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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: SE2341
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: MILLINGTON CA Dr (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability

Semester 2

Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment

Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)

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 MEng students from the Chemical & Bio-Systems 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
                                                Use of Library resources and reference 
Design tutorials                    Process development
                                                Block diagram, operating conditions
                                                Equipment requirements
                                                Material and energy balances
                                                Process control
Methods of Teaching/Learning

20 hours (3 per week) of tutorials, and 180 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 0 8529 5378 X)


Kroschwitz JI, Encyclopaedia of Chemical Technology (Kirk-Othmer), 4th ed, Wiley, 1992.  (ISBN 0 4715 26$$ $)


Ludwig EE, Applied Process Design for Chemical and Petrochemical Plants, 1-3, 2nd ed, Gulf Pub, 1977.  (ISBN 0 8720 1755 9, ISBN 0 8720 1753, ISBN 0 8720 1754 0)


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.


Recommended Reading :


Additional reading will be specified as appropriate.

Last Updated
30th September 2010