Place of Instruction
Objectives and Content
This course provides an insight into the physics behind various energy technologies for the production of mechanical energy, heat and electricity. The course deals with practical energy conversion devices, their efficiency, their technology maturity along with their potential for improvement, and future technologies with their prospects.
During the semester the students are expected to deepen their subject knowledge in: the extraction of fossil fuels (oil, natural gas and coal) along with their processing ready for subsequent use, the physics and chemistry of combustion including thermodynamic laws and energy concepts, pollutant formation, internal combustion engines (including steam turbines and heat engines), the impact of pollutants on the environment, the conversion of light into electrical power and associated solar technologies, the design and aerodynamics of wind energy devices, nuclear and fusion reactor physics and aspects of proliferation. A common theme is that, for the topics covered, the student will be given a comprehensive explanation of the physics, the state of current knowledge, and future predictions and implementation.
Upon completion of the subject the student should be able to:
* understand and describe the physics of energy conversion processes,
* critically understand the principals which govern the design of energy harnessing devices,
* show a critical awareness of and be able to explain societal aspects of energy conversion including health and environmental issues
* demonstrate an expanded knowledge on various topics and challenges related to all stages between the sourcing and the end use of various sources of energy,
* communicate with technologists and scientists about the physics and design of energy conversion equipment in a critical and informed manner.
Required Previous Knowledge
MAT111 Calculus 1 or equivalent
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching
Lectures 4 hours each week
Seminar 1 hour each week
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
More than 25 per cent attendance at the seminars
Forms of Assessment
Written, 4 hours. If less than 10 students are registered for exam, the exam might be oral. Auxiliary material allowed for the exam: Approved non-programmable calculator in line with Faculty regulations.
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Ordinary exam each semester
Department of Physics and Technology
Type of assessment: Written examination
- 29.09.2017, 09:00
- 4 hours
- Withdrawal deadline
- Solheimsgt. 18 (Administrasjonsbygget), Eksamenslokale 4. etg.