Energy Systems Modelling

Module Title - Energy Systems Modelling 
Number of credits – 10

Module description

In order to understand how energy generation processes and energy distribution systems can be improved, it is necessary for us to be able to describe them mathematically by producing models, and to be able to use these models to investigate what would happen to such systems if various parameters were to change.

This module will give students a thorough grounding in the modelling of both engineering processes and energy networks. In order to understand how the UK delivers variable amounts of power in response to changing demand, students must understand the mathematics and engineering behind both the generation of energy and its distribution via the energy networks (some of which material is taught in other modules) and be able to build mathematical models that can describe these processes. As such, the syllabus will entail:

(i) Thermodynamics of power generation and energy distribution networks.
(ii) Use of CFD software (Comsol) to investigate the behaviour of process units, e.g. heat exchangers.
(iii) Use of Matlab and Simulink software for numerical modelling, network modelling and frequency response modelling.
(iv) Use of flowsheeting techniques to model overall power plant cycles and heat networks

By the end of the module you will be able to

  • Develop mathematical models to describe unit processes and networks of such via selection of appropriate methodology based upon the physical phenomena involved, employ computational methods and relevant software packages to solve these models, and authoritatively describe how such models should be validated.
  • Build computational models of energy generation processes and use these models to investigate how these processes can be optimised.
  • Analyse electricity and heat distribution network models, and to use such analysis to understand how different types of generation and storage systems can be used to satisfy fluctuating demands.

Teaching and assessment:

Assessment: Coursework 20% and computer exam 80%
Reassessment: 100% written exam