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EMAN402 Process Optimisation

First and second law analysis; entropy, exergy and pinch methods for process analysis. Process optimisation, integration and applications.

This paper focuses on the practical application of energy management in an industrial context. It specifically deals with how to find the optimum balance between energy efficiency, capital costs and other operations issues. It begins with a review of thermodynamics, followed by topics in pinch analysis, compressors, turbines, steam and water, optimisation methods and combustion heat exchange. It then finishes with a number of case studies in power generation and processing technology.

This paper is regarded as both difficult and rewarding. Some advanced mathematics are required, but the challenge centres on learning how to apply all of the different concepts to real-world situations. The lecturer in the paper is a consultant, currently practising in the field, rather than an academic staff member.

Paper title Process Optimisation
Paper code EMAN402
Subject Energy Management
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,256.92
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,151.03

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Eligibility
Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.
Contact
michael.jack@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Eric Scharpf
Textbooks
Text books are not required for this paper.However, students are expected to read an array of technical articles distributed throughout the term and also consult various sources on their own initiative to supplement the lecture material and to support their work in solving the homework problems.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
After completing this paper, the students will be able to:
  1. Understand and apply the basic aspects of equipment design, heat transfer and thermodynamics to evaluate the cost and performance of heaters, boilers, compressors, expanders and power generation systems
  2. Understand and apply basic aspects of capital and operating-cost analysis, utilisation, efficiency, usability and risk to evaluate optimal energy-management solutions for various industry scenarios
  3. Understand the properties of water in various applications, such as cooling towers, process condensate, hot water and steam systems to evaluate and improve the performance and operation of the corresponding industrial systems
  4. Understand and apply heat-integration optimisation methods to improve complex industrial operations, such as thermally based power generation, steam methane reforming and separation systems
  5. Be able to identify a wide range of industrial energy-management opportunities separate from the traditional academic context and develop workable improvement options to reduce overall costs or improve overall benefits

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None

First and second law analysis; entropy, exergy and pinch methods for process analysis. Process optimisation, integration and applications.

This paper focuses on the practical application of energy management in an industrial context. It specifically deals with how to find the optimum balance between energy efficiency, capital costs and other operations issues. It begins with a review of thermodynamics, followed by topics in pinch analysis, compressors, turbines, steam and water, optimisation methods and combustion heat exchange. It then finishes with a number of case studies in power generation and processing technology.

This paper is regarded as both difficult and rewarding. Some advanced mathematics are required, but the challenge centres on learning how to apply all of the different concepts to real-world situations. The lecturer in the paper is a consultant, currently practising in the field, rather than an academic staff member.

Paper title Process Optimisation
Paper code EMAN402
Subject Energy Management
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Eligibility
Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.
Contact
michael.jack@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Eric Scharpf
Textbooks
Text books are not required for this paper.However, students are expected to read an array of technical articles distributed throughout the term and also consult various sources on their own initiative to supplement the lecture material and to support their work in solving the homework problems.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
After completing this paper, the students will be able to:
  1. Understand and apply the basic aspects of equipment design, heat transfer and thermodynamics to evaluate the cost and performance of heaters, boilers, compressors, expanders and power generation systems
  2. Understand and apply basic aspects of capital and operating-cost analysis, utilisation, efficiency, usability and risk to evaluate optimal energy-management solutions for various industry scenarios
  3. Understand the properties of water in various applications, such as cooling towers, process condensate, hot water and steam systems to evaluate and improve the performance and operation of the corresponding industrial systems
  4. Understand and apply heat-integration optimisation methods to improve complex industrial operations, such as thermally based power generation, steam methane reforming and separation systems
  5. Be able to identify a wide range of industrial energy-management opportunities separate from the traditional academic context and develop workable improvement options to reduce overall costs or improve overall benefits

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None