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Artie, an Artificial Heat Transfer Analyst: Reporting Document and Graphics


Term:

Fall

Department:

2: Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Supervisor:

Tony Patera

Faculty email:

patera@mit.edu

Apply by:

September 18

Contact:

Tony Patera: patera@mit.edu

Project Description

We are developing an "Artificial Heat Transfer Student" which could earn an A in an undergraduate heat transfer subject. The software will accept problem set-like statements and provide solutions as expected of actual students. Our approach divides the software into two parts: The frontend applies natural language and image processing techniques to translate problem statements into heat transfer specifications. The frontend also summarizes the solution, complete with derivations and justifications, in a technical report and associated graphics. The backend operates on the heat transfer specifications to develop appropriate mathematical models and associated approximate solutions, with particular attention to the most challenging limit — back-of-the-envelope estimates justified through appropriate simplifications of the geometry and physics. In this particular UROP project we will develop software which packages frontend and backend outputs as a formal technical document and associated graphics, similar to the deliverables of a student's problem set solution. Included will be a summary of empirical information incorporated in the analysis, the derivation and justification of the mathematical model, a presentation of the associated computational solution, discussion of error estimates and sensitivity studies for the predictions, and comparisons with any available experimental data.

Pre-requisites

Extensive Matlab experience, in particular text processing and graphics; latex experience.