- Module code: PX273
- Module name: Physics of Electrical Power Generation
- Department: Physics
- Credit: 7.5
Module content and teaching
This module aims to give a general introduction to power production from a physicist?s perspective using core physics already covered in previous modules. At the end you should be able to describe basic power generation technologies and perform simple calculations on efficiencies and power outputs etc.
Principal learning outcomes
At the end of the module you should be able to: Describe the basic operation of a fossil fuel power station and the physics issues relating to its operation and efficiency; Estimate transmission line losses and understand the role of transformers in power distribution; Use energy conservation to assess the theoretical upper limits for wind, wave and hydro-electric power; Describe the chain reactions in a nuclear power station and explain the differences between, and benefits of, thermal versus fast breeder reactors; Use basic physics to estimate the voltage and power output from photo-voltaic cells; Explain the energy considerations encapsulated in the Lawson criteria and its implications for fusion power and explain the heating, confinement and tritium processing in proposed reactor designs.
Timetabled teaching activities
The module runs as 20 lectured sessions.
|Assessment group||Assessment name||Percentage|
|7.5 CATS (Module code: PX273-7.5)|
|B (Examination only)||Physics of Electrical Power Generation (April)||100%|
|VA (Visiting students only)||100% assessment visiting/exchange PART-YEAR ONLY||100%|
This module is available on the following courses:
- Undergraduate Physics (BSc) (F300) - Year 2
- Undergraduate Physics (MPhys) (F303) - Year 2
- Undergraduate Physics (BSc MPhys) (F304) - Year 2
- Undergraduate Physics and Business Studies (F3N1) - Year 2
- Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (MMathPhys) (FG31) - Year 2
- Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (BSc MMathPhys) (FG33) - Year 2
- Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (BSc) (GF13) - Year 2