ME 300: Engineering Thermodynamics
This course is designed to develop an understanding of thermodynamic concepts and their application for the student by providing an integrative modeling and analysis approach to thermal-fluids systems. The course emphasizes the integration and application of fundamental principles of mass and energy conservation and fundamental ideal gas and non-ideal working fluids concepts to fundamental engineering systems. These systems include basic spark-ignition engines and turbojet engines as well as basic and extended Rankine and refrigeration cycles. Emphasis is on creating engineering models of these systems and indicating how the idealized versions of these systems can be extended to more realistic descriptions. Besides these mass and energy conservation concepts the course introduces the basic concepts of heat transfer and mass flow, providing a foundation in these subjects to be further expanded in later courses. The course aims to develop knowledge and initiate skills for “thinking like an engineer”.
ME 523: Numerical Solutions Applied to Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics
This course will provide basic information needed to understand the numerical methods used in such simulations, or to write new computer applications. The emphasis will be on finite-volume methods applied to the solution of fluid-flow and heat-transfer problems: specifically, pressure-based Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) methods for low-Mach-number flows. The student will explore various numerical methods by implementing them in computer programs for homework assignments. At the end of the course, the student should be able to select/assess/devise effective numerical algorithms to solve systems of equations that arise in the thermal-fluids sciences and engineering.
ME 532: Turbulent and Two-Phase Combustion
Continuing where ME 531 (Fundamentals of Combustion) left off, this course is devoted to the fundamentals of chemically reacting turbulent flows in both homogeneous and heterogeneous systems with special emphasis on turbulent flames in gases; heterogeneous combustion; chemical reactions in boundary-layer flows; spray combustion of liquid fuel droplets; two-phase combustion of solid particles; and, ignition of gaseous mixtures and condensed phases.