Courses

Courses Recently Taught at UM-Ann Arbor

Thermodynamics I (ME235)
Introduction to engineering thermodynamics. First law, second law, system and control volume analyses; properties and behavior of pure substances; application to thermodynamic systems operating in a steady state and transient processes. Heat transfer mechanisms. Typical power producing cycles and refrigerators.

Advanced Energy Solutions (ME433 and AUTO533)
Introduction to the challenges of power generation for a global society using thermodynamics to understand basic principles and technology limitations. Covers current and future demands for energy; methods of power generation including fossil fuel, solar, wind, and nuclear; associated detrimental by-products; and advanced strategies to improve power densities, efficiencies and emissions.

 


Courses Previously Taught at UM-Ann Arbor

Heat Transfer
Heat transfer by conduction, convection, radiation; heat storage; energy conservation, steady-state/transient conduction heat transfer; thermal circuit modeling; multidimensional conduction; surface radiation properties; enclosure radiation exchange; surface convection/fluid streams over objects, nondimensional numbers, laminar, turbulent, thermobuoyant flow, boiling and condensation; heat exchangers; design of thermal systems, solvers for problem solving/design.

Thermodynamics II
Thermodynamic power and refrigeration systems; availability and evaluation of thermodynamic properties; general thermodynamic relations, equations of state, and compressibility factors; chemical reactions; combustion; gaseous dissociation; phase equilibrium. Design and optimization of thermal systems.

Introduction to Combustion
Introduction to combustion process; combustion thermodynamics, reaction kinetics and combustion transport. Chain reaction, ignition, quenching and flammability limits, detonations, deflagrations and flame stability. Introduction to turbulent premixed combustion. Applications in IC engines, furnaces, gas turbines and rocket engines.

Laboratory II
Weekly lectures and extended experimental projects designed to demonstrate experimental and analytical methods as applied to complex mechanical systems. Topics will include controls, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, mechanics, materials, and dynamical systems. Emphasis on laboratory report writing, oral presentations, and team-building skills, and the design of experiments.

Integrated Vehicle System Design
The objective of this course is to examine the major systems and concepts related to the development of a vehicle in a global marketplace. The course focuses on the layout of the major space-defining vehicle subsystems in the context of interactions between the subsystems and overall vehicle demands. The process followed will be based on systems engineering and will frame the design process in the context of the vehicle needs. Performance prediction, engineering metrics and design requirements will be presented and discussed for selected subsystems.

Lean Program Engineering
This course provides an opportunity to acquire and demonstrate mastery of critical lean product design engineering disciplines within the context of an automotive vehicle program team. The course identifies and integrates engineering skills, tools, and processes required for successful automotive vehicle project planning and completion consistent with lean product development principles.

Advanced Heat Transfer
Advanced topics in conduction and convection including the presentation of several solution methods (semi-quantitative analysis, finite difference methods, superposition, separation of variables) and analysis of multi-mode heat transfer systems. Fundamentals of radiation heat transfer including blackbody radiation, radiative properties, view factors, radiative exchange between ideal and non-ideal surfaces.

Practical Spectroscopy
This is an introductory to intermediate graduate-level course intended to provide a practical understanding of spectroscopy for engineering applications. Spectroscopy is the interaction of light with matter. As such, spectroscopy is the basic principle behind many engineering diagnostic methods used in research laboratories and industry. The primary objective of the course is to teach the background theory necessary for basic application and interpretation of optical diagnostics, particularly for interrogation of flow properties such as species concentrations, pressure, temperature, velocity and particle loadings (i.e. particle number densities), for example.