ESENG 505 (MECHENG 571, CHE 696) Energy Generation and Storage Using Modern Materials

ESENG 505 (MECHENG 571, CHE 696) Course Description

Energy and power densities previously unattainable in environmentally-friendly energy technologies have been achieved through use of novel materials. Insertion of new materials into power supplies has changed the landscape of options. Design strategies for power systems are described, in the context of growing global demand for power and energy.

This course requires the completion of a term-long project. Projects must contain at least one of the following components: Development of a novel analytical technique, motivated by observed material behavior or microstructure; experimental characterization of a new material or device; development of a novel numerical technique, motivated by demonstrated inadequacy in current implementations used to describe performance.


Bachelor of Science in Engineering or Science from a regionally accredited university or the international equivalent.

Coursework in Heat Transfer: Heat transfer by conduction, convection, radiation; heat storage, energy conservation; steady-state/transient conduction heat transfer; thermal circuit modeling; multidimensional conduction; surface radiation properties, enclosure radiation exchange; surface convection/fluid streams over objects, nondimensional numbers, laminar, turbulent, thermobuoyant flow, boiling and condensation; heat exchangers; design of thermal systems, solvers for problem solving/design. Coursework in Mechanical Behavior of Materials: Material microstructures, dislocations and defects; processing and mechanical properties of metals, polymers, and composites; heat treatment of metals; elastic, plastic, and viscoelastic behavior of materials, strain hardening; fracture, fracture mechanics, fatigue and multiaxis loading; creep and stress relaxation; materials-related design issues, materials selection, corrosion and environmental degradation of materials.

System Requirements

Michigan Engineering IT Recommendation for Personal Computer Requirements.

Course Availability

For more information about when this course will be offered, see our projected course schedule.