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On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:
1. Analyse common engineering flow devices using the 1st and 2nd Laws of Thermodynamics.
2. Describe and analyse the operation, performance, and characteristics of common power-generation cycles including the Otto, Diesel, Brayton-Joule cycles, the Rankine steam cycle, and the gas turbine combined cycle.
3. Conduct relevant experiments, and analyse and interpret data.
4. Describe the basic mechanisms linking combustion to gaseous emissions, and discuss the physical and ethical implications of these emissions for local and global air quality.
5. Explain the linkages between thermal efficiency and sustainability of energy conversion cycles and devices.
6. Communicate effectively with engineers using oral and written media.
The content delivered in this module is shown below, and will be delivered in approximately the sequence shown:
Section 1: Introduction and Fundamentals
• Introduction, and review of 1st law of Thermodynamics
• Introduction to 2nd Law of Thermodynamics
• Reversible and irreversible processes
• Introduction to entropy
Section 2: Modelling engines
• Air-standard engine assumptions
• Real engine performance metrics
• Otto-cycle and gasoline engines
• Diesel-cycle and diesel engines
• Brayton-Joule cycle and gas turbine engines
Section 3: Multiphase fluids
• Deriving and using the Tds equations
• Rankine cycle
Section 4: 2nd Law analysis: exergy
• The gas turbine combined cycle (GTCC) - what and why
• Exergy and 2nd Law efficiency
• Flow through nozzles and throttles
Section 5: Mixtures of Ideal Gases, and Combustion
• Partial properties of gas mixtures
• Ideal combustion of hydrocarbon fuels
• Generation and control of combustion by-products
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Specified Learning Activities||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
As the module title indicates, this module is intended to build on material covered in a previous, introductory-level, thermodynamics course. It is strongly recommended that students complete such an introductory Thermodynamics module prior to attempting MEEN30100 Thermodynamics II.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Examination: End-of-semester, in-person assessment (RDS)||2 hour End of Trimester Exam||No||Other||No||
|Lab Report: Marks based on 2 laboratory assignments||Varies over the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Continuous Assessment: Brightspace quiz||Week 3||n/a||Other||No||
|Continuous Assessment: Brightspace quiz||Week 7||n/a||Other||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
Students are provided with class feedback following each interim assessment. Individual feedback is also offered following each interim assessment. Feedback on Laboratory activities is provided at class level, throughout the semester.
|Assoc Professor David Timoney||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Mr Federico Mazzanti||Tutor|
|Lecture||Offering 1||Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks||Fri 10:00 - 10:50|
|Lecture||Offering 1||Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12||Mon 09:00 - 09:50|
|Lecture||Offering 1||Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks||Wed 09:00 - 09:50|
|Laboratory||Offering 1||Week(s) - 2, 10||Fri 15:00 - 16:50|
|Laboratory||Offering 2||Week(s) - 3, 9||Fri 15:00 - 16:50|
|Laboratory||Offering 3||Week(s) - 4, 11||Fri 15:00 - 16:50|
|Laboratory||Offering 4||Week(s) - 5, 7||Fri 15:00 - 16:50|
|Laboratory||Offering 5||Week(s) - 6, 8||Fri 15:00 - 16:50|
|Laboratory||Offering 6||Week(s) - 2, 9||Mon 15:00 - 16:50|
|Laboratory||Offering 7||Week(s) - 3, 7||Mon 15:00 - 16:50|
|Laboratory||Offering 8||Week(s) - 4, 10||Mon 15:00 - 16:50|
|Laboratory||Offering 9||Week(s) - 5, 11||Mon 15:00 - 16:50|
|Laboratory||Offering 10||Week(s) - 6, 12||Mon 15:00 - 16:50|