Year of Publication

2006

Document Type

Thesis

College

Engineering

Department

Manufacturing Systems Engineering

First Advisor

Dusan P. Sekulic

Abstract

Exergy utilization calculations have been in the past repeatedly used to quantify the quality and quantity of energy used in thermal energy processes. This thesis is an attempt to derive a common language exergy utilization and compare for the first time two entirely different manufacturing processes, namely material processing by a mechanical method of straining of the material and simple heating of the same mass of the material using exergy utilization as a metric. The exergy utilization of material processing is determined by performed work and utilized heat transfer using 1) Ramberg-Osgood equation and 2) Lumped heat capacitance method. A comparison of these two methods is presented.

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