ENGCB580-19Y (HAM)

Process Engineering Design Project

30 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Engineering


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Paper Description

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The final year design project is the capstone project for most chemical engineering degrees. It gives young engineers an opportunity to put into practice and showcase their individual technical ability and abilities to communicate and co-operate with other engineers to work toward a common goal.

Design teams of 4 to 5 students will be issued with design brief to design a chemical plant. They will be expected to meet the specifications required in the brief and cover the essential items that are required. Aspects including process selection, flowsheet development, process flow diagrams, mass and energy balances, process simulation, specification of equipment items, safety and environmental assessment, plant layout, and economic evaluation. Individuals will be expected to produce a detailed process and mechanical design of a nominated piece of plant equipment.

The final design report in an important tangible outcome of the design team’s efforts and should be a comprehensible and coherent work that covers the essential tasks/elements required to meet the design brief. Detailed guidelines for report structure and content will be provided during the course.

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Paper Structure

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The paper is taught through a combination of lectures and workshops. There is one lecture and one 2-hour workshop per week. The course work is a largely done in teams of 4 to 5 students. The workshops will be an important competent for design teams to meet together to plan work and receive assistance for the project. Lectures will be given by School of Engineering staff and guest lecturers from industry. The lectures will align with the design tasks. Additional support material will be posted on moodle.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Selection Report
    Assess and select from a range of possibilities a suitable process concept to meet the design brief.
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  • Final Design Report

    Apply design principles acquired during the course of their degree to a significant chemical engineering design problem. They should be able to use and apply engineering judgement to the design problem.

    Apply engineering calculations to the design of the overall mass and energy balance of the problem, and unit operation specific calculations for the sizing and performance of major plant equipment.

    Apply process safety and environmental sustainability principles to design problem, including a performing a HAZOP analysis.

    Apply process economics to the design problem.

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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. Process Selection Report
17 Apr 2019
5:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Final Design Report
1 Nov 2019
5:00 PM
  • Hand-in: Department Office
3. Design Show Presentation & Interview
14 Oct 2019
No set time
  • Presentation: In Lab
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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Perry, R. H., Green, D. W., & Maloney, J. O. (2015). Perry's chemical engineers' handbook. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Towler, G., & Sinnott, R. (2012). Chemical engineering design: principles, practice and economics of plant and process design. Elsevier.

Peters, M. S., & Timmerhaus, K. D. (1991). Plant design and economics for chemical engineers..

Seider, W. D., Seader, J. D., & Lewin, D. R. (2009). PRODUCT & PROCESS DESIGN PRINCIPLES: SYNTHESIS, ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION, (With CD). John Wiley & Sons.

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Online Support

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This paper has a Moodle page (http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz) where you will be able to access PDFs of lecture notes and powerpoints, and assessment materials.
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This paper has 3 contact hours per week. In addition students are expected to allocate times to meet and work in their assigned design teams and work individually on their tasks. Overall is it expected that a total of 300 hours are devoted to the paper by each student.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite papers: ENMP322 or ENGCB322 and ENMP323 or ENGCB324 and ENMP321 or ENGCB380




Restricted papers: ENGG492

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