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AMME5101: Energy and the Environment

This unit is suitable for any engineering discipline student who is interested in developing an understanding of analysis and design in energy, power generation, environment and relevant economic issues. The aim is to acquaint students with the methods engineers use to design and evaluate the processes used for the conversion of energy into useful work. This course concentrates on thermal energy conversion. It also assesses and deals with the environmental consequences of energy conversion. At the end of this unit students will be able to critically analyse technical, economic and societal impacts of energy conversion systems. A series of topics, each containing a series of lectures, will be covered in relation to energy. The course content will include: The Status of Energy Today; Energy for Electricity Generation; Nuclear Energy; Energy for Transportation; Future Energy Usage.

Code AMME5101
Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Credit points 6
MECH3260 or MECH9260 or MECH8260 or AERO3261 or AERO9261 or AERO8261
Assumed knowledge:
Students are expected to be familiar with the basic laws of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. work as an independent engineer through creative and analytical design, use of state-of-the-art engineering literature
  • LO2. communicate complex engineering ideas orally through in class discussions and in written form through report and essay writing
  • LO3. interact with peers to perform complementary work in teams
  • LO4. describe and quantify the environmental, economic and operational parameters related to thermal energy conversion systems
  • LO5. influence decision making through persuasive written reports that are evidence based
  • LO6. complete open-ended conceptual and preliminary design of energy conversion systems
  • LO7. analyse real-world energy systems through application of the theory of thermodynamics, heat transfer and energy conversion
  • LO8. perform required calculations to analyse open-ended engineering problems.