151-0235-00L  Thermodynamics of Novel Energy Conversion Technologies

SemesterAutumn Semester 2016
LecturersC. S. Sharma, D. Poulikakos, G. Sansavini
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


151-0235-00 GThermodynamics of Novel Energy Conversion Technologies3 hrs
Mon09-10LFV E 41 »
Fri08-10LFV E 41 »
14.11.09-10HG D 7.2 »
19.12.08-10LFV E 41 »
20.12.09-10LFV E 41 »
C. S. Sharma, D. Poulikakos, G. Sansavini

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AbstractIn the framework of this course we will look at a current electronic thermal and energy management strategies and novel energy conversion processes. The course will focus on component level fundamentals of these process and system level analysis of interactions among various energy conversion components.
ObjectiveThis course deals with liquid cooling based thermal management of electronics, reuse of waste heat and novel energy conversion and storage systems such as batteries, fuel cells and micro-fuel cells. The focus of the course is on the physics and basic understanding of those systems as well as their real-world applications. The course will also look at analysis of system level interactions between a range of energy conversion components.
ContentPart 1: Fundamentals:
- Overview of exergy analysis, Single phase liquid cooling and micro-mixing;
- Thermodynamics of multi-component-systems (mixtures) and phase equilibrium;
- Electrochemistry;

Part 2: Applications:
- Basic principles of battery;
- Introduction to fuel cells;
- Reuse of waste heat from supercomputers
- Hotspot targeted cooling of microprocessors
- Microfluidic fuel cells

Part3: System- level analysis
- Integration of the components into the system: a case study
- Analysis of the coupled operations, identification of critical states
- Support to system-oriented design
Lecture notesLecture slides will be made available. Lecture notes will be available for some topics (in English).
Prerequisites / NoticeThe course will be given in English:

1- Mid-term examination: Mid-term exam grade counts as 20% of the final grade.
2- Final exam: Written exam during the regular examination session. It counts as 80% of the final grade.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits4 credits
ExaminersC. S. Sharma, D. Poulikakos, G. Sansavini
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is only offered in the session after the course unit. Repetition only possible after re-enrolling.
Mode of examinationwritten 120 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationMid-term examination: Mid-term exam grade counts as 20% of the final grade. Final exam: Written exam during the regular examination session. It counts as 80% of the final grade.
Written aids4 pages handwritten formulas and calculator
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

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