ME 140: Advanced Thermal Systems
Thermal analysis and engineering emphasizing integrating heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics into a unified approach to treating complex systems. Mixtures, humidity, chemical and phase equilibrium, and availability. Labs apply principles through hands-on experience with a turbojet engine, PEM fuel cell, and hybrid solid/oxygen rocket motor. Use of MATLAB as a computational tool.
In this course I completed a series of group MATLAB assignments where we created models of various thermal systems. These systems included:
* P&W 1000G High-Bypass Geared Turbofan Engine
* SR30 Turbojet
* PEM cell
While I learned a lot about these thermal systems, I think the more valuable skills I learned were in MATLAB techniques as well as more general coding techniques. After spending around 100 hours in 7 weeks of MATLAB coding, I became an expert in using MATLAB as a computational tool.
Our final project was to design and manufacture a hybrid rocket motor, that is, a converging-diverging supersonic rocket nozzle and a polyethylene fuel grain. Our goal was to achieve the highest specific impulse, or impulse per unit weight of fuel consumed. We destroyed the specific impulse record, however we unchoked the oxygen nozzle in the combustor, which meant that our fire didn't count. Although we didn't set the record, I gained valuable skills in MATLAB modeling, and design and manufacturing.
Check out a video of one of our launches!