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Unit of study_

MECH5275: Renewable Energy

This unit aims to develop understanding of the engineering design and analysis of different devices and technologies for generating power from renewable sources including: solar, wind, wave, tidal, ocean thermal, geothermal, hydro-electric, and biofuels; to understand the environmental, operational and economic issues associated with each of these technologies. At the end of this unit students will be able to perform in depth technical analysis of different types of renewable energy generation devices using the principles of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer. Students will be able to describe the environmental, economic and operational issues associated with these devices.

Code MECH5275
Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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(MECH3260 AND MECH3261) OR (AERO3260 AND AERO3261) OR (MECH9260 AND MECH9261) OR (MECH8260 and MECH8261) OR (AERO9260 AND AERO9261) OR (AERO8260 and AERO8261). Students claiming to have prerequisite knowledge based on study at other institutions must contact the unit of study coordinator before enrolling in this unit and may be required to sit a pre-exam to demonstrate that they have the necessary knowledge and skills to undertake this advanced level unit.
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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None
Assumed knowledge:
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The student will need a sound background in advanced level fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer. In particular, students should be able to analyse fluid flow in turbomachinery; perform first and second law thermodynamic analysis of energy conversion systems, including chemically reacting systems; and perform advanced level calculations of conductive and convective and radiative heat transfer, including radiative spectral analysis.

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

  • LO1. perform technical analysis of different types of renewable energy generation devices using the principles of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer
  • LO2. present balanced and logical arguments with regard to the environmental, economic and operational issues associated with the generation of power using renewable energy devices
  • LO3. in collaboration with a small team of peers, design a grid-integrated renewable energy solution using multiple renewable energy sources and storage to supply power to the whole of one of Australia's states.
  • LO4. in collaboration with a small group of peers, develop a computational model of a grid-integrated renewable energy solution involving multiple geographically distributed power stations, using real weather and power demand data as inputs

Unit outlines

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