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MAE 341 Thermodynamics I

Basic laws of energy that apply in all branches of engineering science are addressed. Properties of matter, state variables, reversible processes, and the 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics are introduced with applications to closed and open systems. Availability of energy and irreversibility are discussed. Students are introduced to new concepts: energy balance, entropy, reversible and irreversible processes, and availability. Using these concepts, students will analyze engineering systems, and system components using the 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics.
Terms Taught: Spring 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Fall 2016
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MAE 450 Introduction to Heat and Mass Transfer

The principles of heat and mass transfer are introduced. Students will apply these principles to solve problems in conductive, convective, and radiative heat transfer and mass transfer.  Topics include the role of the 1st law of thermodynamics in analyzing heat transfer, 1D and transient conductive heat transfer, forced and natural convection, heat exchangers, and radiative heat transfer. A one credit hour laboratory course accompanies lecture sessions.
Terms Taught: Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2016
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MAE 695 Special Topics: Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage

The fundamentals of thermodynamics and transport in electrochemical energy conversion and storage devices are addressed. Topics covered will include thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, and transport phenomena relevant to electrochemical systems. These principles will be applied to the analysis of batteries and fuel cells. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of thermodynamics and transport in electrochemical energy conversion and storage devices, including batteries and fuel cells.
Terms Taught: Spring 2016
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MAE 695 Special Topics: Conduction and Diffusion

Thermal conduction and mass diffusion are addressed, and common characteristics and modeling approaches are discussed. Topics covered include analytical methods for conduction heat transfer and analogous diffusion mass transfer problems, fundamentals of diffusion, multicomponent diffusion, diffusion in porous media, and diffusion in the presence of chemical reactions. Connections are drawn between diffusive transport phenomena and the performance of energy storage and conversion devices, including fuel cells and batteries. Students are introduced to the fundamental concepts of heat conduction and mass diffusion within the context of current engineering research in the area of energy storage and conversion.
Terms Taught: Fall 2013
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