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DM 826

DM 826 - Advanced Industrial Energy Management

The course covers the fundamentals of industrial energy management and the advanced technical procedures required for assessing energy saving opportunities (ESOs) in equipment and systems found in almost every industrial facility. These procedures can be applied on existing equipment or systems. It can also be used for sizing and selecting new equipment. The required background in heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics to support the analysis and the assessment of the various ESOs is also covered.

Course Leader: Mohamed S. Hamed, McMaster Engineering

Course Objectives

Reflecting the growing concerns over global warming, green house emissions, and depleted energy resources, this course will introduce methodologies and technical procedures that can be used to significantly improve energy efficiencies of various industrial processes and systems. The main objectives of the course are:

  1. To acquaint course participants with the fundamentals of energy management and cost analysis necessary for assessing energy saving opportunities in a wide range of industrial processes.
  2. Since many technical aspects of energy management involve relationships from classical thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics, one of the main objectives of this course is to review some relevant topics in these three important branches of thermal sciences.
  3. To equip course participants with know-how to select appropriate technical procedures for energy saving decision-making.

Course Topics

  1. Fundamentals of Energy Management
  2. Review of relevant topics in thermal sciences
  3. Assessment of energy saving opportunities (ESOs) in various industrial systems

Activities and Schedule

Each day will consist of lectures, class discussions based on case studies, exercises, and assigned problems. Each participant will be asked to select a project based on his/her own experience. The topic of the project must be related to either: improving energy efficiency or selecting the best operation conditions of an industrial process or equipment. On Day 1 of Module 2, each student will submit a one-page project proposal for approval.

Module 1

Day 1
  • Introduction to energy management
  • The energy audit process
  • Economic analysis
  • Group discussion and case studies
  • Discussion of project proposals
Day 2 - Continuation of...
  • Introduction to energy management
  • The energy audit process
  • Economic analysis
  • Group discussion and case studies
Day 3
  • Review of Thermodynamics
  • Review of Heat Transfer
  • Review of Fluid Mechanics
  • Group discussion and exercises
Day 4
  • Boilers
  • Steam Distribution Systems
  • Group discussion and case studies

Between Modules

  • Completion of assigned problems
  • Preparation of proposal for course project

Module 2

Day 1
  • Cogeneration and waste-heat recovery
  • Group discussion and case studies
  • Submission of project proposals for approval
Day 2
  • HVAC Systems
  • Lighting
  • Group discussion and case studies
Day 3
  • Thermal Insulation
  • Control Systems
  • Group discussion and case studies
  • Project proposals back to participants
Day 4
  • Renewable energy sources
  • Group discussion and case studies
  • Course wrap-up

After Module Completion

  • Completion of assigned problems
  • Completion of individual projects

Course Evaluation

  • 20% - Assignments
  • 20% - Participation in class discussions and case studies
  • 60% - Course project

Recommended Reading

  • Turner, W.C. and Doty, S. (2007) Energy Management Handbook (6th ed.), Fairmont Press.
  • Cengel, Y.A. and Turner, R.H. (2005) Fundamentals of Thermal-Fluid Sciences (2nd ed.), McGraw Hill.

Biography of Course Leader

Mohamed S. Hamed, P.Eng.

Dr. Mohamed S. Hamed is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at McMaster University. His teaching background includes undergraduate and graduate courses in the field of thermal sciences. His research focuses on thermal processing, experimental and computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer and optimization of energy use in industrial operations.

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