Process improvement and manufacturing process optimisation
Risk based thinking and organisational knowledge management
Uncertainty quantification in manufacturing operations
Computational modelling of gait analysis
Design and manufacture of innovative prosthetic/orthotic designs
In the second-year engineering course on thermodynamics, students delve into the profound field of harnessing thermal energy for power generation. As we navigate a resource-constrained world in the year 2050, prioritizing energy efficiency becomes crucial. However, simply focusing on efficiency is insufficient. We must also explore innovative pathways to unlock the complete work potential of thermal energy. This is where the invaluable insights derived from the laws of thermodynamics come into play. The primary objective of this module is to familiarize students with two key concepts: thermodynamic efficiency and irreversibility. These concepts are applied to various energy conversion processes that involve the transfer of heat to work and vice versa. Throughout the course, students will encounter practical engineering examples, involving steady and unsteady flow systems, which encompass heat, work, and/or mass transfer. By gaining a deep understanding of thermodynamics, students will be equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary to tackle the challenges of optimizing energy utilization in a world with limited resources.
The module will be presented with real life scenario of improving mechanical properties of a cast component by providing suggestions for optimising its alloy composition. The module will cover the necessary knowledge required to understand the metallurgical concepts and terminology used in peer-reviewed scientific papers so that students can not only review them but evaluate results and use the information to make informed decisions in the context of alloy design.