Pre-requisites: A level in maths and chemistry/physics advisable

Aims/Description: This course aims to develop knowledge and expertise in basic principles of chemical engineering design. It begins with developing and applying methods used in carrying out material balances over a range of equipment and processes encountered in industry. This is then extended to the development of energy balances as applied to a wide range of chemical processes such as mixers, distillation columns, evaporators and reactors. The module also provides elementary techniques for the evaluation of vapour-liquid and liquid-liquid equilibria, and gives an introduction to the unit operation ┐ distillation. The background principles of solid mechanics are introduced and mechanical design problems typical of process plant equipment are considered such as pressure vessels, including selection of structural materials. To enhance the students┐ learning experience, group assignments are carried out. One of these assignments is carried out as an intensive design project week during Semester 2.

Staff Contact: Dr M Zandi
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Independent Study, Design project week
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work, Project work, 2 x online quiz (1.65% each), Test (16.67%)

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