Engr. Dr. Akpan Patrick Udemeobong.

Department: Mechanical Engineering
Faculty: Engineering
Designation : Senior Lecturer
Email: patrick.akpan@unn.edu.ng
Phone: +2348102475639


Working Experience:

Teaching & Tutorship Experience

 

• Lecturer I (2014-2016; 2019-2020), University of Nigeria, Nsukka                                  

- Conduct research in Energy and Power systems and publish/present relevant findings in peer reviewed journals and conferences.

- Supervise research projects conducted by students.

- Teach, mentor and examine graduate and undergraduate students in various mechanical engineering courses such as Energy management, Measurement and Instrumentation, Fluid Power Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering laboratory. 

- Offer academic advice to graduate & undergraduate students.

- Serve as the department’s time table coordinator.

- Organize and facilitate interaction/meetings between the department and the industry specialist.

 

 

• MEC 1000W Tutor (2017- 2018), University of Cape Town

- Taught first year undergraduates on how to write a technical report.

- Mentored the students on a village Energy project.

- Graded some assignments. 

 

• Lecturer II (2011-2014), University of Nigeria, Nsukka                                 

- Conducted research in Energy and power related systems and publish/present relevant findings in peer reviewed journals and conferences.

- Supervised research projects conducted by undergraduate students.

- Taught, mentored, and examined undergraduate students in various mechanical engineering courses such as Measurement and Instrumentation, Heat and Mass transfer and Mechanical Engineering Laboratory. 

- Offered academic advice to Undergraduates.

 

• Graduate Assistant (2008-2011), University of Nigeria, Nsukka

- Coordinated laboratory experiments for undergraduates on determination of overall heat transfer coefficient of a concentric tube heat exchanger in both parallel and counter flow modes and determination of thermal conductivity ratios of three metals.

- Graded exam scripts and 

- Worked as an Examination Officer for first and second year students

Industrial/Project Experience

 

• Eskom Research & Development PhD Project (February 2016 – December 2019): Examined the impact of Integrating Renewable systems on the performance of the conventional Coal fired Power Plants. Developed a novel Variable Turbine Cycle Heat Rate (V-TCHR) approach, for predicting the part load thermal performance of different Coal Fired Power Plant (CFPP) architectures, without detail knowledge of the entire steam cycle parameters. Investigated the impact of including the V-TCHR model in Renewable grid integrated CO2 emissions impact study. 

 

• Eskom Operational Flexibility Project (Nov 9-14 2017): Matla Power Station Unit 3.  Participated in a Tier 2/3 exploration testing led by EPRI and MPR Associates to improve the existing minimum load and identify changes to reduce the minimum load. Attended technical meetings with Engineering/Operations/Maintenance, I& C personnel. Reviewed heat balance diagrams and some plant drawings.

 

• Eskom Operational Flexibility Project (Nov 2-7 2017): Tutuka Power station Unit 4.  Participated in a Tier 2/3 exploration testing led by EPRI and MPR Associates to improve the existing minimum load and identify changes to reduce the minimum load. Attended technical meetings with Engineering/Operations/Maintenance, I& C personnel. Conducted plant walk down, Collected O2 & CO samples at the economizer outlet, collected water chemistry samples from the Condensate water polishing plant (CPP). Reviewed heat balance diagrams and some plant drawings.

 

• MSc Group Project (2011) Bentley Motors, Crewe in United Kingdom                                                            Worked with a team of four students to undertake an Energy Audit on the main boiler house in the factory. Recommended areas of improvement in terms of energy management.

 

• Internship (2005) Ekong and Sons limited. Nigeria                                                                  Undertook a six month internship training on Automobile HVAC systems. 

Laboratory Experience

 

Dr. Akpan has been privileged to work in different laboratories at the department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Nigeria at different times. A summary of his experiences in these laboratories are presented below:

 

• Heat Engines and Thermodynamics Laboratory, University of Nigeria, Nsukka

 

i. Natural Convection and Radiation Apparatus (2014 - 2016), supervised undergraduate student projects on the determination of the emissivity of a cylindrical rod and natural convection investigation in a hollow cylindrical enclosure.

 

ii. Basic and Industrial Refrigeration System Training Simulators (2012 - 2016), demonstrated the working principle of basic and industrial refrigeration systems to undergraduates offering a course in Refrigeration and Air conditioning. 

 

iii. Basic and Industrial Air conditioning System Training Simulators (2012 - 2016),     demonstrated the working principle of basic and industrial Air conditioning systems to undergraduates offering a course in Refrigeration and Air conditioning.

 

iv. Internal Combustion (Spark Ignition and Compression Ignition) Engine Test bed (2012 - 2016), conducted experiments on a four stroke, four cylinder Spark Ignition Engine test bed and a four stroke, four cylinder compression ignition engine test bed.

 

v. Double Tube Heat Exchanger Apparatus (2008 -2010), conducted laboratories for undergraduates on determination of overall heat transfer coefficient of a concentric tube heat exchanger in both parallel and counter flow modes.

 

vi. Thermal Conductivity Apparatus (2008 -2010), conducted experiments for the determination of thermal conductivity ratios of three metals using a hot plate and a thermocouple.

 

• Measurement and Instrumentation Laboratory, University of Nigeria, Nsukka

Arduino Based Measurement Systems (2015-2016): As part of the measurement and instrumentation course (ME 343) that I teach at the undergraduate level, I demonstrate how an Arduino based measurement can be built. I also advise and evaluate a mini-design group project that is executed by the students in the course. 

 

• Mechanics of Machines Laboratory  (2012 –2016) University of Nigeria, Nsukka

Co-ordinate the activities of this Laboratory. Trained and worked with laboratory staff on the use of Wall Jib Crane Apparatus, Belt Friction (V and Flat belt) Apparatus, Simple Screw Jack Apparatus, Simple and Compound Pendulum Apparatus, Reaction of Beam Apparatus.

 

 Engineering Software & Programming Experience

 

Dr. Akpan has gained proficiency in the use of the underlisted softwares in my previous and current research works.

• Python programming for Data Science.

• EtaPro’s Virtual Plant was used for part of his PhD research on steady state performance evaluation of a Coal fired Power Plant.

• Mathcad was used for part of his PhD research bothering on PC Boilers Performance evaluation.

• Matlab was used for the numerical simulation of the model proposed in his MSc research and is currently being used for a study on Modelling and simulation of transient thermal behaviour of a stone walled cottage.

• SolidWorks for computer aided designs, Part modelling, Assembly of Parts, and 2D Engineering drawings.

• Ansys Fluent was used for the modelling and simulation studies on NOx emissions prediction in a turbulent diffusive flame, water flow in a Venturi meter, and Transient simulation of a metal cooling process.

• Wanda Transient was used in his MSc research for modelling and simulating the hydraulics of fluid flow in water pipelines.

• XYscan was used for extracting experimental and numerical data (plotted as graph) for validating the results of the numerical model that He proposed in his MSc research.

• Microsoft Excel for engineering computation and data analysis.  

• System Advisor Model is a performance and financial model for renewable power systems (Photovoltaic, Solar water heating, Concentrating Solar Power, Geothermal, Biomass and Wind) and projects. It was developed by National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). 

 

 

 Administrative/Leadership/Service Experience

 

• Member, Academic Linkage/Collaborations, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nigeria, (August 2020 -Till Date).

• Member, Time Table Committee, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nigeria, (August 2020 -Till Date).

• Dean’s Representative, DTLC Committee of Electrical Engineering Department, University of Nigeria, (August 2020 -Till Date).

• Chairman, Digital Learning Committee, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Nigeria, (August 2020 -Till Date).

• Member, Conference Planning Committee, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Nigeria, (July 2020 -Till Date).

• Secretary, SEITC 2020 Conference Publicity sub-committee, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (Nov 2019 – July 2020).

• Time-table Coordinator, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Nigeria (2019 – till date).

• Thermac Student Adviser, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Nigeria (2019 – till date).

• Secretary, Renewable and Alternative Energy (RAE) Research Group, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Nigeria (2014 – 2016).

• Reviewer (2013- Date), Offer professional review of engineering papers for reputable peer reviewed journals like: Energy Conversion and Management (ECM), Nigerian Journal of Technology (NIJOTECH), Ains San Engineering, and others.

• Course Representative, MSc Process Systems Engineering. Cranfield University, UK.                     2010-2011.

• Student Representative of Faculty of Engineering, Information Systems Committee, Cranfield University, UK. 2010-2011.

• Examination Officer, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (2008-2010).

• Resident Market Director (May 2008 – August 2008), Nigerian Bottling Company: Responsible for marketing and distributing Coca-Cola products in Okota region of Lagos state, Nigeria, responsible for business development, recruited and managed sales personnel, presented weekly sales report to my line supervisor.

• Corps Liaison Officer, National Youth Service Corps (Izzi LGA in Ebonyi State) 2007-2008.

• Academic Coordinator, Christian Union Fellowship. (2002/2003 Session).

• Library Prefect, Gideon Comprehensive High School, Okota Isolo, Lagos State. Nigeria (1999/2000).

 




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