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Use of Various Software Tools in an Alternative Energy Systems Course

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

New Concepts for Alternative and Renewable Energy Courses

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Energy Conversion and Conservation

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23.1300.1 - 23.1300.11

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Mehmet Sozen Grand Valley State University

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Dr. Mehmet Sözen is a professor of mechanical engineering at Grand Valley State University. His general area of interest is thermo/fluid sciences with specialty in transport phenomena in porous media, thermal management of high heat flux systems and applications of alternative energy systems.

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A course about alternative energy systems and applications was developed and has been taught for the past four years at XXXXX University. The course, which has been taught as a four credit hour technical elective course in engineering, has been offered in various formats, such as simply a four contact hour course and most recently formalized as a three‐lecture three‐lab‐hours format. Invariably though, the course involved case studies and semester projects. The past two years, the course was also taught as a dual listed advanced undergraduate/graduate course attracting several graduate students. The semester projects for the undergraduate students enrolled in the course have been team projects, and have generally been related to the applications solar photovoltaic, solar thermal or wind energy. These projects have been mostly about feasibility studies on applications of such energy resources to real world problems. Several software tools have been acquired and developed for simulation and analysis. These include such software as PV f‐Chart, f‐Chart, and TRNSYS, which are being used in the enhancement of student training and learning in the course. This paper discusses the use of such tools in satisfying the objectives of the course and the assessment of the use of such tools from the instructor and student point of view.   

Sozen, M. (2013, June), Use of Various Software Tools in an Alternative Energy Systems Course Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia.

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