ENGCB581-22A (HAM)

Advanced Process Engineering Design

15 Points

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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. Teams will be assigned an academic supervisor to help support the design process.

Design teams of 3 to 4 students will be issued with a design brief to design a chemical plant. They will be expected to meet the specifications required in the brief and address the essential design tasks needed to provide a complete design of the plant. Aspects to be addressed in the design include 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 design of a nominated piece of plant equipment.

Interim reports will be required to help design teams make steady progress and focus their effort during the course. 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 content and structure of the reports will be provided during the course.

The learning outcomes for this paper are linked to Washington Accord graduate attributes WA1-WA11. Explanation of the graduate attributes can be found at: https://www.ieagreements.org/

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Paper Structure

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The paper is taught through a combination of lectures and workshops. There are one lecture and two 2-hour workshops per week. The course work is largely done in teams of 3 to 4 students. The workshops will be an important competent for design teams to meet together to plan work and receive assistance for the project from a designated academic supervisor. Lectures will be given by School of Engineering staff and guest lecturers from industry. Additional support material will be posted on moodle.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Process Evaluation and Selection

    Develop and evaluate a wide range of conceptual process technologies and designs for a given product design brief and market specification. Select a feasible process technology and designs based on criteria such as economics, environmental impact, and safety. (WA3, WA4, WA5)

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  • Flow Sheet Design, Mass & Energy Balances
    Develop and optimise feasible process flow diagrams for process designs. Apply engineering calculations with the use of supporting tools (spreadsheets, process simulators, etc.) detailed mass & energy balances for process flow diagram including utilities. (WA3, WA5)
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  • Detailed Equipment Design

    Produce detailed chemical engineering equipment design and communicate that through relevant drawings and specifications, including piping & instrument diagrams. (WA3)

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  • Final Design Report

    Apply design principles acquired during the course of their degree to a significant chemical engineering design problem. Use and apply engineering judgement to the design problem.

    Apply process safety principles to the design problem, including performing HAZOP analysis.

    Apply environmental sustainability principles to the design problem, including an environmental impact assessment.

    Perform project financial analysis, including capital and operational cost estimation at the appropriate level.

    Work effectively and professionally as part of a design team.

    (WA7, WA8, WA9, WA10)

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  • Communication of Final Design
    Communicate in both oral and written formats the final design with appropriate level of technical detail to a variety of audiences. (WA9)
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Samples of your work may be required as part of the Engineering New Zealand accreditation process for BE(Hons) degrees. Any samples taken will have the student name and ID redacted. If you do not want samples of your work collected then please email the engineering administrator, Natalie Shaw (natalie.shaw@waikato.ac.nz), to opt out.
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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 Memo
16 Mar 2022
5:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Report - Flow Sheet and Mass & Energy Balances
11 Apr 2022
4:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Report - Detailed Equipment Design
16 May 2022
5:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Final Design Report
13 Jun 2022
5:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Presentation & Interview
14 Jun 2022
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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Sinnott, R., & Towler, G. (2009). Chemical Engineering Design, 5th Edition, Coulson and Richardson’s Chemical Engineering Series, Butterworth-Heinemann / Elsevier.

Peters, M. S., & Timmerhaus, K. D. (2003). Plant Design and Economics for Chemical Engineers, 5th Edition, McGraw-Hill.

Perry, R. H., Green, D. W., & Maloney, J. O. (2015). Perry's Chemical Engineers' Handbook, McGraw-Hill.

Seider, W. D., Seader, J. D., & Lewin, D. R. (2009). Product & Process Design Principles: Synthesis, Analysis and Evaluation, Wiley.

Smith, R. (2014). Chemical Process: Design and Integration, 2nd Edition, Wiley.

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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 5 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 150 hours are devoted to the paper by each student.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite papers: ENGEN370 and ENGCB380 and ENGCB324 and a further 30 points of 300 level ENGCB or ENGMP coded papers




Restricted papers: ENGCB580, ENGEV580

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