Engineering and design

Thermal Power Cycles

Module code: H3053
Level 5
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Laboratory, Workshop, Lecture
Assessment modes: Coursework, Unseen examination

The module will focus on developing the skills required to analyse heat engine performance (e.g. efficiency, power output, work and heat input) from cycle data.

  • Steam Power (Rankine) Cycle: beginning with a simple cycle and adding more refinements (feedheating, economiser etc.). Application to electrical power generation where the heat source is supplied by: i) fossil fuel and ii) nuclear fuel.
  • Reciprocating (Internal Combustion) Engine Cycles: beginning with the ideal Otto and ideal Diesel cycle and then considering the actual cycles that real engines use. The use of engine test beds to generate data for research and development.
  • Gas Turbine (Joule or Brayton) Cycle: simple, then add intercooler, heat exchanger and reheater. The use of gas turbines for aircraft propulsion (turbojet and turbofan) also the application of gas turbines to electrical power generation. Latest developments with concentrated solar energy as a heat source.
  • Cooling towers and air conditioning systems.
  • Refrigeration and heat pump analysis.
  • Hybrid systems: CHP, steam turbine with gas turbine

Module learning outcomes

  • Have a critical understanding of well established principles applicable to the analysis of thermodynamic cycles.
  • Have a critical understanding of the application of thermodynamic cycles to power generation and prime mover technology.
  • Have the ability to apply underlying concepts outside the context in which they were first studied.
  • Understand limits of knowledge and how this influences analysis