CHEM ENG 3034 - Kinetics & Reactor Design

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

This course aims to establish fundamental knowledge for the students in chemical engineering and pharmaceutical engineering. At the end of this course, students should be able to: (i) interpret and analyse chemical and biochemical reaction kinetics data; (ii) apply reaction kinetics principles in chemical and biochemical reaction engineering; (iii) identify and formulate problems in chemical and biochemical reaction engineering and find appropriate solutions; (iv) specify and size the most common industrial chemical and biochemical reactors to achieve production goals for processes involving homogeneous or heterogenous reaction systems.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHEM ENG 3034
    Course Kinetics & Reactor Design
    Coordinating Unit School of Chemical Eng and Advanced Materials(Ina)
    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
    Assessment assignments, tests, final examination
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Bo Jin

    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 and biochemical reaction kinetics data;
    2 Apply reaction kinetics principles in chemical and biochemical reaction engineering;
    3 Identify and formulate problems in chemical and biochemical reaction engineering and find appropriate solutions; and
    4 Specify and size the most common industrial chemical and biochemical reactors to achieve production goals for processes involving homogeneous or heterogenous reaction systems.

    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   3.5   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
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources

    Fogler, HS, 2005, Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering, 4th Edition, Prentice Hall

    Reference Book

    Schuler, ML & Kargi, F, 2002, Bioprocess Engineering, 2nd Edition, Prentice Hall.

  • 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 16 32
    In-class test 2 10
    TOTAL 40 86
    Learning Activities Summary
    Topic 1: Introduction and Design Fundamentals

    ·           Process design of reactors: relationship between laboratory data, pilot-plant data and commercial plant.  Classification of reactors: method of operation, shape, and phases in the reaction mixture.  Examples of industrial chemical and biochemical reactors. Terminology: rate, order, molecularity, conversion, yield, and selectivity.  Mole balances, rate laws and stoichiometry.

    Topic 2: Isothermal batch reactor

    ·           Derivation of the design equation.  Calculation of reactor size for known kinetics and specified production rate.

    Topic 3: Isothermal tubular plug-flow reactor (PFR)

    ·            Derivation of the design equation for steady-state plug flow.  Comparison with batch reactors.  Space velocity, space time, mean residence time.   Operation of multiple reactors.

    Topic 4: Isothermal continuous stirred-tank reactor (CSTR)

    ·           Derivation of the design equation for steady-state well-mixed flow.  Operation of multiple reactors.  Comparison of PFR and CSTR.

    Topic 5: Reactor design for multiple reaction systems

    ·           Parallel, series, and reversible reactions, and combinations thereof.  Elimination of time as an independent variable. Optimisation of product distribution via control of concentration and contacting patterns.

    Topic 6: Bioreactions and bioreactors

    ·          Reaction mechanisms, pathways and rate laws; details of enzyme reactions; pharmacokinetics.  Bioreactor fundamentals and design equations.

    Topic 7: Non-isothermal reactor design

    ·           Influence of temperature on kinetics.  Factors affecting choice of reactor operating temperature land range.  Means of keeping a reaction mixture at designed temperature levels.  Adiabatic and non-adiabatic reactors.  The non-isothermal CSTR: heat generation and heat removal for different reaction types; autothermal operation – “ignition” and “extinction”; relationship between conversion and temperature; energy-balance and mass-balance combination. The non-isothermal batch reactor: calculation of conversion by graphical and integration methods. The non-isothermal PFR: conversion as a function of temperature and reactor length for simple and complex reactions.  Runaway reactions.

    Topic 8: Catalysis and catalytic reactors

    ·       Catalysts, catalysis and catalytic reaction steps.  Rate law, mechanism and rate-limiting step for catalytic reactions.  Heterogeneous data analysis for reactor design. Porous and nonporous catalysts: internal and external diffusion effects on heterogeneous reactions. Heterogeneous reactor design: packed bed and fluidized bed reactors.  Pressure drop.  Catalyst poisoning.

  • Assessment

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    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    8 Assignments 20 group Formative 3 - 7, 8-11 1. 2. 3. 4.
    Middel term test 20 Individual Summative 9 1. 2. 3. 4.
    Final Exam 60 Individual Summative 12 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

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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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