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Joule Energy Contest

♦ A contest for students of high schools and technical colleges

One of the important missions of the organizing committee in the 15th International Heat Transfer Conference is to transcend the conventional framework of the academic conferences mainly opened for professionals by focusing upon the enlightening activities to the public. Needless to say, "Energy" is one of the most important keywords in Heat Transfer. We are going to hold a contest named as "Joule Energy Contest (JENECON)" for students of the Japanese high schools and technical colleges together with a public seminar of relevant topics to raise young people's awareness of energy and heat transfer.

The subject of the contest is to lift up a weight of 0.5 kg to the height of 10 meters by using the thermal energy of a candle flame. Consequently, the participants are to compete for the thermal efficiency of their lifting mechanisms powered by candles. The participants who have passed the preliminary round will make their final presentations on August 9th at the Kyoto International Conference Center prior to IHTC-15. The "IHTC-15 Joule Prize" will be awarded to the team that achieves the highest thermal efficiency. Through the present contest, we hope that the young students realize the difficulties in converting thermal energy into mechanical energy and enjoy deep satisfaction in overcoming those difficulties by their own originality and ingenuity.

JENECON home page


Links to related websites

Toyonaka High School: Toyoko SSH Blog

Kobe City College of Technology, KCCT: KCCT News

Utokou High School: Utokou High School Blog

Kasumigaoka Senior High School: SSH news 2014.08

♦ Invited speaker for the public seminar

Solar Radiation Management: Buying time to avert dangerous global heating

Brian E. Launder

Professor of the University of Manchester
Regional Director of Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research


As is widely known, global warming has been occurring since the industrialization of the world's economy. It has now reached a level where serious, difficult-to-reverse changes are occurring in our environment. Yet, while governments talk about the need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions - the principal cause of the rise in temperature - the level of CO2 present in our atmosphere goes on increasing steadily with no sign of levelling out, still less of falling.
Thus, unless this pattern changes rapidly, emergency measures will be needed, at least for a few decades, until the world does figure out how to sustain a style of living without substantial CO2 release. The lecture will focus mainly on a strategy known as Solar Radiation Management (i.e. reducing the amount of sunlight reaching the earth) and, within that group of approaches, on Marine Cloud Brightening. This entails the brightening of low-level marine stratus clouds by adding many additional cloud-condensation nuclei (CCN) to make the clouds more reflective. The proposed route for doing this is by way of a fleet of unmanned ships powered by Flettner rotors with added performance achieved by adding discs to the rotors. Some of the details of these craft including the aerodynamic design of the thrust-producing Flettner rotors are examined. The author's team's computations, using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) has shown that the proposed addition of discs to the rotors has a damaging effect on the ship's performance.

Professional biography of the speaker

Professor Launder was appointed Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Davis, in 1976, and stayed there four years until he accepted the Headship of the Thermo-Fluids Division at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, in 1980. His research group, focusing on the mechanics and mathematical modelling of turbulent flows, particularly in the presence of strong buoyant or rotational forces, became internationally recognized. In particular, his group developed the commonly applied standard k-epsilon turbulence and Reynolds stress transport models. In recognition of his many achievements, Professor Launder was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering, and he has received many international honors, including honorary degrees from two European universities. He also served as the Regional Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, from its creation in 2000 until 2006. While retaining his interests in fundamental turbulence modelling, much of his time nowadays is spent preparing biographical matter and in editorial work.


♦ Program of the IHTC-15 public session

Energy Revolution of the 21st Century
Chair: Dr. H.Asano
Joule Energy Contest
13:00-13:05 Opening (Dr. H.Yoshida)
13:05-13:15 Description of the Contest (Dr. M.Tagawa)
13:15-14:45 Final Presentations
      Kobe City College of Technology, Thermo-Fluids Lab.
      Fukuoka Kasumigaoka Senior High School, Physics Club
      Osaka Toyonaka Senior High School, Electro-Physics Lab.
      Tokushima Prefectural Senior High School of Science and Technology, Micro-energy Lab.
      Tokushima, Wakimachi Senior High School, Team Udatsu
      Kumamoto Prefectural Uto Senior High School, Uto-Kumamons
      (The teams are assigned to A-F by drawing.)
   13:15-13:25    Team A
   13:30-13:40    Team B
   13:45-13:55    Team C
   14:00-14:10    Team D
   14:15-14:25    Team E
   14:30-14:40    Team F

Special Public Seminar (Dr. K.Suga)

       "Solar Radiation Management:
             Buying Time to Avert Dangerous Global Heating"
         Professor Brian E. Launder, The University of Manchester, U.K.

16:15-17:00 Announcement of the Contest Results & Comments (Dr. K.Suga)
Awards Ceremony & Closing (Dr. H.Yoshida)

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