The theory of operation and the design of equipment for the production of low temperatures from below ambient down to near absolute zero; applications to industrial, consumer, aerospace, medical, and research applications. Prerequisite: ME 300, ME 310, and ME 320 or consent of instructor. 3 undergraduate hours or 3 or 4 graduate hours.
1. Low-temperature properties of materials
2. Psychrometrics and evaporative cooling processes
3. Thermodynamic cooling processes
4. Single-and multistage vapor compression systems
5. Absorption refrigeration
6. Miscellaneous cooling devices: air cycles, thermoelectrics, etc.
7. Components: compressors, expansion devices, heat exchangers, etc.
8. Cryogenic refrigeration and liquefaction systems
9. Low temperature gas separation
10. Systems for near absolute zero
11. Other topics
12. Special projects: for extra credit, taken mostly by graduate students
ME: MechSE or technical elective.
EM: Possible secondary field, with approval.