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ME 531 Analysis and Design of Energy Systems

Catalog Description

ME 531 Analysis and Design of Energy Systems (3). Prerequisite: Graduate Professional or Graduate School Standing and permission of Graduate Advisor. The application of classical, computational, and experimental methods and analyses to the design of mechanical energy systems. Topics include design and analysis of static and transient thermal, fluid, electromechanical, and acoustic systems.

Prerequisites by Topic

Graduate standing and permission of graduate advisor.


Instructor’s notes.


D.R. Mack, Engineering Analysis, General Electric Co., 1980.
E.A. Avallone and T. Baumeister III, Mark's Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers, McGraw Hill, 1996.
D.G. Fink and H.W. Beaty, Standard Handbook for Electrical Engineers, McGraw Hill, 1993.


E.G. Brehob, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Course Learning Outcomes

This course is designed to provide graduate students with the ability to identify and solve practical energy system design problems. It develops and utilizes specialized engineering knowledge and skills from a number of disciplines. It also emphasizes group project activity, competence in writing technical reports, and oral communication of analysis and design results.

Topics Covered

  1. Control volume-based fluid mechanics (4 hours)
  2. Conduction, convection, and radiation heat transfer (4 hours)
  3. Thermodynamics of refrigeration (4 hours)
  4. Thermodynamics of gas combustion in burners (4 hours)
  5. Electrical and magnetic theory (4 hours)
  6. Computational fluid dynamics (4 hours)
  7. Computational heat transfer (4 hours)
  8. Experimental fluid dynamics and heat transfer (4 hours)
  9. Acoustics and noise abatement techniques (4 hours)
  10. Theory and design of motors and pumps (4 hours)
  11. Energy systems modeling (8 hours)

Computer Use

Students analyze energy systems using various software packages.

Class/Laboratory Schedule

2 hours twice per week for 14 weeks for a total of 56 hours lecture/discussion.


Course grades are based upon students’ cumulative scores on design assignments, laboratory, and technical reports that detail their solutions to case studies corresponding to the topical areas listed above. Each topic is weighted evenly and accounts for 75% of the overall course grade. Participation and attendance are required for all classes and is 25% of the overall course grade.

Curriculum Criterion Contribution

Engineering science: 2 credits, engineering design: 1 credit.

Relationship to Program Outcomes

This course supports Mechanical Engineering Department B.Sc. program objectives by developing:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to identify, formulate and solve problems in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern tools necessary for the practice of mechanical engineering.

Prepared by E.G. Brehob, June 2009

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