Summary module description:
This module provides an introduction to the theory, principles and calculations associated with the thermodynamics of power plants for the production of electricity.

Aims:
To impart an understanding of the principles of applied thermodynamics in energy systems such as steam and gas turbine cycles, combined cycles, combined heat and power systems and Stirling engines. The underlying principles are appropriate for both renewable and non renewable energy systems.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Understand the first law of thermodynamics for both non-flow, and flow systems, with relevance to the basic energy equations.
Understand the second law of thermodynamics, in particular that all forms of energy are not equivalent in their ability to perform useful work.
Understand the laws of thermodynamics as related to energy systems.
Understand the concepts of work, heat, internal energy, enthalpy, entropy and temperature.
Understand the concept of exergy in energy systems.
Understand the Carnot, Rankine and Brayton cycles.
Be able to do basic thermodynamics calculations for steam and gas turbine cycles.
Be able to do simple analysis of combined cycles and combined heat and power systems.

Additional outcomes:
An understanding of heat engine cycles such as the Stirling cycle.

Outline content:
Fundamentals of engineering thermodynamics: first law, second law, entropy and irreversibility.
Specific thermodynamic properties of fluids: properties of water and steam, properties of ideal gas.
Exergy analysis and optimisation of conventional power stations
Steam cycles
Gas turbine cycles
Combined cycle systems.
Combined heat and power production (CHP).
The Stirling cycle.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will be delivered through lectures and tutorials in an intensive block in the Spring term.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Tutorials 10
Guided independent study 70
       
Total hours by term 100.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Set exercise 50
Class test administered by School 50

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:
Two hours

Requirements for a pass:
A mark of 50% overall

Reassessment arrangements:
Students are required to contact the School to confirm reassessment arrangements.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 31 March 2017

Things to do now