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MECH5275: Renewable Energy (2019 - Semester 2)

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Unit: MECH5275: Renewable Energy (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Kirkpatrick, Michael
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: (MECH3260 AND MECH3261) OR (AERO3260 AND AERO3261) OR (MECH9260 AND MECH9261) OR (MECH8260 AND MECH8261) OR (AERO9260 AND AERO9261) OR (AERO8260 AND AERO8261). Students claiming to have prerequisite knowledge based on study at other institutions must contact the unit of study coordinator before enrolling in this unit and may be required to sit a pre-exam to demonstrate that they have the necessary knowledge and skills to undertake this advanced level unit.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit aims to develop understanding of the engineering design and analysis of different devices and technologies for generating power from renewable sources including: solar, wind, wave, tidal, ocean thermal, geothermal, hydro-electric, and biofuels; to understand the environmental, operational and economic issues associated with each of these technologies. At the end of this unit students will be able to perform in depth technical analysis of different types of renewable energy generation devices using the principles of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer. Students will be able to describe the environmental, economic and operational issues associated with these devices.
Assumed Knowledge: The student will need a sound background in advanced level fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer. In particular, students should be able to analyse fluid flow in turbomachinery; perform first and second law thermodynamic analysis of energy conversion systems, including chemically reacting systems; and perform advanced level calculations of conductive and convective and radiative heat transfer, including radiative spectral analysis.
Department Permission Department permission is required for enrollment in this session.
Lecturer/s: Dr Kirkpatrick, Michael
Timetable: MECH5275 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 2 11
2 Tutorial 2.00 2 11
3 Independent Study 6.00 13
T&L Activities: Tutorial: Students are expected to attend all lectures and tutorials. Tutorials will provide the students with an opportunity to engage in discussions of the course material and homework assignments with the teaching staff and other students.

Independent Study: Approximately 6 hours per week of private study outside lectures and tutorial classes will be required to complete the reading and assignments and to work on the major project.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Unassigned Outcomes
1. Students will be able to perform technical analysis of different types of renewable energy generation devices using the principles of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer.
2. Satisfactory completion of the major project will require a significant amount of extra research and inquiry in order to investigate and analyse the problem in sufficient depth.
3. Students will be required to give an oral presentation and generate a professional quality report for their major project.
4. Students will be able to describe the environmental, economic and operational issues associated with renewable energy devices.
5. Students will work as members of a team on a major project that will extend over the duration of the semester. This will require self-discipline and time-management skills in order to meet project deadlines, as well as the ability to take responsibility for the completion their components of the project.
6. Ability to perform required calculations to analyse engineering problems.
7. Ability to complete an open-ended design project along with a small team of colleagues.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment 1 No 5.00 Week 5 1, 6,
2 Quiz 1 No 10.00 Week 5 1, 6,
3 Assignment 2 No 5.00 Week 8 1, 6,
4 Quiz 2 No 10.00 Week 8 1, 6,
5 Assignment 3 No 5.00 Week 11 1, 6,
6 Quiz 3 No 10.00 Week 11 1, 6,
7 Quiz 4 No 15.00 Week 12 4,
8 Major Project Yes 40.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
Assessment Description: Assignment 1 & Quiz 1: Heat transfer in renewable energy applications – analysis of a solar thermal power plant.

Assignment 2 & Quiz 2: Fluid mechanics in renewable energy applications – analysis of a wind farm.

Assignment 3 & Quiz 3: Thermodynamics in renewable energy applications – analysis of a fuel cell for a hydrogen fuel cell car.

Each of Assignments 1 - 3 has an associated quiz which is done on the day the assignment is submitted. The quizzes assess skills, knowledge and analysis methods developed during completion of the corresponding assignment. Students who attempt the quiz but do not submit the associated assignment will be awarded zero marks for that quiz.

Quiz 4: Short answer questions and short calculations based primarily on the general topics lectures.

Project: The course will involve a major group project that will be undertaken over the course of the semester. The class will be divided into self-managed project teams. The project will involve giving a presentation and the generation of a report.

Reweighting of assessments: Quizzes missed due to circumstances for which special consideration is granted will lead to reweighting of remaining quizzes only (not assignments).

Lateness penalties: 20% per day on all assignment tasks.

Moderation: There may be statistically defensible moderation when combining the marks from each component to ensure consistency of marking between markers, and alignment of final grades with unit outcomes.
Assessment Feedback: Quiz & Assignments 1 - 3 and the Major Project will be returned with feedback indicating why marks have been deducted.

Verbal feedback will be given immediately after each group completes their Major Project presentation.

A description of common errors, explaining why they are wrong and how to avoid them, will be posted on the online discussion forum after the return of each assessment.
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
Online Course Content: Blackboard

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 Lecture/Tutorial: Introduction / Heat transfer
Week 2 Lecture/Tutorial: Solar energy / Heat transfer
Week 3 Lecture/Tutorial: Solar energy / Heat transfer
Week 4 Lecture/Tutorial: Solar energy / Energy storage
Week 5 Lecture/Tutorial: Fluid Mechanics
Assessment Due: Assignment 1
Assessment Due: Quiz 1
Week 6 Lecture/Tutorial: Wind energy / Fluid Mechanics
Week 7 Lecture/Tutorial: Biomass energy / Geothermal energy
Week 8 Lecture/Tutorial: Thermodynamics
Assessment Due: Assignment 2
Assessment Due: Quiz 2
Week 9 Lecture/Tutorial: Hydroelectric energy / Thermodynamics
Week 10 Lecture/Tutorial: Ocean energy
Week 11 Lecture/Tutorial: Nuclear energy
Assessment Due: Assignment 3
Assessment Due: Quiz 3
Week 12 Lecture/Tutorial: Guest lecture
Assessment Due: Quiz 4
Week 13 Other: Major project presentations
Assessment Due: Major Project

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Mechanical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Mechanical 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Arts 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Mechanical / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Mechanical / Science 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical/Science(Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Law 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical (Space) 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Arts 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Commerce 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Project Management 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Science 2015
Mechanical (till 2014) 2014
Mechanical Engineering / Commerce 2014
Mechanical Engineering / Project Management 2014
Mechanical Engineering / Science 2014
Mechanical Engineering / Law 2014
Mechanical (Space) (till 2014) 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Arts 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Project Management 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Science 2014
Master of Engineering 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Engineering (Mechanical) 2011, 2012
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Aerospace) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Biomedical) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Aerospace) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Mechanical) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 4) No 0%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 5) No 0%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 4) No 0%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 3) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 3) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 5) No 0%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3) No 0%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) No 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.