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Undergraduate Course: Chemical Engineering Design 3 (CHEE09015)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryBy the time students are in Third Year they have covered a considerable body of design-related Chemical Engineering material. The purpose of this course is to allow them to apply this material in the elementary design of chemical plant and to appreciate the relationships between disparate parts of the syllabus.
The module comprises the development of process design for a plant which includes reaction engineering, separations, safety and environmental concerns. It also provides the material for the progressive use of a flowsheet simulation package/MATLAB, in flowsheeting and design, including comparison and evaluation of the results with parallel hand calculations.
Course description Introduction to Plant Design
Basis of Design
Preliminary Design, mass and energy balances
Reactor Design
Engineering Diagrams
Process Plant Design
Distillation Column Design
Equipment Design
Safety in Design, Hazard & Risk Types and Management
Plant Layout
Hazard and Operability Study
This course contains a number of coursework assignments.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Printing
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 15, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2.5, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 157 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) other study hours
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam %: 0
Practical Exam %: 0
Coursework %: 100
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. 1. Prepare heat and mass balances over an integrated continuous
    process both by hand and by a flowsheet simulation package
    2. Be able to select feasible operating conditions and make the
    first steps to establish operating/design envelopes
    3. Preliminary process design for a range of chemical plant
    equipment, such as reactors and distillation columns
    4. Make the first steps towards specifying a layout for a
    chemical plant.
    5. Apply the concepts of hazard and risk to the analysis of
    chemical processes.
  2. Underpinning Science and Mathematics
    - Knowledge and understanding of the fundamental scientific principles that underpin an education in chemical engineering, and an appreciation of their application.
    - Ability to apply mathematical methods and tools in the analysis and solution of chemical engineering problems.
    - Ability to apply and integrate knowledge and understanding of other engineering disciplines to support study of chemical engineering.

    Core Chemical Engineering
    - Understanding of the thermodynamic and transport properties of fluid, solids and multiphase systems.
    - Understanding the principles of momentum, heat and mass transfer and ability to apply them to problems involving flowing fluids and multiple phases.
    - Ability to apply thermodynamic analysis to processes with work and heat transfer.
    - Understanding the principles of equilibrium and chemical thermodynamics and ability to apply them to phase behaviour and to systems with chemical reaction. Understanding the principles of chemical reaction engineering.
    - Familiarity with and ability to apply a range of appropriate tools such as dimensional analysis and mathematical modelling. Appreciation of the role of empirical correlation and other approximate methods.
    - Competence in the use of numerical and computer methods in calculating results.
    - Understanding of and ability to apply methods to analyse the characteristics and performance of mixing, separation and similar
    processing steps.
    - Understanding of processes involving (bio-)chemical or microbiological change and formation processes for supramolecular structures (e.g. emulsions, fine particles).
    - Understanding of the principles on which processing equipment operates and ability to apply methods to determine equipment size and performance.
    - Understanding of and ability to estimate the effect of processing steps upon the state of the material being processed, and on the end-product in terms of its composition, morphology, functionality and elements of microstructure.
    - Understanding of a systems approach to analysis, and an ability to apply this to chemical engineering problems.
    - Understanding of the principles of batch and continuous operation and criteria for process selection.
    - Understanding of the interdependence of elements of a complex system, the ability to integrate processing steps into a sequence and to apply analysis techniques such as balances (mass, energy) and pinch.
    - Understanding of system dynamics and ability to determine the characteristics and performance of measurement and control functions.
    - Understanding of the principles of risk and safety management and ability to apply techniques for the assessment and abatement of process and product hazards.
    - Understanding of the principles of sustainability and ability to apply techniques for analysing, throughout the lifecycle, the interaction of process, product and plant with the environment.
    - Understanding the inherent nature of safety and loss prevention, and the principal hazard sources in chemical and related processes - including flammability, explosivity, and toxicity.
    - Understanding the importance of environmental sustainability and the principal aspects of environmental impact - air, water, land and integrated eco-systems.
    - Understanding methods of identifying process hazards (eg HAZOP), and of assessing environmental impact, with quantification appropriate to the programme level.
    - Understanding how to apply science and engineering process calculations to safety and environmental issues.

    Engineering Practice
    - Understanding of and ability to use relevant materials, equipment, tools, processes or products.
    - Understanding of the ways in which engineering knowledge can be applied in practice, for example in: operations and management; projects; providing services or consultancy; developing new technology.
    - Appreciation of the scope and value of technical literature and awareness of the nature of intellectual property.
    - Ability to apply chemical engineering techniques taking account of a range of commercial and industrial constraints.

    Knowledge, understanding and skills to:
    - Investigate and define a problem and identify constraints including business and technical requirements, environmental and sustainability limitations, health, safety and risk assessment issues and appreciation of public perception and concerns.
    - Appreciate that design is an open ended process lacking pre-determined solutions which requires: synthesis, innovation and creativity; judgmental choices on the basis of incomplete and contradictory information; decision making; working with constraints and multiple objectives; and justification of the choices and decisions taken.
    - Use chemical engineering principles with calculation and analysis of results to arrive at and verify the realism of the chosen design.
    - Work as a team, understanding and managing the processes of: peer challenge; planning, prioritising and organising team activity; and the discipline of mutual dependency.

    Essential Embedded Learning: Transferable Skills
    Graduating students should be able to:
    - Apply scientific and mathematical methods to the analysis of problems.
    - Effectively manage time and resources.
    - Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, including the use of engineering drawings.
    - Work effectively as part of a team, either as leader or as a team member.
Reading List
Coulson & Richardson┐s Chemical Engineering Series, 4th Edition, Chemical Engineering Design, Volume 6, Sinnott
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements None
KeywordsChemical Engineering Design
Course organiserDr Kevin Hanley
Tel: (0131 6)50 5712
Course secretaryMrs Lynn Hughieson
Tel: (0131 6)50 5687
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