As mentioned earlier, energy is all around, and this is part of the reason why I have always been so intrigued by it. During my time doing my bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering I was always more interested in courses involving thermal fluid sciences. Hence my final year research project heavily incorporated thermal fluid science. For that project I led a group of my colleagues in the design and construction of a solar parabolic trough; the parabolic trough harnessed heat from the sun and used that heat to boil flowing water, this was done with the intention of demonstrating a way in which the efficiency of a steam power plant could be improved using thermal energy harnessed from the sun.
I am currently assistant supervisor for a group of undergraduate students at the University of Technology Jamaica in a research and design project. The aim of the project is to create a thermodynamics lab apparatus which demonstrates the working principles of the Rankine cycle. In most engineering bachelors programs, students struggle with the subject of Thermodynamics, due to its abstract theories which they fail to link to real world applications. The proje...
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...e engine. Ideally this research would be conducted via experimental techniques, utilizing scaled down models, however a numerical analysis augmented by computer simulations may also be feasible. Along with investigating the use of a liquid for heating, a mathematical model would also be developed to analyse the working conditions of a Stirling engine being heated in this manner.
Finally, it is evident that my academic interests lay in thermal fluid sciences, however I also have interests outside academics. I am very passionate about keeping a strong body to go with my mind. Hence I try to maintain a good diet and keep physically active, with regular exercise; the benefits of which cannot be overstate. Overall I espouse the philosophy of maintaining a balanced life, but to help in keeping this balance I live by the motto “Age Quod Agis”, whatever you do, do it well.
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