CHEM ENG 3034 - Chemical Reactor Engineering

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Philip van Eyk

    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 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):  
     
    1.11.21.31.41.51.62.12.22.32.43.13.23.33.43.53.6
    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.

    1-4

    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.

    2,3

    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.

    1

    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.

    4

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    1-4

    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.

    1-4
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Textbook

    Fogler, HS, Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering, 5th Edition, Prentice Hall

    Online Learning
    A range of online resources will be provided via MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The activities for this course are structured by week and include the following activities:

    Online Theory Lectures

    To be viewed before Workshop session

    Practice Workshops

    Solve problems together in class and go through solutions

    Tutorials

    Solve problems individually and submit answers for assessment
    Due a week after tutorial

    Practical

    Perform experiment in groups and write up short lab report


    Workload

    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 Summary
    The 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.

  • 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)*
    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
    * 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
    In 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.
    Submission
    All quizzes, tutorials, practical report will be submitted via MyUni. The tests will occur in class.
    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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