June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Energy Conversion and Conservation
23.58.1 - 23.58.10
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.
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