Propulsion Systems

Subject MCEN90034 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

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

This subject is not offered in 2013.

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

120 hour


Admission to a Masters level program.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:
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 vehicle propulsion systems in current and likely future use.

This includes -

• The energy consumption of land, sea and air vehicles with conventional and increasingly electrified propulsion systems|
• The suitability of different fuels for different applications
• The current and likely future costs of land, sea and air transport with conventional and increasingly electrified propulsion systems
• The opportunities for climate change mitigation, including modal switching between different forms of transport


On completion of this subject students should be able to -
• calculate the basic performance metrics of different propulsion systems from first principles;
• estimate the cost of operating land, sea and air vehicles with different propulsion systems and fuels;
• estimate the greenhouse gas emissions of different propulsion systems and fuels.


• Two assignments (30% each) not exceeding 12 pages each, one due mid-semester and the other at the end of semester
• One written two-hour end-of-semester examination (40%)

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

• Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals
• Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
• Ability to use a systems approach to design and 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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