Diamond

Mathematical Modelling Of Energy Installations (SUT, year 1)

Course objectives:

The aim of the course is to introduce students to contemporary computer aided methods and software for modelling and simulating energy systems and installations. The course consists of lectures and hands-on training in computer laboratory.  

Content of the course:

Before the stage of construction of any energy system (power plant, heat and power plant, heating plant) every project has to be proceeded by numerous technical and economical studies. These studies should identify possible technological and constructional solutions and optimal operation parameters for given load and ambient conditions. The initial stage of so called “pre-feasibility” studies should generate the optimal investment strategy for the project realization.

The lecture consists of the following subjects: characteristics of computer packages for modelling of thermal systems, defining and solving modelling problems, process flowsheeting and balancing, characteristics of main components of thermal plants, transformation of real objects into the model environment – making assumptions, design and off-design modes of computer simulations, introduction to optimization, introduction to the computer packages used in hands-on training, examples of how to model plants.

Within hands-on training the students build and solve problems in the field of energy plant design using the following software: GateCycle from GE, Cycle Tempo from University of Delft and Promax from Brian Research Institute. They are instructed how to build and run the models. The examples of problems are as follows: modelling of coal fired cogeneration plant, modelling of gas turbine plant, combining gas turbine and coal fired blocks into single combined cycle dual-fuel installation, IGCC plant, integrated gasification plant with pre-combustion carbon capture, partial oxidation gas turbine cycle.

Lectures are conducted in an interactive way with use of audiovisual tools. During the lecture problem questions/topics are raised, students take part in the discussion and brainstorms, trying to find solution/answers, assess existing solutions as well as develop critical thinking. Students are encouraged to participate in discussions which are  moderated by the tutor. Students will be assess to assess the dynamic nature of complex systems and change over time. They will be able to apply the tools and concepts of system dynamics and systems thinking in their present lives.

 

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