CHEM ENG 2010 - Principles of Process Engineering

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017

This course prepares you to formulate and solve material & energy balances for both reactive and non-reactive systems. More fundamentally, it introduces the engineering approach by breaking a process down into its components, establishing the relations between known and unknown process variables, assembling the information needed to solve for the unknowns, and finally obtaining the solution using appropriate computational methods. The goal is for you to become familiar with numerous problem-solving strategies and to practice using them. This course is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, and small group discovery via the design project.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHEM ENG 2010
    Course Principles of 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 CHEM ENG 1007
    Assessment quizzes, mid-semester test, design project, final examination
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Yung Ngothai

    Lecturer: Associate Professor Yung Ngothai
    School of Chemical Engineering
    Office: N114 (North Engineering Building, Level 1)
    Phone:8313 5445
    Consulting time: Wednesday 11-12pm; Friday: 3-4pm
    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 Perform calculations with different systems of units and apply concepts of dimensional consistency;
    2 Understand the various basic concepts used in chemical engineering and process calculations;
    3 Formulate and solve problems involving mass and energy balances;
    4 Understand how to use computers for solving process design problems;
    5 Know the various stages involved in undertaking engineering projects in the chemical process industry;
    6 Use key concepts of process simulation to solve an open-ended mass & energy balance for a relatively complex process flowsheet;
    7 Work efficiently and productively in small teams; and
    8 Present a properly formatted 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: 1.1   1.2   1.3   1.6   2.1   2.2   2.3   2.4   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
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
    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
    • R.M. Felder, R.W. Rousseau, & L.G. Bullard, 2015, Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes, 4th Edition, Wiley.

    Reference books:
    1. D. M. Himmelblau & J. B. Riggs, “Basic Principles and Calculations in Chemical Engineering”, Prentice-Hall, 8th Edition, 2012.
    2. G.V. Reklaitis, “Introduction to Material and Energy Balances”, Wiley, 1983.
    3. B. E. Poling, J. M. Prausnitz, & J. P. O’Connell, “The Properties of Gases and Liquids”, McGraw-Hill, 5th Edition, 2001.
    4. S. Skogestad, “Chemical and Energy Process Engineering”, CRC Press, 2009.
    5. R. M. Murphy, “Introduction to Chemical Processes: Principles, Analysis, Synthesis”, McGraw-Hill, 2007.
    6. D. Shallcross, “Physical Property Data Book for Engineers and Scientists”, IChemE, 2004.
    7. G.F.C. Rogers & Y.R. Mayhew, “Thermodynamic and Transport Properties of Fluids - SI Units”, Blackwell, 5th Edition, 1995. 8. R.H. Perry & D. Green, “Perry's Chemical Engineers' Handbook”, McGraw-Hill, 7th Edition, 1997.
    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 Expected total student workload
    Lectures 19 38 57
    Tutorials 16 32 48
    Design Project (SGDE) 10 30 40
    In-class test 2 10 12
    TOTAL 47 110 157
    Learning Activities Summary
    Topic 1: Material Balances (8L)
    Fundamentals of material balances;material balance calculations; balances on multiple-unit processes; recycle and bypass; purge; material balances with chemical reactions; combustion process. 

    Topic 2: Single-phase Systems (2L)
    Ideal gas; real gas relationships; gaseous mixtures; equations of state; compressibility charts;

    Topic 3: Multiphase Systems (2L)
    Phase rule; gas-liquid systems: one condensable component, multicomponent gas-liquid systems, multiphase systems.

    Topic 4: Energy Balances (7L)
    Concepts and units; forms of energy; use of thermodynamic data; the general energy balance; energy balances on physical processes; the
    mechanical energy balance; energy balances with chemical reaction.

    Topic 5: Introduction to Chemical Process Design (2L)
    Stages involved in the evolution of chemical engineering projects; and introduction to the concept design process: establishing a process flowsheet, and preparing mass and energy balances. Written Communication.

    Topic 6: Design Project - SGDE
    The project teamwork will provide groups with mutually agreeable times to conduct team meetings and coordinate their report work.

    Specific Course Requirements

    A hurdle requirement is a minimum standard of achievement that a student must attain in order to successfully complete a course.  The School of Chemical Engineering has determined that each student must achieve a minimum of 50% in the continuous assessment component of any CHEM ENG coded course.  Failure to achieve 50% or greater in the continuous assessment in a course may result in an overall fail grade being awarded for the course even if you achieve 50% or more overall.
    Continuous assessment is where written works, tests, class participation, etc during the first 12 weeks of the semester.
  • 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

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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

    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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