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4 Credits
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ME 311, ME 331, ME 332 or equivalent
J. Liburdy (Wind Power)
310 Rogers Hall
D. Pence (Geothermal)
316 Rogers Hall
K. Sharp (Hydropower)
318 Rogers Hall

Course Description

Thermal Fluid Systems course evaluates several thermal/fluid power conversion strategies that deal with both thermal and fluid energy sources in terms of basic conversion technology, resource potential and developmental challenges. This course consists of four modules, each targeting a particular renewable energy system in thermal and fluid sciences.


Overview of renewable energy contrasted with the use of existing fossil based fuels followed by the four topical areas:

  • Solar Thermal
  • Wind Power
  • Geothermal Energy
  • Hydropower

Each topic will address the following:

  1. Background of the resource potential
  2. Technical elements used in analysis and assessment
  3. “Case studies” that illustrate the application of the technical assessment or analysis
  4. Summary of overall potential, main technical hurdles or issues

Learning Outcomes

The student, upon successful completion of this course, will be able to:

  1. Describe the process of energy conversion as it pertains to solar thermal, wind hydro power and geothermal energy
  2. Apply the basics of thermodynamics/fluid mechanics/heat transfer in the analysis of the alternative energy strategies discussed in class
  3. Assess methods by which energy conversion efficiency can be enhanced in the state-of-the-art alternative energy strategies discussed in class