ME 402: Design of Thermal Systems

Class Description:

Selection of components in fluid- and energy-processing systems to meet system performance requirements; computer-aided design; system simulation; optimization techniques; and investment economics and statistical combinations of operating conditions. Prerequisite: credit or concurrent registration in ME 320. 3 undergraduate hours or 3 or 4 graduate hours.


1. Methodology of design

2. Component modeling: statistical and mechanistic

3. Simulation methodology: heat exchangers, refrigeration systems, air conditioning systems

4. Steady state system simulation: systems of nonlinear equations, iterative procedures

5. Dynamic system simulation: numerical integration, parameter estimation

7. Optimization: Lagrange multipliers, search techniques, linear programming

8. Economic considerations: objective function development


ME:  MechSE or technical elective.

EM:  Possible secondary field, with approval.



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