ME 128: Thermal-Fluid Systems

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ME

128
:
Thermal
-
Fluid Systems

Spring 2010

Lecture: MF 8:00

8:50

Lab: F 9:00
-
12:00



Instructor Information:

Instructor: Tim Marbach, Ph.D.

E
-
Mail: tmarbach@csus.edu

Phone: (916) 278
-
6089

Office: Riverside Hall 4038

Office Hours: Monday 9:30
-
10:30, Wednesday 1:30
-
2:30 and by Appointment


Course Objectives:

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

1.

Explain to a colleague the fundamentals of the Otto, Diesel, Brayton and
Rankine power cycles, refrigeration c
ycles, psychrometric processes and
chemical reactions.

2.

Explain to a colleague the theory and application of fluid and thermal
measurement instruments.

3.

Formulate and solve real
-
world problems related to power and refrigeration
cycles, psycrometric processes

and chemical reactions.

4.

Plan and conduct experiments, analyze data, calculate experimental
uncertainty, clearly present results and draw justified conclusions.

5.

Evaluate and explain the environmental, economic and social impacts of
energy systems.

6.

Locate a
nd utilize sources of thermal
-
fluid information and thermodynamic
properties.


Course Materials:

Text: Cengel and Boles,
Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach
, 6
th

Edition (4
th

and 5
th

Editions okay).

Communication:

E
-
mail: Administrative and content
related information will be distrib
uted
through e
-
mail regularly.

Wiki:

Homework assignments,
solutions, etc. will be posted at the wiki
site

ME128
.wikispaces.com.

Use the discussion forum and feel free
to add content.


Policies
:

Disabilities: If you h
ave a disability and require accommodations, please
provide disability documentation to SSWD, Lassen Hall 1008, 916
-
278
-
6955. Please discuss your accommodation needs with me
after class or during my office hours early in the semester.

Plagiarism

and cheat
ing
: I expect everyone to acknowledge all sources of
information when writing. Plagiarism

or cheating of any kind

will
not be tolerated. If you plagiarize,

cheat or communicate with
anyone else during a quiz/test

you will receive an “F” in the course
an
d will be reported to the University.

Communications Devices: Turn all cell phones

off or to vibrate mode. Do
NOT text message and do NOT open laptop computers in class
(unless the instructor says it is okay).

Make
-
up Tests: If you miss a test for a le
gitimate reason (illness requiring
medical attention), you must contact me before the test and you
must bring documentation of your doctor/hospital visit. Makeup
tests are no longer administered in the department, you will need
to schedule it with the tes
ting center and pay the $6 fee.



Learning Activities
:



Tests:
Three

te
sts




Homework: Seven (

2) individua
l problem
-
solving homework sets


RATs
: Short quizzes and activities completed individually and
/or

in
teams during class time.

Lab Reports:
Individual and team reports on your labs.

Learning Portfolio: A brief reflective writing assignment summarizing
what you got out of this class.

Team Projects: Two team projects:

one on power systems/chemical
reactions

and one on refrigeration systems/psych
rometrics

Team Assessment:
A confidential assessment of your teammates’

contributions in the team activities.



Grading Policy:


Test 1:






20
%


Test 2:






20
%


Test 3:






20
%


Lab Reports






25
%


Team Project
s:





10%

Learning Portfolio
:





5%

Team Assessment
:





+/
-

One Letter Grade




Tentative

Lecture

Schedule:


Week

Topic

Assignment

1

Thermodynamics Review

HW from E124 site

2

Thermodynamics Review

HW from E124 site

3

Otto
/Diesel

Cycle
s

HW 1

4
-
5

Brayton Cycle

HW 2

5
-
6

Rankine Cycle

HW 3

7

Test 1


8
-
9

Vapor
-
Compression Refrigeration

HW 4

10
-
11

Psychrometrics

HW 5

12

Test 2

Team Project 1

13
-
15

Chemical Reactions

HW 6

15

Test 3

Team Project 2

Learning Portfolio




Tentative Lab Schedule:



Week

Lab

1

Create Teams, Lab Walk Through,

Safety

2

Run Calibration Lab

3

Presenting and Writing about Experimental Work

4

Wind Tunnel Lab

5

T
emperature, Pressure and Flow Measurement
Instruments

6

Experimental Error and Uncertainty

7

No Lab

8

Data Acquisition and Control Systems

9

Refrigeration/Psychrometrics Lab

10

Discuss Projects

11

Run Projects

12

Run Projects

13

No Lab

14

Combustion Lab

15

No Lab