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Module Title LC Process Design and Analysis 1
SchoolChemical Engineering
Department Chemical Engineering
Module Code 04 33510
Module Lead Dr. Iain Kings
Level Certificate Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-20 hours
Tutorial-30 hours
Guided independent study-50 hours
Total: 100 hours
Description This module introduces students to the fundamentals of chemical process analysis, and then to the considerations required in the initial or subsequent design of such processes. Students will be exposed to the foundation concepts of material and energy balancing, and these will then be applied to the consideration of unit processes and unit operations. Students will learn to analyse networks of such units comprising a process through flowsheeting, leading to the use of computational packages to analyse these, such as Microsoft Excel for spreadsheeting, and flowsheeting packages such as Pro/II and Aspen. The design of such processes will be used as a framing device for this material, with the design process itself being explored in much more detail in PDA-B.
In aid of this, the module will include material on fundamental reaction chemistry, thermodynamics, equilibria, and mathematical techniques related to the use of such. This will be done in concert with other modules at this level, such that students will gain the skills to apply their knowledge both to previously studies processes and to those with which they are unfamiliar, contributing to a synoptic understanding of chemical engineering fundamentals.
Students will also begin to refine skills in researching specific chemical processes, understanding the transformations involved and gaining appreciation for the operations required for such. Further, students will be expected to appreciate where this facet of chemical engineering (namely the analysis of such a process) sits as a component of a wider systems approach; as a consequence of such research, students will be expected to appreciate that chemical processes are designed and operated under legal and regulatory frameworks. This will become very important under PDA-B.
Students will simultaneously learn to coherently express the results of literature research and technical calculations in both a written and verbal context, through looking at how to develop a logical structure to address a problem specification.
Further computational packages will also be used: Matlab for the solution of various numerical problems, COMSOL for the implementation of computer models of specific unit operations, and AutoCAD for the production of technical drawings and process flow diagrams.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Carry out and present overall steady state material and energy balance calculations for integrated physical and chemical process systems incorporating chemical reactions, such that process flowsheets can be obtained.
  • Understand basic concepts in chemical engineering thermodynamics (e,g, chemical reactions, equilibria, equations of state), particularly as applicable to computational flowsheeting.
  • Use computational tools to solve engineering problems specifically related to material and energy balancing, chemical reaction simulation and data analysis, and describe how such techniques could be applied to the solution of extended problems.
  • Research the operation of an industrial chemical process, and write a technical report describing their findings.
Assessment 33510-01 : Online Exam : Exam (School Arranged) - Computer-based (50%)
33510-02 : Individual Report : Coursework (50%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment:
(1) 2000 word individual written report (50%)
(2) 1 hr Computer-based examination in semester 1 exam period (50%)

100% 2hr unseen examination
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