2017 Environmental and Thermal Science

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Mechanical Engineering and Science
Hanamura Katsunori  Hasegawa Jun  Xiao Feng 
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Course description and aims

This course focuses on energy conversion from fossil fuel or renewable energy into electricity using fired power plants, fuel cells, photovoltaic cell and also focuses on aftertreatment of exhaust gases for protection of environment. Then, students can understand well what kind of devices will be useful for environment-friendly community through discussion and debate each other.

Student learning outcomes

By competing this course including debate about thermal engineering for a wide range scale from comfortable environment controlled easily by humanbeing to global environment depended on huge consumption of fossil fuel, students will able to make an image of future sustainable community.


Energy resources, Renewable energy, Environment-friendly community, Global environment

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

This course is organized by lecture and discussion among students.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Energy resources and development Understand development of energy resources, such as petroleum, coal and natural gas.
Class 2 Global warming and fossil fuel consumption Understand relationship between fossil fuel consumption and increase in average temperature.
Class 3 Development of shale gas and shale oil Learn development of shale gas and shale oil.
Class 4 Atmospheric modeling and environment issues Understand atmospheric modeling and environment issues
Class 5 Global waming issues Understand factors of global warming.
Class 6 Development of renewable energy Understand the effect of renewable energy, such as solar cells, solar energy and wind turbine, to total energy production.
Class 7 Thermal science in living environment Understand thermal transport, insulation and air conditioning in living environment.
Class 8 Energy conversion by electric power plant using fossil fuel Understand thermal efficiency of electric power plant using fossil fuel.
Class 9 Unit fuel cell structure and mechanism of generation of electricity Understand mechanism of generation of electricity by fuel cell.
Class 10 Energy consumption in personal belongings Understand energy consumption in personal belongings.
Class 11 Future reviews of energy -From renewable energy to nuclear fusion- Consider future reviews of energy including utilization of renewable energy and nuclear fusion.
Class 12 Thermoelectric and thermophotovoltaic generation of electricity Understand mechanism of thermoelectric and thermophotvoltaic generation of electricity.
Class 13 Solar energy conversion and unutilized energy conversion Understand solar energy conversion and unutilized energy conversion
Class 14 Optimal control between demand and production of energy Understand optimal control between demand and production of energy through such as a smartgrid.
Class 15 Protection of environment and aftertreatment of exhaust gases -Debate for sustainable community- Improve presentation through debate for a role of aftertreatment of vehicles to the impact of sustainable community.


Some documents will be provided.

Reference books, course materials, etc.


Assessment criteria and methods

homework report, presentation in debate and the final report

Related courses

  • MEC.E201 : Thermodynamics (Mechanical Engineeirng)
  • MEC.E311 : Heat Transfer

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