KB7042 - Thermo-Mechanical Energy Conversion Systems

What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about technologies for the utilisation of renewable and sustainable energy sources for heat and power production using heat engines and other types of converters, such as: Solar, biomass, hydrogen and waste thermal energy resources, internal and external combustion engines, solar thermal energy, geothermal and hydrogen technology. You will explore energy conversion system theory and their application through practical classes where you will also be able to develop skills important to your future engineering practice.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn theories and related concepts via lectures, seminars and workshops. Seminar sessions and laboratory work provide an interactive learning environment, where you will integrate theory, practice and skill development. Assessment will offer learning opportunities both formatively through discussion and verbal feedback and summatively through individual written feedback on both assessments.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Direct contact with the tutors will provide you with direct support both in class and through the eLearning portal. In addition the Department’s guidance tutor and open door policies will offer you the opportunity to develop professional methods of engaging with support which will assist you as you progress in your career as an engineer. Additional support is provided via the eLP and Student Central.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

You will be able to:

Knowledge & Understanding:
MLO1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge which is at the forefront of different types of renewable and sustainable energy sources and the engineering methods for their utilisation for heat and power production.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
MLO2. Critically perform advanced calculations for the conceptual design of various energy converters.
MLO3. Critically apply theories to the investigation of renewable and sustainable energy thermo-mechanical converter design problems using relevant software tools.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
MLO4. Demonstrate increase awareness of the environmental impact of the development of high performance renewable and sustainable energy solutions.

How will I be assessed?

Summative Assessments

1. Coursework (50%, 3000 words or equivalent).assessing MLOs 1, 2 & 3

2. Examination (50%, 2hr) assessing MLOs 1, 2 & 4.

Individual written feedback will be given on all summative assessments within 20 working days of submission.

Formative Assessments

Formative verbal feedback will be given on all learning outcomes during the seminar and laboratory sessions. Discussion with the tutors and reflection on your performance will allow you to continuously monitor your performance and feed this forward for improvement.





Module abstract

This module aims to provide you with knowledge and skills in the technologies employed for renewable and sustainable energy sources for heat and power production using heat engines and other types of thermomechanical converters. You will critically analyse different types of renewable and sustainable energy sources and the engineering methods employed to utilise them for heat and power production. Various forms of energy sources such as solar, biomass, hydrogen, nuclear, geo-thermal and thermal waste will be covered.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years full-time (with advanced practice in second year)
2 other options available

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start January 2024 or September 2024 or January 2025

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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