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ES4E4 - Fuels and Combustion

  • Module code: ES4E4
  • Module name: Fuels and Combustion
  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module will provide engineers with an opportunity to develop their understanding of fuels and combustion technologies. The first part of the course will discuss the fundamentals of fuels and combustion technologies, and provide context into the necessity for sustainable development of conventional fuel use, and options for alternative fuels and technologies to augment and replace these. Comparisons will be made between conventional fuels and novel / emergent fuels. Similarly conventional and novel combustion methods will be discussed. In particular the module will investigate the plausibility of alternative fuels, the impact of continued hydro-carbon fuel use, and possibilities for a more sustainable future.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to... • Critically evaluate the properties of different conventional fuels, and describe, compare, and evaluate key fuel properties such as energy density, polluting effect, cost, and availability. Students should be able to evaluate the various advantages and disadvantages of each, forming hypotheses on the likelihood of continued usage. • Evaluate the various advantages and disadvantages of different conventional fuels, forming hypotheses on the likelihood of continued usage. • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of conventional fuel properties, and systematically apply this to evaluate the potential usefulness of novel and emergent alternatives to fossil fuels, interpreting current fuel trends and evaluating the likelihood of future usage. • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of complex combustion features, being able to describe in detail the following: combustion modes; equilibrium products of combustion; economy-emissions compromises; pollutant compromises; important chemical mechanisms; conservation equations; laminar and turbulent flames. • Evaluate novel combustion technologies and identify the benefits over conventional combustion techniques in : reduced pollutant formation; and lower-temperature combustion. • Describe the effects of accidental release, fire and explosion in the production, storage and utilization of fuels, being able to cite significant incidents; evaluate the practical implications associated with fuel handling of conventional and novel fuels; evaluate relevant codes and legislation such as DSEAR / ATEX and consider implications on fuel use in industry.

Timetabled teaching activities

30 hours lectures Three hours per week splitting into a “1 hour” and “2 hour” slots to be delivered by model leader and industrialists. 2 x 3 hour Computational laboratory to be delivered by post-doctoral researchers. 1 x 2 hour revision lecture Total 28 hours

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/eng/eso/modules/year4

Other essential notes

Three of the 2-hour slots will be delivered by industrialists. Advice and feedback hours are available for answering questions on the lecture material (theory and examples).

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: ES4E4-15)
D (Assessed/examined work) Analytical and Computational course work 20%
  3 hour examination (Summer) 80%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering (H30H) - Year 4
Optional Core
  • MEng Engineering (H10M) - Year 4
  • Postgraduate Sustainable Energy Technologies (H1A0) - Year 2
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering (H30P) - Year 4
  • MEng Systems Engineering (H63B) - Year 4
Optional
  • MEng Engineering (H107) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering with Intercalated Year (H109) - Year 5
  • MEng Engineering (H10C) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering (H10D) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering (H10G) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering (H10K) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering (H10L) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering with Year in Research (H110) - Year 5
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering (H30G) - Year 4
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering (H311) - Year 4
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Intercalated Year (H312) - Year 5
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Year in Research (H313) - Year 5
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Exchange Year (H320) - Year 4
  • MEng Automotive Engineering (H331) - Year 4
  • MEng Automotive Engineering with Intercalated Year (H332) - Year 5
  • MEng Automotive Engineering with Year in Research (H333) - Year 5
  • MEng Automotive Engineering (H33A) - Year 4
  • MEng Automotive Engineering (H33B) - Year 4
  • MEng Automotive Engineering (H33C) - Year 4
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering (H37A) - Year 4
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering (H37B) - Year 4
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering (H37D) - Year 4
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering (HH37) - Year 4
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering with Intercalated Year (HH38) - Year 5
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering with Year in Research (HH39) - Year 5