ENGCB323-20A (HAM)

Chemical Reaction Engineering

15 Points

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School of Engineering

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Paper Description

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This 15-point paper covers the concepts of reaction rate, stoichiometry and equilibrium to the analysis of chemical and biological reacting systems. Design of chemical and biochemical reactors via synthesis of chemical kinetics and transport phenomena. Main topics in this course include: include chemical reactions pathways in batch, plug flow and continuous stirred-tank reactors; reactor stability and optimization of the reaction path; heterogeneous and enzymatic catalysis; heat and mass transport in reactors including diffusion to and within catalyst particles and cells or immobilized enzymes.
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Paper Structure

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Lectures/Tutorials

There are three lectures per week as Tuesday 1:00-2:00 pm in K.G.06, Wednesday 11:00-12:00 am in K.G.06, and Thursdays 10:00-11:00 am in K.G.01.

Laboratory/Project Work

Three 2-3 hour laboratories on reaction kinetics.

International Students

For international students in New Zealand under student visas, regular attendance is part of visa obligation and is checked as a requirement on the University under the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students, to which the University is a signatory. Academic staff are formally required to monitor attendance in classes and submission of compulsory assessment events/items and to report any problems to Waikato International.

Admission

Students in the Chemical and Biological Engineering program of the BE(Hons) are admitted. Students are expected to have completed Year 3 of their program.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Explain the different steps in reaction mechanisms
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  • Make qualified choices of optimal reactor design, Batch, CSTR or PFR, or configurations of reactors in series
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  • Explain how operating conditions can affect the reaction progress rate
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  • Plan and interpret experimental data to determine kinetic parameters for chemical reactions
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  • Determine conversion and yield for chemical reactions
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  • Determine the reaction order and specific reaction rate from experimental data
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  • Determine the volume of reactor systems based on kinetic data
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  • Work together to solve both open-ended and closed-ended reaction engineering problems
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Assessment

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Final Examination

The 3-hour final exam will cover all material in the course. Format of the final examination will be discussed in lectures at the end of the course.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Test 1
14 Apr 2020
1:00 PM
15
2. Test 2
2 Jun 2020
1:00 PM
15
3. Lab Report 1
30 Mar 2020
5:00 PM
5
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
  • Hand-in: Assignment Box
4. Lab Report 2
4 May 2020
5:00 PM
5
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
  • Hand-in: Assignment Box
5. Lab Report 3
25 May 2020
5:00 PM
5
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
  • Hand-in: Assignment Box
6. Research Report
29 May 2020
5:00 PM
5
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7. Exam
50
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Recommended Readings

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Levenspiel, O. Chemical Reaction Engineering. 3rd ed. New York, NY: Wiley, 1999. ISBN: 9780471254249.

Fogler, H. S. Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering. 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall PTR, 2006. ISBN: 9780130473943.

Smith, J. Chemical Engineering Kinetics. 3rd ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 1981. ISBN: 9780070587106.

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Online Support

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This paper has a Moodle page (http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz) where class notices, assignments, lecture notes and readings will be given (unless handed out in class).
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Workload

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Up to six contact hours per week. Students are expected to spend 10-12 hours per week reading, assignments and independent study.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisites: ENGCB280 or ENGG282

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