CHEM ENG 2011 - Process Engineering Thermodynamics

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019

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; thermodynamics 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 Yung Ngothai

    Office: N114
    Phone: 8313 5445
    Consultation Times: Wednesday/Friday: 11-12
    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 Compute the thermodynamic properties of pure gases and liquids, and their mixtures;
    2 Determine the heat and work requirements for physical, chemical and biochemical processes
    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.

    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   1.4   1.5   1.6   2.1   2.2   2.3   2.4   3.2   3.3   3.4   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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    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
    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
    • Michael J. Moran, Howard N. Shapiro, Daisie D. Boettner, Margaret B. Bailey, "Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics", Wiley, 9th Australia & New Zealnd Edition, 2019 (ISBN: 9781119571766)
    The required resource is available in multiple formats and options:
    E-Texts and printed texts can be purchased at <>

    Reference Books

    • Themis Matsoukas, “Fundamentals of Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics”, Pearson, 2013. 
    • J. M. Smith, H. C. Van Ness, and M. M. Abbott, “Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics”, McGraw-Hill, 7th Edition, 2005.
    • 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 20 40
    In Class Tests 3 15
    Total 45 99
    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

  • Assessment

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    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    4 Online Quizzes 20 Individual Formative Weeks 2-11 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
    4 Assignments 10 Individual/Group Formative Weeks 2-11 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
    1 mid semester Test 10 individual Formative 8 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
    Final Examination 60 individual Summative 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
    This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
    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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