From the refrigerators that we use in our homes to the colossal power stations that
generate the electricity we use and provide power to industry, the significance that
thermodynamics plays in the 21st century cannot be underestimated.
The aim of this unit is to build on the techniques explored in Unit 13: Fundamentals
of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines, to develop further students’ skills in applied
thermodynamics by investigating the relationships between theory and practice.
Among the topics included in this unit are: heat pumps and refrigeration,
performance of air compressors, steam power plant and gas turbines.
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to determine the
performance and operation of heat pumps and refrigeration systems, review the
applications and efficiency of industrial compressors, use charts and/or tables to
determine steam plant parameters and characteristics, describe the operation of
gas turbines and assess their efficiency.
- Teacher: Victor Masih
The ability of successful companies to meet the growing demand of customers is
heavily influenced by the development of advanced manufacturing technologies.
Customers expect high complexity products, on demand, and with a growing
element of customisation. In adopting advanced manufacturing technologies,
successful companies will ensure faster time to market of new products, improve
products and processes, use new, sustainable, materials, and customise to
customer requirements. Manufacturing systems engineering underpins this
In order to meet changing customer expectations and gain competitive advantage,
focus needs to be applied to developing smart factories and advanced
manufacturing technologies. Manufacturing organisations will seek integration
between manufacturing technology, high performance computing, the internet, and
the product at all stages of its life cycle.
Industry 4.0 is the term that has been adopted to describe the ‘fourth’ industrial
revolution currently underway, at present, in the manufacturing and commercial
sectors of our society. It is a revolution based on the integration of cyber-physical
systems with the Internet of Things and services. For the manufacturing sector, this
integration has been enabled by successfully combining high performance
computing, the internet and the development of advanced manufacturing
technologies. Industry 4.0 is changing the way the world’s most successful
companies produce the products that their global customers demand.
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to analyse and evaluate
the potential of using advanced manufacturing technologies to improve the
competitive advantage of the organisations adopting them. The student will develop
knowledge and understanding of advanced manufacturing technologies,
digitalisation and a range of advanced manufacturing technologies. They will also
develop their own research activities into the latest developments.