This module aims to develop a good understanding of the various gas turbine, steam turbine and combined cycles for electricity generation. Students will understand basic fundamentals of turbomachinery with particular emphasis on axial turbomachinery, and will understand the basic fundamentals of fuel cells.
The module will develop a good understanding of the thermodynamic, design and operating principles of diesel engines including four- and two-stroke naturally aspirated and turbocharged units. Students will gain an appreciation of diesel engine environmental pollutants and their mitigation.
Although many students will have studied thermodynamics material (i.e. basic Carnot, Rankine Cycle) at undergraduate level, the module is designed to cover more practical aspects on modern aspects of power generation cycles system design and evaluation, as well as additional topics on fuel cell, application of thermodynamic cycles, and principles to analyse and understand advanced power generation systems.
The module particularly addresses the latest development and application of modern concepts related to combined cycle, gas turbine and turbomachinery for reducing the global warming impact of power generation systems. The recent developments in diesel engine systems are discussed is some detail. The impact of diesel engines toxic emissions on the environment is explained and technologies to mitigate the emission of toxic pollutants are discussed. The importance of thermal efficiency in reducing operating costs and CO2 emission to the atmosphere is emphasised.
A significant part of this module addresses the latest development and practice in modern power generation cycles in the context of land, air and sea applications involving power generation.
Students are taught how to evaluate different design options for optimization based on product/component information, meeting client’s specifications.
An understanding of concepts relevant to the discipline, some from outside engineering, and the ability to critically evaluate and apply them effectively is developed in the coursework element. Environmental pollution-restricting legislation for gas turbines and diesel engines is discussed at several points during the course.