Postgraduate taught 

Mechanical Engineering MSc

Advanced Thermal Engineering 5 ENG5303

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The course consists of two major sections; section one provides advanced thermodynamics (including chemical thermodynamics) pertinent to the analysis of non-renewable and renewable energy systems. In section two some thermal and thermo-chemical energy technologies are introduced and analysed thermodynamically. These include both mature (e.g., combined cycle power stations) and emerging energy technologies (e.g., fuel cells, biomass gasification, organic Rankin Cycles).


2 lectures per week

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements


Recommended Entry Requirements


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Written Exam 100%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ encourage the acquisition of advanced scientific background related to energy systems with an emphasis on thermal and thermo-chemical energy technologies;

■ provide a familiarity with a number of energy technologies at different levels of maturity.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ apply the concept of exergy and its essential differences with energy;

■ conduct exergy analysis on certain engineering problems;

■ describe basic chemical thermodynamics such as gas mixtures, chemical and phase equilibria;

■ explain the concept of chemical exergy;

■ apply the principles of thermodynamics to advanced thermal and thermo-chemical energy systems such as combined cycle power stations and fuel cells;

■ describe some emerging thermal and thermo-chemical technologies such as biomass combustion and gasification and waste heat recovery.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must attend the degree examination and submit at least 75% by weight of the other components of the course's summative assessment.