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CNIT 581 - Power and Energy, Onshore and Afloat

This interdisciplinary course is aimed at upper-class undergraduate and graduate students interested in developing an understanding of power and energy technologies and systems, energy security, high energy and pulsed power. US Navy leadership has recognized Power and Energy as a strategic imperative for the success of their operations and the Nation’s future technological superiority. This course will explore topics important to the National Defense including batteries, liquid transportation fuels, hydrogen, thermal management, power electronics, flexible electronics, cyber security of control and sensing systems from the perspective of the Navy in its onshore bases and afloat. The course comprises both academic and military practitioner lectures. It consists of a total of seven modules which can be taken to earn a full course certificate. Individual modules can also be taken to earn module-specific badges. The modules are as follows:

Module 1 – Navy Overview and Course Intro: Navy onboarding, culture, missions, customs, careers in the Navy, transition from army to civilian careers, Energy Challenge

Module 2 – Microgrids: Cybersecurity introduction, Military Communities and Microgrids, The Billion-ton Bio-economy, Hydrogen Storage: Status, Perspectives, and Industrial Applications, Alternative Aviation Fuels Tour, Gas Turbines: Basics of Thermal Barrier Coatings and Impurity Interactions

Module 3 – Nuclear Energy: Navy’s Nuclear Power and Propulsion, Purdue University Reactor PUR-1, Tour of PUR-1, Emergency Power for Nuclear Power Plants

Module 4 – Batteries: Introduction to Rechargeable Batteries, Reserve Batteries and You!, In-situ Examination of Thermal Runaway in Lithium Ion Batteries under Dynamic Loading and at High Temperatures Using Nanomechanical Raman Spectroscopy, Electro-chemo-mechanics of Electrodes in Li-ion Batteries, Power for Pulse Power Applications

Module 5 - Energetic Materials and Pulse Power: Metal Combustion for Energy and Energetic Material Application, Electromagnetic Railgun INP, Pulsed Power as Enabling Technology for Cellular Manipulation and Cancer Treatment

Module 6 – Power Electronics: Thermal Management of Electronics, Semiconductor Characterization, Atomic Layer Epitaxy Dielectrics for III-N MOS Technology


Syllabus and course details

PDF Syllabus, CNIT 581- Power Energy.pdf

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