Thermal Sciences Q exams

This document is not field policy and has not been subject to field vote. It is a working document provided by the ME DGS as a good-faith attempt to describe the current shared viewpoint of the Thermal Sciences faculty. Per field rules, the exam committee decides the scope of the exam and questions are at the discretion of the committee.

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Q exam name: Thermal Sciences

Field(s) to which it applies: AE, ME

Faculty that contribute to administration; fraction of students that take this Q: Avedisian (25%) Fisher (50%) Louge (25%) Pepiot (25%)

Core physical principles covered: conservation and accounting principles for heat transfer, thermodynamics, and combustion (thermodynamics, equilibrium, governing equations e.g. mass, momentum, energy, species), reaction kinetics, laminar premixed and diffusion flames.

The exam committee decides the scope of the exam and questions are at the discretion of the committee; however, this list is provided as a good-faith outline of topics covered as a way to frame student’s broad study of fluid mechanics as a discipline.

Recommended textbooks for study: Glassman Combustion, Williams Combustion Theory, Bejan Heat Transfer, Buckius/Howell Thermodynamics

Classes required before Q exam: none

Classes strongly recommended before Q exam: foundational work e.g., MAE 2210 or equivalent, MAE 3230 or equivalent, MAE 3240 or equivalent. Combustion principles e.g., MAE 5430 combustion processes; Heat transfer e.g., MAE 6510 Advanced Heat Transfer

Classes deemed helpful but usually not taken before Q exam: MAE 6430 computational combustion

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