Energy Center

Energy-related Courses

Preparing the next generation of professionals to position Purdue University as a global leader in energy sciences and engineering is a top priority of the Energy Center. At least twenty three departments and schools offer courses related to energy, including the areas of advanced ground vehicle power, batteries and energy storage technologies, bioenergy, clean coal combustion, nuclear energy, various renewable energy technologies, efficient buildings and socioeconomic as well as political aspects related to energy use and policy.

The following document provides an overview with prerequisites, and list of courses usually offered during the academic year. (Download PDF)

Agriculture

  • ABE 591 – Biomass Feedstock Systems Engineering

    Spring 2012 Semester, Credit 3

    Instructor: Dr. Klein E. Ileleji

    Office: ABE 309
    Tel: 49-41198 (office)
    Email: ileleji@purdue.edu Office
    Hours: ABE-309

    Class Schedule: Class/Lab – Tuesday and Thursday 3:00-4:15pm (ABE 205)
    Consultation: Wednesday 9:00 to 11:30am.
    Prerequisites: Applied mathematics, economics and management, agriculture, basic engineering or science courses at the undergraduate level or consent of the instructor.

    The course covers logistics and post-harvest engineering and operations of lignocellulosic biomass feedstocks. An overview of the topics covered is listed below: Fuels and chemicals from lignocellulosic biomass; Biofuels and bioproducts conversion technologies and systems; Lignocellulosic biomass feedstock types, supply and logistics Unit operations in post-harvest handling of lignocellulosic biomass; Fundamentals principles in post-harvest handling of lignocellulosic biomass.

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  • ABE 69100 – 003- Biomass-To-Biofuel Pathways

    Associated Term: Spring

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate

    Attributes: Variable Title

    West Lafayette Campus Individual Study Schedule Type 3.000 Credits

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Biological Sciences

  • BIOL 60000 - Bioenergetics

    Credit Hours: 2.00. (BCHM 66400) Energy transduction in biological membranes: physical chemical foundations; electron transfer, proton translocation; and active transport. Atomic structures of integral membrane protein complexes responsible for respiratory, photosynthetic generation of electrochemical potential; ATPase motor, and structure-based mechanisms. Offered in alternate years. Prerequisite: BCHM 56100, BCHM 56200 and CHM 37300. Typically offered Fall. 2.000 Credit hours

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types: Lecture
    Offered By: College of Science
    Department: Biological Sciences
    May be offered at any of the following campuses: West Lafayette

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Botany & Plant Pathology

  • BTNY 59000 - Special Problems

    Credit Hours: 1.00 to 3.00. Open to graduate students and qualified undergraduates who desire to study special problems in plant science not covered in regular coursework. Credit dependent upon work done. Permission of instructor required. Typically offered Fall Spring Summer. 0.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types: Individual Study, Laboratory, Lecture
    Offered By: College of Agriculture
    Department: Botany and Plant Pathology
    May be offered at any of the following campuses: West Lafayette Continuing Ed West Lafayette
    Repeatable for Additional Credit: Yes - May be repeated an unlimited number of times
    Featured Topic: Plant Carbohydrate Metabolism (CRN 62097)

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Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

  • EAS 30100 - Oil !

    Credit Hours: 3.00. Petroleum is a common thread that interweaves Geoscience with the Political-Economic history of the 20th century. Its dominance in current society has major repercussions on our current and future society and environment. The unequal distribution of petroleum and natural gas, coupled with innovative geologists and engineers, has set the stage for the modern geo-political world. This course is a unique survey into the multitude of aspects of petroleum -- from its formation to "resource wars". Typically offered Fall. 3.000 Credit hours

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types: Distance Learning, Lecture
    Offered By: College of Science
    Department: Dept of Earth & Atmospheric Sc
    Course Attributes: CH Technical Electives, M Natural Science, Upper Division
    May be offered at any of the following campuses: West Lafayette

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  • EAPS 37500 - Great Issues-Fossil Fuels, Energy And Society

    Credit Hours: 3.00. Prosperity of the 20th century was based on abundant and cheap energy; during the 21st century we will be faced with difficult challenges. Our society will face higher energy prices, decline of petroleum based fuels supplies, increased environmental effects of fossil fuels usage, and the challenge of solving the technological problems of developing alternative fuels. This course will review the structure, economics, and geopolitical issues faced by fossil fuel industries and the mitigation strategies that will be needed to change to low fossil fuel use society based on low polluting renewable energy sources. Counts for Great Issues course in College of Science for Juniors and Seniors. Typically offered Fall Spring.

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types: Distance Learning, Lecture
    Offered By: College of Science
    Department: Dept of Earth & Atmospheric Sc
    Course Attributes: Upper Division
    May be offered at any of the following campuses: West Lafayette

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Materials Engineering

  • MSE 59700 – Selected Topics In Materials Engineering (Introduction to the Materials Science of Rechargeable Batteries)

    MSE 597 is aimed at junior/senior undergraduate and graduate students interested on developing an understanding on the Materials Science of Rechargeable Batteries. The focus is on electrochemical materials, its non-idealities (e.g., transport limitations, failure mechanisms), and its application to energy storage devices, such as batteries and fuel cells, particularly for portable electronics and hybrid/electric vehicles. This course will deliver an introduction to basic electrochemistry, principles of electrochemical devices, and electroactive materials as used in such systems. Current trends and directions in the field of battery technology will be outlined.

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types: Distance Learning, Individual Study, Laboratory, Lecture
    Course Attributes:
    Upper Division, Variable Title
    Offered By:School of Materials Engineering
    Department:Materials Engineering
    May be offered at any of the following campuses:West Lafayette Continuing Ed Campus, Indiana College Network, Calumet, West Lafayette
    Schedule Type: Distance Learning

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Mechanical Engineering Technology

  • MET 22000 - Heat and Power

    Credit Hours: 3.00. Heat/Power is an introduction to the principles of thermodynamics and heat transfer. Basic thermodynamic processes are used to evaluate the performance of energy-based systems such as internal combustion engines, power plants, and refrigeration equipment. Typically offered Fall Spring.
    0.000 OR 3.000 Credit hours

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types: Distance Learning, Laboratory, Lecture
    Offered By: College of Technology
    Department: Mechanical Engineering Tech
    Course Attributes: Lower Division
    May be offered at any of the following campuses: IUPUI, North Central, West Lafayette, TSW-Columbus, TSW-Kokomo, TSW-Lafayette, TSW-Muncie, TSW-New Albany, TSW-Richmond, TSW-South Bend.

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  • MET 23000 - Fluid Power

    Credit Hours: 3.00. This course consists of the study of compressible and incompressible fluid statics and dynamics as applied to hydraulic and pneumatic pumps, motors, transmissions, and controls. Typically offered Fall Spring Summer.
    0.000 OR 3.000 Credit hours

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types: Distance Learning, Laboratory, Lecture.
    Offered By: College of Technology
    Department: Mechanical Engineering Tech
    Course Attributes: Lower Division
    May be offered at any of the following campuses: IUPUI, North Central, West Lafayette, TSW-Columbus, TSW-Kokomo, TSW-Lafayette, TSW-Muncie, TSW-New Albany, TSW-Richmond, TSW-South Bend.

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  • MET 32000 - Applied Thermodynamics

    Credit Hours: 3.00. Following a review of fundamental concepts, advanced power and refrigeration cycles are analyzed. Applications such as gas mixtures, air-vapor mixtures, and chemical reactions of combustion processes are presented. Typically offered Fall Spring Summer.
    3.000 Credit hours

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types: Distance Learning, Lecture
    Offered By: College of Technology
    Department: Mechanical Engineering Tech
    Course Attributes: Upper Division
    May be offered at any of the following campuses: IUPUI, North Central, West Lafayette, TSW-Columbus, TSW-Kokomo, TSW-Lafayette, TSW-New Albany, TSW-Richmond, TSW-South Bend.

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  • MET 42100 - Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

    Credit Hours: 3.00. Heat gains and losses, heat-producing equipment, cooling, and refrigeration equipment are studied. System design is presented, including controls and instrumentation for commercial, industrial, and residential systems. Typically offered Fall Spring.
    0.000 OR 3.000 Credit hours

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types: Distance Learning, Laboratory, Lecture
    Offered By: College of Technology
    Department: Mechanical Engineering Tech
    Course Attributes: Upper Division
    May be offered at any of the following campuses: North Central, Calumet, West Lafayette, TSW-Columbus, TSW-Kokomo, TSW-Lafayette, TSW-Muncie, TSW-New Albany, TSW-Richmond, TSW-South Bend.

    Learning Objectives: 1. Recognize and explain the operation of common refrigeration and air conditioning equipment. 2. Evaluate the performance of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment. 3. Use appropriate instrumentation for accurate measurements of HVAC&R equipment performance. 4. Identify equipment, operating strategies, or management practices that encourage energy conservation and sustainable buildings. 5. Apply standard industry practices to the design of HVAC&R systems.

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  • MET 42600 - Internal Combustion Engines

    Credit Hours: 3.00. The course deals with the fundamentals of internal combustion engines, with emphasis on performance, efficiency, and emissions. A comprehensive review of engine/vehicle operating systems is conducted. Related topics such as turbocharging, fuel oxygenates, lubrication, and computerized engine management are presented. Typically offered Fall Spring Summer.
    0.000 OR 3.000 Credit hours

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types: Distance Learning, Laboratory, Lecture.
    Offered By: College of Technology
    Department: Mechanical Engineering Tech
    Course Attributes: Upper Division
    May be offered at any of the following campuses: IUPUI, North Central, Calumet, West Lafayette, TSW-Columbus, TSW-Indianapolis, TSW-Kokomo, TSW-Lafayette, TSW-Muncie, TSW-New Albany, TSW-Richmond, TSW-South Bend.

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  • MET 58100 - Workshop In Mechanical Engineering Technology (Fuel Cell Fundamentals, Modeling, and Diagnostic)

    Credit Hours: 0.00 to 8.00. Advanced study of technical and professional topics. Emphasis is on new developments relating to technical, operational, and training aspects of industry and technology education. Typically offered Summer Fall Spring.
    0.000 TO 8.000 Credit hours

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types: Individual Study, Laboratory, Lecture
    Offered By: College of Technology
    Department: Mechanical Engineering Tech
    Course Attributes: Upper Division, Variable Title
    May be offered at any of the following campuses:  West Lafayette

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Physics

  • PHYS 55600 - Introductory Nuclear Physics

    Credit Hours: 3.00. Theory of relativity, brief survey of systematics of nuclei and elementary particles, structure of stable nuclei, radioactivity, interaction of nuclear radiation with matter, nuclear reactions, particle accelerators, nuclear instruments, fission, nuclear reactors. Typically offered Spring. 3.000 Credit hours

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types:
    Lecture
    Offered By: C
    ollege of Science
    Department:
    Physics
    Course Attributes:
    CH Technical Electives, Upper Division
    May be offered at any of the following campuses:
    IUPUI Calumet West Lafayette

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School of Chemical Engineering

  • CHE 59700 - Special Topics In Chemical Engineering

    Arrange Hours and Credit. Hours and credits to be arranged. Permission of instructor required. Typically offered Fall Spring Summer. 0.000 TO 18.000 Credit hours

    Our research motivation also informs our decision to focus on solar energy education. By focusing specifically on this form of alternative energy, we are able to engage students in the technical and economic challenges of designing solar devices as well as bringing them to market. By solving the detailed balance for a single junction photovoltaic device, students are able to understand first hand where the thermodynamic limitations arise. In addition to the physics of the solar energy conversion, students are also exposed to the costs associated with different types of systems. This exposure to the rationales behind choosing one conversion method over another develops the leadership skill of deciding to invest in the cost effective system of the day or a close competitor that has a high potential for improvement. Making sound choices in the face of future technological uncertainty will play an important role in which companies flourish in the growing energy market. By exposing our students to these problems today, they will be better prepared to effectively communicate the issues with others and lead the group of emerging energy professionals.

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types:
    Individual Study, Laboratory, Lecture, Practice Study Observation
    Offered By:
    School of Chemical Engineering
    Department:
    Chemical Engineering
    Course Attributes:
    CH Chemical Engr Electives, Upper Division, Variable Title
    May be offered at any of the following campuses:
    West Lafayette Continuing Ed West Lafayette

    Repeatable for Additional Credit: Yes - May be repeated an unlimited number of times.

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School of Civil Engineering

  • CE 31100 - Architectural Engineering

    Credit Hours: 3.00. This course introduces energy efficiency, thermal comfort, indoor environmental quality and green building design concepts. The course covers engineering fundamentals required for the design and analysis of building systems such as thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, light and sound transmission. The course presents engineering principles and selected applications related to hygrothermal analysis of building enclosures, air conditioning processes in heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, building illumination, and building acoustics. Typically offered Fall Spring. 3.000 Credit hours

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types:
    Distance Learning, Lecture
    Offered By:
    School of Civil Engineering
    Department:
    Civil Engineering
    Course Attributes:
    Upper Division
    May be offered at any of the following campuses:
    West Lafayette

    Learning Objectives: 1. Identify and analyze the characteristics of building environmental loads, building construction, and building operations as they define the requirements for a comfortable and healthy indoor environment. 2. Demonstrate knowledge of thermodynamics , fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, photometric quantities and sound transmission for use in building design. 3. Identify, formulate and solve realistic Architectural Engineering problems related to hygrothermal analysis of building enclosures, air conditioning processes in Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning Systems, pipe and duct flow, building illumination and building acoustics. 4. Demonstarte an understanding of building systems integration to achieve efficient operation.

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  • CE 41300 - Building Envelope Design and Thermal Loads

    Credit Hours: 3.00. This course discusses the basic thermal processes in buildings and presents comprehensive methods for thermal design of envelope assemblies in commercial and residential buildings. The first part of the course includes steady-state transient conduction through envelope assemblies, convection and radiation heat transfer in buildings, solar radiation and solar gains, thermal performance of windows, internal gains, ventilation and infiltration. The second part of the course considers surface and room energy balance equations and presents analytical and computational models for calculation of hourly heating and cooling loads throughout the year. Climate-based standards, passive solar design, advanced energy guides, and innovative technologies for high performance buildings are discussed. The course also includes a design project on analytical heating/cooling load calculations for a commercial building. Typically offered Fall Spring. 3.000 Credit hours

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types:
    Distance Learning, Lecture
    Offered By:
    School of Civil Engineering
    Department:
    Civil Engineering
    Course Attributes:
    Upper Division

    Learning Objectives: 1. Calculate heat transfer through envelope assemblies for commercial and residential buildings. 2. Solve energy balance equations for building surfaces and room air. 3. Calculate solar and internal gains and predict transient hourly heating and cooling loads for a building throughout the year using analytical and computational models. 4. Design building envelopes according to national standards. 5. Understand principles of passive solar design and the application of innovative envelope technologies.

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  • CE 51501 - Building Energy Audits

    Credit Hours: 3.00. This course is designed to provide students with the necessary skills to perform an energy audit on commercial and residential buildings. Energy accounting procedures for all major building subsystems are covered in detail, along with operational cost analysis of these systems. Students learn fundamental techniques for auditing the building envelope; electrical and lighting systems; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems; internal thermal loads; and building maintenance and operation procedures. Students also learn to analyze electric and natural gas utility tariffs and rate structures and apply their findings to the energy auditing process. Typically offered Fall Spring. 3.000 Credit hours

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types:
    Lecture
    Offered By:
    School of Civil Engineering
    Department:
    Civil Engineering
    Course Attributes:
    Upper Division

    Learning Objectives: 1. Analyze utility tariffs and rate structures for electricity and natural gas, and use the information to help guide energy audits. 2. Perform an energy audit of all major building subsystems, including the building envelope, electrical and lighting systems, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, internal thermal loads, and building maintenance and operation procedures. 3. Numerically model the energy consumption of each of the building subsystems, and run parametric studies to determine and recommend appropriate energy conservation measures.

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  • CE 56100 - Transportation Systems Evaluation

    Credit Hours: 3.00. Concepts and principles of transportation economic analysis, transportation costs and benefits, user and nonuser consequences, needs studies, finance and taxation, methods of evaluation of plans and projects, cost-effectiveness, environmental impact assessment. Typically offered Fall. 3.000 Credit hours

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types:
    Lecture
    Course Attributes:
    CE Transportation Emphasis, Upper Division
    May be offered at any of the following campuses:
    West Lafayette

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  • CE 56600 - Transportation Planning

    Credit Hours: 3.00. Fundamentals of transportation planning. Historical development and current status of techniques used in travel demand forecasting: trip generation, trip distribution, mode choice, traffic assignment. Data collection and use of surveys. Applications to passenger and freight movement in urban and statewide contexts. Implications for policy formulation and analysis. Typically offered Fall. 3.000 Credit hours

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types:
    Lecture
    Offered By:
    School of Civil Engineering
    Department:
    Civil Engineering
    Course Attributes:
    CE Transportation Emphasis, Upper Division
    May be offered at any of the following campuses:
    West Lafayette

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School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • ECE 32100 - Electromechanical Motion Devices

    Credit Hours: 3.00. The general theory of electromechanical motion devices relating electric variables and electromagnetic forces. The basic concepts and operational behavior of DC, induction, brushless DC, and stepper motors used in control applications are presented. Typically offered Fall Spring.
    3.000 Credit hours

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types: Distance Learning, Lecture
    Offered By: School of Elec & Computer Engr
    Department: Electrical & Computer Engr
    Course Attributes: Upper Division
    May be offered at any of the following campuses:  West Lafayette Continuing Ed, IUPUI, North Central, West Lafayette

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  • ECE 32300 - Electromechanical Motion Devices and Systems Laboratory

    Credit Hours: 1.00. Experiments closely coordinated with ECE 32100 involving measurement of fundamental parameters of various electromechanical devices using modern instrumentation techniques. Computer simulation is used to predict steady-state and dynamic operating characteristics. Comparison of predicted and measured performance is emphasized. Typically offered Fall Spring.
    1.000 Credit hours

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types: Distance Learning, Laboratory
    Offered By: School of Elec & Computer Engr
    Department: Electrical & Computer Engr
    Course Attributes: Upper Division
    May be offered at any of the following campuses: North Central

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  • ECE 43200 - Elements Of Power System Engineering

    Credit Hours: 3.00. Fundamental concepts of power system analysis, transmission line parameters, basic system models, steady-state performance, network calculations, power flow solutions, fault studies, symmetrical components, operating strategies, and control. Typically offered Fall.
    3.000 Credit hours

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types: Distance Learning, Lecture
    Offered By: School of Elec & Computer Engr
    Department: Electrical & Computer Engr
    Course Attributes: Upper Division
    May be offered at any of the following campuses:  IUPU,I Calumet, West Lafayette

    Learning Objectives: 1. An understanding of the function of the main components in a power system, and the basis of their circuit models. 2. An ability to build a system representation from components’ circuit models and to apply solution techniques to certain operational needs.

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  • ECE 61000 - Energy Conversion

    Credit Hours: 3.00. Basic principles of static and electromechanical energy conversion. Control of static power converters. Reference frame theory applied to the analysis of rotating devices. Analysis and dynamic characteristics of induction and synchronous machines. State variable analysis of electromechanical devices and converter supplied electromechanical drive systems. Prerequisite: Master's student standing or higher. Typically offered Fall.
    3.000 Credit hours

    Levels: Graduate, Indiana College Network, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types: Distance Learning, Lecture
    Offered By: School of Elec & Computer Engr
    Department: Electrical & Computer Engr
    May be offered at any of the following campuses:  West Lafayette Continuing Ed, Indiana College Network, Calumet, West Lafayette

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  • ECE 69500 - Advanced Topics In Electrical And Computer Engineering

    Credit Hours: 1.00 to 3.00. Formal classroom or individualized instruction on advanced topics of current interest. Permission of instructor required. Typically offered Fall Spring Summer.
    1.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types: Distance Learning, Individual Study, Lecture
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    Offered By: School of Elec & Computer Engr
    Department: Electrical & Computer Engr
    Course Attributes: Variable Title
    May be offered at any of the following campuses:  West Lafayette, Continuing Ed, IUPUI, Calumet, West Lafayette
    Repeatable for Additional Credit: Yes - May be repeated an unlimited number of times

    Featured Topics:
    ECE695 Electromagnetic and Electromechanical Component Design
    ECE695 Power Electronic Converters and Systems Download Syllabus
    ECE695 Grid Integration of Renewable Energy System Download Syllabus

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School of Mechanical Engineering

  • ME 20000 - Thermodynamics I

    Credit Hours: 3.00. First and second laws of thermodynamics, entropy, reversible and irreversible processes, properties of pure substances. Application to engineering problems. Typically offered Spring Summer Fall. 3.000 Credit hours

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types:
    Distance Learning, Lecture
    Offered By:
    School of Mechanical Engr
    Course Attributes:
    Credit by exam, Lower division
    May be offered at any of the following campuses:
    PU Fort Wayne, IUPUI, North Central, West Lafayette

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  • ME 30000 - Thermodynamics II

    Credit Hours: 3.00. Properties of gas mixtures, air-vapor mixtures, applications. Thermodynamics of combustion processes, equilibrium. Energy conversion, power, and refrigeration systems. Typically offered Fall Spring. 3.000 Credit hours

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types:
    Distance Learning, Lecture
    Offered By:
    School of Mechanical Engr
    Course Attributes:
    AE Propulsion, CN Technical Electives, Upper Division
    May be offered at any of the following campuses:
    West Lafayette

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  • ME 44000 - Automotive Prime Movers: Green Engines And Clean Fuel

    Credit Hours: 3.00. Internal combustion engines (ICE), hybrid engines (HE), fuel-cell engines (FCE), and alternative/renewable fuels. ICEs topics- engines with advanced combustion systems such as clean diesels, direct-injection spark-ignition engines (DISI), and low-temperature combustion (LTC) compression-ignition. HE topics- different components of hybrid engines and the powertrain design. FCE topics- fundamentals of fuel cells and automotive applications. Clean fuel topics- biofuels, hydrogen, and natural gas, as well as, other cleaner fossil fuels for automotive applications. Well-to-wheel energy and cost analysis of prime mover designs/fuels. Typically offered Spring. 0.000 OR 3.000 Credit hours

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types:
    Distance Learning, Laboratory, Laboratory Preparation, Lecture
    Offered By:
    School of Mechanical Engr
    Department:
    Mechanical Engineering
    Course Attributes:
    Upper Division
    May be offered at any of the following campuses:
    IUPUI Calumet West Lafayette

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  • ME 50100 - Statistical Thermodynamics

    Credit Hours: 3.00. The molecular intepretation of thermodynamic equilibrium. Development of the partition function. Introduction to quantum mechanics and molecular spectroscopy. The Maxwell-Boltzmann formulation of statistical mechanics and applications to ideal gases, solids, radiation, and laser diagnostics. The Gibbs formulation of statistical mechanics and application to real gases. Kinetic theory and applications to transport properties and chemical kinetics. Offered in alternate years. Typically offered Fall.
    3.000 Credit hours

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types: Lecture
    Offered By: School of Mechanical Engr
    Department: Mechanical Engineering
    Course Attributes: Upper Division
    May be offered at any of the following campuses: West Lafayette

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  • ME 50300 - Micro-And-Nano-Scale Energy Transfer Processes

    Credit Hours: 3.00. Transport of energy in natural and fabricated micro- and nano-scale structures. Physical nature of energy transport by three carriers – electrons, phonons, and photons. Bulk material properties (e.g., thermal/electrical conductivity) are derived from statistical particle transport theories. Effects of spatial confinement on bulk properties are quantified. Contemporary interdisciplinary engineering applications. Typically offered Spring. 3.000 Credit hours

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types:
    Distance Learning, Lecture
    Offered By:
    School of Mechanical Engr
    Department:
    Mechanical Engineering
    Course Attributes:
    Upper Division
    May be offered at any of the following campuses:
    West Lafayette

    Learning Objectives: 1. Gain an understanding of the fundamental elements of solid-state physics. 2. Develop skills to derive continuum physical properties from sub-continuum principles. 3. Apply statistical and physical principles to describe energy transport in modern small-scale materials and devices.

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  • ME 51800 - Analysis of Thermal Systems

    Credit Hours: 3.00. Modeling and optimization of thermal systems with a focus on heat-pumping equipment, such as vapor compression, absorption, and some advanced heat-pumping cycles. Students combine the use of thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and numerical methods to develop and apply mathematical models for the analysis and optimization of specific equipment. Offered in alternate years. Typically offered Fall.
    3.000 Credit hours

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types: Lecture

    Offered By: School of Mechanical Engr
    Department: Mechanical Engineering
    Course Attributes: Upper Division
    May be offered at any of the following campuses:  West Lafayette

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  • ME 59700 - 038 - Gas Turbine Combustion II

    Credit Hours: 3.00
    Associated Term:
    Spring 2014
    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Attributes:
    Upper Division, Variable Title
    Schedule Types:
    Lecture
    Offered By:
    School of Mechanical Engr
    Department:
    Mechanical Engineering
    May be offered at any of the following campuses:
    West Lafayette

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  • ME 62500 - Advanced Combustion

    Credit Hours: 3.00. Coupling of the energy, species, and mass conservation equations with the momentum equation. Statistical treatment of turbulence and the problems of interactions of turbulence with chemistry, radiation, and two-phase flows. Critical study of at least 10 seminal and recent contributions in the combustion literature. Offered in alternate years. Prerequisite: ME 52500. Typically offered Fall. 3.000 Credit hours

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types:
    Lecture
    Offered By:
    School of Mechanical Engr
    Department:
    Mechanical Engineering
    May be offered at any of the following campuses:
    West Lafayette

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School of Nuclear Engineering

  • NUCL 11000 - Introduction To Energy Engineering

    Credit Hours: 1.00. This course, designed for first-semester freshmen, reviews and discusses the history of energy use by the world, the relation between energy usage and quality of life, the social impact of energy use, and the environmental constraints on energy usage. In particular, the role that engineering disciplines play in solving energy problems will be discussed. The full impact that the various energy alternatives have on economic and environmental issues will be reviewed in order to provide a rational basis for energy choices for the future. Typically offered Fall. 1.000 Credit hours

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types:
    Lecture
    Offered By:
    School of Nuclear Engineering
    Department:
    Nuclear Engineering
    Course Attributes:
    Lower Division
    May be offered at any of the following campuses:
    West Lafayette

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  • NUCL 40200 - Engineering Of Nuclear Power Systems

    Credit Hours: 3.00. Principles and practice of power plant systems with design applications; thermal cycles, heat transport, mechanical designs, control, safety analysis, shielding analysis, fuel cycles; resources, optimization, options, waste management. Fusion and alternate energy sources. Typically offered Fall. 3.000 Credit hours

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types:
    Lecture
    Offered By:
    School of Nuclear Engineering
    Department:
    Nuclear Engineering
    Course Attributes:
    Upper Division
    May be offered at any of the following campuses:
    West Lafayette

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  • NUCL 47000 - Fuel Cell Engineering

    Credit Hours: 3.00. The principles of electromechanical energy conversion for a single fuel cell, fuel cell stack, process engineering in the fuel and oxidizer supply systems. Principles, components, operation and performance for alkaline, phosphoric acid, solid polymer, molten carbonate and solid oxide fuel cells. Provides broad insight into science, technology, system design, and safety concerns in design and operation of fuel cells. Typically offered Fall. 3.000 Credit hours

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types:
    Lecture
    Offered By:
    School of Nuclear Engineering
    Department:
    Nuclear Engineering
    Course Attributes:
    Upper Division
    May be offered at any of the following campuses:
    West Lafayette

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  • NUCL 55100 - Mass, Momentum, And Energy Transfer In Energy Systems

    Credit Hours: 3.00. Formulations for analyzing complicated thermal-hydraulic phenomena in energy systems. Derivation of two-phase flow field equations and constitutive relations. Thermal-hydraulic modeling of nuclear reactor systems. Analyses of nuclear reactor safety related phenomena based on conservation principles. Typically offered Fall.
    3.000 Credit hours

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types: Lecture
    Offered By: School of Nuclear Engineering
    Department: Nuclear Engineering
    Course Attributes: Upper Division
    May be offered at any of the following campuses: West Lafayette

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  • NUCL 55200 - Thermal-Hydraulics And Reactor Safety

    Credit Hours: 3.00. Applications of thermal-sciences to nuclear reactor safety design and risk assessment. Emphasis on illustrating the use of basic principles in quantitative safety assessments of practical and current interest. The basic topics revolve around multiphase transients and applications which include study of accident analysis and its applications to licensing for light water reactor systems and for liquid metal fast breeder reactor. Typically offered Spring.
    3.000 Credit hours

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types: Lecture
    Offered By: School of Nuclear Engineering
    Department: Nuclear Engineering
    Course Attributes: Upper Division
    May be offered at any of the following campuses: West Lafayette

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  • NUCL 56300 - Direct Energy Conversion

    Credit Hours: 3.00. Review of energy sources and study of the basic processes of direct energy conversion and their applications to energy utilization, based on both conventional and nuclear energy conversion schemes. Conventional schemes include thermoelectric, photovoltaic, thermionic, magnetohydrodynamic generators, fuel cell systems, etc.; and nuclear energy conversion schemes correspond to nuclear radiation and fusion energy conversion. Permission of instructor required. Typically offered Spring. 3.000 Credit hours

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types:
    Lecture
    Offered By:
    School of Nuclear Engineering
    Department:
    Nuclear Engineering
    Course Attributes:
    Upper Division
    May be offered at any of the following campuses:
    West Lafayette

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  • NUCL 65000 - Thermal Hydraulics for Nuclear Safety

    Credit Hours: Credit Hours: 3.00. Safety philosophy, levels and goals of safety. Approaches used for nuclear reactor safety for the protection of public health. Design basis accidents. Engineered safeguards and inherent safety features. Fundamentals of safety related thermal-hydraulic phenomena and their integration into a methodology for containment assessment. Prerequisite: ME 50500. Typically offered Spring. 3.000 Credit hours

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types:
    Lecture
    Offered By:
    School of Nuclear Engineering
    Department:
    Nuclear Engineering
    Course Attributes:
    Upper Division
    May be offered at any of the following campuses:
    West Lafayette

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  • NUCL 66000 - Magnetic Confinement Fusion

    Credit Hours: 3.00. Applications of plasma physics for analysis and design of plasma configurations in fusion reactors. Topics include beam-driven fusion systems, plasma heating and ignition via neutral beams and RF wave heating, plasma waves, kinetic and fluid descriptions of plasmas, and energy transport; blanket neutronics for tritium breeding, energy conversion, and reactor design considerations. Prerequisite: NUCL 56000. Typically offered Spring. 3.000 Credit hours

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types:
    Lecture
    Offered By:
    School of Nuclear Engineering
    Department:
    Nuclear Engineering
    May be offered at any of the following campuses:
    West Lafayette

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  • NUCL 56300 - Direct Energy Conversion

    Credit Hours: 3.00. Review of energy sources and study of the basic processes of direct energy conversion and their applications to energy utilization, based on both conventional and nuclear energy conversion schemes. Conventional schemes include thermoelectric, photovoltaic, thermionic, magnetohydrodynamic generators, fuel cell systems, etc.; and nuclear energy conversion schemes correspond to nuclear radiation and fusion energy conversion. Permission of instructor required. Typically offered Spring. 3.000 Credit hours

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types:
    Lecture
    Offered By:
    School of Nuclear Engineering
    Department:
    Nuclear Engineering
    Course Attributes:
    Upper Division
    May be offered at any of the following campuses:
    West Lafayette

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  • NUCL 65000 - Thermal Hydraulics For Nuclear Reactor Safety

    Credit Hours: 3.00. Safety philosophy, levels and goals of safety. Approaches used for nuclear reactor safety for the protection of public health. Design basis accidents. Engineered safeguards and inherent safety features. Fundamentals of safety related thermal-hydraulic phenomena and their integration into a methodology for containment assessment. Prerequisite: ME 50500. Typically offered Spring.
    3.000 Credit hours

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types: Lecture
    Offered By: School of Nuclear Engineering
    Department: Nuclear Engineering
    May be offered at any of the following campuses: West Lafayette

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  • NUCL 66000 - Magnetic Confinement Fusion

    Credit Hours: 3.00. Applications of plasma physics for analysis and design of plasma configurations in fusion reactors. Topics include beam-driven fusion systems, plasma heating and ignition via neutral beams and RF wave heating, plasma waves, kinetic and fluid descriptions of plasmas, and energy transport; blanket neutronics for tritium breeding, energy conversion, and reactor design considerations. Prerequisite: NUCL 56000. Typically offered Spring. 3.000 Credit hours

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types:
    Lecture
    Offered By:
    School of Nuclear Engineering
    Department:
    Nuclear Engineering
    May be offered at any of the following campuses:
    West Lafayette

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  • NUCL 66100 - Inertial Confinement Fusion

    Credit Hours: 3.00. Inertially confined thermonuclear fusion reactions and energy gains; laser-plasma interactions; hydrodynamic compression; energy transports including electron thermal conduction and radiation transport; beam transport and instabilities; driver energy deposition and the driver development for lasers, particle beams and accelerators; and target designs. Prerequisite: NUCL 56000. Typically offered Fall. 3.000 Credit hours

    Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
    Schedule Types:
    Lecture
    Offered By:
    School of Nuclear Engineering
    Department:
    Nuclear Engineering
    May be offered at any of the following campuses:
    West Lafayette

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To view specific course scheduling and offerings use the myPurdue portal.

Purdue faculty may submit course updates for addition/deletion from above list by contacting Makeba Washington at Energy Center.

About the Energy Center

The Center’s mission is to grow the Purdue energy research and education enterprise. We engage researchers and students in a community that delivers new discoveries and develops disruptive technologies with national and global impact.


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Global Sustainability Institute

Pankaj Sharma

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Global Sustainability Institute

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