Aims/Description: Process analysis lies at the core of all chemical engineering design. Oil refineries to wastewater treatment plants all begin with this first step. This module introduces methods used to carry 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 elementary techniques for the analysis of vapour-liquid and liquid- liquid equilibria are described, these are then applied to the design of a basic unit operation - distillation.

Restrictions on availability: Yes, restricted to students studying GEEU01 and GEEU02.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Classroom testing, Practical skills assessment

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