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Reza S. Abhari: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2016

Name Prof. Dr. Reza S. Abhari
FieldAerothermodynamik
Address
Institut für Energietechnik (eh.)
ETH Zürich, ML J 35
Sonneggstrasse 3
8092 Zürich
SWITZERLAND
Telephone+41 44 632 26 91
E-mailrabhari@lec.mavt.ethz.ch
DepartmentMechanical and Process Engineering
RelationshipFull Professor

NumberTitleECTSHoursLecturers
151-0204-00LAerospace Propulsion4 credits2V + 1UR. S. Abhari, N. Chokani
AbstractIn this course, an introduction of working principals of aero-engines and the related background in aero- and thermodynamics is presented. System as well as component engineering aspects of engine design are examined.
ObjectiveIntroduction of working principals of aero-engines and the related background in aero- and thermodynamics. Engineering aspects of engine design.
ContentThis course focuses on the fundamental concepts as well as the applied technologies for aerospace application, with a primary focus related to aviation. The systematic evolution of the aircraft propulsion engines, from turbojet to the modern high bypass ratio turbofan, including the operational limitations, are examined. Following the system analysis, the aerodynamic design of each component, including the inlet, fan, compressor, combustors, turbines and exhaust nozzles are presented. The mechanical and material limitations of the modern designed are also discussed. The environmental aspects of propulsion (noise and emissions) are also presented. In the last part of the course, a basic introduction to the fundamentals of space propulsion is also presented.
Lecture notesVorlesungsunterlagen werden verteilt
151-0206-00LEnergy Systems and Power Engineering4 credits2V + 2UR. S. Abhari, A. Steinfeld
AbstractIntroductory first course for the specialization in ENERGY. The course provides an overall view of the energy field and pertinent global problems, reviews some of the thermodynamic basics in energy conversion, and presents the state-of-the-art technology for power generation and fuel processing.
ObjectiveIntroductory first course for the specialization in ENERGY. The course provides an overall view of the energy field and pertinent global problems, reviews some of the thermodynamic basics in energy conversion, and presents the state-of-the-art technology for power generation and fuel processing.
ContentWorld primary energy resources and use: fossil fuels, renewable energies, nuclear energy; present situation, trends, and future developments. Sustainable energy system and environmental impact of energy conversion and use: energy, economy and society. Electric power and the electricity economy worldwide and in Switzerland; production, consumption, alternatives. The electric power distribution system. Renewable energy and power: available techniques and their potential. Cost of electricity. Conventional power plants and their cycles; state-of-the -art and advanced cycles. Combined cycles and cogeneration; environmental benefits. Solar thermal power generation and solar photovoltaics. Hydrogen as energy carrier. Fuel cells: characteristics, fuel reforming and combined cycles. Nuclear power plant technology.
Lecture notesVorlesungsunterlagen werden verteilt
151-0214-00LTurbomachinery Mechanics and Dynamics
Prerequisites of this course are listed under "catalogue data".
4 credits3GA. Zemp, R. S. Abhari
AbstractDesigning gas turbines means to translate the aerodynamic and thermodynamic intentions into a system, which is both mechanically sound and manufacturable at reasonable cost. This lecture is aimed at giving a comprehensive overview of the mechanical and design requirements, which must be fulfilled by a safe and reliable machine. Material and life prediction methods will be addressed as well.
ObjectiveTo understand the mechanical behaviour of the mechanical systems of gas turbines.
To know the risks of mechanical and thermomechanical malfunctions and the corresponding design requirements.
To be able to argue on mechanical design requirements in a comprehensive manner.
Content1) Introduction and Engine Classes
2) Rotor and Combustor Design
3) Rotor Dynamics
4) Excursion
5) Blade Dynamics
6) Blade and Vane Attachments
7) Bearings and Seals
8) Gears and Lubrication
9) Spectrum Analysis
10) Balancing and Lifing
11) Couplings and Alignment
12) Control Systems and Instrumentation
13) Maintenance Techniques
Lecture notesDownload during semester.
LiteratureLiterature and internet links are given in downloadable slides.
Prerequisites / Notice4 - 5 Exercises
Excursion to a gas turbine manufacturer.

REQUIRED knowledge of the lectures:
1) Thermodynamics III
2) Mechanics knowledge equivalent to Bachelor's degree

RECOMMENDED knowledge of one or more of the lectures:
1) Aerospace Propulsion
2) Turbomachinery Design
3) Gasturbinen: Prozesse und Verbrennungssysteme
151-0222-00LSwiss Energy Policy in an International Context3 credits2VR. S. Abhari, M. Ambühl
AbstractWe take an interdisciplinary approach at analysing important challenges of Swiss energy policy. In an introductory section, we scrutinise the fundamentals of both energy technology and energy policy. In a second section, we focus on Swiss energy policy and its interlinkages with Swiss foreign policy. Finally, we take a look at possible scenarios for the Swiss and global energy future.
ObjectiveStudents will learn about the complex interplay between energy technologies and energy policy and develop an in-depth understanding of Swiss energy policy.

Specific learnings:
- Learn how to analyse resource challenges (exemplified by the challenges of the energy supply system) both from a policy and a technology angle.
- Understand the fundamental processes of energy technology.
- Understand the fundamental challenges of energy policy.
- Develop an understanding of the specific energy policy challenges that Switzerland currently faces - taking into account international developments in energy supply.
- Learn the basics of negotiation engineering.
- Learn about the interlinkages between energy policies and long-term development.
- Develop basic skills in scenario-based strategic thinking.
ContentCurriculum:
1. Primary and secondary energy
2. Conversion technologies
3. Energy in industrial development
4. Energy policy in Switzerland
5. Cross-border exchange of energy CH-EU
6. Impact of global and EU energy scenarios on Swiss policy
7. Energy policy as part of Swiss Foreign Policy
8. Renewable electricity / economics and security of supply
9. Alternative fuels: technological issues, security of supply and policy
10. Smart grid and energy efficiency and its role on policy
11. External impacts: negotiation issues
12. Possible scenarios for long term energy needs of Switzerland and the policy implications
13. Impact of level of Swiss future European integration on energy policy
14. Global perspective of energy scenarios and its impact on development.
Lecture notesLecture slides
LiteratureSuggested literature will be provided during the course.
Prerequisites / NoticeETH Master students with some background in thermodynamics
151-0906-00LFrontiers in Energy Research Restricted registration - show details
This course is only for doctoral students.
2 credits2SM. Mazzotti, R. S. Abhari, G. Andersson, J. Carmeliet, M. Filippini
AbstractDoctoral students at ETH Zurich working in the broad area of energy present their research to their colleagues, to their advisors and to the scientific community.
ObjectiveKnowledge of advanced research in the area of energy.
ContentDoctoral students at ETH Zurich working in the broad area of energy present their research to their colleagues, to their advisors and to the scientific community. There will be one presentation a week during the semester, each structured as follows: 20 min introduction to the research topic, 30 min presentation of the results, 30 min discussion with the audience.
Lecture notesSlides will be available on the Energy Science Center pages(www.esc.ethz.ch/events/frontiers-in-energy-research.html).
151-1053-00LThermo- and Fluid Dynamics Information 0 credits2KP. Jenny, R. S. Abhari, K. Boulouchos, P. Koumoutsakos, C. Müller, H. G. Park, D. Poulikakos, H.‑M. Prasser, T. Rösgen, A. Steinfeld
AbstractCurrent advanced research activities in the areas of thermo- and fluid dynamics are presented and discussed, mostly by external speakers.

The talks are public and open also for interested students.
ObjectiveKnowledge of advanced research in the areas of thermo- and fluid dynamics
ContentCurrent advanced research activities in the areas of thermo- and fluid dynamics are presented and discussed, mostly by external speakers.
860-0005-01LColloquium Science, Technology, and Policy (FS) Restricted registration - show details
Only for Science, Technology, and Policy MSc.
1 credit2KT. Bernauer, R. S. Abhari
AbstractPresentations by invited guest speakers from academia and practice/policy. Students are assigned to play a leading role in the discussion and write a report on the respective event.
ObjectivePresentations by invited guest speakers from academia and practice/policy. Students are assigned to play a leading role in the discussion and write a report on the respective event.