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Undergraduate Course: Chemical Engineering Kinetics and Catalysis 3 (CHEE09010)

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 Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course contains fundamentals of homogeneous and heterogeneous reaction engineering processes. The basic concepts of chemical kinetics, reactor behaviour, and catalysis are introduced and applied to the design of isothermal and non-isothermal reactors.

1. Introduction
Where does this chemical reaction engineering course fit in with respect to chemistry, the other engineering disciplines and the chemical engineering curriculum? Description of the basic reactor types and mole balances.

2. Kinetics and kinetic expressions
Rate laws, reaction orders, analysis of rate data, reaction mechanisms, elementary steps.

3. Isothermal reactors
Material balances for batch, continuous stirred tank and plug flow reactors. Design equations. Effect of volume changes on stoichiometry and design equations.

4. Sequences of reactors
Comparison of reactor performances and series/parallel reactor systems

5. Multiple reactions
Series/parallel and reversible reactions, conditions for optimal reactor performance.

6. Nonisothermal reactors
Material and energy balances for batch, continuous stirred tank and plug flow reactors. Reactor design and stability. More on data analysis and reaction mechanisms.

7. Catalysis
Brief history of catalysis, catalytic surfaces, steps in a catalytic reaction, measurement of the catalytic properties, catalysis deactivation

8. Internal and external diffusion
Diffusion fundamentals, binary diffusion, diffusion and reaction in spherical catalyst pellets, mass transfer and reaction in a packed bed reactor

9. Catalytic reactor design
Thermodynamic operation window, radial and axial mixing, catalyst particle size
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Thermodynamics (Chemical) 2 (CHEE08009) AND Process Calculations 2 (CHEE08014)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 12, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 63 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Degree examination with two equally weighted questions in December
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Chemical Engineering Kinetics and Catalysis 32:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Perform material balances to derive general reactor design equations and use the appropriate reaction kinetics in the reactor design equations.
  2. Express concentrations and molar flowrates in terms of conversion. Perform energy balances for the basic reactor types and use the energy balances for reactor design.
  3. Extend these operations to the case of multiple reactions and reactor sequences. Overall, combine material balance, rate law, stoichiometry, energy balance for optimal reactor design and operation.
  4. Develop fundamentals of catalysis from catalytic reactions to catalyst deactivation as well as transport processes from binary diffusion to mass transfer and reaction in a packed bed.
  5. Present catalytic reactor design concepts including thermodynamic operational window as well as requisite radial and axial mixing and catalyst particle size evaluation.
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Course organiserProf Francisco Garcia Garcia
Course secretaryMr Mark Owenson
Tel: (0131 6)50 5533
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