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Advanced measurement techniques in energy technology, 7.5 Credits

Swedish name: Avancerade mätmetoder inom energiteknik

This syllabus is valid: 2020-03-30 and until further notice

Course code: 5EN090

Credit points: 7.5

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Energy Engineering: Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Grading scale: TH teknisk betygsskala

Responsible department: Department of Applied Physics and Electronics

Revised by: Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 2020-10-06


The course is divided into two parts:
1. Theory, 5.0 ECTS
2. Experimental, 2.5 ECTS
The course covers theoretical and practical aspects of measurement techniques used in the field of energy technology, both in academia and industry. The focus is on characterization of multi-phase flows in thermochemical energy conversion processes. The course includes measurement methods for temperature, concentration of atoms and molecules in gas phase, aerosols and chemical composition of gases and solids. For gas phase measurements, the emphasis lies on non-invasive online detection with optical methods, such as laser spectroscopy. For solids, the course covers particle sampling and off-line analysis with advanced techniques based on light scattering, electron microscopy and mass spectrometry. An overall presentation of the physical and chemical principles of the measurement techniques is given, as well as an overview and examples of applications. The performance of the methods and devices in practical energy conversion processes and energy systems is discussed. The course consists of both theoretical and experimental elements, and is closely related to current research and development.

Expected learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student shall be able to:
Describe and explain measurement methods and devices for detecting quantities such as temperature, flow rate, gas concentration and chemical composition in multiphase flows.
Describe and apply the physical and chemical principles behind the measurement techniques.
Independently identify and motivate appropriate measurement methods for relevant parameters in practical thermal energy processes. Apply measurement methods and perform measurements in high temperature environments and combustion systems.
Analyse, evaluate and interpret measurement data using statistical and mathematical tools, and report the results in writing and orally.

Required Knowledge

Admission to the course requires at least 90 ECTS credits of previous studies including Physical Properties of Measuring Devices, 7.5 ECTS or equivalent, and Engineering Chemistry, 7.5 ECTS or equivalent.

Form of instruction

The teaching is conducted in the form of lectures and supervision in connection with laboratory exercises. Lectures are devoted to reviewing certain theory sections, problem solving and demonstrations.

Examination modes

Knowledge reporting is done through a written exam at the end of the course and written or oral laboratory reports.

Module 1 (Theory):
In the written exam, the grades are Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with Credit (4) or Pass with Distinction (5). Assignments are given the grades Fail (U) or Pass (G).

To obtain grade (3), all assignments must be approved and at least 50% of the maximum points in the written examination are required. For grade (4), all assignments must be approved and at least 65% of the maximum points in the examination. For grade (5), all assignments must be approved and at least 80% of the maximum marks in the examination.

Module 2 (Laboratory exercises):
Laboratory exercises are reported in writing or orally and are assessed with the grades Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with Credit (4) or Pass with Distinction (5). If several students carry out a project together, an individual assessment must be ensured.

The entire course:
For the entire course, one of the grades Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with Credit (4) or Pass with Distinction (5) is given. To pass the course, all exams, compulsory assignments and student laboratory exercises must be approved. The final grade is found by weighting the grades of the modules, where the grade for Module 1 is weighted with 67% and the grade for Module 2 is weighted with 33%. Normal rounding rules are applied to the weighted assessment. Students who have passed an exam cannot redo the exam to obtain a higher grade.

For students who have not been approved, additional exam opportunities are offered according to a set schedule. A student, who has passed two exams for a course or part of a course without approved results, has the right to have another examiner appointed, unless special reasons apply (HF chapter 6, section 22). The written request for a new examiner is made to the head of the Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.

Exceptions from the syllabus can be made for a student who has pedagogical support due to a disability. Individual adaptation of the examination form is considered based on the student's needs. The form of examination is adapted within the framework of the expected study results outlined in the syllabus. At the request of the student, the teacher responsible for the course, in consultation with the examiner, must quickly decide on a suitable examination form. The student must then be notified about the decision.

Credit transfers are always tried individually (see the university guidelines and credit-of-transfer-ordinance). In one degree, this course may not be included together with another course with similar content. If in doubt, the student should consult the study guide at the Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.

Other regulations

In the event that the syllabus ceases to apply or undergoes major changes, students are guaranteed at least three test opportunities (including the regular test opportunity) in accordance with the provisions of the syllabus for which the student was originally enrolled for a maximum of two years from the expiry of the previous syllabus.


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