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MM4TPS Advanced Thermal Power Systems
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  MSc students and 3rd and 4th year students in the Faculty of Engineering  Available to JYA/Erasmus students.

Taught Semesters:

Spring Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

Prerequisites: Any one of the above modules need be taken as a pre-requisite OR any other module with equivalent content.

MM3EM1 Energy Efficiency for Sustainability 1 
MM3EM2 Energy Efficiency for Sustainability 2 
MM2TF2 Thermodynamics & Fluid Mechanics 2 

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module concerns thermal plant for power generation. It will focus upon steam cycles and gas turbine cycles and integrated steam/gas cycles and consider plant suitable for operation with conventional fossil fuels, biomass, waste heat streams and solar thermal and nuclear heat sources. The module will consider plant for high efficiency, low carbon emission applications and will also include advanced analysis of combustion processes to include chemical equilibrium and the issues related to pollution formation. The emphasis in the module will be upon understanding how to analyse the thermal performance of power plant and undertake design calculations. The emphasis will also be upon system performance and design rather than component design. Module Web Links:
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  • Method and Frequency of Class:

    ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
    Lecture 12 weeks2 per week1 hour

    Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

    Method of Assessment: 

    Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
    Exam 1 80 Written exam 
    Coursework 1 20 Written coursework 

    Dr D Giddings

    Education Aims:  This module provides knowledge of the technology currently used to generate electrical power from thermal energy and emerging future trends. It provides students with the understanding of thermodynamics and the tools to analyse and improve advanced thermal power systems.

    Learning Outcomes:  On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • LO1 understand the operation of advanced thermal power plant and how the plant is configured to give high thermal efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.

  • LO2 apply advanced thermodynamic principles to appropriately analyse the thermal performance of advanced thermal power plant.

  • LO3 understand the current state-of-the-art in advanced thermal power plant and the emerging technological trends to improve environmental performance.

  • LO4 identify sources of inefficiency (irreversibility) in advanced thermal power plant and critically apply appropriate knowledge and skills to create improved thermal performance.

    Offering School:  Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering

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