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On completion of this module, students should;
(i) Be able to explain and quantify issues which affect quantities of CO2, energy use and the efficiency of energy use associated with all aspects of transport of people and goods on land, by sea and by air.
(ii) Be able to demonstrate understanding of a range of vehicle propulsion system designs and technologies and how these influence energy efficiency and emissions production, considering liquid and gaseous fossil fuels and alternative energy carriers such as electricity and hydrogen.
(iii) Be able to explain how drive cycle patterns and travel demand patterns impact on transport energy use and emissions production.
(iv) Be familiar with the advantages and disadvantages associated with conventional and electric / hybrid or plug-in hybrid vehicle technology, from a Life Cycle perspective.
(v) Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the desirable characteristics of low-energy, low-emissions transportation systems for the future.
Global and national statistics for energy use and emissions from transport.
Why energy is needed for transport and what are the available methods for its supply and storage.
Detailed analysis of energy use in vehicle propulsion, taking account of aspects of vehicle design, of practical vehicle driving cycles and of the effects of traffic congestion.
Factors affecting efficiency and exhaust emissions from internal combustion engines fuelled with fossil and synthetic or alternative fuels.
Public v Private transport - scope for saving energy through modal shift, taking account of load factors and patterns in transport demand.
Life-cycle energy issues in transport, including energy use in vehicle operation, manufacture, raw material manufacture and maintenance, and energy used in the creation of the infrastructure (road construction).
Comparisons of passenger transport on foot, by bicycle, car, bus, light & heavy rail, by sea and by air.
Relationship between land use planning and transport energy requirements
Electric & Hybrid / Plug-In Hybrid vehicles / Battery technology.
Biofuels, Natural Gas, Hydrogen, Methanol & Di-Methyl Ether (DME) as Vehicle Fuels.
Other vehicle propulsion concepts.
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Autonomous Student Learning||
A knowledge of Classical (Engineering) Thermodynamics, equivalent to MEEN30100 Engineering Thermodynamics II.
Introductory level university Chemistry.
Introductory level Engineering Mechanics.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Examination: End of Semester (2 Hr), Online, via BrightSpace / Open Book
Exam Date: Scheduled Exam Period
|2 hour End of Trimester Exam||Yes||Graded||No||
|Group Project: Analysis of On-Road Vehicle Test Data
Report Submission Date: End of Week 10
|Group Project: Group Assignment Report & Presentation
Report Submission Date: End of Week 5
Presentation by Group: Week 6
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment