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Energy Use and Conservation Technology

MET 390. Fundamentals of Energy Technology. 3(3,0). This course is designed to give students an overview of the field of energy conservation and use and to provide descriptions of job functions typical of energy technologists. This course stresses analysis of methods of utilizing the sources of energy to meet the economic and environmental requirements of modern society and industry. Sources of energy considered are renewable, as direct and indirect solar energy systems, and exhaustible as fossil fuels and nuclear energy systems. Students learn about patterns of energy consumption, energy uses by source, interchangeability among fuels, and sources of current and potential supply. (F)

MET 391. Energy Production Systems. 3(3,0). This course is a study of processes and equipment used to convert energy resources (such as geothermal and the sun) and fuels (such as coal and natural gas) into useful energy forms, such as electricity, heat and motion or light. This course deals with the generation of hot water or steam utilizing solids and fuels such as coal, lignite and wood. The various fuels and their BTU content, impurities, burning characteristics and attendant handling techniques will be described. (F)

MET 392. Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning. 3(3,0). This course is designed to give the student a working knowledge of heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems and the components and subsystems. Emphasis is placed on proper operation and maintenance to achieve maximum system performance. Prerequisite: ET 421. (S)

MET 393. Solar Energy and Conservation. 3(3,0). This course is a study of solar energy systems with emphasis on solar heating and cooling of buildings; the solar collector, the energy storage and the heating and cooling subsystems. Methods of energy conservation utilizing passive solar design; variations in system designs, and their relative advantage, limitations and practical uses are discussed. (F)

MET 394. Energy Economic Analysis. 3(3,0). This course develops the techniques necessary to evaluate the economic impact and advantages of energy production. Quantitative measures of profitability of alternative.

energy investment proposals as well as energy conservation techniques are analyzed. The theory of the tools is sufficiently flexible to apply to any specific energy project. The course includes simple, real-to-life examples demonstrating the net present value, internal rate of return and payback periods. (S)

MET 395. Energy Conservation and Audits. 3(2,3). This course is designed to give students technical knowledge and specific skills required to perform conservation measures as well as energy audits relative to the most common energy uses. Practical techniques for energy conservation in building heating systems and proper measurement and analysis techniques will be presented. The course includes four laboratory hours a week which include the energy audits in school buildings, residential homes, office buildings, and manufacturing plants. Finally, audit analysis is undertaken, with students recommending remedial actions based on analysis of their practice audits. (S)

MET 396. Energy Applications of Microcomputers. 3(3,0). In this course, the versatility of microcomputers is illustrated by operating two application programs related to energy conservation. The first is an energy audit that uses field data to estimate heat loss from a structure. Students apply this to their own residence. The program also computes the most cost-effective conservation strategy. The second program illustrates load sheddinga strategy used by large consumers of electricity to keep their peak demand under control. This problem is turned into a game students play, trying to find a shedding strategy that minimizes inconvenience. Two versions are provided; in one, the student does the shedding, and in the other, the student programs the computer-controlled shedding. (S)

MET 397. Nuclear Energy. 3(3,0). This course stresses the fission process and reactor theory. The types of equipment involved in the utilization of nuclear energy are described, as well as their principles of operation. Basic elements of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat generation and removal, control theory, materials and economic factors as they are applied to nuclear reactor engineering are taught.

MET 398. Power Generation and Control 3(3,0). The emphasis in this course is on general considerations in transmission and distribution of electrical energy as related to power systems. Students learn calculations of electric transmission in line constants and load flow studies and general theory of symmetrical components, also. Prerequisite: ET 271. (F)

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