Total Credits: 10
Level: Level 3
Target Students: Students on any degree course who have a basic knowledge of maths and the principles of thermodynamics. Cannot be taken by students on the Mech Eng, Chem Eng or Architectural Env't Eng degree courses. Cannot be taken with MM3EM2. NOTE: Erasmus/Socrates/Visiting students MUST take any relevant exams for this module in Nottingham at the appropriate time with all other students in the cohort. Available to JYA/Erasmus students.
|Autumn||Assessed by end of Autumn Semester|
Prerequisites: A very basic understanding of: the thermodynamic properties of materials; the 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics and simple chemical equations. Understanding of mathematics and physics to A-level standard.
Summary of Content: Patterns of energy use in UK and globally; fossil fuel resources. Renewable energy resources and technology and applications in UK.
Sources and control of pollution from combustion of fuels. Global warming: causes, impact and mitigation measures.
1st Law of Thermodynamics (NFEE,SFEE);
Elementary heat transfer theory: conduction (Fourier's law and simple 1-D conduction), convection (use of correlations) and radiation concepts.
2nd Law of thermodynamics: Entropy, reversibility, efficiency of energy conversion processes and application to practical machines and systems.
Application of thermodynamics to heat exchangers for energy recovery.
Heating and Cooling in Buildings: - Application of thermodynamics and heat transfer to efficient heating, ventilating and cooling of buildings.
Heat and Power Conversion Systems: - Power generation cycles and technologies. Combined heat and power plant systems including economic analysis. Heat pumps and refrigeration systems.
Use of exergy analysis to analyse and improve energy systems.
Combustion reactions - fuels and products of combustion. Energy analysis of combustion processes. Calculation of combustion efficiency and implications for efficient plant design and operation.
Economic analysis of energy saving investments. Energy management techniques: energy auditing, analysis of consumption data, monitoring techniques, targeting techniques for reduced energy consumption, identifying energy saving opportunities.
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Method and Frequency of Class:
|Activity||Number Of Weeks||Number of sessions||Duration of a session|
|Lecture||13 weeks||1 per week||3 hours|
Method of Assessment:
|Exam 1||80||1.5 hour exam - must be scheduled at same time and in same place as MM3EM2|
Professor S Pickering
Education Aims: This module provides students with an awareness of the use of energy and the environmental impact of its use. It will give students an understanding of the key principles of engineering science that can be used to analyse energy systems and the ability to apply them. It will also provide students with knowledge of the technology and techniques that may be used to make energy systems more sustainable through energy conservation.
Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
Offering School: Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering
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