This course provide wide variety of present energy conversion technology by lecturing the chemical energy and its conversion, thermodynamics of combustion, advanced fuel cells and secondary batteries, engine cycles, cogeneration systems, nuclear energy, CO2 sequestration technology and etc.
Modern mechanical engineers need to deal with variety of energy conversion technology and to go back to the basics of the conversion principles in order to become the game changers. This course aims at the students to obtain fundamental basics to tackle with the global environmental and energy problems - the common issues for the human beings - by understanding the principles and by learning the up-to-date applications, opportunities and challenges.
By the end of the course, students will be able to
1) explain the fundamental ideas of energy conversion and related fundamentals of the principle of energy
2) explain the fundamental ideas of combustion, chemical reaction, and electrochemical reaction that are essential to understand the modern energy conversion technology
3) explain the fundamental ideas and the applications of the internal combustion engine, high efficiency electric power generation technology with low environmental load, fuel cells, secondary batteries, nuclear energy, and cogeneration systems that draw the highest attention among energy conversion technology in Japan
4) explain the fundamental ideas and applications of the renewable energy and CO2 sequestration technology that are the key to the future energy conversion technology
5) explain the above technology from the viewpoint of global environmental and energy problems.
Energy conversion, Combustion, Chemical reaction, Electrochemical reaction, Internal combustion engine, High efficiency electric power generation technology with low environmental load, Fuel cells, Secondary batteries, Cogeneration systems, Renewable energy, Nuclear energy, CO2 sequestration technology
|✔ Specialist skills||Intercultural skills||Communication skills||Critical thinking skills||✔ Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
The course mainly consists of lectures, and exercise problems shall be provided along with each topic.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Introduction (On the energy conversion)||To understand the importance of energy conversion on the environmental protection and efficient use of energy|
|Class 2||Chemical energy, enthalpy, and Gibbs free energy||To understand the chemical energy and its relationship among other form of energy from thermodynamics|
|Class 3||Chemical reaction||To understand the basics of chemical reactions, such as combustion or reforming|
|Class 4||Heat of reaction and adiabatic flame temperature||To understand and calculate the heat of reaction and adiabatic flame temperature|
|Class 5||Chemical equilibrium and hydrogen production||To understand chemical equilibrium, hydrogen production, and hydrogen-based efficient energy utilization|
|Class 6||Internal combustion engine (Reciprocating engine)||To understand the various cycles and the control of reciprocating engine|
|Class 7||Internal combustion engine (Gas turbine)||To understand the cycles and basic principles of gas turbine|
|Class 8||Electrochemical reaction||To understand the chemical reaction associated with the electron transfer in electrochemical cells|
|Class 9||Fuel cell and secondary battery||To understand the chemical to electrical energy conversion and the fundamentals and applications of electric power storage|
|Class 10||CO2 sequestration technology||To understand the underground CO2 sequestration and enhanced oil recovery technology|
|Class 11||Nuclear energy||To understand the basics of nuclear energy and nuclear power generation|
|Class 12||High efficiency electric power generation systems with low environmental load||To understand the high efficiency electric power generation systems, such as combined cycles and coal gasification power plant|
|Class 13||Cogeneration systems, Renewable energy||To understand the mechanism and control of heat and work cogeneration systems, and the basics and the present of solar, wind and biomass energy|
|Class 14||Review session on energy conversion||Comprehensive understanding of the energy conversion technology|
To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.
Relevant materials shall be provided in classroom if necessary
JSME Textbook Series, "Thermodynamics", The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (in Japanese)
Knowledge and understanding of each lecture items shall be evaluated. Quizzes in lectures, exercise problems, reports and the achievement of the Review session will be weighted by the number of lecture weeks. Details of the Review session will be announced in lectures in each academic year.
Students must have successfully completed Thermodynamics (Mechanical Engineering) (MEC.E201.R), Heat Transfer (MEC.E311.A), Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics (MEC.F201.R), and Practical Fluid Mechanics (MEC.F211.A) or have equivalent knowledge, understanding and skills.