CHEM ENG 4053 - Pinch Analysis and Process Synthesis

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020

This course covers the key concepts of heat pinch analysis and is designed to serve as an introduction to methods likely to be of use to practicing graduates in chemical engineering. Emphasis is on the development of specific quantitative skills that will be useful in a wide range of processes. Pinch analysis is the key to the design of inherently energy-efficient plants. It is a methodology for minimizing energy consumption in chemical processes. Pinch analysis is also known as process integration, energy integration or pinch technology.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHEM ENG 4053
    Course Pinch Analysis and Process Synthesis
    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
    Assessment Tutorials, test, class presentation(s), design project, final examination
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Adj/Associate Profes Kenneth Davey

    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 Explain the role of thermodynamics in process design;
    2 Find the minimum heating and cooling requirements for a process;
    3 Identify existing non-optimal arrangements of heat exchangers;
    4 Find lower cost solutions for arrangements of heat exchangers; and
    5 Critically assess any design changes to process.

    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   1.3   1.6   2.1   2.3   3.2   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)
    1 2 3 4 5
    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
    1 2 3 4 5
    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
    1 2 3 4 5
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1 2 3 4 5
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources

    Kemp I C 2007 Pinch Analysis and Process Integration – A user guide on Process Integration for the Efficient Use of Energy 2nd Edn (IChemE Publications-Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford).

    Reference Books

    Linnhoff B 1997 Introduction to Pinch Analysis In: Developments in the Design of Thermal Systems (Ed. R F Boehm) (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge)

    Seider W D, Seader J D, Lewin D R and Widagdo S 2009 Product and Process Design Principles – Synthesis, Analysis  and Evaluation 3rd Edn (John Wiley & Sons, NY)

    Online Learning
    A range of online resources will be provided via MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    No information currently available.


    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
    Assignments 22 44
    Mid-term Test 2 10
    Design Project 10
    TOTAL 46 108
    Learning Activities Summary
    Topic 1: Introductory Modules
    Review material, definitions, heat exchange and pinch basics

    Topic 2: Pinch Analysis
    What is pinch analysis?, history, concept of process synthesis, role of thermodynamics

    Topic 3: Key Concepts
    Heat recovery and heat exchange, basic concepts, temperature-enthalpy diagram, composite curves, Problem Table, grand composite curve (GCC) and shifted composite curve

    Topic 4: The Pinch and its Significance
    The pinch and significance

    Topic 5: Heat Exchanger Network Design
    Network grid representation, commonsense network design, maximum energyrecovery, design strategy

    Topic 6: Choosing ΔTmin
    Implications of choice of ΔTmin

    Topic 7: Methodology of Pinch Analysis
    The range of pinch analysis techniques, how to do a pinch study

    Topic 8: Data Extraction
    The heat and mass balance, calculating heat loads, summary guidelines, case study, energy targeting

    Topic 9: Heat Exchanger Network Design
    Heat exchanger equipment, stream splitting, retrofit

    Topic 10: Applying the Technology
    How to do a pinch analysis, worked example, targeting and network design, industrial experience.

  • Assessment

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    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Assignments (1 - 6) 10 Group Summative Weeks 2-12 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
    Mid-term Test 10 Individual Summative Week 8 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
    Design Project 10 Group Summative Week 12 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
    Final Exam 70 Individual Summative week 13 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
    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.

    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.

    1. The Design Project will now be a traditional Professional Engineering Report.
    2. The Examination is to be replaced by a Summative Design Project.
    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.

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