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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: SE2M41
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: YANG A Dr (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability

Autumn Semester

Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment



Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)



Written 2 hour examination












Qualifying Condition(s)



An overall mark of 50% is required to pass the module.



Module Overview
Better efficiencies in material and energy require the systematic integration of all the available process units.  Process Integration studies systematic ways to assess beneficial synergies between units, often deploying thermodynamics to set integration targets ahead of design.  The module presents a large range of powerful methods useful to assess energy targets for energy recovery as well as to develop designs that match the targets.  The module addresses the integration of utilities with the process, the appropriate placement of reactors and separators, and a conceptual approach to integrate production sites using Total Site Analysis.

Pre-requisite for MEng students are: ENG1026 (Heat transfer) and ENG2024 (Applied thermodynamics), or equivalent.

Module Aims

The module aims at developing the students’ understanding of the area of process integration. It will highlight the problems faced and the research directions followed in the development of solution strategies for the synthesis of energy recovery networks in the context of the overall chemical flowsheet. Along the way, the students will become familiar with the type of problems commonly faced by the energy systems engineer.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the module, you will be able to:
·         Develop energy targets and design heat exchanger networks;
·         Use commercial process design software to solve problems of industrial complexity;
·         Understand the shortcomings of existing technology and research trends.
Module Content
Development of Energy Targets through thermodynamic principals;
Utility selection in an overall process context;
Pinch Design Method for heat exchanger networks;
Heat exchanger network capital cost targeting;
Placement of heat engines and heat pumps;
Placement of reactors, distillation columns and evaporators;
Changes to existing processes;
Data Extraction from process flowsheets;
Total site energy integration;
Optimisation-based heat exchanger network synthesis approaches;                   
Commercial design software for heat exchanger network synthesis.
Methods of Teaching/Learning
The methods include lectures, working sessions after each lecture, group discussions, and design project with individual report.

Total student learning time 150 hours.

Selected Texts/Journals

Essential reading





Required reading



Recommended background reading


Smith R., Chemical Process Design and Integration, Wiley, 2005

Smith R., Chemical Process Design, McGraw Hill, 1995

Linnhoff B, A User’s Guide To Process Integration, IChemE, 1982.

Smith R, Chemical Process Design, McGraw-Hill, 1995.
Last Updated

26 October 2009