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The Use Of Math Cad In A Graduate Level Two Phase Flow And Heat Transfer Course

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Conference

2001 Annual Conference

Location

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Publication Date

June 24, 2001

Start Date

June 24, 2001

End Date

June 27, 2001

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2153-5965

Page Count

23

Page Numbers

6.1045.1 - 6.1045.23

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https://peer.asee.org/9949

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Stephen McClain

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Soon-Seng Tang

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Louay Chamra

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Session 1520

The Use of MathCad in a Graduate Level Two-Phase Flow and Heat Transfer Course Louay M. Chamra, Stephen T. McClain, and Soon-Seng Tang Department of Mechanical Engineering Mississippi State University

Abstract

In a graduate level two-phase flow and heat transfer course taught at Mississippi State University (MSU), students were encouraged to use MathCad for their projects and homework. Three example problems, the theory of the solutions, the MathCad solution, and student insights revealed about the problems are presented. The example problems cover two-phase pressure gradient calculations, subcooled boiling heat transfer, and condensation heat transfer. The students found that MathCad was very helpful in solving complex problems. In addition, MathCad helped enhance student understanding of boiling and condensation phenomena.

I. Introduction

The two-phase flow and heat transfer course at MSU is a graduate level course designed to provide students in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, and Chemical Engineering an understanding of the physical phenomena and specific models used in two-phase flow and heat transfer. This course concentrates on liquid-vapor two-phase hydrodynamics, boiling and condensation heat transfer, and pressure gradient and heat transfer models.

Boiling and condensation fundamentals are used in the design of air-conditioning components and power and petrochemical boilers and condensers, as well as many other devices. The implementation of two-phase fundamentals to real-life applications often leads to very complex equations. Solutions of such equations may require iteration and, in certain cases, a computer code to perform numerical integration. MathCad is a powerful tool that can be effectively used in two-phase flow to solve such complex problems.

Three example problems are presented in this paper. The example problems cover two-phase pressure gradient calculations, subcooled boiling heat transfer, and condensation heat transfer.

Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference &Exposition Copyright © 2001, American Society for Engineering Education

McClain, S., & Tang, S., & Chamra, L. (2001, June), The Use Of Math Cad In A Graduate Level Two Phase Flow And Heat Transfer Course Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. https://peer.asee.org/9949

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