Course syllabus


MMS195 MMS195 Introduction to propulsion and energy systems for transport lp1 HT21 (7.5 hp)

Course is offered by the department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences

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Learning objectives and syllabus

Learning objectives:

  • From a mechanical perspective formulate energy, momentum, angular momentum and torque balances to quantify performance of shaft and reaction propulsion elements for different measures of efficiency
  • In a comparative way, for the different modes of transportation, be able to overview the dynamic representation of different vehicle representations.
  • Describe and apply basic scaling laws and conceptual design rules for a range of propulsion components including:
    o Otto, Brayton and diesel combustion cycles and their related components,
    o Electric system components, electric machines, power electronic converters, batteries, fuel cells and their integration into propulsion concepts
  • Describe and apply basic conceptual modelling to predict weight, efficiency and part load behaviour on the components listed in the previous bullet.
  • Relate component performance to top-level analysis and define critical design criteria for the different vehicle systems thereby developing a design basis for the propulsion system
  • Demonstrate the conceptual design process using scalable component descriptions on a range of relevant vehicles
  • Analyse conceptual designs and perform operational analysis of vehicles.
  • Describe and apply basic characteristics of a range of energy carriers and their integration into vehicles including:
    o Fossil fuels
    o Renewable fuels
    o Hydrogen combusted or used in fuel cells
    o Electric energy carries
  • Characterize (including health effects) and predict emissions for the fuels above as used in different vehicle scenarios
  • Understand the underpinning of cost of different fuels, their availability, potential usage and influence on sustainable future scenarios

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