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Module Title Reactors and Catalysis
SchoolChemical Engineering
Department Chemical Engineering
Module Code 04 17122
Module Lead Dr Joe Wood
Level Intermediate Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 2
Pre-requisites Chemical and Biochemical Processes - (04 17043) Fluid Flow, Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer - (04 21831)
Restrictions All Chemical Engineering programmes
Contact Hours Lecture-16 hours
Tutorial-10 hours
Practical Classes and workshops-4 hours
Guided independent study-70 hours
Total: 100 hours
Description This module teaches students the fundamentals of reactors and catalysis, particularly in the context of formulation engineering. It will introduce the effects of temperature in ideal reactors, catalysts and catalytic reactors, intra particle transport phenomena, transport phenomena in fixed bed reactors and fluidised beds, reactor design for functional products, introduced through supported metal catalyst formulation and production of a food product. Finally an introduction to biochemical reaction engineering is covered.
The prerequisites for this module are Year 1 Chemical and Biological Processes, where the thermodynamics and kinetics of chemical and biochemical reactions are introduced, and Year 1 Fluid Flow, Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer for the fundamentals of heat transfer. The material in this module is developed further in Year 4 Advanced Reaction Systems, in particular the use of fluidised bed technology.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module the student should be able to:
  • 1. Understand and describe the effects of temperature in ideal reactors;
  • 2. Understand and describe the fundamentals of catalysis and catalytic reactors, including transport processes in catalyst pellets and fixed bed reactors;
  • 3. Calculate the incipient fluidised velocity for a simple fluidised bed;
  • 4. Analyse and size adiabatic homogeneous and heterogeneous reactors;
  • 5. Design reactors to produce functional and other products; and
  • 6. Understand and describe how to design a bioreactor. Carry out sizing calculations of bioreactors.
Assessment 17122-01 : Examination : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (90%)
17122-03 : Lab Assessment : Coursework (10%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Laboratory experiment report (15 %); 2hr written unseen examination (May) (85%)
Other None
Reading List Levenspiel, Octave, 1999. - Chemical reaction engineering - 3rd ed. - Wiley New York, Chichester
Winterbottom, J.M. and King, M.B, 1999, Reactor Design for Chemical Engineers, Stanley Thornes, Cheltenham.