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Energy and the Environment

Energy and the Environment

A specialisation in Energy and the Environment will provide you with the necessary skills required to design efficient energy generation and conversion systems and to assess and quantify the environmental impacts of these systems.

The specialisation will also provide you with the technical knowledge to embark on developing reliable and affordable energy in an environmentally sustainable manner – one of the most significant engineering challenges of the twenty-first century.

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Energy and the Environment

Students complete 18 credit points to achieve this specialisation.
Students complete 12 credit points from the following:
Energy and the Environment
6    A Students are expected to be familiar with the basic laws of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer
P MECH3260 OR MECH9260 or MECH8260 OR AERO3261 OR AERO9261 or AERO8261
Semester 1
Renewable Energy
6    A 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.
P (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.

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2
Students complete 6 credit points from the following:
Computational Fluid Dynamics
6    A Partial differential equations; Finite difference methods; Taylor series; Basic fluid mechanics including pressure, velocity, boundary layers, separated and recirculating flows. Basic computer programming skills.
P [(MECH3261 AND AMME2000) OR (AERO3260 AND AMME2000)] OR ENGG5202 OR MECH8261
Semester 1
Vibration and Acoustics
6    P (AMME2301 OR AMME9301) AND (AMME2200 OR AMME2261 OR AMME9261) AND (AMME2500 OR AMME9500)
Semester 2
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
6    A Students are expected to be familiar with the basic laws of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer.
P MECH3260 OR MECH9260 or MECH8260
N MECH4255
Semester 2
Units taken for the specialisation will also count toward requirements of the Mechanical stream.