Module Title:Mechanical and Electrical Technology in Brewing and Distilling
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be delivered through lectures and practical sessions. A variety of active learning strategies will be employed to ensure that the learning objectives are met. The practical component will support the theoretical aspects of the module and promote deep learning via, the formulation of simple hypotheses, structured investigation of simple problems and application of prior knowledge
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to provide the student with an introduction to the principles of physics for brewing and distilling and to develop practical laboratory skills in physics for brewing and distilling.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Explain the fundamental principles of heat transfer and fluid flow.
LO2 Describe compressed air and steam generation and distribution systems.
LO3 Recognise the relevance of materials of construction in the context of brewing and distilling requirements
LO4 Identify types of control systems used in brewing and distilling manufacturing process
LO5 Explain the operation of a PLC, how inputs and outputs are connected to it, how a program is executed inside it and how information can be taken from it.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Process Instrumentation 1
Principle of operation and use of process instrumentation including the 4-20mA analogue output. • - Pressure switches - Pressure transmitters, single and differential. • Temperature - Principles and construction of RTD,s - Measurement systems for RTD,s - - • Level - Mechanical (float based) level systems - Capacitance type level systems - Ultrasonic type level systems - - Load cell type level systems • Flow - Differential type flow meters - Volumetric flow meters - Mass Flow meters
Electrical Systems
Lock Out-Tag Out, Safety systems, RCDs, MCBs, Earthing & Bonding, Single & three phase theory, Electricity in the workplace.
Control Systems 1
Definition, description and aims of sequential control including sensors, controllers and actuators • Pneumatic control - Cascade control - Electro/Pneumatic control - Electro-pneumatic symbols used in pneumatic circuit design - Pneumatic Valves - Solenoids - Actuators - Circuit design - Grouping relays - Safety precautions • Electronic Control - Variable Speed Drives, • PLC’s - Range of PLC’s and their applications - Programming methods
Fluid Mechanics
• Properties of fluids and fluid flow • Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids (with brewery examples) • Pipe networks and fluid friction • Pumps and pumping equipment
Steam Generation and Steam systems
• Properties of steam • Steam boilers and operation • Steam distribution and condensate recovery
Principles of Heat Transfer & Heat Exchangers
• Newton’s law of cooling • Fourier’s law of conduction • Conductance of solid layers • Conductance of boundary layers • Heat losses & gains from surfaces, • Log Mean Temperature Difference • Heat exchangers
Refrigeration & Cooling
• Introduction to refrigeration cycles & evaporative cooling • Cooling towers
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination30.00%
Special Regulation
Students must achieve a minimum grade (35%) in the CA/Practical and Final Examination
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Multiple Choice Questions Written class tests and or online assessment may be employed to encourage individual learning. 1,2,3,5 30.00 Ongoing
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Practical laboratory exercises include; • Hardwiring electropneumatic circuits, direct and indirect wiring of contactors, timer blocks. • Basic programming of VSD • Basic programming of PLC's using simulation software. • Verification of various instruments accuracy and repeatability. 4,5 40.00 Every Second Week
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam A final written examination will assess the extent to which the student has achieved the module learning outcomes. 1,2,3,4 30.00 End-of-Semester

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 6.00
Laboratory 12 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Independent Learning 15 Weeks per Stage 10.27
Total Hours 250.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SABRE_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Brewing and Distilling 3 Mandatory