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Testing Compact Power Systems

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Vaelncia, Cartagena, Spain
Course # SA 10522
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2017 05/07/17 to 05/28/17

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Program Leader

Name Guillermo Paniagua

Enrollment Details: Enrollment Currently Closed

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. Some other program highlights will be: a Spanish cooking class, trip to the beaches of Valencia, winery visit, a Paella dinner, several cultural activities and a two day stay in Madrid. The course will take place in Valencia and in Cartagena. In Valencia the course will teach experimental techniques currently used for evaluating the performance of combustion engines, and specially 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.

Academic Credit

Earn 3 credits for ME 497, a technical elective for ME students and earn 3 credits for ME 297, Spanish for Engineers or beginning Spanish. Spanish class will be based on your level.


Students must be at least a finishing sophomore in Mechanical Engineering.

Program Cost

Program fee is estimated at $2500 (if you have the $1000 Purdue Moves Scholarship available) which includes All housing, 3 meals a day during the week, (weekends no meals included) ground transportation, 6 Purdue credits, all excursions on the itinerary, a metro and bus pass, and international health insurance. Additional expenses would be: Air ticket, some meals, passport, Visa (if non-US citizen), and personal spending money.

Application Deadline

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

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