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Propulsion Systems (MCEN90034)

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeMCEN90034
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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

Intended learning outcomes

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.

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

Last updated: 3 April 2019