory, engineering faculty members, and more than 80 graduate students represent a balance of computational, analytical and experimental expertise in turbomachinery performance and reliability.

For admissions information, see the Department of Mechanical Engineering’s website HERE.

Why not Turbomachinery?Merlin-engine

If you’re looking for a challenging specialty for your graduate degree in mechanical engineering, take a look at the Turbomachinery Laboratory at Texas A&M University.

Turbomachinery is a challenging and diverse field that draws on most of the disciplines in mechanical engineering. Textbooks describe turbomachinery as rotating machinery that extracts or adds energy to fluids.

Think about it this way: turbomachinery is everything from classic Dutch windmills to the space shuttle’s main engine turbopumps. It’s the jet engines that power airliners across the country and the blower in your air conditioning system.

Graduate Programs

We offer strong M.S. and Ph.D. programs in mechanical engineering with research opportunities that focus on the performance and reliability of turbomachinery.

Our research — backed by state-of-the-art experimental and computational facilities — reflects our close and continuing relationship with commercial and aerospace turbomachinery users and manufacturers. This relationship brings a real-world focus to our research projects and improves our graduates’ job prospects.

Our degree programs are interdisciplinary. You’ll be able to build your own M.S. or Ph.D. program from a broad array of courses offered by the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering, and the Mechanics and Materials Program.

Turbomachinery Disciplines

Disciplines in mechanical engineering that use turbomachinery:

Control

  • surge and stall
  • rotor design
  • magnetic bearings

Performance

  • thermodynamics
  • fluid mechanics
  • gas dynamics
  • heat transfer

Reliability

Structures

  • dynamics
  • vibration
  • high-temperature materials

Other

  • data acquisition and analysis
  • experimental design
  • parameter estimation
  • applied mathematics and statistics

Related Coursework
Texas A&M University’s engineering program offers a wide variety of turbomachinery-related courses.

Thermal Sciences

Fluid Mechanics

  • MEEN 621 Fluid Mechanics
  • MEEN 622 Advanced Fluid Mechanics
  • MEEN 624 Two-Phase Flow and Heat Transfer
  • MEEN 626 Lubrication Theory
  • MEEN 636 Turbulence: Theory and Engineering Applications
  • MEEN 637 Turbulence Measurements and Analysis
  • MEEN 644 Numeric Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow
  • MEEN 645 Advanced Gas Dynamics
  • AERO 615 Numerical Methods for Internal Flow
  • AERO 620 Unsteady Aerodynamics

 

Heat Transfer

  • MEEN 627 Heat Transfer-Conduction
  • MEEN 628 Heat Transfer-Convection
  • MEEN 629 Heat Transfer-Radiation
  • MEEN 630 Intermediate Heat Transfer
  • MEEN 643 Experimental Methods in Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics

Performance and Combustion

  • MEEN 615 Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics
  • MEEN 633 Combustion Science and Engineering
  • MEEN 646 Aerothermodynamics of Turbomachinery

Structures and Materials

Structures

  • MEMA 601 Theory of Elasticity
  • MEEN 620 Experimental Stress Analysis
  • MEMA 605 Energy Methods
  • MEMA 608 Elasticity of Structural Elements
  • MEMA 611 Fundamentals of Engineering Fracture Mechanics
  • MEMA 632 Structural Stability
  • MEMA 633 Theory of Plates and Shells
  • MEMA 637 Probabilities Structural Dynamics
  • MEMA 640 Theory of Shells
  • MEMA 646 Introduction to the Finite Element Method
  • MEMA 647 Theory of Finite Element Analysis
  • MEMA 648 Nonlinear Finite Element Methods in Structural Mechanics
  • MEMA 650 Dynamic Fluid-Solid Interactions
  • MEEN 654 Special Topics: Boundary Elements

Materials

  • MEEN 611 Ultrasonic Techniques in Material Studies
  • MEEN 671 Metallurgical Failure Analysis
  • MEMA 609 Materials Science
  • MEMA 613 Principles of Composite Materials

Dynamics and Vibrations

Controls

  • MEEN 613 Engineering Dynamics
  • MEEN 617 Mechanical Vibrations
  • MEEN 618 Experimental Methods in Mechanical Vibrations
  • MEEN 639 Dynamics of Rotating Machinery
  • MEEN 647 Vibrations of Plates and Shells
  • MEEN 649 Nonlinear Vibrations
  • MEEN 689 Special Topics: Instrumentation
  • MEEN 689 Special Topics: Introduction to Chaos and Fractals
  • MEEN 641 Quantitative Feedback Theory
  • MEEN 651 Control System Design
  • MEEN 652 Multivariable Control System Design
  • MEEN 674 Modern Control
  • MEEN 675 Adaptive Control

Why attend Texas A&M University?
Texas A&M University’s 5,200-acre campus is located in the twin cities of Bryan and College Station, which share a population of more than 200,000.

The community is convenient to Dallas, Houston and San Antonio — three of the 10 largest cities in the United States — as well as the scenic Gulf Coast and the state capital, Austin.

More about Texas A&M University is available on its website at http://www.tamu.edu.

Enrollment Information

  • For information on how to enroll, visit the Texas A&M Engineering website.
  • Texas A&M’s enrollment stands at more than 52,000 students
  • More than 10,556 engineering students are enrolled in the Dwight Look College of Engineering
  • More than 1,232 mechanical engineering students
  • More than 414 mechanical engineering graduate students

Learn More about Engineering

Read more about the Undergraduate and Graduate programs at Texas A&M University’s Dwight Look College of Engineering at http://thinkbig.tamu.edu.

Sources
Texas A&M University Spring 2015 Enrollment Profile (link)
College Station–Bryan metropolitan area (link)
Engineering Fact Sheet (link)
Mechanical Engineering Fact sheet (link)