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Compact Turbomachinery and Their Measurement Techniques

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Valencia, Spain
Course # SA 10522
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2019 05/10/19 to 06/02/19

Program Leader

Name Guillermo Paniagua

Program Description

This 3-week course will provide a broad orientation on the experimental procedures to characterize compact power systems based on thermal cycles. The course will include lectures on measurement techniques, hands-on experiences in the lab, as well as visits to other laboratories to be trained on advanced measurement techniques. There will also be several cultural activities and a two day stay in Madrid.

The course will take place at the Politecnica de Valencia,  a top engineering School in Europe.  The course will teach experimental techniques currently used for evaluating the performance of combustion engines, and especially reciprocating internal combustion engines. It will focus on the specific characteristics of the most appropriate instrumentation to measure engine performance (torque, engine speed, fuel consumption) and emissions of pollutants, as well as on the specific techniques used for the analysis of injection and combustion systems, gas management and turbocharging.

The suitability and feasibility of each of the techniques used for recording the most useful engine parameters will be evaluated. Besides lectures, experimental measurements will be performed by students in appropriate experimental facilities. The discussion will also be coupled with the description of the power plant components: heat recovery systems, turbomachinery, internal combustion engine. We will also organize visits to a naval propulsion manufacturer, as and large power plants and their control room.

The final objective is the students’ capacity to define and set-up the appropriate test procedure for a specific problem. This knowledge and competence are needed to correctly perform experiments and analyze the experimental results.

Students will also earn 3 credits for LC 101, 102, or 201,  (course based on your level of Spanish proficiiency)  No Spanish is required, you will be placed in the 101 course if you have no previous experience.  Please note you will NOT be earning Spanish language credit, but LC credit from Liberal Arts.   



Academic Credit

Earn 3 credits for ME 497, a technical elective for ME students and earn 3 credits for LC 101, 102, or 201, Spanish for Engineers or beginning Spanish. Spanish class will be based on your level.  Please note you will not be earning Spanish credit, but a liberal arts elective.  You must check with your academic advisor. 


Students must be at least a finishing sophomore in any engineering school.  No Spanish experience is required to be eligible.  

Program Cost

Approximate cost is $4269.97 and includes all housing, all meals while on the Valencia campus, several cultural excursions, airport pick up, trip to Madrid, six academic credits, and international health insurance.  

Additional expenses would be :  Airfare,  some meals, Passport, Visa (for non-US citizens) , personal spending money and personal travel.  

Application Deadline

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until program reaches capacity. 20 spots are available.

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