Non-Renewable Energy

Subject ENGR90030 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours


ENGR90029 Analysing Energy Systems or equivalent

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Assoc Prof Michael Brear


Subject Overview:

This subject examines in detail the main forms of non-renewable, stationary power generation, including -

• Composition and origin of coal and natural gas
• Fundamental theory of solid, liquid and gaseous combustion and nuclear fission
• Coal fired power generation (brown and black coal, sub- and super-critical)
• Coal Gasification, Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) and Integrated Drying Gasification Combined Cycle (IDGCC)
• Gas fired power generation (reciprocating engine, simple and combined cycle gas turbine)
• Nuclear power generation


On completion of this subject students should be able to -

• Draw flowsheets for appropriate energy systems
• Calculate energy flows within such systems
• Calculate the greenhouse gas and other pollutant emissions of different forms of power generation


• Two assignments (25% each) not exceeding 12 pages each, one due mid-semester and the other at the end of semester
• One written three-hour end-of-semester examination (50%)

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

• Ability to apply scientific fundamentals
• Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
• Ability to use a systems approach to analysis operational performance
• Ability to communicate effectively with the community at large
• Understanding of the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of a professional, and the need for sustainable development

Related Course(s): Master of Energy Systems

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