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A laboratory for energy efficient product design

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Design Based Energy Education

Tagged Division

Energy Conversion and Conservation

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23.58.1 - 23.58.10



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Alamgir A. Choudhury Western Michigan University

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Alamgir A. Choudhury is an Associate Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan. His MS and PhD are in mechanical engineering from NMSU (Las Cruces) and BS in mechanical engineering from BUET (Dhaka). His interest includes computer applications in curriculum, MCAE, mechanics, instrumentation & control, and fluid power. He is also a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio and affiliated with ASME, ASEE, SME and TAP.

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Jorge Rodriguez PhD, MBA Western Michigan University

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Abstract:Traditionally, energy consideration has been secondary in standard design methodology taught intypical undergraduate engineering curriculum. Most design analysis is focused on performance of aproduct or a system in terms of function, structural integrity or realization other design constraints.In the later stage of the design process, performance simulation and theoretical analysis is utilizedto justify design refinement. Understanding energy conservation and losses in a functionalprototype of a product or a system is a priori for a design process with emphasis on energyefficiency. To study energy efficiency of a designed product, a multipurpose laboratory equippedwith thermo-fluid process components, sensors, data acquisition and analysis tools is developed. Itwill allow installation and operation of the prototypes and experimental study of performance of thecomponents. Analysis of the experimental data will lead to optimization of geometry, materials andother design details of the components. The methodology will be practiced in undergraduate designprojects and eventually incorporated in the product design curriculum.

Choudhury, A. A., & Rodriguez, J. (2013, June), A laboratory for energy efficient product design Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19072

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