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A project and competition to design and build a simple heat exchanger
Freeland, Brian; Tobin, John M.; Foley, Greg
To address a declining interest in process engineering, a project to design and build a compact heat exchanger was initiated in the second year of a four-year, multidisciplinary degree programme in biotechnology. The heat exchangers had a double-pipe configuration and employed plastic outer pipes and copper inner pipes of various diameters. Designs produced ranged from coiled inner pipes to various multi-pass arrangements and were assessed on the basis of heat transfer achieved per unit mean temperature difference per unit cost. The project, which also formed the basis of a competition, was very well received by students and gave them hands-on experience of engineering design and construction, as well as team work, problem solving, engineering drawing and the use of simple tools. Based on the success of this project, a similar problem based learning approach will be initiated in the third year of the same degree programme and will focus on bioethanol production.
Keyword(s): Education; Biotechnology; Engineering education
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Type: Other
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: Dublin City University
Citation(s): Freeland, Brian ORCID: 0000-0003-3705-5745 <>, Tobin, John M. and Foley, Greg ORCID: 0000-0002-2284-4218 <> (2007) A project and competition to design and build a simple heat exchanger. In: International Symposium for Engineering Education, ISEE-07, 17-19 September 2007, Dublin City University.
Publisher(s): Dublin City University
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