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Energy Systems Engineering (ESE)

1000 Level | 2000 Level | 3000 Level | 4000 Level

USP Codes are listed in brackets by the 1991 USP code followed by the 2003 USP code (i.e. [M2<>QB]).

2020 [2010]. Design of Experiments Lab. 2. A Laboratory course designed to introduce students to basic experimental concepts in context of statics and dynamics. Development of skills in report writing, experimental design, utilization of productivity software, interpersonal teamwork and fundamental statistics are emphasized. Cross listed with ME 2020. Prerequisites: ES 1060; ES 2120; companion course ENGL 2005 for WB credit.

2160. Fluids Laboratory I. 2. A laboratory course to present experimental techniques, develop laboratory and interpersonal teamwork skills, and demonstrate some of the fundamental concepts of thermodynamics and fluid dynamics. Cross listed with ME 2160. Prerequisites: ES 2330 and ESE/ME 2020.

3020. System Dynamics. 3. Theoretical and experimental study of the dynamics of linear and non-linear lumped parameter models of mechanical, electrical, electronic, fluid, thermal and mixed systems. Cross listed with ME 3020. Prerequisites: ESE/ME 2020, ES 2210, and MATH 2310. (Normally offered fall semester)

3040. Thermodynamics II. 3. Consideration of advanced thermodynamic topics including Maxwell's relations, compressible flow, and combustion. Applications to design of refrigeration cycles, humidification systems, and Rankine cycles. Cross listed with ME 3040. Prerequisite: CHEM 1020 and ES 2310. (Normally offered fall semester)

3360. Fundamentals of Transport Phenomena. 3. Basic concepts of heat and mass transfer and their applications to problems involving engineering analysis and design. Topics include steady-state and transient conduction, free and forced convection (heat and mass), radiation and heat exchangers. Cross listed with ME/ARE 3360. Prerequisites: ES 2310, ES 2330 and MATH 2310.

4060. Energy Systems Design I. 3. First of a two-course design sequence constituting a capstone design experience on an energy-related project. Multidisciplinary teams prepare a project proposal or Statement of Qualifications, generate a morphilogical study of their project, develop mathematical models of their design, and prepare project plans and specifications. Project management and methods are also presented. Prerequisites: ESE/ME 3040 and ESE/ME/ARE 3360 (Normally offered fall semester)

4070. Energy Systems Design II. 3. [W3<>WC] Continuation of a two-course design sequence. The design teams refine their designs, fabricate the project, test the project for compliance with the design specifications, write a comprehensive engineering design report including socioeconomic factors, and prepare and deliver a presentation of the project in a public forum. Prerequisites: ESE/ME 4060 and WB. (Normally offered spring semester)

4330. Internal Combustion Engines. 3. Thermodynamic analysis and design of Otto and Diesel cycles for vehicle applications and stationary power generation. A substantial laboratory component with examine design and manufacturing issues, as well as engine performance in a variety of scenarios. Cross listed with ME 4330. Prerequisites: ESE/ME 3040 and ESE/ME/ARE 3360.

4360. Introduction to Nuclear Energy. 3. Introduction to the fundamentals of nuclear engineering including power plant design and the fuel cycle. Topics include the fuel cycle and fuel design, reactor physics, reactor theory and design, reactor thermo-hydraulics, radiation protection and safety, and fuel reprcocessing and recycling. Cross listed with ME 4360. Prerequisites: MATH 2310, ESE/ME 3040, and ESE/ME/ARE 3360.

4380. Steam Plant Engineering I. 3. Consideration of detailed component design for major subsytems in steam plants, including various boiler types, steam turbines, coal pulverizers, coal gasifiers, heat exchangers, air heaters, sulfur scrubbers, and ash removal systems. Applications to solar, geothermal, biomass, nuclear, natural gas, and coal-fired plants will be presented. Integration of steam plants in combined cycles and coal gasification cycles will be discussed. Cross listed with ME 4380.  Prerequisites: ESE/ME 3040 and ESE/ME/ARE 3360.

4460. Solar and Geothermal Engineering. 3. An introduction to the engineering of solar-powered energy systems, including evaluation of the energy resource, passive design considerations, economics of active solar systems, design of flat plate collectors and water heating systems, and design of concentrating collectors for larger building or electrical generation applications. Design considerations for geothermal energy systems for both small-scale and commercial-scale applications. Cross listed with ME 4460. Prerequisite: ESE/ME/ARE 3360.

4470. Wind and Ocean Energy Engineering. 3. Introduction to the harvesting of wind and ocean energy, including discussions of the wind resource, wind turbine aerodynamics, blade materials, turbine dynamics, electrical systems, control systems, and energy storage. An overview of ocean energy capture systems is also presented. Cross listed with ME 4470. Prerequisites: ES 2210, ES 2310, ES 2330, and ES 2410.

4474. Topics in Energy Systems Engineering. 1-3 (Max. 4). Directed research in mechanical engineering. Prerequisite: ME/ESE 2020.

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