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A Fridge in Space

This case analyzes the principles of thermodynamics and the operating cycle of an adiabatic demagnetizing refrigerator (ADR), a piece of equipment ...


A Recipe for Invention

In this case study, designed to help break down stereotypes about scientists and engineers, students research the personal and professional lives o ...


A Tale of Two Houses

At Thanksgiving dinner, Uncle Bubba and Uncle Bill are arguing over whose house is more expensive to heat or cool: Bubba's Georgia home in the summ ...


Cool as a Cucumber

In this case study, students are asked to design a new refrigeration system for a company that stores produce. Students will need to consider vario ...


Electric Cars and Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles

This “clicker case” provides students with an overview of batteries and fuel cells and the oxidation-reduction reactions used in these ...


Escape from Colditz Castle

The goal of this case study is to make the traditional Atwood's machine problem more interesting for students. Colditz Castle, located in Germany, ...


Farming in Space

If you were limited to choosing only three crops to sustainably farm in an arid, inhospitable environment, what would they be and how would you dec ...


Fishing Midst the Morning Dew

In this case study, “Tatiana,” a college student, introduces psychrometry to her younger brother as she explains the physical phenomeno ...


Flowing Fine: Moving Fluids on an Industrial Scale

In this case study, students assume the role of a process engineer for a pilot plant. Students are tasked with selecting a piping arrangement from ...


Lost in Space

The Mars Climate Orbiter was deployed by NASA as part of a mission to study weather and climate on Mars.  It was supposed to enter orbit at an ...


Nuclear Meltdown in Fukushima: Human Accident or Natural Disaster?

This decision case study is based on the nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan that began on March 11, 2011 and examines its status through Septembe ...


So, What is it that Engineers Do, Anyway?

In this case study, new engineering students are introduced to the discipline of engineering by illustrating the roles of various types of engineer ...


Sorting Trash with Static Electricity

Recycling plastic is an effective way to reduce waste in landfills. However, in order to effectively reuse recycled plastic, different types of pla ...


Tasty and Safe: Heat Transfer in Orange Juice

In this case study, students assume the role of process engineers in an orange juice production facility. They determine modes of heat transfer to ...


The Cheerleader and the Football Player

As the result of a wager between the school football team and its cheerleading squad, one of the cheerleaders has to lift a 300-pound football play ...


The Flint Water Crisis

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, provides a compelling context for understanding the importance of each of the major classes of chemical reacti ...


The Tokaimura Accident

The 1999 accident at the Tokaimura nuclear fuel processing plant near Tokyo is the context for a student discussion on nuclear power and the conseq ...


Those Pesky Side-Reactions

The characters in this dilemma case must balance personal financial considerations, their professional futures, and time constraints against ensuri ...


Whey Off Balance

In this case study, students assume the role of a process engineer on a whey refinement process.  As the process engineer for the line, studen ...