CHEM ENG 2011 - Process Engineering Thermodynamics

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016

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To provide students with the fundamental concepts and principles of modern chemical and pharmaceutical engineering thermodynamics with an emphasis on relevance to other parts of the chemical and pharmaceutical engineering curriculum. Topics to be covered in this course include: conservation of mass and energy; entropy; thermodyanmics properties of real gases; multicomponent mixtures; phase equilibrium in mixtures; equilibrium for reacting systems; analysis of power and refrigeration cycles.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHEM ENG 2011
    Course Process Engineering Thermodynamics
    Coordinating Unit School of Chemical Eng and Advanced Materials(Ina)
    Term Semester 2
    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, CHEM ENG 2010
    Assessment Quizzes,assignments, tests, final examination
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Sheng Dai

    Office: N212a
    Phone: 8313 5445
    Consultation Times: Friday 2-4 pm
    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 Compute the thermodynamic properties of pure gases and liquids, and their mixtures;
    2 Determine the heat and work requirements for physical, chemical and biochemical
    3 Determine the equilibrium condition for chemical reactions and for the transfer of chemical
    species between phases;
    4 Identify and formulate problems in chemical and biochemical engineering thermodynamics and
    find appropriate solutions; and
    5 Work efficiently and productively in small teams.
    University Graduate Attributes

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  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources

    J. M. Smith, H. C. Van Ness, and M. M. Abbott, “Introduction to Chemical
    Engineering Thermodynamics”, McGraw-Hill, 7th Edition, 2005.

    Reference Books

    S. I. Sandler, “Chemical, Biochemical, and Engineering Thermodynamics”, Wiley, 4th Edition, 2006.

    Y. A. Cengel and M. Boles, “Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach”, Mc Graww-Hill, 7th Edition, 2011.

    B. E. Poling, J. M. Prausnitz, and J. P. O’Connell, “The Properties of Gases and Liquids”, McGraw-Hill, 5th Edition, 2001.

    S. Skogestad, “Chemical and Energy Process Engineering”, CRC Press, 2009.

    G.F.C. Rogers and Y.R. Mayhew, “Thermodynamic and Transport Properties of Fluids - SI Units”, Blackwell, 5th Edition, 1995.

    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
    Lectures 22 44
    Tutorials 21 42
    In Class Tests 2 10
    Total 45 96
    Learning Activities Summary
    Topic 1: PVT Relationships and Equations of State
    The law of corresponding states: PVT surfaces, critical constants, law of rectilinear diameters, virial equation,“simple” fluids, “normal” fluids.  Empirical equations of state: van der Waals, Redlich-Kwong.  Generalized correlations. 

    Topic 2: Thermodynamic Properties of Real Substances
    Thermodynamic functions.  Estimation of thermodynamic properties from PVT data and heat capacities.  Detailed calculation of thermodynamic properties for real gases.  Generalized correlation of thermodynamic properties; hypothetical ideal-gas states.  Fugacities of gases, liquids and solids. 
    Phase changes: Clausius-Clapeyron equation.  Vapor pressure.  Properties of 2-phase systems.  Property representations.  Steady-state flow: compressors and turbines, throttling devices, nozzles.

    Topic 3: Power generation
    Carnot cycle. Rankine cycle: steam power plant; superheat, reheat and regeneration.  Thermodynamics of mechanical explosions.

    Topic 4: Refrigeration and Liquefaction
    Carnot refrigeration cycle.  Refrigerant charts and diagrams.  Vapor-compression cycle: expansion valves, expansion engine.  Absorption refrigeration.  Liquefaction: Joule-Thomson effect, Linde process.

    Topic 5: Phase Equilibrium and Multicomponent Systems
    General conditions of equilibrium.  Criteria of equilibrium.  Composition of phases in equilibrium.  Ideal-liquid solutions; Raoult’s Law; Henry’s Law; Lewis-Randall Rule.  Vapor-liquid equilibrium at low and high pressures.  Dew point and bubble point.  Phase equilibrium constants.  Excess mixture properties.  Gibbs-Duhem equation; partial molar quantities.  Activity coefficients: Margules and van Laar equations, thermodynamic consistency tests.  Empirical and predictive liquid mixture models.

    Topic 6: Chemical Reaction Equilibria

    Reaction thermochemistry.  Reaction equilibrium constants.  Temperature dependence of equilibrium constants: van’t Hoff equation.  Pressure dependence of equilibrium yields; inert gas effects.  Complex equilibria: multiple reactions.  Heterogeneous gas-solid, gas-liquid and liquid-solid reactions.   Thermodynamics of chemical explosions.
    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

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    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.

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