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Design Exercises And Projects In Energy Engineering Course

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

Publication Date

June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



Conference Session

Design Experiences in Energy Education

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10.405.1 - 10.405.6



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Kendrick Aung

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Session XXXX

Design Exercises and Projects in Energy Engineering Course

Kendrick Aung

Department of Mechanical Engineering Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas 77710


Energy Engineering is a senior elective course for mechanical engineering majors in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Lamar University. In order to increase the design content in elective courses, team-based design projects and assignments were extensively used in Energy Engineering. The course covers four parts: energy resources, energy conversion systems, energy conservation, and environmental pollution. During the course, exercises and team projects were assigned to design renewable and traditional energy conversion systems. This paper describes the assignments and projects used in the course to enhance the design experience of the students. Detailed descriptions of each design project and the student design solution were given.


Energy affects the lives of everyone in so many ways, economically, technically, and environmentally. Thus, integration of energy and its many aspects such as energy conservation technologies and environmental impacts of energy generation, in the educational curriculum of science, technology, and engineering students is essential. In order to address this need, an elective course, Energy Engineering, was developed and implemented in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Lamar University. The course was designed in order to demonstrate how knowledge from junior level thermal/fluid science classes could be used to design and develop energy systems. The course topics and contents were based on similar courses at other universities1-3. However, more emphasis was placed on the design procedure and calculations related to different energy systems in order to increase the design contents of the course as required by Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Students were also encouraged to use web-based resources and computational tools to carry out analysis and design calculations. This paper describes the assignments and projects used in the course to enhance the design experience of the students.

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Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2005, American Society for Engineering Education

Aung, K. (2005, June), Design Exercises And Projects In Energy Engineering Course Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14908

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