CME8008 : Optimisation

Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 3.0


To develop an understanding of the principles of standard optimisation technique. To understand where the techniques can be beneficially applied.

Original Summary:
The chemical industry has undergone significant changes over the last two decades due to, amongst other things, the increased cost of energy and increased global competition. One of the most important tools for addressing these issues is optimisation. To apply optimisation techniques effectively, both theory and practice must be understood, both of which are covered in this module.

Outline Of Syllabus

Preliminary mathematics (cost functions, matrices, vectors, Grad., Curl, Least Squares), EVOP, Problem formulation, Necessary and sufficient conditions, Unconstrained multivariable optimisation (gradient based techniques, gradient free), Constrained optimisation (Lagrange multipliers, penalty functions etc.), Linear Programming, Application areas (e.g. Optimisation of Reactors, Distillation trains, Predictive Control). Basic scheduling methods.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion91:009:00Report Writing
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching63:0018:00Computing practice session
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study111:0011:00Review lecture material, prepare for small group teaching and assessment
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures convey the mathematical concepts and theory of optimisation and optimisation algorithms and methods, computing practice sessions support this through illustration and allow completion of assignment work.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M5010 pages. Issued week 2
Report2M5010 pages. Issued week 5
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assignment allows more realistic engineering problems to be set and solved using software on a computer, it also develops the key skills listed above.

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