Edinburgh Napier University, Merchiston campus
9 January - 31 March 2023
The overarching aims of the course are to introduce a certified research based and informed course through which students enrolled on HN courses (both HNC and HND) in colleges will engage with state-of-the-art research projects that aim to address key current industry needs and thereby will be able to develop research skills. The current project also aims to promote their articulation to engineering programmes and increase their employability.
12-week pilot course composed of 4 units, each unit running for 3 weeks.
This is a course for students enrolled on HNC/HND engineering programmes in Colleges in the SE Scotland.
This unit will provide learners with a broad knowledge and understanding of technologies that use hydrogen as an energy vector. The learners will familiarise with the benefits of using hydrogen as a means to decarbonise applications that are challenging to electrify (e.g., heavy duty applications), with an emphasis on retrofitting. In addition, the limitations (as a result of hydrogen's unique features) will be highlighted as well as some of the challenges that are currently subjects of ongoing research.
In this unit, the learners will delve into a selected renewable energy technology and carry out theoretical and experimental investigation that constitute the heart of scientific research. Firstly, the learners will familiarise with the basic concepts and theories pertinent to the operation of the selected engineering system. Then, the learners will carry out power modelling through which they will explore the main factors affecting the performance of the technology and will develop deeper understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the chosen technology.
This unit will introduce the concept of fibre optic technology in general, i.e. telecommunication and sensors. It will then focus on the construction material related to fiber optic sensors (FOSs), devices and instrumentation. Different types of FOSs that are used in practice will then be presented, with real-life examples from previous projects. Several such examples from the industry will be introduced, together with the appropriate sensor principles and instrumentation involved.
This unit focusses on mathematical models, and the related process of mathematical modelling. The role and importance of mathematical models in a range of engineering and scientific contexts shall be considered. The connection between mathematical models, modelling and research shall be explored. First, the learners will be presented with some basic models, such as those specified by simple equations, which they can use and explore to make predictions and solve problems. The aim is to illustrate how the elementary mathematics they have already met is applicable in the context of modelling.
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Hydrogen Technology Unit
Dr Stathis Tingas received a first degree (BScH) in Aeronautical Science from the Hellenic Air Force Academy in Greece in 2005 and a MSc and a PhD in Mechanics from the National Technical University of Athens in Greece in 2012 and 2016.
Mathematical Modelling Unit
Chris Guiver is a lecturer in the mathematics group at Edinburgh Napier University, and started the role in July 2020. Between January 2016 and June 2020 he was a Lecturer in Applied Mathematics at the University of Bath.
Renewable Technology Unit
Dr Fadi Kahwash is a Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at the School of Engineering & The Built Environment of the Edinburgh Napier University. He teaches several modules in design and energy topics.
Electronics and Sensors Unit
Following a first class (Hons) degree in Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering from City University London (2005), Lourdes was offered a scholarship to commence a part-time PhD at the same establishment.
The course is funded by the Scottish Government through the HCI Skills Gateway scheme.
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