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2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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ME 485 - Energy Systems Design Project

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course involves the application of energy principles to an engineering design problem. A project with practical application is chosen, with an emphasis on resource conservation. (prereq: ME 318  or ME 354  or equivalent)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Utilize a design methodology, including creative synthesis of solutions; evaluation of solutions based on criteria and constraints; sensitivity analysis; choice of “best” design
  • Work effectively as part of a team
  • Work with deadlines
  • Communicate ideas
  • Defend his/her decisions

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Heat Transfer

Course Topics
  • Outline of design process; project assignments (1 class)
  • Problem statement (1 class)
  • Literature search techniques (1 class)
  • Brainstorming/list of solutions (1 class)
  • Criteria and constraints/criterion function (2 classes)
  • Sensitivity analysis (1 class)
  • Oral presentation guidelines (1 class)
  • Report writing guidelines (1 class)
  • Oral presentations (3 classes)
  • Team meetings with instructor (4 classes)
  • Team project work (3 classes)

Michael Swedish

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