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Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Thermal-Fluid Systems Design

ME 41400 / 3 Cr. (3 Class)

Application of basic heat transfer and fluid flow concepts to design of the thermal-fluid systems. Emphasis on design theory and methodology. Design experience in thermal-fluid areas such as piping systems, heat exchangers, HVAC, and energy systems. Design projects are selected from industrial applications and conducted by teams.

Textbooks

S. Kakac and H. Liu, Heat Exchangers: Selection, Rating, and Thermal Design, 3rd Edition, Taylor.

Goals

This course aims at providing the students with design experience in the thermal-fluid area through real life design problems. Various aspects of thermal-fluid design, including the design methodology for various components, team-work and industrial applications are emphasized.

Outcomes
  • Design fluid piping system and find system operating point. [c]
  • Complete thermal-fluid systems design projects in a team environment. [c,d,e]
  • Exhibit an understanding of heat exchanger design variables & principles. [a,c]
  • Design a heat exchanger using Matlab & Minitab analysis tools.  [a, c, k]
  • Apply Design-of-Experiments methods to a thermal design problem to understand the effect of main variables and interactions. [b] 
  • Use statistical data analysis tools to estimate product failure rate using Monte Carlo analysis & stress-strength interference).  [k, a]

Note: The letters within the brackets indicate the general program outcomes of mechanical engineering. See: ME Program Outcomes.

Topics
  • Computer Aided Engineering
  • Introduction to Minitab
  • One Dimensional System Flow Analysis
  • General applications
  • AFT Fathom Software
  • Piping System Design
  • Fluid Mechanics Review
  • Pipe and Tubing Standards
  • Hydraulic Resistance – Wall Friction
  • Hydraulic Resistance – Minor Losses
  • System Behavior & Flow Networks
  • Pump Types & Applications
  • Heat Exchanger Design Heat Transfer Review
  • Extended Surface Heat Transfer
  • Longitudinal Fins    
  • Heat Exchanger Types
  • Basic Design Method of Heat Exchangers
  •  Heat Exchanger Design