MECH ENG 7075 - Sustainable Thermal Technologies

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019

This course gives an introduction and in depth overview of the working principles, basic theory and current development of typical sustainable thermal energy systems and technologies; eg. solar radiation and energy calculations; solar water heaters, solar thermal powered cooling, geothermal technologies, heat storage, solar aided power generation, cogeneration, pinch technique etc. Broader issues, eg. energy efficiencies and costings, nuclear is a future (or not), and climate change, are discussed in the course as well.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MECH ENG 7075
    Course Sustainable Thermal Technologies
    Coordinating Unit School of Mechanical Engineering
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week plus 1-2 practicals
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge MECH ENG 2021
    Assessment Assignment, Final Exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Eric Hu

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 To provide an overview of the present usage and development of various solar, geothermal, and relevant thermal technologies and their future prospects;
    2 To understand the basic principles and process of each of technologies;
    3 To perform calculations to location the sun ‘s position in the sky at any particular time of the day;
    4 To perform simple efficiency calculations of some typical thermal system;
    5 To perform a simple economic and environmental assessment of the sustainable thermal technologies;
    6 To enable team investigations on the feasibility of renewable energy design systems that meet specific energy demands and minimal environmental impact requirements; and
    7 To develop the ability to analyse and compare thermal energy systems and choose the most suitable for given conditions.

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.2   1.3   1.4   1.6   2.1   2.2   2.3   3.2   3.3   3.4   

    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
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  • 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. Treatise on Solar Energy, Volume : Fundamentals of solar Energy, H.P Garg, 1982, ISBN 0471 10180X, 1982

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

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
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  • 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
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Assignment 1 15 Individual Formative week 5 1. 2. 3. 4. 7.
    Assignment 2 10 Individual Formative week 8 2. 3. 4. 7.
    Assignment 3 10 Individual Formative Week 10 2. 5. 7.
    Practice 5 Individual Formative week 5 attendance 1. 6.
    Final exam 60 Individual Formative 2. 7.
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
    This assessment breakdown is registered as an exemption to the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy. The exemption is related to the Procedures clause(s): 1. b. 2.   
    This course has a hurdle requirement. Meeting the specified hurdle criteria is a requirement for passing the course.
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    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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