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General Card #1270
Thermodynamics - We need more power!
Updated: 6/14/2023 11:49 AM by Becky Benishek
Summary
Promote entrepreneurially-minded problem-solving in Thermodynamics by linking the application of power generating cycles with economic and environmental costs.
Description
This course module promotes entrepreneurially-minded problem-solving in Thermodynamics by linking the application of power generating cycles with economic and environmental costs. Students complete an iterative design process of an electric-generating power plant comparing performance, cost, and environmental effects as key metrics. Additionally, a socio-political aspect is instilled through “governmental regulations” introduced throughout the course of the project. This course module incorporates fundamental technical concepts such as Rankine Cycle, cycle modifications, and the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics.
Learning Objectives
  1. Students will be able to develop and apply the basic laws of thermodynamics. 
  2. Students will be able to apply their knowledge of undergraduate thermodynamics to develop appropriate design metrics for vapor power plant operation.
  3. Students will be able to analyze the performance of power generating cycles.
  4. Students will be able to formulate relationships between fundamental concepts and real-world application for power-generating cycles.
  5. Students will be able to apply thermodynamic principles to a multi-dimensional problem and generate technical solutions that maximize customer value. 
  6. Students will be able to successfully integrate their technical solutions with economics, resulting in a product that is both cost efficient and functional.
  7. Students will develop the ability to effectively communicate, both written and orally, with their team members and the customer.
  8. Students will develop the skills to carry out an iterative design process.
Curiosity
  • Demonstrate constant curiosity about our changing world
Connections
  • Integrate information from many sources to gain insight
Creating Value
  • Persist through and learn from failure
Design
  • Determine Design Requirements
  • Perform Technical Design
  • Analyze Solutions
Opportunity
  • Identify Opportunity
  • Evaluate Tech Feasibility, Customer Value, Societal Benefits & Economic Viability
  • Investigate Market
  • Test Concepts via Customer Engagement
  • Create Preliminary Business Model
  • Assess Policy & Regulatory Issues
Impact
  • Communicate Solution in Economic Terms
  • Communicate Societal Benefits
Categories & Tags
  • Classroom & Courses
  • Mechanical Engineering
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Title Type Ext Date Size Download All Downloads
Project Overview Activity / Handout .docx 5/20/2019 22 KB 200
Template for Initial Budgets and Pay Day Activity / Handout .pptx 5/20/2019 94.9 KB 185
Team Formation and Individual Roles Activity / Handout .xlsx 5/20/2019 14.6 KB 191
Population Data Instructor Notes .docx 5/20/2019 14.3 KB 190
Cooling Options - Round 1 Activity / Handout .xls 5/20/2019 33.5 KB 193
Devices - Round 1 Activity / Handout .xls 5/20/2019 28.5 KB 189
Energy - Round 1 Activity / Handout .xls 5/20/2019 35.5 KB 198
Cooling Options - Round 2 Activity / Handout .xls 5/20/2019 38 KB 194
Devices - Round 2 Activity / Handout .xls 5/20/2019 44.5 KB 192
Energy - Round 2 Activity / Handout .xls 5/20/2019 40 KB 189
Cooling Options - Round 3 Activity / Handout .xls 5/20/2019 34 KB 178
Devices - Round 3 Activity / Handout .xls 5/20/2019 44.5 KB 184
Energy - Round 3 Activity / Handout .xls 5/20/2019 40 KB 188
Simple Cycle Report - Round 1 Activity / Handout .docx 5/20/2019 18.6 KB 177
Legislation - Passed Round 2 Activity / Handout .docx 5/20/2019 69.9 KB 190
Modified Cycle Report - Rounds 2 and 3 Activity / Handout .docx 5/20/2019 17.9 KB 180
Poster Session Rubric Assessment / Rubric .docx 5/20/2019 39.3 KB 187
Poster Session - Evaluation Rotation Assessment / Rubric .xlsx 5/20/2019 25 KB 185
Project Awards (optional) Assessment / Rubric .pptx 5/20/2019 77.8 KB 177