ENGCB323-22A (HAM)

Chemical Reaction Engineering

15 Points

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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, and finally, design and sizing for single reactors and for parallel reactions.
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Paper Structure

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The paper is taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, and laboratory classes. The tutorials will build on the content of the lectures; during the first half of the tutorial the lecturer will go through worked example problems, and the second half will be a time for students to work on their weekly assignments with assistance from the lecturer and/or tutor. In addition to the lectures and tutorials, each student will attend four laboratory classes where students will learn about practical aspects of Chemical Reaction Engineering.


There are three lectures per week and one tutorial per week.

Laboratory/Project Work

Four 2-hour laboratories on reaction kinetics will be offered in this paper. Three software labs including simulation of chemical reactors using ASPEN-HYSYS software and one physical laboratory.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Ability to design reactors such as CSTR, PFR, Packed Bed, catalyzed reactions. (WA1,WA2)
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  • Analyse laboratory data to support scale up of a reactor.(WA4)
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  • Apply numerical methods in the design of a reactor such as COMSOL and ASPEN-HYSYS. (WA5)
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  • Apply reaction engineering principles to an open ended design task. (WA3,WA6,WA8,WA9)
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  • Awareness of chemistry and its relation to process safety in design of reactors.(WA6)
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 50% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Final Exam
2. Mid Trimester Test
3. Lab Work
4. Assignments
5. Group Project - Reactor Design
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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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.

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

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Please see the Moodle page for further information.
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The workload for a 15 point paper is 150 hours total. This equates to roughly 60 contact hours (36 hrs lectures, 12 hrs tutorials, 4 x 2hrs labs, 1 x 2 hrs tests, and a 3 hrs exam) plus 90 hours for assessment and independent study.

Students are expected to attend and take notes of lectures, participate in four labs in total, and attend the tutorial.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisites: ENGCB280




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