CHEM ENG 1007 - Introduction to Process Engineering

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

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This course introduces process engineering and, predominately through example, some of the key basic principles that define the discipline. Three main areas of process engineering are introduced - material & energy balances, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics - in the context of three major areas of the discipline: gas process engineering, bioprocessing, and pharmaceutical processing. The course is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, self-directed learning and small group discovery. Once you have completed the course, you should be aware of the contribution process engineering makes to society and be able to understand and analyse simple processes.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHEM ENG 1007
    Course Introduction to Process Engineering
    Coordinating Unit School of Chemical Eng and Advanced Materials(Ina)
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2 Mathematics, SACE Stage 2 Chemistry
    Assessment quizzes, practicals, test, assignments, final examination
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Yung Ngothai

    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 explain what Process Engineering is;
    2 explain at a basic level how processes are defined and described;
    3 explain at a basic level how processes are implemented physically;
    4 interpret basic diagrammatic representationsof processes;
    5 sketch basic diagrammatic representations ofprocesses based on their description;
    6 work with and present quantities of relevanceto process engineering;
    7 undertake simple material and energy balance analysisin the process engineering context; and
    8 undertake simple analysis of a number of unitoperations such as filtration, reactors and turbines.

    University Graduate Attributes

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  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Reference Books

    Skogestad, S 2009, Chemical & Energy Process Engineering, CRC Press.

    Felder, RM & Rousseau, RW 2005, Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes, 3rd Edition, Edition with Integrated Media and Study Tools, Wiley.

    Himmelblau DM, Riggs, JB 2004, Basic Principles and Calculations in Chemical Engineering, 7th Edition,

    Murphy RM 2007, Introduction to Chemical Processes: Principles, Analysis, Synthesis, McGraw-Hill.

    Doran PM 1995, Bioprocess Engineering Principles, Elsevier.

    Online Learning
    A range of online resources will be provided via MyUni.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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

    Activity Contact hours Workload hours
    Lectures 36 72
    Tutorials 12 36
    Online quizzes 0 10
    TOTAL 48 118

    Learning Activities Summary
    Topic 1: Introduction to Process Engineering

    What is process engineering; the history of process engineering; the role process engineering plays in industry and society; the different types of process engineers and what they do; the future of process engineering.

    Topic 2: Units and dimensions

    Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of units; conversion between sets of units (cgs, SI, British, American Engineering) using dimensional equations; use of the gravitational conversion
    factor; the importance of dimensional consistency in engineering equations; the importance of dimensionless numbers in chemical engineering; accuracy and the importance of understanding and correctly using significant figures.

    Topic 3: Processes, unit operations and their representation

    What is a process, including the concept of the unit operation; basic types of processes. Major types of unit operations.  Diagrammatic representation of processes, including block diagrams, process flow diagrams, and piping & instrumentation diagrams.

    Topic 4: State, properties and basic process variables

    State & properties; system & surroundings; open and closed systems; states, processes and cycles on state diagrams; various key process engineering quantities.

    Topic 5: Introduction to material balances

    Principle of conservation of mass; mass balances and why they are important; mechanics of doing a material balance; application of these material balance concepts to simple processes.

    Topic 6: Introduction to energy balances

    Principle of conservation of energy; common characteristic energy forms; transfer of energy as heat and work; mechanics of an energy balance; application of these energy balance concepts to process analysis.

    Topic 7: Natural gas purification

    The need for gas purification: natural gas composition at-source vs. as-supplied. Natural gas
    purification via absorption: basics of absorption and its implementation. Description of Moomba natural gas purification plant and application of material balances and basic thermodynamics to its analysis, including the adsorption and stripping processes and turbines, pumps and compressors.

    Topic 8: Aspirin production

    An integrated chemical process for Aspirin production with chemical synthesis, reaction control and
    separation. Application of material balance and basic heat transfer and fluid mechanics to its analysis, including reaction and temperature control, separation process such as filtration and crystallization.

    Topic 9: Bioethanol production from renewable sources

    Bioethanol-based fuel vs. fuel from crude oil: economic and environmental aspects. An integrated bioprocess for large scale production of bioethanol including fermentation, distillation and dehydration. Comparison of different types of fermenters including stirred tank, airlift and fluid bed. Material balance for different process strategies, including batch, fed-batch and chemostat fermenters. Material and energy balance for a bioethanol distillation column.

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    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

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