2022 Energy Conversion

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Undergraduate major in Mechanical Engineering
Fushinobu Kazuyoshi  Hirai Shuichiro  Kosaka Hidenori  Okuno Yoshihiro  Kikura Hiroshige 
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Course description and aims

This course provides wide variety of current energy conversion technology by lecturing the items such as following:
1. chemical reaction, electochemical reaction and combustion fundamentals with energy conversion
2. internal combustion engine
3. fuel cell and secondary battery
4. CO2 sequestration technology
5. nuclear energy
6. high efficiency electric power generation systems with low environmental load
7. cogeneration systems
8. renewable energy.
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.

Student learning outcomes

1. To understand the fundamentals of chemical reaction, electrochemical reaction and combustion
2. To conduct fundamental calculations of energy conversion by means of chemical reaction, electrochemical reaction and combustion
3. To understand the fundamentals of internal combustion engine, fuel cell and secondary battery, CO2 sequestration technology, nuclear energy, high efficiency electric power generation systems with low environmental load, cogeneration systems, and renewable energy.
This class aims at obtaining the learning goals of 6 and 7 in the ME course guide.


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

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

The course mainly consists of lectures, and exercise problems shall be provided along with each topic.

Course schedule/Required learning

  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

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

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

Reference books, course materials, etc.

JSME Textbook Series, "Thermodynamics", The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (in Japanese)

Assessment criteria and methods

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.

Related courses

  • None

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

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.

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