The site contains pertinent discussions and 21 applets that perform simple calculations for analyzing internal combustion engines (ICE). It is divided into three analysis areas of ICE performance: heat transfer, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. The Engine Performance applets under the Thermodynamic section are the most involved. The heat transfer applet presents some fundamental concepts on the modes of heat transfer in relation to ICE.
Type of Material:
Java Applets that can be used for lecture/presentation.
The material can be used as either a classroom demonstration or a self-tutorial to teach various topics in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer as they apply to internal combustion engines. It can be used in teaching a technical elective course in internal combustion engines and also as a reference tool for design purposes.
Web access with a browser that supports Java applets.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
To analyze the heat transfer, thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics principles of internal combustion engines.
Target Student Population:
Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering students. This site was developed to be an addition to a senior level internal combustion engine class.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Basic knowledge of heat transfer, thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics.
The presentation of fundamental concepts in thermodynamics and heat transfer applied to internal combustion engines. The material makes effective use of graphics to represent simulation results for analysis.
The fluid mechanics applet could be expanded.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The material can be integrated into a mechanical engineering curriculum, and good learning assignments that use the material can be written easily. The applets are well organized into the areas of thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluid dynamics. The heat transfer applets would be excellent additions to any introductory heat transfer course.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Navigation of the many objects contained on the website is very intuitive and simple. Only minimal instruction is needed to become familiar with all of the applets.
The acceleration applet could not be accessed from the vehicle power requirements link, but could be accessed from the main fluid mechanics page.
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