|Module consists of the study units|
Module 3, Energy and Sustainability, consists of several module parts, every part has its own learning objectives. The Module overview is given below:|
|1. Calculus 2
|2. Engineering Thermodynamics 2 & Mod. and Prog. 3
|3. Materials Science 2
|4. Introduction to Life Cycle Analysis
|5. Proj. Design Energy Syst. & Ac. Skills 2
Module 3, Energy and Sustainability, builds on module 2, Energy and Materials. In this module various areas of mechanical engineering are addressed. Like in module 2 these are engineering thermodynamics and material sciences, added is Introduction to LCA. These subjects are combined and applied in a project in which students have to design and optimize an innovative, sustainable energy system.
In the design of the energy system the components and materials have to be selected and arranged but also pressures and temperatures have to be chosen. In general the higher the maximum pressure and temperature the better the performance, however high pressures and temperatures set high standards for materials. Students have to search for a solution with optimal performance of the energy system with respect to thermodynamic aspects but also with respect to material aspects. In their quest to the optimal system regarding the thermodynamics students should model their system using Matlab in which they are trained in the Modelling and Programming practicals.
Next to the optimal technical performance student have to take into account social aspects like global warming, pollution, depletion of traditional energy resources and environmentally friendly use of materials. They have to determine the impact of the energy system designed on the environment by making a life cycle analysis. The theory of the impact of technical applications on the environment and life cycle analysis is taught in the course of Introduction to LCA.
In addition to the previous parts also ethical aspect have to be taken into account. The focus is on ethical sensitivity and in particular on the actor involved in the building and use of the energy system. At the end a technical report has to be written in which the results are presented for employer with technical knowledge. Also a presentation has to be given for technically skilled public.
Calculus 2 is another subject in this module. The theory of partial derivatives that is treated is used in thermodynamics to derive thermodynamic formulas and to get a deeper insight into thermodynamic tables and diagrams. A detailed description of the different subjects of the module can be found at the specific topics below.
After the module, the student will be able to:
- use thermodynamics to analyze engineering systems with respect to thermodynamic properties and performance.
- apply thermodynamic concepts, relations, tables and diagrams form a mathematical viewpoint based on partial derivatives.
- program (simple) models in Matlab for engineering problems e.g. thermodynamic problems
- select materials for engineering problems and explain the behavior of materials under different conditions.
- determine the impact of a technical system on the environment using life cycle analysis and take this into account in the design.
- combine different disciplines of mechanical engineering (thermodynamics / material science / introduction to LCA) in the design and optimization of an thermodynamic system and take into account ethical / social aspects.
- To work in a group on a complicated project, make a plan of action, divide tasks and communicate the results among each other.
- Perform a decent peer review and give feedback on the draft report of fellow students. Use the results of this exercise to also improve own report.
- write a structured technical report on a given project topic and present this to a technical public as a group.
- use partial derivatives in different areas of mechanical engineering and define and evaluate double and triple integrals over bounded regions.