CME8011 : Basic Chemical Engineering
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Maria Vicevic
- Owning School: Engineering
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
• To develop an awareness of the basic principles and underpinning science of chemical engineering.
• To be introduced to principles of plant design and operation, including an awareness of environmental and safety issues.
The module is intended to introduce non-chemical engineers to the basic principles of the discipline. It covers basic science and technology relevant to chemical engineering. Process plant and equipment is discussed, together with impacts on and implications for the environment. The issue of process safety is also covered.
Outline Of Syllabus
Units, dimensions and basic physical properties
Ideal Gas law, partial pressure and volume, gas composition
1st and 2nd laws of Thermodynamics, cycles & efficiency, life & sustainability, systems with flow
Mass and Energy Balances
Vapour-Liquid Equilibrium: vapour pressure, Henry’s Law, Raoult’s Law, azeotropes
Flash separators, distillation and distillation columns
Measuring pressure – manometers, gauges, electrical instruments
Fluid flow characteristics – laminar and turbulent
Measuring flow – orifice, venturi, pitot, rotameter, etc
Moving fluids – pumps
Heat Balances, heat exchanger equipment, combined heat and power systems
Basic chemistry, kinetics, equilibrium, conversion and yield, industrial reactions
Sources of emission and discharges
Process safety: hazards and hazardous incidents, loss of containment, fire, explosion and toxic release
Major hazards-COMAH, illustrative incidents
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||10||2:00||20:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||2:00||2:00||Exam|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||10:00||10:00||Exam revision|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||15||1:00||15:00||Preparation of report|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||2||3:00||6:00||HAZOP case study feedback|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||1||1:00||1:00||Introduction to HAZOP|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||46||1:00||46:00||Review lecture material and prepare for small group teaching|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures impart basic knowledge and understanding.
The process equipment lab enables students to handle and study real pieces of equipment
The HAZOP study provides an opportunity to exercise acquired knowledge of process safety and chemical engineering principles.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Report||1||M||20||HAZOP assignment, assessed by a group written report (1000 words) & oral discussion with module leader (issued week 4/5, semester 1)|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The examination tests basic knowledge uptake and understanding, and the ability to deploy the knowledge in solving typical basic chemical engineering problems.
The HAZOP study tests the ability to deploy acquired knowledge in solving a typical process safety problem using a standard industrial methodology.