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Billy T
27-11-2003, 03:57 PM
Who says Academics have no sense of humour?

The following gem was found in an otherwise perfectly serious set of course information, two examples appended.

Cheers

Billy 8-{)


THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY
DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
Proposal for a PT BEng Final-year Project 2002
Project No.: PT02_23
Staff Name: Dr. L.A. Snider
Title for the Proposed Project:
Development of a Sustainable Fusion Reaction for the Production of Electricity
Objective: (max. two sentences)

To solve the global energy crisis through the development of a hydrogen-based sustainable fusion reaction to produce electrical energy.

Brief Description:
You will be given a glass of water. Follow these steps:
1. Build a device to extract the hydrogen from the water (electrolysis is suggested).
2. Design and build a containment device to house the fusion reaction. Bear in mind the reaction will be pretty hot, and the containment device should be capable of withstanding these high temperatures for more than a few nanoseconds.
3. Develop a method to initiate a fusion reaction and contain it in the device developed in step 2 above. You may, for example, consider building a small fission device to initiate the fusion reaction (fissionable material may be obtained through the Web, try www.plutonium_are_us.iraq.com): while this method has been proved successful in triggering hydrogen bombs, caution should be exercised, since such an explosion must be adequately contained (safety first!). Destruction of the PolyU and/or Hong Kong will result in loss of marks.
4. Estimate the amount of helium that will be produced by your fusion device and compare with the actual amount of helium collected.
5. Prove that your fusion device produces a net amount of energy (i.e. the energy out must be greater than the energy used to initiate and contain the reaction). Describe in your report how you would use your device for the generation of electricity. Be neat! Marks will be deducted for messy work.

Signature L.A. Snider Date: 11 Nov 2002.

THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY
DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
Proposal for a PT BEng Final-year Project 2002
Project No.: PT02_24
Staff Name: Dr. L.A. Snider
Title for the Proposed Project
Development and Implementation of FACTS Devices in the Power System bBlockset and in EMTP
Objective: (max. two sentences)

In the project the student will develop models of flexible A.C.Transmission (FACTS) power electronic devices in Power System Blockset, as well as in EMTP. The dynamic performances of the devices will be evaluated on simulations of a small power systems.

Brief Description
Flexible A.C. transmission (FACTS) relies on power electronic devices to improve controllability and stability of a.c. power transmission systems. In this project FACTS models will be developed in MATLAB's Power System Blockset, and will then be simulated in EMTP. A small power system will be modelled and the FACTS models will be interfaced with the model power system The steady-state and dynamic performance of the
FACTS devices and the power system will be studied in both simulation platforms.

Signature L.A. Snider Date: 11 Nov 2002.

THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY
DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
Proposal for a PT BEng Final-year Project 2002
Project No.: PT02_25
Staff Name: Dr. L.A. Snider
Title for the Proposed Project
Simulation studies of overvoltage control by metal oxide arresters
Objective: (max. two sentences)

In this project the Electromagnetic Transients Program (EMTP) will be used to simulate metal oxide arresters and study their effects on typical transmission and distribution systems. In particular, the energy absorption requirements of metal oxide arresters in the vicinity of saturating transformers will be studied.

Brief Description
The Electromagnetic Transients Program (EMTP) will be used to simulate metal oxide arresters and study their effects on typical transmission and distribution systems. In particular, the energy absorption requirements of metal oxide arresters in the vicinity of saturating transformers will be studied. The student will need to learn how to use EMTP - an internationally used powerful simulation software which can model power systems, control systems and power electronic devices.

Signature L.A. Snider Date: 11 Nov 2002.