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Collaboration Between Senior Design Students and Campus Facilities Staff in Creating a Viable Cogeneration Design for the Campus Wood-Fired Boiler

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015

ISBN

978-0-692-50180-1

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

ECCD Innovative Teaching Applications

Tagged Division

Energy Conversion and Conservation

Page Count

21

Page Numbers

26.357.1 - 26.357.21

DOI

10.18260/p.23696

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https://peer.asee.org/23696

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78

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Chad Dunkel University of Idaho

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Chad Dunkel is a graduate student in Biological and Agricultural Engineering at the University of Idaho. Chad has also been an active member of the University of Idaho's Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) for approximately 3 years. Through the IAC program Chad has conducted energy assessments on 25 regional manufacturing facilities. Chad is currently conducting research in energy savings via implementation of variable frequency drive blower motor controls for adjusting dissolved oxygen levels in waste water aeration basins.

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Ryan A Oliver BP

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Ryan Oliver earned his BS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Philosophy at the University of Idaho. While a student he participated in the Department of Energy funded Industrial Assessment Centre program. Now a resident of Alaska, Ryan works for BP as a Discipline Engineer and On-site Process Safety Specialist at the Central Gas Facility in Prudhoe Bay.

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Tao Xing P.E. University of Idaho, Moscow

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Dr. Tao Xing obtained his Ph.D. from Purdue University Mechanical Engineering in 2002. He is also a licensed U.S. Professional Engineer (P.E.). His research interests cover a broad range of thermal-fluid areas using theoretical and computational fluid dynamics (CFD), including renewable energy (wind turbines), multi-phase flows, free-surface flows, ship hydrodynamics, quantitative verification and validation, heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system. His teaching interests focus on integration of simulation technology into engineering courses and laboratories, developing effective formative and summative evaluation methods, and developing innovative teaching modules toward achieving ABET learning outcomes.

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Herbert L. Hess University of Idaho, Moscow

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Herb Hess is Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Idaho, where he teaches subjects in He received the PhD Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993. His research and teaching interests are in power electronics, electric machines and drives, electrical power systems, and analog/mixed signal electronics. He has taught senior capstone design since 1985 at several universities.

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Steven W. Beyerlein University of Idaho, Moscow

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Dr. Beyerlein has taught at the University of Idaho for the last 27 years. He is coordinator of the college of engineering inter-disciplinary capstone design course. He is also a co-PI on a DOE sponsored Industrial Assessment Center program in which several of the student authors have been involved. Dr. Beyerlein has been active in research projects involving engine testing, engine heat release modeling, design of curricula for active , design pedagogy, and assessment of professional skills.

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Dev S. Shrestha University of Idaho, Moscow

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Dr. Shrestha is an Associate professor at Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at the University of Idaho.

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Russell Scott Smith University of Idaho Energy Plant

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Energy Plant Supervisor/Manager since 2002

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Abstract

COLLABORATION BETWEEN SENIOR DESIGN STUDENTS AND CAMPUS FACILITIES STAFF INCREATING A VIABLE COGENERATION DESIGN FOR THE CAMPUS WOOD-FIRED BOILERTwo Electrical Engineering and two Biological & Agricultural Engineering students initiated astudent-led project with staff at the campus steam plant to create a detailed design for a backpressure turbine, generator, and power conditioning equipment. Project learning consisted ofinterviewing electric utility staff, touring other cogeneration facilities within the region,campus-wide monitoring steam pressure to determine the minimum main steam pressure,modeling performance of different plant configurations and operating parameters usingEngineering Equation Solver, and conducting multiple design reviews with senior facilitiesstaff. Seasonal steam demand was considered in sizing the turbine and in accuratelyestimating savings in the annual campus electricity bill, amounting to $190,000. The teamreceived kudos from an architect engineering firm retained by the University and wontwo awards at the university's 2014 Design Expo. An implementation cost of $1.5 M wasestablished through deep interaction with equipment vendors and an internal rate of return of11% was determined. This easily exceeds the university minimum required for facilitiesimprovement projects. The team's solution includes instrumentation that can supportlaboratory studies in multiple STEM courses, is visually attractive in its layout within ourhistoric steam plant building, and is sustainable in its use of local wood waste. Projectoutcomes are assessed through a survey of students, faculty, and facilities staff. Successfactors included student connection with a DOE sponsored Industrial Assessment Centerprogram, professional preparation in prior course work, capstone course requirements as wellas milestones that were aligned with project needs, and a welcoming, continuousimprovement mindset displayed by steam plant personnel. The paper concludes withsuggested practices for enriching energy conservation projects done with campus facilities.

Dunkel, C., & Oliver, R. A., & Xing, T., & Hess, H. L., & Beyerlein, S. W., & Shrestha, D. S., & Smith, R. S. (2015, June), Collaboration Between Senior Design Students and Campus Facilities Staff in Creating a Viable Cogeneration Design for the Campus Wood-Fired Boiler Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23696

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