SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3J923150
Module Leader Babakalli Alkali
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Mechanical Engineering
  • C (May start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

M2H321928 Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics or equivalent

Summary of Content

The module will cover the theory of thermodynamic and mechanical power transmission systems as applicable to, and with examples from, energy generation, transmission and storage.


Conversion of thermal to mechanical Energy: -360b7 An overview of common energy conversion systems and their context. -360b7 Laws of classical thermodynamics. b7 Thermodynamic analysis principles: properties and states, equilibrium, open and closed systems, reversibility, heat and work, properties of gases and vapours, state equations, property tables and diagrams, Carnot cycle, entropy, isentropic efficiency. b7 Thermodynamic analysis methods: thermal power generation, steam cycles, gas turbine and combine gas-vapour power cycles. Renewable Energy Conversion Technologies: -360b7 Hydrogen as energy carrier- hydrogen production; hydrogen transport; hydrogen storage; energy conversion (fuel reforming); -360b7 Renewable energy - Solar energy (thermal and direct conversion); Tidal energy; Wind energy: Betz law, wind distribution, propellers; wave energy. Brief introduction to geothermal energy and energy from biomass (AD, BIOFC). b7 Fuel cells- Working principle; analysis of the main types of fuel cell; efficiency; emissions; market perspectives. -360b7 Nuclear power technology- Nuclear fuel; controlled fission reaction; structure of a reactor; boiling and pressurised water reactors; gas reactors.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:1. Explain the significance of the First and Second Laws and that the various statements of the second law and the deductions from them are in fact corollaries one of the other.2. Understand the division of energy into available and unavailable energy, that degradation of energy occurs in energy processes, and carry out second law analyses of simple plant.3. Recognise the basis of operation and carry out thermodynamic cycle performance analysis on power cycles and combined heat and power plants 4. Understand the basic principles of hydrogen as energy carrier, solar energy, fuel cells, and wind energy.5. Evaluate the economic and energy performance of solar, wind and tidal energy systems.6. Gain an understanding and application of the fundamental principles of nuclear energy generation.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

To support the student learning experience this module's lectures and seminars are carefully structured to present a consistent and logical progression of topics and concepts. The lecture delivery will be enhanced by a variety of forms including, where appropriate, computer based animations and other multimedia forms. Feedback will be provided to students as follows: Students will be provided with feedback within two weeks of submission of all summative assessments providing information on strengths, weaknesses and suggestions for corrective action. Student feedback on teaching, learning and assessment will be sought at the end of the semester through a module evaluation questionnaire On campus students: A mixture of lectures, seminars and a laboratory session are employed, accompanied by self-directed reading materials. Off campus students: Distance learning self-study course materials will be used with self-assessment questions and solutions.

Indicative Reading

Thermodynamics - An Engineering Approach (SI Units), Cengel and Boles, McGraw Hill, 2008, ISBN 978-007-125771-8 Fundamental of Engineering Thermodynamics (Seventh Edition), Edited by Moran and Shapiro, John Wiley (2011) ISBN 13 978-0470-49590-2 Kenneth C. Weston, Energy conversion, published in 1992 and now out of print. The EBook is available at this web site: <> Renewable and Efficient Electric Power Systems, Gilbert M. Masters, Wiley Interscience, 2004. Wind Energy, Explained by J.F. Manwell, J.G. McGowan and A.L. Rogers, John Wiley, 2002. Wind Energy Hand Book, T. Burton, D. Sharpe, N. Jenkins and E. Bossanyi, John Wiley, 2001 Fuel Cell Systems, Explained by James Larminie and Andrew Dicks, Wiley, 2003. Fuel Cell Technology Hand Book, Edited by Gregor Hoogers, CRC Press, 2002

Transferrable Skills

Problem-solving, numerical analysis, design method; written, oral and visual communication, writing specifications.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (PT) 36.00
Independent Learning (FT) 110.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Lectures (FT) 36.00
Tutorials (FT) 18.00
Assessment (FDL) 18.00
Independent Learning (FDL) 182.00
Practicals (PT) 12.00
Assessment (PT) 18.00
Seminars (FT) 8.00
Tutorials (PT) 24.00
Practicals (FT) 10.00
Independent Learning (PT) 110.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 15.00 35% Technical Report (750 or equivalent words)
Coursework 2 n/a 15.00 35% Technical Report (750 or equivalent words)
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 70.00 35% Final Exam