MECH ENG 4144 - Renewable Fluid Power Technology

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

This course gives an overview of the historical background and development of the wind, wave, hydro and tidal power technology. Present day usage and their potentials are also discussed. It then demonstrates the application of fundamental fluid mechanics principles to wind resource evaluation and wind farm layout, as well as to deterministic wave theories in deep and shallow water to describe the technological process of the generation of renewable energy from these different sustainable resources. Basic concepts and various components of the power generation technology are also studied in order to be able to design, assess and compare different sustainable power generation alternatives with respect to economic and environmental impacts.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MECH ENG 4144
    Course Renewable Fluid Power Technology
    Coordinating Unit School of Mechanical Engineering
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Assumed Knowledge 6 units of Level II Applied Maths courses, MECH ENG 3105, MECH ENG 3102
    Course Description This course gives an overview of the historical background and development of the wind, wave, hydro and tidal power technology. Present day usage and their potentials are also discussed. It then demonstrates the application of fundamental fluid mechanics principles to wind resource evaluation and wind farm layout, as well as to deterministic wave theories in deep and shallow water to describe the technological process of the generation of renewable energy from these different sustainable resources. Basic concepts and various components of the power generation technology are also studied in order to be able to design, assess and compare different sustainable power generation alternatives with respect to economic and environmental impacts.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Cristian Birzer

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On completion of the course, students should:

    1 To provide an overview of the present usage and development of renewable power derived from air and water, namely wind, wave, hydro and tidal power, and their future prospects.
    2 To describe the fundamental characteristics of major components and their processes for each of these power generation methods.
    3 To understand the basic principles of aerodynamics and hydrodynamics on the generation of sustainable energy from each of the different sources.
    4 To perform a simple economic and environmental assessment of the renewable fluid power technology.
    5 To enable team investigations on the feasibility of renewable energy design systems that meet specific energy demands and minimal environmental impact requirements.
    6 To develop the ability to analyse and compare different power generation alternatives and choose the most suitable for given conditions.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-4
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1-4
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1-4
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1-4
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1-4
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-4
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-4
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Course notes – Lecture notes which is to be available on MyUni course web page.

    Recommended Resources

    1. Energy Conversion. Yogi Goswami and Frank Kreith, CRC Press, 2008 (ISBN 1-42004-431-1)

    2. Handbook of Energy and renewable Energy. Frank Kreith and Yogi Goswami, CRC Press, 2007 (ISBN 0-8493-1730-4)

    3. Renewable Energy Resources. John Twidell and Tony Weir, E & F.N. Spon 1983. (ISBN 0419114106)

    The Barr Smith Library has many textbooks on renewable energy. Students are encouraged to consult these books to enrich their knowledge.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    Lectures supported by problem-solving tutorials developing material covered in lectures

    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The required time commitment is 32 hours attendance at lectures, 16 hours tutorials, , 48 hours of revising course material and 50 hours completing assignments, reports and preparing for exam.

    Learning Activities Summary
    1. Introduction
    • Wind Power, Wave Power, Hydro Power and Tidal Power
    • An overview of present usage and development
    2. Wind Power
    • Generation of wind power
    • Basic aerodynamics: blade theory and wind farm siting
    • Wind turbines: horizontal and vertical axis types
    • Economic and environmental impacts
    3. Wave Power
    • Generation of wave power
    • Surface wave theory
    • Spill-over, water column, submerged and floating devices
    • Economic and environmental impacts
    4. Hydro Power
    • Generation of hydro power
    • Basic hydrodynamics: head and flow rates
    • Water turbines: impulse turbine and reaction turbine types
    • Economic and environmental impacts
    5. Tidal Power
    • Generation of tidal power
    • Shallow water theory
    • Tidal barrage
    • Economic and environmental impacts

    6. Renewable fluid power technology as a source of sustainable energy and its future prospects

    7. Applications of CFD in renewable fluid power designs

    Specific Course Requirements

    NONE

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    Assignment 30%, Final Exam 70%

    All assessment tasks are summative and will be given in due course. All assignments are due by 5pm on the due date.

    Assessment Related Requirements

    NONE

    Assessment Detail

    See above assessment summary

    Submission

    Students will be contacted directly with clear instructions and all information will be posted on MyUni.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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