CHEM ENG 4014 - Plant Design Project

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

The plant design project involves a small group of students working as a team to design a nominated chemical or biological manufacturing plant. The tasks include the study of the available processes, process selection, calculation of material and energy balances, preparation of flow sheets, design of selected plant items, an assessment of factors affecting plant safety, sustainability and environmental impact, estimation of plant cost and process economics, preparation of a design report and drawing of the plant layout.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHEM ENG 4014
    Course Plant Design Project
    Coordinating Unit School of Chemical Engineering
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 15.5 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites CHEM ENG 4034
    Assumed Knowledge CHEM ENG 3030
    Course Description The plant design project involves a small group of students working as a team to design a nominated chemical or biological manufacturing plant. The tasks include the study of the available processes, process selection, calculation of material and energy balances, preparation of flow sheets, design of selected plant items, an assessment of factors affecting plant safety, sustainability and environmental impact, estimation of plant cost and process economics, preparation of a design report and drawing of the plant layout.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Peter Mullinger

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1 Understand the fundamentals of process plant design;
    2 Perform conceptual or preliminary design;
    3 Perform basic engineering design;
    4 Prepare an assessment of the economic performance of the proposed plant;
    5 Complete a sustainability assessment of the of the proposed plant;
    6 Prepare a preliminary environmental impact assessment; and
    7 Prepare a comprehensive basic engineering design report.
    University Graduate Attributes

    No information currently available.

  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Reference Books

    Yu, Frank, Process Design for Chemical Engineers, CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2012

    Coulson and Richardson's Chemical Engineering, Vol. 6: Chemical Engineering Design. By R.K. Sinnott, Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford, 3rd, Ed., 1999, 1994

    Peters, M.S., Timmerhaus, K.D. & West, R.E., 5th Ed., 2003, Plant design and economics for chemical engineers, McGraw-Hill, New York.

    Mecklenburgh, J.C., Plant layout, Leonard Hill Books (IChemE), 1973

    Brannan, C., Rules of Thumb for Chemical Engineers, 4th Ed., Gulf Professional Publishing, Burlington, MA, 2005

    Kletz, T.A. & Institution of Chemical Engineers, 1986, Hazop & Hazan: notes on the identification and assessment of hazards, Institution of Chemical Engineers, Rugby, Warwickshire

    American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Center for Chemical Process Safety 2000, Guidelines for chemical process quantitative risk analysis, The Center, New York

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Students work in groups to design a chemical, mineral or pharmaceutical process plant using knowledge acquired in the previous course work.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Activity Contact Hours Workload Hours
    Lectures 1 0
    Progress Report Presentation 1 5

    Undertaking design, calculations, economic analysis, safety,

    environmental and sustainabilityanalysis. Report Preparation

    20* 85
    TOTAL 22 90

    * These hours are allocated for meetings with Project Supervisors
    Learning Activities Summary
    Topic 1: Research pre-existing and alternative processes and study any technology transfer information required to develop the specified process

    Topic 2: Develop a conceptual or preliminary process design to use the specified raw materials to produce the specified product

    Topic 3: Prepare a Block Flow Diagram (BFD)

    Topic 4: Develop a process flowsheets (PFD) with mass & energy balances

    Topic 5: Prepare a description of the plant & process with the basic layout drawing

    Topic 6: Prepare a basic equipment list, motor list & performance data sheets

    Topic 7: Determine utility consumption & power requirements

    Topic 8: Prepare preliminary capital & running cost estimates and undertake an economic assessment of the process

    Topic 9: Prepare a process and instrument diagram (P&ID) for a section of plant and undertake a HAZOP. Revise the P&ID in line with the HAZOP findings

    Topic 10: Consider start-up and shut-down procedures, including emergency shut-down

    Topic 11: Undertake an environmental and sustainability assessment with reference to
    local conditions

    Topic 12: Prepare a comprehensive report covering all the above tasks, including documentation of the final design

  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Planning Schedule                               5%
    Progress Report Presentation            10%
    Project Report                                    85%
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.

    Submission

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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