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Development Of Web Based Tools For Energy Engineering

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Conference

2003 Annual Conference

Location

Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

Start Date

June 22, 2003

End Date

June 25, 2003

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Energy Programs and Software Tools

Page Count

8

Page Numbers

8.433.1 - 8.433.8

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https://peer.asee.org/12437

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Sunil Appanaboyina

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Rakesh Sreenivasa

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Kendrick Aung

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Session 1333

Development of Web-based Tools for Energy Engineering

Sunil Appanaboyina, Rakesh Sreenivasa, and Kyaw Aung

Department of Mechanical Engineering Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas 77710

Abstract

With increasing popularity of World Wide Web (WWW) as a teaching medium, more and more engineering educators have developed web-based teaching and evaluation tools to facilitate and improve the learning process of students. In this paper, the development of two web-based tools for use in Energy Engineering course was presented and discussed. One of the tools is an energy calculator that does unit conversion of different energy resources and fuel units, and estimates the cost of electricity generation using different fuels. The other tool is a cycle analyzer that conducts the first and second law analyses of power cycles for different ideal gases. These tools were beta tested in a senior elective class to evaluate their effectiveness. The students found the tools useful for their assignments and projects. Future improvements of the tools based on suggestions of the students were presented. These improvements are being incorporated in the tools to make them more useful for students.

Introduction

Increasing popularity of the Internet and information technology and widespread availability of computers have resulted in the use of World Wide Web (WWW) as a teaching medium in engineering education1, 2. Thus, more and more educators have developed web-based teaching and evaluation tools to facilitate and improve the learning process of students. In this paper, the development of two web-based tools for use in Energy Engineering course was discussed and presented.

Course Description

Energy Engineering is a multi-disciplinary subject that encompasses thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, engineering economics, energy conversion, energy conservation, energy audit and management, and environment. Energy Engineering course is a senior elective course in the department of mechanical engineering at Lamar University, offered in every other spring semester. The course consists of four parts: energy resources, energy conversion, energy conservation, and environmental impacts of energy generation.

Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Appanaboyina, S., & Sreenivasa, R., & Aung, K. (2003, June), Development Of Web Based Tools For Energy Engineering Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. https://peer.asee.org/12437

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