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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: SE2340
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: MILLINGTON CA Dr (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability
Autumn Semester
Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment



Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)


Examination (1 hr)






Coursework (plant control exercise, contribution to weekly meeting with supervisors)






Process Design Report






Qualifying Condition(s) 



A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module





Module Overview

This module is one of a suite of modules covering all aspect of chemical engineering process and equipment design.  The design of a chemical process paying appropriate consideration to sustainability, economic and operational feasibility and engineering practicality is a key skill for chemical engineers and requires a robust understanding of all aspects of Chemical Engineering.  Working in groups with other BEng students from the Chemical & Bio-Process Engineering programme you will design a chemical process working from a comprehensive brief.

Normal Progression requirements from level HE2 of the Chemical and Bio-systems Engineering programmes or equivalent.
Module Aims


To provide students with:


·         a systematic understanding and critical awareness of process design and its importance in chemical industry


·         the experience of integrating the design methods and fundamental analysis taught in earlier modules by completing an overall plant process design in cooperation with a small group  other MEng students


·         a comprehensive understanding of the complexity of interactions which must be reconciled during the design process




Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, you will be able to:


·         confidently analyse the factors involved in completing the mass and energy balances of a complex chemical process, the principles of plant start-up and shut-down and the health and safety considerations inherent to the process design


·         confidently specify materials of construction of equipment items and analyse how these may affect the selection of process parameters;


·         work effectively as a member of a design team converting a design brief into a feasible process design


·         effectively analyse the interaction between process requirements and practical equipment design


·         identify and correctly interpret the essential Safety and Health topics related to process plant design and operation



Module Content

Process design project       Organisation, deadlines and report format


Design lectures                    Statutory requirement in design


                                                Safety in plant operation etc. (video)


                                                Area classification/Plant layout


                                                Pressure hazards


                                                Reaction hazards, runaway




                                                Plant process control


                                                Start up, shut down and ESD


                                                Optimisation of complex processes




                                                Common errors in design


Design tutorials                    Process development


                                                Block diagram, operating conditions


                                                Equipment requirements


                                                Material and energy balances


                                                Process control



Methods of Teaching/Learning

16 hours of lectures, 36 hours (3 per week) of tutorials, 1hour examination and 147 hour of independent learning


Total student learning time 200 hours



A comprehensive design brief will be issued together with a series of subject specific design notes when these are required

Selected Texts/Journals

Required reading


Coulson JM, Richardson JF & Sinnott RK, Chemical Engineering, Volume 6, Butterworth-Heinemann, 1996 (ISBN 07506 25570X)


Perry RH & Green DW, Chemical Engineer's Handbook, 6th ed, McGraw-Hill, (ISBN 00704 94787)



Recommended background reading


Skelton B, Process Safety Analysis, Institution of Chemical Engineers, 1996.  (ISBN 0852 95378X)


Kroschwitz JI, Encyclopaedia of Chemical Technology (Kirk-Othmer), 4th ed, Wiley, 1992.  (ISBN 04715 26$$$)


Ludwig EE, Applied Process Design for Chemical and Petrochemical Plants, 1-3, 2nd ed, Gulf Pub, 1977.  (ISBN 08720 175$$)


Ulrich GD, Guide to Chemical Engineering Process Design and Economics, Wiley, 1984.  (ISBN 04710 82767)


Kern DQ, Process Heat Transfer, McGraw-Hill, 1950.  (ISBN 00703 41907)


Strelzoff S, Technology and Manufacture of Ammonia.


Kern DQ, Process Heat Transfer, McGraw-Hill, 1950.  (ISBN 00703 41907)


Strelzoff S, Technology and Manufacture of Ammonia.



Recommended Reading :


Additional reading will be specified as appropriate



Last Updated

16 October 2009