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Module Title LC Reaction, Equilibria and Thermodynamics
SchoolChemical Engineering
Department Chemical Engineering
Module Code 04 29496
Module Lead Dr Zhenyu Jason Zhang
Level Certificate Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 2
Co-requisites Chemistry for Engineers - (03 17299)
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-38 hours
Tutorial-22 hours
Practical Classes and workshops-4 hours
Guided independent study-136 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description This module provides fundamental aspects of reactions (both chemical and biological), phase equilibria and engineering thermodynamics, and introduces associated engineering applications.

The fundamentals will cover basic concepts of chemical and biological reactions, phase equilibria and thermodynamic, vapour-liquid equilibrium of single and binary component systems, equations of state, reversible and irreversible thermodynamic processes and cycles, first law and second law of thermodynamics. Examples associated with engineering applications will be drawn from a range of industrial applications including the manufacture of chemical and biological products, power generation and refrigeration.

This module is a prerequisite for the following Year 2 modules: Mass, Heat and Momentum Transport, Reactors and Catalysis, and Process Integration and Unit Operations; Year 3 modules: Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, and Design Project

a) fundamentals of microbiology, biological molecules, enzyme action, metabolism, and molecular biology;
b) the kinetics of chemical and biochemical reactions (including reaction stoichiometry, conversion and yield; kinetics and equilibrium of reactions);
c) the rate equation and kinetic equations for different reaction types (including enzyme catalysed systems);
d) the sizing of simple reactors and reactors in series
e) Introduction to phase diagram: concepts and its application in single-component and binary mixtures
f) VLE phase diagrams of ideal & non-ideal systems: approach to construct VLE phase diagrams for binary systems that follow an ideal behaviour. Brief discussion on the VLE behaviour of non-ideal system.
g) Cubic Equation of State: concept of equations of state; virial equation of state; solving Cubic Equations of State.
h) Fundamental concepts of thermodynamics and the linkage with phase equilibrium: intensive and extensive properties, state and processes, phases and components, phase changes and equilibrium, fugacity and the fugacity coefficient, system and its surroundings, closed and open systems, and different forms of energy.
i) First law of thermodynamics: energy balance equation and its applications to closed and open systems. The continuity equation. Work and heat in processes. Reversible and irreversible processes. Heat engines. Carnot cycle and some other theoretical cycles including refrigeration.
j) Second law of thermodynamics: entropy and irreversible processes, adiabatic process and isentropic process, the use of steam tables and diagrams and ideal gas law to calculate different thermodynamic processes and cycles.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of microbiology, biological molecules, enzyme action, and metabolism
  • Demonstrable understanding of the fundamental principles of chemical and biological reactions, phase behaviour and thermodynamic processes.
  • Demonstrate the ability of using phase diagrams to establish conditions for distillation of mixtures and identify azeotropes, miscible liquids and eutectics; and use of equations of state in predicting vapour-liquid equilibria and ideal gas properties and the use of steam tables and diagrams to calculate basic thermodynamic properties.
  • Demonstrate essential knowledge in using first law and second law to calculate thermodynamic efficiencies of basic processes and cycles.
Assessment 29496-01 : Online Exam : Exam (School Arranged) - Computer-based (50%)
29496-02 : Online Class Test 1 : Class Test (25%)
29496-04 : Online Class Test 2 : Class Test (25%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessments: 50% unseen exam (can be online) & 50% class tests (can be online)
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