Master Thesis Projects - Dr. Salameh

Potential master thesis students who are interested in one of the following projects presented by Dr. Wassim Salameh ( for Fall semester 2014-2015 are kindly requested to meet him as soon as possible in the School of Engineering (Beirut Campus – Block G – First floor) before they do their registration in the offered MENG695 “Master Thesis – Part I” section of Beirut campus.

The list of projects includes:

1.       Introducing Renewable Energy Elements in the Architecture of a Typical Lebanese House

This project can be considered as a modest contribution to the efforts put to alleviate the problem of energy resources in Lebanon. This goes with the trend taking place in many countries where architects are considering the integration of renewable energy elements in the architecture commonly known as Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV).

A comprehensive evaluation of Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) in Lebanon is proposed in this research work. The evaluation consists on estimating the maximum power produced by a typical house when converted into a BIPV one by integrating aesthetically some solar cells within its architecture. Small, medium, and large houses will be considered in this study and contributions to the total power required by each model will be evaluated. Recommendations will be summarized at the end.

·         Required Skills: Matlab.

·         Deliverables: Master Thesis Report.

·         Co-supervisor: Dr. Ali Assi.


2.       Power from PVs installed along the Lebanese high-ways

Lebanon is suffering from severe electricity crisis. One of the limiting factors of using PVs is the large of lands needed to generate the required power. This project evaluates the power/energy that can be secured by installing PV modules along the highways across Lebanon.

·         Required Skills: Matlab – Heat transfer.

·         Deliverables: Master Thesis Report.

·         Co-supervisor: Dr. Ali Assi.


3.       Design, Build, and Test a Wind Turbine

This project consists on designing, building, and testing a wind turbine. Students should use available materials/components in the market and go through all steps of designing a wind turbine. Characterization and test of the obtained wind turbine will demonstrate its proper operation.

·         Required Skills: Matlab – Heat transfer – Fluid Mechanics.

·         Deliverables: Master Thesis Report.

·         Co-supervisor: Dr. Ali Assi.


4.       Building PV-operated Electric Bicycle

This project consists on building a PV-operated electric bicycle by taking an existing bicycle and adding five parts:

1) A motor

2) A linkage from the motor to a wheel or pedals

3) Batteries

4) A throttle and

5) A motor controller (the brain that regulates how much battery power to send to the motor based on the position of the throttle), and solar cells with battery charger appropriately added to the bicycle.

·         Required Skills: Matlab – Machine Design – Fluid Mechanics.

·         Deliverables: Master Thesis Report.

·         Co-supervisor: Dr. Ali Assi, Dr. Mohamad Hammoud.


5.    Using of phase change materials in PV panel’s cooling


Solar energy is one of the most important sources of renewable energy available today. One of the main types of solar energy systems, in use nowadays, is based on the use of photovoltaic cells which tends to convert solar radiation into electricity using PV panels. Whereas under the effect of high operating temperatures, a loss of efficiency in solar photovoltaic and thermal panels is detected. In order to maintain the temperature of the panels to be close to the ambient temperature, there are several methods including natural or forced convection of the air or the wind and using the phase change materials. The first method of cooling is inherently limited due to the poor heat transfer properties of air in natural ventilation therefore the heat dissipation effect is not satisfied. As a novel method, to regulate the rise in PV temperature, phase change materials (PCM), which absorb energy as latent heat at a constant phase transition temperature, are employed.


·         Required Skills: Heat transfer – Thermodynamics–MATLAB.

·         Deliverables: Matlab Routine– Master Thesis Report.

·         Co-supervisors: Dr. Ali Assi.


6.       PV Powered Water Desalination Plants in Lebanon

Recently, Lebanon is suffering from a severe water crisis. This project suggests the design of PV-powered water desalination plant in selected sites of the Lebanese coastline.

·         Required Skills: Matlab– Fluid Mechanics.

·         Deliverables: Master Thesis Report.

·         Co-supervisor: Dr. Ali Assi.


 7.      Supporting the Existing Fuel-based Thermal Power Stations with Renewable Energy Elements

Given the weakness of thermal power plants in Lebanon, the main objective of this project is to secure enough power and avoid frequent outages taking place in this country. Adding new renewable energy elements (Solar and/or wind) to the existing thermal power plants will improve its power generation capacity when fossil fuel is not available.

·         Required Skills: Matlab.

·         Deliverables: Master Thesis Report.

·         Co-supervisor: Dr. Ali Assi.