CHEM ENG 3034 - Chemical Reactor Engineering
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code CHEM ENG 3034 Course Chemical Reactor Engineering 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 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
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Course Learning OutcomesOn 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)
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 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of 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, 2005, Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering, 4th Edition, Prentice Hall
Schuler, ML & Kargi, F, 2002, Bioprocess Engineering, 2nd Edition, Prentice Hall.
Learning & Teaching Activities
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Activity Contact Hours Workload Hours Lectures 22 44 Tutorials 16 32 In-class test 2 10 TOTAL 40 86
Learning Activities SummaryTopic 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.
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Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative Due (week)* Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes On-line Theory Quizzes 5 Individual Formative 2-12 1. 2. 3. 4. Tutorials 20 Group Formative 3 -7, 9-13 1. 2. 3. 4. Mid-Semester Test 15 Individual Summative 7 1. 2. 3. 4. Final Exam 60 Individual Summative 13 1. 2. 3. 4. Total 100
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Due to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.
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Quizzes: these will remain online quizzes based on the theory content. The percentage these are worth will increase to 10% of the final grade.
Tutorials: these will remain the same written solutions to problems posed each week. The percentage these are worth will stay at 20% of the final grade.
Mid Semester Test: this will be a timed online test in Week 7 of the course and will cover the first half of the content. Because it is
online it will necessitate it being Open book. You will be required to submit attachments for working as well as some spreadsheets using Excel. Methods are currently being developed to ensure it is your own individual work. The percentage this will be worth will go to 20% of the final grade.
Final Exam: this will be a timed online exam in the exam period and will cover the whole course content. Because it is online it will
necessitate it being Open book. Similar to the Mid-Semester Test, you will be required to submit attachments for working as well as some spreadsheets using Excel. Methods are currently being developed to ensure it is your own individual work. The percentage this will be worth will reduce to 50% of the final grade to account for the different style of exam than conventional exams.
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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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