2017-2018 Final Year Project Titles
Dr. Jade Shi
(1) Quantitative Mechanism of Energy-efficient Motor (3/6-unit) - Student ID: 15213234
There are a wide variety of ways to construct motors so as to convert different energy sources to mechanical motion. From different types of heat engines, electric motor to hydraulic motor, the ingenious designs based on physical and chemical principles are quite fascinating. The goal of this project is to develop a better understanding of the quantitative mechanism underlying energy-efficient motors.
For 3-unit project: you will perform a literature review on a variety of motors of your choice. Through the project, you will quantitatively compare the motors’ designs and efficiencies, identify the underlying physics of their working principles and discuss the strength/weakness of each design that affect the energy conversion efficiency.
For 6-unit project: you will construct a motor based on existing model, measure its energy conversion efficiency and then improve its efficiency by revising the design.
(2) Home Energy Audit Using Smartphone (3/6-unit) - Student ID: 16202279
This project involves conducting a DIY home (or dormitory) energy audit by combining the knowledge that you’ve learned from the Energy Management course with tools and apps of your smartphone. You can first refer to Leslie et al (The application of smartphone technology to economic and environmental analysis of building energy conservation strategies. International Journal of Sustainable Energy, 2012; 31 (5): 295 DOI: 10.1080/1478646X.2011.578746) for some ideas of how you can apply smartphone technologies to perform measurements and calculations for home energy audit. For instance, you can couple a thermal imager (such as Seek Thermal camera) with your iPhone or android phone to detect cold or hot spots around the house, which are areas of air leakage that may need extra insulation.
For 3-unit project: You should first write up an energy audit protocol with detailed procedures, including both the measurements and calculations involved. Then you can search the internet and app store to locate smartphone tools and apps that can be employed for performing the audit. With the protocol and smartphone tools ready, you will conduct energy audit for either your home or dormitory, and finally write up the energy audit report.
For 6-unit project: You need to accomplish all as listed for the 3-unit project. In addition, you need to suggest energy saving measures based on the audit results, implement some of the energy saving measures for your home or dormitory, and evaluate the extent of energy/money saving after measure implementation.