cod. 1004838

Academic year 2011/12
3° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Fisica applicata (a beni culturali, ambientali, biologia e medicina) (FIS/07)
Discipline fisiche
Type of training activity
60 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit
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Learning objectives

The course deals comprehensively with issues related to energy transformation processes and their impact on the environment. In particular, sustainability is considered with reference to several aspects: energy use, renewable energy, energy transformations, use of fossil fuels in combustion processes in heating systems and in thermal engines. Numerical calculations and estimations are developed for each subject.


Attendance at the course requires the knowledge provided by the courses of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.

Course unit content

General considerations. The energy balance of the planet. Energy sustainability. Energy consumption in the world. Technologies for the use of renewable sources. Solar Primary energy source. Issues related to solar concentration for medium and high temperature processes for heat and electricity generation. Photovoltaic solar cell. Biomass. Hydro power. Wind power.
Thermodynamic cycles, power generation and cogeneration, heat pumps, compression and absorption and their applications; trigeneration. Combustion processes. Fuels and their characteristics.

Full programme

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M.Bianchi, A.De Pascale, A.Gambarotta, A.Peretto – “Sistemi energetici - Impatto ambientale” - vol.3, pp.1-544, ISBN 88-371-1754-X, Pitagora Editrice, Bologna, 11/2008.
S.Turns, “An introduction to Combustion. Concepts and Applications”, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1996
K.Owen, T.Coley, "Automotive Fuels Reference Handbook", pubblicazioni SAE, 1995
A.Bisio, S.Boots, "Encyclopedia of energy technology and the environment", Wiley, 1995
P.Degobert, "Automobiles and Pollution", pubblicazioni SAE, 1995
E.Sassoon, C.Rapisarda Sassoon, "Management dell'Ambiente", Ed.Il Sole 24 ore, 1993
R.Vismara, "Ecologia Applicata", Hoepli, 1992
M.L.Davis, D.A.Cornwell, "Introduction to Environmental Engineering", McGraw-Hill Int.Ed., 1991
P.A.Vesilind, J.J.Peirce, R.Weiner, "Environmental Engineering", Butterworth Publishers, 1988
A.H.Lefebvre, "Gas Turbine Combustion", McGraw-Hill, 1983
G.Paccani, "L'inquinamento da autoveicoli", ESA editrice, 1979
R.Wilson, W.J.Jones, "Energia, Ecologia ed Ambiente", Casa Editrice Ambrosiana, 1978
I.Glassman, "Combustion", Academic Press, 1977
J.B.Edwards, "Combustion: the formation and emission of trace species", Ann Arbor Science, 1974
Texts of the lectures are also available forstudents . It is suggested to consult magazines and Web sites listed from time to time.

Teaching methods

Lectures and numerical examples on course subjects. Technical visits to plants and energetic systems, to after-treatment systems, and of instrumentation for the pollutant emissions measurements.

Assessment methods and criteria

Final examination is oral only.

Other information

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