Developing Innovative Teaching Materials That Use Molecular Simulations in Engineering Thermodynamics

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dc.contributor.author Dartnall, William en_US
dc.contributor.author Reizes, John en_US
dc.contributor.editor 2010 Congress Technical Program Committee en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-02T11:09:12Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-02T11:09:12Z
dc.date.issued 2010 en_US
dc.identifier 2010003250 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Dartnall William and Reizes John 2010, 'Developing Innovative Teaching Materials That Use Molecular Simulations in Engineering Thermodynamics', , ASME, USA, , pp. 1-10. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 978-0-7918-3891-4 en_US
dc.identifier.other E1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/16439
dc.description.abstract Traditionally, Engineering Thermodynamics is presented to undergraduate mechanical engineering students from a classical viewpoint. The emphasis in the courses is on analyzing processes involving bulk thermodynamic properties of materials to ascertain the performance of systems of significant size such as internal combustion engines, steam boiler power plants, vapour compression refrigeration systems, gas compressors etc. This emphasis may need to change so that mechanical engineers gain a better understanding of areas such as nanotechnology, fuel cells, photovoltaic cells and solid state electronics. A further need for change, is because thermodynamics, as a subject, has a reputation that many students apply formulae in a rote-like manner and struggle to understand the underlying physics and practicalities. One of our innovations is to use simple one and two dimensional hard sphere simulations to demonstrate the validity of such basic constants as Avogadroa??s Number and the Boltzman constant, and then visually demonstrate the ideal gas equation explaining concepts such as temperature and pressure and the way in which they relate to the volume containing a specified number of molecules. The underlying mechanical/physical reasons for the idealizations and processes of thermodynamics can be visually demonstrated by simple hard sphere models in ways that are related to mechanics. We outline some examples of simple simulations and innovative teaching materials that model the molecular (microscopic) behaviour on which macroscopic thermodynamic behaviour depends. Initial trials of some of the ideas that have appeared in past congress papers have been or are currently being trialed. These trials have revealed how students tend to follow the a??rote learning of formulae and procedure approacha? rather than the a??physical understandinga? approach. en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.publisher ASME en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon NA en_US
dc.title Developing Innovative Teaching Materials That Use Molecular Simulations in Engineering Thermodynamics en_US
dc.parent Proceedings of the ASME 2010 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE2010) en_US
dc.journal.volume en_US
dc.journal.number en_US
dc.publocation USA en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 10 en_US
dc.cauo.name FEIT.School of Elec, Mech and Mechatronic Systems en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 091500 en_US
dc.personcode 93113494 en_US
dc.personcode 996332 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Other Technology en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition en_US
dc.date.activity 20101112 en_US
dc.location.activity Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada en_US
dc.description.keywords NA en_US
dc.staffid en_US
dc.staffid 996332 en_US


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