The course provides the basic knowledge on the theory of Energy Conversion Plants, with reference both to their components and to whole plants for power generation. In particular the study will focus on most common actual Power Plants used for energy generation: steam plants, gas turbines, reciprocating internal combustion engines.
Knowledge and understanding:
At the end of the course the student will know the main characteristics of systems for energy generation and the most common power plants used today. He/she will also acquire the knowledge concerning the evaluation of thermodynamic processes, their representation on thermodynamic diagrams, the calculation of the thermodynamic parameters and the amount of heat and work exchanged, both with reference to the ideal and real cases. He/she will then need to know problems, limitations, advantages and disadvantages power plants/engines and their main components.
Applying knowledge and understanding:
The student will be able to calculate performance parameters of engines and power plants with particular reference to efficiency and specific fuel consumption. He/she will also be able to define the performance of the ideal and real thermodynamic processes that occur in Energy Conversion Systems in order to assess in a qualitative and quantitative way thermodynamic states in different locations of the plant as well as the methods to improve conversion efficiency.
The student will have tools and knowledge needed to critically evaluate and compare different solutions for the realization of specific energy conversion processes and power generation in Engines and Power Plants starting from main performance parameters usually used to this purpose and taking into account any possible alternatives.
The student must have the necessary tools to effectively present evaluations and comparisons of different solutions for the realization of specific energy conversion processes and power generation in Engines and Power Plants through both graphs and numerical calculations and representation of thermodynamic cycles giving a clear idea of the key performance parameters usually used to this purpose.
The student will be able, starting from the basic knowledge acquired in the course, to get by himself information and technical data on different Energy Conversion Systems that can be studied and/or proposed on the market, thus continuously updating their skills on the solutions proposed and/or applied in the field of conversion processes and energy generation.