The aim of the module is to introduce you to the various ideal thermodynamic cycles that form the basis for power generation, heat pumping and refrigeration. It will also emphasise to you the difference between the actual and ideal cycles and methods of enhancing the performance of actual cycles. The module will also introduce you to the basic chemistry of combustion and IC Engines performance.
Heat Engines and Heat Pumps
Second Law of Thermodynamics, Concept of heat engines and Heat Pumps;
Ideal single phase heat engine cycles, Otto, Diesel, Gas Turbines Cycle (Brayton);
Two Phase fluid properties, Ideal Two phase heat engine cycle, Simple Rankine Cycle;
Complex steam Power plant cycles;
Vapor Compression refrigeration and heat pump cycles;
Combustion, Engines and Emissions
Combustion - stoichiometry, thermal effects, flame temperature;
ICE Engines - basic performance calculations.