CHEM ENG 4014 - Plant Design Project

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018

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 Eng and Advanced Materials(Ina)
    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 3024
    Assumed Knowledge All Previous CHEM ENG Courses
    Assessment preliminary report, final report
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Tung Nguyen

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 Explain the fundamentals of process plant design
    2 Complete conceptual or preliminary design
    3 Demonstrate basic engineering design
    4 Construct an assessment of economic performance of the proposed plant
    5 Complete a sustainability assessment of the proposed plant
    6 Construct a preliminary environmental impact assessment of proposed plant
    7 Construct a comprehensive basic engineering design report

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.2   1.3   1.4   1.5   1.6   2.1   2.2   2.3   2.4   3.1   3.2   3.3   3.4   3.5   3.6   

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1, 3, 7
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    1, 3, 7
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 3, 7
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1, 3, 7
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • 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.

    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

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    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
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Prepare a project plan 5 Group Formative Week 1 1. 2.
    Progress Report Presentation 10 Group Formative Week 7 2. 3.
    Final Design Report 85 Group Formative Week 13 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
    This assessment breakdown is registered as an exemption to the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy. The exemption is related to the Procedures clause(s): 1. a. i    1. a. ii    1. a. iii    1. a. iv    1. b. 3.   
    Assessment Detail

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    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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