CHEM ENG 3034 - Chemical Reactor Engineering
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024
General Course Information
Course Code CHEM ENG 3034 Course Chemical Reactor Engineering Coordinating Unit Chemical Engineering 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 Incompatible CHEM 3017 Course Description This course aims to establish fundamental knowledge of chemical reactor design and engineering. Presentation of the course starts by introducing the chemical reaction engineering algorithm and then utilises it to solve problems in both steady and unsteady state isothermal and nonisothermal reactors. Non elementary reactions, bioreactions and bioreactors are discussed. Catalytic reactions are introduced as well as the effects of combined diffusion and reactions on catalyst particles.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Philip van Eyk
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Interpret and analyse chemical reaction kinetics data; 2 Apply the chemical reaction engineering algorithm to a range of reaction systems and reactor designs; 3 Identify and formulate problems in chemical reaction engineering and find appropriate solutions; 4 Specify and size the most common industrial chemical reactors to achieve production goals for processes involving homogeneous or heterogeneous reaction systems.
The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Entry to Practice Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer. The course develops the following EA Elements of Competency to levels of introductory (A), intermediate (B), advanced (C):
1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 A C C B C B C C C A A B A C A —
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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Fogler, HS, Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering, 5th Edition, Prentice Hall
Online LearningA range of online resources will be provided via MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe activities for this course are structured by week and include the following activities:
Online Theory Lectures
To be viewed before Workshop session
Solve problems together in class and go through solutions
Solve problems individually and submit answers for assessment
Due a week after tutorial
Perform experiment in groups and write up short lab report
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Activity In-class Hours Out-of-class Hours Expected total workload hours Online Lectures 0 16 16 Workshops 24 24 48 Tutorials 22 44 66 In-class test 4 10 14 Practical 2 10 12 TOTAL 52 104 156
Learning Activities SummaryThe following topics will be covered in lectures and workshops:
Topic 1: Introduction and Mole balances
Topic 2: Conversion and multiple reactors
Topic 3: Rate Laws and Stoichiometry
Topic 4: Isothermal Reactor Design - Steady State
Topic 5: Isothermal Reactor Design - Unsteady State and Multiple Reactions
Topic 6: Nonelementary reaction kinetics
Topic 7: Bioreactions and bioreactors
Topic 8: Nonisothermal Reactor Design 1
Topic 9: Nonisothermal Reactor Design 2
Topic 10: Basics of Catalysis
Topic 11: Diffusion Effects in Catalysis
Quizzes, tutorials and tests will assess the theory and problem solving associated with each of the topics. A practical will be undertaken to add a hands-on aspect to reactor engineering.
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Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative Due (week)* Learning outcomes On-line Theory Quizzes 5 Individual Formative 2-12 1. 2. 3. 4. Tutorials 20 Individual Formative 2-12 1. 2. 3. 4. Practical Report 5 Individual Formative 11 1. 2. Tests (x2) 20 Individual Formative 7,13 1. 2. 3. 4. Final Exam 50 Individual Summative Exam period 1. 2. 3. 4. Total 100
This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
Assessment DetailIn this course the following assessments will be completed:
Quizzes (individual) - weekly online quizzes before the next workshop based on the theory covered in the online lecture videos.
Tutorials (individual) - weekly problems submitted a week after the tutorial session.
Practical Report (individual) - small report on outcomes of laboratory experiment.
Tests (individual) - 2 tests taken in class covering the two halves of the course.
Final Exam - undertaken during the exam period.
SubmissionAll quizzes, tutorials, practical report will be submitted via MyUni. The tests will occur in class.
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.
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