UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY

DEPARTMENT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

SPRING 2005

 

COURSE:

ME 599, Power Generation

Lecture: 3 hrs; Credit: 3

 

INSTRUCTOR:

Dr. V.R. Capece

Crounse Hall, Room 207

Phone: (270) 534 - 3123

Fax:     (270) 534 - 6292

Email: vcapece@engr.uky.edu

 

OFFICE HOURS:

TBA

 

GOALS:

Provide the student with a fundamental understanding of power generation.

 

PREREQUISITES:

ME 330, ME 321, and engineering standing

 

TEXTBOOK:

Powerplant Technology, by El-Wakil, McGraw-Hill, 1984.

 

HOMEWORK:

In general, weekly homework assignments will be given. Homework will be collected at the beginning of the class period when due. Late assignments will be accepted only in exceptional cases. Please staple all homework problems together. All submitted assignments should be your own work.

 

EXAMS/QUIZZES:

Two exams and a comprehensive final exam will be given.  Quizzes will be given in the last 15 minutes of the class period at regular intervals during the semester.  Make-up exams or quizzes will only be given for properly documented illness, emergency, or other reason.  Exams/quizzes and homework assignments will in some cases have different problems and/or requirements for graduate students.*

 

GRADING:

Homework         5%

Project             10%

Quizzes            10%

Exams              50% (25% each)

Final                 25%

 

GRADING SCALE*:

90-100             A

80-89               at least a B

70-79               at least a C

60-69               at least a D (E for graduate students)

0-59                 E

 

Final grade cutoffs may be adjusted lower by the instructor based on the overall class performance, but will not be raised.

 

*Our accreditation association and policy of the Graduate School require that there be different assignments and grading criteria for undergraduate students and graduate students in 400G and 500-level courses.  For that reason, you will find differences in course requirements and/or grading criteria in this class, posted on the syllabus.


UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY

ME 599 POWER GENERATION - SPRING 2005

 

 

Course Goals:  The goals of this class are to:

1)                  Familiarize the students with power plants for electric power generation,

2)                  Develop a basic understanding of steam power plants including supercritical power plants, with some applications of cogeneration,

3)                  Develop an understanding of simple gas turbine power plants as well as combined cycles,

4)                  Develop a basic understanding of preliminary turbine airfoil design,

5)                  Develop an understanding of fuel-cells and their applications to electric power generation.

 

 

Learning Outcomes:  At the completion of this course the students should:

1)                  Understand the cycle analysis of power plants.  This knowledge will be demonstrated by having successfully worked problems on the different power cycles covered.

2)                  Have a basic understanding of preliminary turbine blade design.  This knowledge will be demonstrated by being able to compute and construct velocity diagrams and use Eulers turbomachine equation.

 

 

 

TOPICS TO BE COVERED

 

A.     Thermodynamics Review (Chapter 1)

 

B.     The Rankine Power Cycle (Chapter 2)

 

C.     Gas-Turbine and Combined Cycles (Chapter 8)

 

D.     Turbine Airfoil Design (Chapter 5)

 

E.      Fuel-Cell Power Plant Concepts