ME 4390 Design of Thermal Systems
Fall 2017

Course Description: Application of energy concepts to thermal fluid design problems. Hands-on design projects in incompressible and compressible fluid flows, thermodynamics, heat transfer, power generation, alternate energy systems including computer simulations. Experimentation and theoretical analysis, verification with data analysis and report preparation. (3 credit hours)

Course Objectives: To learn the basic principles underlying piping, pumping, heat exchangers, modeling, and optimization in design of thermal systems; skills and techniques necessary to design of thermal systems; design tools such as MathCad (Mathematics), SolidWorks (CAD), and FLUENT (CFD); to develop representative models of real processes and systems and draw optimizations concerning design of thermal systems.

Pre-requisites: ME3350 and ME4310

Instructor: Professor HoSung Lee
Office: Room G216, Parview
Phone: 276-3429

Lecture hours: Mon. & Wed., 4:30 – 5:20 PM (Room D210, Parkview)
Office hours
:  Mon & Wed. 3:00 AM– 4:00 AM  (Room G216, Parkview)

Laboratory hour
:     Section Tue. 2:30 – 5:20 PM, Room C227, Parkview
                                     Section Thu. 2:30 – 5:20 PM, Room C227, Parkview

Textbook: "Design of Fluid Thermal Systems," 4th ed., ISBN-13: 978-1-285-85965-1 Softcover  by William S. Janna, Cengage Learning.
:    "ME4390 Design of Thermal Systems", by HoSung  Lee.

Homework                                                                       10%
Midterm Exam                                                                 25%
Two Hands-On Laboratory Projects                             30%
Final Exam (12/11: Mon.7:15 - 9:15 PM)                      35%

Homework and Computer Assignments: To be assigned in class and announced for the due date.  A mathematical software MathCad will be used in some homework assignments. You are allowed to consult with classmates during conceptualization of a problem, but all written work are to be generated by you working alone.
Two Hands-on Laboratory Projects
: Hands-on laboratory projects will be assigned through the course and will require working in groups (of three students, advisably). These projects will also require computational simulations using commercial software, MathCad, Fluent and SolidWorks.


Part I
Basic equations of fluid mechanics (2 hours)
Modified Bernoulli equation (2 hours)
Major and minor head losses (2 hours)
Piping in series and parallel (1 hours)
Pumps and piping systems (2 hours)
Net positive suction head (1 hours)
Pump performance and characteristics (1 hours)
Piping design problems (2 hours)
Double pipe heat exchangers (2 hours)
LMTD and NTU methods (1 hours)
Shell and tube heat exchangers (2 hours)  

Part II
Modeling thermal equipment (2 hours)
Heat recovery systems (1 hours)
Curve fitting (2 hours)
Optimization (2 hours)

Solar collector and storage system (1 hours)



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