CHEM ENG 2013 - Advanced Process Modelling

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019

This course will extend the modelling skills introduced in the course CHEM ENG 1011. Extension will primarily come through consideration of chemical, biochemical and pharmaceutical processes of increasing complexity, including real-life processes. Skills will be developed in developing models for the processes using fundamental principles and solving these efficiently using numerical methods. An integrated problem-based approach will ensure various process modelling techniques, including data regression and model validation, will be developed in the process engineering context.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHEM ENG 2013
    Course Advanced Process Modelling
    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
    Incompatible CHEM ENG 2006
    Assumed Knowledge CHEM ENG 1011, MATHS 2201, CHEM ENG 1007
    Assessment Assignments and final examination
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Philip Kwong

    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 Formulate numerical problems in thermodynamics using consecutive calculations with the aid of MATLAB;
    2 Formulate mass balance problems in chemical reaction engineering using system of linear algebraic equations with the aid of MATLAB and EXCEL;
    3 Formulate numerical problems in thermodynamics using single nonlinear algebraic equations with the aid of MATLAB;
    4 Formulate numerical problems in thermodynamics using multiple linear and polynomial regressions with the aid of MATLAB and EXCEL;
    5 Formulate mass and energy balance problems in chemical reaction engineering using system of first-order ordinary differential equations with the aid of MATLAB;
    6 Apply process models in real-life engineering problems; and
    7 Select and build an appropriate model for the regression and correlation of experimental data and subsequently evaluate the accuracy of the model.

    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   2.1   2.2   2.3   3.3   3.4   

    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
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Reference Book

    Cutlip, M. B. and M. Shacham (2008). Problem Solving in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering with POLYMATH, EXCEL, and MATLAB. Upper Saddle River, NJ, Prentice Hall.

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

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course will be delivered as a series of weekly lectures. Lectures are designed to deliver new materials and tutorials are designed as guided-workshops with practical sessions to help you to achieve the indented learning outcomes.

    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
    Computer Labs 20 50
    Assignments 0 48
    Examination 0 12
    TOTAL 42 154
    Learning Activities Summary
    Topic 1: Introduction/ Basic Principles and Calculations
    Problem solving using single nonlinear algebraic equation, solution of a system of linear equations, regression of polynomials, single nonlinear algebraic equation and simultaneous ordinary differential equations.

    Topic 2: Regression and Correlation of Data
    Data correlations using linear and non-linear regression models, linearization and transformation of functions, model comparison using confidence intervals, residual plots and sum of squares techniques.

    Topic 3: Numerical Problems in Thermodynamics
    Modelling of compressibility factor, isothermal compression of gas, thermodynamic properties of pure substances using various equation of state.

    Topic 4: Numerical Problems in Chemical Reaction Engineering
    Modelling of batch, continuous flow, tubular and packed bed reactors using mass balance
    equations and the determination of kinetic parameters from different
    experimental data.

  • 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
    3 Assignments 40 Individual Formative 4, 7, 10 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
    Final Exam 60 Individual Summative 12 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
    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

    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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